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.

Meet twice a year (fall and spring) to network and share information with southwest Washington local agencies. 

Goals 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.

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, Gavin Oien, gjo@deainc.comor


Thursday, October 13, 2022
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

WSDOT's Complete Streets Implementation

Kelly Smith, Southwest Region Multi-Modal ManagerWSDOT

Chad Hancock, Southwest Region Project Development Engineer, WSDOT

Please RSVP / register so we have an accurate lunch count. 

RSVP - No charge to attend!

Click HERE to register. 


Thursday, December 2, 2021 
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. 
Virtual via Zoom 

Prioritizing Your Transportation Improvement Program
Chris Malone, PE, PMP, Public Works Finance & Asset Manager
City of Vancouver

Ryan Lopossa, PE, Public Works Streets & Transportation Manager
City of Vancouver 

Thursday, April 15, 2021 
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. 
Virtual via Zoom
Co-hosted by ACEC and WTS


  1. Update on your agency's impact from COVID in the following areas:
    a)  2021/ 2022 capital improvement plans
    b)  Budgets
    c)  Changes to procuring professional services
    d)  Changes to agency office policies
  2. Update on your agency's plan for post pandemic re-officing.
  3. Update and planning associated with potential stimulus funding.

Click HERE for more info, including list of panelists and moderators. 

Click HERE for video of presentation. 

October 1, 2019
City of Vancouver - Water Resources Education Center
City of Vancouver: Water Station 1 Upgrades - Design and Construction

April 4, 2019
Clark County Public Works, Vancouver
What's new at WSDOT SW Region

October 3, 2018
WSDOT Headquarters
WSDOT's Design-Build Process and the Chamber Way Bridge

April 5, 2018
City of Vancouver - Water Resources Education Center
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Design 

October 5, 2017
Clark County Public Works
Connecting Mass Transit and Trails - A Win-Win for Both

May 3, 2017
WSDOT Headquarters
Bus on Shoulder Study & Pilot Project for SR-14 and I-205 

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

October 19, 2016
WSDOT Headquarters
Collaborative Design of Context Sensitive Rockfall Mitigation - Challis Highway Project, Idaho

July 28, 2016
WSDOT Headquarters
Landslide Mitigation using Anchored Shear Piles

April 28, 2016
WSDOT Headquarters
Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People

January 28, 2016
WSDOT Headquarters
Practical Design: Transforming Design Policy

October 6, 2015
Clark Regional Wastewater District 

Performance Based Intersection and Interchange Evaluations 
  • CHAIR - Gavin Oien,
    David Evans and Associates, Inc.
  • PUBLIC AGENCY REP - Carolyn Bricheux, WSDOT
  • BOARD REP - 
    Matt Shanahan, GRI 
  • Robert Phipps, PBS
  • Dan Trisler,
    Haley & Aldrich
  • Jeff Whitman, Kittelson & Associates

October 13, 2022
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Click HERE to RSVP/register. 

  • City of Battle Ground
  • City of Camas
  • City of Kelso
  • City of Longview
  • City of Ridgefield
  • City of Vancouver Public Works 
  • City of Washougal
  • Clark County Public Works
  • Port of Vancouver
  • Regional Transportation Council
  • WSDOT SW Region
  • Western Federal Lands Highway Division
If you are a public agency representative and would like to get involved with the steering committee, please contact the committee chair at or