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Enloe Health Breaks Ground on Comprehensive Cancer Center

A groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction for Enloe Health’s new Gonzales Comprehensive Cancer Center. The new facility will serve Northern California communities, offering advanced treatments and equipment with patient-focused care.

Located in Butte County, where cancer is the leading cause of death, the Gonzales Comprehensive Cancer Center will …

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Construction Companies Raise $375K for Navy SEAL Foundation

ANAHEIM, CA — Construction companies recently teamed up to support veterans and their families at Rosendin’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament and Auction at Pelican Hills Golf Club, Newport Beach. Construction professionals across California raised $375,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF) through entry fees, sponsorships, and an auction. Since …

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Turner Accelerates Sustainability Efforts at UC Berkeley with the Launch of an All-Electric Track Skid Steer

BERKELEY, CA — The first-ever all-electric skid steer has arrived in Berkeley, California. In partnership with Sunbelt Rentals, Turner Construction Company successfully deployed the all-new Bobcat T7X Electric Track Skid Steer on The Gateway project at UC Berkeley, marking another milestone in their commitment to decarbonize construction operations. Its …

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Hawaii DOT Announces Otaguro as Deputy Director of Transportation for Airports

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces the appointment of Curt Otaguro as Deputy Director of Transportation for Airports. Otaguro joins the HDOT leadership team currently comprising Director Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director of Transportation for Administration Tammy Lee, Deputy Director of Transportation for Harbors DreannaLee …

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Suffolk Promotes Stanley to Executive Vice President, Los Angeles Division Manager

LOS ANGELES, CA — Suffolk, a real estate and construction enterprise, announces the promotion of Jim Stanley to Executive Vice President, Division Manager of Suffolk Los Angeles, to lead the continued expansion of the company’s presence in high growth sectors including aviation, higher education, affordable housing, and hospitality. Stanley …

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Swinerton Hires Ayala as National Director of Life Sciences

LOS ANGELES, CA — Swinerton, a commercial general contractor with offices nationwide, announces the appointment of J. Marcella Ayala as National Director of Life Sciences. Ayala brings a wealth of experience in breaking into new markets and a passion for leading Swinerton's growth in life sciences construction.

Ayala will …

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C.W. Driver Completes $38M STEM Building at Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Menifee Campus

MENIFEE, CA — Adding to Riverside County’s public community college offerings, C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, has completed construction management services on a new two-story STEM building on the Menifee campus of Mt. San Jacinto College. The $38 million building is the fifth project for …

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AED Welcomes Asare as State Government Affairs Manager

SACRAMENTO, CA — Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) announces the addition of Jacob Asare to its government affairs team.

Asare holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University-Sacramento and joins AED with more than 10 years of experience in government affairs, most recently serving as Government Affairs …

AGC of California, PCL Construction Team Up for Mental Health Awareness Stand Down

EL SEGUNDO, CA — In a collaborative effort, the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC of California) and PCL Construction recently hosted a Mental Health Awareness Stand Down. The event took place at PCL's job site within the Los Angeles Chargers Training Facility, casting a spotlight on critical mental health …

Granite Partners with Caltrans District 1 to Rehabilitate Stretch of Highway 162

WATSONVILLE, CA — Granite has been awarded an approximately $36 million contract by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to rehabilitate pavement along Highway 162 in Mendocino County, California. Project funding comes from both federal funds and the California Senate Bill (SB1) and was included in Granite’s first-quarter CAP.

The …

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Wastewater Facility at Sterling Natural Resource Center Fully Operational

HIGHLAND, CA — Balfour Beatty and the East Water Valley District (EWVD) celebrate a fully operational wastewater recycling facility at Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC), which serves approximately 650,000 customers in Highland and portions of the city and county of San Bernadino. A ceremony was held to commemorate the reclamation …

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Brightline West Breaks Ground on America's First High-Speed Rail Project Connecting Las Vegas to Southern California

LAS VEGAS, NV — Brightline West officially broke ground on the nation's first true high-speed rail system, which will connect Las Vegas to Southern California. The 218-mile system will be constructed in the middle of I-15 and is based on Brightline’s vision to connect city pairs that are too short …

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University of Nevada, Reno's Mathewson Gateway Project Tops Out

RENO, NV — Clark Construction announces that the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Mathewson Gateway project has topped out. University representatives joined Clark and project developer Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate at a ceremony celebrating the over 40,000 work hours that took place to reach this milestone.

The five-story, 128,000-square-foot …

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Balfour Beatty Appoints Kay as President in California

SACRAMENTO, CA — Balfour Beatty announces the appointment of Emily Kay to incoming President of California operations. Kay will provide strategic, operational oversight, meet the expanding needs of clients and partners in high-growth markets, and work alongside local leadership teams to help leverage collaboration, innovation, and best practices.

Kay succeeds …

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McCarthy and IQHQ Mark Milestone Topping Out on Spur Phase One in South San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., in collaboration with IQHQ, VFR, Perkins&Will, and design-build trade partners, raised the final beam on Spur Phase One in South San Francisco. The Class A, high-tech life science all-electric building holds immediate adjacency to both Highway 101 and …

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Podesto Joins Swinerton's Northern California Region as Regional Director of Preconstruction

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Swinerton, a general contractor and construction manager, announces that Lisa Podesto, PE, has joined the firm as Regional Director of Preconstruction - Mass Timber and Sustainable Construction Innovation. With over two decades of experience in the construction industry, Podesto brings expertise in mass timber …

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Gee Heavy Machinery Appoints Keeler as General Manager

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Gee Heavy Machinery LLC, Northern California's Komatsu construction, mining, and forestry dealer, announces the appointment of Mark Keeler as its General Manager. With a track record spanning more than 25 years in the heavy equipment industry, Keeler brings experience and expertise to the role.

In …

Jacobs to Deliver Final Design on Brightline West High Speed Rail Nevada Segment

LAS VEGAS, NV — Jacobs was selected by Brightline West, America's first true high-speed rail system, for final design of the Nevada rail segment. Brightline West is a 218-mile, $12 billion passenger rail project connecting Las Vegas to Southern California twice as fast as the average drive time.

The Nevada …

USGBC California, an Independent Nonprofit, Launches to Unify the California Green Building Movement

LOS ANGELES, CA — USGBC California has launched as an independent nonprofit unifying six regional communities across the state that were originally founded in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC California's vision is to help transform communities across California to become more sustainable, resilient, and equitable for …

Interstate 5 Stockton Channel Viaduct Replacement Project to Begin in 2026

STOCKTON, CA — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces that the Interstate 5 Stockton Channel Viaduct Replacement Project is currently in the final planning and design phases, with construction slated to begin in 2026. This project will represent the largest project investment in Caltrans District 10 history, at nearly …

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BOMAG Americas Announces Nittinger as Director of North American Sales for the Western Region and Canada

BATON ROUGE, LA — BOMAG Americas announces that Bill Nittinger has joined the sales team as the Director of Dealer Channel Sales for the western region and Canada. The western region covers the following states: Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, …

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Sepulveda Named Burns & McDonnell Construction Director for Commercial Projects in California

BREA, CA — Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, and construction firm, announces Kevin Sepulveda as Director of Commercial Construction for the firm’s California region. He will have responsibility for construction operations and execution of commercial projects in aviation, federal, ports, manufacturing, transportation, and environmental sectors.

Sepulveda has more …

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Blach Construction, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects Complete Multi-Phase Conversion of Thornton Middle School

FREMONT, CA — Blach Construction (Blach) and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) recently completed a multi-phase conversion project at Fremont Unified School District’s (FUSD) Thornton Middle School (Thornton), effectively transforming the campus from a junior high to middle school. The expanded campus now includes a sixth-grade level, increasing the student population …

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Skanska Deploys Fully Electric Tandem Roller on Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Skanska, a construction and development firm, is piloting a zero-emissions electric compaction roller on its Los Angeles Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project. The Wirtgen Group’s battery-powered HAMM HD 12e VV is one of only five pre-production models of its kind in North America …

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McCarthy Breaks Ground on Colburn School Campus Expansion in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Colburn School, an institute for music and dance education and performance in Downtown Los Angeles, recently broke ground on a 100,000-square-foot expansion designed by Architect Frank Gehry. The new building, known as the Colburn Center, will be located adjacent to Colburn’s Grand Avenue campus …

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C.W. Driver Announces the Steel Topping Out at Malibu High School

MALIBU, CA — C.W. Driver Companies recently celebrated the steel topping out at the new Malibu High School project for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in Malibu, California. Before the steel beam was lifted to the highest point of the building, the C.W. Driver team, students, staff, and elected officials …

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Turner Selected to Build UC Merced New Medical Education Building

MERCED, CA — Turner announces that the company has been selected by the University of California, Merced, to provide construction management at risk services for the construction of a new, state-funded Medical Education Building on campus.

