Welcome to Otak
Transforming communities, one project at a time.
Sustainable solutions born from diverse experience.
Working toward a shared vision, together.
Welcome to Otak

Our Why.

Otak is about people. We have values that don’t end or begin in the work place. Our work realizes communities and places that once could only be imagined. Click the play button to see a short video on Why We come to Work.

Pleased to Meet You

Meet Jon Yamashita.

“I work with so many different clients and a staggering variety of projects–often in very remote places.  I often just step back and take in the landscape we work in.”

Specialty: explaining complex or arcane survey practices in a way even marketing can understand.

Pleased to Meet You

Meet Ann Nguyen.

“Otak values my work and I value the opportunities to provide design and input on community interest, National Parks, and international projects.”

Specialty: Community-driven Urban Planning

Pleased to Meet You

Meet Jonathan Nyone.

“Every employee I’ve met at Otak and DAY CPM shares the desire to collaborate with other disciplines to provide the best service to our clients.”

Specialty: a passion for problem solving through collaboration

Architecture
Civil Engineering
Planning
PM/CM & Owner's Representative
Survey & Mapping
Transportation
Urban Design
Water Resources
Discover why Otak is different

Search our Experience.

It’s our people. It’s our projects. It’s our perspectives. All in one place.

Our Projects

Hotel Indigo | Kirkland Tower

Otak is helping shape the face of Vancouver’s waterfront, with both sustainable design and vibrant economy.

Location: Vancouver, WA
Client: Kirkland Development

Our Projects

Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA) Infrastructure Improvements

Otak’s work for the City of Burien and Port of Seattle will help create a diversified local economy and protect the area’s natural resources.

Location: Washington
Client: City of Burien & Port of Seattle

Our Projects

The Portland Building

Managing the complexity of renovating the iconic Portland Building is all in day’s work for our Project Managers/Construction Managers at  Day CPM.

Location: Portland, Oregon
Client: City of Portland

Hear it from Us

Four Ways an Art + Science Approach Produces Better Results

More than 500 years ago, renaissance artist Leonardo DaVinci said “art is the queen of all sciences, communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” Just as DaVinci believed a person needs to study the science of art and the art of science to develop a complete mind, the marriage of art, structure, sustainability, and planning is essential to developing complete projects.

The Otak Family

Story of Sustainable Growth

DAY CPM became a division of Otak in early 2017, combining Otak’s creative design skills and expertise with DAY’s outstanding track record for client service, owner’s representative services, and efficient project management.  Late that year, Loris and Associates added engineering design strength and brand power to cement our position in Denver regional market. Loris  fully merged with Otak in 2019 as a single brand in Colorado and is growing.  Both firms have contributed significantly to Otak’s overall success.

Both acquisitions were a direct result of the vision of Otak 2020, our 5-year Strategic Plan launched in 2015.  Otak 2020 didn’t  just focus on revenue and profitability as a goal; they are means to be a better company.  By investing in our people, selecting and delivering meaningful projects, and maintaining the trust our clients place in us, we’ve earned the right to grow.  Through organic growth and acquisition, Otak has met goals for growth every year. Stay tuned as we add to our company.

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Where "work friends" become real friends.

The work environment we’ve created is built on a simple concept: Forging connections between people and their communities.

Welcome to Otak

Forging stronger connections between people and their communities.

Being a leading planning, design, engineering and owner’s representative firm means changing the conversation for the better. That’s why we bring a broader focus to all of our projects, exploring how integrated design and project delivery can affect the community experience — long after our work is done.

Our Projects

Hotel Indigo | Kirkland Tower

Location: Vancouver, WA
Client: Kirkland Development

Our Projects

Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA) Infrastructure Improvements

Location: Washington
Client: City of Burien & Port of Seattle

Our Projects

The Portland Building

Location: Portland, Oregon
Client: City of Portland

Architecture
Planning
Project Management/Construction Management
Construction Management & Inspection
Urban Design
Civil Engineering
Transportation
Water & Natural Resources
Surveying
What We Do

The experience of an industry leader and the heart of a trusted neighbor.

From timeless national parks to private buildings that define urban spaces, Otak has an extensive portfolio of public and private projects. We understand how important it is to love where you live, work, and play — and we’re on a mission to build stronger, more vibrant communities.

Pleased to Meet You

Meet Curtis LaPierre.

