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CH2M HILL designs world’s first data center certified by new LEED standards

Denver — A data center designed by CH2M HILL/IDC Architects for Grainger in Lake Forest, Ill., has been certified as the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of its type. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL. The data center’s advanced cooling system uses outside air to cool the facility, and is designed to consume up to 50 percent less energy for cooling than conventional data centers.

Commercial UAV Expo announced for October 2015

Portland, Maine — SPAR Point Group announced that it will launch Commercial UAV Expo, Oct. 5-7, 2015, at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. As organizers of 3D technology events in North America, Europe and Asia, SPAR Point Group is well established in the data capture and imaging technology space.

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.

CH2M HILL releases third quarter results

Denver — In September 2014, CH2M HILL announced restructuring plans to reduce $120 million in annual operating expenses and has since launched strategic and operational initiatives to grow revenues and margins while reducing risk. The restructuring and other operational initiatives are underway and the company is positioned to return to profitable financial performance in 2015 and beyond.

ACI releases reorganized ACI 318-14

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) officially released the completely reorganized ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. The 2015 International Building Code will reference 318-14. Now published and available for use, the reorganized 318-14 is organized from an engineer’s perspective. By focusing on member design, ACI 318 requirements flow more intuitively and have fewer cross-references.

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.

2014 Tekla North American BIM Award winners announced

Tekla, a Trimble company and global provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to the architectural and construction markets, announced the winners of its 2014 North American BIM Awards. The model competition is held annually and recognizes companies for exemplary use of BIM and Tekla Structures across three categories: best use of BIM, steel, and concrete.

California, Florida DOTs win top America's Transportation Awards

Charlotte, N.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) earned the Grand Prize and the People's Choice awards in the 2014 America's Transportation Awards competition.

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