Huitt-Zollars, Inc., a full-service engineering and architecture firm, appointed Robert J. McDermott as President. Robert L. Zollars, co-founder of the firm and past President, will remain as Chairman of the Board.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth Region, selected the Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) team to conduct a High-Speed Rail (HSR) station area planning study in downtown Dallas.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced a $499.39 million federal grant agreement with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority to build TEX Rail, a commuter rail line between downtown Fort Worth and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Transit-oriented development near DART Rail, like CityLine and the continued growth in the Cedars south of downtown Dallas, is driving the North Texas economic boom with more than $7 billion in economic impact from new or planned construction within a quarter mile of rail stations.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. moved its headquarters from Pasadena, Calif., to Dallas, expanding its current footprint in downtown Dallas’ Harwood Center. Pasadena served as Jacobs’ headquarters since it was founded by Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs in 1947.