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Stantec signs letter of intent to acquire Penfield & Smith

Santa Barbara, Calif. — North American design firm Stantec will enhance its presence along California’s Central Coast by acquiring Santa Barbara-based Penfield & Smith. A 90-person civil engineering and land planning firm with local offices in Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Santa Maria, and Lancaster, Penfield & Smith has a sizeable roster of public- and private-sector clients. This transaction is expected to close in October.

AWC statement on streamlining green building standards

Leesburg, Va. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASHRAE, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), International Code Council (ICC) and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will collaborate on developing a framework to ensure the AHSRAE 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings and International Green Construction Code (IgCC) are available for implementation as a regulatory standard working in alignment with the LEED green building program.

Survey of code professionals predicts substantial retirement exodus

Washington, D.C. — A recent survey conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences on behalf of the International Code Council (ICC) reveals information that if not addressed in the coming years, may have an impact on the public safety of thousands of communities in the United States.

Engineers and scientists meet to discuss NY-NJ coastal resiliency

New York — Significant challenges often require a team effort. Restoring the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary is one of them. A group of professionals from the Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, joined more than 200 scientists, engineers, academics and restoration professionals on June 3, 2014, at a major symposium in Manhattan discussing progress restoring the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary and initiatives to continue improving the area’s ecological health, contributing to the region’s coastal resiliency.

CH2M HILL receives ARTBA’s Glass Hammer Award

Denver — The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) honored CH2M HILL with the Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Council’s 2014 Glass Hammer Award recipient. This award honors organizations in the transportation industry that have innovative programs and activities directed at successfully promoting women leaders.

PTI calls for 2015 Project Awards entries

Farmington Hills, Mich. — The Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) announced that the 2015 PTI Project Awards are now open for entry. The biannual awards program that honors excellence and innovation in post-tensioning applications will be open for entry until December 31, 2014. Winners will be announced at the 2015 PTI Convention in Houston.

APWA elects 2014-2015 president, board

Kansas City, Mo. — Larry Stevens, P.E., PWLF, project director for HR Green, Inc. in Johnston, Iowa, was elected president of the American Public Works Association (APWA) during the recent 2014 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Toronto.

Big data evolution fast-tracks the development of smart buildings

LONDON – The convergence of next-generation IT solutions such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, big data and data analytics will open up new business opportunities for both building technology and ICT companies. More importantly, these platforms are expected to become the pillars of smart building evolution in terms of technology, business value and customer satisfaction.

SEAOC issues response to American Canyon Earthquake

Sacramento, Calif. — The Structural Engineers Association of California issues the following response by Michael Cochran, SEAOC Board President, Reinhard Ludke, and Ken O’Dell: As the Napa region works to recover from the strongest California earthquake in 20-plus years, the rest of the State should be on notice that Sunday’s 6.0M American Canyon earthquake did not let us off the hook. Instead, this and every other recent earthquake should be taken as a wakeup call for residents and business owners in California and other seismically active regions of the U.S.

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