May 30, 2013

Congratulations to Ryan Hawkins for passing his PE exam! Ryan is part of our water resources team in Kirkland, Washington, and he has worked on a wide range of projects including stormwater system design, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, stream channel geomorphic and stability studies, fish passable culvert design, and designing channel and in-stream aquatic habitat improvements. We thank Ryan for putting in the time and hard work necessary for passing the PE exam, and we look forward to his continued contribution to Otak!

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   May 21, 2013

Otakians in Tempe recently went on a team office outing to an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game! They hopped on the light rail and headed to the ballpark where their hometown Diamondbacks beat the visiting Atlanta Braves. It was a good win for the Diamondbacks and a wonderful opportunity for Otakians in Tempe to spend some time together away from the office.

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   May 16, 2013

Melanie McCandless is now an Envision Sustainability Professional! She is the second Otakian to earn her credentials through this program that encourages sustainability in infrastructure. Otak is an Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Charter Member, and we appreciate Melanie taking the time and effort to further her knowledge of sustainable design. Congratulations, Melanie!

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   May 7, 2013

Congratulations to Jenny Ngo on becoming a LEED Green Associate! Jenny is a planner working out of our office in Kirkland, Washington, and our LEED Accredited Professionals like Jenny are instrumental in helping Otak plan sustainable communities. Studying for the LEED Green Associate exam takes time and effort, and we appreciate Jenny’s hard work!

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   May 7, 2013

As part of a team including Wildish Standard Paving Co., Pendelton Ready Mix and Knife River Prestress, Otak was nominated for the Bridge category in the 33rd Annual Excellence in Concrete Awards program for the US395: McKay Creek to Silvies Slough Design-Build project. Working with geotechnical and environmental subconsultants Shannon & Wilson and Mason, Bruce & Girard, Otak designed seven replacement bridges and one bridge rehabilitation, all of which used a variety of aggregate and concrete mixes for the girders, decks, bents, MSE walls, and paving. Aesthetics was considered at all sites, which included the nearby John Day Fossil Beds and a designated Wild and Scenic portion of the North Fork John Day River. The project will enable travelers and industry to use the project section of US395 in comfort and safety.

- Submitted by Ae-young Lee


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   May 7, 2013

The City of Portland celebrated the Foster Floodplain Natural Area and the kickoff to World Environment Day on Thursday, April 24. Otak’s 63-acre East Lents Restoration Project became the Natural Area when construction was completed in 2012. The celebration was attended by staff from various City bureaus, local agencies, nonprofits, and neighbors. The site was blessed by Native Americans through song and dance, and several dignitaries including Dean Marriot, Director of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Mike Abbate, Director of Portland Parks & Recreation; Nick Fish, Portland City Commissioner; Amy Fraenkel, Regional Director of United Nations Environment Programme; and students from Kelly Elementary School. The students presented a book of poems about water to Ms. Fraenkel and read a few of their favorites. After the speeches, Maggie Skenderian (Johnson Creek Watershed Manager, Portland BES) spoke about the project’s impact in the neighborhood and the future plans for the area and led a ceremonial tree planting with students from Kelly Elementary.

Melanie McCandless planted a tree in recognition of her active participation in the community through Green Lents. Kevin Timmins led the site tour and Gary Wolff was available to answer questions about the hydraulic modeling intricacies of the project.

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   May 7, 2013

Otak is working with the National Park Service, the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Feet First, a nonprofit advocacy group, on Beacon Hill Street Stories, a neighborhood walkability project for high school students. Otak’s Curtis LaPierre is collaborating with other landscape architects from Seattle to help teach skills like map reading, mapping spatial elements, and reviewing the benefits of walking for the students who are participating in the program.

To learn more about Beacon Hill Street Stories, please click here.

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   May 2, 2013

Otak’s Rudayna Abdo, AICP, MCIP, PQP, recently delivered a presentation at the Datamatix GCC Nationals Housing and Financing Challenges Conference at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Rudayna’s presentation, “Delivering Affordable Housing in the GCC through Community Creation and Sustainable Development,” examined the unique demographics of the GCC and their impact on the housing market and emphasized the role of master planning in providing sustainable housing. The two-day conference was attended by regional leaders in housing, real estate, banking and finance, education, and government organizations.

Rudayna wrote at greater length about the conference on the Affordable Housing Institute blog, and you may read her blog entry by clicking here.

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