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Mentor: Walter Lewandowski Construction Management Senior Engineer 503-823-6758 Branden Confer Civil Engineering 1st CECOP Internship 09-17-2016

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Mentor: Walter Lewandowski

Construction Management Senior Engineer503-823-6758

Branden ConferCivil Engineering

1st CECOP Internship09-17-2016

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Table of Contents:

Company History………………………………………………….pg. 2Executive Summary …………………………………………… 3 List of Projects ……………………………………………………pg. 3 Main Project Descriptions..………………………………………pg. 4Interns Role……………………………………………………… 5Conclusion…………………………………………………………pg. 6Buzz Words……………………………………………………… 7

Company HistoryPage 1 of 9

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In the late 1800’s the Portland water committee established Water Works because they recognized a need for a new water supply for their city. Colonel Isaac Smith was the first engineer to request Bull Run Watershed as the new primary water source for the city of Portland. Once Isaac established a solution to the need for a new water source, he oversaw a conduit installation leading from the Watershed and ending at Mt. Tabor. This conduit was known as conduit 1 and it stretched through 24 miles of old growth forest before it reached Mt. Tabor. It was predicted to transport 25 million gallons of water per day (MGD). Four Reservoirs needed to be installed, two at Mt. Tabor and two at Washington Park for the distribution of water throughout Portland, which, Isaac again oversaw. On January 2, 1895, Conduit 1 completed construction and allowed water flow to both reservoirs and as a result, public health officials noted a decrease in typhoid fever cases.

By 1925, two more conduits were installed and flowed to reservoirs 5 and 6 at Mt. Tabor because the 25 (MGD) from conduit 1 was not an adequate amount to provide Portland with enough water. Conduit 2 and 3 combined brought in an additional 125 (MGD). The city of Gresham was the first wholesale consumer of PWB. After selling to the city of Gresham, water meters were installed to every water services to keep track of consumption and usage. A donation was given to install 4 head water fountains in the downtown area which are still functional today.

In 1929, the first Dam was constructed and PWB first started to use chlorine to eliminate unwanted amenities to further protect public health. D.C. Henny was the consulting engineer on the Hoover Dame upon completion of this project. Henny designed Dam 1 and the Bent Brothers construction accepted the project at $1.44 million. Dam 1 was completed and had a plentiful amount of clean water which was distributed and sold throughout the Portland area, yet in the 1930’s the depression hit the country hard. As a result of the depression thousands of Portland citizens could not pay their water bills and relied on charity or donations to stay afloat.

Portland Water Bureau needed to replace Isaac’s conduit 1 with a new conduit, known as conduit 4, because of efficiency issues and leakages. In 1952 Conduit 1 was abandoned and by 1953 conduit 4 was constructed.

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This new conduit provides the city with 100 (MGD.) As the city expanded so did the need for water and by 1962 dam 2 was constructed.

Bull Run Watershed remains the main source for Portland’s water and will be for years to come. PWB main focus is on the public health and water quality. With the advancement of technology, PWB will continue to insure the quality of its water.

Executive SummaryOf my projects, my time was spent mostly on: (1) Interstate Renovation Project/ Hydrogravitram, (2) Road 10 Project, and (3) Fulton Pump Station Remodel Project.

By participating in each of these projects I’ve acquired the knowledge and understanding on how to perform at a professional level. PWB offered me free reigns to do what interested me most. I spent some time with operations and got myself familiar with the GIS program. I was also able to work with the following groups: design, surveying, project management, maintenance, administration, construction, and many more. These opportunities and experiences are my foundation for my career in engineering and they will guide me to my career goals.

Project ListThe following is a complete list of projects that I was involved with.

1. Interstate Renovation Projecta. Reconciliation of Projectb. Weekly Meetingsc. Inspectionsd. Daily Reportse. Punch Listf. Electronic As-Builds

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g. AutoCAD/ Micro Stationh. Meeting Coordinator

2. Fulton Pump Station Remodel Projecta. Weekly/Biweekly Meetingb. Permit Revisionsc. Inspections/ Documentation

3. Mt. Tabor Reservoir Discontinuation and Piping Installation a. Inspections

4. Hydrogravitrama. Project Coordinator b. Calculationsc. Masonryd. Metal workse. Planning/ Scheduling

5. Lusted Hill Ammonia Treatment Center Remodel a. Pre-Bid/Bid Meetingb. Pre Con/Con Meeting

6. Road 10 Project/ Watersheda. Surveying / Stakingb. Pre-Bid Meetingc. Pre Con Meetingd. Weekly Meetingse. Requests For Information (RFI)f. Submittalsg. Culvert Inspections

Main Project Descriptions

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Interstate is a new facility built for the Portland Water Bureau. It completed construction in May of 2016. The facility includes an operations building, storage warehouse, meter shop, maintenance building, and a heated vehicle storage unit; along with plentiful parking for PWB maintenance vehicles and employee parking.

