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   November 13, 2018

Congratulations to Jonathan Nyone, project manager with DAY CPM (a division of Otak), named as one of eleven Phenoms under 40 by the Daily Journal of Commerce. Phenoms & Icons is a new awards competition to honor the local building industry’s rising stars and building industry icons.

Jonathan is managing a critical, high-profile project for the City of Portland as owner’s representative: the $195 million complete renovation of the iconic Portland Building, adorned with the famous statue “Portlandia.” Not only is the project one year ahead of schedule and on budget, but the project team is also seeking LEED Gold and WELL certification for the building’s sustainable features. The Oregonian noted that “the fact that the massive renovation remains on budget is notable, given the white-hot competition in the construction market.”

Jonathan has promoted more active involvement with minority/women/disadvantaged business enterprises (M/WDBEs) on his projects, and consequently the Portland Building contains the most diverse subconsultant team we’ve ever had. He is also the social equity work group lead, representing the owner in bimonthly meetings, interfacing with procurement, talking about outreach opportunities, working closely with DAY’s equity subconsultant (FM Burch & Associates), coordinating with different subconsultant firms, and helping the City exceed its M/WDBE target.

Miro Radoynovski, DAY CPM senior project manager, said, “Jonathan is the champion of using new technology tools in the quest to better serve our clients. He is a natural leader who teaches, guides, and helps not only the people on his team, but also everyone who approaches him with a request. Jonathan conducts company-wide training sessions for how to use cloud-based project management software and improve work efficiency.”

Jonathan has also been working with Otak and DAY CPM to promote greater equity and inclusion on projects and in the company. Jonathan serves on Otak’s new Rising Together team, which is advising and educating Otak’s leadership and employees on how to create a more equitable, inclusive workforce and community.

"Jon has demonstrated unmatched forward-thinking, progressive management as a leader in our organization,” said Mike Day, president of DAY CPM. “He is always looking for opportunities to creatively serve our clients in addition to sponsoring new initiatives that advance our company."

Jonathan will be honored with the other 22 Phenoms and Icons on December 13 at the Sentinel Hotel from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Congratulations, Jonathan!

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   November 7, 2018

Otak, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Quincy Engineering, provided design and construction management for this $25 million roadway improvement in the heart of Tillamook. The project made significant improvements to both US101 and OR6 and the intersection between the two highways, and it included reconstruction of the US101 bridge over Hoquarton Slough.

Otak designed the one-way couplet through downtown Tillamook and provided stormwater treatment and landscape architecture services throughout the project. With construction starting in summer 2016, we provided construction management and inspection to oversee work progress. The project was substantially completed in October 2018, a success story for both ODOT and the City of Tillamook.

On October 31, 2018, the City and ODOT held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the 2nd Street plaza, a festival street that will be used for farmers markets and other outdoor festivities to bring the community together. Members of the local community shared stories, along with ODOT and state representatives such as Senator Betsy Johnson and Congressman Kurt Schrader.

This project provides great value to the Tillamook community through improved traffic flow, pedestrian connectivity, and safety improvements, and it continues downtown revitalization with the new streetscape and aesthetics.

The Otak team is excited for ODOT, the City of Tillamook and its citizens, and the road users who will experience this great project!

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   November 7, 2018


On a recent Saturday, nearly 20 Otak employees and their friends joined in planting the riparian buffer of the Otak-designed Zackuse Creek Fish Passage and Stream Restoration Project.

The City of Sammamish partnered with King County to upgrade three undersized culvert pipes to fish-passable box culverts in the first 400 feet of stream above the confluence with Lake Sammamish.  Otak designed the third fish-passable culvert, under a major arterial, and realigned and restored over 400 feet of the creek upstream of the culvert and within private property.

Improvements included creating a more sinuous, stable channel with step pools, boulder bands, and woody debris appropriate for Kokanee spawning. Many key stakeholders were involved from the early stages of planning through design and permitting, including assisting during public outreach. This level of public involvement was greatly reflected in the diverse group of 100 people who came to help replant the area near Zackuse Creek, including the Snoqualmie Tribe (who organized the revegetation work party), families from the neighborhood, City staff, and other community members. 

In addition to design, Otak also provided construction support on the project. It was a special opportunity for many on the design team, to put the final touches on a project they had been creating and visualizing through a computer over the previous two years! And such a treat to do so on a sunny day with friends and coworkers! "It felt like Earth Day," said Kaela Mansfield, water resources engineer. "The Snoqualmie Tribe did a great job of advertising the event."

Congratulations to Otak's team: Greg Laird, project manager; Ryan Hawkins, construction management/inspection; Kaela Mansfield and Mike Rafferty, water resources; Eva Ho, Touta Phengsavath, and Dave Cole, civil and utility support; Bob Doherty, culvert/structures; Kevin O'Brien, permitting efforts; Ben Schneider and Lindsay Martin, planting restoration design; and Jeff Gray and Kevin O'Brien, permitting support.

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   November 1, 2018

Paul Moreau, P.E., brings decades of experience and expertise to Otak's growing Transportation and Infrastructure team.

He joins Otak as the Transportation and Infrastructure technical manager, responsible for leading and growing the firm's transportation and infrastructure capabilities in the region. With 29 years of progressively complex design and management experience on many challenging transportation and traffic projects, Paul has served in leadership roles at Stantec, Matrix Design Group, and Drexel, Barrel & Co., among other firms.

With strong experience in civil engineering and project/program management, Paul has expertise in highway and intersection design; traffic engineering; signal design; signing and striping; plans, specifications, and estimates; and construction engineering. In addition to engaging and leading technical teams on complex transportation and traffic design projects, Paul enjoys mentoring staff and engaging with the public on projects.

“Paul provides well-rounded transportation design experience on a variety of small and large projects across the state. His experience and leadership will strengthen our ability to successfully deliver projects to existing and new clients. We are excited to have him on our team,” said Pete Loris, Otak’s Colorado region manager and senior vice president.

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