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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.

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.

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