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   January 25, 2016

In the category of Social, Economic, and Sustainable Design Considerations, Otak was given a GOLD Award for our Overlake Village South Detention Vault—Integrated Facilities in Redmond, Washington. This project is a great example of integrated design, involving our WNR, PAD, and TIS groups.

The Overlake Village neighborhood is projected to grow into the next urban center on the eastside of the Central Puget Sound region. Plans call for the neighborhood to provide a mix of commercial, retail, and residential uses in proximity to the employment uses at the Microsoft campus and the planned East Link light rail service, targeted to open in 2023. Otak brought together the interdisciplinary skills of water resource engineers, urban planners, and landscape architects to examine options for multiple purpose infrastructure to serve the projected growth and redevelopment of the neighborhood.

The Otak team worked closely with City of Redmond staff on planning, analysis, and conceptual design for an integrated system of community features to minimize, control, and treat surface water runoff, and to provide neighborhood parks, recreation opportunities, and green spaces for the 323-acre Overlake drainage basin. LID techniques within public rights-of-way (street and trail corridors) as well as LID opportunities on adjacent private parcels will allow for localized rainwater infiltration, treatment, and open space opportunities. For larger rainfall events, regional stormwater facilities collocated with City parks will provide storage and infiltration of runoff and allow for public use over the top of the facilities. 

Otak developed a strategic implementation plan for this proactive approach to balance the interconnected LID elements, regional facilities, and parks and open spaces. This approach allowed the most cost-effective means of providing stormwater management by locating the regional facilities in areas most suitable for stormwater facilities and with dual function as public parks and open spaces to serve the growing neighborhood. An overarching objective of the project was provide the maximum benefit to the environment while also supporting a vibrant urban center. 

This first phase of implementation successfully constructed the largest stormwater detention vault in Washington. The vault was constructed within a highly urbanized neighborhood requiring deep excavation near busy roadways and adjacent businesses. The successful construction of the regional stormwater facility has significantly stimulated economic growth in the Overlake Village area with several redevelopment master plans being submitted before construction was completed. This project shows how careful planning can create a win-win situation for developers who can now maximize their site development potential and be assured that the stormwater from their sites is properly managed and for the City who wanted to the maximum the amount of environmental enhancement, economic growth, and open space in an area that lacked all three.

“It was a pleasure working with Otak, and I appreciated your flexibility as the project took its many starts and stops. 

I would recommend you highly for this kind of work. Thanks to you and your team.” 

 - Steve Hitch, Senior Stormwater Engineer, City of Redmond

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   January 22, 2016

Along Spirit Lake, in Mt St Helens, Washington, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers bored a 1.6-mile tunnel through bedrock to provide a new outlet after the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens blocked the lake’s natural outlet.  Without the tunnel, the lake could fill and begin overflowing onto nearby highways.  Recently, it was discovered the floor of the tunnel has been rising effectively shrinking the diameter of the tunnel. Otak is part of the team working to fix the tunnel to keep in in operation. Our Professional Land Surveyors are establishing survey control in the Spirit Lake Tunnel and marking the locations for the work to take place using robotic total station survey equipment. This project is 6,000 feet inside the tunnel. Work in a tunnel that is always wet, with running water from 2” to 40” deep, dark, and strongly ventilated is difficult. The crew spent their days a mile and a quarter inside the 11’ diameter tunnel. The remote location is a 2 ½ hour commute from the nearest town. The crew worked Friday-Tuesday, 14 hours each day and our office technical staff worked each evening starting around 8pm when data could be sent in from the remote location. Data was processed each night so new information could be used the next day.  Construction is scheduled to be complete by May 2016. 

 

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   December 23, 2015

Otak responded to an emergency for long time client Clark Regional Wastewater District (CRWWD).
On Dec 8th, Clark County was inundated with a terrific rainstorm that caused flooding and damage. During the event a small landslide broke a sewer line pipe along Tenny Creek. On Dec. 9 Otak acted quickly to stabilize the situation and provided immediate support with survey crews, hydraulic analysis, stream design, slope stabilization design, restoration planting design. Design documents and permitting were completed by Dec. 15th and construction began on Dec. 16. Currently, the contractor has cleared the area, installed the temporary stream bypass, repaired the broken sewer line, and has begun excavation for the stabilization work. The project is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

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   December 22, 2015

Congratulations to our newest Professional Engineers - Melanie McCandless, Megan Karner, and Kyle Ayers!

