American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

SW WA Public Agency Liaison

ACEC Oregon / SW Washington Public Agency
Liaison Committee

To commit to a meaningful partnership between our organizations in the common purpose of providing quality and responsive consulting engineering services to the communities of southwest Washington.

Goals and objectives include: 
- Facilitating a cooperative dialogue between southwest Washington public agencies and ACEC; 
- Enhancing professionalism and integrity throughout the design and construction industry; 
- Promoting quality and value through improved business practices; 
- Investing in the future by promoting education, new technology, and research and development; and
- Promoting the use of project delivery methods that best serve the public interest.

The group plans to meet quarterly.

Pictured above, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, PE, PBS Engineering + Environmental, takes questions from the group during their January 28 meeting. He and Dan Swensen, City of Vancouver's Engineering Manager, provided the public agency update. About 40 members, guests and representatives from various southwest Washington public agencies attended the presentation on "Practical Design: Transforming Design Policy." Kevin Miller, SW Region Design and Engineering Services Manager, Washington State Department of Transporation, delivered the talk. 

For more information please contact the steering committee chair, Matt Shanahan,, or

January 26, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Adapting Water Supplies Post-Condit Dam Removal 


October 19, 2016
Collaborative Design of Context Sensitive Rockfall Mitigation - Challis Highway Project, Idaho
- Doug Anderson, LG, LEG, FHWA - Western Federal Lands Highway Division 
- Ben George, PE, RG, CEG, Cornforth Consultants, Inc. 

Traditionally, development of new rock cuts and mitigation measures for rockfall hazards associated with transportation assets has been a balancing act between project safety requirements, available right-of-way, and economic constraints. 

Established rockfall mitigation categories include avoidance, removal, stabilization, and protection. 

The importance of understanding how new rock cuts and rockfall mitigation projects will affect, or impact the surrounding area has become a major consideration in the past few decades. 

Context sensitive considerations include visual impairments, unique historical considerations, and scenic characteristics. The inclusion of aesthetics and other context sensitive considerations in the design process has increased the complexity of project development and implementation, but has resulted in more owners and partners investing in new rock cuts and rockfall mitigation safety improvements if context sensitive solutions are adapted for their project area constraints. 

Collaborative efforts between teams comprised of federal and state agencies, their geotechnical consultants, and other stakeholders are needed to develop an acceptable design that meets the context sensitive goals of all the partners involved.

Examples of recent successful rockfall mitigation projects in context sensitive areas on National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service lands with a strong technical team from the FHWA – Western Federal Lands Highway Division and Landslide Technology, include Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana; Crater Lake National Park, Oregon; and the Banks-Lowman Highway and Ketchum-Challis Highway in Idaho.


Program is good for one (1) continuing professional develoment credit. 

Click here to RSVP! No charge to attend. 
While it is not necessary to RSVP, it is helpful to know how many people may be attending so we can arrange for enough chairs and coffee. Thank you! 

Please sign-up by Monday, October 17. 


July 28, 2016
Landslide Mitigation using Anchored Shear Piles
Tom Westover, PE, Associate Engineer
Cornforth Consultants, Inc. 

Click here for more info on the July 28 program and to RSVP. 

April 28, 2016
Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People
Presented by the project's lead design engineer, Norman Smit, PE, SE, Senior Associate, TY Lin International 

Click here for more info on the April 28 program and to RSVP. 

January 28, 2016 - Practical Design: Transforming Design Policy

October 6, 2015 - Performance Based Intersection and Interchange Evaluations 
Matt Shanahan, GRI

Jason Tell, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff

January 26, 2017
Adapting Water Supplies Post-Condit Dam Removal 

Public agency update: TBD

The following agencies have attended past meetings:
  • City of Battle Ground
  • City of Camas
  • City of Kelso
  • City of Longview
  • City of Ridgefield
  • City of Vancouver
  • City of Washougal
  • Clark County Public Works
  • Port of Vancouver
If you are a public agency representative and would like to get involved with the steering committe, please contact the committee chair at or