Gibbs & Olson Awarded Beech Street Box Culvert Replacement Project

The City of Longview is replacing an aging 8 foot by 5 foot box culvert located in the center of a 60-foot wide median. Gibbs & Olson was recently hired to provide the planning, permitting, land surveying, design and construction phase services to replace the box culvert system. The project is approximately 2,600 linear feet and the total drainage basin collected by the existing box culvert is approximately 220 acres. Stormwater enters the box culvert from the contributing drainage area at numerous locations. The stormwater is collected at each intersection along Beech Street and is also collected in small branches consisting of 1 to 3 inlets that are directly connected through the side wall of the culvert with 8 inch concrete pipe. In addition, there are six larger collection system at various locations.

The current box culvert discharges to an existing 42 inch aluminum stormwater trunk line and outfalls into CDID Ditch 1. There is an overflow from one of box culvert which outfalls to CDID Ditch 3. Discharge to this overflow occurs when the water level in the box culvert is greater than one foot in depth.

Stations 22 & 25 Move into Permitting Phase

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Station 22 Bakers Corner








Stations 22 and 25 move into the permitting phase. Working closely with Cowlitz 2 and Rice Fergus Miller Architects, Gibbs & Olson is providing survey, design, permit assistance, bid and construction phase engineering for the two stations.

Planning for Stormwater Management Becomes Essential as Requirements Become More Stringent

If you haven’t seen Carol’s presentation on stormwaterit’s an eye opener. Check out this article by Joelle Wilson which summarizes Carol’s presentation on some of the increasing challenges when it comes to addressing stormwater.

In the Loop, July 2017

Kyle Busby Joins Gibbs & Olson Team

Gibbs & Olson has hired Kyle Busby as a project engineer. Kyle graduated from the University of Washington civil engineering program in 2014. He holds an engineer-in-training certification in Washington. Kyle’s experience includes preparing construction plans, specifications, cost estimates, 3D surface models and pipe networks for transportation and civil site design projects. He will assist with transportation, site, stormwater, wastewater and water design projects as well as stormwater analysis.

Gibbs & Olson Awarded Port of Woodland Guild Road Industrial Park Phase II Project

The Port of Woodland began planning for additional future development in the late 1990’s and into the early 2000’s with the purchase of property along Guild Road. These properties are now referred to as Guild Road Industrial Park. Gibbs & Olson was recently selected to provide conceptual designs and a binding site plan for Guild Road Industrial Park II (Park II) which consists of approximately 16 acres. The conceptual designs and binding site plan will be developed to provide flexibility of buildings ranging in size from 5,000 to 45,000 square feet. With the development of the Park II facilities, the Port of Woodland will be able to provide facilities for light industrial warehousing, transportation and distribution firms.

Gibbs & Olson Wins Small Business of the Year

Gibbs & Olson wins Small Business of the Year at last night’s Kelso-Longview Chamber’s Business & Education Awards. Nominees were for those small businesses that have:

  • been involved with other organizations;
  • provided a superior level at which they demonstrate excellence in products, service and growth; and
  • added to the economic vitality and quality of life of the area.

We are grateful to have been voted Small Business of the Year. The support of our fellow community members definitely helps us be a better company. And, a big thank you to everyone who is part of our Gibbs & Olson family. It takes a true team to make a great company and we cannot be successful without each other.

Gibbs & Olson Selected for Coweeman Levee Raise

Gibbs & Olson was recently selected to provide consulting services for the Coweeman Levee Raise. The Coweeman River Levee provides flood protection to a large portion of the City of Kelso and is managed and maintained by Consolidated Diking Improvement District No. 3. To increase the level of flood protection, the levee will be raised in height by up to 3 feet for a length of 1.6 miles between Grade Street and Allen Street. Gibbs & Olson’s team will provide geotechnical evaluation, design, permitting, surveying, right-of-way/easement acquisition assistance, and construction phase services necessary to implement the proposed levee raise. Project components include a gravel maintenance road along the top of the raised levee, access roadways from the toe to the top of the levee and gates to restrict unauthorized vehicle access. To allow safer access for maintenance equipment and levee inspections, the improvements will also include increasing the top width of the levee from 10 feet to 14 to 18 feet.

Pizza, Pop & Power Tools

Cindy Gower and Sterling Smith of Gibbs & Olson were on hand to introduce 8th grade girls to the world of civil engineering at LCC’s construction-related trade event—Pizza, Pop and Power Tools.  Hands on activities included assembling a water filtration system and repairing a water line. The purpose of the event is to introduce 8th grade girls to the construction industry and encourage them to consider good paying jobs in construction trade as a viable career option. You GO Girls!


Join Gibbs & Olson in helping Give More 24 on 9/24

Southwest Washington’s day of community giving returns Thursday, September 24. Starting at midnight, this 24-hour online giving marathon will attract thousands of donors from across the region and benefit more than 100 nonprofits serving Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. And, thanks to a $75,000 stretch pool and twenty $1,000 nonprofit prizes, every dollar you give will go a little further for 24 hours. Gibbs & Olson will Be An Angel and Help a Devil by making a donation to the Lower Columbia College Foundation. What will you do?

Find out how you can help at Give More 24.


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Gibbs & Olson Mourns the Loss of John Duncan

John_Duncan1190152Gibbs & Olson is deeply saddened by the death of one of our principals, John Duncan, early this week. John joined Gibbs & Olson in 1984 and was a licensed engineer and land surveyor in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. He led the survey department for over 20 years and became a principal in 1995. One of John’s favorite sayings was “Life’s a giggle,” and he was known for both his stories and his patience. He will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Sandy, his family, and numerous friends.

A memorial fund in honor of John Duncan has been established by the City of Gearhart. The funds will be used to help complete the Ridge Path Trail extension through the wetland areas. Once completed the extension will be named Duncan’s Crossing in honor of John. You can click on the following link for more information on how to donate. Duncan Memorial Fund