Mendoza, Argentina – Atkinson and designer Jacobs Engineering Group have teamed to pursue every Washington State Department of Transportation design-build project since 2006 and one Riverside County Transportation Commission project—resulting in nine “wins” valued in excess of $1.1 billion. Our design-build teams are so integrated, that when Jacobs’ engineer Nick Schrader climbed Mt. Aconcagua, he carried a sign to the summit that acknowledged both Jacobs and Atkinson.
The climb consisted of a 3-day trek to the base camp followed by a series of carries and moves between three camps on the upper mountain, and summiting on February 12, 2017. All totaled, Nick hiked approximately 50 miles encompassing over 20,000 ft. of vertical elevation gain over the course of the climb. Mt. Aconcagua is the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere, the tallest peak in South America (and all of the Americas), and the tallest peak outside of the Himalayas. It is located outside of Mendoza, Argentina—on the border between Argentina and Chile.
Nick is the Workzone Traffic Engineering Manager and a roadway engineer contributing to the design of the I-405/SR 167 Direct Connector project in Renton, WA. Regarding acknowledging Atkinson, he stated, “I included Atkinson on the flag, because of the team. It did not feel right not to include you guys and gals.” What a testament to our team!