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ITS America appoints Shailen Bhatt as president and CEO

The Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America named Shailen Bhatt as president and CEO. Bhatt joins ITS America with an extensive background in promoting and advocating for intelligent transportation, most recently as the executive director of Colorado Department of Transportation.

Oro Loma Sanitary District receives award for Outstanding Environmental Project

Friends of the San Francisco Estuary honored Oro Loma Sanitary District for its work with the innovative experimental horizontal levee project. Instead of a vertical wall to provide a sea barrier, a horizontal levee uses vegetation on a gentle slope to absorb wave and storm surges.

Tim Gould, PE, promoted to president of Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC

Ahtna, Inc. announced that Timothy F. Gould, PE, has been promoted to president of subsidiary Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC. His experience spans 27 years in the consulting and construction markets with responsibilities nationwide and in the Pacific region.

Santa Clara Valley Water District sets conditions for California WaterFix participation

The Santa Clara Valley Water District voted to participate in the California WaterFix project, the state’s proposed plan to improve the infrastructure that carries water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The participation is conditional, based on seven guiding principles.

Michael Baker adds long-range, fixed-wing drone to improve large-scale mapping

Michael Baker International expanded its inspection services with the purchase of an Altavian Nova unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The new fixed-wing Altavian Nova joins the company’s expanding UAS fleet, and offers a new tool for Michael Baker pilots to utilize when conducting aerial inspections and mapping of large sites or during inclement weather conditions.

Metropolitan Water District endorses California WaterFix

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors voted to support a state-federal $17 billion project to modernize the state water system and help improve supply reliability for the Southland.

Inverted shear walls support seismic upgrade

KTLA Channel 5 recently relocated to Stage 6 at Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, Calif. Sunset Bronson Studios is listed as a Los Angeles...

AECOM releases LA River revitalization proposal

AECOM released its LA River Gateway revitalization proposal, an integrated framework that, if fully implemented, can create benefits for communities along the river’s banks while helping generate new economic prospects, the firm said.

Swinerton tops out Terminal 2 Parking Plaza at San Diego International Airport

Swinerton topped out the new Terminal 2 Parking Plaza at San Diego International Airport. Swinerton team members from Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego partnered with Watry Design and Gensler as a design-build team to deliver the new parking plaza.

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