As many of us know, working remotely comes with its own set of challenges. Our Marketing Director shared this photo of her largest home office challenge - a handsome 14-pound fellow named Mr. Grey who likes keyboards, mouse arrows, and printers when they spit out paper. Thankfully, the strategic placement of a fluffy blanket on the desk seemed to entice Mr. Grey to perch in a cozier location to carry out his supervisory work.
The beautiful new Hyatt Centric in Portland - the first in the Pacific Northwest - plans to start taking new reservations on June first! HDG provided complete civil engineering services for the new 220-room boutique hotel, which opened shortly before the COVID pandemic quarantine.
HDG is providing full civil engineering design services for the new 212-unit Jantzen Apartments, which is coming along beautifully!
Leo Xu on working from home
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
HDG team member Lily Xu shared this adorable photo of her home office assistant, Leo, who was busy assessing her work for the day. Not only is Leo super cute, and obviously smart with those glasses, he is a chill guy that is very motivated by treats! Thanks for making us all smile, Leo!
Work continues on the 86 unit apartment development on 16th & Glisan, for which HDG is providing complete civil engineering design services. When completed, the new building will include housing choices ranging in size from studio to two bedrooms.
HDG team member Mike Hankel took social distancing to new heights this past week with some air time over Vancouver.
New Offices Coming…
Monday, April 6th, 2020
The LMC Office Expansion is moving along well and looking great! Safety protocols are in place and the project continues to take shape.
The Help is Here!
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
HDG Senior Project Engineer Allen Schmitz, PE, shares this adorable photo of his dog, Blue, who was intent on helping Allen complete work in his home office. We all think Blue's cuteness could help improve just about anything, even engineering plans!
With our entire team working remotely (and our physical office closed), our Manager of Happiness duties have expanded to include our animal companions who don't come to the office. Here's Callie, helping to ensure that at least one home office runs efficiently and all desk space is adequately utilized.
After passing a rigorous test and taking several other required steps, HDG team member Paige Miller received official notice that she is now a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon! Congratulations, Paige!
The final touches of the new master-planned Village at Mary's Woods are in place. The new neighborhood features upscale apartment homes centered around a Town Square, campus-wide transportation to a community center, Providence clinics, medical offices, shops, meeting and event space, a myriad of dining options, and a 9,000-square-foot Fitness & Wellness Center. Humber Design Group proudly provided civil engineering design services for the entire village project.
A few Humber Design Group team members ventured out to a fun lunch at Toffee Club today, where their signature Sticky Toffee Pudding (sponge cake served with hot toffee sauce and ice cream) is AMAZING!
Portland Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony for their Training Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing, with guest speakers at the ceremony including Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson. Located in Scappoose, the new center focuses on advanced manufacturing, training Oregon's next generation of the workforce. Programs in the center will offer on-the-job training with classroom and lab instruction and will include Computer Numerically Controlled Operation (CNC), Machining, Industrial Fabrication, and Mechatronics. Humber Design Group is providing full civil engineering design services for the project.
Meisje was busy today showering every team member - and our FexEx delivery man - with all kinds of love while sharing her current favorite toy with anyone who was willing to comment on how nice it was. After the toy was gently placed in her lap multiple times, our marketing director was able to officially certify that it is indeed a very nice toy. But even if it wasn't, who could resist this sweet pup!
HDG team members had a fun lunch at Southland Whisky Kitchen today. The food was absolutely delicious! Props to the SWK folks for the deliciously fantastic lunch! (We'll have to go back after hours to sample the whiskey...)
We are proud to announce that Humber Design Group has made Oregon Business Magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon! We truly value our team and are so honored to be included on this list again alongside many fantastic Oregon companies. An event recognizing winners and revealing the top 10 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center on March 5. You can learn more about the event and/or register on the Oregon Business website.
The HDG team had a fabulous time at Vine Gogh last week. Our instructor gave us a step by step guide to creating our masterpieces, and releasing our creative talents on canvas was a hoot as we each painted our own unique rendition of Multnomah Falls while enjoying a nice glass of wine. Rumor has it that these paintings - MAY - appear in our office in the spring! Thanks to the staff at Vine Gogh for a fun teambuilding event!
