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June 2011
   June 24, 2011

Chris Brandt, a landscape architect in Otak’s Carbondale office, recently won first place in the Land8 Doodle contest. His piece titled “Coffee and Cyclocross” uses spilled coffee as inspiration. Brandt said, “The spilled coffee made me think of riding in the mud.” To check out this masterpiece, along with a few other works of art, please click here.

  

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   June 24, 2011

Check out our latest e-newsletter where we talk about our merger with HanmiGlobal, as well as our 30-year anniversary!

To view the e-newsletter, please click here

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   June 21, 2011

On Monday, four Otakians, an engineer, architect, surveyor, and network administrator, all rode their motorcycles into the Lake Oswego office. In doing so, they not only enjoyed the morning sunshine, but also helped the Earth. Four motorcycles on the road, instead of fours cars on the road equates to roughly the following (if the motorcycles were ridden to work every day for one week):

• Burned 12 less gallons of gas
• Saved $45 in fuel
• Used two parking stalls instead of four
• Caused significantly less wear and tear on the roads
• 4 more happy people in the world…

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   June 17, 2011

Joe Dills, AICP, Otak principal, was recently recognized by the American Planning Association for 30 years of contributions to the planning profession. Joe is considered one of Oregon’s leading practitioners of integrated land use and transportation planning. He specializes in land use planning, public involvement, transportation and growth management, and land use regulations and sustainable communities. Starting with ODOT’s first pilot Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) project in 1993 (the Northwest Newberg Specific Plan), Joe has been the lead planner in more than 50 TGM program projects, ranging from transportation system plans to smart growth master plans to codes. Recently, he worked on several landmark projects in the United Arab Emirates, including the Khalifa B City Master Plan, the overall Development Regulations Framework for the Abu Dhabi Metro Area, and plans for six sustainable settlements in Al Gharbia.

Throughout his career, Joe has worked with community groups ranging from local neighborhood associations to state agency advisory councils. His core philosophy is that consensus and trust are built through a careful communications process that involves citizens at every step.

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   June 17, 2011

Don Larry, an architect, recently joined Otak’s Tempe office. Don received his Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University in 1972, then taught there 10 years starting in 1988. He has lived and worked in Wales, London, Beijing, and Arizona, and has designed projects in Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, China, and Philippines.

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   June 15, 2011

This year Otak is turning 30! We’re excited to merge with HanmiGlobal.

 

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   June 14, 2011

On Monday, June 13, Otak staff gathered to celebrate this week’s closing of the merger with HanmiGlobal (HG), a publicly owned construction management and project management firm located in Korea. HG acquired a majority share of Otak and will make significant capital investments in the firm. Nawzad Othman (Otak’s CEO), R. Nicholas Loope, FAIA (Otak’s President and COO), and Chairman, Jong Hoon Kim (of HG) spoke to Otakians about the excitement surrounding the merger. In Chairman Kims’ speech, he said “I am very happy that we are beginning a new phase for both businesses. I fully believe that the road ahead for our companies will be prosperous, and will provide valuable experience for the organization as a whole and for each individual.”

 
 
 

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   June 8, 2011

On May 19th five firms were honored at the AIA Washington Council’s 2011 Civic Design Award ceremony at the ACT Theater in Seattle. To qualify, projects had to have been publically funded and designed in the last six years.

Seven awards were given (two Honor, four Merit, and one People’s Choice). Selected from many great entries, Otak was awarded a Merit Award for the Sound Transit Link Light Rail - Beacon Hill Station. Merit awards went to civic architecture with beauty and function.

Jury members said that winners were chosen due to their use of innovation, material selection, and integration that created a design that enhances the built environment.

 

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   June 8, 2011

Otak recently hired Carla Kenyon, a civil engineer in training (EIT). Carla specializes in transportation, planning, and urban design, and recently worked on roadway projects on federal lands in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the University of Portland, where she served as an officer of the University’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She was also president of the University’s chapter of Engineers without Borders.

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   June 8, 2011

This year Otak is turning 30! Our culture is key to our success.

 

 

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