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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
Parametrix to Complete Final Design of New Silverdale Transit Center
Rendering courtesy of Schemata WorkshopBremerton, WA – Kitsap Transit has awarded Parametrix the contract to complete final design of the new Silverdale Transit Center. This is a continuation of the preliminary engineering work the firm has completed.The current transit center is located near the interchange of SR 3 and SR 303. The new location will be just southwest of the SR 303 interchange and Ridgetop Boulevard NW across from the Harrison Medical Center. This location will be closer to housing and employment centers than the current location. Kitsap Transit has been working with CHI Hospital, as they are conducting improvements in the area for an expansion. The team is also coordinating with Kitsap County, WSDOT, Harrison Hospital, and the Federal Transit Administration.Rendering courtesy of Schemata WorkshopParametrix prepared an operational, environmental, and cost assessment to identify a preferred alternative layout. A ...
Mark Mazzola Joins Parametrix
Seattle, WA – Mark Mazzola has joined Parametrix as a senior transportation and environmental planner based out of the firm’s Seattle office. He has over 18 years of experience in public policy, environmental assessments, and transportation planning. He has expertise in the areas of planning, environmental review, and implementation of public transportation and infrastructure projects.After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Mazzola served two years with the United States Peace Corps in West Africa. He then worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency for several years before earning a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning. Mazzola comes to Parametrix after 12 years with the Seattle Department of Transportation. There, he led the team responsible for the environmental review and permitting for a wide variety of public transportation and infrastructure improvements. He served as de...
Construction Begins on Sumner Interchange
Sumner, WA – Ground broke at the site of the State Route 410/Traffic Avenue interchange improvements project on Thursday, September 5. The interchange serves the rapidly growing communities of Sumner, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, and Orting in East Pierce County. Construction began on Monday, September 9 and will last through late 2021. The improvements include a new bridge parallel to the existing two-lane bridge over SR 410. The new bridge will include a 14-foot wide shared use path for bikes and pedestrians. When complete, those commuting from Sumner to Puyallup during peak hours can expect a 7.5-minute reduction in commute time. With Sound Transit’s Sumner Station nearby, the improvements will encourage ridership of trains and buses as well.The $17 million project will be funded by multiple sources – including $5 million from Sound Transit, $5 million in federal funds, $3 million from the Freight Mobility Strategic I...
Parametrix Employee-Owners to Present at PNCWA
Portland, OR – The annual Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Conference will be held September 8 – 11 at the Oregon Convention Center. Parametrix is a Gold Sponsor and will have several professionals presenting at the conference. Parametrix employee-owners will team up with clients and partners for the following presentations: Find the Leader within YouSunday, September 8 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Doug Berschauer, Parametrix; Amy Dammarell, HDR; Mark Poling, Karen DeBaker, Clean Water Services; Michael Comeskey, City of Boise; Andy O’Neill, Washington State Department of Ecology True Project Partners: Progressive Design Build Delivers on Highly Compressed SchedulesMonday, September 9 | 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Niall Boggs, Parametrix; Paul MacClanahan, TaylorNW; Eric Klann, City of Prineville Panel Discussion: Leadership Perspectives for the Future WorkforceMonday, September 9 | 3:45pm - 4:30pm John Phillip...
Parametrix Selected for Bremerton’s Oyster Bay Beach Sewer Upgrades Project
Bremerton, WA – The City of Bremerton has selected Parametrix to provide engineering services for the Oyster Bay Beach Sewer Upgrades project. This project includes design and installation of grinder pump stations to approximately 53 properties as well as upland gravity and low-pressure collection system improvements to eliminate sewage backups. The overall goal of the project is to reduce the fecal coliform bacteria pollution and other pollution associated with sewage in Oyster Bay. Design will begin shortly, and construction is set to begin in 2021. The project is funded by a Washington State Department of Ecology’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan.
08.15.19 Parametrix to Complete High Capacity Transit Study for Utah Transit Authority
Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has awarded a contract to Parametrix to study alternatives to extend high-capacity transit from Draper to Lehi.Currently, two routes are being discussed. One would feature transit along an existing corridor owned by UTA. The other would be west to South Jordan and then Lehi. The proposed transit corridor would provide service to land slated for redevelopment at the Utah State Prison as well as the growing high-tech area in Lehi known as Silicon Slopes. Additional routes will be contemplated as the project moves forward. Parametrix will be working with project partners and stakeholders to consider the appropriate mode, alignment, and stations needed to enhance transit from Sandy and Draper into northern Utah County and Lehi. The study will evaluate cost, ridership, travel time, environmental impacts, and other factors, and will take a little over a year to complete.“We ...
