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WEST Consultants awarded Corps contract

Portland, Ore. — WEST Consultants, Inc. has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, valued up to $4.9 million. Under this Hydrologic Engineering Services contract applicable to the entire Northwest Division of the Corps of Engineers, the WEST team will assist with hydrologic and hydraulic engineering and planning analysis, modeling, training, studies, and development of hydrologic and hydraulic engineering and planning software tools.

Engineering firms merge as Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, P.C.

Clifton Park, N.Y. — Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C., and Clark Engineering and Surveying, P.C., announced a new firm name after the two consulting engineering firms merged earlier this year. Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, P.C., is now one of the largest women-owned engineering firms in Upstate New York, providing structural engineering; civil engineering; repair and restoration; construction support, inspection, and testing; and surveying services.

Two commercial and five institutional projects honored with Awards of Excellence

Chicago — Two commercial and five institutional projects were named winners in the 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards competition. Twenty-four awards were presented to projects from throughout North America at the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings, as well as special awards for industry advancement, sustainable design, and all-precast concrete.

EPA and CEQ launch collaborative to advance green infrastructure

Washington, D.C. — On Oct. 8, EPA's Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance green infrastructure implementation. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.

U.S. and U.K. building owners expect to increase involvement with BIM

New York — While building owners may not always directly use building information modeling (BIM), they are increasingly recognizing its value on their projects. McGraw Hill Construction released its new SmartMarket Report, The Business Value of BIM for Owners, which demonstrates that owners expect to grow their involvement with BIM rapidly.

AWC statement on DOE Green Standard Certification final rule

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule that establishes criteria for the use of green building certifications systems used by federal agencies.

WASD selects LAN as program manager for comprehensive water infrastructure assessment and replacement program

Miami — The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) system selected engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as program management consultant for its comprehensive water infrastructure and assessment program. LAN, along with sub-consultants CDM Smith and Milian Swain and Associates, will devise and establish a comprehensive program to evaluate and rehabilitate Miami-Dade County’s water transmission and distribution mains.

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition opens for entries

Washington, D.C. — The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC) congratulated the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the formal launch of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The Competition invites U.S. developers, institutions, organizations and design teams willing to undertake an alternative solution approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million.

Six bridge/transportation projects honored with Awards of Excellence

Chicago — Six bridge/transportation projects were named winners in the 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards competition. Twenty-four awards were presented to projects from throughout North America at the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings, as well as special awards for industry advancement, sustainable design, and all-precast concrete.

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