Maryland DOT Names Successor For Departing Chief Pete Rahn

Agency veteran Gregory Slater will lead state push for P3s, of which Rahn was an aggressive and controversial champion.

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Agency veteran Gregory Slater will lead state push for P3s, of which Rahn was an aggressive and controversial champion.

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Training is the keystone of our rapidly changing industry, and Northern California carpenters are trained to work safely, productively and, through continuous training, to keep pace with new technology and new ways of working.

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ATLANTA – (12.12.2019) – Pond, an industry leader in engineering, construction, architecture and planning services, is proud to be named a 2020 American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) Engineering Excellence State Award winner for the work accomplished on the Samsung Electronics, Complex 3 Expansion in Newberry, South Carolina.

When Samsung needed to expand their existing home appliance manufacturing facility, they had to enlist a firm that could successfully navigate an aggressive project schedule and existing site obstacles. Pond’s all-inclusive approach to industrial engineering, architecture and construction management provided Samsung with the right mix of expertise.

Pond began working immediately on the $3.4 million, 340,000 square-foot complex to meet the aggressive  seven-month timeline. Pond’s integrated approach to design and engineering ran concurrently with construction operations to handle each phase of this difficult project. 

“The team involved in the process showed extreme dedication to the success of not only this project, but to the goals and values of our organization,” said Sanghoon Park, Samsung’s project director.  “We were consistently impressed by their coordinated efforts to meticulously design and construct with our manufacturing processes in mind.”

Pond exceeded the project expectations by promptly delivering the facility on-time, which allowed  Samsung to enhance production capacity and create new jobs for the surrounding South Carolina communities.

“This project has shown what teamwork, good communication, and a common commitment to success can accomplish,” said Pond’s Director of Structural Engineering, Mark Hanselman.

As a State Award winner, this Pond project is now eligible to win the ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards competition, announced in Spring 2020. ACEC Georgia will recognize the winners at their annual ceremony on March 14th, 2020.

About Pond

Pond was recently named Southeast Design Firm of the Year by ENR and is ranked #107 of ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms List. Pond is a technology-driven full-service engineering, architecture, planning, and construction firm providing design solutions to defense, government, corporate and private clients worldwide. With locations throughout the U.S. and overseas, Pond is one of the fastest growing A/E/C firms in the country.

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Atlanta, GA – French & Parrello Associates (FPA), a multidiscipline engineering and environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce the opening of a new regional office in Atlanta, Georgia. FPA’s Atlanta location represents a significant geographic expansion for the firm and the first office in the Southeastern region of the United States.

The decision to open an FPA office in Atlanta was in response to key clients and telecommunications projects in the southeast.  The office will be led by Michael A. Sandifer, FPA’s Director of Telecommunications for the region. Mr. Sandifer joined FPA in July, bringing extensive experience in telecommunications infrastructure projects.

“We are very excited to officially open an office in this new market,” stated Peter J. Tardy, PE, Senior Vice President and Telecommunications Group Leader. “While the current focus in this region will be servicing our Telecommunications clients, we look forward to expanding our project portfolio to include many of our other services in the future.”

With existing offices in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, FPA has a long history of servicing clients in the Northeast and has provided services for projects in many sectors, including infrastructure, healthcare, education, and commercial and private development.  FPA’s Atlanta location is located at 100 North Point Center East, Suite 251, Alpharetta, Georgia 30022. 

Celebrating over 45 years of engineering and consulting excellence with over 160 professionals across eight locations throughout the North and Southeast, French & Parrello Associates provides innovative and effective multidiscipline engineering design and environmental services for clients in both the public and private sectors. To learn more, visit

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OMAHA, Neb. — Ken Lambert, P.E., has joined HDR as principal project manager. Lambert brings alternative delivery expertise in large, multi-disciplined infrastructure programs and will work directly with HDR’s transportation clients to execute projects from proposal to completion.

Located in our Las Vegas office, Lambert will be responsible for the overall delivery of large programs or projects, coordinating planning, staffing, reviews and more to achieve successful delivery. Lambert will have the opportunity to leverage his expertise on a range of transportation infrastructure projects and delivery methods from traditional methods to design-build and construction manager/general contractor and emerging methods across the spectrum.

With previous experience in the public and private sectors, Lambert has been honing his engineering expertise for almost four decades. In that time, he has been involved in a range of transportation projects and delivery methods, including the design and management of capital improvement projects including highways and interchanges, arterial roadways, intelligent transportation systems, rail improvements, pedestrian bridges, trails and public landscaping projects.

