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ICC 2015-2017 Code Development Cycle begins

Washington, D.C. — The International Code Council’s (ICC) 2015/2016/2017 Code Development Cycle begins with the Group A International Codes. Used in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the International Codes, or I-Codes, are developed using a governmental consensus process. It is an open, inclusive process that allows input and participation from all individuals and groups. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated codes.

Construction Backlog Indicator reaches another all-time high

Washington, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached a new all-time high during the third quarter of 2014 at 8.8 months, eclipsing the previous all-time high of 8.5 months in the second quarter of 2014. The 2014 third quarter backlog is 6.9 percent higher than the third quarter of 2013 and the continued growth of backlog during the last six months likely indicates that 2015 will be a strong year of recovery for the nation's nonresidential construction industry.

Bechtel to design and build a combined-cycle power plant in Virginia

Frederick, Md. — Bechtel is part of a consortium awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction contract to build a natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plant in Loudoun County, Va. The Stonewall Energy Project, a 778-megawatt facility with advanced emissions-control technology, will be one of the cleanest and most efficient plants in the nation. This will be the fourth power plant the Bechtel-Siemens consortium has built for Panda Power Funds.

J.L. Patterson & Associates receives award for double-track project

Orange, Calif. — J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP), a transportation engineering firm dedicated to the rail industry, received the 2014 Bentley “Be Inspired” award for Innovation in Project Performance. The award honors the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. The award was presented to the firm on Nov. 5, 2014, at a ceremony during The Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference held in London.

AEC marketing firm sweeps SMPS awards category

Columbia, Conn. — On Target Marketing & Communications, LLC, which focuses on the design and construction industry, made history this year when it swept an entire category in the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) national Marketing Communications Awards. On Target won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Best Feature Writing that it completed with three of its engineering clients.

Arup celebrates grand opening of JetBlue’s Terminal 5 Expansion at JFK

New York — Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, announced the opening of the JetBlue Terminal 5 International Arrivals Hall Expansion at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. A ribbon-cutting celebration was held on Nov. 6 with members of the design and construction team, including JetBlue, Arup, design-architect Gensler, Turner Construction Company, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

U.S. DOT celebrates groundbreaking of first BRT system in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Fla. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx participated in a groundbreaking for a new bus rapid transit (BRT) system that will improve transit options in the greater Jacksonville area and offer faster, more convenient access to downtown. The First Coast Flyer BRT Downtown Project, nearly six miles long with 12 stations, is the initial segment of a five-phased BRT system planned for the Jacksonville region.

Rhode Island waterfront to become more resilient to severe weather

Tampa — The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), in conjunction with the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and other stakeholders, is developing and implementing a program to make the Rhode Island waterfront – both commercial and residential buildings – more resilient to coastal storms and flooding.

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