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.
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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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   September 23, 2015

Several of Otak’s water and natural resources team members attended and presented at the biennial EWRG & APWA Sustainable Stormwater Symposium last week in Portland, Oregon. This conference focuses on the current practice of stormwater planning, design, and implementation, and was co-chaired by Otak’s Tammi Connolly with Otak as a platinum sponsor. Otak principal Kevin Timmins presented with Jadene Stensland of Clean Water Services on the T.R.U.S.T. continuous simulation software which Otak helped develop. Otak’s Trista Kobluskie also presented, joining Lori Faha from the City of Tigard to discuss the benefits of integrating stormwater management facilities into the development site plan as a community amenity. The two-day symposium was capped off by a half-day bike tour, the Bike-BMP-n’-Brew Tour, which took the group on a guided tour of local stormwater BMPs around Portland. Otak’s Rose Horton hauled a five-gallon water jug in her bike trailer to test the infiltration of some pervious pavement installations. It was a fun and informative event, and we look forward to participating in the next symposium!

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   September 15, 2015

Otak’s Tempe Office participated in a volunteer effort for Habitat for Humanity, Central Arizona at their ReStore facility in Mesa, Arizona. Habitat’s ReStore operates through the sale of new and gently-used furniture, home goods and building materials. ReStore receives all goods for their five Phoenix Metro-Valley stores through donations from various establishments, corporations and individuals. All proceeds, after operating costs, go directly back to Habitat for Humanity, Central Arizona. 

Our team provided tasks that included stocking newly inventoried items, furniture assembly and general store clean-up. We are looking forward to participating in similar events in the future!

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   September 4, 2015

The Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers went head to head at Century Link Field on Sunday, August 30th. Several Otak employees from the Portland office drove to Seattle to join Redmond employees for some friendly rivalry.

The soccer action started with a goal in the 6th minute by Seattle’s Obafemi Martins, who took advantage of Portland’s failure to clear the ball out of the goal box. Portland had the majority of the possession in the first half, with several shots on goal, including a break away by new Portland player Lucas Melano, all of which were stopped by Seattle keeper Stefan Frei. Just before halftime, Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey was called for a questionable foul in the box on Martins, leading to a penalty kick which Brad Evans converted to a 2-0 lead.

Portland’s Diego Valeri connected on a corner kick with defender Jack Jewsbury to pull back a goal in the 58th minute. Portland continued to attack throughout the second half, but could not find the back of the net and the game ended with a 2-1 victory for Seattle.

Fun was had by all!

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   September 2, 2015

Otak's Josh Owens tests the Colorado Dam Paddle Trail project.


Two breweries have released a special beer with the proceeds being donated to help fund the Bend Whitewater Park project that Otak designed and is nearing the end of construction.

To read the press release, click here.

For more information about the beer, click here.


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   August 26, 2015

On Monday, a group from the Architecture department at Otak took a trip to see the nearly completed MET Community & Educational Center. The project features a large community pool, K-12 classrooms, a gymnasium and worship space, as well as a smaller community meeting room and administrative offices. The project was designed around a large existing tree that was able to be preserved.  As with a community funded project, many of the interior finishes were sourced within the community, donated or otherwise.

MET's Mission
To view the mission click here.

The Muslim Educational Trust (MET) was founded in 1993 with a mission to serve and bring the community together through Education, Outreach, Scholarship, and Recreation and to enrich the public’s understanding and dispel common myths and stereotypes about Islam. MET seeks to serve the growing Muslim community’s educational, social, and spiritual needs in order to develop generations of proud and committed Muslims who will lead our community to the forefront of bridge-building dialogue, faith-based community service, and stewardship of Earth and humanity.

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   August 24, 2015

Fifteen Otakians came out to defend their Kickball Without Borders championship title on Saturday, August 22nd at Glen Haven Park in Portland. After an undefeated morning, a great barbeque, and raffle, team “Shark Otak” came in second to a very deserving team with a final score of 2-3. Otak joined 13 other local A&E firms to raise money for the Portland Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, who currently have projects in Haiti, Ecuador, Honduras, and Tanzania.


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   August 24, 2015

Earlier this month, Greg Laird (Otak Principal and Water Resource Engineer) hosted the Redmond, Washington, office picnic at his house and farm. The weather was beautiful, and Greg and his wife, Cathy, provided lots of fun for kids and adults of all ages. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and drinks! We thank Greg and Cathy for the fun-filled day!

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