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Meet the Women in Leadership at Parametrix

3-30-2021

This week we’re wrapping up Women’s History Month with the women of our Operations Leadership Team! Our OLT is comprised of 12 members, 6 of which are women. Learn more about each of them below.

Jeanna Hanenburg Headshot

Jeanna Hanenburg, Director of Human Resources

Jeanna joined Parametrix in 2000. As the director of human resources, she is responsible for the team of human resources professionals who manage all people programs and processes from recruiting to retention of employees.

What advice do you have for women pursuing leadership roles?

My advice isn’t just fo... (more)

 

Insights from the Women of Parametrix

3-24-2021

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, we asked the women of Parametrix about their greatest accomplishments, who inspires them, how the industry has changed, and advice for other women in the A&E industry. Read their responses below.

Jessie Rykels-Wilson

Jessie with her mom and two kids

Jessie with her kids and her mom.

Tell us about a woman in your life who has inspired you.

My mom, Sharon, is my biggest inspiration. She graduated from Montana State with an electrical engineering degree, earned her master’s degrees (EE & MBA) from MIT, and spent her career as a Boeing executive. She is impressive on paper, but more so in person. At work, she ... (more)

 

Influential Women in Engineering and Science throughout History

3-18-2021

At Parametrix, we have 217 women engineers, planners, scientists, surveyors, construction managers, archaeologists, administrators, accountants, technicians, and marketers. We’re proud to have a leadership team comprised of 50% women. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting a few of the influential women in engineering and science throughout history who have paved the way for women in our industry today. 

Emily Roebling black and white photo

Emily Roebling (1843 – 1903) was an engineer known for her contribution to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband developed decompression sickness and became bed-ridden. Due to her interest in bridge construction and pr... (more)

 

Meet Our New Professional Engineers

1-21-2021

Earning a professional engineer’s license is a major career milestone. Recently, four employee-owners at Parametrix passed the exam to earn theirs. Congratulations to Chris Johnson, Brandon Moss, Marcus Vassey, and Scott Weirich! I asked them a few questions about their careers and their advice for others. Read their responses below.

 

Chris Johnson

Chris joined the Seattle Transportation group in 2018. He graduated from Washington State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Chris Johnson headshot

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I have always been interested in science, how things work, problem solving, and building things. Th... (more)

 

2020 Year in Review

1-14-2021

While we faced many challenges in 2020, we’re proud of the work we were able to accomplish together with our clients and partners, while keeping health and safety a top priority.

From a virtual talent show and masking up for safety, to remote meetings and social distancing, here are just a few of our highlights from 2020.

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Mukilteo Ferry Terminal Opens to Passengers

1-08-2021

The Mukilteo multimodal ferry terminal opened to passengers on the evening of December 29. This is Washington State Ferries’ first new terminal in 40 years.

The facility includes a new terminal as well as new streets, roadways, sidewalks, a transit center, and improved links to the nearby Sound Transit Sounder commuter rail station.

Parametrix has been involved in this complex, collaborative project since 2010 when we began the traffic analysis and the NEPA/SEPA review. Federal Transit Administration requirements were met to relocate the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal to the site of a former Air Force/Navy jet fuel tank farm and munitions loading pier.

a gray, cloud sky overlooking the Puget Sound from the ferry

While the traffic and environmental analysis wrapped up by 2014, Parametrix conti... (more)

 

Parametrix Delivers First of its Kind Freight Mobility Enhancement Plan for Nevada Department of Transportation

12-21-2020

By Bardia Nezhati, PE, PTOE

Co-authored by Vern Keeslar, AICP and Jackie Kuechenmeister, AICP

The I-15 Corridor is a major transcontinental north-south highway in the western United States that extends more than 1,470 miles through the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Montana. It serves as the economic artery linking San Diego and the Inland Empire of California with the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada. An estimated 30 million tons of cargo are carried through the corridor each year.

Map showing I-15 freight mobility enhancement plan from las vegas to san diego

Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) in partnership with Caltrans (California’s Department of Transportation), was awarded a National Economic Partnerships grant by the Federa... (more)

 

How Optimized Aeration Systems Can Save Millions at Treatment Plants

10-29-2020

Part 1: AFT Arrow

By Matt Steiner & Jen Murphy

Many utility ratepayers are currently struggling with economic security. At the same time, energy costs are rising and the impact of uncertain material and equipment markets is driving project costs up and making capital planning less predictable. As such, it is important that as engineers that we leverage all available tools to optimize each project’s capital and operational costs. Almost just as important is sharing what we learn with not only our colleagues, but the wider engineering community.

The Aeration systems at Resource Recovery Facilities (Wastewater Treatment Plants) account for 30 to 80 percent of a plant’s energy usage, making them typically the single largest source of energy use within the facility. They’re also the most complex and capital intensive systems within a plant. This integral system, which ... (more)

 

NEPA Rule Update: What does it mean for your project?

10-28-2020

By Mark Mazzola

The federal Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently finalized new rules for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which became effective on September 14, 2020. This was the first major revision to NEPA in over 40 years. The impetus for the updated rules is to streamline the NEPA process, which is often subject to delays from lengthy decision-making processes and litigation. The CEQ found that it takes an average of 4.5 years to complete a NEPA environmental impact statement (EIS) process, from a notice of intent to the issuance of a record of decision, with many projects taking over 10 years to complete their EIS process. The new regulations are meant to clarify and codify what is already required by NEPA, its implementing regulations, guidance, and case law (Venable 2020a).

Following is a summary of the major changes to NEPA made by the new rules. The discussion is taken primar... (more)

 

Meet Parametrix’s Newest Professional Engineer: Clara Olson

10-13-2020

Clara Olson is a water engineer based out of our Portland, OR office who recently earned her Professional Engineer license. Learn more about Clara, the projects she’s worked on, and her advice for others taking the PE test.

 

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Portland and after four years of college in Spokane (Go Zags!) and two years in the Puyallup office, Portland was calling me home again. I’ve been back in Portland for over two years and couldn’t be happier. The Portland office was an easy transition and I love having the community in both Puyallup and Portland.

I love the outdoors and have been getting more and more into backpacking trips in the Pacific Northwest. This summer included a lot of hiking, camping, and backpacking! Mt. Rainier is one of my favorite places on earth and I was lucky enough to spend three different weekends in th... (more)