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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.

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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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   August 17, 2015

Otak’s Portland staff celebrated the summer last week at Punch Bowl Social! We enjoyed complimentary food and drinks while playing darts, ping pong, Skee ball, and bowling. The real highlight came when a few of our talented singers took over the karaoke machine and rocked the mic. We can’t wait for the next performance from our musically talented – and musically well-intentioned – staff!

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   August 14, 2015

Congratulations to Otak’s Underdog Sports League Kickball Team on winning the Kickball Championship! Otak won the Underdog Sports League Volleyball Championship earlier this year, so this is our second Underdog Sports League Championship in 2015 so far.  Let’s hope our winning streak continues!

 

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   July 14, 2015

On Saturday, July 11, several Otakians joined other Habitat for Humanity volunteers and future home owners to help construct homes at Allen Estates in Beaverton, Oregon. The homes were in various stages of construction, and volunteers participated in tasks ranging from blocking and sealing to constructing walls. The team enjoyed the slightly cooler weather and the opportunity to use power tools and pound in lots of nails!

Habitat for Humanity homeowners are required to spend 500 hours volunteering with the organization to work on their homes before they get their zero interest mortgages. The houses that we worked on cost approximately $85,000 to construct and are worth about $180,000 on the market.

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   June 15, 2015

Otak’s stream professionals from the Portland office walked several tributaries of the Tualatin River to assess the geomorphic condition of the streams and collect baseline data prior to the planned River Terrace community development further upstream in Tigard. The geomorphic assessments involved measuring channel geometry, sampling bed material, documenting habitat and riparian characteristics, and evaluating fluvial erosion and bank instabilities. Otak worked closely with staff from the City of Tigard, and the findings of the study will inform the development of design alternatives with the goal of protecting the existing streams from degradation.

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   June 15, 2015

We are proud to announce that Otak Attack, our Portland office’s co-ed volleyball team, won the Underdog Sports Softcore Spring League Championship! In addition to winning the championship, the league recognized several members of Otak Attack as “Player of the Week” over the course of the season. Congratulations, Otak Attack, and good luck defending your title next year!

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   May 26, 2015

Staff from Otak’s Portland, Vancouver, and Redmond offices attended the 22nd American Trails International Trails Symposium at the Oregon Convention Center last week. Conference sessions highlighted a variety of trails from around the world, and one of the sessions dealt with Otak’s Redmond Central Connector project in Redmond, Washington. Otak also had a booth at the conference showcasing some of our recent trail projects.

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   May 13, 2015

Otakians joined over 3,000 other people to celebrate the Foster Floodplain Natural Area (formerly East Lents Floodplain Restoration Project) during this year’s East Portland Sunday Parkway. Members of our water and natural resources team ran a stream simulation table on loan from River Restoration Northwest. The stream simulation table allowed kids (and adults) to ‘play engineer’ by shaping various river forms, adding flow obstructions such as culverts and large woody debris, and building a dam or two. The table shows how rivers respond to human modifications and is an engaging way to show the value of floodplain restoration projects. Otak staff also informed visitors about the design and function of the Natural Area, which is now in its third year of vegetative maintenance. To date, the project has exceeded expectations and has prevented flooding of Foster Road.

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