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July 2016
   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.

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

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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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