KPFF Portland

KPFF Portland Creative civil engineering, structural engineering, and surveying team who put relationships first. At KPFF, we are more than consultants - we are partners with our clients.
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What does being a partner mean? It means we collaboratively push the boundaries and elevate the work we do in a constant pursuit of excellence. We thrive on designing innovative solutions for projects of all scales. Established in 1960, our 1000+ structural and civil engineers are licensed in all 50 states. We offer a broad range of structural and civil engineering and surveying services. From bas

What does being a partner mean? It means we collaboratively push the boundaries and elevate the work we do in a constant pursuit of excellence. We thrive on designing innovative solutions for projects of all scales. Established in 1960, our 1000+ structural and civil engineers are licensed in all 50 states. We offer a broad range of structural and civil engineering and surveying services. From bas

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Let's continue our Intern Spotlights by celebrating Josephine Crofoot, an engineering student at Oregon State University...
08/03/2021

Let's continue our Intern Spotlights by celebrating Josephine Crofoot, an engineering student at Oregon State University🎉 This summer she's been attending site visits to get accustomed to the engineer's role during construction, and has started contributing to erosion control plans and CAD stormwater designs. Get to know more about her!

Name: Josephine Crofoot, Civil Intern

School: Oregon State University

What do you do for fun?: Pretty much everything I do with my coonhound, Sadie. I love learning about dog sports, training and new enrichment ideas, as well as hiking and camping.

Favorite thing about interning with KPFF: 1) The people! Every single person I have interacted with has been incredibly supportive, friendly and patient in sharing their knowledge and helping mentor me through this internship. The teamwork and mutual respect across each team and position is so evident. 2) The projects! In just five short weeks I have worked on a variety of projects and learned so much for each one. The variety is both educational and exciting.

#KPFFinterns #womeninSTEM #OSU #Beavers

Let's continue our Intern Spotlights by celebrating Josephine Crofoot, an engineering student at Oregon State University🎉 This summer she's been attending site visits to get accustomed to the engineer's role during construction, and has started contributing to erosion control plans and CAD stormwater designs. Get to know more about her!

Name: Josephine Crofoot, Civil Intern

School: Oregon State University

What do you do for fun?: Pretty much everything I do with my coonhound, Sadie. I love learning about dog sports, training and new enrichment ideas, as well as hiking and camping.

Favorite thing about interning with KPFF: 1) The people! Every single person I have interacted with has been incredibly supportive, friendly and patient in sharing their knowledge and helping mentor me through this internship. The teamwork and mutual respect across each team and position is so evident. 2) The projects! In just five short weeks I have worked on a variety of projects and learned so much for each one. The variety is both educational and exciting.

#KPFFinterns #womeninSTEM #OSU #Beavers

We are proud of the hard work and dedication our interns have shown us this summer! Not only are they receiving professi...
07/30/2021

We are proud of the hard work and dedication our interns have shown us this summer! Not only are they receiving professional experience, but are contributing to KPFF with their skills and work ethic. Today, we would like to begin highlighting our interns. Up first is Dayana, who happens to be our non-engineering intern and part of the Emerging Leaders Internship Program!

Intern: Dayana Caamal Perez, Marketing Intern

School: George Fox University

Most influential person: "Both my parents because they have shown me constant support."

Favorite thing about interning at KPFF: "Everyone has made me feel so welcomed and appreciated. I have received so much help and I'm thankful that KPFF gives opportunities to students of color like myself to grow professionally. It's been through KPFF's partnership with Emerging Leaders PDX in which I have been blessed with this incredible summer experience!"

#KPFFinterns #celebrate

We are proud of the hard work and dedication our interns have shown us this summer! Not only are they receiving professional experience, but are contributing to KPFF with their skills and work ethic. Today, we would like to begin highlighting our interns. Up first is Dayana, who happens to be our non-engineering intern and part of the Emerging Leaders Internship Program!

Intern: Dayana Caamal Perez, Marketing Intern

School: George Fox University

Most influential person: "Both my parents because they have shown me constant support."

Favorite thing about interning at KPFF: "Everyone has made me feel so welcomed and appreciated. I have received so much help and I'm thankful that KPFF gives opportunities to students of color like myself to grow professionally. It's been through KPFF's partnership with Emerging Leaders PDX in which I have been blessed with this incredible summer experience!"

