Awards

RH2 Engineering is an award-winning consulting firm with over 40 years of experience.

ACEC OR Grand Award for Studies, Research & Consulting Engineering Services

Project: Bethlehem Inn Redevelopment


Bethlehem Inn is a non-profit homeless shelter serving central Oregon, located in the City of Bend. Offering more than temporary housing, Bethlehem Inn provides meals, case management, access to transportation, and work experience for its residents in need. Originating as a repurposed 1960s motel complex, Bethlehem Inn found itself in need of more space and embarked on a complete overhaul of their facilities. The mission and vision, Transforming Lives with Shelter and Hope, planned to increase its reach two-fold, provide expanded services, and an ADA compliant facility.


As part of the team of consultants who worked on the project, RH2 provided professional engineering services for the water, sewer, stormwater and site design. With Bethlehem Inn’s critical social service, it was necessary to remain fully functional throughout construction. To meet this goal, RH2 incorporated careful phasing of the improvements, which first involved clearing and grading, demolition of existing buildings, temporary erosion and sedimentation control, and temporary water and sewer connections. Subsequent work to finish the project included constructing new buildings, installing new stormwater facilities, final grading, and the permanent water and sewer pipelines and connections. This process required forward thinking, detailed project planning, and skillful site development to seamlessly move through each phase of redevelopment, while maintaining access and services to existing structures and bringing new facilities on line. With giving back to our communities being one of RH2’s core values, we took this project as a pro bono case and managed the project remotely from our Seattle area office.


With construction complete, Bethlehem Inn is now able to serve twice the number of individuals and families, as well as offer full food service with a new commercial kitchen. This project was a resounding success and exceeded the client's expectations. With their new facility, Bethlehem Inn will continue serving the surrounding community for years to come.

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Future Value to Engineering Profession

Project: ShakeAlert Pilot Program Implementation, Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District


Although earthquake preparedness is not a new topic of discussion in the Pacific Northwest, more municipalities, utilities, and citizens are taking a closer look at how to best plan for an inevitable seismic event. The Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District is proactively preparing for the impacts of a large earthquake on their water system by implementing ShakeAlert.


RH2 Engineering teamed with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) to develop a robust Advanced Seismic Controller (ASC) device that allows approved utilities to receive the ShakeAlert signal.


This signal, which is processed and distributed by hundreds of sensors across the West Coast to the other data centers and approved end users, provides users with real-time data about the time to shaking, earthquake intensity, depth, and other relevant information. RH2 is one of the few engineering consultants approved by USGS to provide technical assistance to help water, wastewater, and transportation agencies obtain and use the ShakeAlert system and signals. RH2 works with each utility to determine specific automatic actions, such as throttling valves, turning off pumps and other expensive mechanical equipment, and de-energizing electrical control panels. RH2 also assists in setting individualized ShakeAlert signal parameters (i.e., earthquake strength, time to shaking at your location, and the calculated reliability of the warning) for these actions to occur.


Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District is charged with providing potable water supply to the residents of the east Lake Sammamish plateau. In this capacity, the District is responsible for ensuring that water is available for both firefighting purposes and long-term health and human safety following an earthquake. After being approved for the ShakeAlert pilot program, which allows the District to more effectively plan for and mitigate the social and economic impacts of a major seismic event, RH2 assisted the District with identifying multiple benefits for implementing ShakeAlert that would support their responsibilities during and after a major earthquake. This includes retaining water for potable needs, shutting down motorized equipment to reduce damage, shutting down power to avoid electrical fires, and notifying water and wastewater system operations staff to get to safety.

ACEC OR Honor Award For Engineering Excellence

Project: ShakeAlert Pilot Program Implementation, City of Grants Pass


Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not a matter of “if,” but “when” the next major earthquake occurs. In an effort to equip utilities across the region with a way to plan for and protect against a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, and protect vital water infrastructure from catastrophic failure, RH2 Engineering teamed with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) to develop a robust Advanced Seismic Controller (ASC) device that allows approved utilities to receive the ShakeAlert signal.


This signal, which is processed and distributed by hundreds of sensors across the West Coast to the other data centers and approved end users, provides users with real-time data about the time to shaking, earthquake intensity, depth, and other relevant information. RH2 is one of the few engineering consultants approved by USGS to provide technical assistance to help water, wastewater, and transportation agencies obtain and use the ShakeAlert system and signals. The signals alert operations staff, and RH2 works with each utility to determine specific automatic actions, such as throttling valves, turning off pumps and other expensive mechanical equipment, and de-energizing electrical control panels. RH2 also assists in setting individualized ShakeAlert signal parameters (i.e., earthquake strength, time to shaking at your location, and the calculated reliability of the warning) for these actions to occur.


