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.

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.

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.

JV team completes wastewater treatment plant projects $71.7 million under budget

The CB&I, Michael Baker International and Gannett Fleming joint venture (JV) team announced completion of construction management services for four projects as part of the six-year upgrade of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn, N.Y. Not only were the four construction projects, valued at approximately $1.3 billion, delivered under budget, the team achieved all consent order milestones, allowing $71.7 million to be returned to the city.

Padre Dam, Helix, El Cajon, and San Diego County extend partnerships on East County Advanced Water Purification Program

Helix Water District, City of El Cajon, and San Diego County have each approved new Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) with Padre Dam Municipal Water District for additional studies on the East County Advanced Water Purification Program. The MOUs commit the program partners to contribute a total of $474,000 toward Padre Dam’s existing contract with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to complete the studies.

New York approves $662.9 million for drinking water and wastewater treatment systems

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors approved $662.9 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost loans to support vital wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. This funding complements Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State proposal to invest a record $2 billion in critical water infrastructure across New York.

Unique precast pipe structure helps community park with increased stormwater runoff

Unsettled with the increasing stormwater flowing through the Hanover Township Community Park, in Bethlehem, Pa., the Hanover Township Public Works Department teamed with Oldcastle Precast to devise a unique stormwater solution, using special reinforced concrete pipes, to reconstruct the exiting stormwater structure.

President signs WIIN Act containing provisions championed by Water Systems Council

President Obama signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law, which includes provisions of the Water Supply Cost Savings Act championed by the Water Systems Council and other water well industry groups during the past three years.

USACE seeks public comment on proposed water supply rule

The Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), released and is seeking comment on a proposed rule to update and clarify its policies governing the use of USACE reservoir projects for domestic, municipal and industrial water supply pursuant to Section 6 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, 33 U.S.C. § 708 (Section 6), and the Water Supply Act of 1958, 43 U.S.C. § 390b (WSA).

Bureau of Reclamation launches two prize challenges seeking solutions to expand usable water supplies

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is launching two new prize challenges — Arsenic Sensor Challenge and More Water, Less Concentrate. This is the first stage for each challenge. Subsequent stages with larger prize purses are planned for testing and demonstrating the most promising technologies.

U.S. EPA releases final report on impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources, which provides states and others the scientific foundation to better protect drinking water resources in areas where hydraulic fracturing is occurring or being considered.

ACEC-Colorado honors Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility with 2017 Excellence Award

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado recognized the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility (RHWPF) with a 2017 Engineering Excellence Award. Designed by Dewberry, the $51.5 million plant uses new technologies that have enabled the Parker Water and Sanitation District to convert from rapidly declining groundwater sources to a renewable water supply.

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