#KPFFinterns #celebrate

AEC softball season is back! Our staff is showcasing their athleticism and teamwork as we compete against Portland archi...
07/19/2021

AEC softball season is back! Our staff is showcasing their athleticism and teamwork as we compete against Portland architecture, engineering and construction firms. Here are game recaps of our first two games:

Game 1- KPFF won against WSP USA with an end score of 20-5. We were able to smack two home runs and racked up 25 hits!

Game 2- Sera Architects took the win, in a close game with an end score of 22-21. Congrats SERA Architects!

Stay tuned for game updates throughout this season🥎

Did you hear the great news?! Portland will soon have its newest pedestrian bridge constructed, the Earl Blumenauer Brid...
07/02/2021

Did you hear the great news?! Portland will soon have its newest pedestrian bridge constructed, the Earl Blumenauer Bridge! Named after Congressman and avid cyclist Earl Blumenauer, it is designed for cyclists and pedestrians alike. Thanks to its iconic arch design by KPFF and unique plaza landings from ZGF Architects, this bridge will connect the Lloyd and Central Eastside neighborhoods for easier access in Northeast Portland. This innovative bridge will not only be transformational for current residents but will continue to make an impact in the future.

Thank you ZGF Architects, HP Civil Inc., and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for helping us make our city better.

#blumenauerbridge #portlandoregon #pedestrianbridge

KPFF is a sponsor for the newly formed Black Swimming Initiative Eco-Swim Camp. BSI is an effort designed to break down ...
06/17/2021

KPFF is a sponsor for the newly formed Black Swimming Initiative Eco-Swim Camp. BSI is an effort designed to break down barriers to swimming and water sports that black and brown people often encounter. To register or make a donation please visit: ymcacw.org/bsi

KPFF is a sponsor for the newly formed Black Swimming Initiative Eco-Swim Camp. BSI is an effort designed to break down barriers to swimming and water sports that black and brown people often encounter. To register or make a donation please visit: ymcacw.org/bsi

A relaxing new spot at Knight Campus in Eugene to spend a beautiful summer afternoon.
06/03/2021

A relaxing new spot at Knight Campus in Eugene to spend a beautiful summer afternoon.

# TBT to these views! Behold the Maryhill Museum of Art on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. As civil and struc...
05/20/2021

# TBT to these views! Behold the Maryhill Museum of Art on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. As civil and structural engineers we helped GBD Architects on the 10,430-sf museum addition, renovation, and site improvements for this 100-year-old historic structure in Klickitat County. A one-story, cast-in-place concrete, below-grade addition houses exhibit space and supports landscaping and a pedestrian walkway. This $12M expansion was completed in 2012. #ThrowBackThursday
🏅Best Overall Project and Best Cultural/Worship Project, NW ENR 2012
🏅Oregon DJC 2013 Top Projects, First Place, Private Buildings

Green Street Stewards unite! Last week a group of KPFFers participated in this full-circle moment, as we visited the gre...
05/10/2021

Green Street Stewards unite! Last week a group of KPFFers participated in this full-circle moment, as we visited the green street stormwater planters we adopted (and designed). It's rewarding to participate in the care and maintenance of these important parts of Portland's infrastructure. The BES program offers this safe way to volunteer and beautify our City.
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/52501

The expansion of Providence Park achieved LEED Gold for its many water and energy saving features. Go Timbers and Happy ...
04/22/2021

The expansion of Providence Park achieved LEED Gold for its many water and energy saving features. Go Timbers and Happy Earth Day!
#EarthDay2021

The expansion of Providence Park achieved LEED Gold for its many water and energy saving features. Go Timbers and Happy Earth Day!
#EarthDay2021

Our visualization (top) compared to the constructed Seaside High School.
04/06/2021

Our visualization (top) compared to the constructed Seaside High School.

Our visualization (top) compared to the constructed Seaside High School.

