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Senior Project Manager Carlos Ospina to Deliver 2014 Herbert J. Roussel, Jr. Lecture

Carlos E. Ospina will deliver the Herbert J. Roussel, Jr. lecture at the Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference & Show.

American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fellow Carlos E. Ospina, PhD, PE, will deliver the 2014 Herbert J. Roussel, Jr. lecture at the 24th Annual Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference & Show on 24 September. The lecture is presented in honor of the late Herbert J. Roussel, Jr., who was one of the founding members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Committee of New Orleans Branch and served on the ASCE Executive Committee from 1991 to 2005. Since 2006, a distinguished presenter is selected annually by the Structure Engineering Institute Chapter of New Orleans to deliver this lecture. Read more about Senior Project Manager Carlos Ospina to Deliver 2014 Herbert J. Roussel, Jr. Lecture

Winning for the Environment and the Economy: TEMCO Berth Maintenance Dredging Project

The 2014 WEDA Environmental Excellence Award for Navigation Dredging was presented to the Port of Kalama for the TEMCO Berth Maintenance Dredging project.

The 7-mile-long Port of Kalama handles more bulk exports than any other port in Washington State, exporting grain and other goods from various states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. To allow the Port to remain open to commerce, yearly maintenance dredging to remove sand and other debris accumulating in the shipping berth of the TEMCO grain facility is needed. Read more about Winning for the Environment and the Economy: TEMCO Berth Maintenance Dredging Project

BergerABAM Executive Vice President to be Honored with 2014 Titan Award

BergerABAM Executive Vice President Mike LaNier will be honored with the PCI Titans of the Industry award for his outstanding service to the precast/prestressed concrete industry.

For his decades of work in the industry and the Precast Concrete Institute (PCI), Mike LaNier, executive vice president of BergerABAM, will be honored with the 2014 PCI Titans of the Industry award at the 60th Anniversary PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference in September. With this achievement, Mike will join previous BergerABAM PCI Titans Arthur (Art) Anderson and Robert (Bob) Mast.

Over the course of his more than 49 years as a professional engineer, Mike LaNier has travelled the world, worked on five continents, participated on projects that have opened doors to new advances in engineering, and helped to define an entirely new field of engineering in the United States. Read more about BergerABAM Executive Vice President to be Honored with 2014 Titan Award

Turning over a New Leaf: Improving a Cloverleaf Interchange

The reconstruction replaced two cloverleaf ramps with flyover ramps, upgraded ramps, and improved connections to and from Interstate 5, State Route 18, and State Route 161.

When the Interstate 5 (I-5)/State Route 18 (SR 18) interchange in Federal Way, Washington, opened to traffic in the early 1960s, its innovative cloverleaf design was unveiled as “state of the art” in freeway design. As years passed, the area’s commercial and residential growth resulted in heavy traffic volumes. Increased traffic density, coupled with short weaving segments, forced drivers to often perform abrupt weaving and merging maneuvers on and off the freeway, causing severe congestion and potential for highway collisions. In addition, the existing loop ramps were considered to be substandard based on current design standards and two of the four ramps were categorized as high-accident locations. Read more about Turning over a New Leaf: Improving a Cloverleaf Interchange

Launching a Much-Needed Transit Line in King County

RapidRide travels several of the busiest transit corridors in King County.

Within the last 20 years, Washington State’s greatest population growth was in King County and this progression is expected to continue in the next 30 years. As a result, there is an increasing need for reliable and affordable transportation during all hours of the day and long into the night. To meet this demand, the RapidRide program was launched to provide residents with a frequent and convenient transit system. King County Metro Transit recently hosted a public celebration at The Landing in Renton to commemorate the opening of the new RapidRide F Line for riders traveling between Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Renton. The sixth line in the program officially began service on Saturday, 7 June. Read more about Launching a Much-Needed Transit Line in King County

