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    May 9, 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM (PT)
    Building Our Transit Future - Sound Transit’s Expansion Plans & Design Standards Chapter Meeting Sound Transit is currently delivering the largest voter-supported transit initiative in North America. Not only will this expansion transform mobility in the Puget Sound region, but it will also bring multiple associated benefits such as transit-oriented development, public art, job creation, and access improvements in the areas around our stations. How does an agency undertake such a large assignment while planning for consistency of passenger experience, system identity, and maintenance practices? This presentation will provide an overview of Sound Transit’s mission and current projects, then take a deeper dive into the establishment of the agency’s design standards and specifications. We will then look at projects currently in design and discuss the ways in which the public and the AEC community can engage with the agency. PRESENTERS Catherine Calvert, AIA ENV SP LEED AP CCS Catherine has been a Principal Architect at Sound Transit since 2022, following many years as Managing Director of VIA Architecture and as a sole practitioner at C-Square Consulting. Catherine has led a variety of large transportation-focused architectural design projects including Sound Transit’s Angle Lake Station and Operations and Maintenance Facility East, and the Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station. She is currently acting as owner’s architectural representative for Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link and Federal Way Link Extensions, as well as the new Operations and Maintenance Facility South. Catherine holds a CCS certification as spec writer and has been an active member of the PSC CSI ProSpec committee for several years. Gavin Schaefer, AIA MRICS PMP LEED AP BD+C Gavin has been a Principal Architect at Sound Transit since 2023. He is an architect and project manager with a strong background in product/systems thinking on large-scale interdisciplinary teams at a variety of different organizations including Sidewalk Labs, Katerra, the City of Vancouver, Perkins&Will, and DIALOG. Gavin is currently updating Sound Transit’s standards from urban design to the smallest detail in support of the ST3 portfolio. More info and link to registration here . Image credit: Sound Transit.
    Seattle, WA, United States

  • TAMING OF SPECS - ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION - Educational Seminar Series

    May 28, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (PT)
    CLASS 3 Submittals and Substitutions and RFI Oh MY! Submittals, substitutions, and RFI are a huge aspect of construction administration work. But what do we really need to see and are we getting that information? Are we making our own jobs harder for “future us” and our clients? Are we requiring documents that no party actually needs even as we miss critical documentation for ourselves? Join this roundtable discussion with panelists representing the Owner, Architect, Contractor, and Product Rep viewpoints to learn what each party really needs in order to create and/or to see in these documents, and how we can adjust spec requirements to get the best outcome for our projects. Looking forward to seeing you then! PANELISTS OWNER VIEWPOINT | Brianne Tomlin Brianne Tomlin, Architect, is in Facilities Project Manager of Capital Planning & Construction at Renton School District #403. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in varying levels of project management in both public and private industry. She joined Renton School District as a Capital Planning and Construction Project Manager in October 2020 following 6 years as an architectural project manager focused on public K-12 projects. She is responsible for the day-to-day management, management of the GC/CM selection process, as well as the District’s primary point of contact. While employed with Integrus Architecture, she was involved in four successfully completed GC/CM projects as both Project Architect and Project Manager during design and through construction. Her experience as both architect and agency project manager allow a comprehensive understanding of the GC/CM process on complex projects. ARCHITECT VIEWPOINT | Kendall Williams Kendall Williams, Senior Associate, has been with MG2 for over 18 years. He’s the Project Manager/Project Architect on multi-million-dollar projects for a large retail account, for which he primarily oversees construction documentation, clarifications, and updates and other related project work from permit through end of construction. He is also responsible for QA reviews, code analysis, and staff training. Fun Fact: Kendall Williams is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Harmony Foundation International, Inc., which works on policy and administration to better improve lives through support of programs that use singing as means of enrichment. CONTRACTOR VIEWPOINT | TBA PRODUCT REP VIEWPOINT | TBA Image credit: AI generated by Fotor


    Jun 13, 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM (PT)
    Awards Banquet and Board Installation Chapter Meeting Our June Chapter Meeting will look back at this year’s accomplishments, acknowledge the service of the outgoing 2023-2024 Board, and welcome the incoming 2024-2025 Board. The Puget Sound C.S.I. Memorial Foundation may have student scholarships to present. We will thank the Foundation’s retiring officers and welcome the new ones. The June meeting will also be a time to recognize David Axt, third term as President, acknowledge successful committee work, and give out special Puget Sound Chapter awards. Be sure to join us for a fun celebration! More info and link to registration here . Photo Credit: Microsoft 365 stock images
    Seattle, WA, United States

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