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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.

New BART Line Provides “Train to Plane” Service

The rail link provides a seamless connection from the Coliseum station to the Oakland International Airport.

Linking the Oakland and San Francisco International Airports, the Coliseum-Oakland International Airport line replaced a slower and less reliable shuttle bus system to provide a faster and convenient connection between the two airports. The 3-mile system transports passengers above street-level traffic that has, in the past, delayed transport from one airport to another. The line is designed to complete a one-way trip in approximately 8 minutes, with an on-time performance of more than 99.5 percent.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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