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Meet Michael Baker: Transportation Planner and Member of the LGBTQ Community

7-01-2020

We’re extending our celebration of Pride Month for one more employee-owner feature. Michael Baker is a transportation planner based out of our Salt Lake City office. He has been with Parametrix for nearly 10 years.

What does Pride Month mean to you?

To me, Pride Month is about embracing who you truly are. It's exhausting and unsustainable to pretend that a part of my family doesn't exist while embracing other aspects of who I am. Hence in the spirit of Pride Month, I’d like to take this opportunity to come out as bisexual and in two happy, ethical polyamorous relationships. Naturally, this can make introductions (not to mention scheduling) a tad complicated as in, “this is my fiancée Erika, my boyfriend Austin, and his husband Arlo.” The four of us regularly spend time together whether that is over brunch, dinner, or a weekend of camping. I've been blessed to have Erika i... (more)

 

Meet Savanna Hasegawa: Project Coordinator, New Mom, and Member of the LBGTQ Community

6-30-2020

Over the last few weeks we’ve shared the stories of Parametrix employee-owners who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Savanna Hasegawa was a catalyst in encouraging this series. Thank you, Savanna, for advocating for greater visibility and representation of the LGBTQ+ community at Parametrix.

She says that as someone who came out at 14 years old, she’s very comfortable being “out” at work, but hoped this series might serve as a way to make others feel more confident being fully themself in a work environment.

Savanna was hired at Parametrix in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant in the Puyallup office. She now serves as a Project Coordinator for the Puget Sound Community Building group. In this role she is often working out of client project offices.

Last year, Savanna and her wife, Anika, got married and began their pregnancy journey. 

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Meet Amy Jones: Systems Administrator and Member of the LGBTQ Community

6-23-2020

June is Pride Month! To celebrate we'll be featuring Parametrix employee-owners who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Amy Jones. Many Parametrix employee-owners know her as someone who has helped them with their technology challenges. Amy joined Parametrix in 2015 as a Computer Support Technician and later moved into the role of Systems Administrator II. I asked Amy a few questions about her career and personal life – read her responses below.

How did you get started in IT? What drew you to this profession?

I grew up in a house where we always had a computer, grew up learning DOS (which I've pretty much forgotten) and playing computer/video games with my siblings. Originally, I went to college for a degree in Digital Imaging thinking I’d want to do art the rest of my life but ended up not finishing my degree. I moved to Wash... (more)

 

Meet Tresia Gonzalez: Transportation Planner and Member of the LGBTQ Community

6-18-2020

June is Pride Month! To celebrate we'll be featuring Parametrix employee-owners who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Tresia Gonzalez. Tresia is a Senior Planner in the Seattle Transportation group. She has been with Parametrix for 18 years and specializes in major corridor studies and traffic modeling.

Tresia participated in our emerging leaders program and now serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She identifies as queer.

I asked Tresia a few questions about her personal life and career. Read her responses below.

 

What drew you to the transportation industry? What inspires you about your work?

I actually didn’t intend to do the work I do!

Within the civil engineering department, I focused on environmental, taking classes such as hazardous waste and ground water flow. Towards the... (more)

 

Celebrating the Class of 2020

6-17-2020

The class of 2020 didn’t get the traditional graduation ceremony that most of us experience. They do however have the honor of participating in what are probably some of the first ever virtual graduation ceremonies.

The Parametrix leadership team and supervisors recorded a special message for our graduates. Watch that here.

We would like to introduce you to the Parametrix Class of 2020 and congratulate them on this accomplishment. Read more about each below.

Piper Everson holding diploma

Piper Everson | Portland, OR

Oregon State University | BS, Civil Engineering

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Pride Month at Parametrix

6-16-2020

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Pride month traditions. LGBTQ Pride month is held each year in June to honor and commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which served as a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United states. In a landmark decision, just this week the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act barring sex discrimination in the workplace protects LGBTQ employees.

At Parametrix, we believe it’s important to recognize this month and celebrate the progress that has been made while also recognizing the steps we can take in becoming truly inclusive to all.

This month we’ll introduce you to several Parametrix employee-owners who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. They’ll discuss their career, personal life, as well as the challenges they’ve faced. Stay... (more)

 

Salt Lake City Partners with UDOT to Open Streets to Pedestrians, Bicyclists for Social Distancing

5-14-2020

From New York to Oakland, cities across the United States are closing lanes or entire roadways in order to expand bike lanes and pedestrian environments, giving people under stay-at-home orders more space to walk and bike safely in their neighborhoods.

