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EPA honors winners of 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the four winners of its second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design challenge created to engage college and university students in reinventing our water infrastructure and developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change.

Longtime civil engineering professor Paul Munger dies

Rolla, Mo. — Dr. Paul R. Munger, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, died on April 19 at age 82. He served on the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for 17 years, with 14 years as chair. During this time, Munger was involved in the investigation of the 1981 collapse of the Hyatt Regency skywalks in Kansas City, Mo., one of the deadliest structural failures in U.S. history. He led the licensing disciplinary actions following the tragedy.

Long-term predictions for Miami sea level rise could be available relatively soon

Miami — Miami could know as early as 2020 how high sea levels will rise into the next century, according to a team of researchers including Florida International University scientist Rene Price. Scientists conclude that sea level rise is one of the most certain consequences of climate change. But the speed and long-term height of that rise are unknown. Some researchers believe that sea level rise is accelerating, some suggest the rate is holding steady, while others say it's decelerating.

GreenbergFarrow expands to Bentonville, Ark., adds ‘Pavement Analytics’ service

Bentonville, Ark. — Architectural, engineering, and development services firm, GreenbergFarrow, recently opened a permanent office in Bentonville, Ark. As the company’s eleventh U.S. office, it provides the 40-year-old, Atlanta-based firm with a central location that further supports its ongoing national retail development programs, as well as serves the sustained growth of the region.

ARCADIS-designed 'Skip Spann Connector' bridges gap between beauty and function

Kennesaw, Ga. — Construction recently began on the Skip Spann Connector that will bridge Frey Road and Busbee Drive at Interstate 75, according to ARCADIS, one of two firms designing the connector. When complete, the two-year project is expected to reduce daily traffic congestion by nearly 20 percent, improve local access from Kennesaw State University across I-75 to the Town Center economic-activity center, and provide a safer commute for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

CFSEI to host webinar on composite floor systems using cold-formed steel

Washington. D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Composite Floor Systems Using Cold-Formed Steel” on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

Study will help counties cope with deficient bridges

Lawrence, Kan. — Deteriorated or outdated bridges along the less-traveled back roads of Kansas are a budget dilemma for county leaders throughout the state. A new report from researchers at the University of Kansas School of Engineering provides county leaders with a tool as they decide the future of bridges on rural roads with extremely low vehicle traffic counts.

NAVFAC in-house design team achieves LEED Silver certification on project

Jacksonville, Fla. — Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast received notification March 19 a project designed in-house for Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Fla. has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Two CH2M HILL projects win Global Water Awards

Denver — CH2M HILL projects were recognized with prestigious industry awards during the annual Global Water Awards ceremony hosted by the International Desalination Association and Global Water Intelligence. The awards were presented on April 7 at a ceremony in Paris, with a keynote address delivered by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia and Nobel Laureate. The yearly awards recognize outstanding achievements within the international water industry.

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