HDG was thrilled to participate in the Community Partners for Affordable Housing, Cedar Grove Apartments groundbreaking celebration in Beaverton on Friday. When completed, the new building will provide 44 units of affordable housing! HDG is providing full civil engineering site design and frontage improvements for the project, which is scheduled for completion in November 2020.
We had our share of characters in the office today... and also people in costume! From "Bob's Burgers" and "The Office" to a pickle and a cow, we had a good time celebrating the spirit of Halloween. We hope you all did, too. Happy Halloween everyone!
Meisje always makes sure that you feel loved and appreciated. There is no escaping her sweetness and friendship. Here she is appreciating and offering her friendship to Brad - while sitting on his feet to ensure that he returns the favor!
Leo Xu took charge of the Manager of Happiness duties today, offering much-needed stress relief and a solid dose of cute. His day included several detailed tours of the "office grounds," checking in on work duties, and inspecting a wide variety of clearly curious details before taking a power nap and then starting the entire routine again. It goes without saying that we have a soft spot for animal companions around here, and Leo was no exception. We really enjoyed having him and his Cute Corgi Powers in the office!
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) broke ground on Red Rock Creek Commons! The project is one of the first new developments within the Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Area and will feature 48 one-bedroom units of affordable housing. HDG is providing full civil engineering design services for the project.
Riley Humber visited us at the office last week to fill in for Meisje while she is on vacation. It goes without saying that he's pretty darned cute! Riley was more than happy to run around the office to check on work progress and ensure everyone enjoyed his adorableness, especially if there was food.
HDG welcomes new team member Lily Xu! As a Project Designer, Lily will work on the layout and design of projects, including the design of new stormwater management systems. Lily's background includes work for the Energy Trust of Oregon, focusing on renewable engineering and managing a pipeline of high-profile projects. Lily received her Bachelor of Science in Ecological Engineering from Oregon State University. Welcome to the team, Lily!
HDG was once again a proud sponsor of the AIA's Annual Chris White golf tournament, held last week. The tournament, which honors the late Chris White and his consistent support and engagement of the next generation, helps fund the Chris White Scholarship for Emerging Professionals in Architecture. In addition to hosting hole 17, HDG also had a foursome on the course, pictured here. (Yes, they did play golf.) Cheers to the folks at the AIA Portland for another fantastic event. It was great fun!
HDG welcomes new team member Nick Geiger! As our newest Senior Project Designer, Nick leverages three years of previous experience developing stormwater management solutions and providing technical support from initial design and site layout through system fabrication and delivery. Nick received his Bachelor of Science in Ecological Engineering from Oregon State University. Welcome to the team, Nick!
HDG welcomes new team member Brad Gillin, EI! A graduate of the University of Portland with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Brad will provide civil engineering design services for a broad spectrum of site and public infrastructure improvements. Welcome to the team, Brad!
Members of the HDG team enjoyed some yummy buffalo wings (and delicious sweet potato fries) today at Fire on the Mountain. There were several flavor options for the wings, but if fire just isn't your thing, the salads are also quite tasty!
Meisje was using all of her cute powers this morning to secure some highly coveted tummy scratches. As you could easily guess, it worked. She happily collected her tummy scratches along with a plethora of "good girl" and "you're so cute" comments.
Meisje's regularly scheduled office supervisory duties were postponed today as her eyelids just became a bit too heavy to keep open! While the toy might be a tough one to shred, it obviously isn't a tough one to nap with.
We are thrilled to announce that the Navigation Center, a 100-bed homeless shelter championed by Oregon Harbor of Hope and backed by numerous private and public entities, opened today. The facility offers an on-site medical clinic staffed by Central City Concern, showers and laundry machines, and one-on-one case management focused on employment, housing, and treatment services.
HDG Principal Dave Humber generously offered up his boat for an evening to take the team out on the Willamette River to enjoy some fun and sunshine. It likely goes without saying, but we really enjoyed the special treat! Thanks, Dave!!
