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   January 20, 2020

 

 

 

 

The Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) awarded the City of Milwaukie Kellogg Creek Bridge a 2019 Project of the Year Award. Otak’s design and engineering team, working as a sub-consultant to HP Civil, designed a clear span bridge that solved both the flooding and scour issues while also protecting the unique fish ladder beneath the structure. Otak was responsible for structural and civil engineering, stormwater design, landscape architecture, and construction management and inspection. Great work by all involved! 

About the Award: Each year, APWA presents the Public Works Projects of the Year awards to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.

 

 

 

APWA 2019 Project of the Year: US 101 and OR 6, OR Department of Transportation

Category: Transportation, $25 Million to $75 Million

 

 

 

The Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) recognized the Oregon Department of Transportation project US 101 and OR 6 with a 2019 Project of the Year Award. Working as a sub-consultant to Quincy Engineering, Otak provided roadway, bridge/structural, stormwater and landscape design, and hydraulic analysis services to improve the design of the intersection of the two highways in downtown Tillamook. Other major improvements included replacing the Hoquarten Slough bridge with new access into an adjoining park. Congratulations to the Quincy and Otak teams who worked collaboratively on the award-winning project! 

About the Award: Each year, APWA presents the Public Works Projects of the Year awards to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements. 


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   January 1, 2020

 

Otak Colorado Team recently took part in the Go-Tober challenge, a regional commute challenge between local businesses throughout the month of October. The event is hosted by WayToGo, a program through the Denver Regional Council of Governments. The challenge was aimed at getting employees out of their single-occupancy vehicles, and using “smart commute” options, such as biking, transit, walking or carpooling for their commutes and work-related activities. For each trip logged, the employees earned points for the Otak team.


Well, DRUM ROLL…. 


The results are in, and Otak came in first place in our category!**

  

We are 2019 Go-Tober Champions.


A total of 2,538 participants in the Go-Tober challenge logged 64,366 commutes. Their efforts resulted in 742,814 smart commute miles traveled and a reduction of more than 430,719 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Go-Tober commuters also burned 3,979,980 calories and saved $205,299.08 in travel costs.


Go-Tober is presented by Way to Go, a regional partnership between the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and a group of seven transportation management associations (TMAs) that are dedicated to transforming the way people get around. Go-Tober works directly with employers to introduce new commute options to those who normally drive alone. Ultimately, Go-Tober is designed to inspire lasting changes in commuting behavior to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Employees are encouraged to carpool, telework, vanpool, bike, walk, take the light rail or bus their way to prizes and annual bragging rights.

 

Kudos to everyone who participated! We saw folks go above and beyond to organize carpools to work and to meetings, and many employees tried smart commuting for the first time this month. We also had a handful of employees who took the bus or biked every day throughout the month—impressive!  

 

**Categories were determined based on the RTD service level areas to level out the playing field so that suburban companies were not competing against those in downtown Denver. 

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