The state-funded, four-story, 203,000-square-foot building designed by ZGF will be home to UC Merced’s …

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Walter P Moore Receives ACEC California Top Award for Acrisure Arena Project

SACRAMENTO, CA — The American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) announces that Walter P Moore has won the Golden State Award for their work on the Acrisure Arena Project located in Coachella Valley, California.

The engineering design for Coachella's newest entertainment hub, the Acrisure Arena, was created …

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ABC Names Ahrens 2024 Craft Professional of the Year

SAN DIEGO, CA — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announces Joseph Ahrens, General Superintendent at HPS Plumbing Services, San Diego, is the 2024 Craft Professional of the Year. Ahrens was honored at ABC Convention 2024 in Orlando, Florida.

ABC presents the annual Craft Professional of the Year award …

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Webcor Delivers World’s First TRUE-Certified Construction Project at GENESIS Marina

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Webcor, a commercial construction firm, announces it has successfully completed the world's first Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE)-certified construction endeavor at GENESIS Marina, an expansive laboratory and office campus, which is approximately 560,000 square feet across three buildings in Brisbane, California.

GENESIS Marina was …

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Skanska Awarded Contract for Interchange Reconfiguration in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Skanska, a global construction and development firm, has signed a $91 million contract with the Port of Los Angeles to reconfigure the State Route 47/Vincent Thomas Bridge and Front Street/Harbor Boulevard Interchange in Los Angeles, California. The interchange reconfiguration will reduce travel time, alleviate congestion, …

VTA Awards Railworks and MCM Construction Contract for East San Jose Light Rail Extension

SAN JOSE, CA — RailWorks, a rail maintenance, technology, and infrastructure solutions provider, has been awarded the Eastridge to BART Regional Connector: Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project for $458 million by Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). This project will be performed as a joint venture between RailWorks Track …

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University Teams Compete at Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition

BIG RAPIDS, MI — Rosendin, an employee-owned electrical contracting company, recently challenged college students to come up with solutions to fix a commercial project during an electrical competition. Rosendin congratulates the top three teams as winners of the 2024 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regions 6 & 7 Student …

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HNTB Welcomes Collins as West Region Business Development Leader for Sports Architecture

LOS ANGELES, CA — HNTB Corporation announces Keith Collins, Assoc. AIA, has joined the firm as West Region Business Development Leader for sports architecture. Collins has more than two decades of experience in sports design and management. In his new role, Collins will spearhead growth and strategic direction for …

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Skanska Concludes 90-Day Pilot Program of the Zero-Emission Volvo EC230 Electric in North America

LOS ANGELES, CA — Skanska, a construction and development firm, announces the completion of a 90-day pilot program using the Volvo EC230 Electric Excavator on the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project in Los Angeles, at the South Yard of the La Brea station. Skanska’s use of the zero-emissions …

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Skanska’s Van Baarsel Awarded Highest Construction Honor for Lifetime Achievement

RIVERSIDE, CA — A Skanska construction veteran has received the highest honors in civil construction for dedication and expertise in construction. Jake van Baarsel, Engineering Manager of Skanska’s West Coast civil operations, was awarded the 2024 Golden Beaver Award.

“It is an honor to celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of …

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Turner and AC Martin Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting for the New Placer County HHS Building

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Turner Construction Company and AC Martin design-build team recently celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Placer County Health & Human Services (HHS) Building.

The county's first zero net energy facility covers 142,000 square feet and is designed to generate the same amount of electricity it …

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Flatiron Secures Contracts on Southern California Infrastructure Projects Valued at $200M

SAN DIEGO, CA — Flatiron is collaborating with construction partners and clients to deliver infrastructure projects designed to enhance mobility and safety while creating greater transportation options in Southern California.

“In addition to improving transportation, these projects will enhance environmental sustainability and quality of life for people in this region,” …

AECOM Partners with Key Clients to Deliver the Next Generation of Major US Rail Projects

HARTFORD, CT — AECOM, an infrastructure consulting firm, announces that numerous projects the company is delivering for major U.S. transportation clients have secured funding from the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program. The program will provide approximately $16.4 billion in total funding for critical rail infrastructure along …

Sterling Announces a $155M Aviation Award

KAUAI, HI — Sterling Infrastructure, Inc. (Sterling) announces that its Road and Highway Builders, LLC (RHB) subsidiary (50 percent owned), has been awarded a $155 million contract for runway extension at the Lihue Airport located in Kauai, Hawaii. The award will be included in first quarter 2024 backlog.

The Lihue …

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AGC of California Unveils Recipients of Constructor and Achievement Awards

SACRAMENTO, CA — During the Associated General Contractors of California's (AGC of California) annual Installation & Awards Gala, the winners of the Constructor Awards and Achievement Awards were unveiled.

"Annually, AGC of California honors the pioneers in the construction industry — those visionaries whose innovative approaches not only shape …

Parsons, Vanir Form Joint Venture in Pursuit of Sacramento International Airport’s Expansion Program

SACRAMENTO, CA — Parsons Corporation announces that the company is leading a joint venture with Vanir to pursue a construction management contract for SMForward, a $1.3 billion airport improvement and expansion program that will support the growth and development of the Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

As part of the Sacramento …

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Blach Construction and Gavilan College Mark Topping Out of New Community College Campus in Hollister

HOLLISTER, CA — Blach Construction (Blach), along with stakeholders from Gavilan Joint Community College District (Gavilan), architect partners Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) and Gensler, and nearly 100 supporters and community members recently gathered for a traditional beam signing event to commemorate the topping out of Phase 1 of Gavilan’s …

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McCarthy, LPA Architects Break Ground on $1B Hoag Sun Valley Campus Expansion

IRVINE, CA — LPA Design Studios recently joined Hoag leaders to celebrate the start of construction of the new $1 billion expansion of the health care company's Irvine, California, hospital. The project is based on a new approach for delivering personalized specialty care and a comprehensive patient and provider experience. …

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Swinerton Elects Haj as New Chief Operations Officer

LOS ANGELES, CA — Swinerton Incorporated (Swinerton) announces the election of Ray Haj as Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Executive Vice President of Swinerton. Haj succeeds David Callis, who has assumed the role of Swinerton’s Chief Executive Officer. Callis and Haj, having worked together for several years, strengthened their …

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Skanska Completes State Route-60 Moreno Beach Drive Interchange Improvement Project in Moreno Valley, California

MORENO VALLEY, CA — Skanska, a global construction and development firm, announces the substantial completion of the $27.8 million State Route-60 (SR-60) Moreno Beach Drive Interchange Improvement Project in Moreno Valley, California.

The interchange improvement project included the replacement of the SR-60 Moreno Beach Drive overcrossing bridge, as well …

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Prinoth Announces Coastline Equipment and Papé Machinery as New Dealers

SACRAMENTO, CA — Prinoth Crawler Carriers announces new dealer partnerships in the western part of the U.S. Coastline Equipment is now a dealer for Prinoth equipment in Southern California and Nevada. Papé Machinery joins the Prinoth Crawler Carrier group in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

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Blach Construction Names Llerena as CFO, Promotes Several Operations Leaders

SAN JOSE, CA — Blach Construction (Blach), a full-service commercial builder serving California since 1970, welcomes Alex Llerena, former CPA, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Llerena has more than three decades of experience leading financial and operational strategy for large, multinational companies, primarily in the construction industry. At Blach, …

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U.S. Green Building Council Announces Top 10 U.S. States for Green Building in 2023

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the leading authority on green building and the global developer of the LEED green building program, releases its annual list of Top 10 States for LEED. For the first time ever, New York ranked No. 1, based on LEED-certified gross square …

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Revitalizing America's Underground: A Surge in Tunnel Construction for Infrastructure Renewal

Aging tunnels in America, coupled with the country’s continued growth, have created an extremely high demand for attention. The imminent repair and replacement will result in significant growth in the tunnel construction market in North America over the next several years.

