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Making Communities Safer: Powell Butte Highway Roundabout

1-10-2017

An intersection in rural Oregon that was once avoided because of safety concerns is now home to a beautiful new roundabout. 

Powell Butte Highway Roundabout is the first roundabout to be located in Central Oregon in a rural area with multiple high speed approaches. This roundabout increases safety for the nearly 6,000 travelers and commuters who drive through the intersection each day. Given the major accidents at the intersection, including a fatality, these improvements contribute to the surrounding community in a very real way. Being the first county-led roundabout project, it will serve as a model for future, similar intersections.

Because the roundabout is located on a high-speed highway, the team developed creative solutions to slow traffic and improve visibility for drivers approaching the intersection. Some of the methods included traffic calming measures such as a dynamic feedback sign, striping trea... (more)

 

6 Ways to Give this Holiday Season

12-14-2016

The holiday season can be rough for many people who are in need. One of our core values at Parametrix is compassion; so we like to take this chance to give back to our communities. Here are some ways that we have given this holiday season, and ways you can give too!

1. Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is a program to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

The Parametrix Puyallup, Washington office got involved by asking for toy donations in the office as well as monetary donations. Over $500 was raised along with the toy donations collected. These toys will go to children within the local community to ensure that every child has a joyful Christmas.

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FUN at Parametrix: Top 3 Summer Photos by Employee-Owners

9-28-2016

Fall may have officially begun, but we’re still reminiscing on the awesome summers we’ve had as Parametrix employee-owners.

You’ll find employee-owners not only active in firm-sponsored events, you’ll also find them enjoying life outside of work; travelling, mountain climbing, running marathons, fishing, enjoying time with friends and family, and much more. Having a great work-life balance is one of the many perks to being an employee-owner at Parametrix. After all, one of our core values is FUN.

We held an internal Summer Photo Contest for employee-owners to share what they’ve been up to. We received nearly 50 entries! These are the top three picked by a vote of the people.

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Compassion at Parametrix: Employee-Owner Participates in Bike MS

Kami Matiatos | 9-20-2016

14264973_10208928061030071_3620490711906566111_nHere at Parametrix, we have 6 core values – Integrity, Compassion, Collaboration, Fun, Employee-Ownership, and Client Service. Today we would like to highlight a particular employee-owner who has exemplified our core value of compassion.

Randy Budano, one of Parametrix’s newest employee-owners in Spokane, WA, participated in Bike MS recently. Randy has several friends with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

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What are you passionate about?

Mallory Wilde | 9-12-2016

One morning I came into the office to see an email from Puget Sound Office Vice Principal, Kristie Casarez with the following “Thought of the day”: If you tackle every problem, challenge, project, and opportunity with passion and enthusiasm, you'll become a difference maker without even trying to be one! What are you passionate about? Inquiring minds want to know…"

Naturally, I felt compelled to answer this question, but it took me a few minutes to really ponder what it is that I am truly passionate about. The following was my response:

“I am passionate about making my mark on the world and making this world a better place. This is the reason I like design and like being a civil engineer. What better way to impact society than by improving the infrastructure we use every day? (even if not everyone is aware of it). This is also why I am passionate about road design. I like that I have the a... (more)

 

Welcome to Parametrix's Inspired People Blog

9-05-2016

Welcome to Parametrix's Inspired People Blog! Here we will share things that we are passionate about including industry knowledge, project updates, company news and happenings, and more! Hit the subscribe button on the right to receive an email when a new blog post is published.

This blog was created because we found the need for a little more space to share everything we want to say. We look forward to sharing our ideas, knowledge, passions, and what inspires us with you!

You may wonder where the name "Inspired People Blog" came from - it was inspired by our core values and what makes Parametrix unique. This blog serves as a platform for inspired people to share their inspired solutions and how we are making a difference.

We are engineers, planners, scientists, surveyors, and construction managers dedicated to providing outstanding client service to our clients. We are employee-owners who each have a s... (more)