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Home builder confidence rises in August

Washington, D.C. — Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August. This third consecutive monthly gain brings the index to its highest level since January.

CH2M HILL wins DBIA national awards

Denver — The Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-71/I-670 Columbus Crossroads Interchange received the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Award of Merit in the Transportation category. CH2M HILL also received two National Awards of Merit in the Water/Wastewater category for the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility in Tucson, Ariz., and the Wilsonville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wilsonville, Ore.

CTLGroup forms strategic alliance with Cibor Geoconsultants

Skokie, Ill. — Cibor Geoconsultants joined CTLGroup in a strategic alliance to jointly pursue and execute complex engineering and materials science projects throughout the U.S. and globally. A particular focus will be serving private and public clients in the infrastructure, energy, and oil and gas sectors. The CTLGroup/Cibor alliance will address problems for clients in forensic geotechnical engineering, cement-based materials, structural assessment and structural health monitoring.

Stanley Consultants’ Florida projects honored for excellence

Sarasota and Tampa, Fla. — Two of Stanley Consultants’ projects in Florida have been recognized for excellence by professional associations. The Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) awarded the Sarasota County Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility Expansion with an Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) awarded a project on the University of Tampa campus with the Best in Construction Award in the Utility Coordination – Damage Prevention Category.

Klotz Associates opens office in Fort Worth

Dallas — Klotz Associates opened a new office in Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth office will expand the reach of the engineering firm, which already serves a large part of the state from offices in Houston, Lufkin, San Antonio and Austin. Duane M. Hengst, P.E., will serve as the regional manager for the new office.

Ohio River Bridges lawsuit dismissed

Louisville, Ky. — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to halt construction of the $2.3 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel said an organization opposed to the project failed to raise a single factual issue to support its allegations that the project’s state partners — the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) — violated federal environmental and civil rights laws in carrying out the project.

New AASHTO design guide to improve integration of transit facilities in roadway environment

Washington, D.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials created a design guide to help transportation planners successfully integrate transit facilities into the roadway environment. The Guide for Geometric Design of Transit Facilities on Highways and Streets is a user-friendly publication that provides a single, comprehensive reference of current best-practices for a wide range of transit facilities including buses, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, streetcars, and light rail transit systems.

Standard approved for intumescent coatings to protect structural steel in fire

W. Conshohocken, Pa. — Intumescent coatings produce an insulating char when activated by heat or flame. Such coatings are designed to safeguard the structural integrity of steel under fire conditions and to maintain safe temperatures for a specified period of time. A new ASTM standard will cover the specification, application and inspection of intumescent fire-resistant materials to structural steel.

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