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EPA announces Region 4 Rain Catcher Awards

Atlanta — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced regional winners in its first annual Rain Catcher Award. Horry County, S.C., won in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Crabtree Swamp Restoration Project in Conway, S.C.; the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) won in the Municipal Category; the Volkswagen Group of America won in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tenn., Assembly Plant. The awards were given during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Charlotte, N.C.

Interior auctions 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for wind energy development

Washington, D.C. — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the nation’s third competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, which offered nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for potential wind energy development. The provisional winner of the lease sale is US Wind Inc. When fully built, this wind energy area could generate enough energy to power about 300,000 homes.

New study finds price of wind energy in U.S. at an all-time low

Washington, D.C. — Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged just $25/MWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2013, spurring demand for wind energy.

Woods Hole Group awarded multi-year operation and maintenance contract to support NOAA PORTS on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico

East Falmouth, Mass. — Woods Hole Group will be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (NOAA CO-OPS) for the operation and maintenance of Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS) along the East Coast of the U.S., and along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas and Louisiana. NOAA PORTS is a network of sensors in ports and harbors providing access to information improving maritime commerce and safety.

Trimble acquires Manhattan Software

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Trimble acquired privately-held Manhattan Software, a developer of real estate and facility management software, headquartered in London. The acquisition extends its Trimble Buildings’ portfolio of design-build-operate (DBO) solutions by providing building owners, facilities and real estate managers with integrated, end-to-end property, asset and facilities management systems.

Home builder confidence rises in August

Washington, D.C. — Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August. This third consecutive monthly gain brings the index to its highest level since January.

CH2M HILL wins DBIA national awards

Denver — The Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-71/I-670 Columbus Crossroads Interchange received the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Award of Merit in the Transportation category. CH2M HILL also received two National Awards of Merit in the Water/Wastewater category for the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility in Tucson, Ariz., and the Wilsonville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wilsonville, Ore.

CTLGroup forms strategic alliance with Cibor Geoconsultants

Skokie, Ill. — Cibor Geoconsultants joined CTLGroup in a strategic alliance to jointly pursue and execute complex engineering and materials science projects throughout the U.S. and globally. A particular focus will be serving private and public clients in the infrastructure, energy, and oil and gas sectors. The CTLGroup/Cibor alliance will address problems for clients in forensic geotechnical engineering, cement-based materials, structural assessment and structural health monitoring.

Stanley Consultants’ Florida projects honored for excellence

Sarasota and Tampa, Fla. — Two of Stanley Consultants’ projects in Florida have been recognized for excellence by professional associations. The Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) awarded the Sarasota County Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility Expansion with an Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) awarded a project on the University of Tampa campus with the Best in Construction Award in the Utility Coordination – Damage Prevention Category.

Klotz Associates opens office in Fort Worth

Dallas — Klotz Associates opened a new office in Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth office will expand the reach of the engineering firm, which already serves a large part of the state from offices in Houston, Lufkin, San Antonio and Austin. Duane M. Hengst, P.E., will serve as the regional manager for the new office.

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