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January 2014
   January 31, 2014

Our office in Kirkland, Washington, is ready to watch their Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday! Several die-hard fans came to work on Friday decked out in Seahawks gear to show their support.

Go Seahawks!

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   January 30, 2014

Otak is pleased to welcome six new hires!

Ken Ackerman, PE, has joined Otak as a senior project manager working out of our office in Portland, Oregon. He brings over 20 years of experience in management, design, and construction of public improvement projects and private site development. He has worked in both the public and private sectors completing preliminary alignment analysis and cost estimating, roadway and trail final design, and construction management. Ken also has vast experience and training in designing roundabouts and ADA-accessible routes. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and he is a member of the American Public Works Association, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and the 40-Mile Loop Land Trust.

Laura Kindt, PE, has joined Otak as a senior project manager working out of our office in Denver, Colorado. She brings seven years of experience as a water resources engineer working on multidisciplinary civil engineering projects throughout Colorado, California, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico, Michigan, Arizona, and North Dakota. She earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Jennifer Snider has joined Otak as a project assistant working out of Otak’s office in Portland, Oregon. Jennifer has worked as a legal assistant, office manager, and administrative assistant, and she has experience in accounts payable and accounts receivable. She graduated with honors from Western Business College with a diploma in the Legal Assistant program.

Britney Child has joined Otak as a file clerk and office assistant working out of our office in Portland, Oregon. Britney had been working for us on a temporary basis for three months, and prior to joining Otak, she worked for five years at a manufacturing plant in Las Vegas. She is currently pursuing a degree in childhood and family studies.

Teresa Vanich has joined Otak as a project assistant working out of our office in Kirkland, Washington. She brings over 20 years of experience in the construction industry in Washington. She recently worked on the Pro-Type Data Center for Microsoft in Quincy, Washington.

Amber Swanson has joined Otak as an intern architect working out of our office in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining Otak, she worked as a technical draftsperson at a private engineering firm. Amber earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon, and during her studies, she served as a teaching assistant aiding in first-year architecture studios and reviews.

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   January 28, 2014

The Hawaii Pedestrian Toolbox project created by Otak won an APA National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation Planning! The toolbox is a companion document to the Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan for Hawaii and presents context sensitive design guidelines and complete streets design details, as well as guidance for education, maintenance, and operation of pedestrian facilities. In addition to developing the toolbox, Otak assisted CH2M Hill, the prime consultant for the project, with overall plan development, graphic design, and stakeholder involvement and education efforts. The plan documents policy, existing conditions, and efforts in education, enforcement, and engineering that will be used to implement pedestrian initiatives and improve pedestrian safety in Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration provided leadership and guidance for the project. Otak is proud to have been a part of the team on this important, award-winning project!

To visit the APA Awards website, please click here.

To view the Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan and Hawaii Pedestrian Toolbox, please click here.

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   January 27, 2014

Otakians Mark Shelby, John Longbotham, and Nico Vanderhorst attended the Grand Opening celebration for the new Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington, last Saturday. The Snohomish School District constructed this $22-million state-of-the-art facility as part of their most recent bond measure program. The City of Snohomish is providing free water and sanitary sewer service to support this community facility, and the ceremony concluded with an inaugural 50-yard sprint by the captains of the Snohomish High School and Glacier Peak High School swim teams.

Otak provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services as a subconsultant to DOWA.

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   January 20, 2014

Otak’s East Lents Floodplain Restoration project won a 2014 ACEC Oregon Engineering Excellence Grand Award!

The ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards recognize engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of innovation, achievement, and value, and winners were announced last week at ACEC Oregon’s Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner. The Grand Award was given to six of the 20 submitted projects.

To learn more about the award-winning East Lents Floodplain Restoration, please click here.

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   January 13, 2014

The Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI) is a nationwide non-profit organization that serves as a legal resource for stakeholders in the affordable and public housing industry. Kurt Creager, Otak’s Director of Housing and Community Development, has been an HDLI board member for 15 years. In the January 2014 issue of HDLI’s newsletter, The Counsellor, Kurt is featured in the HDLI Board Member Spotlight section.

To view the newsletter, please click here.

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