Schnabel Engineering has opened a new office in the Pacific Northwest to service their dam engineering clients. Two dam engineers from their Greensboro, N.C. office relocated there to get it established. They have been working for utility clients in Alaska, Seattle, and around the Pacific Northwest, so establishing a lasting presence there made sense.
Thanks to approximately $100 million from President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget, the $1.8 billion project creating a light-rail line from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington is likely to break ground some time this year. The project will involve twin bored tunnels on the order of 3 miles in length. It is scheduled to open for use in 2016.
There is another notable tunnel project associated with the Seattle Light Rail, known as the Beacon Hill tunnel which I have blogged about before.