April Newsletter – Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

April 25, 2024

Celebrated in April, World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM) is a great time to highlight the vital role of landscape architecture in shaping healthy, resilient, and beautiful places for all and to inspire the next generation of landscape architects. BETA’s landscape architects create beautiful, accessible, and sustainable sites throughout New England. To see some of our recent work, click here.

A Day in the Life

Curious about a career in landscape architecture? Walk with us through a day in the life of BETA landscape architect Alyssa Gomes. From designing lively public areas to promoting sustainability, see how Alyssa is helping us improve the communities we live and work in.

Read more here.

Master Planning at Beavertail

BETA landscape architects are collaborating with the RI Department of Environmental Management and stakeholders to create a Master Plan for Beavertail State Park. The plan aims to tackle coastal erosion, mitigate user impacts, and preserve habitat. Anticipated outcomes include schematic designs to restore critical areas, enhance trails and shoreline access, and enrich visitor interpretation for an improved experience at this historically significant park.

Learn more about this exciting project here.

Revolutionizing Traffic Safety & Efficiency: Don’t miss our presentation at the MassDOT Transportation Innovation Conference!

BETA GIS specialist Tito Sanchez and BETA engineer Austin Pszenny are set to present at the MassDOT Transportation Innovation Conference on May 1st. They’ll be joined by representatives from FHWA, Dewberry, and MVPC to discuss how technology and data analytics can significantly improve traffic safety.

Their presentation will delve into various field applications, including the utilization of Machine Learning and GIS to develop a High-Injury Network (HIN) model and the integration of data-driven safety analysis (DDSA) in traffic impact studies. This highlights a notable shift towards predictive and preventative approaches in traffic management, emphasizing the paramount importance of safety.

Employee Spotlight – Tim Blackwell

With a wealth of experience and a diverse skill set, Tim Blackwell has played an integral role in BETA’s asset management projects throughout New England, showcasing his versatility and commitment to improving communities.

Tim’s journey at BETA began in April 2012. At that time, BETA’s GIS & asset management team only consisted of five full-time employees and has since grown to 15. Tim has been an integral part of the team’s success and growth in the timeframe.

Read more here.

Welcome to the Team!

Kyle McCammon joins BETA as an engineer in our water/wastewater group. Kyle received a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and is currently finishing his master’s in public health at George Washington University. Kyle previously worked as a project engineer specializing in the design of water, wastewater, and drainage systems for small and socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

Meghan Condon, a senior project engineer in our water/wastewater group, brings a wealth of experience from the public sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Merrimack College. Previously, Meghan served as an assistant DPW director and held roles such as engineer and systems engineer for a water and sewer division, as well as assistant superintendent of the water and sewer division.

Douglas Beach joins BETA as a scientist in our environmental group. Douglas received his bachelor’s and master’s in geology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and previously worked as a senior geologist, acoustic monitor, and geological inspector. Douglas’s experience includes inspecting over 100,000 cubic yards of dredged earth material from the Boston Harbor, monitoring zones using RTK GNSS systems and other GPS units, and conducting geotechnical investigations investigations that included planning, leading, and executing geotechnical fieldwork.

Paige Begin joins BETA as an engineer in our transportation group. Paige received her bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Paige previously worked as a traffic engineer working on projects for the NHDOT, Maine Turnpike Authority, MaineDOT, and VTrans. She has experience with safety evaluations and mitigation based on crash data, signal warrant analysis, and various traffic related tasks.

Ready to join our award-winning team?

BETA will challenge you with interesting work and offers the potential for growth and advancement. We are currently looking for talented staff across many of our disciplines in offices throughout New England. Browse our current job openings.

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