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A Day in the Life of an MFA Senior Engineer

National Engineers Week 2022 is in full swing! Today we are taking you through a day in the life of Kristi Boon, senior engineer, who has been at MFA for over five years. A senior engineer’s day might look a little different than Staff…

Kristi Boon, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
A Day in the Life of an MFA Staff Engineer

Engineers Week 2022 has officially begun! MFA is excited to recognize and celebrate the hardworking engineers who have dedicated their careers to making a difference in our natural and built worlds. Our daily lives are impacted by the…

Garrick Kalmeta, EIT Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Ellery Howard, PE, Senior Engineer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born, raised, and currently live in North Idaho. What do you do at MFA? I am a senior engineer, so managing design projects is an integral part of what I do here at MFA. I also am…

Kara Beaudoin, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Brooke James, Staff Engineer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I was born in Southern California but have lived in the Portland metro area since I was 5 years old. What do you do at MFA? My title as staff engineer means that I collaborate with colleagues…

Kara Beaudoin, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Tessa Shabram, EIT, Staff Engineer

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Encinitas, CA, in north San Diego County. Now I live in Portland, OR. What do you do at MFA? I currently work on a wide variety of projects including greenhouse gas accounting,…

Josh Elliott, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
A Call to Action: Climate Change Mitigation in the Environmental Field

This post was originally written by Tessa Shabram, former MFA Staff Engineer. At MFA, our core purpose is strengthening communities. For many of our projects, strengthening communities involves cleaning up contaminated sites and developing…

Sidney Counts Air Quality, Climate Change and Resilience, Engineering, Environmental
Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

Every year on June 23, we celebrate outstanding women for their accomplishments in the engineering industry. In 2014, the Women’s Engineering Society established an international awareness campaign to encourage career opportunities and…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet Steve Taylor, President/Principal Engineer

Where are you from and where do you live now? Tricky question. Born in Wisconsin, but my dad was in the army, so we moved. I lived in 15 places in my first 18 years. I have lived in in Oregon since attending Oregon State…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
COVID-19 has revealed our potential as a society to slow climate change—and our shortcomings so far

It’s nearing the end of September, 2020. I have been working from home for more than six months—still feeling unsettled in the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rolling out of bed and immediately beginning my workday had its perks at…

Ashlyn Salzman Air Quality, Climate Change and Resilience, Engineering, Environmental
Mitigation vs. Adaptation: Two Fundamental Approaches to Climate Resiliency

This post was originally written by Michael Tarbert, former MFA Staff Engineer. Maul Foster & Alongi uses data and science to serve communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. We solve challenging and complex problems in service to…

Sidney Counts Air Quality, Climate Change and Resilience, Engineering, Environmental
Jennifer King, PE Promoted to Principal Engineer

Congratulations to Jennifer King, PE who has been named principal engineer in recognition of her outstanding commitment to delivering excellence for MFA’s clients and colleagues. For over 15 years, Ms. King has provided a wealth of…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Celebrates a Major Milestone in Remediating the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Superfund Site

As I drive through the Silver Valley in Shoshone County, Idaho, I see a tight-knit community rebuilding. Store fronts once empty and abandoned have come to life, filled with shops and restaurants. I see new infrastructure where festival…

Ashlyn Salzman Engineering, Environmental, Local and State Agencies, Mining
Welcome to Engineers Week 2020

Welcome to Engineers Week! The purpose of EWeek, as the abbreviation has been coined, is to ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
2020 Predictions for the Environmental Industry

It’s hard to believe we’ve entered the year 2020. Although we still can’t teleport or fly our cars to work, there’s no doubt that advancement is all around us (hello, face-scanning phones!). It’s Maul Foster & Alongi’s practice to stay…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, Environmental
Ada Banasik and Erik Bakkom Promoted to Principal Engineer

Congratulations to Ada Banasik, PE and Erik Bakkom, PE, who have been named principal in recognition of their outstanding commitment to delivering excellence for MFA’s clients. Ada Banasik, PE, has a wealth of expertise in stormwater and…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Environmental Remediation Nearing Completion for New Portage Bay Park

The MFA team is wrapping up environmental remediation oversight for what will soon be Fritz Hedges Waterway Park, a new green space along Portage Bay on Lake Union in Seattle’s University District. The park is expected to be open to the…

