Unsung Hero Awardee, Amy Saberiyan, Ph.D, PE

There is no greater honor than to be recognized by a group of your peers. Such is the case with Amy Saberiyan. Ms. Saberiyan has brought tireless advocacy to brownfield redevelopment. A professional engineer and Principal of NEEK Engineering, Inc., Amy knew the challenges involved with redeveloping small lot brownfields and sought to develop a business model that could be replicated by others. In the process, she acquired and transformed a vacant, dilapidated gas station property in downtown Beaverton into a thriving business—Ava Roasteria—which, from its initial flagship site has now expanded to four new locations throughout the Portland Metro area. Along the way, Amy continues to share the lessons learned—especially, as she often notes, that addressing the contamination often proves to be the easier of all the challenges.