Thousands of tunnels are in dire need of attention …

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Balfour Beatty Opens Office in El Centro, California

EL CENTRO, CA — Balfour Beatty announces the opening of its El Centro office and expansion of its general contracting, at-risk construction management, lease-leaseback, and design-build operations in California. Specializing in the delivery of educational, justice, federal, and civic buildings throughout the state, the company will leverage its local talent, …

USDOT Approves $2.5B in Private Activity Bonds Allocation for Brightline West Project

LAS VEGAS, NV — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces the approval of $2.5 billion in private activity bonds authority allocated for the Brightline West High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail project connecting Las Vegas, Nevada, and Southern California. The 218-mile, high-speed rail line will primarily run along the I-15 median …

USDOT Announces $31.4M Loan to Upgrade Critical Rail Lines in California

MENDOCINO COUNTY, CA — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that its Build America Bureau (Bureau) provided a $31.4 million Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan to the Sierra Northern Railway (SNR) and Mendocino Railway (MRY) to expand and rehabilitate rail infrastructure in the Central Valley and Mendocino …

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Swinerton's Foster Announces Retirement as CEO, Board of Directors Elects Callis as Successor

CONCORD, CA — Swinerton Incorporated (Swinerton) announces Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eric Foster's retirement. The Swinerton Incorporated Board of Directors has elected former Swinerton President David Callis as the next CEO of both Swinerton and its subsidiaries, including Swinerton Builders. Foster and Callis have worked to ensure a …

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Subsurface Utility Engineering Fast-Tracks EV Charging Infrastructure Project

FONTANA, CA — After accidentally nicking an underground power line, one school district was forced to halt construction on an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure project in Fontana, California.

The school was in the process of connecting an EV charging station to a cluster of ground-mounted solar panels located across campus, …

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Brightline West High-Speed Railway Project Connecting Los Angeles to Las Vegas Receives $3B in Federal Funding

LAS VEGAS, NV — The Biden Administration approved $3 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the Brightline West high-speed rail project. This historic 218-mile high-speed rail system will connect Las Vegas and Southern California within the Interstate 15 right-of-way with trains capable of speeds of 186 miles …

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McCarthy Tops Out on Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

MONTEREY BAY, CA — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. raised the final beam on Building G for The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Located on the small peninsula of Moss Landing, the building includes flexible spaces for scientific research, instrument development and preparation, and research platform engineering and assembly to …

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HGA-Designed Natural Sciences Building at Sacramento City College Puts Science on Display for Local Students

SACRAMENTO, CA — HGA announces the completion of the new Natural Sciences Building on the campus of Sacramento City College (SCC), a flexible and student-centric facility that adds nearly 10,000 square feet of learning and collaboration space to the former site of an existing educational hall. The resulting 54,574-square-foot Natural …

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Sundt Completes New Airport Administration Building for SDCRAA

SAN DIEGO, CA — Sundt recently completed construction of a new design-build airport administration building for San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (SDCRAA).

“Sundt has been completing projects at San Diego International Airport for over a decade now, and our past experience helped ensure a smooth and successful delivery of …

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Blach Construction Completes Projects Across Fremont Union High School District

SUNNYVALE, CA — Blach Construction (Blach), McKim Design Group (McKim), and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) recently unveiled several projects across Fremont Union High School District’s (FUHSD) campuses and district facilities. Ranging from new buildings to significant classroom modernizations, these projects enhance the district’s educational programs, wellness offerings, and technology capabilities. …

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Ellwood Joins HNTB as Senior Project Director

LOS ANGELES, CA — Martin Ellwood, PE, PMP, joins HNTB Corporation as Senior Project Director. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office and will focus on supporting the firm’s rail infrastructure projects in the West Division.

“We are excited that Martin has joined our Los Angeles office …

California Military Department Headquarters Site Targets Net Zero Energy and Sustainability Standards

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA — The Consolidated Headquarters Complex for the California Military Department recently opened, bringing together the California Army National Guard, California Air National Guard, and California State Guard in one location. The $160 million project was awarded to Stantec in November 2017.

With 30 years of design-build team …

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Isabella Dam Safety Modification Project Earns National Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Flatiron's Isabella Dam Safety Modification Project earns the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Award for National Rehabilitation Project of the Year. Flatiron builds highways, bridges, airports, rail transit, dams, water facilities, and underground projects across the U.S. and Canada.

Lake Isabella is 40 miles …

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Burns & McDonnell Promotes Lorenzo to Lead Aviation & Federal Group in California

BREA, CA — Burns & McDonnell, an employee-owned engineering, architecture, and construction firm, announces Pablo L. Lorenzo, PE, to lead the firm’s Aviation & Federal Group in California.

“We are excited to have Pablo’s strategic vision take our Aviation & Federal team to new heights,” said Rashmi Menon …

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OHLA USA Celebrates Completion of I-405 Improvement Project in Costa Mesa, California

COSTA MESA, CA — OHLA USA’s management and project team members, together with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), government representatives, and key stakeholders celebrated the opening of the new 16-mile segment of the I-405 Interstate with a dedication ceremony in Costa Mesa, …

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Design-Build Team Blach Construction, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, and Gensler Begin Construction of New Gavilan Community College Campus in Hollister

HOLLISTER, CA — Blach Construction (Blach), along with design-build partners Quattrochi Kwok Architects (QKA) and Gensler, recently began construction of an entirely new Gavilan Joint Community College District (Gavilan) campus that will serve San Benito County students.

Phase one of the overall campus plan comprises the first building that, …

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Shawmut Design and Construction Adds Ragsdale as Project Executive in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — As part of its growth plan to increase market share in large-scale projects and expand into new sectors, Shawmut Design and Construction hires Sam Ragsdale as a Project Executive in Los Angeles.

Ragsdale brings 20 years of industry experience to his role in the firm’s West …

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Significant Progress Made in Mountain View Los Altos High School District Campus Improvements

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) celebrated the completion of several new facilities across its campuses at a ribbon-cutting event. The new facilities mark the completion of Phase 2 of a multi-phase improvement plan.

The new facilities include a Student Services Center and Auxiliary …

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McCarthy Hires Faber as Business Development Director for National Water and Wastewater Group

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announces the hiring of David Faber as Business Development Director for the firm’s national water and wastewater group. In his new role, Faber will assist in growing the firm’s footprint and further developing client partnerships in Southern California.

Faber possesses significant design …

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McCarthy Building Companies Breaks Ground on $285M University of California, Riverside Student Housing Project

RIVERSIDE, CA — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (McCarthy) has broken ground on the $285 million, 424,000-square-foot North District Phase 2 Student Housing Development at University of California, Riverside (UCR). This intersegmental project, one of the first of its kind in California, will house students from UCR and Riverside Community College …

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Turner Celebrates Topping Out of $2.6B San Diego International Airport Terminal 1

SAN DIEGO, CA — Turner Construction Company and joint venture partner Flatiron celebrated a major milestone at San Diego International Airport with the topping out of the $2.6 billion design-build New Terminal 1 project. The event was attended by approximately 1,200 people and included a beam signing, a catered BBQ …

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Flatiron Selected as Lead Construction Contractor for Bay Area Dynamic Personal Micro Transit Project

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and Tri Delta Transit have selected East County Connection Partners (ECCP) to deliver Phase One of the Dynamic Personal Micro Transit (DPMT) project.

The ECCP comprises lead construction contractor Flatiron and transportation innovators Glydways and Plenary Americas. CCTA, Tri Delta …

Degenkolb Engineers and Ruby+Associates Combine Firms, Expanding Geographic and Service Offerings

BINGHAM FARMS, MI — San Francisco-based structural engineering firm Degenkolb Engineers (Degenkolb) and Michigan-based structural engineering firm Ruby+Associates (Ruby) recently signed a Purchase Agreement and closed on an acquisition. Ruby’s 55 employees will join Degenkolb, which will now have more than 330 employees in 10 offices.

The Michigan-based team will …

Gee Heavy Machinery is now Komatsu’s Construction Distributor in Northern California

SACRAMENTO, CA — Komatsu and Gee Heavy Machinery LLC announce that Gee is now the authorized distributor of Komatsu construction products in Northern California.

Gee has assumed the operations of the previous distributor, Core Machinery (formerly known as Road Machinery, LLC), in four locations: West Sacramento, Fresno, Redding, and Santa …

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UC Berkeley, SKS Partners Unveil 36-Acre R&D Hub in the Heart of Silicon Valley at NASA’s Ames Research Center

BERKELEY, CA — A joint venture between The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and San Francisco-based SKS Partners (SKS) unveils the $2 billion Berkeley Space Center at NASA Research Park, a planned 36-acre innovation hub in the heart of Silicon Valley.