KPFF is sponsoring the Oregon Active Transportation Summit again this year. If you are as inspired as we are about clima...
04/01/2021
2021 Oregon Active Transportation Summit

KPFF is sponsoring the Oregon Active Transportation Summit again this year. If you are as inspired as we are about climate change and transportation infrastructure, then there is still time to register for this year’s virtual summit. Join us as panelists uncover the intersection of climate change and transportation justice.

https://youtu.be/z9nbZCKKWYw

Join us for this year’s summit! Consisting of diverse virtual workshops, panels, round table discussions, mobile workshops, professional training, and a keyn...

🎉Congratulations to Matt Manzer, PE for passing the exam and joining the ranks of Professional Engineer.🎉 Awesome job, M...
03/23/2021

🎉Congratulations to Matt Manzer, PE for passing the exam and joining the ranks of Professional Engineer.🎉
Awesome job, Matt! 🥳

🎉Congratulations to Matt Manzer, PE for passing the exam and joining the ranks of Professional Engineer.🎉
Awesome job, Matt! 🥳

Today we celebrate an incredible milestone for Curt Vanderzanden!  Our friend Curt joined KPFF in 1986 as the third civi...
03/10/2021

Today we celebrate an incredible milestone for Curt Vanderzanden! Our friend Curt joined KPFF in 1986 as the third civil employee in the Portland office. He is now a Principal of what has become one of the region’s largest engineering firms, with 200 local employees and 1200 firmwide.

Over the past 30+ years, Curt has played a key role in the development of some of the earliest sustainable stormwater projects in the Portland metro area, beginning with one of the region's first large-scale biofiltration systems at OMSI in the early '90s. His award-winning project portfolio includes NOAA’s Marine Operations Center in Newport, multiple recreational waterfront projects, community parks and streetscapes, and pedestrian bridges, like the Barbara Walker Crossing in Forest Park and the soon-to-be-installed Blumenauer Bridge.

Curt leads and mentors a group of engineers while still managing projects of his own. He is known to literally whistle while he works, and he is quick to share credit, participate in company sports teams, and buy the first round. Congratulations Curt Vanderzanden on your workiversary! (We finally forgive you for your brief 2-year departure.)

We are thrilled to add the Hillsboro Hidden Creek Community Center as another exceptional project in our Mass Timber por...
03/04/2021
Virtual Tour of Hidden Creek Community Center

We are thrilled to add the Hillsboro Hidden Creek Community Center as another exceptional project in our Mass Timber portfolio. As this project denoted the first use of Mass Timber construction for a recreational facility in the Pacific Northwest, the design team tackled some unique challenges with the project from the start, including long-spans, vibration considerations, multiple programs, and irregular layouts all stacked against the use of this new technology. The final product, a state-of-the-art event facility that boasts exposed glulam beams and modern architecture, will be a reveled addition to the community for years to come.

Thank you Opsis Architecture, City of Hillsboro - Local Government, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, Swinerton Builders, NV5.inc, Interface Engineering

#glulam #glulambeams #masstimber #masstimberconstruction #masstimberengineering #crosslaminatedtimber #clt

Eugene's Downtown Riverfront Park, with adjacent public plaza, is the heart of the greater Riverfront Development that r...
03/01/2021

Eugene's Downtown Riverfront Park, with adjacent public plaza, is the heart of the greater Riverfront Development that reimagines a new, vibrant future and will, once again, unite the community with the Willamette River. This is the beginning of one of the many design features in Riverfront Park, a wood deck and concrete seat wall with great views of the Willamette. You can also see the start of the deck that will feature tables and chairs to take a break from your walk on the new river path.

Photos from Western Wood Structures's post
02/23/2021

Photos from Western Wood Structures's post

Photos from FFA Architecture and Interiors's post
02/23/2021

Photos from FFA Architecture and Interiors's post

The North Eugene High School’s softball field is taking shape. To manage stormwater, three-feet below the turf lie a ser...
02/16/2021

The North Eugene High School’s softball field is taking shape. To manage stormwater, three-feet below the turf lie a series of rocked trenches that infiltrate through an aquafer. The sportsplex includes new team rooms, concessions, a press box, and bleachers. Part of the lawn is reinforced with aggregate to support a fire lane while maximizing field space. ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️

The North Eugene High School’s softball field is taking shape. To manage stormwater, three-feet below the turf lie a series of rocked trenches that infiltrate through an aquafer. The sportsplex includes new team rooms, concessions, a press box, and bleachers. Part of the lawn is reinforced with aggregate to support a fire lane while maximizing field space. ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️

