December 23, 2015

Otak responded to an emergency for long time client Clark Regional Wastewater District (CRWWD).
On Dec 8th, Clark County was inundated with a terrific rainstorm that caused flooding and damage. During the event a small landslide broke a sewer line pipe along Tenny Creek. On Dec. 9 Otak acted quickly to stabilize the situation and provided immediate support with survey crews, hydraulic analysis, stream design, slope stabilization design, restoration planting design. Design documents and permitting were completed by Dec. 15th and construction began on Dec. 16. Currently, the contractor has cleared the area, installed the temporary stream bypass, repaired the broken sewer line, and has begun excavation for the stabilization work. The project is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

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   December 22, 2015

Congratulations to our newest Professional Engineers - Melanie McCandless, Megan Karner, and Kyle Ayers!

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   December 21, 2015

Otak's Redmond office hosted a food drive for Hopelink this year. Hopelink is a social services nonprofit agency that services King County, Washington, through food banks, energy assistance, housing, a family development program, transportation, and adult education. The staff generously donated enough food to feed many families this holiday season. To learn more about Hopelink, click here.

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   December 15, 2015

On Saturday, December 12, the Muslim Educational Trust celebrated the grand opening of their new community center and school. There were over 30 speakers and 750 attendees at the event comprised of local officials, community leaders, faith leaders, and community members.
The Muslim Educational Trust Center is a new two-story community center and school. The new 30,800-square-foot building includes a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, meeting room and lecture hall to serve both the school and broader community. The school will include 14 classrooms serving pre-k through 12th grade, a cafeteria, library, science lab, art studio and administrative spaces. The design focuses on creating a welcoming educational center and integrate sustainability throughout. Otak provided architecture on the project.

For more information on the event click here.

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   December 10, 2015

images courtesy of Adam Simmons

The East Lents Floodplain Restoration Project (Foster Floodplain Natural Area) was designed to reduce nuisance flooding of Johnson Creek and construction finished in 2012. With recent record rainfalls, we wanted to see how the project was performing. On Monday night Johnson Creek exceeded the flood of record from 1996. The storage area filled and channel benches were activated reducing the amount of water on Foster Road. The system has proven to contain both the more frequent flood events and reduce the flooding for the less frequent larger flood events. Prior to project completion, this area would typically flood about once every two years.

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