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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Ben Schlachter


Meet Ben Schlachter, an engineer with Parametrix's bridge and structures group based in Portland, OR. He recently passed the Structural Engineering (SE) Exam and will soon be a licensed structural engineer in Washington State. He became a licensed Professional Engineer in 2016 and is currently licensed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, California, and Alaska.

We asked Ben a few questions about his career, favorite project, and his journey to earning his SE license.

Tell us about your professional background. What is your area of expertise?

I graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and earned my Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering in 2013. I worked for one year at WRK Engineering in Vancouver, WA before coming to Parametrix in 2015. I then spent 3 ½ years in the Puyallup office before moving back to... (more)


The ABC Method: Replacement of a Multi-Span Bridge Over the Snake River


Photo courtesy of Idaho Transportation Department.

By Shane Brown, PE, SE

The 19-span, 615-foot long precast concrete stringer bridge over the Snake River in Bruneau, Idaho was deteriorating and in need of replacement. Not only did the bridge need to be replaced within one year, but traffic flow needed to be maintained during construction. In addition, work would take place over the environmentally sensitive Snake River.

Photo courtesy of Idaho Transportation Department.

Parametrix was contracted by the Idaho Transportation Department to provide structural engineering services during construction. To meet the challenging project conditions, several innovative methods were used, including accelerated bridge construction (also known as t... (more)