08.13.19 Parametrix Ranked a Top 200 Environmental Firm
Seattle, WA – Engineering News Record has released its annual Top Environmental Firms list, which ranks firms based on revenue for environmental services performed in the previous year. This year Parametrix was ranked number 164, up from a ranking of 169 last year. Parametrix has been ranked in the top 200 environmental firms since 2003. The firm’s environmental specialties include biological sciences and Endangered Species Act, ecosystems, industrial compliance, investigation and remediation, National Environmental Policy Act documentation, and solid and hazardous waste.Nearly half of Parametrix’s environmental revenue came from environmental sciences and planning, a quarter from wastewater and stormwater, and the remaining quarter from water supply and treatment, hazardous and solid waste, and other miscellaneous categories. According to Engineering News Record, this year’s top firms had a record-breaking co...
07.31.19 Parametrix Ranks Among Top Ten Structural, Transportation, and Civil Engineering Firms in Mountain States
Boise, ID – Engineering News Record Mountain States has released its 2019 Top Design Firms list, broken down by sector. The list ranks firms based on design-specific revenue generated within the region, encompassing Idaho, Utah, and Montana.Parametrix, with Mountain State offices in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Salt Lake City, ranked number seven in both structural engineering and transportation, and number nine in civil engineering.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. We serve our clients from locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, and Nevada. Connect with Parametrix: find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram @parametrix_inc. Inspired People, Inspired Solutions, Making a Difference.
07.30.19 Tacoma Dome Link Extension alternatives selected: Parametrix to play a role in environmental study
Tacoma, WA - Sound Transit has identified alternatives for the 9.7-mile Tacoma Dome Link Extension project which will extend the Link light rail system from Federal Way through Fife and into Tacoma.The project will now move into environmental study. Parametrix is leading the study as the primary sub-consultant partner to HDR. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is set to be published in 2021, with final station and alignment selection in 2022 and construction starting in 2025. Light rail between Federal Way and Tacoma will begin in 2030.The nearly 10-mile stretch of light rail will consist of mostly elevated tracks and include four new stations. When complete, riders can expect a 35 minute trip from the Tacoma Dome Station to SeaTac Airport.The project is part of the Sound Transit 3 (known as ST3) ballot measure, which was approved by voters in 2016. About ParametrixParametrix is a 100-percent employee-owned firm celebrating 50 ...
07.24.19 Top Design Firms in Mountain States: Parametrix Ranks #19
Boise, ID – Engineering News Record Mountain States has released its 2019 Top Design Firms list. The list ranks firms based on design-specific revenue generated within the region, encompassing Idaho, Utah, and Montana.With nearly $15 million in design revenue, Parametrix ranked 19 overall, up from 25 in 2018. The firm has 38 licensed professional engineers between its Mountain State offices in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Salt Lake City. 93% of the firm’s revenue in the region was generated by transportation projects. The firm’s largest project to break ground in the region in 2018 was the I-90 Kingston Interchange Reconstruction in Kingston, Idaho. 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. We serve our clients from locations in Washingt...
07.17.19 Mara Krinke Joins Parametrix
Portland, OR – Mara Krinke has joined Parametrix as a senior environmental planner based out of the firm’s Portland office. She has over 20 years of experience in research, analysis, and project management. She specializes in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and regulatory compliance for transportation and infrastructure projects.Krinke was previously employed at Parametrix from 2003 to 2008. Most recently, she served as a senior planner and project manager at David Evans and Associates in Portland. Her project experience includes the Oregon Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan, planning work for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, and several NEPA projects for transportation improvements in Oregon and the west. She has also worked on projects in the Puget Sound region including Sound Transit’s Sounder South and the 522/145th Bus Rapid Transit Conceptual Study.At Parametrix, Krinke joins the firm&r...
07.17.19 Top Design Firms in Oregon: Parametrix Ranks #12
Portland, OR - Engineering News Record Northwest has published its 2019 list of the top design firms in Oregon, ranked by design-specific revenue. Parametrix ranked number twelve in Oregon with nearly $15 million in design revenue generated in the state.Parametrix has 55 licensed professional engineers in Oregon. The firm’s Oregon offices are located in Portland and Bend.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. We serve our clients from locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, and Nevada. Parametrix has been named one of Washington and Oregon’s 100 Best Companies to Work for. Connect with Parametrix: find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram @parametrix_inc. Inspired People, Inspired Solutions, Making a Difference.