Our well-traveled HDG logo appeared on the Gamble Sands Golf Course in Washington this past weekend with team member Andrew Xu, who played what we heard was a pretty good round of golf. Who knows where the logo will go next. We'll keep you updated!
HDG team members had a great lunch at this month's local restaurant choice - Sckavone's! The Southeast Portland landmark serves tasty American Food that was enjoyed by all. You can learn more about Sckavone's and their menu on their website, sckavones.com
Clackamas Community College's main road, Douglas Loop, was cracked, worn, and well beyond its design life. HDG provided civil engineering design services for the 2/3 mile replacement of the road, which included installation of new curbs, inlets, ADA accessibility, crosswalks, and full-depth reclamation ("FDR") which allows for quicker replacement, less haul off, less import, and effective recycling of materials. The new asphalt over FDR section approach is designed for a 40-year period. The project is being completed in phases to allow continual access to the site.
The Portland Playhouse project was featured in the July edition of Dezeen magazine, an online architecture, interiors, and design magazine based in London! HDG provided civil engineering design services for this renovation and addition project under the direction of SERA Architects. Additional team members included Shapiro Didway, Kramer Gehlen & Associates, and Colas Construction. The small, community-based, nonprofit theatre Portland Playhouse is dedicated to artistic excellence and community engagement. If you would like to enjoy a Playhouse show, Season 12 packages and tickets are now available for sale on their website.
The HDG summer picnic this year was at Ron Tonkin Field, where we took in a rousing Hillsboro Hops game against the Eugene Emeralds. Hops won! Whoop! Whoop! The Hops executives were very friendly and helpful, the picnic was delicious, and the facility was amazing. What a fun night!
Watching "The Vera" (Riverplace Parcel 3) take shape is exciting! Team members from HDG were on site at The Vera last week, inspecting stormwater planters and other HDG-designed civil engineering site development elements. The project is moving along very well! The 203 unit affordable housing development is owned by Bridge Housing, with numerous financial partners. Ankrom Moisan is the project architect. Hoffman Construction is the general contractor.
The 18th & Salmon project broke ground on Thursday with a nice celebration! Owned by Greystar and designed by SERA Architects, HDG is providing civil engineering services for this new mixed-use building, which will include housing and retail space. Hoffman Construction is the general contractor. HDG's scope of civil engineering services included design for the rehabilitation of 260-lf of the 72” diameter Tanner Creek Sewer using steel liner plates. The sewer line was originally constructed in 1916 and runs through the northern portion of the site, right under the new building footprint.
HDG took a quick break Thursday for an in-house paper airplane competition that included our own handmade masterpieces with prizes for the most creative, the furthest flight, and the longest airtime. While our paper airplanes did fly, perhaps our next activity will be to take in a few videos on how to master the art of fold-n-fly planes - we didn't even come close to any records! According to the National Day Calendar, the paper airplane flight distance record is 226' 10" and the flight time record is 29.2 seconds.
We didn't think it was possible, but Meisje gave out twice her normal dose of cheerfulness this morning, all while sharing her toy with everyone, of course. Watch out. It's a trap. Sharing equals playing, and she can play for a long time!
The HDG gang went to Lu Lac Vietnamese Kitchen today for a team lunch. While the entire menu is wonderful, we would suggest you try the Pho - any version. They are all delicious. But go early, because the place fills up fast!
...you learned in kindergarten, or could learn from this sweet pup! For example, greet everyone with a smile, be nice, and share your toys. Meisje made sure to share this toy and her kind-hearted disposition with nearly everyone this morning. It's a great way to start your work day!
HDG team members took a well-earned break Thursday afternoon to enjoy some super tasty snacks! Combined with a couple of rousing games of shuffleboard, it was just what we needed to get re-energized. It sure is great to work with so many nice people!
HDG enjoyed a fabulous lunch today at Beeswing! The brunch menu, served 8-3, includes a wonderful selection of delightful breakfast dishes. It was delicious!
Welcome, Camille Morgan!