After the City of Grants Pass expressed interest in applying for the ShakeAlert Pilot Program, RH2 assisted their staff with the application, which was approved earlier in 2018. Our team assisted the City with developing a plan to install the RH2-designed ShakeAlert device at a critical water storage tank (Reservoir No. 3) and creating a phased plan to eventually connect all major facilities to the signal. Implementation of the ASC device at Reservoir No. 3 was successful, and RH2 is now assisting the City with determining what automatic actions to take once the ShakeAlert signal is received, which will protect important pumps, treatment processes, and tanks during a major seismic event.

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Future Value to Engineering Profession


Project: ShakeAlert Pilot Program Implementation, NE Sammamish Sewer and Water District


In the Pacific Northwest, the threat of a catastrophic earthquake is looming. In an effort to equip utilities against a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and protect vital infrastructure from catastrophic failure, RH2 teamed with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network to develop a robust Advanced Seismic Controller device that allows approved utilities to receive the ShakeAlert signal. This signal, which is processed and distributed by hundreds of sensors across the West Coast to the other data centers and approved users, provides users with real-time data about earthquake intensity, depth, and other relevant information. RH2 is one of the few engineering consultants approved by the USGS to provide technical assistance to help water, wastewater, and transportation agencies obtain and use the ShakeAlert system and signals. The Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District was one of the agencies that retained RH2 to help plan for and mitigate the social and economic impacts of a major seismic event. RH2 assisted the District with installing the ShakeAlert device, which sends data to the District’s Crest Booster Pump Station in the event of a large earthquake, in order to preserve water in the Crest Reservoir. This system will allow the District to take immediate actions, such as turning off reservoir valves and shutting down pumps and motors, based on the severity and location of the shaking. By protecting their expensive infrastructure, such as pump station motors and large diameter mains, the District can not only provide civilians and emergency responders with a supply of clean water in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake, but also prevent catastrophic damage—such as the type caused by reservoirs draining into leaking mains or pump and motors fires—to valuable facilities. RH2 is now in the process of consulting with the District on future phases of the work, including automated actions for other processes and facilities in the system.

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence

Project: Esquatzel Pumping Plant, South Columbia Irrigation District


Located in a vital part of eastern Washington’s fruitful farmlands, the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District provides irrigable water to support the agricultural economy of our Evergreen State. To meet increasing demands within the Block 1 area served by the Pasco Pumping Lateral, the District proposed to construct a new pumping plant that would reuse irrigation return water and surface runoff collected within the Esquatzel Division Canal to supplement supply to this growing area, thereby reducing the need to divert more water at the Grand Coulee Dam.


Realizing that this project would have social, economic, and environmental benefits, the District approached USBR and BPA as project stakeholders. By reducing the amount of water diverted at the Dam, the District was able to show that this new facility would result in less energy usage due to pumping than could be generated and sold by BPA. This resulted in a $1.5 million grant from BPA. However, the grant offer had two caveats: the money must be expended by the end of BPA’s fiscal year, and the plant had to be operational before August 1, 2017.


RH2 Engineering managed the design team, which included NHC, Shannon & Wilson, and Cultural Resource Consultants, and provided construction oversight of the District’s contractor, Apollo, Inc. Significant challenges arose during the project due to concerns regarding historic and cultural resource impacts, pump station intake conditions, and energy dissipation at the outlet structure. In addition, site constraints and limited historical data on canal flows, created additional design and construction challenges associated with the weir structure and Esquatzel Canal in-water work.


Through careful coordination with all stakeholders, organized communication, and efficient project management, RH2’s team successfully designed, permitted, and constructed the Esquatzel Pumping Plant under the tight schedule, allowing the District to not only receive BPA’s funding grant, but also to receive federal reserve power which significantly reduces total operating costs.

ACEC WA Silver Award for Meeting and Exceeding Client Expectations

Project: Butterfield Water Treatment Plant Intake Traveling Screens, City of Pasco


Located on the Columbia River, the Butterfield Intake plays a crucial role as a reliable drinking water source for the City of Pasco. The screen quality was deteriorating, and it could not meet the Butterfield WTP’s 28 to 30 MGD capacity. Our original scope covered refurbishing the existing screen and installing a second traveling screen. However, further review of the data combined with new regulatory requirements required a solution that was far more complex than the City originally anticipated. RH2 prepared a technical memorandum summarizing the new regulatory guidelines and the resulting Butterfield intake facility capacity, and the City requested that RH2 amend the original scope to meet the new regulations as well as the future WTP capacity.

PNWS-AWWA Excellence in Engineering Award

Project: Butterfield Water Treatment Plant Intake Traveling Screens, City of Pasco


Located on the Columbia River, the Butterfield Intake plays a crucial role as a reliable drinking water source for the City of Pasco. The screen quality was deteriorating, and it could not meet the Butterfield WTP’s 28 to 30 MGD capacity. Our original scope covered refurbishing the existing screen and installing a second traveling screen. However, further review of the data combined with new regulatory requirements required a solution that was far more complex than the City originally anticipated. RH2 prepared a technical memorandum summarizing the new regulatory guidelines and the resulting Butterfield intake facility capacity, and the City requested that RH2 amend the original scope to meet the new regulations as well as the future WTP capacity.