Salt Lake City and the Utah Department of Transportation are no exception. The agencies responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with Parametrix and other partners, the team reviewed and synthesized traffic and active transportation data to better understand the implications of the pandemic. With this information, they were able to identify roadways most suitable for temporary lane conversion based on essential business proximity, housing density, and other factors.

One of those lanes, 900 South, was opened in April as a result of this partnership. Salt Lake City had initiated other street closures on smaller roadways starting with 500 North, but... (more)

 

Connecting People and the Environment: Four of our Favorite Landscape Architecture Projects

4-30-2020

Manchester Stormwater Park aerial view with Puget Sound in the background.

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. We’re celebrating landscape architects for their role in deepening the connections between people and the environment, citizens and their communities. At Parametrix, our team of landscape architects have had the privilege of working on projects that have a profound effect on the places we live, work, and visit. Read more about those meaningful projects below.

#1 - Northern Quest Resort & Casino Grand Plaza

Airway Heights, WA | Client: Kalispel Tribe of Indians

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Meet Nicole Lipe, Recent Graduate of UC Berkeley and New Member of Parametrix's Seattle Construction Management Group

4-28-2020

Meet one of the newest employee-owners at Parametrix, Nicole Lipe. Nicole joins our Seattle Construction Management group. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2018 and comes to Parametrix from Manson Construction where she worked on projects in Alaska, California, and Washington.

We asked Nicole a few questions about herself and her career – get to know her by reading her responses below!

 

Tell us about yourself – what are your hobbies, interests? Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Seattle, moved to Colorado for boarding school, and then went to college in California. I moved back to Seattle last year and am loving being back in the PNW!

Some of my favorite pastimes are spin classes, crossword puzzles, getting outdoors whether it be walking, going to a park, etc., and spending time with f... (more)

 

The Multi-Taskers, Can-Doers, and Part-Timers

3-30-2020

By Kami Matiatos

I first started working in the A/E/C industry in the mid-eighties when the industry was very much male-dominated. I have been inspired by the women in the industry who are master multi-taskers and have a positive, can-do attitude toward accomplishing anything. My mom was of course my first inspiration; she did it all and kept our family together and running smoothly, often by herself as my dad was a long-haul truck driver. She worked outside the home but still was extremely present for her three daughters. I am continually inspired by many of my female co-workers who can do it all—demanding careers, raising kids, volunteering at school or in the community.

Work-life balance is one of the main challenges that I’ve had to overcome as a woman in the industry. It can be difficult when you’re building your career and raising small children to juggle it all but set your priorities ... (more)

 

My Inspiration: A Career Woman with Seven Children Who Taught Sunday School and Played the Drums

3-27-2020

By Cindy Clark

During a time when it was common for me to be the only woman in a meeting, often mistaken for the secretary, my mom served as my inspiration to succeed. She was a career woman with a master’s degree back in the 1960’s.

When she married at the “old” age of 29 years, she put it all on hold to raise seven children, volunteering at the schools, teaching Sunday school, and playing the drums in a band(!). She showed me that no matter the job you’re given, you give it your all and always strive to be the best person you can.

I’ve seen the A/E/C industry evolve by leaps and bounds over the last 25 years. Now it’s much more common to see a diverse mix of people in our industry.

Cindy at her college graduation

This was me at co... (more)

 

Red or Yellow Tie?

3-25-2020

By Holli Moeini

When I began my career as a consultant, wearing a suit and tie allowed me to fit in to what was, at the time, a career largely dominated by men. I was not alone in my fashion-less choice; my female associates wore the same. Was our DNA programed to dress the part, like a man, and work harder than anyone to be noticed?  Although there were women in the industry very few “sat at the table” and I often found myself the only woman in the room. It wasn’t until the mid-90’s, when I left consulting to work for a fast-growing client, that I finally had a female colleague join me at the executive table. Interestingly, she and I both wore fancy suits while the men wore khakis. Why did we do that? In order to be listened to and respected for our insights and opinions as our male counterparts were, we felt that we needed our armor.

That was a long time ago and much has changed!... (more)

 

Meet Craig Sweet, an Emerging Construction Management Leader

3-23-2020

Craig on the site of a new baggage system at the Port of Seattle.

Craig Sweet is an engineer with our Construction Management team based out of Seattle. He has been with Parametrix for three years and graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Recently, he was selected to participate in the first-ever Construction Management Association of America Emerging Leaders Program. The participants from across the country were chosen based on a written application process.

I asked Craig about his involvement in CMAA and what he hopes to get out of the program.

 

How did you get involved in CMAA?

