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CFSEI accepting entries for 2015 Design and Distinguished Service Awards

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) is now accepting entries through April 1, 2015, for the Design and Distinguished Service Awards. The 2015 awards program has been revamped to broaden its reach among the design and manufacturing communities. It includes a simplified project submission process and the distribution of more awards based on the discretion of the CFSEI Awards Committee.

MWH Global and Brown and Caldwell team selected as program manager for Pure Water San Diego

Broomfield, Colo. — MWH Global, an engineering, consulting and construction firm focused on water and natural resources, announced it was awarded a contract by the City of San Diego to manage and assist in the delivery of Pure Water San Diego. In partnership with Brown and Caldwell, the initial five-year, $30 million MWH contract includes program management services to move the program from planning into implementation.

Arup awarded engineering services contract for the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project

Montreal — Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, was selected to provide engineering consulting services and technical advice to Infrastructure Canada for construction of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence corridor project. Due to an accelerated schedule, the project will break ground this summer. The New Bridge for the St. Lawrence is expected to open in December 2018 and the rest of the corridor is expected to be in service by the end of 2020. Arup’s mandate will cover a period of approximately seven years, with three one-year option periods, for a total contract value of $20.4 million.

ARCADIS team to lead environmental restoration program at Fort Drum

Fort Drum, N.Y. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District awarded the PIKA-MP JV, LLC — a joint venture between ARCADIS and PIKA International, Inc. — a $13 million task order onto its small business Multiple Award Environmental Services (MAES) contract to support remediation and closure of 11 sites at Fort Drum, N.Y. over the next five years.

Trimble acquires Linear project

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Trimble acquired privately held Linear project GMBH, a provider of scheduling software for linear infrastructure projects. Linear project’s TILOS time and location planning software is used worldwide and is ideal for highways, railways, pipelines, tunnels, water engineering, transmission line construction and other linear civil engineering projects. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AECOM appoints CEO Michael S. Burke as chairman of the board

Los Angeles — AECOM announced that its board of directors has appointed CEO Michael S. Burke to the additional position of chairman of the board. The appointment, effective March 4, completes a planned succession following the retirement of John M. Dionisio as executive chairman.

HRC merges with Mickalich Engineering, Inc.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (HRC), a 100-year-old, Michigan-based professional engineering services firm, announced that Mickalich Engineering, Inc. (MEI) will be merging with HRC. MEI was located in Clarkston, Mich., and provided engineering and surveying services to private development projects.

U.S. DOT proposes initiatives to give local workers a boost in federal investments

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a proposal for a new pilot program that will explore new ways to make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents for transportation projects. Federal contracting rules have traditionally prohibited the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from allowing recipients to use contract provisions that do not directly relate to the performance of work but further social or economic goals, functionally prohibiting local hire provisions. The pilot program will allow both agencies to test and evaluate the merits of such provisions and whether the existing competitive bidding process can be improved.

Newforma spins off Project Analyzer product

Manchester, N.H. — Newforma, Inc. is spinning off Newforma Project Analyzer to a new and independent company formed to focus on architecture and engineering project financial and resource management. ProjectInsight.io was co-founded by Tom Vandervort, former director of product management at Newforma, and JJ Brantingham, former chief information officer and partner at Sebesta Blomberg, a full-service engineering and design services company.

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