Civil + Structural Engineering News

The Harman Group breaks ground on mixed-use Hoboken building

On July 6th, The Harman Group, a firm specializing in structural engineering, parking planning and design and construction engineering, celebrated the groundbreaking of the residential tower portion of 700 Jackson Street, a 14-story mixed-use building, located in Hoboken, N.J.

PA P3 board approves projects

Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) board approved two projects – one that will establish a wetland mitigation bank to offset environmental impacts from construction or development projects, and another to pursue transit oriented development.

H2M architects + engineers receives preservation award

For their commitment to environmental responsibility and its leadership in the Long Island Business community on issues related to responsible design and construction the firm of H2M architects + engineers received the 2017 Theodore Roosevelt Preservation Award from Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc.

FRA releases Hudson Tunnel Project review

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement review (DEIS) for the Hudson Tunnel Project

CH2M to grow asset management services for U.S. Army worldwide

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District selected the joint venture team of CH2M and Burns & McDonnell as one of six firms to share an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to support BUILDER Sustainment Management System (SMS) facility condition assessment services globally.

Five Western states receive top honors in America’s Transportation Awards

State department of transportation projects that restored essential highways following devastating landslides and improved safety for motorists and wildlife are among the winners in the western regional America’s Transportation Awards competition.

Survey finds U.S. mayors taking action on climate protection, and planning for more

Cities across the country are showing leadership in promoting renewable electricity, low-carbon transportation, and energy efficiency, according to preliminary results of a survey jointly conducted by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES).

USGS collaborates with FEMA on national earthquake loss estimate

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the nation $6.1 billion annually in building stock losses, according to an updated report published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) science on earthquake hazards was a critical component to this analysis.

Large RCP pipe used to reconstruct stormwater outfalls for post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency project

A comprehensive resiliency plan to reduce risk from storm damage on the New Jersey shore included pumping 1.4 million cubic yards of sand on 1.6 miles of beach in Elberon and Deal, N.J., as well as modification to six stormwater outfalls and two groins.

UNH research finds seacoast roads under new threat from rising sea level

Research out of the University of New Hampshire has found that some roads, as far as two miles from the shore, are facing a new hazard that currently cannot be seen by drivers — rising groundwater caused by increasing ocean water levels.

McLaren Engineering to transform NYC Brooklyn Cruise Terminal into temporary ePrix racetrack

Formula E announced its partnership with McLaren Engineering Group, a full-service engineering firm, Brooklyn-based general contractor D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp., New York City Economic Development Corporation, and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the buildout of the inaugural New York City ePrix racetrack.

Aspen Institute report calls for ‘Internet of Water’ for sustainability

A new report provides a blueprint for how to design and launch a feasible and operable “Internet of Water” — a network of interconnected data producers, hubs, and users — that will enable connecting and transmitting water-related data and information in real-time.

CH2M, Evergreen State College Center for Sustainable Infrastructure visualize a future for water infrastructure

A group of 50 industry experts, including CH2M, came together from backgrounds in water supply, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, to develop a regional shared vision for the future of water infrastructure in the Northwest.

RPS Klotz Associates environmental study wins 2017 ACEC Texas honors

RPS Klotz Associates garnered a Silver Medal in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2017 Texas Engineering Excellence Awards for its environmental report as part of the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s Storm Surge Suppression Study.

Louis Berger exceeds milestone to credential 100 Sustainable Infrastructure Professionals

Louis Berger surpassed its goal to train and credential 100 of its professionals in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) program. The corporation has accredited 132 ENV SPs across Louis Berger and its affiliate companies.

STV celebrates opening of environmentally sustainable bus facility

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) recently unveiled its new, state-of-the-art, vehicle maintenance, storage and operations facility, designed by STV. STV provided a broad range of architectural and engineering design services for the new facility, which incorporates a number of sustainable design and environmentally friendly features.

Pitt’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering to host structural engineer Ron Klemencic for 2017 Landis Lecture

Ron Klemencic, P.E., S.E., Hon. AIA, chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, will deliver the 2017 Landis Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.

Parsons to lead environmental review and prepare preliminary design for I-69 Ohio River Crossing

After an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) selected Parsons to lead the environmental review and complete the preliminary design for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project.

NACTO and Global Designing Cities Initiative release worldwide standard for designing safe, sustainable city streets

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Global Designing Cities Initiative unveiled the Global Street Design Guide, the first-ever worldwide standard for redesigning city streets to prioritize safety, pedestrians, transit and sustainable mobility for an urban century.

Environmental impact bond to fund initial DC Water green infrastructure project

The DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) issued the nation’s first environmental impact bond (EIB) to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.6 billion program to control stormwater runoff and improve the District’s water quality.

New professional credential for sustainable landscape development and management launching Oct. 1

Green Business Certification Inc. announced a new credential for landscape architects and sustainability professionals launching Oct. 1, 2016. The SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development and provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession.

Draft Environmental Impact Report released for LAX modernization program

Los Angeles World Airports released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The LAMP includes a 2.25- mile Automated People Mover, a Consolidated Rental Car Center, two Intermodal Transfer Facilities, roadway and highway upgrades, transportation management policies, and related plan amendments and other entitlements.

AASHTO and FHWA sign long-term agreement to promote environmental excellence in program and project delivery

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awarded the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) a five-year cooperative agreement to continue the Center for Environmental Excellence to advance a strategic national program to maximize efficiency, reliability and consistency in delivering environmentally sound transportation projects, programs and services.

PCI releases first annual North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program report

The precast concrete industry is striving to reduce its environmental impact at the manufacturing level through the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP). Energy, materials, and transportation data are tracked and results are reported in the following categories: carbon dioxide equivalent (global warming potential), total primary energy, and water consumption.

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