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Pleasant Valley Pedestrian Bridge Wins Project of the Year Award

Award-winning steel pedestrian bridge.

The Pleasant Valley Pedestrian Bridge connects Washington State University’s Vancouver campus with Pleasant Valley Community Park. BergerABAM was hired by Fabrication Products to perform engineering calculations on the 180-foot-long weathering steel pedestrian bridge.

BergerABAM was the engineer-of-record for the bridge itself and although the team was not responsible for the abutment or pier design, they nevertheless had to be very mindful and creative to detail the connections to allow for easy assembly in the field—within a 1/4-inch precision to fit on the abutments and piers. This 180-foot-long, 8-foot-wide, three-span warren truss bridge was shipped in three segments, assembled on site, lifted in one segment, and lowered into place.

Camp Parsons Dining Hall – Managing Design and Construction on a Tight Budget

The new dining hall was completed in nine months.

Founded in 1919 on Hood Canal near Brinnon, Washington, Camp Parsons has hosted generations of Boy Scouts and scouting activities for 94 years. As scouting and the organization has grown, the old dining facility that was built in 1937 could no longer accommodate the needs of an ever-growing population of Scouts. At 4,600 square feet, the old dining hall could only seat 350 people at a time. In 2015, the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America decided to demolish the old building and construct a larger, more modern facility.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.