Please accept our gratitude for the part you have played in completing the I-90 Project Phase I contracts and opening this portion of the I-90 to traffic. The skill, knowledge and professionalism you have shown have been invaluable. This project has taken near superhuman efforts, coordination and cooperation among all involved, and your personal contribution in this is greatly appreciated…
Steven D. Kitterman, PE, Project Manager
URS Corp completed the design phase of the Seattle First Hill Streetcar project early this year. This project included 2.5 miles of double-track from the Pioneer Square District to North Capitol Hill, along with a new streetcar maintenance Facility located at 8th Ave S. and S. Charles St. Sáez Consulting Engineers, Inc. (SCE) was selected as one of the engineering sub-consultants to support URS with several critical design tasks, including: storm drainage analysis and design; design of Seattle City Light (SCL) underground “network” duct-bank replacements in S. Jackson St. and other electrical crossings along the route; site-civil design for three Traction Power Sub-stations (TPSS); and detail grading design of the ADA ramps and sidewalks along the streetcar route.
As a result of the close working relationship between SCE and URS, the design team successfully co-wrote the storm drainage Technical Information Report for (TIR) resulting in the approval of the proposed system, in a functional and economical manner. Electrical system, TPSS and ADA ramp/sidewalk grading designs were all performed by SCE while working in an ongoing collaborative manner with two different URS offices, SDOT, SCL, and other project subconsultants while meeting all project delivery deadlines and budgets.
SCE was prompt and innovative with the solutions they provided to the design team. Their ability to quickly resolve design challenges with SCL facilities was key in keeping up with the project schedule. Their deliverables were well thought-out and showed a high level of quality, a demonstration of their thorough QA/QC program. Their ability to take on additional ADA ramp grading during the last throws of production allowed URS to meet the deliverable deadlines.
SCE’s relevant experience and knowledge of City of Seattle requirements and standards provided excellent value to the team. We at URS look forward to working with SCE in the future. I highly recommend Jaime Sáez and SCE for any services within their areas of expertise. Please feel free to contact me regarding our experience with SCE or if you need additional referral information.
David L. Leavengood, A.I.A. Principal
Leavengood Architects has enjoyed a professional relationship with Sáez Consulting Engineers Inc. (SCE) since early 2006. We started working with SCE on the Centralia College New Science Center project and have continued working together on the Osterhaus Residence and the Center for Wooden Boats. We have also joined as a team and have been selected by National Park Service for the 5-year indefinite quantities contract. We also look forward to working with them again on the Kemp Hall and Student Services Buildings on the Centralia College Campus.
Our experience with SCE on the Centralia College new Science Center has been very positive, this project entailed a 2.5-acre re-development for a new 70,000 SF science building. The work involved a complex demolition phase, and the implementation of low impact development (LID) design elements that include: rain gardens and impervious concrete pavement for storm drainage flow control and water quality measures. This project is located in the flood plain of China Creek, which required the relocation of an existing sanitary main line under the proposed building. SCE’s approach in their LID drainage design and their general knowledge of sound engineering practices contributed significant construction savings in contrast with the cost of more off-the-shelf design approaches.
SCE’s bigger-picture, positive team attitude, attention to detail, quality of deliverables, schedule observance; and client-oriented service makes them our preferred civil engineers.
SCE consistently offers excellent value in design delivered by knowledgeable principals and experienced staff. They are timely, personable, and responsive in providing valuable input to the design team, always keeping the client’s benefits in mind.
SCE continues to serve as our primary source for civil engineering services and so it is my pleasure to recommend SCE with our highest regard.
Jay Garthwaite, Program Manager
Marysville Getchell HS Educational Services District 112 Construction Services Group
This letter is written in recommendation of Sáez Consulting Engineers Inc. (SCE) and their professional services. I have had the pleasure to work with SCE as the owner’s representative and project manager for the new Marysville Getchell High School in Marysville, WA.
This $92M GCCM project covering a 40 acre site has been under construction for a year and a half and is scheduled for final completion in fall of 2010. With the civil on-site work nearly complete, it is my opinion that SCE’s design has effectively and economically responded to the demands of a complicated site and equally complex program. Throughout the construction phase of this project they have quickly responded to, and resolved issues on short notice. They are team players who have established open and effective lines of communication with the owner, design team, governing jurisdiction, and the contractor. The SCE team is professional and conSistently provides a high level of civil engineering service and construction support.
