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Putting in "Sweat Equity" with Habitat for Humanity

9-23-2021

By Hailey Brey

Parametrix employee-owners Asa Reyes-Chavez, Liz Kelly, Becky Taylor, Marvin Casanova, Lauretha Ruffin, Rhiannon Sayles, Hailey Brey, and April Whittaker volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Tacoma, WA on September 18.

Four employees wearing masks stand inside a house holding a paintbrush, drill, sander, and door hinge

On a stormy September Saturday, a group of employee-owners representing our Puyallup, Seattle, and Bremerton offices gathered in Tacoma to make some "sweat equity" investments within their community. Sweat equity is Habitat for Humanity's concept of providing shelter to housing insecure families by helping build or improve homes. 

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Hispanic Heritage Month Employee-Owner Feature: Asa Reyes-Chavez

9-22-2021

September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. In honor of this month, we’ve invited Parametrix employee-owners of Hispanic/Latinx heritage to share their stories. Today, meet Asa Reyes-Chavez, an engineer with the Puget Sound water group based out of Puyallup, WA. She joined Parametrix in May 2020 after graduating from Washington State University.

What’s your role at Parametrix and what are some projects that you are proud to have worked on?

I’m an Engineer I, working primarily a part of Water (Facilities) group. Currently, I am doing construction observation for the Fruitland Mutual Water Company 2021 AC Water Main Replacement project and usually working on some water or aeration models.

What are your hobbies/passions? What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to be active by weightl... (more)

 

Meet our New PE: Cameron Carlson

9-17-2021

Cameron Carlson is an Electrical Engineer based out of our Seattle office, providing electrical power, instrumentation, and control services for water and wastewater utilities and public transportation clients. He has been with Parametrix for 6 years and recently earned his Electrical Professional Engineer license.          

We asked him a few questions about his background, what inspires him, career goals, projects he’s working on, and his advice for others pursing their PE license.

Tell us about your professional background.

I have a BS in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University. Before I pursued this degree, I was a music major specializing in trumpet and jazz. I also tutor privately.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

There were many inspirations, but for the most part I didn... (more)

 

Intern Spotlight: Pamela Mugisha

9-14-2021

We're pleased to welcome Pamela Mugisha as an intern with our Puget Sound Water group! We asked her a few questions about her background, career, and goals.

Education: I got my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural engineering from Makerere University, Uganda. Then I got my Master’s degree in Hydroscience and engineering from Technical University Dresden in the Saxony state of Germany. Currently I am pursuing a PhD in Environmental engineering at Texas A&M in Kingsville, Texas.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the capital of Uganda, Kampala. But my Village is Kisoro located at the South-West border of Uganda and Rwanda.

Why did you choose Parametrix for your internship? I chose an internship at Parametrix because I have learned quite a bit in school and would like to use my knowledge to make real-life impact and decisions in a ... (more)

 

Spotlight on Transit: Alicia McIntire

9-09-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Alicia McIntire. Alicia is a Senior Planner based out of Seattle, WA. She has 25 years of experience in transit, including transit system planning and multimodal, pedestrian, and bicycle plans.

How did you become interested in transit and transportation?

I have loved transit ever since I ... (more)

 

Spotlight on Transit: Joel Theodore, PE

9-07-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Joel Theodore, PE. Joel is a Senior Consultant based out of Seattle, WA. He has over 20 years of experience and has been with Parametrix for over 3 years. He provides design, project management, and project controls services for major transportation projects with a specialization in transit.

How did you beco... (more)

 

Spotlight on Transit: Darby Watson, AICP

8-27-2021

Transit systems improve livability, provide affordable mobility, manage congestion, and lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. From initial system planning and securing environmental approvals, through design and assistance with operations, Parametrix partners with agencies on all types of transit systems—commuter rail, light rail, heavy rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar, and ferry systems.

In this series, we’ll feature some of the employee-owners at Parametrix who are shaping our transit systems. Today, meet Darby Watson, AICP. Darby leads our Puget Sound Transportation and Community Building divisions as Vice President. She has been with Parametrix for two years and has a total of 25 years of industry experience.

How did you get interested in transit and transportation?

I actually started out... (more)

 

Meet Our Summer 2021 Interns

7-20-2021

This year we are pleased to welcome nine interns to Parametrix for an immersive and educational experience. We asked each of them to share a little about themselves, their goals, and why they chose Parametrix for their internship. Read their responses below!

Matthew Hagen

Matthew Hagen | Bremerton, WA | Transportation

Education: George Fox University, 2022, Civil Engineering

Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA

Why Parametrix? I interned with the Washington State Department of Transportation last summer and worked on a project where Parametrix was the consultant. I developed a great relationship with some of the employees at Parametrix to where it now led into an internship ... (more)

 

Meet New Professional Engineer, Tom Jordan

7-06-2021

Tom Jordan from our Spokane, WA office recently earned his Professional Engineer’s (PE) license, a major career milestone. He shares what inspired him to pursue a career in civil engineering, projects he’s working on, career goals, and his advice for others working toward their PE license.

Tell us about your professional background.

I graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and started at Taylor Engineering in 2014, a couple years before we became Parametrix. I worked as a construction inspector for the Spokane International Airport’s Taxiway Reconfiguration Project.

I’ve had the awesome experience of being able to work on a lot of different types of projects since then. Some of the bigger projects I’ve been a part of include the Northern Quest Casino Expansion, Rowan Avenue Rehabilitation, Fort Lewis ... (more)

 

Employee-Owners Play a Role in Central Oregon Veteran’s Village

6-30-2021

Just a few miles from Parametrix’s Bend, OR office there is a village of small homes coming together that will provide transitional housing for veterans experiencing homelessness. Employee-owners got involved in this project during the summer of 2020, providing both pro bono and donated services.

Two rows of homes in a semi-circle with a larger community center and parking lot

Aerial view of village layout

The Bend Heroes Foundation is leading the “Central Oregon Veteran’s Village” project, which is being built on county-owned land. This is a first of its kind project for Central Oregon. The facility will include a total of 15 individual housing units and a community center. The shelters are equipped with a bed, sink, toilet, sitting area, and heater. In addition, t... (more)