Terracon announced that the company will build its new $21 million corporate headquarters in Olathe, keeping nearly 200 employees close to the company’s existing location.
Bentley Systems, Inc. announced the winners of the 2016 Be Inspired Awards, which honor the work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure.
Nonresidential fixed investment, a category closely aligned with construction and other forms of business investment, expanded at a 1.2 percent annualized rate during the third quarter after growing 1 percent during the second.
Modjeski and Masters announced that Michael F. Britt, P.E., will take over the role of president, effective January 1, 2017.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) presented four awards during The Concrete Convention and Exposition, in Philadelphia.
Dodge Data & Analytics’ 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2017 will advance 5 percent to $713 billion, following gains of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent in 2016.
For the first time since the summer of 2012, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posted consecutive months of a decline in demand for design services.
GRESB, an investor-driven organization committed to assessing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets globally, including real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets, released the data of the inaugural 2016 GRESB Infrastructure Assessment.
KAI Design & Build has doubled its staff of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineers through its recent acquisition of the engineering group at United Excel Design, PC (UED).
For the first time in its history, two women will serve in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) highest leadership roles.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the election of its 2016-2017 officers during the association’s national convention.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is expanding its services with a new expanded office in Boulder, Colo.
AECOM acquired the remaining 50 percent equity interest in FT Services Limited (FTS), a joint venture company based in Calgary, Alberta.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recognized transportation design and construction industry leaders Oct. 5 with division awards.
The Dodge Momentum Index fell 4.3 percent in September to 129.0 from its revised August reading of 134.8 (2000=100).
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.
Nonresidential construction spending fell for a second consecutive month in August, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Associated Builders and Contractors.
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.
Skanska announced that the Expo Line Phase 2 Extension received Envision Platinum certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. It is the first transit project to receive the certification as well as Skanskas first Envision-certified project.
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.
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 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.
Smart Cities Council, the worlds largest smart cities network, will award five challenge grants to help five American cities apply smart technologies to improve urban livability, workability and sustainability.
Dodge Data & Analytics will host its 78th annual Dodge Construction Outlook Executive Conference, Oct. 19-20, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The conference will culminate in Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murrays presentation of the 2017 forecast, a pivotal economic benchmark for the industry.
Gregory A. Kelly, president and CEO of the U.S. and Latin America region of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, was named the 2016 Gallery of Success awardee by Temple Universitys College of Engineering.
Tekla Global BIM Awards recognize projects that are pushing the boundaries of BIM to create the worlds most impressive structural designs. This year, 73 winners of local Tekla BIM Awards from around the world competed for the global prize, demonstrating the advancement of BIM and construction.
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.
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.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the project finalists in the 2016 Be Inspired Awards program. The annual awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world.
Construction backlog for large contractors reached a new peak of 14.06 months during the second quarter of 2016, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI). Nationally, average backlog fell to 8.5 months during the second quarter, down 1.6 percent from the prior quarter.
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors tops the list of Alabamas largest engineering firms, according to Business Alabamas annual survey, for the second year in a row.
Linda Bailey, Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.
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.
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) confirmed the U.S. cement industry is on target to see annual cement consumption grow by 4 percent, as projected earlier this year.
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.
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.
Scheduled to open on September 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture represents much more than a cultural and architectural landmark. It is also set to be a representation of best practices in sustainable building design.
Design and construction of healthier buildings is a key business benefit for building owners, developers, managers and investors, according to the results of a new SmartMarket Report released by Dodge Data & Analytics and to which the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a contributing partner.
Michael Baker International moved up three positions in The Pittsburgh Business Times ranking of largest privately held companies in the region, based on 2015 revenues. The company is now ranked sixth in the Pittsburgh market.
U.S. construction companies are not embracing technological advancements, such as drone aircrafts, robotics, RFID equipment and materials tracking, and data analytics, according to KPMG Internationals Building a technology advantage Global Construction Survey 2016.
Hill International received a contract extension from the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) to provide design-build project management services during the next phase of the E360 Segment of the East Link Light Rail extension project near Seattle.
On August 24, 2016, Skelly and Loy attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Tenaska Pennsylvania Partners Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station situated just outside Smithton in South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, Pa. The plant will operate two state-of-the-art natural gas-fueled turbines to produce 925 megawatts of electricity.
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.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports that 31 communities, counties, and states are asking voters to pass public transit ballot measures on Nov. 8.
New York City leads the United States for sustainability, according to the Sustainable Cities Index from Arcadis. From 22 North American cities measured, New York City ranks ahead of Boston (5th), San Francisco (6th) and Seattle (7th).
Hill International was awarded a contract by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to provide program management support services in connection with the Gateway Program.
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.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists in the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards competition. Twelve projects from 10 state departments of transportation are now competing for the national Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award.
Terracon and Consultech, a recognized small disadvantaged business (SBD) and woman-owned enterprise (WBE) providing environmental consulting and construction, announced the establishment of their mentor-protg relationship.
ISG acquired Green Bay, Wis.-based Raasch Associates, Inc., better known as Raasch Engineers | Architects, serving as the eighth location to the multi-disciplinary firms footprint.