Uncovering and Celebrating L.A. History: Los Angeles State Historic Park

Panoramic view of the Los Angeles State Historic Park by Downtowngal (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

The first Los Angeles train depot, built by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885, will soon be transformed from an industrial brownfield into a world-class green space that provides a place to play, walk, and explore the city’s rich history. Constrained on all sides by an existing development in the Chinatown area, railroad tracks, and major public thoroughfares, the park consists of 34 acres of grass and dirt. However, the completed project will recreate much of the environment of Los Angeles before it was developed and will include a vernal pool and wetlands, welcome pavilion, citrus grove, river information and park ranger stations, walking trails, and several areas for picnicking. There will also be a space designated for outdoor concerts. Read more about Uncovering and Celebrating L.A. History: Los Angeles State Historic Park

The Secret Life of Weeds

While white clover (trifolium repens) is commonly thought of as a weed, it is an ideal plant to blend into grass lawns since it doesn’t need fertilizer and it is drought tolerant.

Most of us can find more than a few unwanted plants in our landscapes and yards that we want to throw away; we see them as weeds that aren’t wanted and are competing with those we do want. It would be useful, however, to think of them as the poet and naturalist Ralph Waldo Emerson did: “A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.” Many of them are simply plants that are native—and beneficial—to our particular region of the world. Some of them are indeed “weeds”—not native to our area, and considered “noxious” and prone to crowding out the plants that are natural to our region. Discovering the “secrets” that weeds and our native plants hold can enable proper landscaping and planting decisions. In fact, telling the difference can help identify many native plants that are decorative enough to keep as additions to a garden. Read more about The Secret Life of Weeds

M. Lee Marsh Recognized as Outstanding Alumnus by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

BergerABAM President Elect Dr. M. Lee Marsh was honored as Outstanding Alumnus by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

BergerABAM President Elect Dr. M. Lee Marsh (Lee) was honored as Outstanding Alumnus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2014 Spring Honors Banquet. The banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award is given each year to an alumnus of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who has excelled in professional practice. Dr. Marsh was a stellar student at both undergraduate and graduate levels while at Tennessee. He was supported in his graduate work by an American Institute of Steel Construction Graduate Fellowship from which he produced two articles in refereed technical journals, a practice he has continued throughout his career. Read more about M. Lee Marsh Recognized as Outstanding Alumnus by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

M. Lee Marsh Named BergerABAM President and Chief Executive Officer

BergerABAM President and CEO Arnie Rusten (left) will retire on 31 May with Lee Marsh (right) as successor.

BergerABAM announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Dr. M. Lee Marsh (Lee) as president and chief executive officer (CEO) effective 1 June 2014. He will succeed Arnfinn (Arnie) Rusten, who will retire effective 31 May 2014.

Since joining the firm in 1994, Dr. Marsh has spearheaded many of BergerABAM’s seismic design and assessment projects. During his tenure as senior project manager and principal, his work has included design, assessment, project management, and business development for bridges; transit guideways; marine structures; buildings; and specialized projects, such as cranes for nuclear power plants. In addition to his operational and project duties, Dr. Marsh has served on the firm’s Board of Directors since 2006. Read more about M. Lee Marsh Named BergerABAM President and Chief Executive Officer

Amr Hosny, PhD, PE, Bestowed ACI’s Chester Paul Siess Award

ACI Chester Paul Siess Award recipient Amr Hosny and Kåre Hjorteset, BergerABAM senior project manager, at the ACI convention.

Amr Hosny, PhD, PE, senior engineer at BergerABAM’s Houston office, was honored with the Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Spring 2014 convention in Reno, Nevada. This award is presented to the author or authors of a peer-reviewed paper published by ACI that describes a notable achievement in experimental or analytical research that advanced the theory or practice of structural engineering and recommends how the research can be applied to design. Read more about Amr Hosny, PhD, PE, Bestowed ACI’s Chester Paul Siess Award

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