Josh Elliott, PE Engineering, Environmental
Environmental Cleanup on Portland’s South Waterfront Gets Leading Role in New Short Film

MFA’s award-winning remediation work for the Zidell Yards property on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon is featured in a new film by local filmmaker, David Bee. Beginning its operation in the early 1900s, the Zidell Yards property is…

Erik Bakkom, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Real Estate, Sediment
Meet an Engineer: Cem Gokcora, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Kristi Boon, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Kyle Cotten, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
Meet an Engineer: Andrew Kaparos, PE

It’s National Engineers Week! We are recognizing the great work MFA engineers do and celebrating the engineering profession with a profile of an outstanding MFA engineer every day this week. To learn more about MFA’s engineering work,…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
MFA Celebrates National Engineers Week

Did you feel that magic in the air this morning? That special feeling that comes only one week a year in late February? The magic of National Engineers Week aka EWeek? It couldn’t have only been me that felt it…right? Either way, read on…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Engineering, MFA Staff and Culture
MFA’s Environmental and Engineering Industry Predictions for 2019

As the new year begins, we asked four of our colleagues at MFA to share their thoughts on the future of the environmental and engineering industry and the important issues our clients are facing. Here are their predictions for 2019—we hope…

Alistaire Clary, PE Engineering, Environmental
New SWIFT Center Model of Adaptive Reuse 

The SWIFT (Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow) Center in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, is a portal from the past into the future, and a model for how underutilized spaces can be reborn as thriving community assets. The SWIFT Center, in…

Leora Werner Engineering, Planning & Community Development
MFA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Services on Display at Two Conferences Sept. 20

Join Grant Herbert, Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst/Developer, and Erik Strandhagen, Senior GIS Analyst and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certified Remote Pilot, for presentations on the benefits, challenges, and…

Grant Herbert, GISP Brownfield Redevelopment, GIS & Data Management, Real Estate, Unmanned Aerial Systems
OSU-Cascades Brownfield Redevelopment and Campus Expansion Plans Reach Key Milestone

Oregon State University-Cascades and Deschutes County have reached an important milestone in their negotiations for the sale of an inactive construction and demolition debris landfill to OSU. On October 30, 2017, Deschutes County…

Ted Wall, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Planning & Community Development
Vancouver’s Lower Grand Employment Area is Booming

When you think of job creation and economics, look no further than the Lower Grand Employment Area (LGEA). The City of Vancouver, Washington recognized the potential for the LGEA to help preserve jobs in the city’s core and drive regional…

Stacy J. Frost, PE Engineering, Environmental, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
MFA Awarded Best Presentation at NCASI Conference

MFA is pleased to announce that Senior GIS Analyst, Erik Strandhagen, was awarded the honor of best presentation at the National Council for Air and Steam Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) West Coast Regional Meeting after serving as a speaker at the…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Awards, Engineering, Forest Products, GIS & Data Management
Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail Grand Opening

Tomorrow the Port of Camas-Washougal will celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail. MFA is excited to see this project completed, which began with an Integrated Planning Grant that MFA assisted…

Alan R. Hughes, RG, LG, PG Engineering, Press Releases
Astoria Municipal Landfill Redevelopment Wins Oregon Brownfields Outstanding Project Award

MFA is excited to announce the Astoria Athletic Complex project is the recipient of the 2016 Oregon Brownfields Outstanding Project Award! The award will be presented at the 11th Annual Oregon Brownfields Conference May 16th, 2016. This award…

Kaitlyn Bruno Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering
Western States Industrial Stormwater Permitting

EPA recently launched the new Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) to regulate industrial stormwater, but the already more-stringent state permits in California, Washington, and Oregon leave the MSGP a moot-point. Industrial stormwater permit…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Engineering, Stormwater
Astoria Municipal Landfill Redevelopment Wins Brownfield Phoenix Award

At the 2015 National Brownfield conference that was held in Chicago in September, the Astoria Municipal Landfill closure and sports complex redevelopment project was awarded the Phoenix Award for USEPA Region 10. MFA is honored to have led the…

Stacy J. Frost, PE Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental
Stormwater BMPs – Recommendations for Oregon Tier II Corrective Actions

Many Oregon businesses were caught off-guard when the state lowered the effluent benchmark levels significantly in the 2012 update of the 1200-Z industrial stormwater permit. The resulting benchmark levels are so low that most industries…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Engineering, Environmental, Stormwater
Thoughts on Stormwater and Brownfields in China – and a Heartfelt 谢谢 (Thank You)