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   December 21, 2015

Otak's Redmond office hosted a food drive for Hopelink this year. Hopelink is a social services nonprofit agency that services King County, Washington, through food banks, energy assistance, housing, a family development program, transportation, and adult education. The staff generously donated enough food to feed many families this holiday season. To learn more about Hopelink, click here.

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   December 15, 2015

On Saturday, December 12, the Muslim Educational Trust celebrated the grand opening of their new community center and school. There were over 30 speakers and 750 attendees at the event comprised of local officials, community leaders, faith leaders, and community members.
The Muslim Educational Trust Center is a new two-story community center and school. The new 30,800-square-foot building includes a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, meeting room and lecture hall to serve both the school and broader community. The school will include 14 classrooms serving pre-k through 12th grade, a cafeteria, library, science lab, art studio and administrative spaces. The design focuses on creating a welcoming educational center and integrate sustainability throughout. Otak provided architecture on the project.

For more information on the event click here.

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   December 10, 2015

images courtesy of Adam Simmons

The East Lents Floodplain Restoration Project (Foster Floodplain Natural Area) was designed to reduce nuisance flooding of Johnson Creek and construction finished in 2012. With recent record rainfalls, we wanted to see how the project was performing. On Monday night Johnson Creek exceeded the flood of record from 1996. The storage area filled and channel benches were activated reducing the amount of water on Foster Road. The system has proven to contain both the more frequent flood events and reduce the flooding for the less frequent larger flood events. Prior to project completion, this area would typically flood about once every two years.

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   November 11, 2015

Otak joined in the community-wide celebration on November 7th to mark the grand opening of the new Bothell City Hall. Serving as a community gathering place at the center of the City of Bothell’s municipal campus, this project is part of the first phase of the City’s ambitious downtown revitalization plan. In fitting fashion, a live band kicked off the grand opening for the building last Saturday.

Otak served as the lead civil engineering consultant on the project, working closely with The Miller Hull Partnership, GLY Construction, Vulcan Real Estate, and the City of Bothell. Otak was responsible for demolition, TESC, site layout, site grading, storm drainage, water and sanitary sewer utilities, parking/pavement, and franchise utility coordination. Additional project elements included frontage improvements along the entire City block, off-site utility extensions, and preparation of an early site demolition/preparation package to facilitate the aggressive construction schedule.

The new City Hall includes a 53,000 square foot, four-story office building with Council Chambers and community meeting spaces; a large plaza; and a 254-car parking garage. The garage is designed for shared parking with future development and will be used for public parking during evenings and on weekends. To model sustainability in the built environment, the new structure is designed to LEED Gold specifications and features a solar array, a living wall, and additional LEED-designed components.

Otak is honored to be a part of the City of Bothell’s downtown revitalization efforts and looks forward to working with the City on future projects. More information on the project can be found by clicking here.

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   October 20, 2015

The Lake Oswego / Tigard Water Partnership recently celebrated the ribbon cutting for the Waluga Reservoir No. 2 in Lake Oswego. This project is part of an overall water system upgrade shared by the cities of Lake Oswego and Tigard to provide reliable drinking water to their citizens. Otak provided civil site design and storm system engineering on the Waluga Reservoir.
For more information on this project, visit the website:
http://www.lotigardwater.org/

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   September 25, 2015

On September 18th, Otak participated in PARK(ing) Day, an annual international event where participants turn metered parking spaces into temporary public parks! The purpose, aside from having fun, is to encourage thought and conversation about how public space is created and allocated in our cities.

Otak’s park, Where Plants Meet the Pavement, filled two parking spaces with native plants, many of which were donated by local nurseries. Our park created a safe, comfortable place for people to hang out while learning about the many benefits and varieties of native plants. We also wanted to highlight the importance of green space in creating healthy, sustainable urban communities.

Another key ingredient in creating healthy communities is the work of nonprofit organizations. Otak is lucky to share an office building with Guide Dogs for the Blind, and we frequently see staff and volunteers training dogs and handlers to help empower the visually impaired. We decided to sell the native plants in our park and donate all proceeds to Guide Dogs for the Blind. At the end of the day, we collected $405 for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and all pieces of our park were recycled, reused, or planted.

This was Otak’s second time participating in PARK(ing) Day, and we’re already looking forward to creating a new park next September!

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