MB&G Receives Business Achievement Award from National Publication, Environmental Business Journal

The Environmental Business Journal has selected a MB&G project for their 2017 Business Achievement Awards  Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ), a research publication which provides high-value strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry, has honored MB&G with a 2017 Business Achievement Award for Natural Resources Management. MB&G’s Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Full-Delivery Turnkey Mitigation for Yaquina Basin US 20 Corridor Improvements Project received a Project of Merit Award for “innovative project designs, technology applications, new practice areas, social contributions and industry leadership in 2017,” from EBJ. The EBJ Business Achievement Awards are determined by a committee of EBJ’s staff and editorial advisory board members who review essay nominations. MB&G’s landmark project involved a new delivery approach with ODOT’s first consultant-delivered, turnkey contract. MB&G led this ‘cradle-to-grave’ project by managing landowner coordination, real estate appraisals and transactions, regulatory compliance, design, construction, and stewardship for two mitigation sites in Oregon’s Yaquina River Basin. This project was also recognized the American Council for Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon at their annual Engineering Excellence awards banquet on January 17, 2018 with an Honor Award for MB&G and teaming partner Otak, Inc.. The project scope included removal of a priority fish passage barrier, stream restoration, establishment of permanent riparian buffers through deed restrictions, and long-term stewardship of approximately 70 acres. At the Big Elk Creek site, we installed three streambank breaches to connect the creek with its floodplain, creating 1.5 acres of wetland. At the Bull Creek site, we removed an undersized culvert to access 4 miles of high-quality salmonid habitat. In addition, MB&G facilitated a 52-acre land donation to the U.S Forest Service to improve...

MB&G Receives Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC Oregon

MB&G and Otak, Inc., received an Honor Award for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Full-Delivery Turnkey Mitigation for Yaquina Basin US 20 Corridor Improvements project. The award was presented by the American Council for Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon at their annual Engineering Excellence awards banquet on January 17, 2018. The landmark project involved a new contracting and delivery approach for ODOT as the agency’s  first fully consultant delivered turnkey contract. The “cradle-to-grave” delivery approach allows ODOT to minimize their project resources and oversight, while MB&G leads  landowner coordination, real estate appraisals and transactions, regulatory compliance, design, construction, and long-term stewardship for two mitigation sites in the Yaquina River basin in Oregon. MB&G Senior Biologist/Associate Stuart Myers; Wildlife Biologist/Associate Wendy Wente, PhD.; and Biologist Kristen Currens, PWS, were on-hand to receive the award. Our team also support other nominated projects including the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge for the City of Salem and the Willamalane Parks Mill Race Path Bridges. A full list of awards is available here. About the project Key project components include removal of a priority fish passage barrier, stream restoration, land acquisition, establishment of permanent riparian buffers through deed restrictions, design, construction, and long-term stewardship of approximately 70 acres.  At the Big Elk Creek site, the MB&G-led team installed three streambank breaches to connect the creek with its floodplain to create 1.5 acres of wetland. At the Bull Creek site, 4 miles of high-quality salmonid habitat were made accessible by removing an undersized  culvert. A pool-riffle channel morphology was constructed in the culvert footprint that facilitated fish passage and reestablished sediment transport continuity. Our team...