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LEI began work on a new and exciting project for the USDA Forest Service, Region 6: The Limestone/Silver Forest Health and Disease Control project on the Colville National Forest. This project is an effort to promote forest growth and health, reduce tree insect and disease levels, and develop stand densities that sustain wood fiber production. More information can be found on the Forest Service project website.
LEI is performing the logging engineering and forestry components of this project through completion of treatment unit reconnaissance and layout, logging system analysis, and unit boundary designation.
LEI is excited to be working for the Colville National Forest to assist in improving the health of this National Forest while reducing risk of forest fire. Projects like this one are so vital to the long term sustainability of our Nations Forests.
Frequently, the developer or homeowner is faced with a situation where it is not possible to utilize existing stormwater treatment infrastructure for a new construction or reconstruction project. A Rain Garden can be an ideal solution that provides effective stormwater treatment and is often very cost effective to construct. Resembling standard landscaping, the rain garden collects stormwater from roof drains and other impervious surfaces and detains it for treatment through natural infiltration. Stormwater entering the rain garden flows through vegetation, and associated root systems, allowing the water to be filtered prior to entering surrounding native soil. The rain garden is an accepted stormwater treatment facility by most regulatory and permitting agencies.
Construction of a rain garden is fairly straight forward and inexpensive process, with the primary requirements that the garden be sized appropriately for regulatory rain storm events and that existing soil provides a minimum level of infiltration. A simple soil infiltration test can be performed at the site of the planned rain garden and then the garden sized by an engineer to accommodate required stormwater flows.
Contact LEI if you would like more information about using a rain garden to address your stormwater treatment need.
The Lookout Pass Ski Resort Expansion EIS has been approved for implementation: https://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=43757 LEI completed the road engineering, logging system engineering, and timber economics components of this project, as a sub-contractor to SWCA Environmental Consultants (www.swca.com).
This project took nearly three years to complete and drew on LEI's extensive NEPA and timber sale NEPA experience to complete.
As stated in the final NEPA document:
"The purpose of Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area's proposed expansion is to provide a high-quality downhill skiing recreation opportunity on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest and Lolo National Forest. Currently, ski area terrain is insufficient to consistently meet demand by the local skier market, resulting in diminished recreation experiences during high-visitation days. Expansion of the Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area would provide more skiable terrain and more efficient lift systems to enable the ski area to ensure a high-quality recreation experience for a wider range and number of skiers."
LEI principal engineer Greg Zartman, PE, was the lead engineer for this project and completed all of the road engineering, logging systems, design, and timber economics tasks for the SWCA team.
LEI is pleased to be the Civil Engineering team member for the Corvus Design multi-disciplinary team for the Region 10 Forest Service Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering IDIQ contract (Indefinite delivery indefinite quantity). The Corvus Design team was awarded this one-year contract with four options years.
Per the Forest Service notification:
"The USDA Forest Service Region 10 Regional Office is seeking qualified firms to provide professional landscape architectural and engineering services on an as-needed basis for Forest Service owned or managed lands and facilities located within the Tongass and Chugach National Forest."
Corvus Design and LEI have been successfully working together since 2010, and LEI looks forward to working with Corvus to provide the Forest Service with industry leading professional services for this contract.
Principal Engineer Mike Duman, P.E. is now licensed to practice Civil Engineering in the State of Hawaii. Congratulations Mike!!
This expands LEI's professional engineering service area in the United States to cover Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. LEI has also successfully completed projects overseas in remote areas such as Southern Chile.
LEI is pleased to announce that principal engineer, Michael Duman, is now licensed as a Civil Engineer in the State of Alaska. This means that LEI can now provide its industry leading excellence in engineering services to its Alaska clients, in addition to its current services that LEI has been providing for more than 30 years from the Northern extremes of Alaska to Southern Chile.
LEI is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Spokane, Washington, servicing central Washington, eastern Washington, and the Idaho Panhandle. LEI’s Spokane office is located at:
1312 N. Monroe Street, Suite F186
Spokane, Washington 99201
Phone: (509) 210-2827 Fax: (866) 232-6790
LEI is proud to announce that it is the first company to successfully complete an extensive timber sale layout project for the Region 10, Alaska, USDA Forest Service during the harsh winter months of southeast Alaska. The Tonka Timber Sale layout project included unit and road layout in the steep, environmentally sensitive, terrain of Kupreanof Island. To complete this project; LEI utilized tracked ATVs, snow machines, and snowshoes to access planned harvest units with snow depths of 15 feet or more. Our decades of experience working in Alaska and other tough terrains around the world allowed LEI to complete this extremely time sensitive project well ahead of schedule.