“California’s innovation and drive is not limited to …

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Henderson Engineers Appoints O'Neil as New Sports Practice Director

LOS ANGELES, CA — Henderson Engineers, a national building systems design firm, announces the promotion of Brian O’Neil to Venue Sector Sports Practice Director. In this new position, O’Neil will help lead the Henderson business unit that specializes in arenas, stadiums, ballparks, and practice facilities for professional and collegiate …

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C.W. Driver Breaks Ground on First Phase of Malibu High School Expansion for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

MALIBU, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, begins construction on the first phase of Malibu High School’s expansion for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). The 70,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in fall of 2025, will feature a library, visual and performing arts classrooms, …

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Gaffney Named Northern California Office Leader for HNTB

OAKLAND, CA — HNTB Corporation names Shannon Gaffney Northern California and Nevada Office Leader and Vice President, overseeing offices in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Las Vegas. She succeeds former Office Leader Jeff Watson, PE, PMP, who was appointed to HNTB West Division President and Senior Vice President. …

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Kalmar USA Strengthens Dealer Network with Partnership with Hawthorne Cat

SAN DIEGO, CA — Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Caterpillar equipment dealer in San Diego, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Pacific Region, is now a distributor of Kalmar electric forklifts and reachstackers (container handling equipment).

Hawthorne Cat will take over Kalmar's existing territory in California while also expanding into western …

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McCarthy Building Companies Breaks Ground on 17th Project on UC San Diego Campus

SAN DIEGO, CA — McCarthy Building Companies (McCarthy) has broken ground on the Triton Center at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) campus. Designed by LMN Architects, the 400,000-square-foot project is the grand entrance to the university and blends art, culture, entertainment, and student academic resources. The total …

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Swinerton Promotes Lauritzen to Lead Silicon Valley Division

SANTA CLARA, CA — Swinerton announces the promotion of Jennifer Lauritzen to Vice President and Division Manager of Swinerton's Silicon Valley Division. With a career spanning over two decades, Lauritzen joined Swinerton in 2005 and progressed through various roles, contributing her expertise to health care, technology, commercial office, and public …

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Sundt Adds Metcalf as Senior Proposal Manager in the Northwest

VANCOUVER, WA — Sundt Construction adds Senior Proposal Manager Kelley Metcalf to its Transportation Group. She will oversee proposal efforts for Sundt’s Northwest, Southwest, and Intermountain regions.

Metcalf joins Sundt with nine years of industry experience. She previously worked in proposal strategy management for a large general contractor, overseeing the …

USACE Awards $53.7M Contract to Pono Aina Management for Temporary Elementary School Construction

HONOLULU, HI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards a $53.7 million base contract to Pono Aina Management, LLC, an 8(a) Native Hawaiian Organization, based out of Waianae, Hawaii, to construct a temporary elementary school campus in Lahaina. The temporary school will accommodate those students displaced from the …

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UCLA, Shawmut, and BAR Architects & Interiors Complete $24M Renovation to Transform Crest Theatre into The Nimoy

LOS ANGELES, CA — Shawmut Design and Construction, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), and BAR Architects & Interiors celebrate the completion of a renovation to convert the historic Crest Theatre into the new UCLA Nimoy Theater (The Nimoy). Named in honor of artist, actor, director, …

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Skanska Deploys Zero-Emission Construction Machinery on Active Los Angeles Project

LOS ANGELES, CA — Skanska, a construction and development firm, is piloting a zero-emissions electric excavator on Los Angeles Metro’s Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project. The Volvo EC230 is the largest electric excavator of its kind, and it is designed to have the same capabilities as a diesel …

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Hensel Phelps + CO Architects Design-Build Team Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of UC Riverside School of Medicine Education Building II

RIVERSIDE, CA — In 2021, the University of California, Riverside selected Hensel Phelps + CO Architects as the design-build team for the new School of Medicine Education Building II. Hensel Phelps + CO Architects, UC Riverside students, faculty, staff, alums, and local and state officials recently celebrated the building’s ribbon …

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New Research and Academic Building at UC San Francisco Parnassus Heights Moves Forward

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — UC San Francisco has received approval to move forward with a new research and academic building at Parnassus Heights, creating a vital collaborative space to drive innovations in scientific research and education.

The UC Board of Regents voted to approve the design, as well as the …

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HNTB Announces Constant as Program Manager, Chang as Project Director

SAN JOSE, CA — Craig Constant, CCM, joins HNTB Corporation as Program Manager in the San Jose office, and Mark Chang joins the firm as Project Director and Associate Vice President in the Los Angeles office.

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New Student Life Center at Cardinal Newman High School Marks Five Years of Rebuilding Fire-Ravaged Campus

SANTA ROSA, CA — The new Student Life Center at Cardinal Newman High School has been completed and opened to the Cardinal Newman community for the 2023-2024 school year. Designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA), architect and master planner for the school’s ongoing campus rebuild and improvement projects, and built …

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Perkins&Will Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Tahoe Blue Event Center

STATELINE, NV — The southern shores of Lake Tahoe, a year-round resort destination, is welcoming the Tahoe Blue Event Center, a new destination set to enhance the region's entertainment offerings and cater to both the local community and visiting tourists. Designed by global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will in collaboration …

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New Patient Building Opens at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center

TARZANA, CA ― Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center has opened its new patient tower, the centerpiece of an extensive and ongoing hospital expansion and modernization plan. Named for the Donald Friese family in recognition of their $50 million donation to the building’s construction, the five-story 200,000-square-foot Friese Family Tower recently …

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Berger to Lead HDR’s Railway Design Technical Services

WALNUT CREEK, CA — HDR selects Buzz Berger, P.E., as its next Railway Design Leader, a role that functions as the senior technical advisor for the company’s freight rail services.

In this role, Berger will lead quality assurance, resource availability and development, as well as project delivery for HDR’s …

Michael Baker International Names Borzok Western Region Operations Manager - Bridge

SACRAMENTO, CA — Michael Baker International announces that Michael Borzok has joined the firm as Western Region Operations Manager - Bridge. In this role, Borzok will further strengthen the firm's practices and performance in the operations and execution of bridge services throughout the 24 office locations across nine states that …

Sundt Adds Three to California District

SACRAMENTO, CA — Sundt Construction recently added three new employee-owners to its California District team.

Project Manager Gavin McAleese brings eight years of experience to the Sacramento team, primarily on projects in the K-12 market, commercial retail, and higher education. Previous projects include the San Juan Unified School District Greer …

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Jacobs to Manage Inland Empire Utilities Agency Recycled Water Program Expansion

CHINO, CA — Jacobs was selected by Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) in California to provide program management, owners engineering services, and strategic funding advisory services for a major regional water management program that will incorporate indirect potable reuse to create a more sustainable, drought-resilient local water supply in the …

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Preliminary Design of New Advanced Water Purification Facility Marks Major Milestone in California’s Landmark Chino Basin Program

CHINO, CA — The Chino Basin Program (CBP), a program led by the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) and partners, has reached a significant milestone as environmental engineering firm Brown and Caldwell completes the preliminary design of a new 13.4 million gallons per day Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF), a …

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Diamondback Land Surveying Team Introduces Get Kids into Survey Program to American Grade School Students

LAS VEGAS, NV — Get Kids Into Survey, the U.K.-based STEM education project, has partnered with Las Vegas-based Diamondback Land Surveying to inspire and educate the next generation of American surveyors and geospatial professionals. Get Kids Into Survey’s goal is to see surveying and geospatial programs supported in public school …

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Brown and Caldwell Adds Scott-Roberts as Program Management Director to Growing California Water Reuse Team

LOS ANGELES, CA — Brown and Caldwell announces the addition of further water reuse technical leadership as Sandy Scott-Roberts joins the firm as Program Management Director to help California communities tap into drought-proof drinking water sources.

Having spent most of her career at an internationally recognized water district, Scott-Roberts has …

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Gagnier to Lead Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at WSP in the U.S.

MADISON, WI — Jennifer Gagnier joins WSP, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy, as Senior Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality (HSEQ) for the U.S.

In her new executive leadership role, Gagnier is accountable for the strategic direction, development, and management of all HSEQ frameworks, metrics, …

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Caltech to Build HOK-Designed Quantum Research Facility

PASADENA, CA — Caltech will soon be home to one of the world’s most advanced hubs for studying quantum science and technology. The groundbreaking ceremony for the HOK-designed Ginsburg Center for Quantum Precision Measurement recently took place, and the building is scheduled to open in 2025.

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Baldwin Named WSP Northern California Transportation Leader

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Shalonda A. Baldwin has been named Transportation Business Line Leader for northern California at WSP, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy.

