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Karen Knight named Dam Safety Office chief

Washington, D.C. — Security, Safety and Law Enforcement Director Bruce C. Muller named Karen Knight, P.E., as the Chief of the Dam Safety Office. Knight will oversee the Dam Safety Program, which evaluates safety deficiencies and implements proactive solutions at dams across Reclamation.

LAN produces Engineers Week video

Washington, D.C. — In recognition of Engineers Week, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. executives are featured in a video sharing their enthusiasm for engineering and the difference it makes.

AASHTO education campaign highlights Highway Trust Fund needs

Washington, D.C. — As Congress considers how to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, the association representing state transportation agency chiefs is launching a multimedia campaign that calls on lawmakers to “think big” and focus on long-term investment needs rather than short-term fixes. The “Nation at a Crossroads” campaign from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials urges policymakers to consider what is achievable in remaking transportation to aid our quality of life and commerce, rather than patch problem areas with funding levels that are too low to keep pace.

Michael Baker International chairman recognized for dedication to helping at-risk youth

Pittsburgh, Pa. — The National Guard Youth Foundation (NGYF) presented Thomas J. Campbell, chairman of the board of directors at Michael Baker International, with its ChalleNGe Champion Award at the Foundation’s 10th annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala. Campbell currently serves as a board member and treasurer for the NGYF, but received the award for his longstanding commitment to the Foundation and the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, one of the nation’s most successful initiatives for helping teenagers who have dropped out of school.

CCL completes post-tensioning work on 21-storey BLVD apartment block

Washington, D.C. — Specialist engineering solutions provider CCL has completed post-tensioning work on a 450-unit apartment block with an underground car park and bus garage near Washington. The BLVD apartment block along with the bus garage and car park, which has space for 3,500 vehicles, forms part of the redevelopment of Reston Station, which is on the line connecting central Washington and Dulles Airport, in Virginia.

Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering receives MDOT DBE certification

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC, (7GenAE) a building solutions firm offering architecture, engineering and construction services, received certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for engineering consulting services. 7GenAE was founded in 2012 and is a Tribally-Owned, 8(a), Small Disadvantaged, HUBZone and DBE business that is wholly owned by Mno-Bmadsen, the economic development enterprise chartered by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.

Stronger construction standards can reduce tornado destruction

Oklahoma City — “The devastation and damage to homes and businesses caused by tornadoes can and should be reduced by better construction methods,” said Tim Reinhold, Ph.D., chief engineer and senior vice president of research, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Reinhold presented several new recommendations to reduce tornado damage through stronger construction practices during his presentation at the National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City. He went so far as to call on home buyers to demand safer homes in tornado-prone areas, especially manufactured homes.

Year-end construction backlog drops 1 percent

Washington, D.C. — According to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for the fourth quarter of 2014 declined 0.1 months, or 1 percent. Despite the quarter-over-quarter decline, backlog ended the year at 8.7 months, which is still 4.4 percent higher than one year ago.

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