INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE PLAN Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, along with representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and state legislators, announced a comprehensive infrastructure maintenance plan during a press conference at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 12. The plan includes both an 18-month project list, which represents $2.2 billion in investment, and a 10-year list, which represents more than $10 billion in investment - made possible with funds generated by the Transportation Funding Act of 2015. A new website, www.GAroads.org, was also launched to help citizens track progress of the various statewide projects. “Through the leadership of GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, Planning Director Jay Roberts and State Transportation Board Chairwoman Emily Dunn, we are delivering results for Georgians in every corner of the state. In fact, for every dollar invested, Georgians will see four dollars in return. Over the next 18 months, nearly 60 percent of the projects contracted will be for maintenance of our roads and bridges. We are also upholding our promise of transparency through the GA Roads website, which provides clarity through features unprecedented in state history. This infrastructure investment will continue delivering dividends for years to come and keep Georgia a top destination for business and families,” Governor Deal stated in a press release. VHB ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF GT HILL PLANNERS, CORP. VHB announced it has acquired GT Hill Planners, Corp. (GTHP), an Atlanta- based firm which provides environmental and transportation planning service for public agencies, private clients and municipalities in Georgia. GTHP has completed more than 200 projects in Georgia since its founding in 2006. VHB has served the Southeast region for 30 years and recently established a location in Atlanta as part of its merger with GMB in 2015. “This acquisition builds upon our existing practice in Atlanta and strengthens our ability to solve these challenges by helping to improve mobility while balancing development needs with environmental stewardship,” said Michael J. Carragher, President of VHB, in a press release. GTHP and VHB will now do business as VHB in Georgia and both firms will remain in their current office locations. PROPOSED BILL AIMS TO ENCOURAGE HOPE STUDENTS TO PURSUE STEM COURSES A bill introduced by Representative Jan Jones (R-Milton) during the second week of the legislative session proposes giving students a half-point boost to their GPAs for enrolling in more challenging college courses, specifically courses related to one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. The goal of the legislation is to incentivize college students to not shy away from taking harder courses for fear of losing their HOPE scholarship, but to enroll in those courses that can lead to careers in fields that are in high-demand in Georgia. ECOWISE CIVIL DESIGN AND CONSULTING NOW PART OF POND & COMPANY Pond & Company, a metro Atlanta-based firm providing engineering, planning, architecture and construction services, announced the addition of EcoWise Civil Design and Consulting, as well as its President, Pamela Little, P.E. “The addition of EcoWise brings the civil group an experienced leader in Pam Little,” commented Bob Williams, Principal and Program Director for Pond. HATCH MOTT MACDONALD TO BECOME TWO DISTINCT BUSINESSES Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) will separate into two different companies: Mott MacDonald and Hatch Infrastructure. The separation is anticipated to be finalized in early 2016, with the firm’s U.S. business becoming part of Mott MacDonald and its Canada businesses becoming part of Hatch. NORTH PERIMETER CONTRACTORS SELECTED FOR I-285/SR 400 PROJECT The State Transportation Board announced it has accepted North Perimeter Contractors, comprised of Ferrovial Agroman US Corp. (lead contractor) and The Louis Berger Group and Neel-Schaffer, Inc. (lead designers), to design, construct and partially finance the I-285/SR 400 reconstruction project. The project entails the rebuilding of the I-285/SR 400 interchange, as well as improvements along I-285 from west of Roswell Road in Fulton County to east of Ashford-Dunwoody Road in DeKalb County and along SR 400 from the Glenridge Connector to Spalding Drive. The project will be financed through a public-private partnership (P3) - consisting of federal, state, Perimeter CID and private sector funds. It is estimated that the average commuter will save eight hours a year in commuting time as a result of the finished projects, which is expected to be completed by mid-2020. CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2016 SEAOG EXCELLENCE IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AWARDS The Structural Engineers Association of Georgia (SEAOG) is now accepting entries for its 2016 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards program. The goal of the Awards is to recognize creative achievements and innovations in structural engineering. For submission requirements and award categories, or to submit your firm’s project, visit www.seaog.org. CITY OF POOLER SEEKS LOAN FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION The city of Pooler, located in the metro-Savannah area, has requested a $4.92 million loan from the state of Georgia to fund an expansion of its wastewater treatment plant. The funds would be provided through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority’s revolving loan fund, according to a notice from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The plant can currently treat 2.5 million gallons of wastewater each day and is reported to be