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OBEC and DOWL Announce Merger

OBEC Consulting Engineers and DOWL have entered into a merger agreement after more than a year of developing closer ties, and recognizing the advantages for our firms and our clients. OBEC and DOWL share similar employee-owned business models, overlapping geographies, complementary skill sets, and core values that shape their quality- and integrity-driven cultures. Together, we... More

Between Civilization and Wildlife: A Thin Red Tape Line on the Astoria Waterfront

This article previously appeared on Sr. Environmental Specialist Julie Wirth’s LinkedIn profile. It is the second entry in a series of stories chronicling some of the personal passion projects of our talented team members. by Julie Wirth, OBEC Wetland Scientist/Sr. Environmental Specialist Real firsts are rare. There’s the typical firsts that you hardly notice, and then... More

Steel and Stone Strike Gold: Minto Island Bridge Takes Top Awards

When the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge opened to the public in August of 2017, it connected parts of Salem, Oregon through an artful, winning combination of concrete and steel that has taken top awards in the industry. The National Steel Bridge Alliance’s yearly Prize Bridge Awards recognize the best newly constructed bridges in the... More

OBEC pledges annual donation to ACEC Oregon scholarship fund

The Oregon chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) awards $2,500 per year to undergraduate students studying engineering at Oregon colleges and universities, and OBEC Consulting Engineers is excited to announce that we have pledged an ongoing annual donation of $2,500 to the ACEC scholarship fund. The scholarship, which is not based on... More

Minto Island Bridge wins National Steel Bridge Alliance award

The National Steel Bridge Alliance of Chicago awarded the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge top distinction in the “Special Purpose” category as part of its yearly Prize Bridge Awards. This is quite an honor for the Minto Island Bridge,  the latest of OBEC’s signature cable-stayed pedestrian bridges, which has been in the works for decades. Congratulations to... More

Monument Recovery: A Different Kind of Gold in the Cascade Foothills

This article previously appeared on OBEC Survey Manager Jim Colton’s LinkedIn profile. It is the first entry in a series of stories chronicling some of the personal passion projects of our talented team members. by Jim Colton, OBEC Survey Manager For most people, the past feels long ago. And even if it happened ‘here’, it can... More

OBEC attends ODOT’s annual “Meet the Primes” event

ODOT’s “Meet the Primes” speed networking event was half as long as past years, but more than twice as intense. Nearly 100 attendees filled the Ashland Conference Room at ODOT’s procurement office in Salem. ODOT’s DBE/Small Business Programs Manager, Codi Trudell, kicked off the event with brief comments to underscore the importance of why everyone... More

Wendy Schmidt, PE, joins the OBEC roadway team in Lake Oswego

Meet our newest project manager! Working from our Lake Oswego office, Wendy Schmidt, PE, significantly expands OBEC’s capacity to serve our Portland Metro Area and Southwest Washington clients. Take a quick moment to add her to your LinkedIn network and wish her congratulations! She joins us with 13 years of multi-disciplinary transportation project experience in... More

Minto Island Bridge wins Grand Award at ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards!

At the 2018 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards in Portland, OBEC’s Peter Courtney Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge project won a “Grand Award”! It was stiff competition of recent high-profile projects, so it’s quite an honor to win a “Grand Award”, and it’s a great way to wrap up the hard work that OBEC and... More

Guy Hakanson nominated to chair the APWA Specifications Committee in 2018

OBEC Vice President & Chief Engineer Guy Hakanson was recently nominated to chair the American Public Works Association (APWA) Oregon Chapter’s Specifications Committee in 2018. Guy has been actively involved on the committee for several years and is highly qualified to take over the leadership role. More

Jared Trowbridge earns Washington PE license

OBEC is excited to announce that Assistant Project Manager Jared Trowbridge is now a licensed engineer in the state of Washington. This makes Jared a licensed engineer in Oregon, Washington, and California. Congratulations, Jared! More

OBEC’s Rhododendron Drive project in Florence opens to traffic

OBEC’s Rhododendron Drive project opened in Florence, Oregon, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Attendees walked the length of the project and then listened to the mayor, city manager, and head of the Greentrees Village, a 55-and-older manufactured and modular home community, spoke about the project. The existing Rhododendron Drive was a narrow two-lane roadway that was... More