HOUSTON — Galveston residents won’t soon forget the wrath of Hurricane Ike. Surge tides flooded portions of the island, displacing thousands of homeowners, destroying businesses, and leaving a lasting impact on the island’s coastline. Recently, researchers from the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED) proposed a levee system to protect downtown Galveston businesses and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). For now, community leaders are pondering this prospective storm barrier, but University of Houston (UH) architecture students are actively demonstrating how it can be a functional aspect of the city’s landscape.
HOBOKEN, N.J. – For the first time in nearly 45 years, ferry service is operating at Hoboken Ferry Terminal. This marks the completion of a massive $120 million, 9-year redevelopment and rehabilitation project of the Ferry Terminal, owned by NJ TRANSIT.
RED BANK, N.J. — Maser Consulting P.A., based in Red Bank, N.J., announced that it is merging with KZA Engineering P.A. KZA is based in Manasquan, N.J. As a result of the merger, Maser Consulting will employ 325 experienced and licensed professionals throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Boston – Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, today announced it has been highly commended in the Buildings category of the 2011 Greenbang Efficiency Awards. Honored for its building performance analysis software, IES enables the development of truly sustainable, low-energy buildings from the earliest stages of the architectural design process.
WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will launch a new interdisciplinary program leading to the bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering in the fall of 2012. It will be one of just 17 such programs nationwide, the first program in New England, and only the second in the Northeast. WPI's program has been designed to prepare students to help address the growing challenges of sustainability, energy conservation, and safety in the built environment.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction spending increased for the third straight month in October 2011 as private activity strengthened while public spending shrank, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. Association officials cautioned that further declines in public-sector activity may soon swamp gains in homebuilding and private nonresidential investment.
PORTLAND, ORE. — The challenging task of determining if a particular stream is protected under federal and state fill and disposal regulations just became a little easier. The new Streamflow Duration Assessment Method for Oregon will help natural resource professionals, consultants, and regulators identify whether a fill or removal project with potential stream impacts must obtain permits.
DENVER — The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced the launch of its first podcast series entitled “Clearing the Waters.” The recording is saved in a MP3 format that allows the listener the choice of uploading it to any MP3 device or listening to it from a desktop or laptop computer. The purpose of the podcast series is to provide listeners with an inside look at IECA’s annual conference and expo, Environmental Connection 2012.
Responding to the increased demand of Lindapter Steel Connections, distributor UCCSC (UCC Steelwork Connections Inc) has opened a new inventory facility in Trenton, New Jersey, to better service the Mid-Atlantic and North Eastern United States.