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November 13, 2019
Tualatin, Oregon-based AKS Engineering & Forestry hired Paul Beskow as a civil engineer, Amy Downhour as a civil engineer/project manager, Michael Downhour as a project surveyor and Bill Hines as a GIS analyst. In Keizer, Oregon, it hired Lyle Misbach as a civil engineer/project manager and Julie Wirth-McGee as a natural resource specialist, and in Vancouver Michael Summers as a civil engineer/project manager.
Beskow provides scoping, design, bidding, cost estimating and construction support for engineering projects. He has over five years of experience with public and private projects in the Northwest. Amy Downhour is on the land development team and is managing projects in Carlton, Corvallis and Gresham, Oregon. She has seven years of experience in land development management, design of master planned communities, and as district engineer for utility districts in the Houston area.
Michael Downhour is a land surveyor who is also a drone specialist and FAA-certified sUAS pilot. He has 12 years of industry experience, most recently as a project surveyor at a Houston engineering company. Hines has 13 years of experience in geographic information systems services, serving public and private clients in the Northwest. He has a background in photography, graphic design, IT/IS support, and GIS/AutCAD data integration and geospatial analysis. Misbach has 26 years of engineering experience and provides engineering, floodplain management and project management. He was a city of Salem public works department engineer for 13 years, overseeing public works programs and coordinating private and public development. Wirth-McGee is a wetland scientist with 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She has provided specialized services for local, state and federal permits in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Her experience includes field assessments, environmental and natural resource permitting, NEPA coordination and documentation including biological assessments, and permit compliance assistance during construction. She is helping manage AKS' natural resources.
Summers has 15 years of civil design experience in transportation improvements, subdivision and industrial and commercial projects. He was county engineer for Clatsop County Public Works where for four years he was public works director. He has worked in greater Vancouver in site developments. At AKS, he will augment the project engineering team and focus on Southwest Washington commercial and residential site development. AKS provides civil engineering, surveying, GIS, planning, natural resources, landscape architecture, water resources, consulting arborist, forestry/forest engineering and construction management services.