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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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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 ...

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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...

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