LEI Engineering and Surveying, LLC and construction crews are busy putting the finishing touches on the new Hilton Garden Inn in the Gateway area before it opens its doors for business on Monday, June 20th. The stunning new hotel boasts 10 suites, 149 rooms with modern décor that includes 37” high-def flat panel TVs, full-service bar and lounge area, heated saline pool and whirlpool, and Hilton’s new Precor Fitness Center. The new Hilton Garden Inn also provides the perfect back drop for business travelers with one boardroom, two small breakout areas for meetings, 3,000 square feet of meeting space, and a complimentary business center with valet print capabilities that allows guests to print remotely from their rooms with a security code. Brian Latture, The Hotel Group Regional Director of Operations, adds that the 3,000 square foot ballroom can also be divided into three different sections to host a variety of events including weddings and corporate business meetings. He says, “The Hotel Group’s latest project, the Hilton Garden Inn Eugene/Springfield opening has been a very exciting adventure. We believe the excellent reputation of the Hilton Garden Inn brand will compliment what the Springfield and Eugene markets currently have to offer. Our location is ideally located off I-5, within close proximity to University of Oregon, Autzen Stadium and businesses including Peace Health’s Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend, Royal Caribbean, Symantec Corp, Peace Health Laboratories and Weyerhaeuser. We are encouraged by the support we’ve received from the Springfield and Eugene communities and look forward to our summer opening.”
With more than three decades of engineering excellence, the LEI Team started working on the 2.83 acre Hilton Garden Inn site that consists of a hotel, parking lot, pedestrian facilities, and landscaping in early 2009. LEI has successfully designed numerous other commercial developments in Oregon that include the Bridgeport Village, www.bridgetport-village.com, in Tualatin, Oregon. Greg Zartman, the President of LEI and Head Project Engineer says, “Our vast experience and skilled engineers allows us to skillfully complete our work in a timely and cost effective manner. We’ve enjoyed doing the design work for this stunning new Hilton Garden Inn that will clearly be a huge asset for everyone in the Eugene-Springfield community.”
LEI has once again proven its decades of engineering excellence by successfully completing the grading design, sanitary sewer design and waterline design for the new hotel so that building permits could be approved in a timely manner for construction. More specifically, LEI’s responsibilities included evaluating the existing site drainage conditions and then designing a stormwater drainage system that would provide the existing water treatment and conveyance for the entire site. Following the standard requirements of the City of Springfield Engineering Design, Zartman says water quality demand flows had to be treated before entering the public stormwater system, which entailed using both vegetated swales and water quality catch basins. LEI also developed and implemented erosion and sedimentation control plans for the entire site to provide conveyance for the 25-year storm event.
Latture says the ribbon cutting ceremony for the New Hilton Garden Inn is set for July 28th with the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
: Established in 1981, LEI Engineering and Surveying is an accomplished professional full-service consulting engineering that specializes in commercial and residential civil site design, transportation engineering, hydraulic design, land surveying, forest engineering and forestry. With headquarters in Salem, Oregon and satellite offices in Eugene and La Pine, the key to LEI’s long-standing history of providing exceptional engineering lies in their technical expertise, integrity, responsive staff, successful application of Green engineering and in depth experience with environmentally sensitive terrains, and longstanding relationships. LEI also offers some of the very best "Value Engineering" in the Pacific Northwest to help dramatically improve their client’s bottom line.
Final paving of the I-5 Kuebler Boulevard on-ramp has been completed, signaling the completion of these construction efforts.
LEI performed the Construction Engineering/Surveying for this 2-year Oregon Department of Transportation Project. K&E Construction is the Construction Contractor. Brett C. Martin, P.E. is LEI's Project Manager for this project with Larry Allen, PLS as LEI's Surveyor of Record.
LEI was awarded an one year project to complete Young Growth Stand Exams on the Tongass National Forest. This project covers a large portion of Southeast Alaska and will be instrumental in the Forest Service second growth timber program.
LEI Principal Brett C Martin will be LEI's Project Manager for this effort with Junior Principal Mike Duman serving as Operations Manager.
Principal Engineer Mike Duman, P.E. is now licensed to practice Civil Engineering in the State of Arizona. Congratulations Mike!!
This expands LEI's professional engineering service area to cover Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Arizona.