Michael Minor & Associates

Noise, air, and vibration consultant

Michael Minor

President, Michael Minor & Associates

Certified Oregon and Washington MBE/DB

Noise and Vibration Task Manager

Michael Minor

Michael Minor is a noise, vibration, and air quality consultant who specializes in managing and performing technical analysis for major transportation projects. Michael has extensive experience working on major highway, arterial roadway projects, high-capacity transit systems, local airports, construction, and development projects. Michael brings a strong understanding of NEPA, USDOT, FHWA FAA, and FTA guidelines. Michael Minor is managing the noise and vibration studies for the Columbia River Crossing Project, connecting Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington with a new multi-modal bridge, including 8 to 12 lanes of traffic, light rail, and pedestrian and bicycle paths. He was also the noise task manager for the SR 520 HOV and Bridge Replacement Project and the SR 520 Eastside Improvement and HOV Projects in Seattle-Bellevue. All of these projects require a detailed level of noise and vibration analysis; including the measurement of existing project area noise levels, existing ground vibration levels, and vibration propagation characteristics. Other recent roadway projects include the West Main Street Realignment Project in Longview-Kelso, the SE 20th Street/NW 38th Avenue Extension Project in Clark County-Camas and the S.E. Mill Plain Blvd/136th Avenue Corridor Improvements in Vancouver.

Education

  • B.A. Physics, Whitman College
  • B.A. Mathematics, Whitman College

Professional Registrations

  • Institute of Noise Control Engineering
  • Acoustic Society of America

Expertise

  • Extensive experience with noise, vibration and air quality requirements under all federal programs, including requirements from the FHWA, FTA FAA, FRA and others.
  • Preparation of technical noise and vibration, and air quality reports for environmental impact statements, initial studies, environmental assessments and negative declarations using federal, state, and local noise regulations and ordinances
  • Transportation noise measurement, analysis, prediction and mitigation for traffic, mass transportation (bus, light trail, and heavy commuter rail) and shipping facilities
  • Noise control and mitigation methods with passive barriers, acoustic absorption, silencers, and active noise cancellation technology
  • Airport noise monitoring, noise abatement, flight tracking, airport noise monitoring system installation, maintenance and training, and noise modeling using the FAA INM program
  • Transportation-related air quality analysis, including hot spot analysis and project conformity with EPA NAAQS
  • Greenhouse gas analysis and review in accordance with the new FHWA guidelines
  • Air quality analysis for industrial and commercial facilities
  • On-site technical noise analysis for industrial, commercial and construction activities including monitoring and mitigation of construction related noise, air quality, dust and vibration from heavy machinery operation, demolition and blasting
  • Public meetings, seminars and training sessions in acoustic measurement and analysis, vibration measurement and analysis and air quality measurement and analysis

Mike Kallas

Transportation Noise Analyst

Mike Kallas

Mike Kallas joined MM&A in early 2010, and has quickly become an expert in the field of traffic noise modeling. Over the last three years Mr. Kallas has worked on several major transportation projects including the SR 520 and HOV and the I-405 Braids Project in Washington State, and the Sunrise JTA project and the Woodburn Interchange and Transit project in Oregon. He has gained substantial experience performing field noise monitoring and land use surveys required for noise technical reports. He is also proficient in extracting data from AutoCAD and Microstation files for use in the Federal Highway Administration’s Traffic Noise Model (TNM). He is an expert in designing and running models for traffic noise abatement and has designed numerous noise walls in Oregon and Washington State. He was also the prime traffic noise consultant working on the first phase of the NW 38th Avenue Project in Vancouver – Camas Washington.

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

3

EDUCATION

B. S. University of Wisconsin, 1987

FHWA TNM Training, 2010

BENEFIT TO WSDOT

  • Extensive experience with transportation noise analysis
  • Performed detailed noise measurements and traffic noise studies
  • Substantial experience working on FHWA projects in Oregon and Washington State

Expertise:

  • Preparation of technical noise reports for environmental impact statements, initial studies, environmental assessments and negative declarations using federal, state, and local noise regulations and ordinances.
  • Transportation noise measurement, analysis, prediction and mitigation for traffic and mass transportation (bus, light trail, and heavy commuter rail) facilities.
  • Noise control and mitigation methods with passive barriers, acoustic absorption, silencers, and active noise cancellation technology.

Mel Mott

Public Affairs and Construction Managment

Mel is a Construction Management Planner, Noise Variance Application Specialist, and Community Liaison. Recent projects include the Broadway Bridge Rehabilitation Project and the St. Johns Rehabilitation Project. For both of these projects Mel worked with the project owners to develop a noise variance, attended public meetings and made presentations to the Portland Noise Review Board. Other recent projects with Mel’s involvement include the Portland Interstate Light Rail Construction Project for Tri-Met and the Interstate 205 Preservation Project, an ODOT Region 1 project.

Mel's expertise includes:

  • Public involvement and information
  • Community meetings
  • Interfacing with city, county and state agencies as needed to provide support for nighttime construction
  • Authoring noise variances for nighttime construction activities
  • Development of noise variance specifications and noise mitigation strategies
  • Presentations to the Noise Review Board in the City of Portland and other jurisdictions
  • General construction support

A sampling of other projects where Mel worked to obtain noise variances and attended public meetings include:

  • I-5 Preservation, Phases 1 & 2
  • I-205 Preservation, Phases 1, 2 & 3
  • Hawthorne Bridge Painting
  • Burnside Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Highway 26 Widening and Improvement
  • Highway 217 Improvement
  • Burnside Paving
  • Ross Island Bridge
  • Ross Island to I-205 Paving

Roger Whitaker, P.E.

Senior Transportation Noise Engineer

Roger Whitaker

Roger Whitaker is a registered professional acoustical engineer in Oregon and he is currently involved in several highway projects, including traffic noise studies and widening projects where he is responsible for the analysis and mitigation of potential noise impacts. Mr. Whitaker's noise analysis and control background has focused primarily on transportation and industrial areas. Mr. Whitaker has worked with MM&A for over fifteen years after a career as the senior acoustical engineer at CH2M HILL.

Roger's expertise includes:

  • Preparation of technical noise and vibration, and air quality reports for environmental impact statements, initial studies, environmental assessments, and negative declarations using federal, state, and local noise regulations and ordinances
  • Transportation noise measurement, analysis, prediction and mitigation for traffic, mass transportation (bus, light trail, and heavy commuter rail) and shipping facilities
  • Noise control and mitigation methods with passive barriers, acoustic absorption, silencers, and active noise cancellation technology
  • Airport noise monitoring, noise abatement, flight tracking, airport noise monitoring system installation, maintenance and training, and noise modeling using the FAA INM program

PROFESSIONAL ACOUSTICAL ENGINEER

  • OR, 18638PE, 1996

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Institute of Noise Control Engineering

EDUCATION

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 1990