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Mid America states recognized for transportation projects

Indianapolis — State transportation department projects that are improving safety across all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars and showcasing new innovations, were named recipients of top honors in the mid America regional America's Transportation Awards competition at the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 annual meeting.

HNTB Corporation among firms selected for South Coast Rail project

Boston – A 10-year program and construction management contract for the construction of the long-awaited South Coast Rail project has been awarded jointly to HNTB Corporation and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. The initial first-year contract will fund program management; data collection, including environmental site assessments; partial preliminary design; environmental permitting and public outreach.

Horner & Shifrin to oversee Corps of Engineers levee repairs

O’Fallon, Ill. — Horner & Shifrin (H&S) was selected by the JL Brown Contracting Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide construction management services for six levee repair projects in the bi-state area caused by heavy flooding damage last summer. Work on these projects, which total over $1.3 million, began in late May.

Woolpert to provide aerial mapping for West Virginia

Dayton, Ohio — Woolpert, a national geospatial, infrastructure management and design firm headquartered in Dayton, was awarded a one-year contract with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways to provide on-call aerial photography and mapping services to support the design of roadway and bridge projects. The agreement, valued at up to $750,000 in the first year, may be extended for an additional one-year term.

R.A. Smith National provides surveying, sitework engineering for rehabilitation of Milwaukee neighborhoods

Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith National, a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm, is providing surveying, site planning, and grading and erosion control design to Gorman & Company, Inc. for the rehabilitation of homes in inner-city Milwaukee neighborhoods. R.A. Smith National has provided surveying services for more than 200 sites since 2006 and engineering services for more than 60 new home sites since 2011.

AECOM acquires Hunt Construction Group

Los Angeles — AECOM Technology Corporation acquired Hunt Construction Group, significantly adding to AECOM’s construction services business. Commercial construction management firm Hunt Construction Group, which serves clients in both the public and private sectors, was established in 1944, has more than 700 employees in nine U.S. offices, and generated revenues of $1.2 billion in 2013.

MCEER earthquake engineer: ‘U.S. not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area’

Buffalo, N.Y. — On July 29, Andrew Whittaker, Ph.D., S.E., director of MCEER at the University at Buffalo, will tell Congress that the United States is not prepared for effects of a major earthquake in a large urban area. He will do so during testimony before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology at a hearing to review the National Earthquake Hazards reduction Program (NEHRP).

Wight & Company celebrates 75th year in business

Chicago — Wight & Company announced its 75th year in business. The architecture, engineering and construction company is celebrating this milestone with the launch of a 75th anniversary microsite that honors the firm’s legacy, highlights major company achievements, and provides perspective on the future of the company and the industry at large. The celebration of the firm’s history will continue over the next several months with content being rolled out in phases.

AIAI releases P3 Best Practices Guide

New York — The Board of Directors of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) recently introduced the AIAI Best Practices Guide, an educational resource for public-private partnerships (P3s). This first-of-its-kind publication serves as a national source for P3 best practices.

Hatch Mott MacDonald-led team to provide engineering, design and permitting services for Northeast Energy Direct Project

Iselin, N.J. — Hatch Mott MacDonald was selected by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., to lead a regional team that will provide engineering, design and permitting services for TGP’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. The Project includes interstate natural gas transmission pipelines, crossing parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire, as well as new and upgraded compression facilities and related infrastructure.

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