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Professional liability insurers seek stable rates amid competition

Washington, D.C. — For the third consecutive year, most insurers providing professional liability insurance for architects and engineers saw their premium rates increase modestly in 2014, as expectations of larger rate hikes were tempered by steady competition. A new survey by insurance broker Ames & Gough finds a majority of these insurers are anticipating further modest increases this year, albeit at levels below their gains in prior years.

Purdue technologies could lead to more drinkable, cleaner water

West Lafayette, Ind. — An estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide drink water that is contaminated by human and animal waste, according to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 would be observed annually as "World Day for Water." This year's topic is water and sustainable development. Purdue University researchers are developing technologies that could address water safety and drinkability.

New headquarters features tension fabric structures

South Haven, Minn. — Legacy Building Solutions, a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings, constructed and opened a new corporate office at its headquarters in South Haven, Minn. The framework of the new facility utilizes the same structural steel design featured on all Legacy buildings, complete with a polyethylene roof, fabric roof liner and insulation. Legacy’s distinctive architectural expertise is also on full display in the form of a large fabric awning positioned over a vestibule at the main entrance.

Transportation proposal could force states to raise gas taxes

Washington, D.C. — Transportation legislation being pushed in Congress by Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and like-minded conservative activist groups would force states to raise their gasoline and diesel motor fuel taxes, on average, about 23.5 cents-per-gallon by 2020 if they wanted to maintain their current annual investment in highway and bridge improvements and public transportation, an analysis of federal and state data shows. The states’ only other options, if the proposal was enacted, would be to raise other taxes, redirect an equivalent amount of revenue from other state programs, or slash their road, bridge and transit improvement program.

Redi-Rock named one of ‘Michigan 50 Companies to Watch’

Charlevoix, Mich. — Redi-Rock International will be honored at the 11th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7, 2015, at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Redi-Rock is a licensor of a proprietary steel forming system used to manufacture 2,000-pound retaining wall blocks. Today, 130 independently owned and operated licensees around the globe provide retaining wall solutions for incredible projects.

G2 Crowd ranks civil engineering design software

Chicago — The first Grid report for civil engineering design software, published by business software review platform G2 Crowd, ranks eight products to help purchasers in their selections. The Spring 2015 report is based on more than 200 reviews written by engineering professionals.

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. celebrates 80th Anniversary

Houston — From its humble beginnings as a small Houston firm with two Aggie engineers in 1935 to its current standing as a leading civil engineering firm in the United States, the journey of Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) has been one filled with milestones. On March 16, 2015, LAN hit another milestone when it celebrated its 80th anniversary. To mark the occasion, employees were honored with service awards and gifts at the firm’s headquarters in Houston.

CFSEI publishes new Technical Note

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has published a new Technical Note titled “Design for Splicing of Cold-Formed Steel Wall Studs” (Tech Note W106-15), the latest in its continuing series of instructional documents on topics related to cold-formed steel framing for commercial and residential construction.

Skanska video explains P3s

Development and construction company Skanska developed the following video to explain what a public-private partnership (P3) is and how this collaboration model works.

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