Baldwin joined WSP in 2022 as Senior Vice President for the Advisory Enterprise Management and Strategy Team. She is based in the firm’s …

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Flatiron to Enhance Highway Safety and Efficiency Through $73M Bay Area Open Road Tolling System Project

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Bay Area Tolling Authority select Flatiron for a $73 million project to modernize toll systems at seven Bay Area bridges. The Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) project will implement an open road tolling (ORT) system to improve safety, enhance …

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Rosendin Announces Executive Leadership Succession in 2024

SAN JOSE, CA — Rosendin announces new succession to the Executive Leadership Team upon the 2025 retirement of two long-standing executives. Beginning in January 2024, Keith Douglas will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and join the Board of Directors as Mike Greenawalt transitions to CEO Emeritus. Matt Hisaka …

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C.W. Driver Companies Celebrates Construction Completion of UC Santa Barbara’s Interactive Learning Pavilion

SANTA BARBARA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, announces the completion of the four-story Interactive Learning Pavilion at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB).

The 95,000-square-foot structure provides approximately 2,000 seats of classroom space, which includes five lecture halls, three classroom spaces for project-based learning, and …

Granite Selected for Approximately $72M Project in Capitola, California

CAPITOLA, CA — Granite has been awarded an approximately $72 million contract by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to build auxiliary lanes and bus-on-shoulder facilities on Highway 1 between Bay/Porter and State Park Drive in Capitola, California. Funded by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC), with Local …

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Efforts to Raise State Route 37 Corridor, Restore Habitat Get Big Boost from Federal Funding

MARIN COUNTY, CA — California’s efforts to ensure the long-term resiliency of State Route 37 (SR-37) and San Pablo Bay received a significant boost with the infusion of $155 million in federal funding. The California Transportation Commission formally allocated the funds to elevate a key section of State Route 37 …

Michael Baker International Promotes Alberts to Office Executive for Riverside/San Bernardino, California, Locations

RIVERSIDE, CA — Michael Baker International announces that Christopher Alberts, P.L.S., has been promoted to Office Executive for the firm's Riverside/San Bernardino, California, locations. In this role, Alberts will lead the Ontario, Palm Desert, Temecula offices' portfolio of services and bring the full range of the firm's expertise to …

California Invests More than $3.1B in Projects to Rebuild and Upgrade State’s Transportation Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently allocated more than $3.1 billion for projects that will improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, making it safer, more sustainable, and more reliable.
The allocation includes nearly $1.8 billion in funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 …

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Cosm Team Tops Out Structural Steel on Hollywood Park Entertainment Venue

INGLEWOOD, CA — The Cosm at Hollywood Park team recently celebrated topping out the 62,000-square-foot entertainment venue’s structural steel. The Mayor of Inglewood and representatives from project partners SME Steel, Sasco, Murray Company, Anning-Johnson Company, Cosm, HKS, Wilson Meany, The Kroenke Group, …

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HOK Welcomes Khemakhem as a Director of Global Healthcare Practice

LOS ANGELES, CA — HOK announces the appointment of Amine Khemakhem as a Principal and firmwide Director of its global Healthcare practice. Khemakhem is based in Los Angeles. He brings over 20 years of professional experience in leading large-scale health care projects in the United States and abroad.

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HGA-Designed Arts Sculpture Lab Breaks Ground at California State University, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA — Designed by national interdisciplinary firm HGA, the reimagined Arts Sculpture Lab at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) will provide students and faculty with learning environments and studios that support the institution’s delivery of an equitable arts education in the region, preparing students for their lives …

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HNTB Announces Watson as West Division President and Senior Vice President

SACRAMENTO, CA — Responding to ongoing growth and a robust U.S. transportation market, HNTB Corporation announces Jeff Watson, PE, as West Division President and Senior Vice President.

“Under the leadership of ... Jeff, HNTB will further strengthen partnerships with clients and communities in the ... West Division," said Rob …

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Crews Celebrate Topping Out of Aperture Del Mar in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA — Joined by developer Gemdale USA and end user Neurocrine Biosciences, DPR Construction recently topped out Aperture Del Mar in San Diego. More than 80 local workers from a variety of trades worked 60,700 hours without a recordable incident to bring the project to this point.

“This …

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Skanska Announces Completion of Sutter Health’s Samaritan Court Ambulatory Care and Surgery Center

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Skanska recently completed Sutter Health’s Samaritan Court Ambulatory Care and Surgery Center (Samaritan Court), a three-story, 69,000-square-foot medical office building that allows the client, Sutter Health, to offer patient access to more convenient, affordable, and connected care across the region. In addition to leveraging several innovative …

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JE Dunn Celebrates Milestone of Northern California Office

SANTA CLARA, CA — JE Dunn Construction celebrates one year in its newest office. The general contractor opened its 26th office in Santa Clara in June 2022. The company has maintained a steady presence in Northern California for the past decade but recently established a physical presence and dedicated local …

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Granite Selected for Approximately $23M Surface Replacement Project Along Highway 101

WATSONVILLE, CA — Granite has been awarded an approximately $23 million contract by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to upgrade Highway 101 in Mendocino, California. Project funding will come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is expected to be included in Granite’s second quarter CAP.

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California Governor Announces $1.5B in Port Infrastructure Upgrades to Power Supply Chain

SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Gavin Newsom announces an investment of more than $1.5 billion — including approximately $450 million for zero-emission infrastructure, locomotives, vessels, and vehicles — as part of the state’s work to build a more efficient, sustainable, and resilient supply chain.

“No other state has a supply chain …

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Balfour Beatty Celebrates Completion of Regional San’s EchoWater Project

ELK GROVE, CA — Balfour Beatty celebrates the completion of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District’s (Regional San) $1.7 billion EchoWater Project near Elk Grove, California. As one of the largest public works projects in the Sacramento region, the new upgrades were completed on schedule and under budget, providing a …

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Armstrong Consultants Celebrates 50 Years Serving Airports Across the West

GRAND JUNCTION, CO — Armstrong Consultants, an aviation engineering and planning firm, is celebrating 50 years of service.

Headquartered and founded in Grand Junction, Colorado, by Ed Armstrong in 1973, Armstrong began as a full-service civil engineering firm focused on site civil and structural design, geotechnical testing and design, …

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Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Delivers Segment 1 of the Honolulu Rail Project

HONOLULU, HI — The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announces that HART has completed construction and delivered the initial operating segment of the Honolulu Rail Project to the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS). The initial operating segment consists of 10.75 miles of rail guideway …

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Foothill Gold Line Celebrates Completion of Major Work for New Light Rail Track System

LA VERNE, CA — The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) recently held a Track Completion Ceremony to celebrate the completion of major work for the new light rail track system for the 9.1-mile, four-station Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Pomona. The celebration took place …

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Los Angeles Metro’s Regional Connector Opens to Public

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) $1.8 billion Regional Connector project officially opened to the public, providing riders with improved connections and a better overall transit experience. The newly constructed 1.9-mile rail link connects three existing light rail lines, allowing light rail trains to …

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Muallem Joins HNTB as Southern California Practice Leader, Regional Transportation Lead and Vice President

ONTARIO, CA — Basem Muallem, PE, joins HNTB Corporation as Southern California Practice Leader, Regional Transportation Lead and Vice President. He will focus on growing the West Region’s design/program management practice from the firm’s Inland Empire and Orange County offices.

“Basem brings a wealth of experience in transportation planning …

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Hyundai Launches Dedicated Compact Equipment Sales and Support Team in North America

SACRAMENTO, CA — Following the introduction of skid steer and compact track loaders, along with updates across its compact excavator lineup earlier this year at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America announces the formation of a new team dedicated to Hyundai compact equipment sales and support.

Hyundai has hired …

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Stantec to Lead Design for Water Resource Recovery Facility on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Stantec, a sustainable design and engineering company, was selected by The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to lead design for a new water resource recovery facility on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. The island has undergone decades of geotechnical improvements to make it habitable for …

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Gilbane Building Company Adds Garcia-Pineda as Healthcare Center of Excellence Leader in the West

SAN JOSE, CA — Gilbane Building Company announces that Angeles Garcia-Pineda joined the team as Healthcare Center of Excellence (COE) Leader for the west. Garcia-Pineda brings over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. She will leverage her expertise and relationships to help drive successful client relationships and elevate …

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Construction Opportunities Abound for Health Care Facilities Throughout the US

Billions of dollars are available throughout the country for new health care facilities, and many of them will be designed to provide mental health services. The needs related to behavioral health are great in America, and the growing number of individuals waiting for services and support is escalating at alarming …

California Invests Nearly $2B in Transportation Infrastructure, Approves Another $2.3B for Future Projects

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently invested nearly $2 billion into improving the state’s transportation infrastructure while approving an additional $2.3 billion for future projects.

