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Woolpert helps redevelop Ohio GM plant

Dayton, Ohio — Woolpert, a national A&E firm headquartered in Dayton, announced an agreement with Fuyao Glass America Inc., China’s largest auto glass manufacturer, for redevelopment of the former General Motors (GM) Moraine assembly plant. Woolpert will provide architectural, engineering, construction support and design consulting services for the renovation of the plant, which GM closed in 2008.

Survey: Bad bosses, not money, driving AEC professionals to leave jobs

Newton, Mass. — Turns out it’s not all about the money — at least when it comes to what drives professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry to change employers. According to a new survey conducted by Morrissey Goodale LLC, a management consulting and research firm to the AEC industry, nearly a quarter (24 percent) of AEC firm leaders reported that a poor relationship with the boss was the primary reason why their latest key hires left their previous firms, tops of all responses.

EPA provides $569 million to make N.Y. and N.J. sewage treatment plants and drinking water systems damaged by Sandy more resilient

New York — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $340 million to the State of New York and $229 million to the State of New Jersey for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will be used on projects that reduce the risks of flood damage and that increase the resiliency of wastewater and drinking water facilities to withstand the effects of severe storms.

Work underway to repair Napa quake damage to state highways

Napa and Solano Counties, Calif. — Caltrans and its contractors have begun work on six emergency contracts to repair damage caused by an August 24 earthquake in Napa and Solano Counties. Caltrans engineers and inspectors also continue to work with local agencies to assess and inspect damage affecting local bridges and structures.

NCI Building Systems’ Dustin Cole receives Robert Cornforth Award for commitment to structural engineering

Houston — Dustin Cole, vice president of engineering/drafting and technical standards for NCI Building Systems, was recognized by the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) with the Robert Cornforth award for exceptional dedication and exemplary service to the engineering field. Cole is the sole recipient of the award in 2014, and was nominated from a field of approximately 10,000 NCSEA members. The Robert Cornforth award was established in 2001, and the honor has only been conferred nine times over the past 13 years.

R.A. Smith National opens Madison, Wis., office

Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith National, a multidisciplined civil engineering and surveying firm headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., opened a Madison, Wis., office. The firm is currently providing a range of services for projects in Madison and the surrounding area, including the UW-Madison School of Music for which R.A. Smith National is providing structural design services.

Voting opens for Tnemec Tank of the Year contest

Kansas City, Mo. — Eligible water tanks have been submitted and Tnemec Company, Inc., a provider of high-performance coatings, officially closed submissions for its annual contest, Tank of the Year. This year, open voting will once again allow the public choose the top water tank finalists.

GE to study upper Hudson River floodplain for PCBs

New York, N.Y. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that General Electric Company has agreed to conduct a comprehensive study of the contamination in the shoreline areas of the upper Hudson River. Cleanup of the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site has been ongoing since 2009 when river dredging began. Under the latest agreement with GE, the company will evaluate contamination in shoreline areas that are subject to flooding. The river and parts of the floodplain are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

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