Monday, June 3rd, 2019
HDG welcomes new team member, Camille Morgan! A graduate of the University of Portland with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Camille's interests include new methods of stormwater treatment, including undergraduate research evaluating nutrients and metal removal from stormwater using agricultural byproducts. Camille will provide civil engineering design services for a broad spectrum of site and public infrastructure improvements. Welcome to the team, Camille!
HDG welcomes new team member Madeline Muller, EI! A graduate of the University of Portland with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Madeline brings three years of experience in civil engineering site development to the HDG team. Madeline will provide civil engineering design services for a broad spectrum of site and public infrastructure improvements. Welcome to the team, Madeline!
This month's team lunch was held at Produce Row Cafe, a local eatery not far from the office offering a year-round patio and a tasty lunch menu. We had a great time and enjoyed some delicious food - especially the french fries!
Several HDG team members, including Matt Hlavaty and Monica Regan (pictured), attended Rose Villa's recent Foundation Annual Dinner and Auction. The event raises money to help seniors live their best, fullest lives. Mixed in with all the fun of the evening, we are thrilled to say that we once again placed the highest bid and won a year of fresh cookies delivered once a month by Bob!
HDG welcomes new team member and Project Engineer Allen Schmitz, PE, LEED AP! Allen brings 13 years of engineering experience to the HDG team with specialization in urban projects and wireless communications site design. A LEED-certified individual and licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon, Allen will be working with our clients on a broad spectrum of projects, offering his expertise in civil engineering, CAD design, creating and editing 3D surfaces, advanced grading techniques, and detailed cost estimating. Allen is a graduate of Montana Tech with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering. Welcome to the team, Allen!
On Tuesday, we celebrated the grand opening of The Amy! Built by College Housing Northwest and designed by SERA Architects, the 141-unit student housing complex features an eco-roof and a courtyard catch basin. Humber Design Group provided full civil engineering services.
HDG is proud to have provided civil engineering services for Tanner Point - the Pearl District's newest commercial building offering creative office space and ground-floor retail. Located at 1250 NW 9th, Tanner Point just received LEED Silver certification! Congrats team!
We took a break from work late Thursday afternoon to shower our expectant HDG teammate Sierra with all kinds of food, games, and adorable baby stuff!! Among other things, we did a blind taste test of baby food, which was - let's say - interesting. It was great fun! We are all quite excited to meet the new little person in a few short weeks. Oh yes - It's a boy! Congratulations to the happy soon-to-be parents, Sierra and Chris!
Meisje was busy this morning sharing her favorite shark toy with everyone in the office. As you can imagine, with a sweet look like that it doesn't take very long before someone gives her some attention!
We are proud to announce that Humber Design Group has been named one of the 2019 100 Best GREEN Workplaces in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine! This ranking recognizes the wide spectrum of green practices we've implemented here at HDG, which we shared as part of the 100 Best Companies survey our team completed in late 2018. All winners of the 100 Best Green Workplaces will be revealed at a celebratory luncheon at The Nines Hotel on May 30th.
Our office pup Meisje is very helpful around the place, participating in activities, helping keep morale up, greeting anyone who delivers anything, and making sure someone uses (eats?) the ice cubes in the freezer. She also makes sure to sneak in naps on our behalf, particularly during meetings.
Being engineers, any day that celebrates numbers is a great day for us! So, happy Pi Day! In case you aren't a mathematically focused individual: 3.14159265 is the number known as Pi. It is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. For all circles of any size, Pi will be the same. Pi is also the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet, so Pi (the number) is often represented with Pi (the letter). All that said, we think it's a great excuse to eat PIE!
HDG enjoyed a delicious lunch - make that breakfast - on Tuesday at La Luna Cafe! La Luna is a local, neighborhood cafe that specializes in brunch classics. The breakfast-inspired food was delicious, and we enjoyed a little time visiting away from the office and deadlines. What a tasty treat!
HDG was honored to attend Oregon Business Magazine's 100 Best Companies dinner Thursday evening. Ranking among the 33 best small companies made us both proud and determined to do our best for our team every single year. We were also humbled by the number of companies - large and small - who have developed incredible programs around employee wellness, happiness, and productivity. It was an inspirational event!
