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REGISTER! February 22, 2023 4:30pm - 6:30pm

MPAC: Student Networking Night and Fairview Ave. Bridge Presentation - An urban community bridge replacement project presentation with lessons learned.

A Joint APWA MPAC / UW Student Chapter Event

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

4:30 to 5:30 Pizza, refreshments and Professional/Students Networking

5:30 to 6:30 Presentation, Q&A


Location: UW Main Campus, HUB 332

Parking: Multiple after hours parking lots available, connvenient parking at Padelford Garage, short walk up escalators for access to HUB building. To parking: 

Transit: The HUB building is a 10 minute walk from the University of Washington Light rail station stop.


Program Description

The initial hour will allow public works professionals to interact with UW students interested in public works careers (Public and Private).  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.  We are excited to be together in person again, please join us to meet the future of the public works profession.

The second hour will include a presentation on a recent award-winning bridge replacement in Seattle.  Over 70 years old, Seattle’s Fairview Ave. Bridge, the last timber pile supported bridge on an arterial in the City’s bridge inventory, needed replacement. As an overwater bridge spanning Lake Union Waterway No. 8 and as only one of two major north/south arterials accessing the Lake Union Neighborhood from the University District on the east side of the lake, the bridge replacement had to be planned and designed with the utmost care to minimize impacts to adjacent stakeholders, buildings, neighbors, the environment, traffic, utilities and much more.

The process of delivering such a project as well as lessons learned from design through construction will be discussed including a myriad of challenges such as balancing stakeholder/agency desires, public safety, traffic impacts, non-motorized and ADA requirements, business impacts, vibration mitigation, environmental constraints, utilities and more.

An optional site visit and tour of the bridge before the dinner or at a later date will be offered for those students and professionals that want to see and walk the bridge with the speakers.


Learning Objectives


1.    Learn about the broad range of disciplines and tasks required needed to design, permit, and construct a project like the Fairview Ave. Bridge Replacement.

2.    Identify techniques for designing, permitting and building projects in a highly constrained urban environment.

3.    Provide insight for balancing competing stakeholder and agency requirements and concerns during design, permitting and construction.

4.    Discuss the strategies used to mitigate impacts to adjacent projects, building owners businesses, & utilities


About the Speakers


Marilyn Yim is a project manager with the Seattle Department of Transportation and was the City’s project manager for the bridge replacement. Marilyn has worked for 26 years on a variety of traffic, highway design and Ferries projects through her career with both WSDOT and SDOT, most recently on the Fairview bridge and bike lane projects in the city of Seattle.


Kurt Ahrensfeld is a project manager with Perteet Inc. and was the consultant project manager for the bridge replacement. Kurt managed up to 12 subconsultants responsible for bridge and drainage design, geotechnical investigations, utility coordination (including temporary relocation of transmission poles), environmental permits, public outreach, constructability reviews and more. Kurt coordinated with City of Seattle, WSDOT staff, and resource agencies.


Kiva Lints is a UW Graduate and project manager and senior bridge engineer with HNTB Corp and was the lead structural engineer and HTNB project manager for the bridge replacement. Kiva has been working in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years since graduating from the University of Washington Civil Engineering Department on multiple bridge replacement and rehabilitations projects.


Paki Perala is a senior project manager for construction with HNTB Corp. and was the Resident Engineer during construction for the bridge replacement. Paki has worked for government agencies, contractors and consultants designing, constructing and managing municipal and transportation projects for 37 years.


To help encourage networking attendance at this joint venture, we are offering the event at no charge!


Thank you to our sponsor!

Event Date & Time:

2/22/2023  4:30 PM - 2/22/2023  6:30 PM

Venue :

University of WA, HUB Room 332
WA ,

Contact Person :

Kiva Lints
Email :
Phone : (000) 000-0000
Company : HNTB Corporation


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