The nearly $2 billion allocation reflects more than $571 million in funding from the 2021 federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) …

Granite's Highway 101 CMGC Work Continues with an Approximately $48M Contract

WATSONVILLE, CA — Granite has been awarded a $48 million contract by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to reconstruct a section of Highway 101: Montecito project in Santa Barbara County, California.

This project is the fourth mainline segment (4D North) awarded to Granite under its Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) …

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Sundt Building Group Welcomes Fakih as New Project Manager in California

IRVINE, CA — Sundt’s Building Group hires Sam Fakih to join its team in Irvine as a Senior Project Manager. He will assist with identifying new opportunities and support project pursuits in Los Angeles and Orange County.

“We are excited to welcome Sam to our team,” said Jim Householder …

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HDR to Provide Program and Construction Management Services for Landside Components of LAX’s Airfield & Terminal Modernization Project

LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has selected an HDR-led team to provide program management and construction management services for the landside portion of its transformative Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project (ATMP). The modernization will add a new terminal, concourse, and airfield upgrades as well as …

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Changes Announced to Skanska USA’s Civil West Coast Senior Executive Team

LOS ANGELES, CA — Skanska announces leadership shifts in its USA Civil operations’ West Coast executive team. Mike Aparicio will be stepping aside from his role as Executive Vice President (EVP) of the West Coast region and will take on the role of Senior Vice President (SVP) of Operations as …

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Stantec Partners with Carbon Removal Startup to Design First-of-its-Kind Advanced Water Treatment Facility

PALMDALE, CA — Stantec has partnered with the Palmdale Water District (PWD) and carbon removal startup Capture6 to design a first-of-its-kind Advanced Water Treatment (AWT) demonstration facility with novel brine management technology in Palmdale, California.

The AWT demonstration facility is part of PWD’s Pure Water Antelope Valley (Pure Water AV) …

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10x Genomics Opens New HOK-Designed Lab and Office Building

PLEASANTON, CA — 10x Genomics has opened a new HOK-designed lab and office building at its expanding campus in Pleasanton, California. The 150,000-square-foot building represents the latest milestone for the company that was founded a decade ago in a Bay Area garage and today employs more than 1,200 people. …

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Primoris Services Corporation Welcomes Pratt as President of Power Delivery

SACRAMENTO, CA — Primoris Services Corporation (Primoris) announces that James Pratt will serve as President of Power Delivery within the Utilities segment. Pratt brings decades of industry experience, skill, and best practices to the business.

“I’m pleased to welcome James ... to Primoris as we continue to transform into a …

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Sundt Breaks Ground on New Student Housing Complex at Cal Poly Humboldt

SACRAMENTO, CA — Sundt Construction recently joined Cal Poly Humboldt and SCB Architects in a groundbreaking celebration for a new residence hall complex for Cal Poly Humboldt, the largest student housing project in the university’s history.

“Sundt has a long history of building student housing complexes for the California State …

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AGC of California Unites with Construction Organizations for Mental Health Awareness Month Stand Down

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Associated General Contractors of California (AGC of California), along with Teichert Inc., Operating Engineers Local 3, and Loyalty Point Leadership, held a Mental Health Awareness Stand Down to call on the construction industry to recognize the importance of mental health for workers' safety and …

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SmithGroup Selects Malek as New Managing Partner

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — SmithGroup announces a transition within its leadership team. Roxanne Malek, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DBIA has been named as a Managing Partner, joining Russ Sykes, PE, LEED AP and Troy Thompson, AIA, LEED AP to form the three-person team leading the firm. Malek succeeds Mike Medici, …

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Stantec Hires Sathyamoorthy as Director of Innovation and Technology for Water Practice

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Stantec announces the hiring of Sandeep Sathyamoorthy, Ph.D., as Director of Innovation and Technology for the company’s global Water practice. Sathyamoorthy will be based in Walnut Creek, California.

Sathyamoorthy will play a key role in Stantec Water’s leadership team as he develops, manages, and executes …

Far West Equipment Dealers Association Merges with Associated Equipment Distributors

DAVIS, CA — The Far West Equipment Dealers Association (FWEDA) Board of Directors met and ratified a membership vote to merge with Associated Equipment Distributors (AED). The merger is scheduled to be finalized by the end of August.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the vote and look forward …

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Swinerton Strengthens Foothold in California's Central Valley with Growing Construction Portfolio

LEEMORE, CA — Swinerton, a California-based general contractor with 135 years of expertise, continues to make strides in the region, expanding its portfolio to over $420 million in upcoming construction projects for the education, medical, civic, and gaming industries. Swinerton's heritage has deep roots in the Central Valley since …

Jacobs to Manage Architecture and Engineering for US Navy in the Southwest

PHOENIX, AZ — Jacobs secured a single award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with the Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW) to perform multi-discipline Architecture-Engineering (A-E) Services in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and other approved areas of responsibility.

NAVFAC estimates the contract value …

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Foley Lynx is like Hiring a Full-Time Service Technician for Cat Equipment

Foley Lynx is a support service that gives Foley Equipment customers access to a dedicated service technician right from their phone.

“The easiest way to explain it is to say it’s Siri for your equipment,” said Travis LaDuke, Lynx Consultant at Foley Equipment. “You have a question, and we …

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The Hensel Phelps + Studio-MLA | Krueck Sexton Partners Design-Build Team Wins LAX Landscaping Improvement Program

LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) awarded the Landscaping Improvement Program to the Hensel Phelps + Studio MLA | Krueck Sexton Partners team. The $60 million, progressive design-build program includes a series of vibrant and accessible outdoor spaces with modernized amenities and architectural screening along the parking …

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Gensler Welcomes Sports Design Leader Niemuth

LOS ANGELES, CA — Gensler announces that Jon Niemuth, FAIA joins the global design and architecture firm as Director of Sports. Based in Los Angeles, Niemuth will work across Gensler Sports’ centers of excellence in Los Angeles, Austin, D.C., Seattle, and Costa Rica. He has nearly three decades of experience …

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Kelley Named New Vice President at Total-Western

PARAMOUNT, CA — Total-Western announces Dane Kelley as its new Vice President for its Southern District.

"I am thrilled to join an organization that embraces a vibrant culture and forward-thinking vision," Kelley said. "I am eager to harness the team's collective strength to deliver unmatched customer experiences, forge new pathways …

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San Francisco State University Starts Construction for First-Year Residence Hall to Provide More Affordable Student Housing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco State University recently held a ceremony to celebrate the start of construction for the West Campus Green (WCG) project. The project includes a first-year residence hall that will add 750 affordable beds, a dining facility, and a student health center. San Francisco State hired …

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Young Named HOK’s Regional Leader of Healthcare in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Belinda Young, AIA, LEED BD+C, Assoc. DBIA, has been promoted to Regional Leader for HOK’s Healthcare practice in Northern California. Based in the firm’s San Francisco studio, she brings more than 25 years of experience at HOK designing and leading complex health care projects throughout …

Hawaii DOT Leadership Team Finalized

HONOLULU, HI — Following the Senate confirmation of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Director Ed Sniffen, HDOT announces its leadership team and priorities through 2026.

