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Stanley Consultants and Premier Engineering establish mentor/protégé relationship

Muscatine, Iowa — Stanley Consultants and Premier Engineering Corporation have recently partnered to form a mentor/protégé relationship. Administered by the Small Business Administration, the objective of the mentor/protégé program is to encourage large businesses to assist in the development of technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses, thus enabling them to more effectively compete for work.

Fourth Elizabeth River Tunnel element immersed and placed

Portsmouth, Va. — The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project team this week immersed the fourth of 11 tunnel elements that will make up the new Midtown Tunnel, successfully joining it to the previously placed elements. With this, the new Midtown Tunnel is now just over one-third of the way across the Elizabeth River.

Report urges flexible funding to support multimodal transportation

Washington, D.C. — A new infrastructure report from the Center for American Progress examines the myth that highways pay for themselves while public transportation does not, and reveals that 40 percent of all National Highway System, or NHS, miles fail to generate sufficient user fee revenues to cover their long-term maintenance costs — even when initial construction and inflation costs are removed from the analysis.

Corps of Engineers releases report on coastal storm and flood risk in the North Atlantic region

Brooklyn, N.Y. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released to the public a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the North Atlantic region of the United States affected by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. Congress authorized this report in January 2013 in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2).

Researcher developing a self-centering beam to better withstand earthquakes

Blacksburg, Va. — For the last two years, Matt Eatherton, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, has used a National Science Foundation grant to develop a structural building component called a self-centering beam (SCB). This self-centering beam would serve several purposes: protect lives, limit or eliminate structural repair costs, and reduce business downtime due to earthquakes.

AASHTO completes series of reports tracking commuter trends and behavior

Washington, D.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released the final installment in a series of 16 “Commuting in America” briefs that examine a significant and evolving segment of the nation’s traveling public. The final brief points to slowing growth in commuting due to the aging of the American worker and declines in the number of younger people entering the workforce.

Airport fish ladder wins engineering award

Middleton, Wis. — Mead & Hunt and ESA Vigil-Agrimis accepted the Engineering Excellence Award for the Roseburg Airport Fish Ladder Project from American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon. The award-winning project helped solve a safety issue while addressing environmental concerns for a local airport, the Roseburg Regional Airport. Mead & Hunt and ESA Vigil-Agrimis lead the project team that included Land Mark Surveying, Pinnacle Western and Wildish Construction Co.

Interior Department greenlights $2 billion Southwest transmission line

Albuquerque, N.M. — The U.S. Interior Department approved the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a major infrastructure project for the American West. The $2 billion project will help enable future development of wind and solar energy from New Mexico and Arizona, providing renewable power to the growing desert Southwest region.

ISI announces new staff members

Washington, D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) added two new staff members. Vice President for Public Education Denise Nelson, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP, is responsible for training and education for both public and private sector organizations, marketing, and overall coordination of messaging and promotions. Administrative Professional India Bell, who is previously from Howard University’s IT Department in Washington, D.C., is responsible for computer technology and software development in support of growth of ISI.

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