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GEI supports successful FERC licensing for Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project

Sacramento, Calif. — GEI Consultants, Inc. announced that client Eagle Crest Energy Company has received its license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Eagle Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric project. FERC has authorized a total of 24 pumped storage projects that are constructed and in operation, with a total installed capacity of approximately 16,500 megawatts. Most of these projects were authorized more than 30 years ago.

EPA kicks off third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that engages college students in developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Through Campus RainWorks, teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, develop a proposed green infrastructure project for the campus, showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment.

Hatch Mott MacDonald to provide technical consultant services for Metrolinx

Iselin, N.J. — Metrolinx selected Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) to provide technical consultant services for the resignaling of the Union Station Rail Corridor and the provision of a new control system for the entire GO Transit rail network. GO Transit operates services over 264 route miles and 8 rail corridors. Approximately 70 percent are owned by GO Transit and dispatched by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway from respective control centers.

New cadet barracks to match historic buildings

West Point, N.Y. — Not too long ago, dozens of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point became ill and missed classes. According to the academy, what caused this is the fact that almost half of the Cadets are living in uncomfortable, crowded dorm rooms and that additional barracks are needed to relieve this situation. They tapped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, to construct a new barracks since the agency has already successfully built numerous structures on the historic campus.

FST opens new office in Quincy, Mass.

Burlington, Mass. — Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST) opened a new, 35-person office at 400 Crown Colony Drive in Quincy, Mass. The 100-year-old engineering, planning and environmental consulting firm established the office to ease the commute of its South of Boston employees, provide greater proximity to its Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod clients and accommodate the bulk of the staff from the recently acquired Norfolk Ram Group.

NRC report calls for national vision to achieve comprehensive coastal risk reduction

Washington, D.C. — A national vision for coastal risk management that includes a long-term view, regional solutions, and recognition of the full array of economic, social, environmental, and safety benefits that come from risk management is needed to reduce the impacts of natural disasters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, says a new report from the National Research Council. To support this vision, a national coastal risk assessment is needed to identify coastal areas that face the greatest threats and are high priorities for risk-reduction efforts.

Illinois governor signs Clean Water Initiative

Chicago — Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn is expected to sign into law legislation that will help Illinois cities better prepare for the impacts of climate change. The legislation, known as the Clean Water Initiative, provides much needed financial support for communities in Illinois to improve their stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water infrastructure, while also helping make those essential systems better prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change.

CFSEI webcast to review Built-Up Member Design Provisions

Washington, D.C. —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Back to Basics: A Review of AISI S100, S211 and S212 Built-Up Member Design Provisions” on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

HNTB Corporation adds multiple key rail transit experts to serve growing U.S. transit market

Kansas City, Mo. — Rail transit is quickly becoming an increasingly important transportation mode throughout the United States as highway congestion increases and the costs of owning and operating a vehicle rise. To meet the growing demand for multimodal transportation options, HNTB Corporation has expanded its rail transit practice over the last 12 months by adding 10 highly sought-after industry experts to its leadership team across the United States.

DelDOT updates status of I-495 Bridge

Wilmington, Del. — The job of building eight temporary towers beneath the I-495 southbound bridge deck and preparing them for the jacking operation is continuing. The positions on the top of the towers where the jacks will interact with the deck must be exact and are critical to the success of the project. This requires the bridge engineers to design and the contractor to fabricate and install a jacking system consisting of header beams, special housing boxes to hold the jacks, bracing, and many other custom steel components.

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