The frontage improvements associated with this project required the re-alignment and widening of a major city arterial. SCE has been instrumental in the execution of this complex portion of the work which also requires relocation of overhead electrical transmission lines, and rerouting of underground utilities by Snohomish County Public Utility District, Puget Sound Energy Gas Infrastructure, Verizon, Comcast, and Blackrock. A development late in the design required a PSE natural gas district regulator to be relocated from a public right of way to an on-site location. SCE assisted in developing options enabling timely and financially advantageous resolution of the issue. The final agreed solution required adjustments to storm drainage, sanitary sewer, lighting and paving which SCE quickly incorporated into the on-site design and submitted to the City of Marysville for their approval.
The frontage improvements portion of the project recently bid under budget with a tight spread between the bidders. This close range can be attributed in part to the level of coordination and quality of the construction documents produced by SCE, and their effective coordination of the prebid activities, as well as prompt creative resolution of utility conflicts ariSing during construction.
I strongly recommend Sáez Consulting Engineers Inc for their professionalism and effectiveness as Civil Engineers.
John Bingham, Capital Projects Director
Marysville School District
The project is into its seventh month of a planned twenty four month construction schedule. Substantial site work that SCE designed has been accomplished successfully. SCE has worked hard on a design that has made the most out of a very steep, wet site. Minimal changes have occurred to date with 95% of the site improvements installed.
In addition we have worked with Matt Christensen, an Architect on their staff. Matt was the key person in successfully completing our most recent elementary school project. The school was completed in September 2008, a year early and under budget.
We have had good cooperation and communication with both Jaime Sáez and Matt Christensen on our projects.
In addition to the work at our High School, we are also working with SCE on the road frontage extension for the project. That work is scheduled for summer 2009.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions regarding my recommendation of Sáez Consulting Engineers, Inc.
We have worked with Saez Consulting Engineering for over 10 years and have always included them as a part of our team for both small and large projects. Together we have just finished two projects at Lower Columbia College; the 70,000 SF Health and Science Building and the 33,000 SF Gymnasium/Fitness Center. Our history also extends to Centralia College, working on the New Science Center (70,000 SF ) as well as the new Centralia College Commons/Student Center, which has just broken ground for construction. All of these projects represent site conditions that effect nearby sensitive environmental areas and all deal with difficult drainage conditions. Science Buildings tend to be complex structures and require special attention to infrastructure and coordination with the City and Governmental agencies.
SCE is a team player and understands the coordination required with the site, the architecture as well as the mechanical and electrical requirements. SCE understands the complexity of construction and working within the guidelines of Washington State General Administration. They’re a resource and an asset when we have met with local officials to sustainable coordinate major revisions to city Infrastructure.
Beyond the Technical Side of the Office is the leadership that they bring in terms of finding sustainable design solutions that are sensitive to the project as well as the budget. I have participated in many LEED workshops with Jaime Saez. He has the innate ability to explore new options, establish direction and bring consensus to the projects. I am always amazed to watch the owners and college representatives as Jaime is working with them, there is a spark in the conversation and an engaged attitude where everyone feels comfortable.
I always look forward to working with Jaime and all of the staff at SCE. They are dedicated and a pleasure to work with.
Steven Paget, CVS, LEED AP Senior Consultant
Olympic Associates Company
Olympic Associates would like to commend SCE on the quality of service you provide to Olympic for value analysis studies and building condition assessments. You and your consulting engineers play an important role on our teams, contributing civil, architectural and construction logistics knowledge in the analysis of complex issues. The creativity and technical recommendations you offer benefit each project and our clients‘ best interests.
Matt Christensen‘s architectural contributions to the recent Lake Washington Technical College Allied Health/NEVAC value analysis study are representative of the benefit he has been on numerous studies this year. Likewise, your participation on the Eastlake Elementary School study resulted in improvements to the civil design that increased public safety, improved stormwater management and reduced cost. Your combination of creativity, technical expertise, and readiness to work hard keep you on our preferred consultant list.
Thank you for your continued willingness to juggle schedules on short notice to help staff our studies. We look forward to continuing to work with SCE on upcoming projects. Please pass on our appreciation to your team.
