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ARCADIS managing construction at JAXPORT to meet aggressive deadlines

Highlands Ranch, Colo. — ARCADIS is managing construction of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), scheduled for completion by September 2015. The ICTF will provide on-dock rail service for JAXPORT’s Dames Point and Blount Island Marine Terminals. With the initial 30 percent design and groundbreaking complete, ARCADIS services are making it possible for this project to meet this aggressive deadline.

North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study advances into third and final phase

Brooklyn, N.Y. — A two-year, post-Hurricane Sandy study led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate measures to reduce the risk of flood damage from coastal storms in the Northeast passed a milestone in June 2014 with the completion of a draft report. Now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division, which was directed by Congress in January 2013 to conduct the study, is making final revisions to this draft report based on stakeholder input and expects to begin submitting the final analysis and associated products to its agency headquarters in October, officially advancing the study into its third and final phase.

Thornton Tomasetti mourns the loss of Dan Cuoco, former president and CEO

New York — The managing principals, partners and staff of Thornton Tomasetti are mourning the loss of Dan Cuoco, the former president and CEO of the international engineering firm, who passed away on Sept. 21. He was 68 years old. Following retirement from Thornton Tomasetti in 2011, Cuoco served as editor-in-chief of Structural Engineer magazine until early this year.

Tarrant Regional Water District receives ISI Envision Silver award

Washington, D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), of North Central Texas has earned the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Silver award for their Line J, Section 1 Pipeline project. The pipeline was designed by Freese and Nichols, Inc., a charter member of ISI.

Purdue School of Civil Engineering renamed

West Lafayette, Ind. — The Purdue University School of Civil Engineering officially will mark its renaming as the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at a ceremony Friday, Sept. 26. The school is named in recognition of a $15 million gift from the Lyles Foundation. Brothers William “Bill” Lyles and Gerald Lyles, and Bill’s son, Will Lyles, made the gift, which will be invested for use in student scholarships, faculty recruitment and retention, and endowments to support new efforts.

Energy Department supports taller wind turbine towers

Washington, D.C. — Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Dr. David Danielson, announced $2 million through the Taller Hub Heights funding opportunity, for two organizations that will advance wind energy technologies for harnessing stronger winds available at higher heights, potentially increasing the amount of clean, renewable electricity the nation produces.

New report shows status quo on infrastructure hampers competitiveness

Washington, D.C. — A new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by Inforum at the University of Maryland offers a view into the economic benefits the U.S. economy would reap with a more concerted effort to address the nation’s infrastructure needs.

AISI to co-sponsor 22nd International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), in cooperation with the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., is a co-sponsor of the 22nd International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2014. This year’s conference will be held on Nov. 5-6, 2014, at the Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel in St. Louis. A total of 1.6 continuing education or 16 professional development hour (PDH) units will be available for participants.

DOT announces $3.6 billion to make transit systems more resilient

New York — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that 40 projects have been competitively selected to receive a share of $3.59 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help public transportation systems in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to become more resilient, in order to withstand the impact of future natural disasters.

Three teams selected as finalists for Mississippi River Delta design competition

New Orleans — The Changing Course Leadership Team selected three teams to participate in the Changing Course Lower Mississippi River Delta design competition. These teams will develop innovative designs for a self-sustaining Lower Mississippi River Delta that reduce land loss in the region while improving navigation conditions and strengthening resilience for local communities and industries.

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