The Interstate facility is where my internship began. My first task was to reconcile documentation for the entire Interstate Renovation Project starting from planning and pre bids to close outs and punch lists. By reconciling this project I formularized myself with the terminology and process’s that PWB practices. After completion, I moved on to some design work where I drew up the electric as-build for the facility. This included identifying where telecommunication lines are, power lines, underground conduits and many more components that are associated with the electrical make up for the facility.

I also decided to take on my own personal project at IRP called the Hydrogravitram project. For this project I coordinated a group of individuals to help fix up and relocate this structural decoration. The Hydrogravitram uses a simple pump system to push water to the top of the structure where it then flows out onto all these contraptions allowing for some spectacular visual effects.

During my time a PWB Road 10 was my main project and it took up the most time and efforts. Road 10 was a 3 mile rehabilitation and reconstruction road job. We widened the road and overlaid it with 2 in of AC. Some sections of the road needed retaining walls installed and culverts replaced. During this project I took part in the pre-bid and pre-con meetings before construction started. During these meeting we looked over the specifications and determined what needed to be changed and what was in order. Weekly construction meetings were held every Wednesday once construction began. One of my job was to file submittals and RFI for this project. I ran one weekly meeting and kept track of the meeting minutes along with taking detailed note for Rick Lapp who was the CM for this project. I also learned the processes of construction management and the requirements needed to do a project of this size.

Fulton Pump Station or Hannah Pump Station was another project I oversaw during my time at the water bureau. At Hannah I was included in the bi-weekly meeting and was involved in the inspection process. During

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this project I had the privilege to see the installation of a brand new pump and witnessed a thrust block that was approximately 12’x 10’ x7’ be poured and cured. The work I did for Fulton was getting a permit revision submitted and accepted by the permit center. The permit allowed the contractor to install new bike racks and remove existing trees.

Interns RoleWalter Lewandowski was my CECOP Mentor. He is a Senior Engineer for the Construction Management team at PWB. He shared his knowledge with me about construction management and provided me with many opportunities to learn in a group setting. He made the Road 10 project my main focused because it allowed me to be there from the start. The role I played for PWB was to provide help and gain as much knowledge as I could during my time there. I worked with many different people who had many different roles and skills at the bureau. Each person contributed to my progress of becoming an engineer and each one provided me with some insight as to what I wanted to pursue in the civil engineering field. The one thing that I enjoyed most about working for PWB was that I learned something new every day and had the opportunity to use what I learned in the field. I will also take what I learned and incorporate it into my studies back at Oregon State University.

ConclusionWorking for PWB has taught me a series of different skills that will excel my education and knowledge in the engineering field. Some of these skills I’ve learned in school but PWB allowed me to use them in a real life situations. These skills include writing, personal communication, organization, scheduling and so on. The skills that PWB taught me were technical skills like knowing material properties and purposes, PWB’s terminology, GIS and Micro Station programs, inspecting sites, critical thinking, problem solving and much more.

I feel that PWB benefited from me because I made each experience a learning experience for myself and for everyone around me. I brought together all the interns so that we can get to know one another and help each other out during our internships. I personally reconstructed an art

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piece called the Hydrogravitram and put it on display for the whole PWB staff to admire. I also was a big part of my road 10 project. I took it upon myself to keep track of all the RFI and submittals along with the meeting minutes for this project. Rick Lapp was the CM for Road 10 project and it was his first ever road job. We worked together to make this project go as smoothly as possible.

Buzz Words CM-Construction Manager

HVAC- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

SSW- Shops and Storage Warehouse

OPS- Operation’s building

MNT- Maintenance Building

Punch List- Defective Items

RFI- Request for Information

Subs- Submittals

IRP- Interstate Renovation Project

CCD- Construction Change Directive

AC- Asphalt Concrete

QA/QC- Quality Assurance/Quality Control

BES- Bureau of Environmental Services

MGD- Million Gallons per Day

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