“I truly enjoy the challenges and innovations that stem from working as part of a team of owners, designers and contractors on conventional and alternative delivery projects,” Lambert said. “I always strive to improve the delivery of projects for the benefit of our clients, HDR and the public.”

The bulk of his project experience involves bringing diverse groups of stakeholders together – often with competing interests – to cooperatively develop alternative or conventional project solutions that meet the needs of all parties.

“We are eager to take advantage of Ken’s experience in the public and private sectors to enhance our large-scale transportation programs. His expertise and tremendous reputation in the industry will be an enormous asset to our team,” said Program Management Director Ken Smith.

Lambert has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has served as the board president of both the American Council of Engineering Companies-Nevada and as a board member of the American Public Works Association, Southern Nevada Branch.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

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With diversity and inclusive policies providing quantifiable benefits, construction companies sharpen their focus on LGBTQ+ employee recruitment and retention

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ENR Northwest is pleased to announce that Mike Rigsby will receive the 2019 Northwest Legacy Award for the region of Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

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Engineers join forces with largest global alliance for city climate leadership to accelerate the development of future-proof infrastructure

MADRID – Today at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy jointly announced with the American Society of Civil Engineers a new collaboration as part of the recently launched International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, to advance practical solutions to adapt infrastructure to a changing climate, close the resilience investment gap and break down barriers to action across the globe.

Over the next 50 years, the global population will face unprecedented challenges – from rising seas to more frequent extreme weather events – which will happen against a backdrop of significant societal changes and advances in technology. With these global trends already posing well-documented challenges, ASCE and the Global Covenant of Mayors signed an agreement to advance a coalition focused on the following actions:

  • Identify, prioritize and better understand the gaps and barriers for the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of sustainable and resilient infrastructure;
  • Cultivate and unlock the full potential of untapped partnerships and investments to reduce the impacts of extreme weather events, create sustainable and resilient infrastructure and enable better decision-making and outcomes and
  • Identify and outline practical plans of action and resources for implementing strategies that achieve realistic short-term goals and have measurable, long-term effects.

Coalition activities in 2020 will involve recruiting additional partners that are leaders in the infrastructure resilience field; sharing knowledge and training on global best key practices; connecting city leaders with engineering leaders and professionals; leveraging tools, standards, systems and data to measure and enhance sustainability and resilience and supporting the mobilization of critical financing and technical assistance needed to address infrastructure finance gaps for improving sustainability and resilience.

“Our climate is changing before our eyes and poses a challenge to every country around the world,” said ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. “Addressing the impacts of climate change is going to require a holistic and cross-jurisdictional approach. Civil engineers are uniquely positioned to provide the technical expertise needed to make sustainable infrastructure projects a reality around the world.”

“Climate change is a deadly threat to people living in cities – and that’s especially true of the danger it poses to infrastructure, and what happens when it fails,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Global Covenant Co-Chair and Co-Founder. “The expertise the ASCE brings to the table is exactly what cities need to make smarter, faster decisions about how to better prepare and become more resilient in the face of this climate crisis.

Amanda Eichel, Executive Director of the Global Covenant said: Cities across the world have clear and concrete plans to build climate change resiliency into their infrastructure projects, but the vast majority cannot move those plans forward without additional engineering behind them. This partnership will be a monumental step forward in helping cities make their visions a reality.”

Tom Lewis, ASCE’s chair for the November 2019 Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure Leadership Summit and a Sector President from global engineering firm WSP said: “Through the development and facilitation of the recent global leadership summit that led to this collaborative agreement, I am proud to have played a part in bringing the Global Covenant and ASCE together in a way that will serve currently vulnerable urban dwellers and infrastructure across the globe. There is no single organization that can tackle the scale of the climate emergency and infrastructure resilience challenges alone – which is why we need innovative alliances like this one to leverage the throw weight of existing organizations and lead the way.”

About the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) 

GCoM is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,000 cities and local governments. The cities and partners of GCoM share a long-term vision of supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and towards a resilient and low-emission society. GCoM serves cities and local governments by mobilizing and supporting ambitious, measurable, planned climate and energy action in their communities by working with city/regional networks, national governments and other partners to achieve our vision. Led today by Michael R. Bloomberg and European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, the coalition comprises cities across 6 continents and 132 countries, representing over 800 million people or 10% of the global population.

About the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit or and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.

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