OR 213/I-205 to Redland Road Crossing Wins ACEC Oregon Grand Award
January 29, 2013
When Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) and OBEC Consulting Engineers (OBEC) sat down to discuss submitting the OR 213/I-205 to Redland Road Crossing (Jughandle) project to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon Engineering Excellence Awards, the team was excited for the opportunity to showcase the project’s many interesting and challenging aspects. The project evolved from a pencil sketch in 2007 to a fully funded, constructed project that received $22 million in Jobs and Transportation Act funding due to the significant employment, cultural, and residential benefits that additional capacity on OR 213 will bring to approximately 100,000 residents of Oregon City, Oregon and the surrounding areas.
The constructed project is a set of improvements that eliminated the intersection of Washington Street and OR 213 by raising the highway above the local roadway. OR 213 was improved to a six-lane divided facility that includes raised median control for the entire segment. This and other improvements, such as the construction of the City of Oregon City’s first roundabout, have created facilities that better serve pedestrian, bicycle, transit, vehicular, and freight goods movement.
The ACEC Oregon Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner was held on January 16, 2013, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. The dinner was preceded by a reception where attendees viewed presentation boards that entrants assembled to showcase their projects. Engineering firms of all sizes and disciplines were represented by over 30 projects.
Hermanus Steyn and Charles Radosta of KAI, as well as Robert Goodrich and Jason Kelley from OBEC, shared their table with Aleta Froman-Goodrich and John Lewis from the City of Oregon City. Also there to celebrate with the team was Nancy Kraushaar, who recently moved to the City of Wilsonville after serving as the Public Works Director at the City of Oregon City. Nancy played an integral role in moving the OR 213 Jughandle Project through from concept to construction. Kate Parker of Mason Bruce & Girard, who led the innovative public involvement effort for the project, rounded out the table.
Master of Ceremonies Dave Sullivan of Perkins & Co. began by announcing the Honor Award winners.
“When we did not get called for an Honor Award, we knew we had won one of the big ones,” says Hermanus, who led the traffic components of the project. “Everyone at our table had worked so hard on the project, so we were excited to be recognized.”
Sure enough, the OR 213 Jughandle Project was the second to be announced in the Grand Award category. Other Grand Award winners included:
- CH2MHill, Inc. for the US Congresswoman Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge at Gibbs Street for the City of Portland
- OBEC for the Chambers Covered Bridge Rehabilitation for the City of Cottage Grove
- PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc. for the Chemeketa Community College Health Science Complex
- Parametrix for the State Highway 99W: Newberg and Dundee Bypass for the Oregon Department of Transportation
- URS Corporation for the Portland Streetcar Loop Project for the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc. was awarded Project of the Year for 2013 for the Bud Clark Commons for Home Forward. This LEED Platinum building was constructed to provide housing and support services that work to eliminate homelessness. The building consumes 45% less energy and 50% less water than allowable under Oregon codes.
“We enjoy attending the ACEC Awards to see what is happening in our industry. It’s great to be able to meet up with clients and peers to celebrate the successes of the previous year,” says Hermanus.