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02.17.17 Parametrix Selected to Perform Engineering Services for Battery-Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure

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Seattle, WA – Parametrix has been selected by King County Metro to perform work order engineering services for their battery-electric bus charging infrastructure. King County Metro Transit will be transferring to an all-electric and hybrid bus fleet within three years. They are well on their way to achieving this goal with hybrid buses throughout the fleet and initiation of all electric buses. The key to this project’s success will be to confirm that there are sufficient bus charging stations, both fast and long-term charging stations, throughout the service area. These stations will need to be on-line as soon as possible and operational as the fleet increases in 2017 and 2018. Parametrix has a long history working with Metro on previous and current work order engineering, environmental, and planning contracts, and we look forward to continuing our service to Metro on this work order contract.

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02.15.17 Parametrix Selected for Federal Way City Center Access Project

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Federal Way, WA – Parametrix has been selected by the City of Federal Way to perform alternatives analysis and an environmental update for phase I of the City Center Access project. Parametrix will work with the City to prepare an Interchange Justification Report and environmental documents for a new interchange on I-5. The project is important to achieve the City of Federal Way’s vision for their City Center, a major regional urban center. Parametrix is excited about the opportunity to work with the City of Federal Way again to implement the City Center Vision and move the City Center Access Project forward. The team’s history on the City Center Access Project and other projects in the area will be invaluable to efficiently completing the project.

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02.13.17 Parametrix Selected for King County Metro Transit Speed & Reliability Work Order Contract

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Seattle, WA – Parametrix has been selected by King County Metro for the Transit Speed & Reliability Work Order Contract for the second year in a row. This contract will include engineering, architectural, environmental, and related services necessary to plan and design roadway and intersection projects to improve transit speed and reliability on a work order basis. King County Metro's Transit Speed and Reliability program has become increasingly important to minimize travel time increases for customers and operating costs to Metro. These projects are needed to maintain or improve transit operations on congested city streets throughout King County. Parametrix has a long history of working with Metro on previous and current work order engineering, environmental, and planning contracts, and we look forward to continuing our service to Metro on this work order contract.

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02.08.17 Parametrix Named Puget Sound WTS Employer of the Year

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Parametrix has been named Women in Transportation Puget Sound Chapter's Employer of the Year for large firms.This award honors organizations for recruiting, retaining, and advancing women. As a local chapter winner, Parametrix will advance to the WTS International competition for employer of the year.The award will be presented at the WTS Puget Sound Chapter Scholarship and Awards Gala on March 28, 2017.Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Boasting more than 6,500 members--both women and men--WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal.WTS stands for Women's Transportation Seminar, which was how it was named wh...

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01.25.17 Five Parametrix Projects Receive ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

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Five Parametrix projects received Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) in both Washington and Oregon.Powell-Butte Highway RoundaboutClient: Deschutes CountyHonor Award, ACEC OregonPoint Defiance Stormwater ProjectClient: City of TacomaNational Silver Award, ACEC WashingtonLOTT Budd Inlet Treatment Plant SES ReplacementClient: LOTT Clean Water AllianceBest in State, Bronze Award, ACEC WashingtonSR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV ProgramClient: Washington State Department of TransportationGold Award, Structural Systems, ACEC WashingtonParametrix was a member of the HDR GEC team that received the award.Photo courtesy of WSDOTSound Transit Regional High-Capacity Transit System Plan (ST3)Client: Sound TransitGold Award, Studies, Research, and Consulting, ACEC WashingtonParametrix was a member of the Parsons-Brinkerhoff team that received the award.

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01.17.17 Parametrix to Play Significant Role on Team Selected to Complete COMPASS Freight Study

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Photo: Union Pacific Railroad, by Vern Keeslar of Parametrix's Salt Lake City office.Boise, ID - The team of CPCS Transcom Inc., along with Parametrix and American Transportation Research Institute was selected to perform a Freight Study for the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS). CPCS Transcom Inc. will act as the prime consultant, while Parametrix’s staff in Salt Lake City and Boise will conduct freight land use analysis, support needs analysis, outreach, safety analyses, project identification, cost estimates, and project evaluations. The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) region is a vibrant and growing region—home to over 600,000 residents and many freight-dependent businesses. As COMPASS develops its long-range transportation plan, it is commissioning this study to ensure that the current and future regional transportation system can safely and efficiently accommodate freight a...