In addition to Sniffen, the HDOT leadership team includes Deputy Director for Administration Tammy Lee, Esq., Deputy Director for Harbors Dre Kalili, …

Balfour Beatty Launches New Special Projects Construction Services in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Balfour Beatty, a U.S. general contractor, is expanding its operations to provide construction services for special projects in the Los Angeles area. The company’s special projects services will encompass a wide variety of market sectors including corporate tenant improvement, aviation, building repositioning, core and shell, …

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California Governor Announces $690M for Public Transportation Projects

SACRAMENTO, CA — Governor Gavin Newsom announces an award of more than $690 million to 28 new public transportation projects in disadvantaged communities to close out the first wave of a historic infusion of state funding to expand transit and passenger rail service throughout the state, helping to cut planet-warming …

COWI Adds Transportation Industry Expert Tambay as Vice President

SACRAMENTO, CA — COWI in North America welcomes Troy Tambay, PE as a Vice President to its program and construction management group in California. Tambay brings with him a wealth of experience in both design management and construction management of major transportation infrastructure projects and specializes in major programs globally. …

Skanska Selected to Make Improvements to State Route 57/60 Freeway Interchange

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY, CA — Skanska has signed a contract with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) to make improvements to the State Route 57/60 interchange that runs through the City of Diamond Bar and the City of Industry in Southern California. The total contract value is worth …

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Stantec Expands Growth and Innovation Team with Addition of Bokor as Senior Vice President

IRVINE, CA — Stantec, a sustainable design and engineering firm, welcomes Peter Bokor to the company’s Growth and Innovation Office as a Senior Vice President. Based in the firm’s Irvine office, Bokor will support the development and execution of strategic plans and help oversee key accounts and corporate growth …

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C.W. Driver Begins Construction of Menifee Union School District Elementary School #15

MENIFEE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California for more than 100 years, announces the start of construction on their newest project for Menifee Union School District, a $54.5 million K-5 elementary school that will have an estimated student capacity of 600 when it opens, with completion …

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HDR to Complete Final Design for $1.567B Port of Long Beach Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility

OMAHA, NE — The Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has unanimously voted to extend HDR’s contract to create the final design for the $1.567 billion Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility through 2027.

The project will create a new on-dock facility to streamline the movement of …

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Alston Construction Wins First Place at AGC-WTW Construction Safety Excellence Awards

SACRAMENTO, CA — Alston Construction was recognized for having one of the nation’s top construction safety and health programs in 2022 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The association, which oversees the AGC-WTW Construction Safety Excellence Awards, an annual ranking of construction safety and health programs, noted that …

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HGA-Designed Renovation Ushers in a New Era for Sacramento’s Signature Renaissance Tower

SACRAMENTO, CA — HGA has completed a full-scale modernization of the public-facing spaces within the Renaissance Tower located in downtown Sacramento, California. The firm was brought in by U.S. alternative asset management company, The RMR Group, to redesign the building’s main entrance, common area, and expanded lobby to better …

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Sundt Promotes Falvey to Vice President and Regional Director

SACRAMENTO, CA — Sundt Construction promotes Sean Falvey to Vice President and Sacramento Regional Director for Sundt’s Building Group, California District. As Sundt’s new leader, Falvey will oversee Sundt’s Northern California building projects and collaborate closely with senior leadership on long-term strategy and planning.

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Truebeck Construction Expands into Sacramento Region with New Office

SACRAMENTO, CA — Truebeck Construction, a commercial general contractor, announces its expansion into the Greater Sacramento Metro Area with the opening of their fifth office. This new regional office supports the growing number of projects in Sacramento and allows the firm to service existing clients beyond the San Francisco …

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Courthouse Commons Tunnel Project Receives ACEC Honor Award

SAN DIEGO, CA — American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) recognizes Kleinfelder and Delve Underground with an Engineering Excellence Honor Award for the Courthouse Commons Tunnel Project — an $83 million, 23-foot-diameter, 328-foot-long, concrete-lined tunnel and three-story underground transfer facilities shaft for transporting inmates from the Downtown …

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Empire Crane Company and Bigge Crane and Rigging Make Partnership Official

SYRACUSE, NY — Empire Crane Company has officially partnered with Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. in order to offer East Coast customers better access to rent or buy the more than 1,800 cranes in Bigge’s fleet.

Empire Crane has long been in the crane sales and rental business, serving customers …

Reconstruction Experts of Johns Lyng USA Appoints Agnew as Vice President of the California Region

LOS ANGELES, CA — Reconstruction Experts of Johns Lyng USA, a full-service general contractor specializing in construction services, roofing, and litigation, announces the hiring of Teresa Agnew as Vice President of the California region.

"Teresa is a well-respected leader who has both the industry experience and the necessary skills …

Foothill Gold Line Light Rail Project Celebrates a Major Milestone

MONROVIA, CA — The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) announces that all grade crossing reconstruction work requiring long-term street closures for the project's 21 at-grade (street level) crossings from Glendora to Pomona has now been completed. The grade crossing milestone is a major achievement for the 9.1-mile, four-station …

Granite Construction Awarded Contract for Avenue J Interchange Improvements in Lancaster, California

WATSONVILLE, CA — Granite Construction has been selected by the City of Lancaster to lead an approximately $30 million contract for various improvements to the Avenue J (Ave J) Interchange at California State Route 14 (SR 14). The project will be funded by the California Department of Transportation, the …

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Gates Appointed President of Erickson-Hall Construction Company

ESCONDIDO, CA — Mat Gates, CCM, LEED AP, has been appointed President of Erickson-Hall Construction Co. With a 30-year career in the construction industry, Gates has extensive experience delivering complex projects throughout Southern California. His appointment comes at a pivotal time in Erickson-Hall's history as it transitions ownership to …

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C.W. Driver Companies Announces Completion of $52.5M Solis Park K-8 School Facility

IRVINE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California for more than 100 years, announces the completion of the 108,000-square-foot K-8 Solis Park School campus for Irvine Unified School District, constructed within the FivePoint master-planned community known as Great Park Neighborhoods. The school welcomed kindergarten through fifth grade …

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Jacobs to Design and Build Advanced Water Reuse Facility in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Jacobs has been selected by LA Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) as the progressive design-build contractor for the Donald C. Tillman Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF). The project is a key part of the City of Los …

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Schimenti Construction Company Hires Spataro as Senior Director to Lead Expansion Efforts Throughout the West Coast

LOS ANGELES, CA — Schimenti Construction Company announces that Vincent Spataro has joined the company as Senior Director, West Coast. Spataro brings more than 25 years of experience to the position. With a track record of service delivery for clients in the retail, commercial, sports, and entertainment sectors, he is …

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SmithGroup Hires Cusick to Lead Los Angeles Health Studio

LOS ANGELES, CA — SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, hires Daniel Cusick as Health Studio Leader and Principal in its Los Angeles office. In this role, he leads an expert team in the delivery of planning and design solutions for health care systems throughout Southern California. In addition, he …

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Hundreds Celebrate the Grand Opening of ABC of Southern California's Riverside Construction Training Center

RIVERSIDE, CA — The Associated Builders and Contractors Southern California Chapter (ABC SoCal) recently hosted hundreds of community members as they cut the ribbon on their third training center in Southern California.

“Today is a celebration, but it also represents a continued commitment by ABC and our membership to supply …

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Hadsell Named HDR’s Education & Science Director for the U.S. West Region

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Greg Hadsell has been named HDR’s Education and Science Director for the U.S. West Region.

HDR currently has active education and science practices in the West with offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Phoenix. In this role, Hadsell will connect HDR …

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HGA-Designed Child, Adolescent, and Adult Behavioral Health Services Center Breaks Ground at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

SAN JOSE, CA — The new Child, Adolescent, and Adult Behavioral Health Services Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) celebrates the groundbreaking for the primary phase of construction. Designed by national, interdisciplinary architectural and engineering firm HGA, the facility will consolidate Santa Clara County’s behavioral health offerings, …

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New Programs for Funding Assistance at the Local Levels of Government

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau has a new funding and resource program designed to help communities launch large projects. It is called Thriving Communities, and it was created by passage of the Appropriations Act. The program will provide an abundance of funding, assistance, and other resources …

XL Construction Announces Key Executive Promotions

MILPITAS, CA — XL Industries (XLI), a Northern California builder that includes XL Construction (XLC), announces the promotions of several executives, including Marcus Staniford to the role of President of XL Industries. The promotions reflect the organization's long-term strategic management succession plan.

Staniford joined XL in 2017 and served as …

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MNS Engineers, Inc. Welcomes Riegler as New President and Chief Executive Officer

SANTA BARBARA, CA — The Board of Directors of MNS Engineers, Inc., a multi-service infrastructure consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, construction management, and land surveying services, announces the appointment of Darren K. Riegler as President and CEO. Riegler is a professional with more than 25 years of experience …

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HGA Celebrates Groundbreaking at California State University Fullerton’s Visual Arts Complex

FULLERTON, CA — HGA participated in the groundbreaking for the Visual Arts Complex at California State University (CSU) Fullerton. The arts complex will support the Department of Visual Arts forward-looking views of art education, positioning the campus to better serve a growing and diverse student population.

The work encompasses the …

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Griffin Structures Appoints Hughes as President, Godfrey as Vice President of Operations

IRVINE, CA — Griffin Structures, a program and construction management firm, announces its selection of Jon Hughes to serve as the organization's next President. Hughes, who previously served as Executive Vice President of Operations, will assume the role effective immediately. In addition, long-time Senior Program and Construction Manager, Robert …

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Engineering Firm Psomas Hires Moore as Senior Vice President

LOS ANGELES, CA — Gary Lee Moore joins Psomas as Senior Vice President to assist the firm with strategic pursuits and partnerships for its engineering, construction management, environmental, and survey & geospatial services.

