Bryan Nicholson, PE, CCM Joins Parametrix


Bremerton, WA – Bryan Nicholson has joined Parametrix as a Senior Construction Manager, based out of the firm’s Bremerton office. He has over 35 years of experience in the construction field, serving as resident engineer for large, complex capital improvement projects in highly visible urban areas and environmentally sensitive locations. His areas of expertise include major utility infrastructure and roadway improvements as well as LEED-certified building construction.Nicholson comes to Parametrix from Jacobs. Some of his recent project experience includes Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 18-million-gallons per day tertiary wastewater treatment plan, Seattle Public Utilities’ Water System Improvements, and the City of Tukwila’s Boeing Access Road bridge rehabilitation.At Parametrix, he joins the firm’s construction management group, providing services to various public clients throughout the Kitsap penin...

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New Segment of Trail Connecting Lake Washington to Puget Sound Opens to Public


Photo courtesy of King County taken at the February 26 ribbon cutting.Seattle, WA - Another one-mile segment of the Lake to Sound Trail has opened in King County. This latest segment is part of the long-term King County Parks project to connect Lake Washington to Puget Sound with a 16-mile trail linking to four other regional trails and transit. Parametrix has played a role in the project since 2008 when planning began. Subconsultant HWA Geosciences, Inc. also provided significant foundation design and construction observation roles. The latest stretch of trail to open connects the City of Tukwila’s Fort Dent Park to the City of Renton’s Black River Riparian Forest via a railroad underpass and a new bridge across the Black River. The construction of the bridge included a soil drilling activity to inject a slurry of concrete into the soil and stabilized the riverbank. This allows the bridge foundation to withstand seismic ...

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A Message to our Clients and Partners Regarding COVID-19


Like all of you, Parametrix is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employee-owners, their families, and our clients and consultant partners. Our employee-owners are working remotely as much as possible and minimizing in-person meetings to those absolutely necessary. In 2017, Parametrix developed a business continuity plan with the intent of allowing us to quickly pivot in response to a major threat, take steps to protect our employees, and continue to deliver the same high quality service and products you are accustomed to. Over the last few weeks we have deployed that plan and have dramatically shifted how Parametrix conducts business as we respond to COVID-19. Systems are fully in place allowing our employee-owners to work from home efficiently while continuing to serve you, including virtual meetings and online collaboration, and the ability to move very large files of...

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Three Parametrix Projects Receive Engineering Excellence Awards


Portland, OR – The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon Chapter announced the 2020 Engineering Excellence award winners, including three projects Parametrix played a role in. The awards are given to projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value.Kemmer Road Intersection in Washington County (pictured above) received an Honor Award for improving mobility and safety with a new roundabout in an area with a rapidly growing population. Increased traffic associated with a new high school and several residential developments now travels smoothly through the intersection, reducing pollution associated with idling cars that had waited in long lines at a stop-controlled intersection. Additionally, new pedestrian and bike facilities will connect to regional trails.Steve Boice (DKS Associates), John Willis (Parametrix), Charlie Stearns (Washington County), Brian Bierwage...

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Per Johnson, PWS Joins Parametrix


Seattle, WA – Parametrix has hired Per Johnson, PWS as a Senior Scientist. He has over 16 years of experience in natural resources consulting as a field data technician and project manager leading multi-disciplinary teams. Johnson is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist and holds a Master of Public Administration degree. He specializes in field investigations, including wetland and stream delineations, eelgrass surveys, forage fish surveys, and macroalgae surveys. His experience includes authoring technical studies and permit applications to comply with local, state, and federal regulations. Prior to joining Parametrix, Johnson served as a project manager, senior biologist, and permitting specialist at Shannon & Wilson. In this role, he managed the natural resources technical studies and environmental permitting for an $84 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded high-speed passenger rail project in Kel...

