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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.

Sundt to repair Naval Weapons Station damaged during Hurricane Sandy

Colts Neck, N.J. — Sundt Construction, Inc. is currently executing the repair of infrastructure and several buildings at Naval Weapons Station Earle for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic in Colts Neck, N.J.. The pier suffered severe damage due to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The $23.9 million, design-build project will reverse the damage from Sandy while readying the Weapons Station, specifically the 2.9-mile-long pier complex, for the next 100-year storm event.

McKim & Creed announces new CEO

Raleigh, N.C. — The board of directors of McKim & Creed, Inc., a 350-person engineering, planning and geomatics firm with offices throughout the South, announced that John T. Lucey, Jr., P.E., has been named the company’s next president and chief executive officer, effective November 1. Lucey was previously the executive vice president of engineering and business development at Heckmann Water Resources (now Nuverra Environmental Solutions), an oil/gas water management company that is also one of the largest environmental solutions firms in the U.S.

David Evans and Associates, Inc. commissions 82-foot survey vessel

Gulfport, Miss. — David Evans and Associates, Inc.’s Marine Services Division commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport, Miss. U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi broke a Champagne bottle across the Blake’s bow. In addition to remarks by the Senator, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey and the U.S. National Hydrographer, and Mayor of Gulfport William Gardner Hewes spoke to attendees.

2015 ISA WWAC Symposium issues Call for Abstracts

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The Program Committee of the 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the water and wastewater industry to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference.

IECA revamps educational service: IECA on Location

Denver — The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) announced IECA on Location, a revamped educational service offered to those who desire to have course(s) conducted at their business site. IECA on Location is a customizable educational program created by IECA Faculty and delivered live at the customer’s site.

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.

SMDI appoints Mark A. Thimons to head Steel Recycling Institute

Washington, D.C. — The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), announces that Mark A. Thimons will succeed Gregory Crawford as Vice President of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI). Crawford announced his upcoming retirement earlier this year. Thimons joined SMDI in November 2010 as director of construction sustainability and has over 25 years of experience in steel construction products and steel product sustainability.

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