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Social and Economic Sustainable Design

Project: Wastewater Treatment Facility, City of Cashmere


Facing increased environmental regulations, the City of Cashmere selected RH2 to evaluate options for upgrading or replacing the City’s existing lagoon system WWTP and prepare a Facility Plan. A new WWTP was chosen as the preferred alternative and RH2 prepared preliminary and final designs. Additional services provided by RH2 include geological, permitting, bid process support, engineering support during construction, and control system integration and programming.

ACEC OR Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence

Project: TAP Waterline Project, City of Ashland


Anticipating that their existing water supply may become inadequate due to the severity of the drought in 2013, the City of Ashland took steps to move forward with the Talent Ashland Phoenix (TAP) connection to provide emergency water in case their existing sources were unable to meet the water demands of the city. In March of 2014, RH2 was retained to develop the design and construction necessary to address this urgent issue by late summer of that same year – compressing a project that would normally span 2 years into only 5 months. An extraordinary amount of coordination and planning was required to complete the design and construction of 15,000 LF of transmission pipeline, upgrades to the existing pump stations in the cities of Phoenix and Talent, and a new temporary pump station in Ashland.

ACEC OR Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence

Project: View Acres Seismic Upgrade Project, Oak Lodge Water District


We performed a structural seismic analysis of two 2.8-million-gallon, ground-supported steel water reservoirs at their View Acres site, built in 1966 and 1989. The structural evaluations found that both reservoirs were at risk for uplift and overturning during a current code-prescribed earthquake. The 1989 reservoir also required foundation modifications to avoid soil failure during an earthquake. RH2 designed upgrades to bring the two reservoirs up to the current code and safeguard them against a seismic event that could cause catastrophic failure and interrupt critical services to the area.

PNWS-AWWA Best Small Engineering Works Project

The City of Central Point in Oregon State needed to cross Bear Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River, with a 16-inch waterline to reinforce its water distribution system. Being a fish bearing stream containing protected species (salmon and steelhead), it is closely monitored and controlled by a number of state and federal regulatory agencies. RH2 designed a cost-effective crossing that met regulatory requirements and the City’s needs for improving its water system.

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence

RH2 was a member of the planning and design team that conceived and constructed the 400-room award-winning YWCA Family Village in Issaquah Highlands. The development plan originally included a pedestrian bridge to connect the residential area to a Park and Ride garage across busy NE Highlands Drive, but it was deleted after bidding due to budget constraints. RH2 proposed a unique and innovative solution that resulted in the bridge being designed and built for less than the original cost of the design alone.

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence

To further control its water supply and rates, the Highline Water District added another production well. The iron and manganese-laden production well was only the first of a myriad of challenges. Faced with land swap negotiations, permitting hoops, unforeseen delays, and numerous construction setbacks throughout the project, the District finally has a fully automated, waste-minimizing, water treatment plant and is a step closer to being in full water supply control.

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence

How can $70,000 fund a $3,200,000 project? Strong partnering and creative funding that’s how! This project began as a phased, two-block, roadway repair project and grew to a complete corridor improvement project including full road reconstruction, bridge replacement, utilities, and pedestrian amenities. This was made possible by the close partnership, coordination, and foresight of the City of Cashmere, Port of Chelan County, WSDOT, FHWA, TIB, CERB and RH2 Engineering…a true success in project funding!

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence

Project: McMillin Reservoir, Tacoma Water


Tacoma Water needed to cover the last of its existing open air storage reservoirs at its McMillin Reservoir site, and determined that constructing two 33 MG pre-stressed, strand-wrapped concrete reservoirs inside the footprint of the existing Reservoir No. 2 would provide the best solution. Overall construction of the reservoirs is impressive and results in the world’s largest diameter, pre-stressed reservoirs. RH2 was hired in the beginning of 2008 to perform design services and, due to great economies of scale in the design elements, was able to complete engineering for less than 1.5 percent of the overall project cost.

PNWS-AWWA Organization Award

The Organization Award can be given by the Section chair in recognition of outstanding service and exceptional devotion by an organization towards continued success in the activities of the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Waterworks Association.

ACEC WA Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence

Project: 2009-2010 Enclosed Lateral Improvements, Sunnyside Division Board Control


Installation of approximately 18.5 miles of pipeline, converting open channel irrigation ditches to enclosed pressurized irrigation mains. RH2 assisted in design, bidding and construction inspection of the project on a very condensed timeline.

ACEC WA Silver Award for Meeting and Exceeding Client Expectations

Project: Peak Extended Period Storage Reservoir, Union Hill Water Association


2.5 MG reinforced concrete reservoir to store water to be used during peak extended periods (up to two weeks) and stored for up to two months prior to peak day demands to maintain the instantaneous limitations of water withdrawal allowed by permit.

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