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Five Years of Serving Clients in Central Oregon: Parametrix Celebrates Bend Office Anniversary


Empire Corridor Transportation Improvements. Parametrix's Bend office is providing design services for the project.Bend, OR - Parametrix established a presence in Central Oregon in February 2015. Since then, the firm’s Bend office has provided general civil engineering and surveying services for numerous projects throughout the region, including the Powell Butte Highway Roundabout, Crooked River Ranch Water System Upgrades, Farewell Bend Pedestrian Bridge, Empire Corridor Transportation Improvements, and the Plant Interceptor Sewer Pipe Rehabilitation.The office includes 29 staff specializing in transportation, water and wastewater systems, and site development. They primarily serve local cities, counties, and private developers.“We’re so grateful for the trust our clients have placed in us to be a part of so many meaningful projects over the last five years. We’re looking forward to serving the Central Oregon...

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Jennifer John Joins Parametrix


Portland, OR – Parametrix has hired Jennifer John as a Senior Consultant in the firm’s Portland office. She brings over 27 years of experience in transportation planning and multimodal travel demand model application. She has played a key role in securing federal funding for critical light rail, streetcar, and bus rapid transit projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.John comes to Parametrix from Jacobs. Previously, she was a co-owner of John Parker Consulting and has also worked at TriMet and Metro.She has provided transit forecasting for nearly every major capital investment project that TriMet has received federal funding for over the past 17 years, including the Southwest Corridor Light Rail and Red Line Extension.She has also worked on projects in the Puget Sound region, providing travel demand and ridership forecasting for Sound Transit’s West Seattle, Ballard, and Federal Way Link Extensions.In addition, he...

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Joseph Lujan Joins Parametrix


Albuquerque, NM – Parametrix has hired Joseph Lujan as a Senior Scientist. He has nearly 30 years of experience in natural resources management with four federal agencies throughout the Western United States.Lujan comes to Parametrix most recently from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He served as a Natural Resource Planner and Wildlife Biologist, leading long-term conservation efforts fore the refuge system in a four state region with multiple partners. He previously worked for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. National Park Service.He joins Parametrix’s environmental planning and compliance division based out of Albuquerque, providing cultural and natural resource services to clients throughout New Mexico and the Southwest United States.About ParametrixParametrix is a 100-percent employee-owned firm providing inspired solutions in engineering, planning, and environmental sciences. We are c...

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Parametrix to Provide Final Design for TriMet’s “A Better Red” Light Rail Project


Photo Courtesy of TriMetPortland, OR – TriMet has selected Parametrix to complete the final design of “A Better Red," which will increase on-time performance of the MAX light rail system by double-tracking the existing Red Line from Gateway Transit Center to Portland International Airport. In addition to increasing reliability, the project aims to improve ridership by extending the Red Line further west from Beaverton Transit Center to Fair Complex Station. Work on the west side will include replacing track and powering existing switches as well as placing an operator break facility at the Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport MAX Station. On the east side, a new Red Line inbound station will be constructed at Gateway/Northeast 99th Avenue Transit Center. A new structure will span over I-84, servicing passengers on a new second track between Gateway and the airport.Parametrix led preliminary design of the project and will serve ...

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City of Port Angeles Selects Parametrix for 106-Year-Old Culvert Repair Project


Peabody Creek Culvert at high tide after the snow earlier this month.Bremerton, WA – Peabody Creek Culvert, located within the City of Port Angeles, needs repairs after over a century in use. Parametrix will perform hydraulic analysis and preliminary design for the project.The 1,070-foot-long culvert runs along South Lincoln Street and crosses under East 1st Street and East Front Street, which are designated as SR 101.In addition to being structurally deficient, the culvert blocks fish passage because of its slope. This project will consider alternatives to create a fish-passable culvert or to mitigate elsewhere. The Peabody Creek Culvert is on a state fish passage injunction list but is considered a low priority because of limited habitat upstream.The project team, led by Parametrix, includes Shannon & Wilson and Willamette Cultural Resource Associates.Parametrix was also recently selected as the prime consultant supportin...

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Scotty Ireland, PE Joins Parametrix


Puyallup, WA – Parametrix has hired Scotty Ireland, PE as a Senior Consultant. Ireland joins the firm’s Puget Sound region construction and project management group. He brings over 23 years of experience in project development, construction management and administration, and policy development.Ireland comes to Parametrix from Guy F. Atkinson Construction, LLC where he served as the Design-Build Project and Construction Quality Assurance Manager for the I-5 Dupont-Steilacoom Corridor Improvement project. Previously, he was with the Washington State Department of Transportation for 19 years. He served in state and regional roles in the delivery of various transportation projects throughout the region, including the I-405 program, Washington State Ferries terminal construction, SR 520 Program, Olympic Region program, Hood Canal Bridge replacement, and Tacoma Narrows Bridge replacement.At Parametrix, Ireland will provide proj...