07.10.19 Craig Moore Joins Parametrix
Puyallup, WA – Craig Moore has joined Parametrix as a senior construction manager, based out of the firm’s Puyallup office. He has 19 years of experience providing construction management for various projects including transportation, light rail, stream and habitat restoration, drinking water, wastewater, and aviation infrastructure. Moore comes to Parametrix from Jacobs. His project experience includes Sound Transit’s North Link and University Link extension, Seattle Public Utilities’ Combined Sewer Overflow Long-term Control Plan, and The Washington State Department of Transportation’s SR 520 Bridge Replacement project. At Parametrix, he joins the firm’s construction management group, providing services to various public clients throughout the Puget Sound region and Western Washington. About Parametrix Parametrix is a 100-percent employee-owned firm celebrating 50 years in business. We are comprised of 500 employee-owners providi...
07.09.19 Top Design Firms in Washington: Parametrix Ranks #4
Seattle, WA - Engineering News Record Northwest has published its 2019 list of the top design firms in Washington state, ranked by design-specific revenue. Parametrix ranked number four in Washington with over $70 million in design revenue generated in the state. Parametrix has 110 licensed professional engineers in Washington state. The firm, headquartered in Seattle, also has Washington offices in Puyallup, Tacoma, Bremerton, Vancouver, Spokane, and Pullman.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. We serve our clients from locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, and Nevada. Parametrix has been named one of Washington and Oregon’s 100 Best Companies to Work for. Connect with Parametrix: find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagra...
07.08.19 Taya MacLean, PWS Joins Parametrix
Portland, OR – Taya MacLean, PWS has joined Parametrix as a senior scientist, based out of the firm’s Portland office. She has twenty years of natural resource management experience. MacLean is a registered Professional Wetland Scientist, is certified by the Oregon Department of Transportation to prepare endangered species effects assessments, and holds a Master of Science in Biology degree from California State University. MacLean comes to Parametrix from AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC where she served as a senior biologist, conducting wetland delineations, ordinary high water mark delineations, rare plant surveys, habitat assessments, and avian and wildlife monitoring. She is also experienced in preparing wetland delineation reports, natural resource assessments, critical area assessment reports, mitigation plans and monitoring, and Section 404/10 removal/fill permit applications. At Parametrix, MacLean will serve as the Orego...
07.03.19 Parametrix Ranked Number One Civil Engineering Firm in Northwest, Top Ten Water, Structural, and Transportation Firm
Seattle, WA - Engineering News Record Northwest’s 2019 list of the top design firms in the Northwest ranks firms by sector, including water supply, structural engineering, transportation, and civil engineering. Parametrix ranked among the top ten in each category – including number one in civil engineering. The Northwest region includes Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. The list ranks firms based on design-specific revenue generated in each category. The firm's ranking as the top civil engineering firm in the Northwest comes from generating nearly $70 million in revenue in the category. Parametrix ranked number four in structural engineering, number five in transportation, and number seven in water supply.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. We serve our ...
07.02.19 City of Bonney Lake Receives Governor’s Smart Communities Award
Photo: Fennel Creek in Bonney Lake, WA. Seattle, WA – The City of Bonney Lake has received a Washington State Department of Commerce 2019 Governor’s Smart Communities Award. The program, now in its 14th year, recognizes projects that promote smart growth planning and “contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in Washington.” The City received the Judge’s Merit Award, which is given to a project that is a “shining example of the best work in a particular topic,” for their 2017 Watershed Protection and Lane Use Plan. Parametrix partnered with the City to prepare the plan, which provides an integrated systems approach to watershed protection and land use planning. “The City is committed to balancing the needs of economic development and environmental protection. This plan is an integrated approach to facilitating development in Bonney Lake while meeting the requirements of the regional gro...
07.01.19 Ryan Farncomb Joins Parametrix
Portland, OR – Ryan Farncomb has joined Parametrix as a project manager and senior transportation planner based out of the firm’s Portland office. He has over 10 years of experience in transit, bike, and pedestrian planning. His project experience includes the Oregon Public Transportation Plan, Northwest Oregon Transit Alliance’s Access to Transit Improvement project, and Spokane Transit Authority’s Central City Line. Prior to joining Parametrix, Farncomb served as a Project Manager and Transportation Planning Group Lead at Jacobs. His role included managing transportation planning and design projects, from long-range system planning to transit capital project development and implementation. He has written grant applications for public agencies, including two successful Federal Transit Administration Small Starts grant applications for Spokane Transit and Sound Transit. He is also experienced in developing public involvement strategi...
