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March 2, 2016

Parametrix wins award for Orting levee

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Parametrix won a national award from the American Council of Engineering Companies for the Calistoga setback levee near Orting.

The 1.6-mile levee protects the city from frequent flooding of the Puyallup River. It also reconnects 46 acres of floodplain and 55 acres of streambeds to the river, restoring salmon habitat for three threatened species, according to Parametrix.

The Puyallup-based firm said the price tag was prohibitive for the small city but the project team worked with state and federal agencies to get grants that covered most of the construction costs.

ACEC said in a press release that the levee was substantially completed in 2014 — one month before fall rains sent the fourth highest flow in 50 years down the river. The levee performed well, and no evacuations or sandbags were needed.

The ACEC will announce the winners of the top national awards — including 16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the Grand Conceptor Award — at a gala April 19 in Washington, D.C.

The association represents more than 5,000 independent engineering firms and more than 325,000 professionals.

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