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June 2014
   June 23, 2014

Otak’s Tonya Finley, CFCM, Senior Associate, has been elected to the ACEC Oregon Board of Directors! She is one of two women currently serving on the board, and she is the first non-technical woman to be elected to the position. Tonya is Otak’s Risk Manager/Contracts Administrator and has been active in ACEC since 2003. She is currently the co-chair of the ACEC Oregon Risk Management committee and recently rotated off as an elected ACEC ODOT Liaison Steering Committee member. In addition, she participates in the ODOT Liaison Committee, is past chair and current participant of the ODOT Liaison Procurement Committee and DBE Subcommittee. Earlier this month, Tonya and other members of the ACEC Oregon Board of Directors met with Governor John Kitzhaber to discuss public investment in infrastructure, qualifications-based selection, and other key business issues affecting professional engineers.

Tonya is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. She is an active member of the National Contract Management Association and has been with Otak for over 18 years.

Congratulations, Tonya!

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   June 18, 2014

Joe Primeau passed his Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) Exam, becoming Otak’s 17th ENV SP! Joe is an engineering designer working out of our office in Portland, Oregon, and he will join our other ENV SPs in providing guidance on designing sustainable infrastructure projects.

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   June 17, 2014

The Oregon WWII Memorial Dedication Ceremony took place on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day to celebrate the generosity, service, and sacrifice of a great community and to honor all 3,771 Oregonians who were killed in combat during the war. Otak was a proud contributor to the project providing pro-bono design services for the Memorial, including survey, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and structural engineering. In June 2011, Bob Plame, a previous client, solicited Otak’s assistance in working with the WWII Memorial Foundation, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Oregon Memorials in the design and preparation of construction plans for the memorial. 

The dedication ceremony was held on a beautiful spring afternoon on Oregon State Capitol grounds with an overflowing crowd of over 1,000 attendees. Speakers and dignitaries included Gov. John Kitzhaber; former Gov. Ted Kulongoski; Bill Markham, a WWII combat pilot and former state legislator; Oregon National Guard officers; and Bob Maxwell, the last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient. Otakians Don Hanson, David Haynes, and Mike Peebles attended the inspirational event, and it was a true honor to be among the many heroes that have served our country at home and abroad. 

As a contributor to the Oregon WWII Memorial, Otak was able to present names of WWII honorees for recognition on a plaque and/or at an information reader board at the site. These heroes have an Oregon connection and served in WWII.

Pvt. Clarence Martin Hanson, Army
Went through Normandy landing and served in France. Father of Don Hanson, a Principal at Otak.

Cpl. John Michael Beyer Jr., Marines
Served for 26 months in the South Pacific. Father-in-law of Scott Sanders, a civil designer at Otak.

John Albert Snider, Chief Storekeeper(AA), Navy
A Pearl Harbor survivor. Grandfather of Jennifer Snider, a project assistant at Otak.
  
Jack Alfred Emlet, Machinist’s Mate, First Class, Navy
Grandfather of Shannon Graham, an accounts payable administrator at Otak.

1st. Lt. Neil B. Faunce,  100th AAF Base Unit, Army
Grandfather of Tammi Connolly, a Water Resource Engineer at Otak.

For additional information: http://www.oregonwwiimemorial.com/

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   June 17, 2014

Otak’s Beth Johannessen has recently passed her LEED AP Homes exam! Beth is a landscape design professional working out of our office in Tempe, Arizona, and her new accreditation will allow her to provide input on designing healthy, durable homes that produce less waste and use fewer resources. Congratulations, Beth!

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   June 10, 2014

Otak’s Michael Fadden has recently passed his PE exam! Michael is a civil engineer who has been with our Kirkland office for almost a year and a half, and he has worked on several significant projects in Washington including the East Grand Sewer System Replacement in Everett, and the 30th Street NE Area Flooding project in Auburn. Congratulations, Michael!

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   June 4, 2014

AIA Portland organized an Open Ideas Competition called STITCH, soliciting creative ideas to reclaim a site over the I-405 freeway with the objective of  stitching together downtown Portland to Goose Hollow and the Stadium District. The jury, including Otak’s Martin Glastra van Loon, selected three inspiring winners out of 40 received submissions, and AIA Portland is compiling the shortlisted entries into a book to give to the City of Portland and other local agencies. AIA Portland hosted an event last month to announce the winners, and you may view the winning entries here.

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   June 2, 2014

Otakians Tim Kraft, Liz Gilliam, Gary Wolff, and Melanie McCandless joined others in celebrating Johnson Creek on May 22 at Reed College. Approximately 180 attendees were present for the raffle, State of the Watershed report, Riffle Awards presentations, and guest speaker Dr. Colin Thorne. Dr. Thorne spoke about the values of blue-green infrastructure in the United States and the United Kingdom and highlighted the importance of Johnson Creek in the region. Otak designed the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services’ East Lents Floodplain Project (now the Foster Floodplain Natural Area), which plays an integral role in flood risk management in the watershed. Melanie McCandless currently serves as the Treasurer on the Council’s Board of Directors.

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   June 2, 2014

Otak’s Matt Klym has recently passed his PE exam! Matt began working at Otak in 2005, and he has provided street and site layout, utility systems design, project cost estimation, as-built coordination, ADA implementation, and mass site grading on public and private projects. He has played an integral role on several projects in Portland’s South Waterfront district, as well as several master-planned community and multifamily housing projects. Congratulations, Matt!

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