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Great City and AIA Seattle Present: Viaduct South Portal Brownbag

The SR-99 Deep Bore Tunnel South Portal & its Impacts on Pioneer Square

Great City, The Pioneer Square Community Association and the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Seattle) are pleased to invite you to a brownbag lunch presentation and panel discussion on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement’s South Portal project and its potential impacts on Pioneer Square. Representatives from both the Seattle and Washington State Departments of Transportation will present the latest design alternative. A panel discussion and questions by the public will follow. We would like to extend our appreciation to the The Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Pioneer Square (map) for hosting this event!

WSDOT & SDOT Presenters

Robert (Bob) Powers, P.E. is a deputy director for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). He holds a Bachelor and a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bob is responsible for SDOT’s Major Projects, Traffic Management, Policy and Planning, and Capital Projects and Roadway Structures divisions. His responsibilities include overseeing the civil engineering design, construction engineering, bridge development and maintenance, seismic analysis, surveying, filed inspection and public relations. He is also a lead coordinator with local agencies while supervising a number of large projects such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct and SR 520 Floating Bridge replacement projects.

Bob was previously the Division Chief of Transportation in the Engineering and Construction Division (TEC) for the Baltimore Department of Transportation. As the Division Chief, he was responsible for all local and federally funded highway reconstruction, resurfacing, bridge, bulkhead, street lighting, and traffic signal projects.

Ronald (Ron) Paananen, P.E. is the administrator for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.

Ron has over 30 years of experience in transportation planning, design, construction and administration. He has worked with communities throughout Western Washington to successfully deliver projects of all sizes, from neighbored traffic issues to his current position as administrator for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program.

As administrator, Ron manages the delivery of a $3.1 billion state program to replace the two-mile-long SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct that runs along Seattle’s downtown waterfront. Ron represents the program in a wide variety of forums including City and County Council meetings and briefings with state legislators, community groups and the media. He is also responsible for the management of an integrated team of WSDOT and consultant staff totaling about 170 people.

Ron has been with the Washington State Department of Transportation for more than 26 years and also worked for King County for four years.


Bradley Khouri AIA, is the Principal and founder of b9 architects inc., located in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington. Bradley is a leader in his profession creating eco-friendly, affordable, innovative place-specific modern architecture. Bradley is a Lecturer at the University of Washington in Seattle, teaching Architectural Design studios annually since 2003. In addition, he is active in the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects, chairing multiple committees. Bradley received his Master of Architecture at Harvard University in 1996 and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Washington University in 1992. b9 architects has been recognized for its innovative approaches to urban living, design excellence and commitment to sustainability through publications and awards. b9 has been a member of 1% for the Planet since 2007.

Adam Hasson is the Board President of Pioneer Sq Community Association. Adam manages 11 buildings in Pioneer Square for the Samis Land Company. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Square Community Association and is active in historic preservation. Adam currently sits on the Central Waterfront Working Group.

Cary Moon is director and co-founder of the People's Waterfront Coalition (PWC). An organization committed to achieving a civic and ecologically rich waterfront once the viaduct is removed, and a sustainable transportation solution that fits where Seattle is headed. PWC works with many NGO partners on these fronts, and exists to make the most of this opportunity of viaduct removal.

Cary has a BS in Engineering (Operations Engineering) from U of Michigan, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture/Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives downtown, car-free, with two kids. The work PWC has done has garnered her a lot of kudos, including The Stranger's Political Genius Award and Municipal League's Citizen of the Year award.

Lisa Dixon is the Program Director at the Pioneer Square Community Association. Lisa has been with the Pioneer Square Community Association for two years as the Program Director. She is the current neighborhood representative on the South Portal Working Group. The Pioneer Square Community Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action.


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