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AACE Seattle Section May 12th, 2016 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
Seattle, WA
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AACE Seattle Section May 12th, 2016 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA

PRESENTATION: Partnering for Success: Sound Transit and City of Bellevue, East Link Light Rail Extension  South Bellevue to Overlake Transit Center

The East Link, South Bellevue to Overlake Transit Center project is an eight-mile $900-million extension of Sound Transits light rail system that will connect the Puget Sound Greater Eastside with downtown Seattle, SeaTac Airport, and the University of Washington via fast , frequent and reliable rail transit service. The Greater Eastside includes downtown Bellevue a robust regional activity and economic center and home to over 45,000 jobs and 10,000 residents.

Key project features include 2 miles of retained cut guideway, 3-miles of aerial guideway, a 2,500 foot SEM tunnel, eight stations (5 at-grade, 1 trench, 2 aerial) two significant pedestrian bridges and two structured parking garages. The East Link Extension is planned to start construction in 2015 and open for revenue service by 2023. This is the first light rail to be constructed within the City of Bellevue.

A project of this magnitude does not happen without active collaboration and partnering between project stakeholders. This paper will discuss the collaboration process used during the final design by Sound Transit and the City of Bellevue including specific tools used balance sometimes competing project goals, escalation of issues, integration of adjacent City projects, handling of concurrent project costs (betterments), cost sharing and resolution of key community concerns. The paper concludes with a lessons learned and a collaboration toolbox for peer agencies and cities.

PRESENTERS: A. DeWitt Jensen, PE & Kevin R. Collins, PE

DeWitt is currently working as a Corridor Design Manager for Sound Transit. He has over 42 years of experience on a wide variety of transportation and other engineering projects throughout the Northwest including highway, road, rail transit, railroad, drainage, airport and other civil projects. Coordinated projects between agencies such as the Port of Seattle, City of Seattle, WSDOT and other agencies. Project experience includes analysis, studies, preliminary and final design, preparation of plans, specifications and estimates, and construction planning. Managed challenging projects with multiple disciplines. Clients include local cities, DOT's, transit and port agencies.  DeWitt is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington, Oregon and California. He has Bachelor and Master degrees in civil engineering from the University of Washington.  DeWitt is also the President of Jensen Motorboat, and an owner of Spencers Landing Marina in the San Juans.

Kevin is a vice president of HNTB Corporation. He has over two decades of transportation industry experience, focusing on delivery of passenger rail projects, including light rail, commuter rail, and streetcar projects. Kevin is based in the firms Bellevue office and currently serves as Project Director for the Sound Transits multi-billion-dollars East Link and Lynnwood Link Light Rail Extensions projects. He is a registered professional engineer who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Northeastern University. He also received a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Washington. With experience as a project manager, engineering manager, integration manager, quality control/assurance engineer, track engineer, safety certification engineer, and value engineer, Kevin specializes in the intricacies of delivering large, multidisciplinary, multi-jurisdictional transit projects in all phases of project development.

*** Please make every effort to sign-up for this meeting before 12:00 Noon on Monday, May 9th, so that the proper number and choice of meals can be ordered from the hotel kitchen. You cooperation is greatly appreciated! Please also note due to timing meal orders placed after noon on Monday of the week of the event cannot be guaranteed. ***

LOCATION (Wheelchair Accessible):
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

5:30pm - Social Hour
6:30pm - Dinner
7:15pm - Program

The member price for this event is $32.00 if you register before 12:00 Noon on the Monday immediately preceding the meeting; late registration is $37.00. Non-members will be charged $39.00 before 12:00 Noon on the Monday immediately preceding the meeting, and $45.00 thereafter.

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Please note that registration will be closed Monday May 9th at 8:00 pm.

A very limited of first come first served meals will be available at the door.

You may order:
Grilled Mahi Mahi, or
Pan Seared Chicken Breast, or
Vegetarian (requires one week advance notice) dinner.

If you have specific dietary restrictions please contact us at aaceseattle@gmail.com so that we can accommodate you. The AACE Seattle Section will be rotating menu selections this program year; we are interested in obtaining your feedback!

The AACE Seattle Section must pay for all meals that are ordered. If you RSVP that you will attend, you are responsible for the bill of your meal. In addition, if you attend without an RSVP there is a possibility that your meal options will be limited from those listed above. If you would like to be added to the Seattle Section's mailing list to receive future notices about our meetings and events, please contact one of the presiding Officers or Directors.

Visit the AACE Seattle Section on our new website at www.aaceseattle.org.

Anybody interested in budget control, claims management, cost engineering, cost estimating, earned value management, planning and scheduling, project control, project management, value engineering, or risk management in any industry is cordially invited.

AACE Seattle Section meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from September through May (excluding December). Each meeting with a technical presentation qualifies for .25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards your CCP/CEP/CFCC/DRMP/EVP/PSP recertification requirements.
Thursday May 12, 2016 6:30 PM - Thursday May 12, 2016 8:30 PM | $32.00 - $45.00


Best Western Plus Executive Inn (View)
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
United States



Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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