10.27.16 Two Parametrix projects in running for America’s Top Transportation Project
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.
10.27.16 Parametrix Named as a Top C&E Firm by Environmental Business Journal
Parametrix was recently named a Top Portland and Puget Sound Area Environmental Consulting and Engineering firm by the Environmental Business Journal.
10.17.16 Parametrix Employee-owner of the Year and Project of the Year Awards
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.
08.25.16 I-84 Meridian Interchange Wins ASCE Region 8 Project of the Year Award
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...
08.23.16 Manchester Stormwater Park Receives PSRC VISION 2040 Award
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...
08.09.16 Parametrix Hires Ken Cobley
Parametrix has hired Ken Cobley as a Senior Construction Manager based out of the our Seattle office. Ken will be providing construction management services on the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station project. Parametrix is managing the design, construction, and commissioning of the new facility for the King County Solid Waste Division.Ken has over 29 years of experience in various roles such as estimator, project manager, plan reviewer, and project coordinator. He is skilled in contract estimating, quantity and design review, materials procurement, project scheduling, and managing field personnel.Ken's experience includes work in Saudi Arabia where he established a construction management team, tracked protocols and provided contractor oversight for the Mayasem Project in Jeddah. This is a planned community of 50,000 people adjacent to the Kingdom Tower; the tallest building in the world. Ken comes to Parametrix from KPFF Consul...
07.29.16 Parametrix to Assist in Paddle to Nisqually 2016
Parametrix has had the honor of working with the Nisqually Tribe to prepare the operations plan for the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey. Canoe Families are traveling to the Port of Olympia in traditional canoes, many from Alaska and Northern British Columbia, a journey that can take months for some of the farthest participants. They will be landing at the Port of Olympia, WA on July 30th. The Canoe Landing is a spectacular cultural event, where each Canoe Family follows a traditional protocol requesting permission to land in their native language. The Landing is followed by a week-long gathering and celebration of indigenous culture, with the participants camping at the host nation and sharing cultural events such as gifting, sharing of traditional prayers, drumming, songs, dances, and crafts. This is the first journey hosted in Puget Sound since 2012, and promises to be very well-attended. It is also likely the largest indige...
07.14.16 SR 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge Wins Design-Build Institute of America Award
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) announced its 21st annual Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners. Recognized for exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery, the award-winning projects were evaluated by a distinguished panel of experts in design-build project delivery.SR-520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and Landings Design Build Project received a National Award of Merit in the Transportation (other than Aviation) category from the Design-Build Institute of America, and is a nominee for the National Award of Excellence in that category. Parametrix is proud to be a part of the project team. “The SR 520 Floating Bridge and Landings Project designed and built the world's longest floating bridge, creating a safer, more reliable link between Seattle and the growing high-tech cities east of Lake Washington. With HOV lanes, full shoulders for disabled vehicles, a cross-lake bicycle and pedestria...
07.11.16 Parametrix CEO Interviewed by Environmental Business Journal
Recently Parametrix CEO, Jeff Peacock was interviewed by the Environmental Business Journal regarding Parametrix's growth in the Northwest region. Read the full interview here.
07.11.16 SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project Wins National Award
The SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project has received a Quality of Life/Community Development award from the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) as a part of America’s Transportation Awards. Parametrix is proud to have played a role in this project. WASHTO recognized 7 State Department of Transportation for excellence in transportation projects.From American Transportation Awards Website: The SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project "increased safety, mobility and access to transit in east King County, across Lake Washington east of Seattle. As part of the project crews widened the freeway to accommodate vehicular travel, added HOV lanes and two in-median transit stations to accommodate over 700 daily buses and provide better connections for passengers. Other project features that improve quality of life included a regional bike-pedestrian path, safer and seismically stable bridges, highway li...
06.27.16 Parametrix Bremerton Office Moved to Harborside Building
Bremerton, WA – Parametrix has moved from the firm’s Bremerton location on Kitsap Way to Downtown Bremerton. The new office officially opened for business on Monday, June 27, 2016. The new office is located at 60 Washington Avenue, Suite 390. The Bremerton office of Parametrix will continue to provide seamless service in transportation, water/wastewater, municipal services, environmental, community building, construction management, and surveying. The firm will occupy 5,700 feet on the third floor of the Harborside Building beside the ferry terminal. The location offers public transportation options for commuting and for serving clients."It's beautiful," Parametrix Vice President Kristie Casarez said. "We have a large office in Seattle we can connect to with the ferry. We will be within walking distance of a lot of partners as well as restaurants and shops, so it becomes a lot more pedestrian-friendly location for us."The firm’s Puge...
