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Posts Tagged ‘ACEC’

ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — High Water Blues

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
High Water Blues - Oroville Dam Incident

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) In the wake of catastrophic loss of life from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, industry and Member Firm leaders assess the adequacy of U.S. flood protection systems Written by Bob Woods In the span of three weeks, from late August to mid-September 2017, three major hurricanes hit the United […]

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State of the Union Address: Reactions from the Infrastructure Community

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Trump’s first State of the Union address lasted a respectable 1 hour and 20 minutes, and delved into a familiar set of issues: jobs, economic growth, immigration, and national security. Infrastructure made a brief appearance, but many stakeholders around the country, on both sides of the aisle, are left with questions about the exact nature of Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2018 Legislative Outlook: Infrastructure Up Next

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Engineering Inc - Infrastructure Investment in 2018

Will 2016 Election Promises for Significant Infrastructure Investment Be Kept? Today’s political environment can be summed up in two, frustrating words: partisan gridlock. Aside from the year-end sprint to pass tax reform, it has become next-to-impossible to enact major legislation in several areas, including transportation, water infrastructure and energy. Expectations for 2018 nonetheless, remain high.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Walking the Walk for Sustainability

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
HDR - Washington, DC Office

In addition to providing solutions to meet client needs, member firms are creating their own facilities that demonstrate innovative sustainability.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Can P3s Rescue U.S. Infrastructure?

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Public-Private Partnerships: The Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach, California

Over the last decade, it has become increasingly clear that America’s infrastructure requires a significant upgrade. Roads, highways, bridges and tunnels have decayed and deteriorated—sometimes to the point of catastrophic failure. Yet, with tax dollars limited and funding for projects largely declining, finding a way out of the mess has been extraordinarily difficult.

“It has put the spotlight on public-private partnerships,” states Lee Weintraub, chair of public-private partnerships and vice chair of construction, law and litigation at Becker & Poliakoff.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Withstanding the Immense Power of Wind

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Engineering, Inc. - November/ December 2017

Engineering wind-resilient structures and spaces is a complicated endeavor that relies on both human ingenuity and science. Projects must also mesh with other environmental factors, including falling snow and ice, snow loads and solar conditions. Consulting firms tap detailed climatological data, local wind data and more to grasp how wind affects a structure in a particular spot. But that’s only a start.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Innovations in Airport Design

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Innovations in Airport Design - Quarry Lake

Since early 2016, a new 3,600-ton capacity geothermal system has been providing cooling for the entire terminal building at the Nashville International Airport, significantly reducing the facility’s use of both electricity and water. The nearly $10.4 million project finished three months ahead of schedule and under budget.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Enduring Legend of Gridlock Sam

Monday, September 11th, 2017
The Enduring Legend of Gridlock Sam: Sam Schwartz addresses employees at the company

“Gridlock Sam” Schwartz has always had an outsized presence in his endeavors. “He is, inarguably, the most beloved transportation engineer alive,” says Charles Komanoff, a New York City transport economist, who then adds with a smile, “Admittedly, there’s not much competition.”

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Higher and Higher: Member Firms Push the Limits to Design Effective and Attractive High-Rise Structures

Monday, July 31st, 2017
Seoul, South Korea: Supertall Skyscraper

In a creative blend of old and new, the fabled Steinway Hall on New York’s West 57th Street will soon begin a new career, its atrium serving as the elegant main entry for a supertall high-rise now under construction on the adjacent site. Featuring progressively greater setbacks on its northern face for a feathered rather than stepped profile, the new 1,428- foot tower’s glass curtain walls will offer unparalleled views of Central Park to the north and the Manhattan skyline to the south. Hearking back to the quality and detail of historic New York towers, the shear walls on the east and west are being clad with a custom-cast terra cotta, bronze filigree and glass façade.

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Franklin Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation in Minneapolis, MN

Monday, July 24th, 2017
HNTB Corporation, Franklin Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation

Major restoration of this historic five-span arch bridge over the Mississippi River would normally require a two-year closure, yet the span was reopened to traffic after just 116 days. With the renowned 1923-era Minneapolis landmark needing extensive structural rehabilitation, the project team designed and fabricated numerous bridge elements and systems, including deck panels, rail panels, cap beams, and ornamental railing panels, prior to closing the bridge to traffic. The design also included polished stainless steel plates embedded in the underside of the precast deck panels to reduce the number of needed expansion joints. The project is a model for reconstructing a bridge within a short time frame.

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