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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.

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.

ConocoPhillips contracts CH2M HILL to conduct water treatment study

Denver — ConocoPhillips (COP), in collaboration with industry Partners under the Petroleum Environment Research Forum (PERF), formulated a study out of its Water Centre in Doha, to identify and explore the application of new and more sustainable, cost-efficient water treatment technologies used in the production of oil and gas. CH2M HILL is leading The Cost-Effective Reverse Osmosis Concentrate Treatment and Brine Management Study.

Gannett Fleming to assist with $3 billion ocean outfall program in South Florida

Miami — Gannett Fleming, as part of the CH2M Hill team, was selected by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) to assist with implementation of its $3.3 billion Ocean Outfall Legislation Program. The program was created in response to a state law that requires all wastewater utilities in southeast Florida to cease using ocean outfalls to discharge effluent and reuse 60 percent of their treated wastewater by year 2025.

Michigan’s first BRT opens to strong ridership

Grand Rapids, Mich. — With operations in full swing, the Silver Line in Grand Rapids is gaining momentum. The state’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which was designed by CDM Smith and began service on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, drew an average of 2,500 riders per day during its first week (in which all trips were free). Through the end of September, weekday ridership held steady and weekends brought a strong average of roughly 1,300 riders.

NCAT provides guidance on AASHTO 93 Structural Layer Coefficient

Auburn, Ala. — The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) recently released guidance on recalibrating the structural asphalt layer coefficient in the AASHTO 1993 Design Guide. The AASHTO 93 design methods are based on empirical data gathered in road tests from 1958 to 1960.

DOT celebrates groundbreaking of major LA Subway Extension

Los Angeles – The U.S Department of Transportation’s Acting Federal Transit Administrator (FTA) Therese McMillan participated in the groundbreaking of the 3.9-mile Westside Purple Line Section 1 Extension that will expand transit options in one of the most congested corridors in Los Angeles County.

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