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01.16.17 Parametrix Hires Roger Flint

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Seattle, WA – Roger Flint has recently joined Parametrix as Chief Operating Officer. Flint has 30 years of experience in infrastructure development as well as all aspects of public works, transportation, and utility operations. Flint was most recently the Northwest Geographic Manager for Transportation at CH2M Hill where he was responsible for the firm’s operations and business development. His geographic responsibilities were similar to those of Parametrix with locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico and Utah. Prior to working at CH2M, Roger worked with the City of Spokane in a variety of increasingly responsible public works positions, culminating in the position of Public Works and Utilities Director and Assistant City Manager. Flint joins Parametrix’s Executive Team and will lead regional operational units and company-wide programs including project delivery. He will also be actively involved in the firm’s business d...

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01.13.17 Parametrix's Karen Aspelin, PE, PTOE Elected to ITE Board of Directors

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Karen Aspelin, PE, PTOE, a senior engineer at Parametrix, has been elected to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) International Board of Directors. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international community of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting the public’s mobility and safety needs. Founded in 1930, ITE is a source of expertise, knowledge, and ideas that reaches its 14,000 members through meetings, networks, and publications. Karen will serve a three-year term as part of the 15 member International Board of Direction, which establishes policies for the operation of ITE. Aspelin serves as a traffic engineer for the company’s Albuquerque and Boise offices. She is a 2016 graduate of Parametrix’s internal leadership program, Leaders Emerging at Parametrix (LEaP). Aspelin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and with a master’s d...

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01.09.17 Parametrix Hires Alex Sylvain, PE

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Spokane, WA – Parametrix has hired Alex Sylvain, PE as a senior engineer in the firm’s Spokane office. Sylvain has 12 years of experience as a civil engineer. His areas of expertise include management, design and construction services for water, wastewater, community building and transportation projects. Sylvain comes to Parametrix from AECOM where he was an office and project manager. His experience includes program management and design of the City of Spokane’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) program. Prior to that Sylvain was with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ where he was responsible for project management and design of various private and public works projects. At Parametrix, Sylvain will be responsible for management and design of water, wastewater, community building and transportation projects. As a 100-percent employee-owned firm, Parametrix is dedicated to providing quality engineering, planning, and en...

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01.05.16 Parametrix signed contract to perform preliminary engineering for Downtown Redmond Link Extension

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Seattle, WA – The Sound Transit Board approved a contract award for Parametrix to perform preliminary engineering and environmental services for the Downtown Redmond Link Light Rail Extension. This two-station, 4 mile project will be the final section of East Link, connecting the heart of Redmond to Bellevue, downtown Seattle, and the region’s north-south light rail spine.

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01.04.17 Parametrix Ranked #13 on Oregon Architecture, Engineering & Design Firms List

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Parametrix was ranked number 13 on the Oregon Business 2017 Power Book for Architecture, Engineering & Design Firms. The list ranks firms by number of licensed professionals in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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01.03.2017 Parametrix to Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

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The Harbor Structure in Southwest Portland, near where the Southwest Corridor will tie in with the Orange Line. Photo courtesy of TriMet. Portland, OR – Parametrix was selected by Oregon Metro to prepare the NEPA environmental impact statement for the Southwest Corridor Light Rail project, a proposed 12-mile light rail extension from Downtown Portland to Tigard and Tualatin. The EIS is considering station and alignment options, maintenance facilities, park and rides, and related road, bike and walkway improvements in the cities of Portland, Tigard, and Tualatin. In addition to the cities, partner agencies for the project include TriMet, the Federal Transit Administration, Washington County and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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12.20.16 Parametrix Accepted into Esri Business Partner Program

