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Straightedge: the BergerABAM blog

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.

BergerABAM Senior Project Manager Awarded T.Y. Lin Award

BergerABAM Senior Project Manager Bob Harn was awarded the T.Y. Lin Award for his technical paper published in the PCI Journal in 2013.

The Structural Engineering Institute has awarded Robert (Bob) Harn, a senior project manager at BergerABAM, the prestigious 2015 T.Y. Lin Award for his technical paper “Seismic Stability of Marine Piers Built with Prestressed Concrete Piles.” Published in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Journal in 2013, the paper investigates the stability of pile-supported marine piers during earthquakes, identifies the conditions that can cause piers to collapse, analyzes different alternatives for its prevention, and proposes designs to help reduce the potential for collapse.

First Ever Sustainable Design Competition in the Pacific Northwest

The American Society of Civil Engineers Seattle Sustainability Committee put together a presentation board of their design that was presented at the awards ceremony.

The Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge (TGIC), hosted by the City of Tacoma, Washington, tasked participating teams to develop concepts to make the city’s infrastructure more sustainable. Teams consisted of a mix of local firms, sustainability committee members, and university students. The competition began in November 2014 with tours of three project sites: Industrial Redevelopment at the Port of Tacoma, Urban Redevelopment at Metro Parks Tacoma, and a Green Roadway on South Tacoma Way. Teams could choose one of the three project sites to showcase sustainable development methods.

Smarter Site Design with SiteOps

SiteOps software allows engineers to better identify cost-effective solutions to the complicated and costly process of site development.

BergerABAM was an early adopter of SiteOps Site Optimization Software, the latest innovation in site civil engineering. Created to aid in the swift identification of cost-effective solutions for site development, SiteOps enables civil engineers to review multiple site plans and associated grading schemes in a few hours instead of weeks or months.

“LEEDing” Modern Improvements for Old Buildings

Designed in the late 1930s by architect Joseph H. Wohleb, the John L. O'Brien building is listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

As awareness of environmental sustainability grows, the way buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated must also evolve. Developed in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems intended to provide standards for environmentally sustainable construction and recognize best-in-class building strategies and practices.