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Exploring Boise: My Experience as a Parametrix Office Exchange Traveler

Jenica Hillyard | 11-13-2018

Parametrix recently launched a new program called POET, which stands for Parametrix Office Exchange Traveler. This program creates the opportunity for employee-owners to travel to one of our 12 offices throughout the West for training, teaching, empowerment, and fun, all while getting to meet fellow employee-owners face to face. Jenica Hillyard, a transportation engineer from our Bremerton, WA office traveled to our Boise, ID office in late October. Read about her experience below.

Spending the last week of October in the Boise Office was such an amazing experience! I escaped the early morning Seattle fog and enjoyed the sunrise while passing over the Cascade Mountains.

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Upon my arrival, I was given the grand tour of the Boise Office. Coming from a... (more)

 

Obtaining my PE License the Non-Traditional Way and How You Can Too!

1-18-2018

When I got out of high school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. My mom told me if I didn’t go to college now I probably wouldn’t go - so I needed to find something that interested me now. This led me to an 18-month program for Computer Aided Drafting and Design where I learned CAD. So 6 days after I graduated high school I started at ITT Tech while working a full-time job.

In my first job out of school I worked for a structural and civil firm where I started as a CAD Tech I. I mostly did redlines and that is where my curiosity in design started. I was there for 2 ½ years before coming to Parametrix as a CAD Tech I. I was here for about 6 months when Brad Phillips gave me my first opportunity to do design full time when he needed help on the SR520 Floating Bridge Project. I volunteered to go to Seattle and work out of the project office which was a great experience and really helped me get into the project design wo... (more)

 

Oregon Department of Transportation Holds Ribbon Cutting for Newberg Dundee Bypass Project

12-21-2017

It's official! The ribbon cutting ceremony for Phase 1 of the Newberg Dundee Bypass project was held on Monday, December 18. Parametrix has been a part of this project since the idea of a bypass was just beginning to be explored. Parametrix provided permitting, stormwater design, erosion control, and landscape design. We also led the earlier environmental documentation and alternatives analysis work.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, held between Newberg and Dundee to allow members of both communities to attend. Governor Brown announced that the bypass will be open to traffic on January 6, 2018 after contractors finish the remaining work.

Parametrix employee-owners Bill Ciz and Brian Bierwagen attended the ceremony. The two have both worked... (more)

 

Meet the Leadership Team at Parametrix: John Willis, PE

Courtney Purdin | 6-02-2017

Meet John Willis, PE.

Willis_John_17LRJohn is the Senior Vice President of our Oregon region. He has been with Parametrix for just about two months now. He has over 20 years of experience in transportation engineering including transit, urban corridors, aviation, and maritime. 

I sat down with John to ask a few questions about his experience, personal life, and get his advice for others wanting to follow in his footsteps. Read his responses below.

What did you go to school for and where did you graduate from?

 

I went to school for Civil Engineering and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University and a Master of Science de... (more)

 

Women in Transportation: Amanda Thom, EIT

3-22-2017

AmandaThomParametrix was recently named WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) Puget Sound Chapter’s “Employer of the Year” for large firms. To celebrate, we will be featuring several women in transportation at Parametrix leading up to the WTS Puget Sound Chapter Scholarship and Awards Gala on March 28th.

Today we will be introducing you to Amanda Thom, EIT.

Amanda is a transportation engineer at Parametrix based out of our Seattle office. She has 6 years of experience in the industry and has been with Parametrix for almost one year. 

Projects that Amanda works on: I work on a variety of projects at Parametrix including r... (more)

 

Women in Transportation: Alex Atchison, PE

3-15-2017

AlexAtchisonParametrix was recently named WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) Puget Sound Chapter’s “Employer of the Year” for large firms. To celebrate, we will be featuring several women in transportation at Parametrix leading up to the WTS Puget Sound Chapter Scholarship and Awards Gala on March 28th.

Today we would like to introduce Alex Atchison!

Alex is the Seattle Transportation Planning Group Manager at Parametrix. She has been with Parametrix just a little over a year now and has 19 years of experience in the industry.

Favorite Project: My favorite project has been the Alaskan Way V... (more)

 

Women In Transportation: Jill Czarnecki

3-08-2017

Czarnecki,Jill_16Parametrix was recently named WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) Puget Sound Chapter’s “Employer of the Year” for large firms. To celebrate, we will be featuring several women in transportation at Parametrix leading up to the WTS Puget Sound Chapter Scholarship and Awards Gala on March 28th.

Today we will be introducing you to Jill Czarnecki.

Jill is a Planner at Parametrix based out of our Seattle office. She has been in the industry for 19 years – all of which she has spent with Parametrix!

Projects that Jill works on: I work on the environmental documentation for a large variety of transportati... (more)

 

Women in Transportation: Mallory Wilde, PE

3-01-2017

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Parametrix was recently named WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) Puget Sound Chapter’s “Employer of the Year” for large firms. To celebrate, we will be featuring several women in transportation at Parametrix leading up to the WTS Puget Soun... (more)

 

What are you passionate about?

9-12-2016

One morning I came into the office to see an email from Puget Sound Office Vice Principal, Kristie Casarez with the following “Thought of the day”: If you tackle every problem, challenge, project, and opportunity with passion and enthusiasm, you'll become a difference maker without even trying to be one! What are you passionate about? Inquiring minds want to know…"

Naturally, I felt compelled to answer this question, but it took me a few minutes to really ponder what it is that I am truly passionate about. The following was my response:

“I am passionate about making my mark on the world and making this world a better place. This is the reason I like design and like being a civil engineer. What better way to impact society than by improving the infrastructure we use every day? (even if not everyone is aware of it). This is also why I am passionate about road design. I like that I have the a... (more)