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MWH Global to be featured in a Special Edition of H2’s Modern Marvels highlighting the Panama Canal project

Broomfield, Colo. — MWH Global announced that it will be sponsoring Radiant Features of Los Angeles in their filming of a special edition of H2’s Modern Marvels series that will focus on the Panama Canal expansion project. The special edition episode of Modern Marvels will focus on the engineering challenges that were faced as a part of updating the 100-year-old Panama Canal.

New white paper provides guidance on financing industrial water reuse

Alexandria, Va. — There is good news for commercial, industrial, and institutional water users looking to treat and reuse water onsite as a means of increasing the reliability of water supplies and achieving sustainability goals. A new law went into effect on October 1, 2014, allowing private-sector companies to obtain Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loans to construct onsite industrial water reuse projects for the first time.

ANSI approves 2015 NDS and SDPWS standards

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) 2015 “National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction” and “Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic” (SDPWS) standards have been approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Both standards are referenced for compliance with the International Code Council’s upcoming 2015 “International Building Code” (IBC).

AWC statement on USGBC extending LEED 2009

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement regarding the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announcement that LEED 2009 will remain an available option for projects until Oct. 31, 2016. LEED 2009 was previously expected to be phased out in 2015.

NIST taps nine experts to help craft disaster resilience framework for communities

Gaithersburg, Md. — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has engaged nine experts in fields ranging from transportation and water infrastructure to societal dimensions of disasters to further its ongoing effort to draft a disaster resilience framework for U.S. communities. Recognized leaders in their fields, NIST’s new disaster resilience fellows were chosen to complement the knowledge and skill sets of agency researchers developing the framework — a guidance document to help communities prepare for hazardous events and to restore vital functions quickly if disruptive incidents occur.

Oldcastle Precast provides prestressed girders for bridge replacement

Perris, Calif. — As part of the City of Norwalk’s Firestone Boulevard Bridge Over San Gabriel River Replacement Project that connects Norwalk and Downey, Oldcastle Precast’s Perris-California facility manufactured the prestressed concrete girders to construct the new 239 foot Firestone Boulevard Bridge.

RTKL to develop Downtown Las Vegas master plan

Las Vegas — ARCADIS announced that RTKL, its global architecture and urban design subsidiary, has been selected by the City of Las Vegas to develop a master plan for the reuse and redevelopment of Downtown Las Vegas. Intended to direct the city's future growth and revitalization efforts, the two-year commission will aim to shape a new blueprint for the district. The three-pronged plan will address the downtown master plan, transit, and the potential creation of new business improvement districts.

Parsons Brinckerhoff designing New Hudson Park & Blvd. in NYC

New York — Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) contract to design the second phase of the Hudson Park & Boulevard project, which runs between 10th and 11th avenues from West 36th to West 37th streets. NYCEDC is managing the design and construction of the project on behalf of the City of New York.

WisDOT implements ABC techniques

Madison, Wis. — A bridge currently being built on Interstate 39 over Siggelkow Rd. near Madison is the first on the I-39 corridor to utilize Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques. WisDOT has begun implementing ABC methods for bridge construction in Wisconsin, in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts initiative.

Sun Metro and LAN celebrate opening of rapid transit system in El Paso

El Paso, Texas — Sun Metro recently celebrated the grand opening of its 8.6-mile Rapid Transit System (RTS) along the Mesa Corridor in El Paso, Texas. The new BRT system, which provides a high-capacity transit service to El Paso for the first time, begins at the Downtown Transfer Center, travels along Santa Fe, Franklin, Oregon, Glory Road and Mesa, ending at the Westside Transfer Center. Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) led the design of the project.

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