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It's Time for a Change


Parametrix CEO Jeff Peacock sent the following message to employee-owners this week. We share this with our clients, partners, and communities to publicize our commitment to continuing the conversation around system racial injustices.The very public death of George Floyd has been a catalyst for a nationwide movement and affirmation that Black Lives Matter. Like you, I was deeply saddened by yet another example of a Black person whose basic human rights were violated and whose life was taken under a pretense of law enforcement.We are all now witness to the deeply engrained lack of social justice in society that continues to swell the ugly face of racism. We are all disgusted by the pervasive enabling and persistent harassment, discrimination, and violent treatment of Black people across the country. For Black people and people of color, what is happening is a daily part of life that as a person with white privilege, I may never truly ...

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Jenna Anderson, PE, PMP Joins Parametrix


Seattle, WA – Jenna Anderson has joined Parametrix as a Senior Engineer based out of the firm’s Seattle office. She has 12 years of civil engineering and project management experience focused on municipal utility, fish passage, and roadway improvement projects. Anderson comes to Parametrix from Murraysmith. Her recent project experience includes roadway, utility, and fish passage improvement work with the City of Arlington, reservoir improvements for the City of Edmonds and the City of Bellevue, roadway improvements for Alderwood Water and Wastewater District, fish passage improvement work for the City of Kirkland, and road widening with Washington County, Oregon.Anderson joins Parametrix’s transportation design group and will be providing services to clients throughout the Puget Sound region. She is currently working on the City of Federal Way’s City Center Access project.About ParametrixParametrix is a 100-p...

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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 166. Parametrix has been ranked in the top 500 design firms since 2003. The market continued to grow steadily in 2019. The top 500 design firms had a record total design revenue of $103.24 billion, up 2.1% from the previous year. In 2019, over 60% of Parametrix’s design revenue was generated from transportation projects, with the remainder divided among water, wastewater, and general building projects.Some of the firm’s largest projects last year were TriMet’s Southwest Corridor Transit Design, Washington State Department of Transportation’s I-5 Mounts Road to Thorne Lane Corridor Improvements, and King County’s Interbay Steel Forcemain Replacement project.“We’re honored to once ...

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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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