January 28, 2013

Two Otak projects won 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards from the Washington Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at their annual awards banquet!

In the category of Future Value to the Engineering Profession and Perception by the Public, Otak won a Gold Award for our Spring Creek Pedestrian Bridge in Winthrop, Washington. This bridge is a 385-foot clear-span cable-stay structure over the Methow River with elements designed to reflect the 18th Century steel construction in accordance with the historical context of the town.

Otak also won a Bronze Award for the SE Southworth Drive Curley Creek Bridge Replacement project for Kitsap County. This project involved the replacement of a 100-foot three-span cast-in-place concrete bridge that was built in 1929. The new structure, considered self-mitigating by the resource agencies, is a single, longer-span bridge that placed new piers outside the ordinary high water mark with widening of the channel to replicate historical conditions.

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   January 28, 2013

Three Otak projects received 2013 Engineering Excellence Honor Awards from the Oregon Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at their annual awards banquet!

The first project to receive an award was the Battle Creek Property Redevelopment in Salem, Oregon. Otak was responsible for redevelopment of the former Battle Creek Golf Course in SE Salem. The post-project Battle Creek property includes a new collector street serving the new Battle Creek Elementary School and an open space designed for flood mitigation and stormwater detention while also providing wildlife habitat and recreational space.

The second project was the I-5: Wilsonville Road Interchange project in Wilsonville, Oregon. This project developed a significant gateway into downtown Wilsonville, increased traffic capacity, and provided significant facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists. Otak led a talented team to develop this fast-track project which includes complex retaining wall designs, low impact stormwater treatment, colorful landscaping, and artistic streetscape features.

Finally, the third project to receive an award was the Crystal Creek Pedestrian Bridge in Olympic National Park, Washington. This was a joint submittal with Hart Crowser. This project involved an approximate 160-foot-span suspension bridge over Crystal Creek along the Boulder Creek Trail. The west side main stay cables have a back span that is anchored into the ground while the east side main stay cables are anchored to a rock cliff directly adjacent to the bridge.

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   January 23, 2013

Otak is pleased to announce four new hires!

Mike Davies has joined Otak as a Principal Engineer working out of our office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mike is a Chartered Civil Engineer and qualified arbitrator with more than 20 years of experience in major infrastructure projects throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He has worked on major bridge projects in the United Arab Emirates and throughout the world, and his expertise in concrete and steel bridge construction has been utilized on other specialized steel and concrete structures in design, fabrication, and construction supervision roles. Mike holds a Master of Laws degree in Construction Law and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University in Scotland, and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering (with honors) from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Tammi Connolly, PE, has joined Otak as a Water Resources Engineer working out of our office in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Tammi brings almost ten years of experience designing and permitting municipal water and stormwater facilities, assessing existing municipal water facilities, and conducting municipal water system conservation and master planning. Tammi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Oregon State University. She is active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and last year she chaired the Sustainable Stormwater Symposium Planning Committee for ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Group.

Hala Zainal, LEED Green Associate, has joined Otak as an Architect working out of our office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Hala is a multi-skilled architect who brings a passion for heightening awareness for the need for sustainable approaches within the built environment in the Middle East. She has worked on several projects in the United Arab Emirates and has a broad understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the architectural profession. Hala earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and her Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

Rod Del Mundo has joined Otak as a CAD Technician working out of our office in Kirkland, Washington. Rod has served as a CAD Technician at several private engineering firms in the Seattle area, and prior to joining Otak he served as an Engineering Technician for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Afghanistan Engineering District – North Engineering and Construction Operations Branch, CAD Department in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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   January 22, 2013


Otak’s Melanie McCandless has recently been voted on to the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Board of Directors! Melanie is a Water Resources Engineering Designer in our Lake Oswego, Oregon, office, and she has been volunteering with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council extensively since moving to the area in 2008. Congratulations, Melanie!

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