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HDR acquires ICA and MEI

OMAHA, Neb. — HDR continues to expand its service capabilities with the acquisition of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Infrastructure Corporation of America (ICA), which specializes in transportation engineering, asset maintenance and management, and the asset purchase of MEI, LLC, a liquid natural gas (LNG) consulting firm based in Pooler, Ga. ICA will do business as HDR | ICA, and MEI will operate as HDR | MEI. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Better dam planning strategies

Montreal, Quebec — When dams are built, they have an impact not only on the flow of water in the river, but also on the people who live downstream and on the surrounding ecosystems. By placing data from close to 6,500 existing large dams on a highly precise map of the world’s rivers, an international team led by McGill University researchers has created a new method to estimate the global impacts of dams on river flow and fragmentation.

DOWL HKM simplifies its name to DOWL

DOWL HKM is shortening its name to DOWL. In 2008, DOWL Engineers merged with HKM Engineering. DOWL’s President, Stewart G. Osgood, P.E., said the two similarly-sized firms each had more than 50 years of history and reputation in their respective communities, and at the time, losing either of the names would have meant an identity crisis in their marketplaces. To keep both names, the firm adopted DOWL HKM as its moniker.

Woolpert to repeat as design firm for DoD school facilities

DAYTON, Ohio — Woolpert, a national A&E, geospatial firm headquartered in Dayton, has again been selected to provide full design and construction-based services for the replacement of aging primary and secondary schools serving the students of U.S. military families worldwide. Under the contract, Woolpert will continue to design school facilities under the 21st Century Education Initiative set forth by the Department of Defense Education Activities (DoDEA).

Skyscrapers and cityscapes: 2014’s Best Tall Buildings

New York — Highlighting the best tall building construction from 2014, Best Tall Buildings: A Global Overview of 2014 Skyscrapers seeks to represent projects with the most innovative design and those which strive to advance the profile of the tall building as an integrated sustainable element in cities across the world. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s foremost authority on tall buildings. This book chronicles the annual awards process, in which the CTBUH recognizes outstanding tall buildings and design innovations that advance the potential of integrated sustainability in cities across the world.

New Amtrak NEC website highlights infrastructure projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new Amtrak website aims to raise awareness about Northeast Corridor (NEC) infrastructure needs, and build support for capital investment in projects crucial to support economic growth in the region and meet a growing demand for passenger rail service.

CoMET Business Council publishes do-it-yourself, client-satisfaction survey tool

Silver Spring, Md. — The Construction-Materials Engineering and Testing (CoMET) Business Council has published a new Client-Satisfaction Survey Tool for Firms Providing CoMET Services. A subset of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), the CoMET Business Council developed the new tool to help construction-materials engineering and testing (CoMET) practices gauge their clients’ satisfaction by conducting a survey to elicit client representatives’ opinions about the service they received and their suggestions for improvement.

Indiana releases $200 Million for 'Major Moves 2020' construction

Indianapolis — Governor Mike Pence announced that he will ask the State Budget Committee to to release the remaining $200 million set aside for the “Major Moves 2020” highway construction program. Following the 2014 legislative session, Governor Pence signed HEA 1002 into law. The act invested $200 million in interstate expansion projects and set aside an additional $200 million for release pending December’s revenue forecast.

Pensmore Foundation's Energy Research Lab up and running

Hampden-Sydney, Va. — The Energy Research Laboratory (ERL), under construction at Hampden-Sydney College (HSC) in south central Virginia, has reached a new milestone. The freestanding building is now enclosed, and initial research is underway.

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