06.26.19 Top Design Firms in the Northwest: Parametrix Ranks #7
Seattle, WA – Engineering News Record Northwest has published its 2019 list of the top design firms in the Northwest, encompassing Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. The annual list “ranks the largest U.S.-based design firms, both publicly and privately held, on design-specific revenue.” Parametrix ranked number seven for overall design firms. The Seattle-based company, with 127 licensed professional engineers in the Northwest, grossed over $85 million in revenue generated within the region. The largest project to break ground in 2018 for Parametrix was the I-5 Mounts Road to Thorne Lane project in DuPont, WA.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. We serve our clients from locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, and Nevada. Parametrix has b...
06.21.19 Parametrix Named a Top Three Best Company to Work For in Washington
Seattle, WA – Seattle Business Magazine held their 30th Annual Best Companies to Work for Awards yesterday evening at the Washington State Convention Center. The event, hosted by King 5’s Chris Cashman, included a guest appearance by the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline. The top 100 firms were ranked based on the results of an employee survey that included questions on the topics of work environment, rewards and recognition, benefits, communications, responsibility and decision-making, and executive leadership. The competition included companies from across the state in various sectors. Engineering, planning, and environmental sciences firm Parametrix ranked on the list as the number three best large company to work for in Washington. “Parametrix has a clear sense of purpose and an uncompromising set of values that are always present in our workplace,” stated Parametrix CEO, Jeff Peacock, PE. “Our employee-owners believe in an...
06.20.19 Port of Sunnyside Receives Job Creation Award for Ostrom's Mushroom Farm Project
Photo courtesy of Port of SunnysideSunnyside, WA - The Port of Sunnyside has been awarded the Washington Public Ports Association’s Outstanding Job Creator of the Year award for their work with Ostrom’s Mushroom Farm, the only large-scale commercial mushroom grower in Washington State. The Washington Public Port Association gives the Outstanding Job Creator Award “to a project that creates jobs for a community, with an eye on the quality of the jobs and the relative impact of the jobs created.” The award was presented to the project team at the organization’s Spring Meeting. The project is estimated to bring approximately 200 new jobs to the Yakima Valley. The Port recently received a grant and low interest rate loan for the project from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board and Yakima County Supporting Investments in Economic Development. Parametrix has assisted the Port with funding applications as well as c...
06.11.19 Jessie Rykels-Wilson, PE Joins Parametrix
Bend, OR – Jessie Rykels-Wilson, PE has joined Parametrix’s Bend office as a senior engineer. She has 14 years of experience delivering transportation projects for public agencies throughout the Northwest, designing and managing projects from the planning phase through construction. Rykels-Wilson comes to Parametrix from HDR in Bend where she served as a senior transportation designer and project manager. Her project experience includes the City of Bend’s Neff Road and Purcell Boulevard Intersection Improvements, 14th Street Reconstruction, and Galveston Avenue Reconstruction. Prior to relocating to Bend in 2015, she spent nine years designing projects with Perteet in Everett, WA. She “enjoys working directly with community members and clients to see positive change in communities through improvements in infrastructure.” At Parametrix, Rykels-Wilson joins the firm’s Bend community building practice, working on local agency projects...
05.31.19 Parametrix Employee-Owners Recognized by Portland Women’s Transportation Seminar
Brittany Cowgill (holding frame) with board members at the May 22 event. Photo by Rick Kuehn.Portland, OR – The Portland chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar held their Spring Event and Awards Presentation last week at The Melody Event Center Ballroom. Two Parametrix employee-owners were recognized for their contributions to the organization and to the industry as a whole.Brittany Cowgill, PE was named the Portland chapter’s ‘Member of the Year’. She was nominated by the organization’s board of directors. This award recognizes a member “who has made extraordinary contributions to the success of the organization.” Brittany has been a member of the organization since 2014 when she was involved in the Chicago chapter. She joined the Portland chapter in 2015. When asked about her involvement in Women’s Transportation Seminar, Cowgill stated, “It's rewarding to participate in an organization that not only provides great networking, ...
