Earning a professional engineer’s license is a major career milestone. Recently, four employee-owners at Parametrix passed the exam to earn theirs. Congratulations to Chris Johnson, Brandon Moss, Marcus Vassey, and Scott Weirich! I asked them a few questions about their careers and their advice for others. Read their responses below.
Chris joined the Seattle Transportation group in 2018. He graduated from Washington State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?
I have always been interested in science, how things work, problem solving, and building things. Th... (more)
While we faced many challenges in 2020, we’re proud of the work we were able to accomplish together with our clients and partners, while keeping health and safety a top priority.
From a virtual talent show and masking up for safety, to remote meetings and social distancing, here are just a few of our highlights from 2020.
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)
By Bardia Nezhati, PE, PTOE
Co-authored by Vern Keeslar, AICP and Jackie Kuechenmeister, AICP
The I-15 Corridor is a major transcontinental north-south highway in the western United States that extends more than 1,470 miles through the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Montana. It serves as the economic artery linking San Diego and the Inland Empire of California with the Las Vegas metropolitan area of Nevada. An estimated 30 million tons of cargo are carried through the corridor each year.
Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) in partnership with Caltrans (California’s Department of Transportation), was awarded a National Economic Partnerships grant by the Federa... (more)
Part 1: AFT Arrow
By Matt Steiner & Jen Murphy
Many utility ratepayers are currently struggling with economic security. At the same time, energy costs are rising and the impact of uncertain material and equipment markets is driving project costs up and making capital planning less predictable. As such, it is important that as engineers that we leverage all available tools to optimize each project’s capital and operational costs. Almost just as important is sharing what we learn with not only our colleagues, but the wider engineering community.
The Aeration systems at Resource Recovery Facilities (Wastewater Treatment Plants) account for 30 to 80 percent of a plant’s energy usage, making them typically the single largest source of energy use within the facility. They’re also the most complex and capital intensive systems within a plant. This integral system, which ... (more)
By Mark Mazzola
The federal Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently finalized new rules for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which became effective on September 14, 2020. This was the first major revision to NEPA in over 40 years. The impetus for the updated rules is to streamline the NEPA process, which is often subject to delays from lengthy decision-making processes and litigation. The CEQ found that it takes an average of 4.5 years to complete a NEPA environmental impact statement (EIS) process, from a notice of intent to the issuance of a record of decision, with many projects taking over 10 years to complete their EIS process. The new regulations are meant to clarify and codify what is already required by NEPA, its implementing regulations, guidance, and case law (Venable 2020a).
Following is a summary of the major changes to NEPA made by the new rules. The discussion is taken primar... (more)
Clara Olson is a water engineer based out of our Portland, OR office who recently earned her Professional Engineer license. Learn more about Clara, the projects she’s worked on, and her advice for others taking the PE test.
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Portland and after four years of college in Spokane (Go Zags!) and two years in the Puyallup office, Portland was calling me home again. I’ve been back in Portland for over two years and couldn’t be happier. The Portland office was an easy transition and I love having the community in both Puyallup and Portland.
I love the outdoors and have been getting more and more into backpacking trips in the Pacific Northwest. This summer included a lot of hiking, camping, and backpacking! Mt. Rainier is one of my favorite places on earth and I was lucky enough to spend three different weekends in th... (more)
On August 17, Civil FX became a division of Parametrix. This partnership combines Parametrix’s expertise in engineering with Civil FX’s industry-leading interactive visualization capabilities. Meet and learn more about the seven talented individuals who have joined us in Las Vegas as Civil FX, A Division of Parametrix.
Wayne has over 20 years of experience in project visualization, specifically for civil infrastructure... (more)
As a former Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Parametrix believes in the importance of creating meaningful partnerships with other DBE and Minority Business Enterprises (MBE). We’re introducing you to a few of the MBE/DBE firms we’ve had the pleasure of working with.
Meet Michael Minor, President of Michael Minor & Associates, a noise, vibration, and air quality consultant founded in 1990 and based in Portland, OR. Michael has over 30 years of experience working on highway, rail, bus, and airport projects along with industrial and commercial projects throughout the northwest.
Michael Minor & Associates partners with many of the northwest’s largest and most prestigious consulting firms and also works directly with federal, state, and local agencies. The firm believes in using a team approach to perform detailed environmental analysis services on maj... (more)
We're pleased to have several interns joining us virtually this summer for our first-ever work from home internship experience. While this year looks a little different than others, we're still committed providinge challenging, hands-on project experience to students entering our industry.
Meet our summer 2020 interns:
Sneha Raza | Puyallup, WA
Education: I graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical engineering from University of Colorado Denver this spring.
Hometown: I’m from Chennai, India.