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Straightedge: the BergerABAM blog

Preserving a Piece of Los Angeles History

The new Los Angeles State Historic Park transforms an industrial brownfield into a world-class green space that provides a place to play, unwind, and explore the city’s rich history.

The Southern Pacific Railroad River Station opened in 1876 and included a wooden depot building, roundhouse, turntable, repair shops, and a hotel. River Station was considered the Ellis Island of Los Angeles because it was the major gateway to the west, allowing goods and settlers to flow between Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as the rest of the nation and world during the land boom of the 1880s. Read more about Preserving a Piece of Los Angeles History

Envision a Sustainable Project…with an Envision Sustainability Professional

Public agencies across the country are using and requesting Envision in their request for proposals and qualifications and as funding criteria. Having Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SP) on staff can help meet these requirements, as well as help define a project’s influence on the environmental, social, and economic impacts throughout the life of a project. Read more about Envision a Sustainable Project…with an Envision Sustainability Professional

Winning for Sustainability: Pendleton Avenue Widening and Multiway Boulevard Project

Multiway boulevards help to balance the increasing demands of roadways, parking, pedestrian amenities, bicycle access, business/retail access, and the environment.

Inspired by multiway boulevards from Paris, Italy, to California, the Pendleton Avenue Widening and Multiway Boulevard project is one of only two multiway boulevards that currently exist in the state of Washington. The project is over 7,100 linear feet of roadway improvements and is center stage for a beautifully landscaped corridor reminiscent of European grand boulevards of past and present. Read more about Winning for Sustainability: Pendleton Avenue Widening and Multiway Boulevard Project

BergerABAM Project Engineer Named Young Civil Engineer of the Year

BergerABAM Project Engineer Dan Shafar was selected as this year’s recipient of ASCE’s Young Civil Engineer of the Year award.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Oregon Section has chosen Dan Shafar, of BergerABAM, as the 2015 Young Civil Engineer of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the civil engineering profession. Dan was presented the award at the ASCE Oregon Section annual gala event on 17 September 2015. Read more about BergerABAM Project Engineer Named Young Civil Engineer of the Year

Rapid Pier Construction to the Rescue

The dock now meets new tsunami standards for docks, including withstanding a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and 15-foot tsunami waves.

When the Makah Tribe’s 65-year-old deteriorating commercial fishing dock needed replacement, the Port of Neah Bay moved quickly to coordinate design and permitting to replace a crucial asset to the local economy. An ancient Native American tribe, the Makah have depended on fishing in and around Neah Bay, Washington, for over 4,000 years. Today, 50 percent of the economy derives from ocean resources, with about $10 million worth of fish crossing the tribe’s commercial dock every year. More than 90 small businesses depend on the commercial fishing dock for their livelihoods. Read more about Rapid Pier Construction to the Rescue

San Diego City College—Building for the Future

The state-of-the-art facility provides five floors of academic classrooms, laboratories, and more.

The San Diego Community College District is meeting the expectations of an increasingly tech-savvy student body with its latest funding projects. One of the district’s four community colleges, San Diego City College, recently demolished an entire city block and forced the relocation of a historic building to accommodate six new structures that comprise a state-of-the-art Math and Social Sciences Building. Read more about San Diego City College—Building for the Future

First Freight Train Travels through the West Vancouver Freight Access Rail Trench

The new rail entrance is part of a larger effort to relieve congestion.

The first freight train recently made its passage through the new West Vancouver Freight Access (WVFA) Rail Trench at the Port of Vancouver USA on 14 July 2015. The trench is part of the overall WVFA project at the Port aimed to improve rail movement on the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad mainlines. Read more about First Freight Train Travels through the West Vancouver Freight Access Rail Trench

Shoreline Restoration a Boon for Salmon and Beachcombers

Seahurst Park provides the public a salt water beach on the Puget Sound and views of the Olympic Mountains.

The Seahurst Park Phase II Shoreline Restoration has become the benchmark project in an ongoing effort to rehabilitate Puget Sound. In the latest of several awards, the project received the 2015 Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for Ports and Waterways by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Seattle Section in June. Read more about Shoreline Restoration a Boon for Salmon and Beachcombers

Port of Vancouver USA Trail—Connecting the Community

The new segment extends a safe pedestrian route from downtown Vancouver to the Port of Vancouver offices on Lower River Road.

More than 2,000 people are employed at businesses located on Port of Vancouver USA property. Many of these employees use the public transportation system to get to the port headquarters and surrounding businesses. For those travelling from the east, the bus route stops at the intersection of State Route 501 (SR 501) and Fourth Plain Boulevard. From there, workers can continue the remaining half mile on bike or on foot to reach the industrial job center. Read more about Port of Vancouver USA Trail—Connecting the Community

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