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Jemtegaard School: Overcoming Complexities in Building Design and Permitting

Jemtegaard School sits in the scenic Columbia River Gorge.

When the Washougal School District in Washington decided to demolish the old Jemtegaard Middle School and build a new middle and an elementary school in its place, there was more work to be done than simply designing and creating the new buildings. Though citizens had approved the bond measure to fund building these schools, the school site was within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Read more about Jemtegaard School: Overcoming Complexities in Building Design and Permitting

BergerABAM Garners Project of Excellence Gold Award

Each gold winner receives this rotating trophy with firm name permanently engraved.

On 14 October 2016, the Society of American Military Engineers awarded BergerABAM’s P-990 Explosives Handling Wharf 2 (EHW-2) project with its Project of Excellence Gold Award in the Large Business Category. Read more about BergerABAM Garners Project of Excellence Gold Award

Angle Lake Light Rail Station and Parking Garage Grand Opening

The 1,050-stall parking garage connects to the train platform via a pedestrian walkway.

On 24 September 2016, the region's newest link light rail station opened in SeaTac, Washington, as part of the South 200th Link Extension project for Sound Transit. Angle Lake Station is located at the intersection of South 200th Street and 28th Avenue South. The 1.6-mile-long elevated guideway travels north providing congestion-free rides to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, the Rainier Valley, downtown Seattle, and the University of Washington. Read more about Angle Lake Light Rail Station and Parking Garage Grand Opening

"Supporting" Wings over Washington

This state-of-the-art aerial adventure will take you above some of the most scenic sites in Washington.

The grand opening of the “Wings over Washington” ride on 25 August 2016 at Miner’s Landing revealed a third-generation state-of-the-art improvement over Disney’s “Soarin’ over California” ride. Visitors can experience the scents, mists, movements, and sounds of flying over a multitude of Washington State’s most beautiful land- and seascapes on this scenic journey. However, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the new “Wings over Washington” ride located on Seattle’s Pier 57. Read more about "Supporting" Wings over Washington

Rusten Recognized for Exemplary Leadership, Mentorship, and Achievement

Pictured from left to right are Andrew Cairns, Elmer Ozolin, Arnie Rusten, and Norma Jean Mattei at the Ports 2016 awards ceremony.

On 14 June 2016, Arnie Rusten was presented with the Kenneth M. Childs, Jr. Ports and Harbors Practitioner’s Award at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ports 2016 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award was established in 2005 in honor of Kenny Childs, a prominent ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) Ports and Harbors Committee leader, and recognizes ASCE member marine engineering professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, mentorship, and achievement in harbor and coastal projects. Read more about Rusten Recognized for Exemplary Leadership, Mentorship, and Achievement

Playing Smart – Nature Play at Washington State University

Before and after images of the new playground area.

When the Early Learning Services Center staff at Washington State University’s Vancouver campus decided to develop a playground, they turned to BergerABAM’s expert landscape designers to create a place—“nature play”—that is not only beautiful, but would enhance children’s experience of nature while developing their physical and mental fitness. It’s a smart way for children to play and to develop. Read more about Playing Smart – Nature Play at Washington State University

Summer Celebrations at Freedom Park

Freedom Park services as an open space for JBLM residents to enjoy the sun.

Since its grand opening last year, Freedom Park at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington, has become a gathering place for summer activities and host to a variety of family-friendly events. Freedom Park features a landscaped urban plaza; event and vendor spaces; a lawn and permanent stage for outdoor performances; and meandering paths connecting the adjacent skate park, play areas, and sport fields. Visitors also have access to water slides and a nearby splash park. The venue serves as a meeting space for small- to mid-sized events throughout the summer months. Read more about Summer Celebrations at Freedom Park

Preserving the Historic Portal Way/Dakota Creek Bridge

The Portal Way/Dakota Bridge is critical to the mobility of freight into Canada in case of an emergency shutdown of Interstate 5.

Originally constructed in 1928, the Dakota Creek Bridge is a two-lane, 335-foot-long bridge just south of Blaine in Whatcom County, Washington. It was part of the old Pacific Highway, which was regarded as the most important north-south highway in Washington at the time, connecting from the Oregon border up to Canada. Read more about Preserving the Historic Portal Way/Dakota Creek Bridge

Railroad Grade Separations Receive Project of the Year Award

Protected sidewalks provided pedestrian access.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) will honor City of Yakima and BergerABAM with a national Public Works Project of the Year Award for completing two complex railroad grade separations in downtown Yakima (one of the oldest, original railroad town of Washington State). The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 2016 PWX Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is scheduled for Monday, 29 August, at 5 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Read more about Railroad Grade Separations Receive Project of the Year Award

Connections - Bicycle and Pedestrian

Port of Vancouver Multimodal Trail designed by BergerABAM and funded by WSDOT, Vancouver, Washington.

How we travel from one place to another has been a hot topic in Clark County, Washington, for many years. Most of us can agree on some aspects of the question. BergerABAM Landscape Architect Juanita Rogers chairs the Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She recently briefed the Washington State Transportation Commission about what the committee is doing to educate adults about biking and walking—she has found that kids (including her own three boys) are already pretty well tuned in. Read more about Connections - Bicycle and Pedestrian

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