Hart Crowser

Allison Pyrch, PE, GE

Allison is a geotechnical engineer whose experience includes site specific seismic design for buildings, roads, bridges, dock and port structures, large embankments, slopes and landslides, and water and wastewater infrastructure. She is active with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Committee on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering has travelled to Chile and Japan after their recent subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis to study the effects on lifelines. She has actively been engaged with the public, local and state agencies, and the Oregon Resiliency Committee to promote earthquake and tsunami awareness and resilience.

WRK Engineers

Brian Knight, SE

Brian is a civil engineer who is expert in many structural systems. His experience encompasses a wide array of project types including the design of new structures, seismic analyses, rehabilitation and strengthening of existing buildings, construction means and methods and forensic/litigation support. Within these project types, Brian has worked on hundreds of projects ranging from simple modifications of existing structures to the design and construction of high-rise, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

ECONorthwest

Ed MacMullan

Ed is an economist who leads ECONorthwest’s litigation practice and directs economic analyses of public policies. Much of his work entails applying benefit-cost principles to public-policy alternatives to help stakeholders and decision makers understand the range of economic outcomes. Ed serves on OSSPAC, Oregon’s Seismic Commission. His recent resiliency work includes estimating the costs of tsunami evacuation, developing tools to help local decision makers assess the economic aspects of resiliency investments, and conducting an economic analysis of the U of O’s business continuity plan.

Jay Raskin Architect

Jay Raskin, FAIA

Jay has been involved in preparing the pacific coast for a large Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. This civic engagement work has included serving on committees and as city councilor and mayor of Cannon Beach, Oregon, where he championed emergency preparedness and pre-disaster mitigation efforts. He participated in creating the Oregon Resilience Plan and is the Vice-Chair of OSSPAC. He was selected as chair of Restore Oregon’s roundtable workgroup on Resilient Masonry Buildings. He is also the Chair of the national Community Resilience Panel organized by NIST.

About our Team

Salus Resilience Team

Salus Resilience Team

Salus Resilience is a team of several resilience-minded firms that have come together to provide resilience assessment, planning, and design services. Working on resilience in our individual specialties, we found that the consideration of the interdependencies between our specialties is critical. We have come together as a partnership to provide an integrated approach to planning and design so that our clients can become truly resilient. Our core team of four firms has relationships with other professionals that can fill in specific project needs. This gives us flexibility to adapt the project team makeup to specific client needs, and provide efficient services. Our core team is Hart Crowser, Inc., Jay Raskin Architect, WRK Engineers, Inc., and ECONorthwest.

Hart Crowser, Inc.
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For the past 41 years, Hart Crowser has provided geotechnical, environmental, and natural resource engineering and scientific services. Their engineers and scientists in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii work worldwide, completing both large- and small-scale projects. They are experienced in managing highly complex projects with conflicting technical, emergency, regulatory, and monetary requirements. Hart Crowser’s engineers and scientists have also taken part in post-disaster and post-earthquake assessments in order to better understand the engineering behind resilient structures.

Hart Crowser provides seismic and geotechnical design for disaster-resistant and blast-resistant development; levees, dikes, and drainage systems; and slope stability. Their experience includes post-disaster evaluation and reconstruction, including landslides and waterfront structures. Their hydrogeology professionals provide emergency water supply development. Hart Crowser is at the forefront of site-specific hazard design, performance based seismic design for high-rise structures, and are on the teams that are designing the only two vertical tsunami evacuation structures in the United States.

The firm’s environmental specialists support preparation to reduce potential environmental damage, and provide state-of-the-art environmental investigation and remediation services. Their natural resources professionals evaluate fisheries and wildlife biology to address changing ecosystems and altered habitat states, design habitat to reduce potential destruction or reconstruct after a disaster, and conduct natural resource baseline studies.

Jay Raskin Architect
Jay Raskin Architect
Jay Raskin has been a leader in preparing the coast and Oregon for a large Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. His civic engagement work includes serving on local, state, and national committees, as well as being an elected official, where he has championed emergency preparedness and pre-disaster mitigation efforts. He was instrumental in the creation of the Oregon Resilient Plan, one of the first comprehensive resilience plans in the country. He also participated in the creation of the US Resiliency Council’s Building Rating System, which can be used to improve to ensure usability of buildings following an earthquake. His interest in seismic issues and historic preservation resulted in his being selected chair of Restore Oregon’s Roundtable workgroup that produced the Special Report: Resilient Masonry Buildings: Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns.

From this diverse experience, Jay has a unique understanding of how communities, institutions, and businesses can prepare for natural disasters, not just for the initial emergency, but also how they can continue with their lives, missions and business following the disaster.

WRK Engineers
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WRK Engineers has over 35 years of combined experience providing expert structural engineering services to clients across a broad spectrum of market sectors. WRK’s passion for earthquake safety and recovery is demonstrated by a focus on seismic risk and resiliency performance of buildings, structures and critical infrastructure. They have built long-standing relationships with clients and peers through a willingness to apply innovative approaches to complex structural engineering issues. WRK values working collaboratively with clients and design team members to produce integrated, multi-disciplinary solutions for each project. WRK’s services encompass a wide array of project types including the design of new structures, seismic assessment, rehabilitation and strengthening of existing buildings, construction engineering and forensic investigation/litigation support. Within these project types, WRK has worked on thousands of projects ranging from simple modifications of existing structures to the design and construction of new high-rise, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

WRK Engineers is a leader in structural engineering and seismic design, bringing their expertise to projects through active engagement with key industry organizations that drive the development of seismic design standards. Their involvement with the American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Public Works Association (APWA), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and others exemplifies a strong commitment to engineering excellence.

ECONorthwest
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At ECONorthwest, we understand that businesses and governments face difficult decisions about making the best use of limited resources. We help our clients make thoughtful, data-driven evaluations using tools and methods that meet the highest standards of best practice.

At the core of everything we do is applied microeconomics. This perspective allows us to fully understand—and effectively communicate—the benefits, costs, and tradeoffs associated with public policy or business decisions. Our staff brings expertise in economics informed by multiple disciplines that converge around resiliency planning: natural resources, land use planning, urban planning, and economic development.

We have worked in communities across the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. with a diverse array of development goals and different endowments of physical, social, and natural resources. What they all share is the desire to create healthy communities with good jobs and places to live for their current and future residents.

We recognize that well-considered planning in combination with solid fiscal decisions around investments in public infrastructure can create the best defense against disasters of all types, and reduce risk for the entire population. Our staff understands what it takes, and has the tools to help communities move forward in achieving their goals, building resiliency on the road to success.

Testimonials

Allison Pyrch and Jay Raskin are champions of resilience and at the forefront of implementing this movement in Oregon and across the nation.

Jay Wilson

Clackamas County Resilience Coordinator