August 15, 2016

Otak’s summer celebration at Punch Bowl Social brought our local team together for an afternoon of food, drinks, and fun! Ping pong and bowling brought out the competitive spirit, while our in-house talent rocked the karaoke room. Whether socializing inside or enjoying the sun on the patio, staff kept cool with root beer floats, chocolate shakes, and local microbrews and snacks.

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   August 15, 2016

After the summer party at the Punch Bowl, this cheerful group of Otakians made their way to Providence Park and saw Portland Timbers win their Champions League match against Salvadorian Club Deportivo Dragón. The final score was  2-1 on a 90th minute goal. #TeamBuilding

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   August 4, 2016

The Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission System (DCWTS) is Clark Regional Wastewater District’s 20-year, multi-phase program to provide for the conveyance of wastewater from the Ridgefield Urban Growth Area to the Salmon Creek Wastewater Management System. This project increases Ridgefield’s wastewater capacity and supports future economic development and growth in our region.

Otak helped the City of Ridgefield study wastewater treatment and conveyance options for more than six years, including performing studies to determine the best route, projecting population and flow, and determining the best connection point in Ridgefield. We developed an engineering report that met Washington Department of Ecology standards, as well as 30 percent plans and a design report. Otak led the team that developed construction documents for Phase 1 of the DCWTS. This $25 million project includes upgrades to two pump stations, construction of two new pump stations, and construction of eight miles of a 14- to 16-inch force main. 

After more than a decade of planning and two years of construction, the first phase of this major project connecting Ridgefield junction to the Salmon Creek Treatment Plant held a grand opening on Wednesday! The event was well attended.

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   August 3, 2016

On Tuesday, August 2nd the Architecture, Planning and Design Team kicked off their lunchtime sketching sessions with a trip to the Ira Keller Fountain. Sketching sessions will be held at a different downtown location each week.  The team is looking forward to enjoying Portland’s great urban spaces and the beautiful summer weather.

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   July 29, 2016

On July 22nd, Bucklin Hill Road NW in Silverdale WA was opened after an almost 13-month closure to replace the old two-lane roadway embankment with a new four-lane bridge! 

The community turned out in large numbers to celebrate with local dignitaries and the residents of the adjacent Crista Shores Senior Living Community as they cut the ribbon and crossed the bridge.

The residents weren’t the only ones to benefit from this crossing – salmon and other estuary inhabitants now have free passage under the 240-foot, three-span bridge allowing the restoration of natural functions to the long-blocked passage of Clear Creek. Increased numbers of fish and macroinvertabrates have already been documented along with recent sightings of additional bird species.



The project also improved vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic, with new lanes, better sidewalks, improved grades and accessible routes for all.



Gray skies and threats of rain couldn’t dampen our fun. Having worked on the project since 2010, Otak’s team was almost as excited as this guy!

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   July 27, 2016

The Architecture, Planning, and Design Group staff and their families recently took time to relax and have fun at a potluck picnic at the countryside home of one of its architects. Along with the epicurean delights and good conversation, a plethora of activities were enjoyed by the picnic participants. Games included full-size Jenga, frisbee, archery, and tight-rope walking. Activities for the kids, young and old, included petting and feeding the baby goats, jumping in the bouncy house, and having their faces painted with fun designs.

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   July 20, 2016

As Biketown, Portland’s bike share program rolls out this week, four Biketown founding members from Otak go for a ride.

(from left to right) Glen Bolen, Tammi Connolly, Katie Kersten, and Andy Kutansky 

We walk towards the orange bike hub located one block from our office. Excited to try out the new system and see what it’s all about. After entering the code and pin, unlocking the u-lock and placing it on the bike, and wearing our Otak hardhats for safety, we’re off.

We ride the streets of Portland shifting gears with smiles on our faces. This will be a great way to travel around town and get some exercise. After our 20 minute 2.5 mile ride we’re back at the hub, locking them up and heading back to the office. 

The overall consensus was they were easy to check in and out, not as heavy as we imagined, and fun to ride. We recommend trying it out!

If you’re visiting Otak, the hub at 3rd between Morrison and Yamhill is closest to us.

Have Questions? Below is a link to frequently asked questions.

Biketown FAQ

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   July 11, 2016

Congratulations to Otak's newest Professional Engineer, Neil Schaner!

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   July 8, 2016

Yellowstone National Park, Brink of Upper Falls Overlook came in at number one to receive a $250,000 grant!


For more information click here.

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   June 14, 2016

Otak’s overlook rehabilitation design at the Brink of the Upper Falls in Yellowstone National Park is one of 20 national park unit projects competing for a $250,000 grant through a public voting contest. Brink of the Upper Falls is just one of several sites from Phase 1 of our Yellowstone National Parks Overlooks and Trails Project, which will provide much-needed restoration and improvements to the deteriorating north and south rim trails and overlooks that wrap the Canyon Rim—from Inspiration Point to Artist Point. Phase 1 design solutions include re-routing trails away from dangerous areas and installing stone and boulder barriers; connecting historic overlooks with new walkways; creating safe, accessible viewing areas with new informational signage; and using natural materials to integrate the infrastructure into the spires and Canyon cliffs.



Show your support for Yellowstone and our project by going to and voting daily until July 5th. Once you’ve signed up and voted, you can also enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Yellowstone National Park—each day you vote, you get an additional entry! 

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