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Tensar Corporation acquired by Castle Harlan

Atlanta — Tensar Corporation, a global supplier of geosynthetic site development technology, announced that it was acquired by Castle Harlan, Inc., a New York-based middle-market private equity firm.

WoodWorks now accepting nominations for 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – WoodWorks, an educational initiative providing free project assistance and resources related to the design and construction of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings, is now accepting nominations for its 2015 U.S. Wood Design Awards. The awards celebrate excellence in wood design, engineering and construction, as well as innovative buildings that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness and sustainability. The deadline for nominations is Sep. 30, 2014.

Eco Building Products enters into letter of intent for joint venture with Steelhead Structures

VISTA, Calif. – Eco Building Products, Inc., the manufacturer of Eco Red Shield treated wood products that protect against fire and mold, announced it has entered into a letter of intent to establish a joint venture with Steelhead Structures, based in Calgary, Alberta. Under the terms of the Letter of Intent (LOI), the Company and Steelhead will create a joint venture named Eco Red Shield Canada, Ltd (ERSC), which will be established as part of the Company's emerging affiliate program.

2014 Best Firms To Work For Awards announced

Fayetteville, Ark. — ZweigWhite, publisher of civil + structural Engineer, announced the winners of the Best Firms To Work For Ranking. Since the Best Firms To Work For list began in 2001, hundreds of outstanding architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms have been recognized for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels. These firms create an environment where their people feel valued, can make a difference, and can clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm.

CH2M HILL commits to 25-percent carbon footprint reduction by 2017

Denver — Inspired by its clients and partners, CH2M HILL has taken two steps this year in its Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Report: By 2017, CH2M HILL will reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent, starting from a baseline year in 2012; and CH2M HILL’s sixth annual Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Report follows the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 sustainability reporting guidelines.

Earthquake researchers get online primer for simulation method

West Lafayette, Ind. — Researchers from around the world now have access to expert instruction for an emerging simulation method to study seismic effects on structures and to design buildings that better withstand strong earthquakes. The National Science Foundation's George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) is providing a primer on its NEEShub.

All Aboard Florida unveils Fort Lauderdale station

Miami — Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler joined All Aboard Florida executives to reveal designs for All Aboard Florida’s new Fort Lauderdale station, which was planned and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Zyscovich Architects. The downtown Fort Lauderdale station unveiling is the latest in a series of recent milestones and announcements made by All Aboard Florida as the project continues to move forward.

Study shows design standards for dams are effective for earthquakes

Livermore, Calif. — There has long been a concern among civil engineers that dams could fail days or weeks after an earthquake, even if no immediate evidence of a problem surfaced. Their concern has focused on possible cracks at the interface between the concrete section of a dam and the soil embankments at the dam's sides, and on how the soil filters nestled amidst the embankments would fare.

APTA marks 50th Anniversary of Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964

Washington, D.C. – The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) marked the 50th anniversary of the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, celebrating the achievements of public transportation over the last five decades and calling on Congress to take action now to address the urgency of the Highway Trust Fund shortfall and provide a solution to the nation’s long-term transportation investment needs.

Kleinfelder acquires Alberta-based Hood Group

Edmonton, Alberta and San Diego — Kleinfelder acquired Hood Engineering & Technical Services (aka Hood Group), an Alberta-based, privately owned organization providing engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to clients primarily in oil and gas, petrochemical and manufacturing industries. The transaction closed on July 8, 2014.

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