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Straightedge: the BergerABAM blog

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.

BergerABAM Announces Department Transitions

Joe Stockwell and Carlos Ospina transition to leading the Waterfront and International Ports and Terminals Departments.

BergerABAM is pleased to announce the transition of Joe Stockwell to department head of the firm’s Waterfront Department and Carlos Ospina to department head of the firm’s International Ports and Terminals (IPT) Department.

Stockwell succeeds Elmer Ozolin, who has led the Waterfront Department for the past 11 years. Ospina succeeds V.K. Kumar, who has led the IPT Department for the past 16 years. Both Ozolin and Kumar will continue with the firm in a supporting role providing focused client and project management.

Water Conservation Landscape Planning – Getting Smarter about Water Use

Dry stream bed landscape featuring a combination of rock mulch, cobbles, and boulders for low maintenance and visual appeal.

The purpose of water conservation studies is to formulate fundamental landscape strategies specific to a particular site by recommending improvements and practices that will change how water is being used at that location. When implemented, these strategies ultimately can improve operational efficiency of the facilities at the site.

Working in partnership with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW) Desert Integrated Product Team Asset Management Branch, BergerABAM prepared water conservation landscape planning studies for six Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSC) in three southwest states, including California, Arizona, and Nevada. The water conservation plans provide the background, analysis, and framework for future final design and the preparation of construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates for the NOSC facilities.

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Rebuilding and Strengthening Whole Communities, One Home at a Time

Over 30 ASCE members volunteered to renovate this home.

There are over 37,000 low-income homeowners in the Seattle, Washington, area that struggle to afford necessary home repairs. The hazards of living in these homes threaten their individual and family health and safety each day. On 30 April 2016, the Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) partnered with a local nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Together, to renovate an over 100-year-old home on Fremont Avenue, north of Seattle, for disabled Navy veteran, Dale Weston. Dale has been living in the home for over 14 years.

The Longest Floating Bridge in the World is Now Open!

Over 50,000 people visited the floating bridge at the grand opening.

At 7,710 feet long, the new State Route 520 (SR 520) bridge in Seattle, Washington, is the longest floating bridge in the world. In recognition of this incredible project achievement that involved the support of many design and construction firms, the Washington State Department of Transportation hosted a grand opening celebration for the public on 2 and 3 April.

The César E. Chávez Campus—Modern, Innovative, Functional, and Award-Winning

The new Cesar Chavez campus serves twice as many students as the original campus.

The new César Chávez campus is a refreshing addition to the Barrio Logan community, one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego, California—that is also rich in history and culture. Although its architecture conveys a modern look that offers a sense of revitalization to the community, aesthetic components were incorporated into the César Chávez building’s design that stay true to all that Barrio Logan represents.

Turning over a New Leaf at Fallen Leaf Lake Park

Upgrades include improved access and a larger dock.

With its shoreline, forest, and wetlands, Fallen Leaf Lake Park is a serene natural area enjoyed by Camas residents and visitors alike. Many wildlife species, including bald eagles, geese, herons, and ducks and other waterfowl, live in the natural habitats provided by the park. Aside from observing wildlife, visitors can hike, kayak, canoe, and mountain bike at the park and take advantage of the Camas Heritage Corridor, which consists of three interconnected lakes, trails, parks, and open spaces.

Nashville Project Awarded the Highest Envision Rating

The project included new walking trails and upgraded ball fields.

On 29 February 2016, the Nashville Government West Park equalization facility project was announced as the tenth awarded project in the Envision system and received the highest level, Platinum, from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). Metro Nashville Water Services Department (Metro Water Services) planned to increase storage for their wastewater collection to help eliminate unpermitted discharging.

Unfortunately, the conditions at the remote site of the new storage facility changed when flood zone updates were required due to increased storms. The changes would require additional tanks and piping, increasing the project cost. A new solution was needed, which prompted Metro Water Services into communications, and later partnership, with Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Department (Metro Parks).