operating at 80 percent of its capacity. The loan would fund an upgrade to provide for treatment of 3.3 million gallons per day and decrease the plant’s operating capacity to 60 percent. CERM, headquartered in Tucker, Georgia, announced four new arrivals: Mafk C. Evans, P.E., Senior Project Manager; E. Allison Keefer, P.G., Manager - Environmental Services Group; James L. Mark, P.E., Senior Project Manager; and Jerri Sumlin, Manager - Client Services. CH2M has hired Matthew Houser, PLA as Program Manager - Urban Environments & Sports. In this role, Houser will provide program management, operations and maintenance services to cities, counties, regional authorities and state agencies in North America. CONTOUR ENGINEERING, LLC welcomed Scott Thomson, P.E. as a Principal/Vice President. In this role, Thomson will specifically help provide senior leadership within the firm’s geotechnical and construction materials testing practices. GRESHAM, SMITH & PARTNERS' Annie Blissit was selected as one of five 2016 ACEC Young Professional of the Year Award recipients. The ACEC Young Professional of Year Award recognizes accomplishments of young engineers who have made significant contributions to the industry in the early stages of their careers. Blissit works as an environmental EIT for projects spanning conceptual design through detail design, construction and facilities startup. HNTB CORPORATION hired Lisa Woods, P.E. as a Project Manager for the firm. A native of Valdosta, Georgia, Woods graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and completed her Master’s Degree there as well. She is a registered Professional Engineer in eight states across the Southeast. HUSSEY GAY BELL is proud to announce that Kelly Farabee, P.E. has achieved Professional Engineer licensure status. An employee of the firm since 2013, she has completed 17 signal designs, both modifications and new, as well as more than 20 traffic studies in the past three years alone. Farabee holds Bachelors degrees in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Clemson University, as well as a Master of Engineering degree from University of California, Berkeley. Farabee is IMSA Traffic Signal Level I-certified and currently seeking IMSA Traffic Signal Levell II certification. MOFFATT & NICHOL welcomed Zeb Treece, LEED AP, to its team as Construction Management Discipline Leader for the firm’s Savannah office construction administration team. Treece brings more than 16 years of industry experience to the new role, where he will coordinate with the design team, manage contractors, lead construction teams and perform quality control monitoring, among other responsibilities. NOVA ENGINEERING & ENVIRONMENTAL welcomed Project Manager John Patrick Baird, MS, PG and Transportation Sector Leader Thomas J. Hruby Jr., P.E., MBA to its Kennesaw office. As a Project Manager for the firm, Baird has 12 years of experience as an environmental consultant, having previously served as a project industrial hygienist, professional geologist and Senior Project Manager. Hruby brings more than 24 years of experience to his new role as NOVA’s Transportation Sector Leader. PES STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS, INC. (PES) announced the promotions P.E. and Chad Forster, P.E. to Associates. Swerdlow, who currently serves as a Studio Director for the firm, has more than 13 years of experience in the structural design of multi-family housing, mixed-use developments, office buildings and other structural systems. With more than 11 years of experience in the industry, Forster also serves as a Studio Director and the IT Director for PES. Both are graduates of the University of Florida. POND & COMPANY welcomed Michael L. Ivatzin, AIA, as Senior Architect based out of the firm’s metro Atlanta headquarters. With more than 35 years of experience in the architecture industry, Katzin will provide Quality Assurance/Quality Control and technical aspects to the firm’s architecture teams and projects. ROSSER INTERNATIONAL, INC. announced the promotion of six Staff Members to Company Associates: Mike Bfeunig, Project Management and Technical Communication; Cameron Cook, Mechanical Engineering; Magd Fahmy, Architect; Steven Jackson, Architect; Mitch Rovinsky, Program Management; and Jason Smith, Architect. The Atlanta-based architectural and engineering firm also announced the promotion of four Directors to Vice Presidents: Mark Van Allen, Vice President and Director of Rosser Justice; Charles Hanning, Vice President and Director of Rosser’s Savannah office; Andfew Jacobs, Vice President and Director of Rosser Sports; and Floyd Keels, Vice President and Director of Rosser Engineering. TERRACON , an employee-owned consulting engineering firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical and materials, announced it has moved its Atlanta office. The firm is now located at 2105 Newpoint Place, Suite 600, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. TURNER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY/GEORGIA named Nadiene McClain General Manager of the Special Projects and Interiors Divisions. With the company for more than 10 years, McClain has worked on many metro Atlanta projects, including interior construction for Pulte Homes and Novelis. T.Y. LIN INTERNATIONAL welcomed Holly Bauman, P.E. to its Atlanta office as a Senior Transportation Engineer. She holds more than 10 years of experience in transportation and bridge design with projects throughout Florida and Georgia. Bauman was recently recognized as a 2015 ENR Southeast Region Top 20 Under 20 and 2015 VIP Woman of the Year Circle inductee by the National Association of Professional Women.
Published by American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/The+Pulse/2383642/289101/article.html.