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January 22, 2018

Engineer of the Year

Jeff Peacock


Jeff Peacock, president and CEO of Parametrix, is a civil engineer with 38 years of experience, primarily on transportation projects. He’s been with Parametrix for 28 years.

Peacock’s career began at the Washington State Department of Transportation as a senior design engineer with the Olympic Region, where he was responsible for planning, design and construction management. As a consultant, he has managed some of the largest infrastructure projects in the Northwest.

Peacock is known as a skilled problem solver, and has been heralded for his work with the public, elected officials, and state and local agencies to gain consensus for controversial, high-profile projects. His colleagues say he has a knack for translating complex engineering solutions into layman’s terms to gain support for solutions, and is committed to making sure large transportation programs address neighborhood and environmental concerns.

“(Peacock) has dedicated his career to enhance our transportation systems in Washington state while caring for environmental sustainability and quality of life for communities,” said Paula J. Hammond, senior vice president of WSP USA, who worked with Peacock at WSDOT. “He is a person of high integrity and character, both essential qualities in our profession.”

Since 1998, Peacock has been a pivotal figure on the state Route 520 Floating Bridge Replacement and HOV Improvements program. Initially, he managed the Trans-Lake Washington Study, and has since served as a strategic advisor to the team completing the environmental impact statement and serving as general engineering consultant for the entire corridor.

He has also made significant contributions to the evolution and implementation of the Puget Sound area’s regional transit system over the last 20 years, having served as principal-in-charge of Central Link and Lynwood Link light rail projects.

For the Lynnwood Link Extension, Peacock was involved in the integration of the NEPA environmental process with the ongoing engineering design and planning work scopes. For the Central Link project, which touched King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, Peacock oversaw NEPA/SEPA environmental compliance and related environmental services.

As an active member and current co-chair of the ACEC-Sound Transit liaison committee, he has advocated for passage of Sound Transit’s funding packages.

Peacock has also been a passionate advocate for legislation, initiatives and other transportation funding packages. Further, he has engaged in strategizing legislative initiatives supporting the engineering community, including support for public agency indemnification and contracting reform and opposition to B&O tax increases on engineering services.

Jared Smith, ACEC’s Engineer of the Year in 2006, worked with Peacock on many high-profile infrastructure projects in the Puget Sound region. He was especially complimentary of Peacock’s consistent focus on his clients and the public his projects have served.

“He is a great example of a leader who ‘does well by doing good,’” said Smith. “He has operated in the most ethical manner and I always found him and his firm to be a tremendous teaming partner.”

In addition to the SR 520 and Link light rail projects, Peacock has played a significant role in a number of other high-profile regional projects, including:

• Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall replacement program. Peacock served as principal-in-charge and a strategic advisor for the project. Parametrix was part of a multi-consultant team to evaluate the alternatives and design a new viaduct through Seattle’s waterfront district.

• Hood Canal Bridge replacement. Peacock worked directly with WSDOT executive management as a strategic advisor in developing an approach for the reconstruction of the floating bridge.

• Seattle Monorail Green Line EIS. As the principal-in-charge for the draft and final environmental impact statement for the proposed 14-mile elevated transit system, Peacock led the completion of environmental documents in a compressed 14-month schedule.

• US 101 Washington Coastal Corridor master plan. Peacock managed the development of a corridor management plan for the Washington Coastal Corridor Scenic Byway, consisting of 355 miles of U.S. 101 and nearly 300 miles of other state routes that connect US 101 with the coast.

• Bremerton Ferry Terminal improvement project. As project manager, Peacock was responsible for the planning of the first design-build ferry terminal in Washington.

Responsibilities included development of the terminal layout and overhead transit deck as part of the $160 million public-private partnership to redevelop six blocks of downtown Bremerton adjacent to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Peacock participates in a number of professional organizations and has further contributed to the engineering profession by serving on a variety of committees and actively participating in CEO leadership roundtables and forums. In addition to co-chairing the ACEC-Sound Transit liaison committee, Peacock was recently a panelist at the Environmental Financial Consulting Group’s annual CEO conference. He has spearheaded Parametrix’s community involvement efforts, including the Special Olympics 2018 USA Games in Seattle and 2009 World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho; several Northwest Tribal Canoe Journeys; and annual fundraising drives for United Way. Personally, Peacock is a supporter of the Washington Opportunity Scholarship, Mary’s Place, Planned Parenthood, Heifer International, Kitsap Community Foundation and the Washington Historical Society.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington has selected an Engineer of the Year every year since 1959.

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