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SMDI appoints Mark A. Thimons to head Steel Recycling Institute

Washington, D.C. — The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), announces that Mark A. Thimons will succeed Gregory Crawford as Vice President of the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI). Crawford announced his upcoming retirement earlier this year. Thimons joined SMDI in November 2010 as director of construction sustainability and has over 25 years of experience in steel construction products and steel product sustainability.

Louis Berger celebrates opening of newly constructed lanes on New Jersey Turnpike

Morristown, N.J. — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority celebrated the opening of newly constructed lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike between Interchange 6 and 9 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The $2.3 billion Interchange 6 to 9 Widening Program added three outer lanes in each direction between Interchanges 6 and 8A, and one outer lane in each direction between Interchanges 8A and 9. This program represents the largest widening effort in the 62-year history of the Authority and one of the largest infrastructure projects completed in the Western Hemisphere during the past several years.

Jacobs Associates and McMillen LLC announce intent to merge

San Franciso — San Francisco-based engineering and consulting firm Jacobs Associates and Boise-based engineering and construction firm McMillen LLC announce today that the two firms intend to merge. McMillen Jacobs Associates will have a staff of 380, working out of 19 offices across North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Team selected to replace 558 Pennsylvania bridges

Harrisburg, Pa. — PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced that Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners was selected for the department’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a Public-Private Partnership (P3) to replace 558 bridges across the state. The team, which included 11 Pennsylvania-based subcontractors in its proposal, must begin construction in summer 2015 and complete the replacements within 36 months. The commonwealth retains ownership of the bridges, but the team is responsible for maintaining each bridge for 25 years after its replacement.

EPA invites communities to apply for assistance to build resilience, pursue revitalization

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited communities to apply for technical assistance to implement smart growth development approaches. EPA is offering this technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies.

Officials celebrate opening of Englewood flyover

Chicago — Federal, state and local officials on Oct. 23 celebrated the opening of the $142 million Englewood flyover, a major railroad bridge that has eliminated a significant source of train delays on the south side of Chicago and has reduced emissions and noise from idling trains in the neighborhood. The flyover bridge replaced a crossing between the Metra Rock Island tracks and a set of Norfolk Southern tracks at 63rd and State St.

11th Street Bridge Park selects OMA + OLIN design

Washington, D.C. — After a seven-month nationwide competition, the 11th Street Bridge Park competition jury unanimously selected OMA + OLIN as the design team for Washington D.C.’s first elevated park over the Anacostia River. The design team was asked to transform an aged-out freeway bridge into a one of a kind new civic space over the Anacostia River.

NACTO announces Global Designing Cities Program

San Francisco — The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced that it will develop and publish a new Global Street Design Guide, the first-ever worldwide standard for designing city streets and prioritizing safety, pedestrians, transit and sustainable mobility. The guide is the first project of what will become the Global Designing Cities Program, a multi-year initiative to provide guidance on street and public space design to cities around the world.

Q3 engineering and construction deals continue to gain momentum

New York — The engineering and construction industry had a record-setting number of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions (valued at $50 million or more), with 66 deals in the third quarter of 2014, according to Engineering growth, a quarterly analysis of the global deal activity in the engineering and construction industry by PwC US. This represents the most deals seen in a single quarter since at least 2007, when PwC began reporting quarterly engineering and construction deal trends.

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