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NIST Global City Teams Challenge to create smart cities

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners kicked off the year-long Global City Teams Challenge to help communities around the world work together to address issues ranging from air quality to traffic management to emergency services coordination. NIST is inviting communities and innovators to create teams that will foster the spread of “smart cities” that take advantage of networked technologies to better manage resources and improve quality of life.

Caltrans: Bay Bridge is safe

Sacramento, Calif. — In continuing response to reports released Aug. 4, 2014, by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, investigating design and construction of the east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (http://stran.senate.ca.gov/informationalhearings), Caltrans issued the following statement: “Here’s what statewide elected officials, Bay Area transportation officials, world-class engineers, geotechnical and welding experts, and quality assurance and quality control expert panel members have been saying about the safety of the new Bay Bridge:”

Construction economists optimistic about 2014 commercial and industrial growth

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chief Economist Kermit Baker and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist David Crowe provided a collaborative economic forecast in an Aug. 4 webcast, combining their expert economic analysis on leading, present and lagging economic indicators.

AECOM reports third-quarter fiscal year 2014 results

Los Angeles — AECOM Technology Corporation reported third-quarter revenue of $2.0 billion and net service revenue of $1.2 billion. Operating income equaled $92 million, reported net income was $69 million, and diluted earnings per share equaled $0.70.

Ware Malcomb recognized for national social media leadership

Irvine, Calif. — Ware Malcomb has been recognized for its leadership in social media outreach at the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) National Marketing Communications Awards. The firm won awards in the Social Media category in three of the past four years. The awards were presented last week at the SMPS national conference in San Antonio, Texas. This is Ware Malcomb’s 10th SMPS award, reflecting the firm’s ongoing commitment to innovation in marketing.

EPA awards green infrastructure grants to Gary and Hammond

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling $500,000 to the Cities of Gary and Hammond, Ind., to fund green infrastructure projects that will improve water quality in Lake Michigan.

David Evans and Associates, Inc. and Hall & Foreman, Inc. announce merger

Portland, Ore. — David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) expanded its presence in Southern California by merging with Hall & Foreman, Inc., an 85-person, multidisciplinary design firm headquartered in Tustin, Calif. Hall & Foreman has offices in Tustin, Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, Temecula and Victorville, Calif. Upon closing the transaction, Hall & Foreman became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the parent company of DEA, David Evans Enterprises, Inc.

Caltrans responds to State Senate Bay Bridge report

Sacramento, Calif. — Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty responded to a Senate report on Bay Bridge construction by pointing out many misleading or inaccurate sections of the report, but also agreeing with the report that no one — even the strongest critics discussed in the report — disputes the safety of the Bay Bridge.

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