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Straightedge: the BergerABAM blog

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.

Carlos Ospina Appointed to ACI 318 Committee

Carlos Ospina, BergerABAM vice president

Carlos E. Ospina, vice president, head of the International Ports and Terminal Department and Houston branch office manager, was recently appointed full voting member of the main American Concrete Institute (ACI) 318 Committee. The ACI 318 Committee develops and maintains the “ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete,” which provides minimum requirements necessary to provide public health and safety for the design and construction of structural concrete buildings in the United States. The ACI 318 Code influences structural concrete building design codes worldwide.

Supporting Military Personnel at Camp Pendleton Day

Ruba Zumut, BergerABAM vice president, gives presentation about the firm.

On Thursday, 15 June, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) San Diego and Orange County Posts hosted the 12th Annual Camp Pendleton Day at the Pacific Views Event Center. Camp Pendleton Day serves as an educational and networking event attended by members of the military, members of local government, professionals in the private industry, and other interested parties. BergerABAM was a Gold Sponsor and exhibitor at the event.

The Rosetta Canyon Sports Park Dreams Extreme

Park includes state-of-the-art baseball fields.

Rosetta Canyon Sports Park is a much-anticipated and long-awaited, multipurpose outdoor recreation park that provides the local and surrounding community with a modern and high-quality action sports park capable of attracting national and regional baseball and softball tournaments to the city.

The park, initially an 8-acre community park, was redeveloped to maximize use of all 21.6 acres that the park was zoned for. The baseball fields were designed in an innovative star pattern with home plate for each field closest to the center, allowing for five games to be played simultaneously. In the center of the star is a two-story concession stand, giving fans a 360-degree unobstructed view of all five fields.

Southern Nevada’s Mobility Training Center – A Ride to Safe, Efficient Travel on the Transit System

Desert hues were part of the MTC’s exterior design. Photo courtesy of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada.

Independently navigating the community via public transportation can be challenging, especially for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Understanding the overall transit system, such as schedules and various routes for successful travel, is essential. For individuals with mobility devices—such as wheelchairs—learning to board and deboard a bus is crucial for safe and sound transit without complications.

Volunteers Work Together to Improve Seattle Area Homes

Rebuilding Together Seattle group included several BergerABAM employees.

Rebuilding Together Seattle is a nonprofit organization that helps homeowners improve the safety and accessibility of their homes. The organization partners with local businesses and individual volunteers to assist low-income, elderly, or disabled members of the community.

For its 27th Annual Spring Rebuilding Day on 29 April, Rebuilding Together Seattle had nearly 800 volunteers that were able to help restore 22 family homes in the Burien-Shoreline area. Volunteers from BergerABAM, in collaboration with American Society of Civil Engineers, donated their time and skills to help restore two of these homes. The homeowners, Dorothy Fort and Mildred Hoskins, have both lived on this same street for nearly 50 years. Both homes were in dire need of safety feature upgrades and many other maintenance improvements.

City of Sumner Unveils New Bridge Plan

Rendering of the new Bridge Street bridge.

On 24 May 2017, the City of Sumner celebrated the groundbreaking of the Bridge Street Bridge by unveiling the rendering of the new design. The existing bridge, a Parker truss bridge built in 1927—a landmark in Sumner, Washington—has been the focus of their yearly holiday lighting ceremony and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge serves as a vital link between the downtown and industrial areas that are to the east of the bridge and the Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse just on the west side of the bridge.

Envision Training Workshops Equip Industry Professionals to Plan Projects with Sustainability in Mind

Amanda Schweickert (standing) conducts the TEACHawaii Envision training workshop in Oahu, Hawaii.

On 28 February 2017, BergerABAM conducted the TEACHawaii Envision training workshop in Oahu, Hawaii. This was the first Envision workshop to take place in Hawaii where 26 industry professionals received training to earn the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential. An alternative to the online training program, the in-person training participants at the TEACHawaii workshop included staff from regional public agencies, such as the U.S. Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii; and the Hawaii Department of Transportation, with the majority of participants from local private firms. Amanda Schweickert, PE, ENV SP, BergerABAM project engineer and Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)-approved Envision trainer, facilitated the full-day (8 hours) workshop.

CARMATRIX – A Parking Solution for Urban Living

Automated parking systems are on the rise, making it possible for city dwellers to have their cars—and park them too. Designed with space efficiency in mind and to allow high-density parking in urban residential buildings, automated parking systems can triple the capacity of traditional parking garages by “stacking” cars one on top of another. Many brands of automated parking systems exist, and they all eliminate the need for parking attendants or valets.