Upon returning from Beijing, where I attended the 2015 International Symposium on Urban Stormwater Management and Landscape Hydrology and met with numerous experts in the stormwater, landscape architecture, and brownfields arenas, I have come…

Ted Wall, PE Engineering, Environmental, Events, Planning & Community Development
Managing Stormwater in China and Across the Globe…And Enjoying Great Food in the Process

Over the last several days I have had the privilege of attending the 2015 International Symposium on Urban Stormwater Management and Landscape Hydrology in Beijing. There have been professionals and scholars from across the globe discussing…

Ted Wall, PE Engineering, Events
Stable Banks, Unique Conditions, Lasting Solutions

The success of a bank stabilization project hinges on the ability to explore a variety of potential solutions and identify the most effective option for any given site. MFA has seen success with many different types of projects, all with their…

Kathy J. Lombardi, PE Engineering, Local and State Agencies, Ports, Sediment
MFA Staff to Present at Managing Stormwater in Oregon Conference

Maul Foster & Alongi staff will be hosting two presentations at this year’s NEBC Managing Stormwater in Oregon Conference on May 21. Stormwater expert, Ada Banasik, will share her experiences in implementing effective and economical…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Engineering, Events, Stormwater
Article by MFA Employee Published in Land & Water

Follow the link below to read an article by Erik Bakkom that was published in Land & Water Magazine explaining aspects of the Willamette Riverbank Restoration: Riverbank Restoration Success – From Brown to…

Katie Stromme Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering
Stormwater Permitting and MFA: Smart, Early Planning Leads to Success

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently implemented a program to assign construction stormwater general permit (CSWGP) coverage to sites that have known contamination and that may discharge potentially contaminated…

Josh Elliott, PE Engineering, Environmental, Stormwater
Zidell Cleanup Illustrates Significance of Remediation

As mixed-used redevelopment forges ahead on the Zidell Yards property, NorthWest Ecosystem Services Ecologist Paul Fishman took a moment to reflect on the project’s myriad undertakings in the nine years since cleanup efforts got underway in…

Katie Stromme Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate, Sediment
Welcome to the Jungle

Are we in the right jungle? -Stephen R. Covey | As civil and environmental engineers, we must accept that recognition for a job well done will often take the form of indifference. We do our best work when no one does a double take. When…

Katie Stromme Engineering, Environmental, Planning & Community Development
Brownfield Updates

With the real estate market strengthening, there is increased interest in urban redevelopment. Many of these infill projects must address challenges from historical contamination. MFA will be participating in several upcoming conferences to…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Real Estate
MFA Senior Engineer Wins Prestigious National Award

Stacy Frost, a senior engineer at Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) in Vancouver, WA, has won the Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Originally from…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Awards, Engineering, Press Releases
MFA Scientists and Engineers Invited to Present Findings at International Remediation Conference

Scientists and engineers from Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. have been invited to present findings from their work on remediation sites at the Battelle Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds conference in Monterey, California…

Erik Bakkom, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Press Releases
Frost and Vidourek Recognized For Professional Service and Leadership

Stacy J. Frost, P.E., a Senior Engineer in Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. Vancouver office, has been awarded an “Oregon Stater Award for Outstanding Early Career Engineers” by the Oregon State University College of Engineering. Stacy…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Awards, Engineering, Events, Press Releases
Brownfields & Land Revitalization 2011 Conference

At the May Brownfields & Land Revitalization 2011 Conference in Spokane, Washington, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) will be conducting an interactive workshop on the potential adaptive reuse of a contaminated site. Based on a real…

g-mfa Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Events, Planning & Community Development, Press Releases
NOAA Biological Opinion Supports Sediment Cleanup Designed by MFA Scientists and Engineers

Portland, OR—As noted in the Oregon Business Journal, the regional administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA-Fisheries) has cleared the way for a significant cleanup and…

Erik Bakkom, PE Engineering, Environmental, Press Releases, Sediment
Knowledge from Experience: Stormwater and Sediment Conferences

Several MFA staff are presenting at conferences in February. Neil Alongi will be presenting at the Advanced Washington Stormwater Conference, February 7th at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. His practical years of…

g-mfa Engineering, Environmental, Events, Press Releases, Sediment, Stormwater