“to me National Parks are sacred ground; our work shouldn’t stand out boldly, but blend in to be nearly unnoticed.”

Specialty: finding just the right design to fit the particular project need.

Pleased To Meet You

Meet Windi Shapley.

“I may be the PM or the design engineer, but when we meet as a team, we have just one goal and everyone has an equal contribution.”

Specialty: Understanding not every problem is a technical one, and that all projects are about people.

Pleased To Meet You

Meet Brian Murphy.

“Natural systems will find their own way if you let them; at Otak we strive to find a way for natural and built systems to compliment each other.”

Specialty: applying the benefits of integrated design.

Architecture
Urban Design
Transportation
Planning
Water and Natural Resources
Project Management
Construction Management
Survey
Discover the Otak Difference

Search for a specialty, find a solution.

Our multidisciplinary team brings deep knowledge across every facet of a project, ensuring you receive the highest level of expertise and service from concept to completion.

Hear it from Us

Four Ways an Art + Science Approach Produces Better Results

More than 500 years ago, renaissance artist Leonardo DaVinci said “art is the queen of all sciences, communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” Just as DaVinci believed a person needs to study the science of art and the art of science to develop a complete mind, the marriage of art, structure, sustainability, and planning is essential to developing complete projects.

Welcome to Otak

For us, it's all about community.

Whether enriching the communities around us with better design, or building our own with a collaborative, integrated-team approach to every project, we know one thing for sure: we’re stronger together. Integrated delivery and integrated specialties — it’s the Otak way. Click the play button to see a short video about Otak’s Why.

Pleased to Meet You

Meet Allison Nichols

“My college professor shared her passion for stream restoration and got me excited about becoming a water resources engineer.”

Specialty: Synthesizing her team’s ideas and put a plan set together.

Pleased to Meet You

Meet Gary Reddick

“Otak’s culture and history is about blending and integrating–that’s a great fit for me to practice the art and science of great design.”

Specialty: Making communities beautiful and highly functional

Otak Gives Back

Otak helps the fish pass through in Zackuse Creek

We encourage our staff to volunteer in their communities by giving them an option to earn extra vacation time for their volunteer hours.

Otak Is Were People Shine

Our people get recognized

Shared values and a penchant for collaboration helps set the stage for great projects and successful careers.  From Women of Vision to APWA National Project of the Year, we get recognized.

Otak Where innovation is Rewarded

Our innnovation shows in our project awards

The Swift BRT system has proven to be an innovative solution successfully integrating transit networks across communities and effectively connecting the broader region.  Otak was honored with  the 2019 WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions – Large Projects Award, not only for the innovative solutions, but also in recognition of the accomplishments of this women-led team.

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Where "work friends" become real friends.

The work environment we’ve created is built on a simple concept: We are stronger when we solve problems together; whether that happens in the office or in the middle of a rapid is part of the fun.

Hear it from Us

Four Ways an Art + Science Approach Produces Better Results

More than 500 years ago, renaissance artist Leonardo DaVinci said “art is the queen of all sciences, communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” Just as DaVinci believed a person needs to study the science of art and the art of science to develop a complete mind, the marriage of art, structure, sustainability, and planning is essential to developing complete projects.

Sustainability
Equity & Inclusion
Environmental Stewardship
Community Engagement
Discover the Otak Difference

Search for a specialty, find a solution.

Collaboration among a a interdisciplinary team brings deep knowledge across every facet of a project; it also mean people have opportunities to grow their career and deepen their relationships.

Our Projects

Swift Blue Line BRT

Otak has stood by Community Transit every step of it 15-year program to bring BRT to western Washington.

Location: Snohomish County, WA
Client: Community Transit

Our Projects

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Visitor Center and Plaza Paver System Rehabilitation

Otak’s work for the National Park Service is deeply satisfying for the team members who work on them.

Location: Key Stone S.D
Client: National Park Service

The Otak Family

Story of Growth

Otak acquired DAY CPM in early 2017, combining Otak’s creative design skills and expertise with DAY’s outstanding track record for owner’s representative services through deep client service  and standard-setting project management.

Boulder Colorado-based Loris and Associates joined Otak’s Denver and Bolder presence to deepen our engineering and design capability, particularly in open space and parks planning and design, active transportation, and natural systems design. Loris is now  fully integrated into the Otak family.