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    Don is the Managing Principal of the KPFF Special Project Division and leads this highly skilled team on projects throughout the US and Internationally. Don is an active member of the ASCE Ports & Harbors Committee as well as a contributing member on PIANC Subcommittees. Don is an ACOPNE Board Certified Diplomate of Port Engineering. The ACOPNE Diplomate recognizes engineers who have an advanced degree of knowledge and expertise in the specialized fields of coastal, ocean, port and navigation engineering. A Diplomate is a Board Certified Professional and is considered one of the highest designations in the field.

    Don Oates has 29 years of civil engineering experience, the majority of which has been on projects in marine and port environments. His experience includes planning, permitting, design and construction oversight of a diverse range of waterfront infrastructure.  Don has led design of marinas, cruise facilities, general cargo and both dry and liquid bulk facilities, container yards, shipyards, and ferry terminals. He has an extensive background leading design of dozens of design/build projects including 2 "mega" design/build projects (in excess of $400M).

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    • BS Civil Engineering, University of Washington
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    Project Experience

    Barstow Industrial Park, Barstow, CA
    Port of Anacortes Cap Sante Boat Haven, Anacortes, WA
    Port of Longview Barlow Point Development, Longview, WA
    Port of Seattle T18 North Apron Upgrade, Seattle, WA
    Port of Seattle T91 Cruise Terminal, Seattle, WA
    Todd Shipyards - Industrial Stormwater System
    Vigor Shipyard Level Launch Transfer Facility, Seattle, WA
    WDSOT SR 520 Bridge and Landings Design/Build, Seattle, WA
    WSDOT SR 520 Bridge Replacement, Pontoon Construction Facility Bollards, Grays Harbor, WA
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    Professional Civil Engineer: WA, OR, HI, BC

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    ACOPNE - Diplomate of Port Engineering

    Member, ASCE/CORPI Ports and Harbors Committee

    Member, ASCE Port & Marina's Subcommittee

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    US Representative, World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC)

    Maritime Navigation Commission Working Group 152, “Guidelines for Cruise Terminals”

    DBIA Certificate, Design-Build Professional

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