05.29.19 Largest Private Companies in Washington State: Parametrix Ranked Among Top 100
Seattle, WA – Puget Sound Business Journal released a list of the 100 largest privately held companies headquartered in Washington. The list, based on 2018 revenue, reported a combined total of $41.3 billion in revenue between the top 100 companies, up from $38.4 billion last year. Coming in at the number 82 spot, Parametrix was the only engineering consultant to make the list. Parametrix has been a privately held company since 1969 when it was founded in Sumner, WA. In 1992, the company launched an Employee Stock Ownership Plan and became 100% employee owned in 1999. About Parametrix Parametrix 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. We serve our clients from locations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, and Nevada. Parametrix has been named one of Washington and Oregon...
05.24.19 Luke Miller, PLS Joins Parametrix
Seattle, WA – Luke Miller, PLS has joined Parametrix as a Surveying Supervisor based out of the firm’s Seattle office. He has 15 years of experience in land surveying, including topographic mapping, ALTA/NSPS land title surveys, boundary line delineation and retracement, legal descriptions, FEMA Flood Certificates, construction calculations, and project management. Miller comes to Parametrix from David Evans & Associates. His experience includes residential and commercial surveys including historic properties and topographic surveys to provide information for architectural and civil design. He has also worked on commercial projects including completing an ALTA survey for the Washington Square office building in Bellevue and the historic Moses building in Seattle. He is a current member of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington and previously served as the Board Secretary. At Parametrix, Miller will be responsible for managi...
05.17.19 Tiffany Neier, PE Joins Parametrix
Seattle, WA – Tiffany Neier, PE has joined Parametrix as a senior engineer based out of the firm’s Seattle office. She has 10 years of experience working on green stormwater infrastructure projects and performing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling analysis. Neier comes to Parametrix from BHC Consultants. Her experience includes projects for the King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Lake Meridian Water District, and the cities of Monroe, Lynnwood, and Snohomish. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Water Environment Federation, and the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association. She holds a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Process from Cornell University. At Parametrix, Neier joins the firm’s surface water practice, providing engineering services to local agencies. About Parametrix Parametrix is a 100-percent employee-owned firm celebrating 50 years in business. We are comprised of 500 employee-...
05.14.19 Dmitri Suslikov, PE Joins Parametrix
Puyallup, WA – Dmitri Suslikov, PE has joined Parametrix as a senior transportation engineer based out of the firm’s Puyallup office. He has nearly 20 years of experience specializing in municipal projects with a focus in road design. Suslikov comes to Parametrix from Exeltech Consulting. He served as a senior project engineer, developing designs for new roads and road improvements, including intersections, roundabouts, bridge approaches, sidewalks, ADA ramps, overlay, drainage, water, and walking paths. Prior to that he worked for Skillings-Connolly, Inc. and has also served as a project engineer for Mason County Department of Public Works. His project experience includes the Chumstick Creek Fish Passage Improvement project in Chelan County where 17 culverts were replaced with small bridges. He also served as a project engineer on the City of Lynnwood’s 204th Street Southwest project which included a roundabout, road improvements, s...
05.08.19 Sam Daleo, PE Joins Parametrix
Portland, OR – Sam Daleo, PE has joined Parametrix’s Portland office as a senior transportation engineer. He has 14 years of experience in design and engineering with a focus on transit and rail projects. Daleo comes to Parametrix from Jacobs. His project experience includes TriMet’s Division Transit project and Spokane Transit Authority’s Central City Line. He is experienced in all phases of roadway, transit and rail projects from environmental and concept design through final design as well as construction. At Parametrix, he will join the firm’s Portland transit design group, supporting projects such as TriMet’s Southwest Corridor project and the MAX Red Line Extension. About Parametrix Parametrix 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. We serve our clients from locations in Wash...
05.03.19 Parametrix Ranked a Top Design Firm
Seattle, WA – Engineering News Record has released its annual Top Design Firms list, which ranks firms based on revenue for design services performed in the previous year. This year Parametrix was ranked number 151, up from a ranking of 164 last year. Parametrix has been ranked in the top 500 design firms since 2003. “We have been fortunate to capitalize on being well positioned to win and deliver some very interesting work over the last year. Our fastest growing market segment has been in our transit practice, where we continue to see strong growth looking forward,” stated Parametrix CEO, Jeff Peacock, PE. Last year, two-thirds of Parametrix’s revenue was generated from transportation projects, with the remainder divided among water, wastewater, and general building projects. Some of the firm’s most significant projects in 2018 were the I-84 Karcher Interchange to Franklin Interchange in Nampa, ID; I-5 Mounts Road to Thorne Lane Co...
