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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.

Researchers use unmanned aircraft to inspect energy pipeline route

Blacksburg, Va. — The first Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech test flight using a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft to inspect an energy pipeline route — with a piloted chase plane following behind to ensure safety beyond the ground observers' sight line — was completed last week. The flight was a step toward making aerial inspections of energy pipelines safer and more economical, researchers say.

ARTBA launches Transportation Investment Advocates Council

Washington, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) launched a Transportation Investment Advocates Council to provide a home for a national network of business professionals and public officials who share a common interest in building support for transportation infrastructure investments in their state or local community.

EPA awards $2.5 million to Arizona to improve surface water quality

San Francisco — The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $2.5 million to the State of Arizona for projects to help restore water quality in the state’s polluted water bodies. With an additional $1.6 million leveraged by the state for these activities, more than $4 million is available this year to improve surface water quality.

CBO report details public spending on transportation and water infrastructure, 1956 to 2014

Washington, D.C. — Public spending — spending by federal, state, and local governments — on transportation and water infrastructure totaled $416 billion in 2014. Most of that spending came from state and local governments: They provided $320 billion, and the federal government accounted for $96 billion. A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report provides information on spending for six types of transportation and water infrastructure.

STV Acquires DPM

New York — STV acquired Diversified Project Management (DPM), a provider of owner’s project management services throughout the greater Boston/New England region. Based in Newton, Mass., and Hartford, Conn., DPM will become part of STV’s construction management practice, and will operate as STV/DPM.

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