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Parametrix's GIS group in Portland, OR led by Josh Ahmann and Chad Tinsley was accepted into Esri’s Business Partner program as a leader in online GIS (web mapping).Esri is the dominant GIS software provider in the world and acceptance into the Business Partner program places Parametrix among a small, forward thinking group of GIS users who extend GIS methods and applications beyond traditional mapping and data management.Our application was highlighted by our integration of GIS into new areas like public involvement, decision support tools, and tablet based field data collection which earned Parametrix the ArcGIS Online Specialists designation. We are currently one of only two firms in the Pacific Northwest, and one of only a dozen firms in the west, to receive this designation.Learn more about Esri's Business Partner Program.

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11.28.16 Parametrix's Kristie Casarez Elected to Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board

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Parametrix’s Kristie Casarez, Puget Sound Office Vice President, was elected to the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board of Directors for a three year term, beginning January 1, 2017. In total, ten new directors were named for the class of 2017. They will be joining 16 other private sector leaders and 15 public sector leaders on the board. The Tacoma-Pierce county Economic Development Board is a private non-profit funded by investors. Their purpose is facilitating primary jobs and wealth creation by bridging the gap between business and government. Learn more about the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board here: https://www.edbtacomapierce.org/

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10.27.16 Two Parametrix projects in running for America’s Top Transportation Project

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Washington State Route 520 - Eastside Transit and HOV Project as well as the Idaho Transportation Department – GARVEE Program are in the running for America’s Top Transportation project. Parametrix has been involved in both of these projects.They are among twelve finalists in the competition. These projects from 10 state departments of transportation are now competing for the national Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. The competition is run by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. You can vote now through October 31st for your favorite project. Individuals are welcome to vote once a day for as many projects as you like.

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10.27.16 Parametrix Named as a Top C&E Firm by Environmental Business Journal

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Parametrix was recently named a Top Portland and Puget Sound Area Environmental Consulting and Engineering firm by the Environmental Business Journal.

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10.17.16 Parametrix Employee-owner of the Year and Project of the Year Awards

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As a part of Parametrix’s annual Employee-ownership Celebration we recognize a Project of the Year and an Employee-owner of the Year. Congratulations to the Eastside Rail Corridor project team who received the 2016 Parametrix Project of the Year award! The team (pictured above) will receive a celebration for all their hard work. Congratulations to Shane Phelps of the Portland office who is our 2016 Employee-owner of the Year! Shane will be sitting in on all board meetings and providing input.

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08.25.16 I-84 Meridian Interchange Wins ASCE Region 8 Project of the Year Award

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The I-84 Meridian Interchange project has been selected as the American Society of Civil Engineers Region 8 Project of the Year over $10 million. Region 8 encompasses the entire Western United States (excluding California). Only one project is selected for this honor. Parametrix received this same award last year for SH-16.The Meridian Interchange was first constructed in 1965 with I-84 traffic volumes of 11,000 vehicles per day. Today 128,000 vehicles travel over, under, on and off the interchange each day, far exceeding its capacity. The new Single-Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) interchange is designed to handle 284,000 vehicles per day and is funded through a combination of GARVEE funds and federal transportation funds. This much needed improvement provides an additional lane in each direction on I-84, additional lanes on Meridian Road, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes. Public art and landscaping are also included in the project throu...

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08.23.16 Manchester Stormwater Park Receives PSRC VISION 2040 Award

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The Manchester Stormwater Park has received an award from the Puget Sound Regional Council as a part of the VISION 2040 program. The award was presented to Kitsap County and Parametrix at a County Commissioners Meeting on August 22, 2016.Each year the Puget Sound Regional Council honors outstanding real-life examples of how the region is achieving their ambitious vision for growing wisely and creating great quality of life in all the region’s communities. The awards are designed to recognize the superb work being done by public and private organizations to achieve the region’s growth, economic, and transportation strategy.The completed stormwater treatment park is a multi-functional facility that filters stormwater to current Washington State Department of Ecology standards while providing open space for community gatherings and events. This is the first of its kind Stormwater Park in the Puget Sound region, and one of only a few suc...

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