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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.

Daylighting Bothell’s Horse Creek along an Urban Downtown Connector

The project included daylighting approximately 2,900 linear feet of the stream that had formerly been conveyed in an underground pipe.

In October 2016, the City of Bothell officially opened the Northeast 185th Street and 98th Avenue NE connector, including the newly daylighted Horse Creek. Along with relocating and improving the salmon-bearing creek in the City’s redeveloped downtown, this $19.7 million project created a future transit corridor linking State Route 522 (SR 522) to the city’s new multiway boulevard at SR 527.

At the fall 2017 American Public Works Association conference in Kennewick, Washington, Ross French from BergerABAM, Steve Morikawa from the City of Bothell, and Ken Nilsen from PACE Engineers, Inc. presented the challenges and unique design elements of this one-of-a-kind project.

Largest Single Donation to WSU Vancouver’s Food Pantry

BergerABAM's donations will be equivalent to 1,350 meals for students in need.

This October, the BergerABAM Vancouver office participated in a friendly interoffice contest to raise donations for the Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver’s Student Services, Cougar Food Pantry. The company’s participation raised over 1,500 pounds of food for students in need.

The program was established five years ago and aims to provide students with meal options, whether a student is struggling to afford a meal or forgets to pack a lunch for a long day, the Cougar Food Pantry provides access to healthful foods when needed.
The organization obtains most of its inventory through donations made by individuals at WSU Vancouver and the surrounding community. BergerABAM’s donation of dry goods and cash donations, which WSU spends on fresh produce, will be equivalent to 1,350 meals—the largest single donation the Cougar Food Pantry has ever received since its inception.

Rehabilitating an Operational Military Runway Requires Efficiency and Teamwork

Runway embedded approach lighting at NAS Lemoore.

Naval Air Station Lemoore (NAS Lemoore), located in California’s Central Valley, serves as a critical west coast training facility for U.S. Navy fighter pilots throughout the year. NAS Lemoore is one the Navy’s largest and most active airfields. With five carrier air wings containing 20 flight squadrons that use the base for training and repairs, the 13,500-foot-long air station runway is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Walkable City of Longview

Pedestrian and low impact development stormwater features and amenities were part of the streetscape design.

As Southwest Washington continues to see strong economic trends from 2016 to this year, the towns and cities in this area have looked to improve their town centers and main streets for a more “walkable” environment. Incorporating amenities, such as inviting streetscapes and better and safer pedestrian access, creates an environment that benefits the community and businesses and helps grow the local economy. Many smaller and rural cities and towns have decided to improve their town centers to attract individuals and families looking for friendlier and more affordable living places than large cities, while still maintaining strong community cohesiveness and a unique identity.