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Parametrix Hires George Benford to lead Salt Lake City Office


Salt Lake City, UT – Parametrix has hired George Benford as a Principal Consultant to lead the firm’s Salt Lake office. He has over 40 years of experience in the engineering industry, both in the private and public sector.His expertise is in transportation, traffic, utilities, and environmental studies, as well as public involvement. He has participated in all phases of projects from planning to design and construction.Benford comes to Parametrix from Horrocks Engineers where he served as Principal Engineer for ten years. Prior to that, he was Public Services Director for Ogden City, overseeing seven divisions, several hundred employees, and a multi-million dollar yearly operating budget. At Parametrix, Benford will be responsible for the firm’s Utah operations which includes approximately 15 staff providing services in transportation and environmental planning, urban design, and traffic engineering.About Parametrix...

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Guy Horchy, PE Joins Parametrix


Portland, OR – Guy Horchy, PE has joined Parametrix as a senior transportation engineer based out of the firm’s Portland office. His 16 years of experience includes freight and light rail design as well as highway and intersection design. He specializes in the design of active transportation infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians. Horchy comes to Parametrix from Murraysmith, where he worked on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Oregon 212 Union Pacific Railroad to U.S. 26 project. Prior to that, Horchy was with HDR, Inc. in Portland for nearly four years. His project work included Cedar Street Bike and Pedestrian Improvements for the City of Hillsboro, the Tacoma Dome Link Extension for Sound Transit, and multiple West Vancouver Freight Access projects for the Port of Vancouver.At Parametrix, Horchy joins the firm’s transportation design group in Portland, providing engineering services to client...

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Paula (Ito) Arnold, PE Joins Parametrix


Seattle, WA – Paula (Ito) Arnold, PE has joined Parametrix as a senior transportation designer based out of the firm’s Seattle office. She has over 20 years of experience as a civil engineer and CAD drafter, specializing in rail and roadway projects.Prior to joining Parametrix, Arnold owned and operated her own business providing design and drafting services. Recently, she has been a part of multiple Sound Transit light rail extension projects, including the Tacoma Dome Link Extension, Downtown Redmond Link Extension, Federal Way Link Extension, and Lynnwood Link Extension. At Parametrix, Arnold joins the firm’s Puget Sound transportation design group, providing engineering services to public clients throughout the region. About ParametrixParametrix is a 100-percent employee-owned firm celebrating 50 years in business. We are comprised of 500 employee-owners providing inspired solutions in engineering, planning, and...

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Parametrix Named a 2019 Hot Firm by Zweig Group


Seattle, WA – The Zweig Group’s Hot Firm List honors the fastest growing companies in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Parametrix was ranked number twelve on this year’s list, up from 46 in 2018.“It is important for us to celebrate growth and success in the AEC industry,” said Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens. “The Hot Firm List recognizes the firms achieving a real metric of business success: growth, which fuels job creation and builds the communities they serve. Every firm that makes this list has tremendous opportunities inside and outside the firm.”Rankings are based on three-year growth in revenue, by both dollar and percent revenue. The list includes firms headquartered in the United States and Canada.About ParametrixParametrix is a 100-percent employee-owned firm celebrating 50 years in business. We are comprised of 500 employee-owners providing inspired solution...

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Nicole Mackie Selected as Parametrix ESOP Trustee


Seattle, WA - The Parametrix Operations Leadership Team and Board of Directors have selected Nicole Mackie to serve as an internal ESOP Trustee. Parametrix has three internal Trustees who are responsible for managing the ESOP trust on behalf of the employee-owners of Parametrix.Parametrix’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) was established in 1992. In 1999, the firm became 100% employee owned.Mackie joined Parametrix in 2008 and currently serves as the Puget Sound Region Marketing Division Manager. She has over 20 years of A/E/C industry marketing experience; beginning her career as a marketing assistant for an engineering firm when she was just 16. When asked why she wanted to become a Trustee, Mackie stated, “after being with Parametrix for over 11 years I have seen both the financial and cultural benefits of our ESOP. Serving as a Trustee is a way to give back and help to promote and protect our company culture and ...

