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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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.