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Video: New Accessible Pedestrian Bridge Set Across Sammamish River in Bothell, WA

7-09-2020

As part of our on-call contract with the City of Bothell, Parametrix is providing construction management services for the replacement of a pedestrian bridge across the Sammamish River at the Park at Bothell Landing. The Parametrix team includes Matt Kastberg (project manager), Jeff Sweet, and David Ulrich.

The new structure is a timber-truss bridge with a 12-foot wide deck that meets current structural and ADA standards while maintaining the iconic arched look of the old bridge. The flatter deck and approach grades provide a fully accessible shared-use, non-motorized path for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Funding for the project came from a $1,175,000 Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant and a $1,080,300 State Recreation and Conservation Office Washington Wildlife and Recreation trails grant.

Last month, the new bridge was hoisted into place. Jeff Sweet put together this video showing t... (more)

 

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)

 

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)

 

Employee-Owners of Parametrix: Alex Johnson

11-26-2019

In this series, we follow the employee-owners of Parametrix to see what a day on the job for them entails.

We recently caught up Parametrix employee-owner Alex Johnson at the Shake Mill Revetment Repair project for King County in North Bend, WA. He walked us through what's happening at the project and what his role as a Resident Engineer includes.

 

Construction is Underway on the First Ever Public K-12 Design-Build Project in Washington

11-15-2019

Groundbreaking of Boze Elementary School in Tacoma, WA. Photo Courtesy of Tacoma Public Schools.

By Jim Dugan

Tacoma Public Schools' Boze Elementary School is the first ever public K-12 school approved by the State of Washington to use the design-build method of project delivery. Since the school received approval in July 2017, multiple school districts have submitted for design-build approval to deliver public K-12 schools.

Construction is now underway on the new school to replace the original Boze Elementary, built in 1969. The budget for the new school, which will serve up to 550 preschool through 5th grade students, is $35.3 million. The project is being funded by a school construction bond passed by voters in 2013. When the bond was passed, it was based on a $295 per square foot construction cost. By 2019, construction costs had inflated to more than $450 per square foot. Innovation an... (more)

 

Log Jacks Put in Place to Protect Montesano Wastewater Treatment Plant

11-12-2019

Log jacks sit along the Wynoochee riverbank with the City of Montesano wastewater treatment plant in background

Montesano, WA is a town of around 4,000 located 40 miles southwest of the state capital. For years, the City’s wastewater treatment plant has been peacefully located along the banks of the Wynoochee River. However, now movement of the river threatens to overtake the treatment plant. The bank continues to erode at an alarming rate of 17 feet per year. If this pattern were allowed to continue, the river could breach the plant, sending millions of gallons of raw sewage spilling down the Wynoochee, into the Chehalis River, affecting many communities along the way and eventually making its way to Puget Sound.

The Montesano Wastewater Treatment Plant next to the Wynooche... (<a href=more)

 

Women's History Month: Anne Timmermans, CCM, LEED AP BD+C

3-26-2019

March is Women’s History Month. We asked the women of Parametrix – who inspires you and what advice would you give to other women in the industry? Today we introduce you to Anne Timmermans, CCM, LEED AP BD+C.

Anne is a Senior Construction Manager based out of Parametrix’s Seattle office, although you can often find her out at a project site. Anne is a recipient of the 2012 Building Design & Construction Magazine “40 under 40” award. She is the former President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America.

Which women have inspired you in your career?

I had the good fortune of working with a cost estimator named Leslie Hirai at the first construction management firm I was employed at out of college. We would always work in parallel efforts on projects, and one day we were on a conference call for a major ... (more)