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AECOM appoints CEO Michael S. Burke as chairman of the board

Los Angeles — AECOM announced that its board of directors has appointed CEO Michael S. Burke to the additional position of chairman of the board. The appointment, effective March 4, completes a planned succession following the retirement of John M. Dionisio as executive chairman.

HRC merges with Mickalich Engineering, Inc.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (HRC), a 100-year-old, Michigan-based professional engineering services firm, announced that Mickalich Engineering, Inc. (MEI) will be merging with HRC. MEI was located in Clarkston, Mich., and provided engineering and surveying services to private development projects.

U.S. DOT proposes initiatives to give local workers a boost in federal investments

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a proposal for a new pilot program that will explore new ways to make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents for transportation projects. Federal contracting rules have traditionally prohibited the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from allowing recipients to use contract provisions that do not directly relate to the performance of work but further social or economic goals, functionally prohibiting local hire provisions. The pilot program will allow both agencies to test and evaluate the merits of such provisions and whether the existing competitive bidding process can be improved.

Newforma spins off Project Analyzer product

Manchester, N.H. — Newforma, Inc. is spinning off Newforma Project Analyzer to a new and independent company formed to focus on architecture and engineering project financial and resource management. was co-founded by Tom Vandervort, former director of product management at Newforma, and JJ Brantingham, former chief information officer and partner at Sebesta Blomberg, a full-service engineering and design services company.

Nonresidential construction spending dips in January

Washington, D.C. — Nonresidential construction spending fell 2 percent in January, which is the largest setback to spending since January 2014, according to the March 2 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, at $614.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, nonresidential construction spending still is 4.8 percent higher than one year ago. In addition, the spending estimate for December 2014 was revised downward from $627.1 billion to $627 billion and November's figure was revised from $624.8 billion to $621.9 billion.

Buildings with ‘rocking’ technology would be more earthquake-resilient, finds CWRU civil engineering professor

Cleveland — Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones of California and elsewhere, a Case Western Reserve University researcher has found. Those buildings would also be more easily and cheaply repaired and put back into use more quickly, said Michael Pollino, an assistant civil engineering professor at Case School of Engineering.

Seattle mayor launches transportation strategy

Seattle — Mayor Ed Murray launched Move Seattle, his 10-year vision for transportation in Seattle. The plan integrates Seattle’s many travel modes to better support everyone, whether walking, biking, riding transit, driving a car or delivering freight. With a strong emphasis on safety, maintenance, innovation, and performance measurement, the plan aims to improve travel even as the city continues to grow rapidly.

SPAR International 2015 keynotes announced

Portland, Maine — Ralph Rio, research director, ARC Advisory Group, and Dave Truch, technology director, CTO at BP International Limited, will deliver keynotes at SPAR International 2015. The 12th annual Conference & Exhibition on 3D Technologies for Asset Actualization will take place March 30-April 2, 2015 in Houston.

100 Resilient Cities and MWH Global announce partnership

Broomfield, Colo. — 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, announced a new partnership with MWH Global, an engineering, consulting and construction firm focused on water and natural resources, which will provide advisory and technical support services to improve water and wastewater systems and address other water-related risks in 100RC member cities.

Texas Transportation Commission approves more than $2 billion in road projects

Austin, Texas — Three months after Texas voters approved Proposition 1, adding $1.74 billion to the state highway fund, the Texas Transportation Commission approved construction of 201 road projects. Among the projects slated to begin work are more than 800 miles of rehabilitated highways; nearly 500 miles of new highway lanes; 64 bridge replacements; and 18 lane-widening enhancements that will add 159 miles of passing lanes to rural highways.

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