06.08.16 Parametrix Hires Steve Olling, PE, PMP
Seattle, WA – Parametrix has hired Steven Olling, PE, PMP as a senior engineer in the firm’s Seattle office. Olling has 28 years of experience in the transportation industry in both the private and public sector. His areas of expertise include project management, highway and road engineering, and project monitoring and control.Olling comes to Parametrix from Tetra Tech where he managed a variety of projects ranging in size from intersection improvements to major freeway interchanges. Prior to that Olling spent 16 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Port of Seattle. His responsibilities while working at WSDOT included managing change for large capital programs of projects, design of minor and major highway facilities, and construction project surveying and inspection. At the Port of Seattle Olling managed the project controls for the last major expansion of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airp...
06.07.16 Parametrix Hires Senior Staff in Portland Office
Portland, OR - Parametrix recently hired Heather Wills as the Environmental Planning & Compliance (EP&C) Division Manager and John Cullerton as a senior consultant in the firm’s Portland office.Wills has 12 years of experience managing environmental divisions and an additional 4 years working as an environmental specialist. Wills comes to Parametrix from the Federal Highway Administration Western Federal Lands Highway Division in Vancouver, WA where she was the Environmental Manager. She led a team of nine environmental specialists collaborating with federal, state and local project partners and resources agencies to creatively and efficiently provide environmental clearances and deliver the program of transportation projects. Prior to FHWA, Wills was the Oregon and Washington state DOT Environmental Manager for the bi-state, multi-modal Columbia River Crossing Program where she led the completion of the Environmental Impact ...
05.24.16 Parametrix Adds Staff in Boise
Boise, ID – Parametrix has hired Josh Thomas, EIT and David Longenecker in the firm’s Boise office.
Thomas has 14 years of experience in roadway and industrial rail design and plan preparation as well as four years of experience in roadway materials testing and quality control/quality assurance procedures. Thomas comes to Parametrix from AECOM where he has gained extensive experience in roadway and rail design.
Longenecker joins the firm as a construction inspector. He has 34 years of experience as a project inspector and has worked for Ada County Highway District (ACHD) for over 30 years. He has performed inspections and evaluations of roadway and drainage construction and utility installations. He has inspected steel and concrete structures and performed warranty inspection for a variety of projects for the District.
Both Thomas and Longenecker will support the Boise office with design and inspection on projects for Id...
05.20.16 Parametrix Wins Construction Management Award
On Thursday May 19, 2016 the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Pacific Northwest Section recognized Parametrix and the City of Orting for their work on the Calistoga Setback Levee with their Project Achievement Award.
The CMAA awards program is designed to recognize and promote professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process. The award was presented to Parametrix, the prime consultant responsible for planning, permitting, survey, habitat evaluation, engineering design, and construction management as well as the City of Orting. Matt Kastberg, construction manager with Parametrix and Ken Wolfe, City of Orting building official and levee project manager were on hand at the awards banquet to present the project and receive the award. Parametrix and the City of Orting partnered to provide construction management services.
05.20.16 Parametrix Ranked #8 on Puget Sound Business Journal's Top Engineering Firms List
Parametrix was ranked number 8 in Puget Sound Business Journal's 2015 Top Engineering Firms List. This is up from number 11 in 2014. Firms are ranked by their number of licensed engineers in the Puget Sound Region.
05.19.16 Parametrix Hires Steve Walker
Portland, OR – Steve Walker has recently joined Parametrix as Vice President of the firm’s Oregon Region. Walker brings 35 years of professional engineering experience and an additional 10 years of construction and construction management experience to his operations, marketing and project management roles. Prior to joining Parametrix Walker owned SR Walker and Associates, Inc, a professional service consulting firm providing strategic planning, management consulting, marketing consulting, training, and coaching services. He has also held leadership positions for large engineering firms including HDR and CH2M Hill.
