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Clean Water Act Updates: Will Changes to WOTUS and the Water Quality Certification Rule Affect Your Project?

12-10-2021

By Irina Lapina and Taya MacLean 

Section 404 Waters of the United States definitions

Recently, Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definitions under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act changed, which will have an immediate effect on any project proposing impacts to streams, lakes, ponds, ditches, or/and wetlands.

In August 2021, the most recent WOTUS definitions and rule was vacated nationwide following a U.S. District Court of Arizona order. The order takes us back to the pre-2015 definition of WOTUS from 1986 and the Supreme Court’s 2006 Rapanos and Carabell decisions regarding significant nexus. Based on the pre-2015 significant nexus rule, the agencies will place greater protection over wetlands or waters for which “flow characteristics and functions would significantly affect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of downstream traditional navigable waters.”

Wetla... (more)

 

Meet Parametrix’s 2021 Employee-Owner of the Year: Anne Timmermans

11-19-2021

Each year, we select an employee-owner who exemplifies our core values of integrity, compassion, collaboration, fun, inclusion, client service, and employee-ownership. This individual is voted on by their fellow employee-owners and then selected by our regional and operations leadership teams. This year, Anne Timmermans, a Senior Consultant from our Seattle office, was selected as Employee-Owner of the Year! As such, she will serve as the employee-owner representative on the Parametrix Board of Directors for the next year.

Anne has been with Parametrix for four and a half years. She is a highly experienced construction manager whose project experience totals over $2 billion in capital construction in the Pacific Northwest. She was recently appointed to the Construction Management Association of America Board of Directors for 2019–2022. She is a recipient of the 2012 Building Design & Construction Magazine “40... (more)

 

Building Relationships and Delivering Clean Water: Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project

11-17-2021

Water pipeline being staged for the San Juan Lateral.

By Damon Hill

The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP) includes 300 miles of pipeline, several pumping plants, and two water treatment plants that will bring a long-term sustainable water supply from the San Juan River to parts of the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the City of Gallup.

Currently, more than 40 percent of Navajo Nation households rely on hauling water to meet their daily needs, and their groundwater supply is rapidly depleting. Insufficient water also limits the ability of residents of the Jicarilla Apache Nation to live and work outside of the reservation town of Dulce. Lack of reliable drinking water has also had a profound effect on families and communities during the pandemic. The Bureau of Reclamation estimates that th... (more)

 

Inspired People: Jackie Kuechenmeister Talks Transportation, Grants in Nevada

11-12-2021

In this new series, meet the Inspired People of Parametrix! We’ll chat with them about their role, what they’re currently working on, market trends, advice, and what they enjoy doing outside of work.

Today, meet Jackie Kuechenmeister, a Senior Planner with our Nevada Transportation team, working remotely from her home in Arizona. She has been with Parametrix for nearly 3 years and has 16 years of industry experience.

 

Tell us about your role at Parametrix.

I am a transportation planner, working for the Nevada office. I work on a range of projects, mostly for regional and statewide agencies, that set the foundation for future transportation investments. This ranges from high-level visioning, conducting data-driven analyses, and engaging with the community, to working with entities to apply for grant funding, prioritizing project lists for implementation, or communicating ... (more)

 

Honoring Veterans at Parametrix

11-11-2021

Today, Thursday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day. We take this time to thank those who have served our country, including many employee-owners at Parametrix. In this article, learn more about several veterans at Parametrix.

Jennifer Dvorak | Senior Engineer | Puyallup, WA

A newspaper article with a photo of Jennifer Dvorak wearing a military uniform and hard hat

What did you do in the military?

I was a civil engineer, building and fixing things like hangars, pavements, fuel tanks, water treatment plants, and supporting a host of expeditionary work in Korea and Turkey.

How long did you serve?

Just under 10 years, mostly in active duty and then ... (more)

 

Meet Our New PE: Kallyse Crawford

10-25-2021

Kallyse Crawford is a transportation engineer based out of our Bremerton, WA office. She joined Parametrix in February 2020 and has 3 years of industry experience. She recently earned her Professional Engineer license. We asked her a few questions about her career, future goals, and advice for others pursuing their PE license.


Tell us about your professional background.

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended a very small school there. When it came time to choosing a college, I decided I wanted more of that small campus feel and ended up at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Something that drew me there was their 5 year Integrated Business & Engineering Honors Program, which is a special curriculum where students earn two bachelor’s degrees, one in their engineering track and one in business, which was geared towards engineering. Lucky for me, I... (more)

 

Students in Bend, OR get Involved in Newport Corridor Project

10-22-2021

By Jessie Rykels-Wilson

The City of Bend’s Newport Corridor Improvement project is in the process of completely reconstructing Newport Avenue between College Way and 9th Street to the City’s current design standards. Parametrix is partnering with the City of Bend, contractor, Taylor Northwest, and construction manager, DOWL, to deliver this project.

A yield sign in front of a newly constructed roundabout

Part of the project involved reconstructing Nashville Avenue, a local road next to Highland Elementary School and since April 2020, kids, parents, and teachers have been navigating the construction zone on their way to school, including myself, as this is the school my kids attend. During initial demolition efforts, several trees were removed, which concerned some s... (more)

 

Putting in "Sweat Equity" with Habitat for Humanity

9-23-2021

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.

Four employees wearing masks stand inside a house holding a paintbrush, drill, sander, and door hinge

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. 

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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)

 

Meet our New PE: Cameron Carlson

9-17-2021

Cameron Carlson is an Electrical Engineer based out of our Seattle office, providing electrical power, instrumentation, and control services for water and wastewater utilities and public transportation clients. He has been with Parametrix for 6 years and recently earned his Electrical Professional Engineer license.          

We asked him a few questions about his background, what inspires him, career goals, projects he’s working on, and his advice for others pursing their PE license.

Tell us about your professional background.

I have a BS in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University. Before I pursued this degree, I was a music major specializing in trumpet and jazz. I also tutor privately.

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

There were many inspirations, but for the most part I didn... (more)