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.
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding 10 and proposing to add eight hazardous waste sites to the Superfund programs National Priorities List (NPL).
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.
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.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) named the South Essex Sewerage District’s Marblehead Pipeline Replacement Project as one of its Public Works Projects of the Year for 2016.
After receiving the final order from the Iowa Utilities Board, MidAmerican Energy Company is finalizing plans to begin construction of 1,000 wind turbines at multiple sites across Iowa, which are still being finalized.
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.
Nonresidential construction spending inched 0.3 percent lower in July largely due to a significant upward revision to Junes spending figure, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
Skanska, leading a joint venture of Skanska, Kiewit Construction and Weeks Marine (SKW Constructors), reached substantial completion of the new Midtown Tunnel, a key element of the Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) project between Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., four months ahead of schedule.
Environmental Enginuity Group (EEG) completed the final design of its long-planned Environmental Service Provider program, which allows companies that wish to be considered for entry into the EEG Collective of Service providers but do not care to sell their company to EEG.
The Federal Highway Administration awarded the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) $2.1 million to further develop OReGO, the nations premier Road Usage Charge Program.
The departments of transportation of five states Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee won awards in a national competition that recognizes excellence in transportation projects.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced $14.2 million in grants for states under a new program to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to help sustain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.
Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) is expanding its services in the Central Texas region with the addition of facility design architecture/engineering services.
Maser Consulting P.A., a national multi-discipline engineering firm, established a new office in Orlando, Fla. its fourth location in Florida.
Amtrak is contracting with Alstom to produce 28 next-generation high-speed trainsets that will replace the equipment used to provide Amtraks premium Acela Express service. Amtrak also will invest in significant station improvements at Washington Union Station, Moynihan Station New York, as well as track capacity and ride quality improvements to the NEC.
Amtrak has taken the next step toward a comprehensive redevelopment of Baltimore Penn Station and adjacent properties by releasing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking a Master Developer partnership.
Arcadis announced the appointment of Mary Ann Hopkins as Executive with responsibility for the North America and LATAM regions, and Global leadership of the companys Water and Environment business lines, effective Sept. 26, 2016.
The Texas Transportation Commission approved the 2017 Unified Transportation Program with $70 billion worth of projects to help the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) meet the states growing transportation demands. The plan is the largest of its kind in the agencys history that addresses capacity, maintenance and safety needs around state.
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.
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.
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.
Balfour Beatty is taking the construction site into the classroom as part of its latest efforts to inspire young people to take up a career in the industry. More than 3,000 students, aged between 11 and 18, participated in a live feed to learn about careers in construction and engineering.
Florida-based Small Business Enterprise H2R Corp purchased Gannett Flemings drilling equipment, foundation quality assurance technology, and laboratory facilities in Florida. H2R is headed by two former Gannett Fleming employees.
Buchart Horn, Inc. opened new offices in Kenner, La., and Lancaster, Pa., in August. The Kenner office is BHs second office in Louisiana and the Lancaster office is BHs sixth office in Pennsylvania.
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.
Ware Malcomb opened a second office in the San Diego metro area. The firm has already designed several projects in the downtown area.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North Americas largest transit agency, announced that it has joined NACTO as its first transit agency member.
Dewberry helped design the recently completed FedEx Ground facility in the northwest corner of Ocala, Fla. The firm performed due diligence, site/civil engineering, surveying and mapping, environmental services, permitting, construction administration, and landscape architecture design.
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.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff acquired substantially all the assets of CRC Engineering, P.C. (CRC), a New York-based firm specializing in design, field services and commissioning for central utility plants and cogeneration systems.
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.
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.
Annual reports analyzing the wind energy industry released by the Energy Department show continued rapid growth in wind power installations in 2015, demonstrating market resilience and underscoring the vitality of the U.S. wind energy market on a global scale.
Michael Baker International is partnering with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to provide general engineering, construction management and inspection services to a host of SEPTA projects throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
During Singapore International Water Week 2016, CH2M launched a new Leadership Development Programme at its Singapore InfraHub a strategic infrastructure hub positioned to address Asia’s growing infrastructure gap by investing in the firm’s Singapore operations, local delivery and expertise.
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.
To learn more about tunneling and the important role that civil engineers play in tunneling, checkout an infographic created by the New Jersey Institute of Technologys Masters in Civil Engineering Online degree program.
The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission updated the 12-Year Transportation program. The new plan anticipates $61.9 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads.
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.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards recognized five projects from Gannett Fleming.
The Huntsville Independent School District selected planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to provide a condition assessment of its facilities.
Researchers who analyzed a history of tsunamis along the Pacific coast of Japans Tohoku region have learned that seawalls higher than 5 meters reduce damage and death, while coastal forests also play an important role in protecting the public.
The departments of transportation of five states Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin won awards in a national competition that recognizes excellence in transportation projects that improve travel safety, reduce roadway congestion, and provide more travel options to consumers.
At a recent global meeting of employees, Hatch CEO John Bianchini outlined the companys strategic direction and described how Hatch is emerging stronger since announcing a New Era earlier this year.
Hill International received two awards from the Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC) for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension project in Southern California.