04.30.19 Parametrix Recognized for Capacity Building Mentorship Program Participation
Dan Seydel (Platinum Group, LLC), Leslie Jones (Sound Transit), Jennifer Hoback (Sound Transit), and Michael Horntvedt (Parametrix) at the launch of the Capacity Building Mentorship Program at the Tukwila Commmunity Center on Friday, April 12. Seattle, WA - Parametrix has been recognized by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for continued contributions to the Capacity Building Mentorship Program. The program “pairs successful prime contractor and consultants with diverse businesses wanting to do business with Washington state in an effort to increase their capacity and participation on WSDOT projects.” Sound Transit has recently partnered with WSDOT to re-launch the program. The program will be administered by the Minority Business Development Agency - Tacoma Business Center. Happy Longfellow, PE, Transportation Division Manager at Parametrix, has led the firm’s participation in the program, including developin...
04.04.19 Parametrix Promotes Shane Phelps and Jen Murphy, PE, CSE to Lead Environmental, Water Practices in Oregon
Portland, OR – Shane Phelps and Jen Murphy, PE, CSE have been promoted to leadership positions in Parametrix’s Oregon Environmental and Water practices, respectively. Phelps has 23 years of industry experience, 11 of which have been with Parametrix. Prior to being named Oregon Environmental Planning and Compliance Division Manager, he served as Planning Group Lead. His experience has been focused on helping clients throughout the Pacific Northwest navigate National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes and other environmental regulatory requirements for a variety of project types including transportation and transit, water and wastewater infrastructure, and energy transmission and distribution. “Shane has been working with the team and other stakeholders to grow our business and make Parametrix a great place to work. His commitment to staff and clients is outstanding” stated Oregon Operations Manager, Richard Roché, RG, LHG. Mur...
04.02.19 Parametrix Acquires Aptum, Establishing Presence in Southwest Washington
Seattle, WA –Parametrix, a 100-percent employee-owned engineering, planning, and environmental sciences firm, has acquired Aptum, Inc., a civil and structural engineering firm based in Camas, Washington. This acquisition will create a permanent presence for Parametrix in Southwest Washington and expand the firm’s service offerings. Parametrix is headquartered in Seattle and has a nearby office in Portland, along with 11 other offices throughout the Western United States. Aptum, Inc. was founded in 2014 and has four staff. The firm provides services in management, design, and construction monitoring to public and private clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. The firm’s expertise includes bridges, retaining walls, commercial and institutional facilities, seismic assessment, hydraulic structures, riverbank restoration, and stormwater management and treatment. Aptum’s founder, Matt Deml, PE, SE, has 20 years of experience in project...
03.27.19 Parametrix to Conduct Feasibility Study for Oak Grove-Lake Oswego Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge
Portland, OR – Clackamas County has selected Parametrix to conduct a feasibility study for the Oak Grove-Lake Oswego Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge. The bridge, referred to as the “OGLO” bridge, will extend across the Willamette River, connecting two high-density residential areas while closing a key gap in the regional trail system. This concept has been discussed for nearly a decade and the feasibility study will determine if it is possible and identify alternatives. “A pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting Oak Grove and Lake Oswego provides long-term business and recreational benefits for the two communities” said Parametrix project manager Mike Pyszka, PE. In an article about the project featured on Lake Oswego Review, Lake Oswego City Councilor Jeff Gudman stated that the project is “probably the most significant active transportation project in the Metro region." The project team includes JLA Public Involvement and HDR Engineering. ...
03.25.19 Darby Watson, AICP Joins Parametrix as Vice President of Transportation and Community Building
Seattle, WA – Darby Watson, AICP has joined Parametrix as a Vice President, overseeing the firm’s Transportation and Community Building Divisions in the Puget Sound region. Watson has over 20 years of experience, specializing in managing transportation and urban planning programs. She comes to Parametrix from the City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation where she served as the Director of Project Development. Her role included leading the bicycle and pedestrian programs. Watson received the Seattle Design Commission Award for the King Street Station Hub and the Governor’s Smart Growth Award for the Newcastle Community Business Center. From 2013 to 2015, she served on the City of Berkeley Transportation Commission. Parametrix Chief Operating Officer, Roger Flint stated, “We are excited to have Darby join Parametrix. Her diverse experience in the public and private sectors will provide strategic leadership to our transportation a...
