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Green building completed in District of Columbia

WASHINGTON -- In late October, the National Association of Realtors© (NAR) opened its new headquarters, which is described as "Washington, D.C.'s most environmentally friendly advanced commercial building." The Falls Church, Va.-based firm of Fernandez & Associates served as structural engineer on the project, which is expected to be the first newly constructed building in the District of Columbia to earn LEED© certification.

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Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York, was awarded a contract to provide on-call general engineering and construction management services to Caltrain, the public transit system linking San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.

ARTBA recognizes top transportation design professionals

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WASHINGTON - The American Road and Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) recently recognized America's Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Design & Construction Professionals of the 20th Century at a banquet in Washington, D.C. Individuals featured in the Top 100 were selected from nominations received from a survey sent to state transportation secretaries, newspaper editors, construction industry journalists, ARTBA members, and national construction and transportation-related associations.

Course offered in ground improvement methods

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Federal Highway Administration's National Highway Institute (NHI) recently developed a three-day course for consulting engineers (public and private) titled Ground Improvement Techniques. The next scheduled offering is March 1-3, 2005, in Springfield, Ill.

Transportation funding gets a boost at the ballot box

WASHINGTON - While most of the focus on Election Day was on the presidential race, voters in a number of states and cities decided on ballot measures that in total would provide billions of dollars to finance design and construction projects across the country.

Tax credits available for short-line rail improvements

WASHINGTON - Recent federal legislation could improve the outlook for engineering firms serving the railroad market sector. In October, Congress passed H.R. 4520, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which included significant tax credits for short-line railroads that invest in their rail infrastructure.

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Wilbur Smith Associates, Columbia, S.C., contracted with the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority in Knoxville, Tenn., to update the McGhee Tyson Airport's master plan. The master plan will encompass airside and landside facilities, passenger and operations forecasts, pavement-management, security, offairport property land use, a possible new interchange, utilities, grading, and the airport's GIS program.

Updated MasterFormat information is available for download

The Construction Specification Institute (CSI) announced an education program to aid the commercial/ institutional construction industry's transition to the 2004 edition of MasterFormat™.

Florida repairs hurricane-damaged bridge

In mid-September, the Escambia Bay Bridge, located on Interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle, suffered major damage courtesy of Hurricane Ivan.
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