Civil + Structural Engineering News

Transportation executives and students honored with 2016 ARTBA Women Leaders Awards

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) Oct. 5 honored a leader of diversity at HNTB Corp., the first female secretary of transportation in Washington state, and a market leader at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, RK&K and students from the University of Denver and the University of Florida with “Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction” awards.

NBMBAA and NSBE establish partnership to promote leadership in STEM careers

The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) announced a partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals with enhanced leadership development and access to the countrys top corporations with interest in recruiting management level professionals with experience in science and technology disciplines.

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.

GBCI announces 2016 LEED Fellows

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced its 2016 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This years 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.

H2M wins Employer Support Award

H2M architects + engineers was recently awarded the 2016 American Water Works Association (AWWA) New Jersey Employer Support Award. The award recognizes employers that support their employees growth and development process.

August construction starts jump 21 percent

New construction starts in August soared 21% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $711.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, following lackluster activity in July. The August rise for total construction starts featured an especially elevated amount for nonresidential building.

Woolpert providing engineering services for Dayton Metro Library Project

The Dayton Metro Library contracted with Woolpert to provide engineering services for several branches Miamisburg, West Carrollton, West and Southeast as part of the librarys comprehensive facilities upgrade. The upgrade, made possible by a $187 million bond levy passed in 2012, intends to transition the facilities from the traditional books and bricks libraries to modern community centers with cutting-edge technology.

Autodesk announces AEC Excellence Awards finalists

For the last four years Autodesk has sponsored the Excellence in Infrastructure Competition to showcase stellar examples of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in action within the civil engineering industry. This years competition includes building and construction categories, and showcases projects embracing the future of making things for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and civil infrastructure through the use of innovative and connected BIM technologies.

AECOM signs framework agreement to provide infrastructure services to Shell

AECOM signed a framework agreement with Shell regarding delivery of enabling infrastructure works (EIW) across major global projects. The types of project elements that AECOM could deliver under this program include roads, rail, airstrips, marine structures, power, telecommunications, water and sewerage systems, as well as offices, warehouses and workforce accommodation.

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.

MWH to design Chimney Hollow Reservoir dam

MWH, now part of Stantec, was awarded an $11.9 million engineering services contract by the Municipal Subdistrict, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, for the Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project, a 90,000-acre-foot reservoir to be located near Loveland, Colo. MWH will provide detailed design for a 360-foot-tall dam the largest dam built in Colorado in 50 years spillway and outlet works.

Americas 100 largest employee owned companies list released

The National Center for Employee Ownership, a private non-profit organization, released the Employee Ownership 100, the largest 100 companies (by employment) owned by employee stock ownership plan (ESOPs) or other arrangements in which at least 50 percent of the stock is owned by 50 percent or more of the workforce. Eight of the companies on the list are in the engineering industry, collectively employing about 65,000 people.

Inaugural FASTLANE grants leverage $3.6 billion to support transportation infrastructure

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced 18 infrastructure projects across the country that will receive federal grants as part of the new Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program. The grants, totaling nearly $800 million, will be combined with other funding from federal, state, local, and private sources to support $3.6 billion in infrastructure investment in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

New data show 90 percent of property companies and funds actively manage carbon emissions

GRESB, a data provider for environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets, released the results of the 2016 GRESB Real Estate, Developer and Debt assessments. The new data show that real estate companies and funds are improving across all aspects of ESG performance, including a 1.2 percent reduction in energy consumption, 2 percent reduction in GHG emissions and close to 1 percent reduction in water use and are putting greater focus on occupant health and well-being.

Stanley Consultants opens Honolulu office

Stanley Consultants has expanded its presence in the Pacific Region with a new office in Honolulu. The office provides a central location to support clients and teaming partners on projects in the Pacific, from Alaska to the Philippines, Australia, and beyond.

George W. Rettew, Jr. Scholarship established

In honor of the retirement of the companys former CEO, RETTEW recently established the George W. Rettew, Jr. Endowed Scholarship at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Initially funded at $17,000, the scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in need.

Hatch-Indisa forms new partnership in Latin America

Hatch announced that Indisa S.A., an engineering firm with over 37 years experience in Colombia and Mexico, has joined the Hatch Group of Companies. Working together as Hatch-Indisa, this new partnership will further enhance Hatchs growing presence in Latin America.

FHWA updates Hydraulic Engineering Circular (HEC 17)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Bridges and Structures, working with the Office of the Natural Environment and the Resource Center, recently published HEC 17 Highways in the River Environment: Extreme Events, Risk and Resilience. The updated circular is a major and significant update that provides technical guidance and methods for assessing the nexus of riverine and transportation as it relates to floods, floodplain policies, extreme events, climate change, risks, and resilience.

Executive leadership changes for Skanska Infrastructure Development

Skanska announced new leadership for Skanska Infrastructure Development (Skanska ID) with the promotions of Johan Henriksson to Business Unit President and Magnus Eriksson to Executive Vice President for North America. Skanska ID works on public infrastructure through Public Private Partnerships (P3s) in the United States, United Kingdom and Nordic Region.

Plastics Pipe Institute announces annual award winners

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) announced this years winners being acknowledged for exceptional service and significant industry contributions involving the use of various types of plastics in pipe infrastructure. Five projects and four individuals were honored.

Jacobs secures engineering services agreement with TransCanada

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. signed a three-year master engineering services agreement with TransCanada Corporation, an energy infrastructure company in North America. The agreement enables Jacobs to provide project management, engineering, design, drafting, technical, field support and project close-out services for TransCanadas pipelines and liquids facilities projects across Canada.

New York MTA joins NACTO

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North Americas largest transit agency, announced that it has joined NACTO as its first transit agency member.

July construction starts slip 2 percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $586.3 billion, new construction starts in July fell 2% from the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. A steep drop by electric utilities pulled down the nonbuilding construction sector, which in turn contributed to the slight decline for total construction starts.

ARTBA opposes FHWA greenhouse gas measurement proposal

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) challenged the Federal Highway Administrations (FHWA) proposal to measure greenhouse gas emissions from new transportation projects. The proposal is part of larger performance measures required under the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) surface transportation reauthorization law.

Constructions contribution to economy increased in 30 states in 2015

The value added by the private construction industry as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) increased in 30 states and decreased in only six in 2015, according to a report by Associated Builders and Contractors. Nationally, constructions direct contribution to GDP increased by 0.1 percent to 3.9 percent from 2014 to 2015.

Timmons Group ranked on Inc. 5000 list

Inc. Magazine has ranked civil engineering firm Timmons Group on its Inc. 5000 2016 list. Selected among thousands of companies across the United States, the ranking recognizes the top 5000 fastest growing companies in America based on their one-year growth rate in gross revenue.

ABC, AIA, and NAHB economists predict industry growth through 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chief Economist Kermit Baker, and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist Robert Dietz predicted continued growth for the construction industry in 2017 during a joint economic forecast.

Five teams submit qualifications to build automated people mover at LAX

Los Angeles World Airports officials announced that five teams submitted Statements of Qualifications for delivering an Automated People Mover, part of a Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). Estimated at $5.5 billion, LAMP would be one of the largest construction programs in Los Angeles City history.

AECOM unveils target for reducing carbon footprint

AECOM announced a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent, normalized by revenue, across its global operations by 2020, starting from a baseline year in 2015. To achieve this goal, the company will focus on its largest sources of emissions: fleet vehicle fuel, purchased electricity, and heating/cooling for offices.