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Tom Swartout, PE Joins Parametrix


Puyallup, WA – Tom Swartout, PE has joined Parametrix as a senior engineer based out of the firm’s Puyallup office. He has over 20 years of experience as a process engineer specializing in municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment processes and infrastructure. Swartout comes to Parametrix from the City of Olympia where he provided technical planning and engineering support to the City’s wastewater and drinking water utilities for more than five years. In this role he served as Project Owner of capital facilities projects, author of annual capital facilities plans, and primary technical resource for vertical assets. Swartout co-authored the City of Olympia Water System Plan and Wastewater Management Plan. Additionally, he championed the piloting and implementation of an ozone-based odor control system for a problematic sewer and lift station, saving the City over $100,000 annually in eliminated chemical...

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Tulalip Tribes Selects Parametrix for I-5 Interchanges Improvements Project


4th Street Interchange Seattle, WA – Parametrix has been selected by the Tulalip Tribes to develop alternatives that increase capacity, safety, operations, and mobility at the 4th Street NE and 88th Street NE I-5 interchanges.88th Street Interchange The Tulalip Tribes is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the Tulalip Reservation, bordered on west by the Puget Sound and on the east by the City of Marysville and Interstate 5. Access to the reservation is dependent upon three interchanges on I-5. One of those interchanges, 116th Street NE, is currently in the final phase of construction.Traffic on the 4th Street and the 88th Street I-5 ramps hinder commerce, commuters, and visitors on the reservation. Congestion at the interchanges cause delays on I-5 when the off ramps back up on to the mainline.Quil Ceda Village serves as the economic engine for tribal jobs and businesses and is accessed via these interchanges. The h...

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Theo Prince, PE Joins Parametrix


Seattle, WA – Theo Prince, PE has joined Parametrix as a senior engineer in the firm’s Seattle surface water group. He has 19 years of experience providing stormwater management and surface water design and analysis for public and private clients, most recently in the Pacific Northwest and previously the New York City area. Prince has worked on storm drainage improvements, culvert replacements, and low impact development retrofits in King, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. His expertise includes green infrastructure and design-build projects. At Parametrix, Prince will be working on stormwater basin planning, highway drainage design, and fish passable culvert projects for clients in the Puget Sound region.About ParametrixParametrix is a 100-percent employee-owned firm celebrating 50 years in business. We are comprised of 500 employee-owners providing inspired solutions in engineering, planning, and environmental sciences....

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Parametrix to Provide Engineering for Olympic Region Fish Passage Barrier Removal


Puyallup, WA – The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has awarded Parametrix a contract to provide design consultant engineering services for the removal of 22 fish passage barriers in the Olympic Region. In March 2013, a federal court injunction was issued that requires WSDOT to remove state-owned culverts that block habitat for salmon and steelhead by 2030. WSDOT has over 1,000 culverts that apply to this injunction.Many of the culverts were installed prior to scientists fully understanding the needs of fish. The new culverts are much larger and more resilient to changes in landscape. Removing a single barrier can improve fish access for miles. In order to maximize the number of barriers removed in a short amount of time, WSDOT has identified 22 individual sites in the Olympic Region to be addressed in a single contract. The sites are located in five counties along six different state routes. The Parametrix...

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Sarah Ogier Joins Parametrix as Vice President


Seattle, WA – Sarah Ogier has joined Parametrix as Vice President overseeing the firm’s water and environmental planning and compliance practices in the Puget Sound region. She has over 20 years of experience in natural resources and utility management, including drinking water, wastewater, solid waste, and stormwater. Ogier comes to Parametrix from the City of Bellevue Utilities Department where she served as Utilities Policy Advisor. In this role, she advocated for Bellevue Utilities in regional forums and partnerships. She also helped charter the Employees of Bellevue for Racial and Cultural Equity group. Prior to that, she worked for the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. There she established and led the Office of Sustainability and Innovation for the Wastewater Treatment Division, advised the County on the Lower Duwamish Superfund site, and managed several environmental programs including ecosy...

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