Don Oates PE, DBIA, D. PE Don Oates PE, DBIA, D. PE

Don Oates PE, DBIA, D. PE

Principal Special Projects – Seattle, WA
  • Discipline Civil Engineering
  • Specialties Design Build, Transportation, Fish Passages, Cruise Facilities, Marine and Waterfront Engineering
  • Education B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Washington
  • Affiliations/Licensure DBIA Certificate, Design-Build Professional (DBIA) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) ACEC (WA) Design Build Committee Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) ACEC Risk Management Committee Civil Engineer: WA, OR, HI, BC
  • Hobbies & Interests Time with family and friends, going to the lake, huckleberry picking, fishing, reading, hiking, skiing, sports, building models and spending time in the yard


The primary focus of Don’s career has been on transportation, heavy civil, marine and waterfront projects. Don has significant Design Build experience on projects ranging in size from $3M to more than $700M. Don has led dozens of significant marine and waterfront projects for a variety of operational uses including general cargo, cruise, ferry, rail, bulk cargo and containers. This experience provides Don a thorough understanding of the complex operational needs of transportation and waterfront facilities. Don has developed a superb ability to identify the nature of problems and propose cost effective solutions and manage their implementation. This experience has led Don to gain certifications in both Design-Build and Port Engineering excellence as an ACOPNE Board Certified Diplomate of Port Engineering.


  • PIANC Maritime Navigation Commission Working Group 152, “Guidelines for Cruise Terminals” 2016

  • Crossing Lake Washington - The World's Longest Floating Bridge." ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine, June 2016

  • “Todd Pacific Shipyard Sediment Superfund Cleanup: Dredging, Habitat Construction, and Pier Reconstruction in an Operating Shipyard.” Ports 2004

  • “Todd Pacific Shipyards Contaminated Industrial Stormwater Collection and Treatment System.” Ports 2004.

  • “Balancing the Needs of the Working Waterfront with Commercial Development at Terminal 91, Port of Seattle.” Ports 2007

  • “Terminal 5 Asset Management Plan.” Ports 2007

  • “Treatment Pond to 350-Slip Marina.” Ports 2010

  • Floating Bridge Construction Using Waterfront Methods ASCE Ports 2016 Proceedings · Jan 1, 2016