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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.

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.

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.

A Safe—and Sound—Crossing: The New Boeing North Bridge

The completed Boeing North Bridge in service.

When Boeing identified structural and potential seismic issues on its North Bridge at its Renton, Washington, facility, the company supported the idea of using new technologies to replace the aging structure. As part of the design team, BergerABAM suggested the innovative Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) design.

Strategic Plans—A Game Changer for Ports and Waterways

The Port of Coos Bay would like to grow rail business to help ensure economic stability.

The busiest seaport in Oregon is about to unveil final plans to expand its essential rail and maritime business over the next 20 years. In response to Oregon’s state mandate that ports maintain strategic business plans to leverage their market opportunities and support economic growth, the Port of Coos Bay Board of Commissioners will put the final stamp of approval on a new 20-year strategic plan in July.

BergerABAM Project Engineer Recognized as Top Young Construction Industry Professional

Engineering News-Record recognizes BergerABAM Project Engineer Amanda Schweickert by naming her a top young construction industry professional.

The Engineering News-Record (ENR) Northwest has selected Amanda Schweickert, of BergerABAM, as one of the 10 young engineers to be ENR Northwest’s Top Young Construction Industry Professionals. These engineers were chosen among contenders from Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. Judged by three industry professionals, the ENR Top Young Construction Industry Professional program recognizes industry members under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to their profession, their community, and their companies.

Clearing the Way for Washougal Waterfront Park

The waterfront trail system links the shoreline to downtown Washougal.

When the former Hambleton Lumber Company sawmill vacated its prime waterfront property near the Port of Camas-Washougal in 2010, leaving mounds of debris and contaminants behind, the Port only saw opportunity.

In November 2012, the Port purchased 13 acres of the former sawmill site from Killian Pacific, adding to 14 acres of adjacent Port-owned property along the Columbia River. While Killian Pacific retained 13 acres of the parcel, the company and Port joined forces to redevelop the entire 40-acre waterfront property into a community park, trail, and mixed-use marketplace, revitalizing downtown Washougal, Washington, into a place to live, work, and play.