City of Prineville – Prineville WTP – 2022 Project of Year – Less than $5 Million – Environmental

The project expands the City of Prineville’s potable water supply through increased collection of shallow groundwater near Crooked County Park at the south end of Prineville and subsequent storage of excess supply in the deep airport aquifer for use during peak demand periods.

The project included:

  • construction of 18 collection wells in a new wellfield,
  • a 3 mgd water treatment plant to remove hydrogen sulfide, ammonia and manganese from groundwater,
  • modifications to the City of Prineville’s existing “Heliport” well and construction of a second aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) well to allow for injection of potable supply into the deep airport aquifer.

Prime Contractor: Taylor Northwest
Consultant: Consor Engineers LLC (aka Murraysmith, Inc.)


City of Portland Bureau of Transportation – Better Naito Forever- Less than $5 Million – Transportation

Naito Parkway has long been considered the thoroughfare of downtown Portland that provides for all modes of transportation along the Willamette River and in the adjacent Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Over the last seven years, the mode share of this road has changed dramatically. Waterfront Park is one of the largest public green spaces in the city, and it serves as a stage for the city and a destination for the blooming of the famous cherry blossoms, the arrival of the naval vessels, and the celebration of summer festivals. The area also heralded a move towards sustainable transportation starting with the removal of Harbor Drive in the 1970s and most recently with the addition of a waterfront path and bike lanes on Naito Parkway.

The Better Naito Forever Project was originally envisioned as simply “Better Naito” by Better Block Portland State University (PSU)—a partnership program between the volunteer-led group Better Block PDX and PSU. In 2015, Better Naito was implemented and intended to be a temporary, seasonal project. This project had aspirations that included creating a new thruway for cyclists and pedestrians during Portland’s Rose Festival and other busy summer festivals and eventually during dark, wet winters. In the early summer mornings in 2015, volunteers placed orange traffic separators between the two northbound (NB) vehicular travel lanes, defining this new protected space. PBOT and its maintenance crews began hardening this area in 2017 with more permanent screw-in white traffic delineators, but the access was still seasonal.

Better Naito Forever runs from SW Jefferson Street to NW Davis Street, comprising approximately 0.8 mile of central city roadway. The project reallocated a single NB travel lane from vehicular travel to a two-way cycle-track and installed a continuous sidewalk adjacent to Waterfront Park. The project scope also included upgraded traffic and bike signals, tree planting and protection, and the newly designed Mill Ends Park.

Prime Contractor: Westech Construction Inc.
Consultant: David Evans and Associates, Inc.

City of Hillsboro – NE Jackson School Road Improvement Project- $5 Million to less than $25 Million – Transportation

NE Jackson School Road between NE Grant Street and NW Evergreen Road is a collector street that serves as a north-south link between downtown Hillsboro, Oregon and U.S. Highway 26. This 1.54 mile segment of the road provides access to an adjacent residential community. It also serves as access to three elementary schools (Jackson, Lincoln, and Mooberry), and two city parks (Hamby Park and the Harold Eastman Memorial Rose Garden).

Prior to the project, NE Jackson School Road was a two-lane roadway with an intermittent center turn lane, intermittent sidewalks, limited roadway lighting, and no bicycle facilities. On average, approximately 7,000 vehicles travel on NE Jackson School Road each day. This is projected to increase to approximately 10,000 vehicles per day in the next 20 years. The finished project is set to serve as the ‘gateway’ to the restored and renewed Downtown Hillsboro district.

Prime Contractor: Pacific Excavation
Consultant: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc.


City of Oregon City Public Works – Oregon City Engineering & Operations Center- $5 Million to less than $25 Million – Structures

The Oregon City Engineering and Operations Center unifies a Class A office with a fleet maintenance facility, storage warehouse, and operations yard. Scott Edwards Architecture’s (SEA) adaptive reuse of this former beverage distribution warehouse brings the City’s engineering department, public works operations crew, and parks operations crew all under one roof. The project team included the City’s Public Works Director, Assistant Public Works Director, Assistant Parks Director, and a City Commissioner. Once tapped by the City of Oregon City to lead the project, SEA met regularly with multiple stakeholders including staff advisory groups and navigated design criteria specific to the building’s industrial zone to develop a program tailored to present and future needs. The result is a building that is resilient and modern and pays homage to the area’s industrial context.

Initially, the City of Oregon City planned to demolish the site’s existing office building and build new in its place. After evaluating the City’s construction budget and program, the project team concluded the project could not support constructing a new office building without significant concessions in program and amenities. SEA and Emerick Construction saw potential in the existing structure and explored avenues for reuse. After an in-depth analysis of the existing office and warehouse building, the team was able to determine a path that could retain the original shell while also maintaining 100% of the City’s program. While analysis identified numerous challenges, the decision to adaptively reuse allowed SEA to implement the City’s entire program while still staying on schedule and budget, and ultimately saving approximately $3 million.

Prime Contractor: Emerick Construction
Consultant: Scott Edwards Architecture


City of Tualatin – Garden Corner Curves Transportation Project – Less than $5 Million – Historic Restoration/Preservation

The City of Tualatin, Wallis Engineering, and Moore Excavation successfully completed design and construction of a shareduse path and related improvements through a highly constrained roadway. The existing road corridor lacked pedestrian/cyclist facilities, had limited public right-of-way, steep slopes, large trees, non-standard roadway geometry, included wetlands and environmental buffers and was adjacent and crossed by the fishbearing Hedges Creek. The team designed a new continuous multimodal route, street reconstruction, safety upgrades, multiple large retaining walls, stream channelization and culvert replacement for Hedges Creek, new landscaping, stormwater swales, sewer and water system upgrades. They also worked closely with private utilities to underground all overhead utilities through the corridor.

Prior to the design project, Wallis Engineering led preparation of a concept study for the corridor which included final buildout design alternatives, cost estimates, and implementation schedules for three options, and recommendations for a preferred alternative.

Prime Contractor: Moore Excavation, Inc.
Consultant: Wallis Engineering, PLLC


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