A groundbreaking ceremony for The Navigation Center was held on Tuesday. A public-private partnership, the new homeless shelter will house 100-beds for chronically homeless people in addition to support service space. The Navigation Center is truly a community-based response to the growing issue of homelessness in Portland. HDG is proud to be involved in this project!
Bridge Housing held a ceremony today to celebrate the topping out of The Vera! When completed, The Vera will offer 203 units of affordable housing consisting of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. HDG is proud to be involved in the project, providing complete civil engineering design services. Congratulations team!
HDG welcomes new team member Monica Regan! A graduate of Gonzaga University with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Monica will provide civil engineering design services for a broad spectrum of site and public infrastructure improvements. Welcome to the team, Monica!
Our sweet office pup never stops bestowing her love upon us all. Here she is offering her full support to our Controller, Leigh. Of course, Leigh tells her how pretty she is and gives her lots of love, so Meisje makes sure to offer her support often.
Meisje is always willing to lend a helping hand, or have you lend her a hand by holding her toy - but not without her holding it, too! Here she is "lending a hand" to our Controller, Leigh. So helpful!
We are proud to announce that Humber Design Group has made Oregon Business Magazine's 2019 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon! We've worked hard to foster an outstanding workplace for our team and are honored to be included on this list alongside many fantastic Oregon companies. The dinner recognizing winners and revealing the top 10 will be held on February 28th at the Oregon Convention Center.
It's true, and we apologize. We missed Meisje Monday! Our adorable furry office companion was quite helpful this week, patiently waiting for Kristian, her human, to finish what Meisje clearly thinks is less than an exciting meeting.
We truly enjoy our industry and our relationships. We offer a heartfelt thank you to our clients, colleagues, and everyone we work with for the amazing year, wonderful memories, and the long list of successful projects for our community! Happy Holidays!
HDG was the lucky winner of a fundraising auction item giving us cookies in the office once a month for a full year. Rose Villa resident Bob - we call him The Cookie Man - delivers our cookies personally each month. Thanks Bob!! Your cookies are amazing!
HDG office pup Meisje often walks about the office spreading her sweetness and cheer. Last week she spread smiles too, showing off her brand new toy. She loves everyone it seems, but is especially fond of you when you give her a new toy!
The HDG team held our annual holiday party at McMenamins Edgefield this past weekend. The food was amazing, the white elephant gift exchange brought more than a few good laughs, and the Dickens Carolers came to sing to us! The carolers have keen eyes - it took them seconds to spot an opportunity with HDG team member Joel Hill and his festive jingle bell vest, which subsequently became the highlight of their song "Jingle Bells" with Joel jingling his vest on cue. Such a great time!
Our sweet office pup, Meisje, makes her rounds multiple times a day to check on everyone in the office and ensure that all is well, work is being completed, and you've noticed how cute she is. She also spies on our neighbors regularly, shares her toys and love with everyone, and delights in a good ice cube to chomp on now and then. She is a joy to have in the office! And so we begin this new and regular post, sharing her joy and cuteness with you. Hopefully it will make your day, too! Here she is checking on our Marketing Director, Teri, who is always willing to give her scratches and tell her she's a good girl.
Humber Design was a proud design team member for TMT Development's The Marilyn apartments, which opened this week. The brand new, 57,000-SF apartment building features a blend of luxury and affordable housing in the heart of Southeast Portland. 20% of the units are reserved for residents making 80% of the median family income. LRS was the architect and Bremik Construction was the general contractor.
HDG was a proud sponsor of the AIA's 2018 Annual Architecture Awards. Twenty-one projects received recognition at this year's event, with a nationally renowned jury selecting the winners and presenting awards on November 2 at Revolution Hall in Portland. Congratulations 2018 award recipients! You can view the 2018 winning projects and firms at https://www.aiaportland.org/2018paa
As Green Street Stewards, we regularly visit our assigned streets to keep the areas clear of garbage, debris, and weeds. This week's crew had a good time, and our ten Green Streets certainly look nicer! If you are interested in becoming a Green Street Steward, you can learn more about the program on the City of Portland's website.
