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Engineering report underscores urgency to fix Amtrak N.Y. tunnels, build Gateway tunnel

New York — A new engineering report details damage to the Amtrak-owned Hudson River and East River tunnels following Superstorm Sandy and recommends a phased process to take individual tubes out of service for extended periods to perform the work required to maintain reliability of train movements in and out of New York City. The report underscores the urgency to advance the Gateway Program which includes building new, two-track tunnel capacity under the Hudson River that can help alleviate service impacts to the region as the needed work on the tunnels is underway.

Parsons Brinckerhoff designing Cleveland pedestrian bridge concept

Cleveland — Parsons Brinckerhoff, in conjunction with architect Miguel Rosales, has been awarded a contract by Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for the conceptual design of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge on the lakefront in Cleveland. Intended to connect Cleveland’s downtown and the lakefront, the bridge will create an iconic structure and symbolize the renewed vibrancy of the lakefront district.

Bowman Consulting acquires Omland Engineering

Chantilly, Va. — Bowman Consulting announced that, effective October 1, it has acquired Omland Engineering Associates, a 40+ person engineering firm with offices across New Jersey. With the addition of Omland, Bowman continues to expand its national presence with over 500 professionals located in more than 30 offices throughout 13 states and the District of Columbia.

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.

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