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City of Kyle selects LAN to lead transportation planning

Austin, Texas — The City of Kyle, Texas, selected planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as the lead firm to manage and develop the city’s transportation master plan. Prime Strategies, Inc. will provide funding strategies, Kimley-Horn will provide travel demand modeling services and Gap Strategies will provide public outreach services.

City officials optimistic on city financial health

Washington, D.C. — City officials are overwhelmingly feeling optimistic about the health and direction of local fiscal conditions for the first time since the recession, according to a new report from the National League of Cities. The 29th annual City Fiscal Conditions report shows that city revenues are showing the first positive growth in five years and cities are beginning to hire workers again.

Arup collaborates on 10 high-performance university science buildings

New York — Arup is involved with 10 university science centers throughout the U.S. The firm is performing multidisciplinary engineering and consulting services and implementing building information modeling, among other smart-building techniques to achieve client goals of energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental protection, and end-user comfort.

Padre Dam breaks ground on Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project

Santee, Calif. — With California’s ongoing drought and the cost of imported water continuing to rise, Padre Dam Municipal Water District broke ground on its new Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project. The project, funded through a $3 million Proposition 50 grant from the Department of Water Resources, will use advanced water purification technologies to potentially diversify East County’s water supply by providing a new source of water that is safe, reliable, locally controlled and drought-proof. The project is scheduled to begin operation in March 2015.

EPA develops webinar series on sustainable water and wastewater utilities

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working with leading utilities, associations and states, has developed a new guidance to help utilities develop their own "roadmap" to sustainability through the implementation of proven and sustainable practices across all facets of utility operations.

WEST Consultants awarded Corps contract

Portland, Ore. — WEST Consultants, Inc. has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, valued up to $4.9 million. Under this Hydrologic Engineering Services contract applicable to the entire Northwest Division of the Corps of Engineers, the WEST team will assist with hydrologic and hydraulic engineering and planning analysis, modeling, training, studies, and development of hydrologic and hydraulic engineering and planning software tools.

Engineering firms merge as Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, P.C.

Clifton Park, N.Y. — Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C., and Clark Engineering and Surveying, P.C., announced a new firm name after the two consulting engineering firms merged earlier this year. Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, P.C., is now one of the largest women-owned engineering firms in Upstate New York, providing structural engineering; civil engineering; repair and restoration; construction support, inspection, and testing; and surveying services.

Two commercial and five institutional projects honored with Awards of Excellence

Chicago — Two commercial and five institutional projects were named winners in the 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Awards competition. Twenty-four awards were presented to projects from throughout North America at the 52nd annual PCI Design Awards, which includes best-in-class awards for both transportation structures and buildings, as well as special awards for industry advancement, sustainable design, and all-precast concrete.

EPA and CEQ launch collaborative to advance green infrastructure

Washington, D.C. — On Oct. 8, EPA's Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance green infrastructure implementation. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.

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