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Straightedge: the BergerABAM blog

Boeing North Bridge Project is a Winner

Boeing uses the bridge to tow 737 airplanes from their Renton assembly plant to the flight line at the Renton Airport.

On Friday, 3 March 2017, BergerABAM’s Boeing North Bridge project was awarded the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) “Best Special Solution” award in its Transportation category. Presented at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference (8 February to 4 March 2017) in Cleveland, Ohio, the award highlights those projects that use innovative solutions to meet the challenge of unique structures.

Port of Toledo Haul-out Pier – Growing the Local Economy

The Port of Toledo boatyard improvements and haul-out pier project is an excellent example of design and construction efficiency.

The Port of Toledo—the port authority for Toledo, Oregon—serves an area that includes the small cities of Toledo (population 3,462) and Siletz (population 1,212), as well as a large area of unincorporated Lincoln County, with facilities located along the Yaquina River. While many small towns have struggled and been left behind as the economy has improved, the Port made the positive move to obtain a ConnectOregon grant to improve their infrastructure and increase their variety of services to develop and sustain the area’s economy.

Building a Bridge with Middle Schoolers

Markus Wernli explains bridge beam deflection design to students at Washington Middle School.

BergerABAM was proud to support the third annual SAME STEM Fair at Washington Middle School in Seattle, Washington, on 10 February 2017. Washington Middle School hosts the annual event to expose students to the engineering industry through presentations and hands-on learning activities.

Public Private Partnerships Are a Win-Win for Ports

Scott Keillor (center) with Chester Manaea and Falenaoti Loi-On, of American Samoa Department of Port Administration, at the APP 2017 Winter Conference in Maui.

The Association of Pacific Ports (APP) 2017 Winter Conference was held 11 to 13 January at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii. The conference provided seminars and open forum discussions on current port industry topics, such as port litigation, media perception, technological advancements, economic trade forecasts, and more.

Duportail Bridge: Defining the Term for the City of Richland

The bridge will include two vehicle travels lanes in each direction with bicycle lanes and sidewalks on each side.

The people of Richland knew what they wanted. A bridge. An uncomplicated kind of bridge.

Richland is in need of a link, connecting the patchwork of commerce, transportation, and access between two adjacent neighborhoods. Their solution? A concrete structure, connecting existing roadways, parks, and commerce on both sides of the Yakima River.

Envision…the Past Year in Review

Have you noticed over the past year the number of clients and projects requiring sustainable infrastructure solutions? This growing shift to cost-effective and resilient projects that support a community’s economic and infrastructure needs is confirmed by the increased practice and credentialing in Envision, a guidance and rating tool for sustainable infrastructure.

Encouraging Girls in Math and Science

The event was held at the FIRSTWashington Fieldhouse in Kent, Washington.

On 15 November 2016, the Kent Chamber of Commerce hosted the day-long Girls F.I.R.S.T. Initiative at the FIRSTWashington Fieldhouse in Kent, Washington, to encourage girls from the Kent school district in math and science, and where volunteers mentored the teams of 80 middle-school girls through a robotics competition.

Season's Greetings

BergerABAM wishes all our clients and colleagues a joyous Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

Innovative Design Elements Instrumental in Achieving Project Goals

The SPIA container wharf includes a 600-meter-long quay shown here.

Located off the remote, seismically active Pacific coast of Colombia, the Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A. (SPIA) container terminal project and the Boscoal bulk handling terminal project presented BergerABAM with a unique opportunity to design two state-of-the-art wharf structures on a difficult site. This project implemented a common precast heavy wharf structure design despite the varied usage of the two wharves and stringent operational requirements.

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.