We were delighted to work on the design team for a new headquarters for Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest charita...
02/11/2021

We were delighted to work on the design team for a new headquarters for Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest charitable foundations in Oregon. The 3-story mass timber office has won a 2020 FSC Leadership Award! The #FSCLeadershipAwards recognize uncommon excellence in advancing responsible forest management and forest conservation. We are honored. #FSCLeadershipAwards #ForestsForAllForever

Thank you, Forest Stewardship Council U.S., LEVER Architecture, Meyer Memorial Trust, project, Walsh Construction Co., NV5.inc

We were delighted to work on the design team for a new headquarters for Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest charitable foundations in Oregon. The 3-story mass timber office has won a 2020 FSC Leadership Award! The #FSCLeadershipAwards recognize uncommon excellence in advancing responsible forest management and forest conservation. We are honored. #FSCLeadershipAwards #ForestsForAllForever

Thank you, Forest Stewardship Council U.S., LEVER Architecture, Meyer Memorial Trust, project, Walsh Construction Co., NV5.inc

Happy Work Anniversary to Ricco Cadua, the chillest CAD and Microstation guru you know. 15 years and counting.
02/11/2021

Happy Work Anniversary to Ricco Cadua, the chillest CAD and Microstation guru you know. 15 years and counting.

Happy Work Anniversary to Ricco Cadua, the chillest CAD and Microstation guru you know. 15 years and counting.

02/09/2021
KPFF - Mass Timber Pier and Spandrel Research

KPFF led the structural development of an innovative mass timber pier and spandrel system for resisting earthquake shaking. Growing out of a partnership between Cascadia Seismic Strategies, Oregon State University and KPFF, the cross-laminated timber (CLT) pier and spandrel system is envisioned as a new retrofit method for seismically vulnerable historic unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. Grants from the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office and the Tallwood Design Institute plus material donations from Simpson Strong-Tie funded the research which culminated in a two-thirds scale experimental test. Enjoy this video which tells the story of the project from motivation to completion.

Alongside those listed above, we’d also like to thank the following research partners for their help in bringing this project together: Broadleaf Architecture PC, Baker Brothers Media and Sue Licht, Historical Architect.

We are thrilled to have worked on the design team for the Oregon State University (OSU) Marine Studies Initiative Buildi...
02/01/2021

We are thrilled to have worked on the design team for the Oregon State University (OSU) Marine Studies Initiative Building and honored to announce that this project was recognized as Project of the Year at the 2021 ACEC Oregon (American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon) Engineering Excellence Awards. With the building located on the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Campus in Newport, OR, the design team used state-of-the-art seismic and tsunami performance-based design and validation methods. In addition to the intent to maintain stability and be repairable after a Richter Magnitude 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, the building provides a place of refuge as a tsunami safe zone.

A big thank you to the project team! Oregon State University, YGH Architecture, GRI, Andersen Construction, and University of Washington

#structuralengineering #ACEC #ACECOregon #EngineeringExcellence #NewportOregon #OregonCoast #ReslientDesign #SeismicDesign #OregonState #OregonStateUniversity #OSUMarineStudies #TsunamiDesign #PerformanceBasedDesign

Photos from KPFF Eugene's post
02/01/2021

Photos from KPFF Eugene's post

Photos from YGH Architecture's post
01/29/2021

Photos from YGH Architecture's post

01/29/2021
Barbara Walker Crossing

Barbara Walker Crossing took home a Grand Award at the 2021 @ACEC Oregon (American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon) Engineering Excellence Awards last night! We were happy to lead the design of Barbara Walker Crossing, an iconic, two-span, 180-foot-long, curved steel bridge, navigating the Wildwood Trail in Portland’s Forest Park. Before the bridge, hikers of the Wildwood Trail had to brave crossing West Burnside. Now, after 30 years of advocacy, Forest Park travelers can revel in the stunning design of this bridge, with a shape and colors that mimic the old growth forest and ferns.

A big thank you to the project team: Portland Parks Foundation, Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Ed Carpenter, R&H Construction Co., Geotechnical Resources, Inc. (GRI), Walker Macy, @Pacific Habitat Services, Inc., and Morgan Holen.

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