Walker joins the firm’s Oregon operations which includes offices in Portland and Bend, Oregon. As vice president of the region, Walker will be responsible for the overall operations of the office including business and staff development, client satisfaction and project delivery, and expansion of services...
05.17.16 Parametrix Named on ENR Southwest’s Top Design Firms List
Parametrix has been named on Engineering News Record’s Southwest Top Design Firms list. Firms are ranked based on 2015 revenue for projects in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. Parametrix ranked 41st on the list. This is Parametrix’s first time being ranked on the list. Parametrix provides services to clients throughout the Southwest from their Albuquerque, New Mexico location. The NM 159 Mogollon, Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System EIS, US 82 Artesia to Lovington are some of the firm’s largest efforts in the Southwest region.
05.13.16 Parametrix Hires Senior Staff in Puget Sound Region
Seattle, WA – Parametrix has hired Matthew Collins, PE as a Senior Consultant based out of the firm’s Seattle office and Patrick Forza, PE, PMP as a Senior Engineer based out of the firm’s Puyallup office.
Collins has over 25 years of experience providing construction and program management services from the different perspectives of project owner, general contractor, and consultant project manager. His recent project experience includes work on the Brightwater Conveyance, U-Link and Northgate Link LRT, and the Elliot Bay Seawall.
Collins comes to Parametrix from Goodfellow Brothers, Inc. where he was a senior project manager. At Parametrix, Collins joins the Community Building group, providing PM/CM services across the Puget Sound region in the transportation, water/wastewater, environmental restoration, and public facility sectors.
Forza has over 24 years of experience in transportation design and construction, i...
05.05.16 Parametrix Hires Mark Yand, PE
Bremerton, WA – Parametrix has hired Mark Yand, PE as Operations Manager of the firm’s Bremerton office. Yand has over 25 years of experience in consulting engineering.
Yand has managed and delivered critical projects to clients in the greater Puget Sound region including the I-90 Corridor Study, I-5 Master Plan, SR 509 Extension Recommended Improvements, planning and design of King County Metro RapidRide Corridors, and the development of the Madison BRT recommended alternative. Over the past decade Yand has assisted cities, counties, and transit agencies with the implementation of new technologies for transit and transportation systems that improve the safety, speed, efficiency, and delivery of transportation services. He has provided consulting services on transit projects involving bus rapid transit and transit technology improvements for the design and implementation of new communication systems, connected vehicle tec...
05.02.16 Taylor Engineering Joins Parametrix
Parametrix announced that Taylor Engineering, Inc. has merged with Parametrix, establishing a permanent presence in Spokane and Pullman, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and expanding the firm’s capabilities in the Inland Empire and Intermountain Region. Taylor Engineering, founded in 1985, specializes in civil engineering design, land surveying, landscape architecture, and land planning for public and private clients throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. This expansion allows Parametrix to provide a broader range of complementary services and solutions to clients throughout the Northwest. Parametrix provides added civil engineering depth and new service offerings for Taylor Engineering clients, especially in highways, structures, and environmental work. Taylor Engineering staff brings added skill sets and depth in education facilities, land development, and airports.
“The merger with Taylor Engineering brings togeth...
04.28.2016: Parametrix Ranks on the ENR Top Design Firms List
Parametrix was ranked 234th nationwide in Engineering News Record's Top 500 Design Firms. Companies were ranked according to revenue for design services performed in 2015. Parametrix has ranked continuously on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms list since 2003.
04.28.16 Parametrix Receives Blanket COA from FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized Parametrix to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The firm has recently received an upgraded blanket certificate of authorization (COA) from the FAA allowing all flights up to 400 feet to take place without a site specific authorization unless certain conditions apply. These conditions may include: any flights within 3 nautical miles of an airport or helipad without a control tower; any flights within 5 nautical miles of an airport with a control tower; any flights within restricted or special use airspace; any flights within Class E airspace or above.
Previously, to fly a site the firm had to wait up to approximately two months to receive authorization. The new COA will allow Parametrix to better meet demand for this service and respond quickly to client requests.
Since the early 1990s, UAVs or drones, have operated on a limited basis in the national airspace. Until recen...