Craig Mason, AIA Principal
DLR Group has had the opportunity to work with Sáez Consulting Engineers Inc (SCE) on multiple projects over the past four years. These projects have ranged from full site development for new facilities thru additions and renovation or repair to existing facilities. Our experience with SCE is represented by nearly $200 million worth of successfully completed projects including most recently: Marysville Getchell High School, Marysville WA
– Steilacoom High School Renovation & Track, Steilacoom WA
– Pioneer New Middle School, DuPont WA (WSSP Certified)
– Rose Hill Elementary School, Kirkland WA
– Anderson Island Elementary School, Anderson Island WA
– Lincoln High School Reconstruction and Additions, Tacoma WA
These projects have included very complex issues related to new and existing conditions. The engineers at SCE are thorough, experienced, and very competent in their initial design and in responding to issues to arise throughout the project. We value the relationship we’ve established with their firm and strongly recommend SCE for the services they provide.
If you have any questions regarding DLR Group’s experience with SCE, please contact me.
Larry D Hurlbert, Principal
Integrus Architecture has had the pleasure to work with SCE Inc. in the successful completion of Stafford Creek Correctional Center New Furniture Factory in 2011, for the Washington State Department of Corrections. SCE was the civil engineering consultant and was a very valuable
member of the design team. Due to their site design expertise and their ability to work well with the design team, the Owner, and Grays Harbor County; the site improvements and phasing was executed on schedule and the project realized significant construction cost savings.
SCE was able to look at this 50,000 sq. ft. project development as an integral part of the existing site conditions and facilities. They were able to re-design an existing water-quality bio-swale into a combination water-quality flow-control facility in lieu of having to implement a more costly underground solution adjacent to the new building. Their hydraulic analysis and detailed design was sufficient to justify the validity of the proposed storm water design to the Grays Harbor County permit reviewers. SCE also prepared the site demolition plan, the utility plan, and temporary erosion control plan. This project was a two phase design & construction contract with its respective general contractors adding to the complexity of the construction management. SCE did an exceptional job throughout both the design and construction phases.
As a result of their successful work performed on the Furniture Factory project, the Department of Corrections also retained SCE to complete the schematic design and cost estimate for the 300-Bed Minimum Security Buildings at Stafford Creek Correctional Center.
Integrus has been very pleased with the expertise and collaboration of SCE and intends to work with them on future projects. SCE is currently on our project team for the Harborview Hall Deconstruction and Plaza project for the University of Washington.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions in regard to our experience with SCE or need any additional referral information. I highly recommend Jaime Sáez and Sáez Consulting Engineers Inc.
Todd Ferking, Senior Associate
Marysville Getchell was awarded the James D MacConnell Award , which is the CEFPI’s top award and is considered by many to be the top award that an educational projects can win. This is a huge recognition of the team’s efforts in making the project a reality!
I just wanted to extend a personal congratulations and thank you for all your hard work and committment in making this happen. This award is recognition of that hard work. I know that this is a project that I am extremely proud to have been a part of and it was a pleasure to be a part of it with all of you.
For those who haven’t seen the video produced for the award it is below
Hernán Jorge Morano, CEO
Skanska Latin America
Please accept our gratitude for the key technical and management role you played in the successfully completion of the value engineering and preliminary engineering design of Autopista Acceso Oeste. Your valuable experience and knowledge of transportation projects of this magnitude and complexity allowed us to generate significant savings in the overall construction costs initially estimated for the project.
More specifically, it should be noted that your approach to optimize traffic fuel consumption by revising the original vertical alignment of the motorway and at the same time reduce the earthwork borrow material was brilliant. As a result, your analysis and well documented report convinced The Ministry of Public Works to approve the design revision.
The project was located in a densely populated urban area, and the design was scrutinized by multiple local agencies. You represented our interests as well as safeguarding the interests of the public during the entire process. We have enjoyed working with you and particularly the friendly personal touch you bring to the workplace.
Jeff Foster, Managing Principal
GGLO worked with Sáez Consulting Engineers (SCE) on the Kebero Apartments (aka 1105 East Fir Street) – the first phase of the Yesler Terrace redevelopment – for Seattle Housing Authority over the past three years. The project included 103 dwellings, comprising a six-story mid-rise building and three separate townhouse complexes. Our collaboration with SCE was very positive. Their team met all of our client‘s milestones, they were very responsive to changes in the scope of work, and quick to address unforeseen issues with City agencies during the construction process. Personally and professionally, I have known their firm leader, Jaime Sáez, for more than a decade. He is a dependable, committed, professional dedicated to doing great work as an engineer. I‘m looking forward to working together with his company in the future, and encourage you to do so as well.