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Elementary School Designed to Withstand Tsunami

The new Ocosta Elementary School in Westport, Washington, sits about 4,000 ft inland from the Pacific Ocean. Not far to the west of the picturesque site, however, lies the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Once thought to pose a minimal threat to coastal residents, alarm has grown for decades as researchers come to better understand the subduction......

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There’s an App for That

Time is money, and waiting is expensive. That’s why ports, including Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma, are using smartphone apps that provide real-time information about cargo pick-up and delivery times, known in the industry as turn times. The two apps, DrayQ™ and DrayLink™, work together so drivers can know their wait times and move containers smarter, respectively using......

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Stop Searching for Parking

The City of Seattle developed e-Park to improve and promote short-term parking in Seattle’s downtown area. The electronic parking guidance system uses dynamic message signs to provide shoppers, visitors and tourists with real-time space availability and directions to available parking spaces. E-Park data also feeds into a mobile website to serve as a downtown parking......

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Partnering with Mother Nature

Sometimes, working with nature is easier than working against it. Organizations like Floodplains by Design are working with communities to remove levees and allowing room for rivers to flood in a safe manner. When done appropriately, floodplain restoration can save lives, property and restore wildlife habitat. On the Manastash Creek near Ellensburg, Washington, flooding regularly......

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