Columbia Palisades Subdivision: Camas, Washington

The Washington State Department of Transportation retained Otak for master planning, land use permitting, and infrastructure design for this prime piece of 90-acre property overlooking the Columbia River. This exclusive lifestyle community contains luxury residences, offices, parks and open space, a hotel, commercial buildings, and an open-air amphitheater. We are providing planning, survey, civil engineering, stormwater design, landscape architecture, and construction services. Located on a historic rock quarry, the site has a 180-foot elevation change. At least 180,000 cubic yards of rocks and boulders were excavated to clear the way for 8,500 linear feet of roads, including a roundabout for efficient traffic flow. The complex stormwater design includes right-of-way catch basins, conveyance piping, and mechanical stormwater treatment and regional detention/discharge facilities. We worked with the City of Vancouver to create a subarea plan, which led to the Columbia Palisades Master Plan. Coordinating with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, we’re preparing a quarry reclamation plan and natural resources mitigation plan. A successful public-private partnership, this important project is a prime example of redeveloping underused lands.

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Director of Surveying

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Senior Water Resources Engineer