August 29, 2013

Otak’s very own kickball team—made up of current and past Otakians, as well as several of our spouses and friends—played its first game at Montavilla Park last night. We lost 3 to 4 and got a little wet, but we’re all looking forward to our next game nevertheless. Go Grasskickers!

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   August 28, 2013

Water and Natural Resources staff Gary Wolff, Theo Malone, Tammi Connolly, and Melanie McCandless got dirty for a good cause last Saturday in the 6th Annual Johnson Creek Clean-Up.  Over 100 volunteers were in the creek to remove trash from I-205 to the confluence with the Willamette River. Theo jumped into the challenging reach downstream of SE 82nd Avenue, and Tammi helped wrestle debris into the trailer for disposal. Gary served as event photographer, and Melanie co-organized the event with Amy Lodholz of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and Norbert Loske of the Overland Park Coalition.

Over the past six years volunteers have removed over 30 tons of trash from the creek. Fortunately, this year continued last year’s trend of decreased trash loads – Johnson Creek is getting cleaner each year. Volunteers removed debris in the morning and celebrated in Mill Park afterward with a BBQ and award ceremony. The team of volunteers that found the oddest item in the creek won the Golden Trashcan, and the Dirty Olympics recognized the top three dirtiest volunteers with the bronze, silver, and gold soap-on-a-rope.

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   August 2, 2013

When Chairman Kim established Otak’s strategic partner HanmiGlobal (HG), one of his founding principles was to design and manage HG as an employee-oriented company. As a result, HG has been recognized as a “Great Workplace” by the Korean Great Workplace (GWP) program for eight consecutive years. This year’s score of HG employee satisfaction was 85-87 points out of 100. Chairman Kim attributes this GWP success to HG’s commitment to its staff and employee’s exercising a high level of corporate social responsibility. Highlights of HG’s corporate social responsibilities include:
• All HG employees donate 1% of their salary to charity and participate in a monthly social contribution activity. Many employees participate with their families.
• Chairman Kim established the “warm companion” program to aid the under privileged in April 2010. All employees donate to the program, and Chairman Kim personally donated $900,000.
• HG funds a scholarship program to help pay for the education of employees’ children from kindergarten to college.

Chairman Kim believes that HG’s commitment to corporate responsibility helps employees bond, work together, and have fun together while making HG a better company.

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   August 1, 2013

Otak staff recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Woodburn Interchange and Transit Facility Project. The reconstructed and improved interchange and the transit facility will serve the City of Woodburn and improve safety and operations for I-5 travelers. Otak had a significant role in this project. Our work began with a re-evaluation of an earlier Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Environmental Assessment.  That effort was followed by a Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions community engagement process and a final design role in the following project elements:
• Evergreen Transit/Park-and-Ride facility
• Evergreen Road extension
• Aesthetic enhancements for reconstructed interchange over I-5
• Aesthetic enhancements for sound walls
• Stormwater management
• Landscape and irrigation design
The project will be completed in 2016, and Otak will provide construction services in support of ODOT staff until completion. If you want to know more about the project, check out the ODOT project website, which features a number of our concept design illustrations:

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