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Alta Environmental to conduct stormwater monitoring program at Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles — The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) awarded a contract to Alta Environmental for environmental technical and expert consulting services for up to $5 million for three years on an as-needed basis. Under this contract, Alta will install new stormwater monitoring equipment and conduct stormwater monitoring, analysis, and reporting for Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, and Van Nuys Airport.

Retrofitting old buildings to make them earthquake safe

Atlanta — Non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings built prior to the 1950s in California and prior to the 1980s in the central and Southeastern United States were typically not designed with proper details to perform adequately during earthquakes. Through a grant provided by the National Science Foundation, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology — along with partners at Virginia Tech, Rice University, Howard University and the University of California, Los Angeles — are testing retrofits that potentially can make these buildings safer and more secure.

Construction firms report trouble finding qualified workers to meet growing demand

Washington, D.C. — Most construction firms report they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots as the industry recovers from its years-long downturn, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials called for new career and technical school programs, as well as other workforce measures to offset the labor shortages.

Stabilizing geotechnical assets: Research aims to identify potential highway, railroad problems

Houghton, Mich. — In a new project led by Michigan Technological University, Thomas Oommen, assistant professor of geological and mining engineering and sciences, heads a team that is using advanced technology to develop a comprehensive management system to monitor our nation’s geotechnical assets — the ground that forms the base for the concrete, asphalt or steel that makes up our transportation system.

AWC releases 2012 WFCM Workbook

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) released a new workbook titled Design of Wood Frame Buildings for High Wind, Snow, and Seismic Loads (2012 WFCM Workbook) providing a design example and typical checklist for a wood-frame structure in accordance with the 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.

Thornton Tomasetti recognized as a LEED Proven Provider

New York — Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has been recognized as a LEED Proven Provider for the Building Design and Construction rating system family by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Proven Provider certification program was created to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects.

One-third of the world’s urban population could lack access to affordable housing by 2025

London — According to a new McKinsey Global Institute report, if current trends in urbanization and income growth persist, the urban population in need of affordable housing could grow from 330 million households to 440 million by 2025. At least 1.6 billion people or one-third of the urban population could be living in substandard housing or be so financially stretched by housing costs that they forego other essentials such as health care.

GEI's relocates Manhattan office

Boston — GEI Consultants, Inc., a geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firm, recently relocated and expanded its New York City office. In 2013, GEI merged with the Manhattan and Jericho, N.Y., offices of Feld, Kaminetzky & Cohen, who have served New York metropolitan area architectural and engineering firms, contractors, private clients and public agencies for more than 80 years.

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