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May 21, 2024 Project of the Week

Project Name: Wonder Bridge

Company Name: SPF:a

Project Location: Lost Hills, California United States

Project Information/Details: Spanning the Paso Robles Highway at the eastern edge of Lost Hills, a sinuous pedestrian bridge connects Lost Hills Park to the North, with a Pre-school and College Prep Academy to the South. A Need for Connection Bisected by a busy highway with only one controlled intersection, the hamlet of Lost Hills was, prior to construction of the Wonder Bridge, essentially cleaved in half. Transited by large trucks, the highway presented a significant barrier to pedestrians looking to safely cross. SPF:a was engaged to design the bridge at a location directly adjacent to Lost Hills Park. From the beginning, it was important that the bridge not only connect the northern and southern halves of Lost Hills, but as a significant piece of infrastructure on the otherwise flat landscape, also stand as a gateway to Lost Hills. Inspiration and Function The plan of the bridge is inspired by the curl of a lizard's tail and the flow of swirling water. The resulting spiral shape allowed for a gentle transition and ease of ADA access from grade level to the required 20 feet above the roadway. The bridge span itself is a very typical 176 foot cast in place concrete structure slightly modified to accept the green railing/fence armature that transforms from a code required railing at the base of the bridge to a curved arched geometry; culminating in a heart shape at the center of the bridge symbolizing community and its benefactor.

May 14, 2024 Project of the Week

Project Name: Sound Transit’s 2 Line

Company Name: HDR

Project Location: Seattle, Washington United States

Project Information/Details: The initial segment of Sound Transit’s 2 Line began operations April 27, the product of more than a decade of work to improve transit connections between Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond. The Bellevue-Redmond segment of the $3.7 billion project, also known as the East Link Extension, opened with trains that run every 10 minutes at eight stations. The remainder of the 2 Line is expected to open next year. The completed 14-mile East Link light rail line will connect the populous Eastside communities across Lake Washington from downtown Seattle. HDR performed extensive construction management services for the Bellevue segment of the line and six of the line’s stations, providing the resident engineer and key management staff. The line travels through a dense urban environment, including a half-mile tunnel through downtown Bellevue. HDR’s construction management team assisted Sound Transit from procurement through completion, including project oversight, constructability reviews, environmental monitoring, scheduling, field inspections, independent cost estimating and more. HDR was able to tap into specialty expertise locally and nationally to solve complex building electrical, vertical transportation, tunnel ventilation and many more technical challenges along the way. “We’ve been working toward this moment for eight years, and it’s great to see trains full of passengers making the most of this new mobility option,” said Transit Construction Manager Justin Garrod, who led HDR’s work on the rail line. “I’m proud of the tools and specialized expertise we applied during construction like the use of building information modeling. In collaboration with our contractors and engineer of record, BIM proved to be extremely beneficial and efficient during design clarification and clash detection with different packages. Our team worked hard to build a collaborative spirit that prioritized problem solving and risk management and that helped keep everyone focused on the right things.” The core project team was co-located with Sound Transit for much of the project, ensuring close communication and quick response. HDR’s global network of professionals provided additional specialized expertise in project controls, geographic information systems, and right of way. Over the course of the project, HDR’s team included more than 100 professionals in 13 states. “Congratulations to Sound Transit on the opening of this community-changing project,” said HDR Transit Director Matt Tucker. “We’ve been honored to be a part of the effort and look forward to watching as it supports critical connections and opens new opportunities for the Seattle region.”

May 07, 2024 Project of the Week

Project Name: General Fusion Company Headquarters

Company Name: Stantec

Project Location: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Project Information/Details: General Fusion recently opened its new headquarters, which serves as the company’s main office and laboratory space at its state-of-the-art fusion campus, which spans three buildings in Richmond, British Columbia. The new, expanded space supports General Fusion’s goal to deliver clean fusion energy to the grid by the early to mid-2030s using the company’s practical Magnetized Target Fusion technology. A global leader in sustainable design, Stantec provided multi-discipline design, architecture, and engineering services for the project. Inspired design with a nod to history and technology The emphasis for this project was centered around creating a sustainable design for an energy-efficient future, including the facility’s research and development laboratories. Keeping in line with the brand’s marquee colour palette that uses strong Pantone reds and greys, the design celebrates General Fusion’s advanced technology and the history of the company’s technology evolution. The 56,000-square-foot facility, designed by Stantec, includes new offices, staff amenities, a visitor reception area, washrooms, laboratories, shops, and warehouse spaces to support operations. A new second-floor infill space provides additional office and meeting rooms. Electrical and mechanical upgrades provide energy savings through heat recovery units. The new interior features custom wood finishes with glass accents to provide visibility and line-of-sight through the offices. In the lab and industrial spaces, non-slip finishes for material handling operations, high bay lighting, and effective equipment layouts ensure safety and operational efficiency. Shared commitment to reducing carbon Aligned with Stantec’s sustainability commitment, General Fusion is developing transformative fusion energy technology to meet the growing global energy demand and achieve a net-zero transition. General Fusion is fast-tracking its technical progress to provide commercial fusion energy to the grid in the next decade by building a new Magnetized Target Fusion demonstration machine at the Richmond site. The machine, called Lawson Machine 26, is designed to achieve fusion conditions of over 100 million degrees Celsius at large scale by 2025 and progress towards scientific breakeven equivalent by 2026. When these milestones are reached, General Fusion will have achieved the major technical requirements to advance to the commercialization phase of practical fusion energy. “With extensive investment in efficient energy generation, this transformative new space will bring pioneering technology and innovation to the energy industry,” said Sy Selick, operations leader for Stantec in British Columbia. “We understand the increasing urgency for carbon-free energy and are proud to support General Fusion’s ambitious commitment to science and a sustainable future.” Learn more about how Stantec provides practical and deliverable sustainability solutions that ensure regulatory compliance and adds value to the projects it designs.