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May 21, 2021

Project Manager Of The Year

Archie Kollmorgen

Guy F. Atkinson Construction


As project manager for the E330 Downtown Bellevue Tunnel, Archie Kollmorgen was responsible for the overall project, including construction, administration, schedule, cost, safety, quality and environmental compliance. Managing this complex project included coordination of a 24-hour tunneling operation, close collaboration with tunneling engineers to daily monitor ground conditions, and coordination with several adjacent Sound Transit projects. Kollmorgen not only met, but exceeded, these expectations. His dedication to this project was exemplified through his innovative solutions to unforeseen obstacles, transparent communication with Sound Transit and various stakeholders, and quick thinking when faced with inevitable issues and delays from a worldwide pandemic.

Kollmorgen worked with Sound Transit to develop an innovative solution for reinforced shotcrete, using fibers in lieu of steel fibers in the initial tunnel lining shotcrete. This offset the cost for additional testing requirement, eliminated steel fiber and waterproofing conflicts, and the material change proved a safer product.

Kollmorgen’s hands-on approach was used on all project communications. Whether running owner meetings, participating in daily kickoff meetings, explaining upcoming construction to stakeholders, or sitting down to discuss current ground conditions, Kollmorgen always communicated with transparency and an attitude of “no surprises.” COVID 19 prompted delays not only to E330, but to other projects tied to this timeline. Kollmorgen wasted no time in working with adjacent contracts to allow tunnel access and adjust the construction schedule, easing impacts to both the traveling public, as well as the overall East Link schedule.

Kollmorgen’s effort throughout this project is best summed up in the following quote by Mike Bell, senior executive project director at Sound Transit: “The first of our seven construction contracts on East Link is now substantially complete. Special thanks and recognition to Atkinson Construction for building this challenging element of work. Atkinson embraced our agency’s values and surpassed expectations in key areas, including quality, inclusion and environmental compliance. Atkinson worked well with our design team (HNTB, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald) and our field management team (HDR), resulting in a project that was on-time, on-budget, and with no claims. Well done.”

Additionally, as a result of Kollmorgen’s best practices for inclusion and diversity, the E330 project was awarded the Sound Transit Champion of Inclusion in 2018 for increasing DBE participation from a goal of 3.6% to 16.5%.

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