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Expanding Vancouver Office Relocates to Downtown Area

On 12 March 2015, BergerABAM’s Vancouver, Washington, office held an open house for friends, clients, partners, and community members to visit the new office location at 210 East 13th Street, Suite 300. As the Vancouver office grew, it became apparent that the way the department worked across the planning, environmental, landscape architecture and urban design, engineering, and strategic communications disciplines was very collaborative. When Office relocates to former City Hall building. the lease became due, the needs of the staff and how the office functioned were evaluated, and it was determined that an open-concept work environment would more effectively foster the collaboration that was already happening. In addition, the new location was chosen because the firm is committed to downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver office has long been associated with industry connections to the city, and feels connected to what used to be the City Hall building and wanted to be a part of the reuse and vision for the facility. The space fit well with the office’s industry identity in Vancouver, how they work internally, and their commitment to the community.

Smarter Site Design with SiteOps

BergerABAM was an early adopter of SiteOps Site Optimization Software, the latest innovation in site civil engineering. Created to aid in the swift identification of cost-effective solutions for site development, SiteOps enables civil engineers to review multiple site plans and associated grading schemes in a few hours instead of weeks or months. The SiteOps design process can begin with as little as a proposed site. Using the provided geographic information system topographic information or imported AutoCAD-surveyed topography, the designer can begin to build parking areas, buildings, storm drainage features, and access roads in minutes. Because parking areas are laid out by SiteOps, complete with landscaping areas, accurate parking counts can be determined as quickly as the parking area extents can be drawn. Likewise, buildings can be introduced from the SiteOps import library or drawn on screen. Buildings immediately work with the drawn parking areas with transition areas shown with sidewalks, drive-aisles, or other user-chosen amenities. All site plan elements are editable and movable to allow the review of various site plans in a matter of a few hours. Each site plan can also be graded based on predefined grading requirements to show cut and fill areas and quantities of material for each scenario. As the grading routine is running, users can view the cost of the site preparation changing based on the thousands of grading scenarios tested. Construction costs are determined based on unit costs preloaded into SiteOps and fully editable by the design team. As quantities of materials change with each site plan and grading scenario, construction costs are constantly updated. The use of SiteOps provides immeasurable benefits to clients by providing a smarter way to identify site design solutions.

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Profile for BergerABAM

Inside/Out Newsletter | Spring 2015 | Issue 57  

BergerABAM is a consulting firm offering services in the areas of planning, civil and structural engineering, architecture, environmental se...

Inside/Out Newsletter | Spring 2015 | Issue 57  

BergerABAM is a consulting firm offering services in the areas of planning, civil and structural engineering, architecture, environmental se...