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Plan the Work, Work the Plan

Retrofitting an occupied facility can be especially challenging in elderly care facilities where patient care is a top priority.

The main challenge of retrofitting an occupied facility is determining how to complete the project while ensuring minimal interruptions to daily operations. This applies to all types of facilities, but it is most pronounced in health care facilities, where daily operations mean providing care for those most vulnerable. Read more about Plan the Work, Work the Plan

Reinventing the Multiway Boulevard at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

As part of JBLM’s overall vision for the city, the downtown portion of Pendleton Avenue was transformed into a “great street” — a multiway boulevard—one of only two such boulevards that currently exist in the state of Washington.

With over 87,000 acres in the Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is one of the largest military bases in the country. Pendleton Avenue, a previous farm-to-market road, is the main thoroughfare that connects the core downtown region of JBLM to the surrounding industrial, retail, commercial, medical, and housing areas of the base. As part of JBLM’s overall vision, the downtown portion of Pendleton Avenue was transformed beyond a traditional roadway widening project into a grand multiway boulevard. Read more about Reinventing the Multiway Boulevard at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Cactus Avenue Interchange Aims to Reduce Las Vegas Traffic Congestion

The new interchange helps alleviate heavy traffic at the busy Interstate 15 exit at Silverado Ranch Boulevard and improves access to the southwestern Las Vegas Valley.

The areas around Las Vegas have grown rapidly in the last decades, outpacing the rate of public facilities and infrastructure development. As a result, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Clark County Department of Public Works (CCPW) sought to increase access for residents with an infrastructure project that was expected to last almost two years from design to the end of construction. Read more about Cactus Avenue Interchange Aims to Reduce Las Vegas Traffic Congestion

Registration Now Open for APWA 2015 Spring Conference Exhibitors

Exhibit as one of 112 vendors at the APWA Spring 2015 conference in Tacoma, Washington.

American Public Works Association (APWA), Washington Chapter, is pleased to announce that registration for the Spring 2015 conference is now open. Over 400 public works professionals representing public and private sector organizations in the Washington public works industry are slated to attend the event. This conference is an excellent opportunity to connect with others in the Washington public works industry, illustrate your organization’s expertise in your field, develop new business, and network with colleagues and potential clients. Read more about Registration Now Open for APWA 2015 Spring Conference Exhibitors

Practical Design Initiative

Nancy Boyd, director of WSDOT, gives the audience specific examples of cost-savings techniques offered in WSDOT’s practical design initiative.

How will Washington State provide innovative solutions to emerging infrastructure challenges? How will safer, attractive, and context-sensitive solutions be delivered with less financing? How will cost-sensitive solutions to an entire system, instead of high-cost solutions to isolated problems, be ensured? How will practical design transform the way projects are delivered in Washington State?

These are some of the questions that state agencies continue to face. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) designed an initiative to help answer some of these questions. Read more about Practical Design Initiative

Portland, Oregon, Office Goes Green and Gold

The City of Portland's Sustainability at Work program offers three levels of certification to recognize a business’s positive impact on the environment and community.

As a company that actively uses its knowledge of sustainability in building design, it’s only fitting that BergerABAM pursue the “green” in every day work life. BergerABAM’s Portland, Oregon, office was recently awarded the Gold rating by the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program.

The Sustainability at Work program was created to assist businesses, from small start-ups to large corporations, in gaining access to resources aimed at improving their environmental practices. The program offers three levels of certification to recognize positive impact on the environment and community. To qualify for certification, a company must apply for the program and meet a minimum of 12 sustainability actions in five main categories. Read more about Portland, Oregon, Office Goes Green and Gold

City of Longview Makes Improvements to Downtown Corridor

Officials from Washington State, City of Longview, and Cowlitz County celebrated at the groundbreaking ceremony.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on 14 August 2014 to formally kick-off construction of improvements to the City of Longview's downtown area along historic Commerce Avenue. Among those who participated in the festivities were U.S. Senator Patty Murray, who was instrumental in finding funding for the project; Longview’s Planning Manager Steve Langdon; City Manager Bob Gregory; Mayor Don Jensen; Longview Project Engineer Amy Blain; and other state- and county-elected officials. Also in attendance was BergerABAM’s Project Manager David Sacamano, who managed this streetscape project, as well as Juanita Rogers, landscape architect and urban designer. Read more about City of Longview Makes Improvements to Downtown Corridor

Engineers Win T.Y. Lin Award for Precast Bridge Bent System for Use in High-Seismic Regions

The T. Y. Lin Award recognizes papers that contribute to the field of prestressed concrete.

Though a good bridge can decrease congestion and speed traffic in the long run, the construction of bridges can cause traffic delays—leading to long waits, wasted fuel, unhappy commuters, and possible safety risks to the travelling public. As a result, finding ways to accelerate bridge construction is eagerly sought after by transportation agencies. Prefabricated bridge bents are widely used in non-earthquake-prone areas to reduce construction time and increase both worker and traveler safety; but in high-seismic areas, such as Washington and California, such construction is not robust enough to justify its deployment. Read more about Engineers Win T.Y. Lin Award for Precast Bridge Bent System for Use in High-Seismic Regions

APWA Washington Chapter Fall 2014 Conference

What happens when you get to go the American Public Works Association (APWA), Washington Chapter Fall 2014 conference? The chance to share ideas, connect with others to learn and grow, and create new methods to manage old issues. Read more about APWA Washington Chapter Fall 2014 Conference

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