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LAN to design initial phase of new rail Line to Houston’s Bayport Terminal

Houston — The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to design Phase 1 of a new rail line to the Bayport Terminal. The project, which involves design of approximately 6,500 linear feet of primary rail line, will extend the existing Union Pacific Rail Corridor along State Highway 146 into the facility.

New report provides sustainable solutions for nation’s aging infrastructure

Denver — The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College recently released a report, Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions: Rethinking Our Infrastructure Investment Strategies, to help industry leaders, academics, and the public rethink how communities are planned and the types of investment needed to manage, operate, and rehabilitate America’s infrastructure systems. The report, which has wide application to urban planning and the water, power, and transportation industries in particular, includes interviews from 70 of the Pacific Northwest’s key infrastructure innovators and thought leaders representing a variety of sectors.

ARCADIS selected to ‘fix and fortify’ New York City's subway system

New York — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's New York City Transit selected ARCADIS to restore the city's subway system to pre-Sandy conditions and protect it against future storms. Under the five-year, $26 million task order contract, ARCADIS will produce and implement innovative flood resiliency designs for subway stations, tunnels, bus depots, public areas, and more for North America's largest transportation network.

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.

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