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Key West wins 2014 Plant Operations Excellence Award

Denver — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently selected the CH2M HILL-operated Key West Richard A. Heyman Wastewater Treatment Plant to receive its 2014 Plant Operations Excellence Award. The award is presented annually to facilities that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in management, operations, and maintenance.

Idaho ‘lateral slide’ bridge project wins excellence award

Boise, Idaho — The project to replace the 83-year-old Lardo Bridge in McCall, open to traffic since November 2014, won a recent “Excellence in Concrete” award from the Intermountain Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. The bridge is located at the outlet to Payette Lake on the southwest shore. Ralph L. Wadsworth and Lochner used ITD's conceptual design to complete the bridge design and build the new bridge. The construction/design contract was $3.64 million.

DOT Secretary Foxx announces bus tour to highlight infrastructure deficit

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will launch a four-day bus tour on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Beginning in Tallahassee, Fla., and visiting five states and the District of Columbia, Secretary Foxx will hit the road to highlight the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure, and to encourage Congress to act on a long-term transportation bill.

Nominees announced for Global Project of the Year Awards

Washington, D.C. — CG/LA Infrastructure, Inc. announced the finalists for the 2015 Global Project of the Year Awards. Voting for the award winners is open to the public, Project of the Year awards are given in five categories covering strategy, job creation, environmental impact, finance, and engineering.

NTSB urges immediate action on emergency response to smoke in tunnels

Washington, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board issued urgent recommendations to the Federal Transit Administration, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the American Public Transportation Association calling for improved ventilation procedures during smoke and fire events in tunnels.

Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary orders targeted inspections of bridges statewide

Hanover, Md. — Working to ensure motorist safety and alleviate concerns regarding the structural integrity of Maryland bridges, Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the State Highway Administration (SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) to immediately inspect all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the I-495/I-95 (Capital Beltway) bridge that is being repaired after a piece of concrete fell onto a car below driving along Suitland Road on Feb. 10. The statewide directive applies to 27 state-owned bridges — all built prior to 1969, have traffic underneath and are in similar condition to the Capital Beltway bridge.

Stevens & Wilkinson reimagines Georgia state capitol grounds

Atlanta — Stevens & Wilkinson, a full-service commercial architecture, engineering and interior design firm based in Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., announced the completion of Liberty Plaza, an outdoor civic space that expands Georgia’s Capitol Hill grounds across Capitol Avenue for public use.

Milhouse Engineering acquires Zroka Engineering

Chicago — Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. acquired Chicago-based Zroka Engineering, P.C., a woman-owned structural engineering consulting and design firm. With the acquisition, Milhouse becomes the largest African American-owned engineering and architectural company in Chicago and one of the fastest-growing in the United States. Joining forces with Zroka greatly expands Milhouse’s breadth of structural engineer capabilities and increases its market competitiveness, enabling the company to offer a broader, more diverse range of services in multiple practice areas.

Merrick forms partnership with Juniper Unmanned

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Merrick & Company’s Geospatial Solutions (GSS) team has entered into a business partnership with Juniper Unmanned, a full-service provider of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) solutions. The purpose of this new business relationship is to provide professional services and products to organizations that value growth opportunities in the rapidly emerging UAS worldwide marketplace.

Illinois researchers to develop track components for rail transit systems

Urbana, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will work to develop better track components for rail transit systems, thanks to a $2.4 million, two-year grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) in U of I’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) will develop new designs for concrete crossties and fastening systems used in light rail, heavy rail and commuter rail infrastructure that take into account their unique loading conditions.

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