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EPA offers webcast: Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. — On Nov. 4, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a webcast, Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure, as part of its Green Infrastructure Program 2014 Webcast Series sponsored by the Office of Wastewater Management. This 90-minute webcast will provide an overview of green infrastructure financing strategies and highlight a community that leveraged Clean Water State Revolving Fund resources for a flood mitigation project that provided multiple economic, environmental and social benefits.

GDP report shows increasing positivity for nonresidential construction

Washington, D.C. — Nonresidential fixed investment grew 5.5 percent in the third quarter after expanding 9.7 percent in the second quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis' Oct. 30 gross domestic product (GDP) report. It has now expanded by greater than 5 percent in four of the past five quarters. In addition, investment in equipment increased 7.2 percent, while investment in nonresidential structures increased 3.8 percent.

New AASHTO tool updates transportation revenue options

Washington, D.C. — While public officials continue to discuss ways to fund a new surface transportation authorization, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has updated its popular matrix of revenue generating options with new easy-to-understand graphics.

VIATechnik creates intelligent 3D model for reconstruction of Cedars-Sinai Steven Spielberg Building

Chicago — VIATechnik, a Chicago-based engineering firm, has partnered with Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and LCS Constructors, Inc. on a reconstruction project of the Steven Spielberg Building. Construction is nearing completion on this cryogenic lab and storage facility. The space has been transformed to include 80 liquid nitrogen freezers with chilled beams, as well as cutting edge research and laboratories.

DHS Science and Technology Directorate unveils new goals

Washington, D.C. — Dr. Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for Science and Technology, announced the new visionary goals for the department’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). These visionary goals will drive S&T’s strategic plan.

MWH Global to be featured in a Special Edition of H2’s Modern Marvels highlighting the Panama Canal project

Broomfield, Colo. — MWH Global announced that it will be sponsoring Radiant Features of Los Angeles in their filming of a special edition of H2’s Modern Marvels series that will focus on the Panama Canal expansion project. The special edition episode of Modern Marvels will focus on the engineering challenges that were faced as a part of updating the 100-year-old Panama Canal.

New white paper provides guidance on financing industrial water reuse

Alexandria, Va. — There is good news for commercial, industrial, and institutional water users looking to treat and reuse water onsite as a means of increasing the reliability of water supplies and achieving sustainability goals. A new law went into effect on October 1, 2014, allowing private-sector companies to obtain Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loans to construct onsite industrial water reuse projects for the first time.

ANSI approves 2015 NDS and SDPWS standards

Leesburg, Va. — The American Wood Council (AWC) 2015 “National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction” and “Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic” (SDPWS) standards have been approved as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Both standards are referenced for compliance with the International Code Council’s upcoming 2015 “International Building Code” (IBC).

AWC statement on USGBC extending LEED 2009

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued a statement regarding the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announcement that LEED 2009 will remain an available option for projects until Oct. 31, 2016. LEED 2009 was previously expected to be phased out in 2015.

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