Martha Williamson received her 2018 DJC Women of Vision award this evening at an event hosted at the Oregon Convention Center. Way to go, Martha! The DJC's Women of Vision awards recognize women who are shaping our built environment with their leadership, mentoring efforts, community involvement, and promotion of industry diversity. HDG team members Bill Brannan, Paige Miller, Joel Hill, Dave Humber, Kristian McCombs, and Brynne Haug attended the event to cheer on our award winner (pictured center). It was a fun and inspirational evening!
The HDG team ventured out to Topgolf Hillsboro in October for a little fun and team building. All skill levels participated and took in a swing or two with the clubs to score some points. Our two climate-controlled hitting bays were full of laughs and appetizers. What a great time!
Humber Design Group team members (left to right) Andrew Xu, Casey Jones, Bill Brannan, and Matthew Hlavaty pause for a quick photo during the Chris White AIA Portland Golf Classic. The 18-hole scramble tournament acknowledges and remembers Chris White's focus on mentorship and development, with proceeds from the tournament helping to fund the Chris White Scholarship for Emerging Professionals. In addition to participating in the tournament, HDG is a proud annual sponsor.
Congratulations to our six Hood to Coast team members, who put some miles on their running shoes and had a great time!
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
We are proud to announce that Humber Design Group Senior Associate Martha Williamson, PE, is an honoree of the DJC's 2018 Women of Vision! The award program honors women who are shaping our built environment in Portland. If you would like to join us to celebrate Martha's achievements and contributions to the industry, you can learn more about the October event here: http://djcoregon.com/wovmagazine/women-of-vision-event/
HDG welcomes new team member Sierra Luke! As our new Project Assistant, Sierra will utilize her strong organizational and communication skills to manage project schedules, files, documentation, and keep systems functioning and organized. She will also conduct project research, assist in developing produced materials and submittals, and manage offices supplies and equipment. Welcome to the team, Sierra!
Rocco Nguyen, EI, has been promoted to Senior Project Designer at Humber Design Group. Nguyen received his Bachelor of Science in Ecological Engineering from Oregon State University and is a certified Engineering Intern (EI). As a Senior Project Designer, he routinely works on civil design and layout including design management, owner and project team coordination, drawing setup, project design and coordination, calculations, and report writing. Nguyen is currently working on site improvements and expansions at Rose Villa Retirement Community, and Willamette View Retirement Community.
Humber Design Group has promoted Paige Miller, EI, to Senior Project Designer. Miller received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Portland and is a certified Engineering Intern (EI). She routinely works on civil design and layout including design management, owner and project team coordination, drawing setup, project design and coordination, calculations, and report writing. Miller is currently working on the Hallock McMillen Historic Renovation and the 72 Foster affordable housing development.
Humber Design Group has promoted Joel Hill, EI, to Senior Project Designer. Joel received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He routinely works on civil design and layout including design management, owner and project team coordination, drawing setup, project design and coordination, calculations, and report writing. Hill is currently working on the Foster Shelter under the Multnomah County Emergency Housing program and Bridge Housing’s Riverplace Parcel 3 affordable housing development.
Alex Wesolovski, EI, has been promoted to Senior Project Designer at Humber Design Group. A certified Engineering Intern (EI), Wesolovski received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Portland State University. He routinely works on civil design and layout including design management, owner and project team coordination, drawing setup, project design and coordination, calculations, and report writing. Among other projects, he is currently working on the Lloyd Mall East and West anchor improvements and the PSU/OHSU/PCC/City of Portland 4MB development in downtown Portland.
As part of Portland Public School's "Leap into 9th Grade" program, HDG team members participated in a career panel with members from various professions. Students had the opportunity to pose a series of questions to the panelists to determine each panel member's career. The game show format creates a fun environment for learning. After a panelist's career was guessed, the panelist shared more information about what they do in their job.
HDG team members volunteered for Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (“MESA”) Day at Portland State University on May 15th. This included operating as escorts for students and teachers who attended multiple competitions and conference events and working with other MESA volunteers to help attendees learn more about career paths and the opportunities that attending a four-year university can provide.