03.18.19 Waleed Khalid PE, SE Joins Parametrix as Oregon’s Bridge and Structures Group Lead
Portland, OR – Waleed Khalid, PE, SE has joined Parametrix to lead the firm’s growing Oregon bridge and structures practice. He has 19 years of structural engineering experience, working on a variety of projects throughout the Western United States. Khalid comes to Parametrix from Wilson & Company, Inc. in Salt Lake City where he served as the Structures Manager. Prior to that, he worked for Sound Transit in Seattle. His recent project experience includes new and replacement structures for the Utah Department of Transportation’s design-build program including I-15 Point, Bangerter/600 West and Technology Corridor. He has also been a part of the the replacement of 17 rural bridges in central Idaho and Sound Transit’s East, South, Northgate, and Lynnwood Link Light Rail projects. “At Parametrix, Waleed will focus our Oregon region’s bridge and structures group to refine our vision, goals, and top business development pursuits, whil...
03.08.19 Parametrix Contributes to Greenbelt Bridge Restoration in Idaho
Boise, ID - This week, the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands announced that funding and permitting has been secured to replace the Plantation Island Bridge between Boise and Garden City. Two years ago, high flows on the Boise River threatened the bridge and it had to be removed. Once restored, the bridge will create much desired connectivity for the Boise River Greenbelt Pathway. The bridge site where the abutment remains. As part of the permitting and design process to repair the bridge abutments and restore the deteriorated pathway, employee-owners in Parametrix’s Boise Survey group donated professional services and survey equipment necessary to gather existing site conditions and prepare a topographic survey. Mike Celt, PLS, CFedS, Parametrix’s Boise Office Survey Manager, was excited to be a part of the restoration project, which was nearly entirely funded by private donations. Judy Peavey-Derr, a board member for the founda...
03.05.19 Parametrix Hires John Phillips, ENV SP as Director of Integrated Watershed Management
Seattle, WA - John Phillips, ENV SP has joined Parametrix as the firm’s Director of Integrated Watershed Management. At Parametrix, Phillips will guide the firm’s integrated approach to Infrastructure development and natural resources in watershed planning, management, restoration, and climate change adaptation. Phillips has 20 years of experience in environmental sciences and natural resources. He has served in a variety of roles including as a Submarine Sonar Technician in the United States Navy, the Executive Director of the Corvallis Environmental Center, and the Combined Sewer Overflow Program Manager in King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. In his most recent role at King County, Phillips was responsible for the development and implementation of a pilot program to test new technology for wet weather treatment. Phillips served on the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Executive Board from 2014 – 2018, including as ...
02.28.19 Parametrix Portland Office Achieves Silver Status Sustainability at Work Certification
Portland, OR – The City of Portland has awarded Parametrix Silver Status in the Sustainability at Work program. This status was achieved by implementing at least 25 actions to improve sustainability in the workplace such as composting food scraps, using alternative transportation modes, and having a social responsibility mission statement. The program matches Portland businesses with an advisor from the City who works directly with employees. According to the Sustainability at Work web page, advisors help with resources, cost efficiency, and help establish "a healthy and quality workspace for employees." The program includes different levels of certification based on “points” earned by creating sustainable practices in the workplace. Parametrix was awarded 38 points for their sustainable actions, just shy of the 45 needed for gold status. Emily McKernan, member of Parametrix’s Sustainability Committee stated that the team “is looking...
02.27.19 Parametrix to Provide Engineering for Quincy Square Project in Downtown Bremerton
Photo courtesy of Kitsap Daily News The Quincy Square project, named after 27-time Grammy award winning music producer Quincy Jones, will reshape the City of Bremerton’s downtown arts district. The project includes reconstructing a 760-foot-long block on 4th street between Washington Avenue and Pacific Avenue, just a couple blocks over from Parametrix’s Bremerton office. Quincy Jones spent part of his teenage years in Bremerton, his father being a shipyard worker. During an interview with Stephen Colbert, Jones spoke of finding his love for music in Bremerton. This interview sparked public interest to dedicate the reconstruction of the 200 block of 4th street in his honor. In a letter to the Bremerton City Council and residents, Jones stated “I would be honored and humbled to have my name grace the city’s new downtown district.”Architectural rendering of Quincy Square, City of Bremerton The project will contribute to the greater rev...