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Virginia adopts revised $13.2 billion transportation program, accepts P3 reforms

Richmond, Va. — The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) adjusted the FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program in part to identify a group of projects that will be scored under House Bill 2. The board also approved reforms to increase transparency and competition and to better evaluate the public’s risk for transportation projects delivered under the Public Private Transportation Act.

CCPPP announces P3 awards

Toronto — The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) announced the 2014 recipients of the National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), including the C.W. Chuck Wills Award that recognizes outstanding achievement in the municipal sector.

JQ fills project pipeline

Fort Worth, Texas — JQ continues to fill its pipeline with engineering projects in Fort Worth and throughout Texas, according to JQ principal Thomas L. Scott, P.E., LEED AP of the Fort Worth office. “We have a very talented team that has helped us win great projects,” Scott said. “We also have a very loyal group of clients whose expansion throughout Texas has enabled us to grow with them.”

Michigan’s first BRT opens to strong ridership

Grand Rapids, Mich. — With operations in full swing, the Silver Line in Grand Rapids is gaining momentum. The state’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which was designed by CDM Smith and began service on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, drew an average of 2,500 riders per day during its first week (in which all trips were free). Through the end of September, weekday ridership held steady and weekends brought a strong average of roughly 1,300 riders.

NCAT provides guidance on AASHTO 93 Structural Layer Coefficient

Auburn, Ala. — The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) recently released guidance on recalibrating the structural asphalt layer coefficient in the AASHTO 1993 Design Guide. The AASHTO 93 design methods are based on empirical data gathered in road tests from 1958 to 1960.

WSP acquires ccrd

New York and Houston — International engineering design and environmental consultancy WSP acquired ccrd, a national MEP engineering and commissioning firm, announced David Cooper, president and chief executive officer of WSP’s USA region. The acquisition expands the national presence of WSP, which has its U.S. headquarters in New York City, bringing its Buildings staff to 1,050 employees across 16 offices in the U.S.

Tilt-Up Concrete Association announces winners of 24th Annual Achievement Awards

Mt. Vernon, Iowa — The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) announced the recipients of the 24th Annual Tilt-Up Achievement Awards. The Achievement Awards program was established by TCA to honor projects that represent an increasing diversity of building types constructed with site-cast tilt-up concrete as well as those that advance industry technology, apply innovative form and provide unique solutions to building programs.

DOT celebrates groundbreaking of major LA Subway Extension

Los Angeles – The U.S Department of Transportation’s Acting Federal Transit Administrator (FTA) Therese McMillan participated in the groundbreaking of the 3.9-mile Westside Purple Line Section 1 Extension that will expand transit options in one of the most congested corridors in Los Angeles County.

NYC announces major expansion of green infrastructure program

New York — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced a major expansion of New York City’s nationally recognized Green Infrastructure Program. Over the coming months the city will accelerate the ongoing construction to build approximately 2,000 specially designed curbside gardens in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. When construction is completed, the 2,000 curbside gardens, also called bioswales, will have the capacity to collect and absorb more than 4 million gallons of stormwater when it rains.

Pioneering Keast & Hood structural engineer, historic preservationist retires after 58 years

Philadelphia — Carl A. Baumert, Jr., P.E., structural engineer and historic preservationist, who worked with Keast & Hood for nearly 60 years, will formally retire in a celebration Nov. 14, 2014, at the Union League of Philadelphia. Baumert worked on some of the region’s most recognizable structures, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art main and Perelman Buildings, City Hall, University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, and the Union League of Philadelphia.

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