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Pride Month Employee-Owner Spotlight: Chloe Nichol

6-23-2022

During Pride Month we are sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ employee-owners at Parametrix. Meet Chloe Nichol, an engineer with the Bremerton, WA environmental planning and compliance team. She recently moved to the Puget Sound region from Portland, OR. She joined Parametrix in January 2021.

Tell us about your career. What do you do? Tell us about a project you’re working on currently or a project you have worked on that you’re proud of.

Parametrix is the first engineering company I have worked with out of college. I started in the Oregon water group during COVID and have since moved to the Bremerton EP&C group. Both groups have consistently provided me work for most of my time at Parametrix and I am always excited to get to think through new types of projects.

One of the most interesting projects I had the opportunity to assist with required the development of a... (more)

 

Pride Month Employee-Owner Spotlight: Kyle Chiodo

6-08-2022

During Pride Month, we are sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ employee-owners at Parametrix. Meet Kyle Chiodo, a Designer based in Central Oregon who is part of our Portland Transportation team. He has worked at Parametrix for 4 years.

Tell us about your career. What do you do? Tell us about a project you’re working on currently or a project you have worked on that you’re proud of

I am a Civil Designer in the Portland Transportation Group. Currently I am working on the Interstate Bridge Replacement project as the CAD Lead. I have been working through the quirks of learning a new software and helping set the project up for success on the CAD front as we move further into the design phase of the project and creating exhibits for some of the many meetings. One of my other favorite projects at Parametrix was working as the Civil and Right of Way CAD Lead for the Southwest Corridor project, one that ... (more)

 

Transit Equity Day 2022

2-04-2022

By Daryl Wendle

February 4 is the birthday of Rosa Parks, whose life will forever link the Civil Rights movement and public transit. Starting with a courageous act of choosing where to sit on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, she changed the world. Her fight against discrimination and racism has made her an icon in the battle for freedom and equality for all people. 

Many of our transit clients and the communities they serve celebrate February 4 not just for its historic significance to the Civil Rights movement, but as a symbol of the commitment to provide transit service that is fair, accessible, and equal for all persons.

Parametrix shares that commitment to transit equity. We have a long history of projects that improve mobility for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Some of these projects include King County Metro’s RapidRide R Line, Sound Transit’s Central Lin... (more)

 

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)

 

AAPI Employee-Owner Spotlight: Lauren Jones

5-24-2021

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employee-owners who will discuss their careers, families, culture, and more. Today, learn more about Lauren Jones, a Senior Project Coordinator from our Puyallup, WA office.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend my free time hanging out with my family. We like to be outside going on bike rides, hikes, playing at the beach when it’s nice, and of course playing at home. My son enjoys riding dirt bikes, putting together legos, and going to the skate park. My daughter likes cooking in her play kitchen, going to the park, and getting frozen yogurt treats. I’d say my free time is dedicated to doing whatever my... (more)

 

AAPI Employee-Owner Spotlight: Jason Ceralde

5-20-2021

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month we’re featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employee-owners who will discuss their careers, families, culture, and more. Today, learn more about Jason Ceralde, a landscape architect based out of our Bremerton, WA office.

What are some projects that you are proud to have worked on?

Early in my career at Parametrix, I was a drafter/CAD Lead and have had the opportunity to work on many projects in a wide range disciplines. The projects that really stand out for me are the Duwe’iq Treatment Wetland and Stormwater Parks (more)

 

AAPI Employee-Owner Spotlight: Rachel Yonamine

5-18-2021

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employee-owners who will discuss their careers, families, culture, and more. Today, learn more about Rachel Yonamine, an Engineer I with our Portland Transportation team.

Tell us something about yourself that many people may not know.

I grew up in Hawaii, so I didn’t see snow until my early 20s! It was like 3 am and I was so excited I walked outside and took pictures of literally everything I could. My hands were so cold when I got back I couldn’t open my door for 5 minutes.

Is there an accomplishment that you are particularly proud of?

When I was in college, I helped to create a sense of community in the club I was involved (Engineers Without Borders). Was it huge? No. Was it the “It” club everyone was dying to be a part ... (more)

 

AAPI Employee-Owner Spotlight: Alvin Valencia

5-13-2021

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employee-owners who will discuss their careers, families, culture, and more. Today, meet Alvin Valencia, a Designer from our Puyallup, WA office.

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

I’ve been at Parametrix going on my 15 years now and it’s the best career move I’ve ever made; I love our company. I’m a structural detailer for the Bridge Group in Puyallup and ... (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)

 

Meet Michael Baker: Transportation Planner and Member of the LGBTQ Community

7-01-2020

We’re extending our celebration of Pride Month for one more employee-owner feature. Michael Baker is a transportation planner based out of our Salt Lake City office. He has been with Parametrix for nearly 10 years.

What does Pride Month mean to you?

To me, Pride Month is about embracing who you truly are. It's exhausting and unsustainable to pretend that a part of my family doesn't exist while embracing other aspects of who I am. Hence in the spirit of Pride Month, I’d like to take this opportunity to come out as bisexual and in two happy, ethical polyamorous relationships. Naturally, this can make introductions (not to mention scheduling) a tad complicated as in, “this is my fiancée Erika, my boyfriend Austin, and his husband Arlo.” The four of us regularly spend time together whether that is over brunch, dinner, or a weekend of camping. I've been blessed to have Erika i... (more)