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Recognizing Women in the Transportation Industry

BergerABAM was a proud sponsor and attendee of the WTS Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala.

On 1 March 2018, the Puget Sound Chapter of Women in Transportation (WTS) held its Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala in Seattle, Washington. The gala is an opportunity to recognize the efforts being made to reduce the gender gap in the transportation sector, to award the pioneering women who’ve made leaps and bounds in the transportation industry and to celebrate their impressive careers, and to honor the women who were granted scholarships.

Changing Course: the North Meyers Road Bridge

The new 620-foot-long prestressed concrete girder bridge boasts two 12-foot-wide lanes and 8-foot-wide shoulders for pedestrians.

While each bridge that is repaired or replaced has its own set of complexities, when nature changes the conditions of the project, it may mean a whole new set of challenges to deal with. Though the replacement of the crumbling North Meyers Road Bridge over the Yakima River had the usual complications of permitting, design, and budgeting, it was not anticipated that high river flows would change the course of the river just prior to the start of construction.

Interstate 11, Boulder City Bypass: Constructing a Critical Link between Las Vegas and Phoenix

A portion of the project is being constructed through a ridge of the El Dorado Mountains. Photo courtesy of OlsenBeal.

Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona, are the only two cities in the United States with populations greater than one million that are not currently linked by an interstate highway. To enhance travel and commerce in the region, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) have been working concurrently to build the Nevada portion of the new interstate highway, which will eventually connect the two cities.

Juneau Cruise Ship Terminal Concrete Floats Win PCI Design Award

The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, creating an aesthetically pleasing and non-obtrusive structure along Juneau’s waterfront.

In January 2018, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) announced that the Port of Juneau’s Cruise Ship Terminal concrete floats designed by BergerABAM won PCI’s Special Design Award for All-Precast Option. The award will be presented on 23 February 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Entries are judged by independent juries of industry experts who consider creativity and ingenuity in the use of precast concrete to achieve aesthetic expression, function, economy, and sustainability; and recognized excellence in design, engineering, manufacturing, and construction.

Borrego Springs Library Project Expands Horizons and Community Enrichment

Rendering of the new Borrego Springs Library courtesy of RNT Architects.

Borrego Springs in San Diego County, California, is a small town surrounded by 600,000 acres of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The town’s year-round population of about 3,500 doubles during the winter months with an influx of seasonal residents and visitors. The area is revered worldwide for its magnificent desert wildflowers that bloom from February through April and is recognized as a designated "international dark sky" area, making it a popular destination for astronomers. Because of the town’s strict outdoor lighting ordinances, there are no stop lights in town and other lighting is kept to a minimum to protect the views of the night sky.

Tuxpan Port Terminal Project Wins International Accolades

The new state-of-the-art Tuxpan Port Terminal; photo courtesy of SSA Mexico.

The Tuxpan Port Terminal (TPT) project recently received two important CEMEX Building Awards for its sustainable approach to infrastructure design and construction. Tuxpan is located on the Atlantic coast of Mexico, about 150 miles from Mexico City, in between the ports of Veracruz and Altamira. In planning and designing TPT, BergerABAM used an innovative combination of deep soil mixing; land- and marine-based pile installation; and precast, prestressed concrete, to enable the development of a state-of-the-art container terminal in an environmentally sensitive and geotechnically unstable area.

Lighting up the Discovery Corridor with Dark Fiber

Business and daily life today routinely connects through the internet, but fast and reliable high-speed internet still doesn’t exist in large swaths of the United States. Bringing such services to these areas is a “chicken or egg” situation: internet providers are reluctant to supply broadband infrastructure and services unless a business case can be proven, but businesses are reluctant to move to a community if the services are not there.

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Container Terminal Design Improvements Presented at Terminal Operations Conference

(From left to right) Jyotirmoy Sircar, BergerABAM senior project engineer, with Jacques Kerguelen, marketing consultant to BergerABAM.

The 17th edition of the Terminal Operations Conference (TOC) Americas was held in Lima, Peru, on 17 to 19 October. The 2017 TOC Americas was broken up into three different conference tracks; one track called TECH TOC brought together port and terminal operators, equipment and technology vendors, and the engineering community to discuss current challenges and new advancements in the industry. BergerABAM had a booth at the conference, and Jyotirmoy Sircar, senior project engineer, gave a presentation.

Jyotirmoy presented on how the design optimization of Port of Singapore Authority’s Phase 2 container yard design in Rodman Terminal in Panama benefited overall efficiency. The presentation theme was in line with the overall approach to improving terminal efficiency as seen from the perspective of the stakeholders and participants.

Igniting and Inspiring Girls’ Excitement in Technology Careers

BergerABAM senior project manager, Sue Johnson, sharing her career stories and excitement for engineering with Decatur High School students.

On 26 October 2017, Sue Johnson, of BergerABAM, sat on a panel and spoke to girls attending Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington, as part of the Inspiring Girls Now in Technology Evolution (IGNITE) initiative. Along with three other professional women from the University of Washington, Microsoft, and Amazon, Sue shared stories of overcoming adversity. How failing a math test and her teacher giving her the opportunity to retake it encouraged her to keep studying. “Don’t give up,” Sue encouraged. “Even when it gets hard, keep working through it and don’t be afraid to ask for help.