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.
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.
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)
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.
While the traffic and environmental analysis wrapped up by 2014, Parametrix conti... (more)
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)
This week, the State Route 99 tunnel through downtown Seattle opened to traffic, culminating many years of planning efforts. At over $3 billion, the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program has been one of the largest transportation investments in Washington State. The now-closed viaduct carried more than 110,000 vehicles per day along the City’s waterfront. While many Seattleites will miss the view from the double-decker freeway, we will all be much safer. The structure was not expected to withstand the “big one” – the major earthquake due for the Seattle area. The possibility of damage or failure in the next earthquake gave the project a sense of urgency and drive for progress.
View from the Alaskan Way Viaduct
Parametrix began working on the envi... (more)
Photo courtesy of the Pacific Science Center.
Background: The Alaskan Way Viaduct (SR99) is the "double-decker" freeway that runs along the Seattle Waterfront. This month it is being shut down permanently. Experts say the structure would not survive the big earthquake that the Seattle area is due for. Therefore it is being torn down and replaced by an underground tunnel. With Seattle traffic already hectic, this shut down has been a major topic in the news and has many Seattleites worried about their commute.
On a rainy night exactly two days and three hours prior to the permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the Pacific Science Center hosted a panel of transportation geeks to talk about the future of transportation in Seattle. The timing was great, as Seattleites grew anxious about the impending doom to their commute thanks to the extensive news coverage on the closure.
I was honored to be par... (more)