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New York begins replacement of flood-prone bridges

Albany, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that work is starting on a $10.5 million project to replace four bridges on the Adirondack Northway — Interstate 87 — in Clinton County. The bridges are among the first under contract as part of New York State’s Scour Critical/Flood Prone Bridge Program. The Governor has requested $518 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen 105 bridges through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Gannett Fleming is first AEC firm to join GEMI

Gannett Fleming is the first firm in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry to become a member of the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI). The organization provides a forum for companies across a wide range of business sectors to work together in a cost-effective manner to address strategic and tactical issues impacting corporate environmental, health, and safety activities in their companies.

Senior leadership changes at CHA

Albany, N.Y. — CHA, an international engineering/architecture firm with more than 1,000 employees, announced the elevation of its CEO Raymond L. Rudolph, P.E., to Executive Chairman and named Michael Carroll, P.E., as its new CEO and President.

GRL Engineers opens Houston office

Houston — GRL Engineers, Inc. announced the March 16 opening of its 10th Branch Office, in the Houston metropolitan area. “We will be opening this office to better serve the needs of our growing client base in Texas”, said Pat Hannigan, President of GRL.

Construction put in place forecast to grow 8 percent in 2015

Raleigh, N.C. — Total construction put in place for 2015 is predicted to grow 8 percent according to the latest report from FMI. This supports earlier FMI predictions that CPIP will top $1 trillion in 2015, something the market has not seen since 2008. This indicates that the economy is on track for a resilient recovery.

California announces $1 billion emergency drought package

Sacramento, Calif. — Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assembly member Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The legislation includes more than $1 billion for local drought relief and infrastructure projects to make the state's water infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather events.

Burns & McDonnell to build $12 million Nuclear Safety Class Building

Kansas City, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell has won its first major contract in the sensitive nuclear construction industry, a special use building that will house two redundant power supply systems for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell, described the new contract as a “game-changing win” for the firm.

Private equity firm acquires Vidaris and LPI

New York — Cortec Group, a New York private equity firm which invests in middle market specialty service, health care, consumer, and distribution businesses, announced that on March 16, 2015, a group led by its affiliate, Cortec Group Fund V, L.P., and management acquired IBA Holdings, LLC d/b/a Vidaris and LPI. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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