I was first introduced to CMAA by my dad. He's been in the construction management industry for almost 30 years now and... (more)

 

Three Things to Know about the Navigable Waters Protection Rule

2-26-2020

Parametrix wetland scientists delineating wetlands in Mason County, WA.

The final rule for defining waters of the United States (WOTUS) was approved in January 2020. The new rule eliminates Clean Water Act protections for the majority of the nation's wetlands and more than 18% of streams, according to the US Geological Survey’s National Hydrology Dataset.

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule, also known as the Waters of the US, or WOTUS, rule, replaces regulations that have been in place since the Reagan administration.

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Meet an Engineer: Younis Mahmoodi

2-21-2020

Engineers Week 2020 is coming to a close, but first, we want to introduce you to Younis Mahmoodi. Younis is an engineer with our Puget Sound Region Water group, based out of Puyallup, WA. He has 16 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I chose to pursue engineering to move beyond formulas and solve open-ended problems and propose alternative design solutions. Moreover, I wanted to gain skills in project planning, analytical and logical thinking, attention to detail, communication, and teamwork.

What do you enjoy most about your career in engineering?

What I enjoy most is solving complex engineering problems by using my skills to provide an effective solution and deliver high-quality results.

What advice would you give to someone pursuing a career in engineering?

Learn to invest your time wisely.

 

Meet an Engineer: Harvin Flores

2-21-2020

We're wrapping up Engineers Week 2020 today by introducing you to Harvin Flores. Harvin is a transportation engineer based out of Boise. He has 17 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

Growing up, I had an uncle that was a civil engineer and he was definitely a big influence for me. Engineering seemed like a fun job and I liked the idea of designing a project and having the opportunity to be out there inspecting it.

What do you enjoy most about your career in engineering?

There are many things that I truly enjoy about engineering. I enjoy the team work and collaboration that goes into successfully completing a project. I also enjoy the interaction with the public and local agencies to come up with the best solution for everybody.

I also really like how engineering allows you a ce... (more)

 

Meet an Engineer: Sheng-Wen Seow

2-20-2020

To celebrate Engineers Week 2020, we're introducing you to several engineers at Parametrix. They'll be sharing what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering, what they enjoy most about their career, and their advice for up and coming engineers.

Today, meet Sheng-Wen Seow. He is a transportation engineer based out of Southwest Washington. He has over 20 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I’ve always been interested in figuring out how things worked since I was young.  When I was a kid, I dreamt of being either an inventor or a mad scientist. Now that I am older and wiser, I realize that while being an engineer may not be as “glamorous” as being an inventor or mad scientist, but it is a career that is realistic, suits my abilities, and serves the greater good.  However, if you have the aptitude to b... (more)

 

Meet an Engineer: Elizabeth Healy

2-20-2020

We continue the celebration of Engineers Week by introducing you to several engineers at Parametrix. They'll be sharing what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering, what they enjoy most about their career, and their advice for up and coming engineers.

Today, which also happens to be Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, we're excited to introduce you to Elizabeth Healy. Elizabeth is a transportation engineer based out of our Salt Lake City office. She has 5 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I wanted a career that was both rewarding and challenging. That, plus my LOVE of math made engineering seem like the perfect field to specialize in!

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Meet an Engineer: Cameron Carlson

2-19-2020

To celebrate Engineers Week 2020, we're introducing you to several engineers at Parametrix. They'll be sharing what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering, what they enjoy most about their career, and their advice for up and coming engineers.

Today, meet Cameron Carlson. Cameron is an electrical engineer based out of our Seattle office. He has 5 years of industry experience.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I was sitting in my parent’s basement failing to make ends meet as a musician, and I thought about the most challenging thing I could imagine doing to improve my life. Electrical engineering was the first thing that came to mind. I was inspired by how poor my grades were in physics and math and how little I understood electromagnetism; I figured the key to my prosperity was to turn my greatest weaknesses to my greatest strengths. I was also fired up about th... (more)

 

Meet an Engineer: Hiba Farag

2-19-2020

To celebrate Engineers Week 2020, we're introducing you to several engineers at Parametrix. They'll be sharing what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering, what they enjoy most about their career, and their advice for up and coming engineers.

Today, meet Hiba Farag. Hiba is currently completing at internship at Parametrix. She attends Seattle University and plans to graduate this June with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I’ve always been drawn to math and science, but when I learned that engineers can apply their knowledge to the real world to help better communities, that’s when I decided to pursue engineering.

What do you enjoy most about engineering?

What I enjoy most about engineering is being able to take what I enjoy doing, solving problems, and impact the community for the be... (more)