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AACE Seattle Section September 13th, 2012 Meeting
Best Western Plus Executive Inn
Seattle, WA
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AACE Seattle Section September 13th, 2012 Meeting


Presented by Mr. Paul Cornish, PE PMP

The East Link Project is the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) that extends the current light rail system an additional 18 miles from Downtown Seattle to Mercer Island, Bellevue, Overlake, and Redmond in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. The connection between Seattle and Bellevue is made via Interstate 90 (I90). The Project includes 12 stations, 4 park-and-rides, and supporting facilities. The project also includes storage tracks and facilities located just north of the Hospital Station to allow for overnight storage of vehicles and daily startup operations.

The project is in Final Design Phase, its estimated project budget is $3.8B, and it is scheduled for completion in 2023.

This presentation will provide an overview of the entire project including scope, work-to-date, and challenges ahead. It will then focus specifically on the track design and installation associated with the floating bridge section of the project, which is a one-of-a-kind application in the world.

Mr. Paul Cornish, PE PMP

Paul Cornish is a Project manager in the Design, Engineering, and Construction Management Department of Sound Transit. He manages the I-90 Segment of the East Link project. Mr. Cornish has 25 years of experience in managing the design and construction of capital projects, including:

Ten years with planning and implementation of non-motorized (pedestrian and bicycle) transportation facilities.

Three years managing the design and construction of park improvements, including a recreation center, skateboard park, and swimming pool.

Ten years with Sound Transit managing Regional Express (bus facilities and Sounder commuter rail) and Link Light Rail projects.

Mr. Cornish is a graduate of the University of Nebraska in Civil Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional.

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 $28.00 if you register on or before the Monday immediately preceding the meeting; late registration is $33.00. Non-members will be charged $36.00 on or before the Monday immediately preceding the meeting, and $41.00 thereafter.

You may order a grilled sirloin steak, roasted salmon, or vegetarian (requires 4 days advance notice) entrees.

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

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 CCC/CCE/CEP/CFCC/EVP/PSP recertification requirements.



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

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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