Category Archives: All Engagements

SR-520 Bridge and Landings Finalist for ASCE 2018 OCEA Award

The SR-520 Floating Bridge and Landings project had the prestigious honor of being one of five finalists for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2018 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) award. The other four finalist projects included the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project in Norfolk and Portsmouth, VA; the Folsom Dam Auxiliary Spillway, Phase IV, in […]

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Do’s and Don’ts for a Design Accident Prevention Plan

by Joe Leysath, P.E., PSP, LEED AP This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Engineering field work can be hazardous, especially when working around utility infrastructure like electrical generation and distribution equipment, piping with 200+ degree steam and condensate running through it, underground utility tunnels, or cramped mechanical rooms. Safety for all personnel […]

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The Blackout Test: Coordinated Testing for Complicated Utility Infrastructure

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. We spend the vast majority of our lives within the built environment. We put our trust in buildings, bridges, and utility infrastructure, and sometimes take for granted that they will safely meet our needs. It’s really only in times of emergency […]

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Wood Harbinger hires Senior Project Manager Mitsu Koshima

Wood Harbinger is pleased to welcome aboard Mitsu Koshima as Senior Project Manager in the firm’s Mechanical Engineering group. He started with the firm February 1, 2018. Mitsu comes to Wood Harbinger with 32 years’ experience in mechanical engineering, with a focus on healthcare, biotech, and laboratory projects.

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The Big Picture Perspective: Whole Building/Whole Campus Facility Condition Assessment

by Nick Baker, P.E., CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C, Shaun May, EIT, CEM, and Jacob Odell This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Over the last six months, we have noticed a substantial increase in facility owners seeking facility condition assessment services.

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Getting Beyond “It’s Been Like That For Years”: Systems Assessment

by Nick Baker, P.E., CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C, Shaun May, EIT, CEM, and Jacob Odell This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Facility condition assessments are a proactive path towards assuring that building systems are operating the way they should be (per design) and/or the way they need to be (per facility requirements) […]

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The System That Cried Wolf: When to Believe the Fire Alarm

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. One of Aesop’s famous fables is “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” If you recall, the story tells of a young shepherd boy who cried out that a wolf was chasing the village sheep, and the villagers came running to help him, only […]

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The Fire Protection Obstacle Course Part 2: Five More “Gotchas” That Can Make or Break Your Project

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. In a previous edition of this newsletter, I introduced five “gotchas” related to fire protection systems that could wreak havoc on your project. This list, of course, is far from comprehensive, so I thought I’d follow up with a few more “gotchas” […]

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WSP, VIA, Wood Harbinger Win Silver at 2018 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

WSP, VIA Architecture, and Wood Harbinger are honored to have received a Best in State Silver Award for “Complexity” from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for our work on the  Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station.  Wood Harbinger provided mechanical and electrical engineering for the project. The 51st Annual ACEC Washington Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony […]

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