June 22, 2012


On the anniversary of the merger, HanmiGlobal’s (HG) Chairman Jong-hoon Kim recently visited Otak’s offices in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Kirkland and Vancouver, Washington. In a speech to Otak staff, Chairman Kim conveyed his appreciation for the hard work being performed at Otak and optimism for the future of the company. Although the current economic climate is challenging, Chairman Kim identified several promising avenues for future collaboration with the global market. He emphasized HG’s unwavering commitment to the Otak-HG partnership and touched on a few of the changes that have taken place at Otak since his last visit in June of 2011. We thank Chairman Kim for travelling all the way from South Korea to visit us and wish him a safe flight home.


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   June 20, 2012


On June 7, 2012, Otak’s urban designers, Ben Bortolazzo and Martin Glastra van Loon, were invited to participate in an intensive day-long workshop focused on Portland’s developing Central City 2035 plan (CC2035). The purpose of the workshop, organized by the Portland chapters of the AIA, ASLA and APA, was to assist the City of Portland as it moves forward with its CC2035 planning process. CC2035 is an update to the 1988 Central City Plan, which is the existing plan and policy for the downtown and central areas of Portland. In coordination with the Portland Plan, CC2035 will address challenges and opportunities in the Central City to ensure that this unique economic, transportation, cultural and educational hub will continue to be a vibrant resource over the next 25 years. Throughout the workshop, Ben and Martin explored issues, developed concepts and tested ideas with city leadership, staff and fellow professionals. Results of the successful workshop were displayed to the public as part of Portland’s monthly “First Thursday” art gallery visitation event.

Submitted by Martin Glastra Van Loon


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   June 12, 2012

The National Association of Environmental Professionals held their annual conference last month at the Hilton Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon. Otak was a Rose Garden Sponsor and attendees included Kate Schwarzler and Andrew Midwood from our offices in Cabondale and Denver, Colorado, and Geoff Brady from our office in Tempe, Arizona. The conference was a huge success with several informative lectures including a presentation Kate delivered with Guy Cramer of HyperStealth about our work with the Bureau of Land Management’s camouflage program. Thanks in part to Kate’s presentation, plenty of people stopped by the Otak exhibit booth to ask questions. Fortunately our traditional booth was supplemented by two iPads which allowed us to present and even demonstrate some of our exciting work. We look forward to attending next year’s conference!



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   June 8, 2012


This year two design professionals from our Lake Oswego office lent their expertise to high school students in the Portland Metro area. Engineer Scott Shumaker, and landscape architect Kaitlin North, served as mentors with the ACE Mentor program of Oregon. This 12-week program is an engaging and informative way for high school students to learn about career possibilities in architecture, construction and engineering. Scott’s team of 12 students and six mentors was responsible for designing a bike shop on the east side of the Willamette River in Portland. “They brainstormed, proposed, argued, and compromised,” said Scott, “many of which happen during a real project!” Kaitlin’s team designed a visitor center and students created all kinds of drawings and plans from building sections and elevations to planting plans and even cost estimating! At the end of the program, the students presented their creations to a packed auditorium of teachers, parents and design professionals. This was Kaitlin’s first year volunteering with the ACE mentor program, but, according to her, it probably won’t be the last: “I will definitely volunteer to be an ACE mentor again because it was so rewarding to work with these incredibly talented students!”



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   June 4, 2012

The SE 172nd Avenue/SE 190th Drive Corridor Management Plan project has won a National Association of Counties Achievement Award! Furthermore, the project won Best in Category in the planning category, and only 16 Best in Category awards are conferred. A plaque will be presented during the Awards Ceremony at the NACo conference in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on July 15. Otak worked with Kittelson and Associates to provide transportation planning and preliminary engineering for improvements to SE 172nd Avenue in Gresham, Oregon. The improvements include changing the landscape of a two-lane rural roadway into a three-to-five-lane roadway accommodating multi-modal accessibility and possible roundabouts while maintaining some of the scenic views.

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