"We are extremely excited to have Gary join the Psomas team," said Matt Clark, Chief Development …

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Highland Fairview Names Stantec as Prime Consultant on $25B Net Zero World Logistics Center

MORENO VALLEY, CA — Stantec has been selected as the prime consultant for private real estate developer Highland Fairview’s World Logistics Center project in Moreno Valley, California. The estimated $25 billion investment will be constructed over seven years and will be the largest planned logistics and business park in …

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DPR Construction Announces Whitson as President to Lead Alongside CEO, Pfeffer

REDWOOD CITY, CA — On the heels of extensive growth over the last decade, DPR Construction, a technical builder, faced a key question: How could the company continue to preserve its core and excel in an ever-evolving marketplace? DPR has answered that question through its commitment to shared leadership, …

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Sundt Construction Adds Crist as Preconstruction Project Manager

SACRAMENTO, CA — Sundt Construction’s California Building Group hires Marie Crist in its Sacramento Office as a Preconstruction Project Manager.

“We are happy to have Marie come out of retirement to rejoin Sundt,” said Ryan Nessen, Sundt’s Senior Vice President and California District Manager for the Building Group. …

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Rossie Assumes CEO Responsibilities at Webcor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Matt Rossie, the President and Chief Operating Officer at San Francisco-based general contractor Webcor, assumes the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer. Rossie’s ascension to the role is part of a long-planned succession as immediate past CEO, Jes Pedersen, prepares for retirement later this …

California High-Speed Rail Authority Selects Atlas and its JV Partners for $400M Program Management Contract

SACRAMENTO, CA — Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Atlas), an infrastructure and environmental solutions provider, announces that it is a member of the joint venture team that was selected to provide program delivery support for the California High-Speed Rail project. The joint venture, led by AECOM, includes Atlas, other partners, …

AGC of California Honors Award Winners at 2023 Installation & Awards Gala

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Associated General Contractors of California (AGC of California) recently announced the winners of the Constructor Awards and Achievement Awards at the Fairmont San Francisco, at its annual black-tie Installation & Awards Gala honoring the year's best in the construction industry.

"Every year, AGC of California celebrates …

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MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Celebrates the Topping Out of $80M Women's Health Pavilion

LAGUNA HILLS, CA — MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, a nonprofit medical center in Orange County, celebrated the topping out, the marking of the placement of the last beam, of its forthcoming Women’s Health Pavilion. The new, $80 million, three-story, 40,000-square-foot facility, which is scheduled to open in summer 2023 in …

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LAX Automated People Mover Earns Envision Gold Award for Sustainable Infrastructure

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Automated People Mover (APM) train system has won an Envision Gold Award for Sustainable Infrastructure from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

The ISI noted that the LAX APM project scored exceptionally well across many indicators in the Envision framework …

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Stantec Selected to Design the California High-Speed Rail Extension from Merced to Madera

MERCED, CA — Stantec has been selected to design the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s extension from Merced to Madera, a key section between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The extension covers 33.9 miles and will include 40 structures. The Merced to Madera design contract is valued at $41 million, which …

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The New Rose Pak Station Opens in San Francisco's Chinatown

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — DLR Group, along with the City of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, recently celebrated the official opening of Central Subways (Third Street Lite Rail Phase 2) expansion. Mayor London Breed and other city officials addressed attendees and cut the ribbon at the Union Square/Market Street …

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The Dutra Group Elevates Stewart to CEO; Dutra to Serve as Executive Chairman

SAN RAFAEL, CA — The Dutra Group, a heavy civil marine contractor, has named Harry K. Stewart as its Chief Executive Officer. Stewart, who previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Dutra, assumes his new role as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary. Bill T. Dutra, …

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Terex Utilities Promotes Cammisa to Senior Director of Services

WATERTOWN, SD — Terex Utilities announces that Nick Cammisa has been promoted to Senior Director of Services, and will now lead the Terex Services team.

“Nick brings well-rounded experience to his role as Senior Director of Services from branch management, sales, and strategic account management, and is positioned to lead …

ACEC California Announces 2023 Engineering Excellence Awards

SACRAMENTO, CA — The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) announces the 2023 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value. Twelve projects earned the Honor Award distinction, 13 were recognized with Merit Awards, and …

Michael Baker International Names Lim as Vice President and Western Regional Director

SAN DIEGO, CA — Michael Baker International, an engineering, planning, and consulting services company, announces that Trudi Lim, P.E., LEED AP, has been named Vice President and Western Regional Director. In this role, Lim will lead more than 800 employees and oversee all growth efforts, as well as …

With Two Bay Area Projects, Webcor Launches Webcor Timber, the Only California-Based Timber Contractor Building in the State

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Webcor Timber is the newest division formed within Webcor Craft, the self-perform group of San Francisco-based commercial general contractor and builder Webcor. After growing an internal team that has prepared to enter the market over the last several years, Webcor’s recent award of two mass …

Introducing DEVELON, the Next Evolution in Construction Equipment Innovation

SUWANEE, GA — The familiar brand of orange construction equipment known as Doosan will now be called DEVELON throughout the world. Under the new brand name, the company will continue providing innovative products and solutions, further cementing its status as a global leader in construction equipment and solutions for the …

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MVE + Partners Promotes Two New Principals, Berger and Seah

IRVINE, CA — MVE + Partners, an architectural, design, and planning firm, announces the promotion of Pieter Berger and Terrence Seah, NCARB to Principal. Each has more than 15 years of professional experience and has moved up within the company from Senior Associate Partner positions.

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Walter P Moore Announces Gupta as Healthcare Market Leader

LOS ANGELES, CA — International engineering firm Walter P Moore announces the addition of Balram Gupta, Ph.D., SE as Healthcare Market Leader - West Coast in the firm’s Los Angeles-based Structural Group. Gupta is an industry leader in seismic retrofit work in the California health care market.

“Balram has extensive …

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HOK and McCarthy Chosen as Design-Build Team for UCLA Health Neuropsychiatric Hospital Project

LOS ANGELES, CA — HOK and McCarthy have been selected by UCLA Health to transform the former Olympia Medical Center in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles into a neuropsychiatric hospital.

UCLA Health’s inpatient neuropsychiatric program is currently housed in the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, located within Ronald …

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UC Davis Health Inaugurates Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute

SACRAMENTO, CA — UC Davis Health recently celebrated the opening of the new Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute Building and expansion of the Ambulatory Care Center. The facilities are providing hope to the vision-impaired for sight restoration through advanced technology, pioneering research, and some of the world’s best eye care …

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Latitude 33 Celebrates National and Regional DBIA Awards for County of San Diego Youth Transition Campus, Phase 1

SAN DIEGO, CA — Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering is celebrating two recent award wins from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) for the County of San Diego Youth Transition Campus (YTC), Phase 1. The DBIA honored the project with a National Award of Merit in the Federal, State, County, …

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Austin-Webcor JV Team Delivers World’s First WELL Core Certified Airport Terminal at San Francisco International Airport

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Boarding Area B (BAB) is officially the world’s first WELL Core Certified airport terminal, exceeding the wellness-focused designation’s requirements with the highest available rating — WELL Certified Platinum. WELL Certification is administered by the International WELL Building …

Sunbelt Rentals Sets the Gold Standard for Recruiting, Employing, and Retaining Veterans

FORT MILL, SC — Sunbelt Rentals, an equipment rental company, has been recognized with three awards for its efforts to recruit and retain military veterans in North America and globally.

For the first time, Sunbelt Rentals has received the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE …

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McKissack & McKissack Appoints Jenkins Vice President of Operations for the Midwest and West

CHICAGO, IL — McKissack & McKissack, a Black- and woman-owned architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) company, announces that Girard Jenkins has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for the Midwest and West. The Chicago-based project executive, who has more than 35 years of experience leading public and private …

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Ostermiller Joins HNTB as Senior Project Director in West Region

DENVER, CO — Robert Ostermiller, PE, joins HNTB as Senior Project Director and Vice President in Denver. In this role, Ostermiller will provide leadership and solutions to transportation clients on big programs. Ostermiller will work closely with clients throughout Colorado, California, and the Western states.

“Rob brings an impressive …

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Erickson-Hall Completes Pacific Sky School in Del Mar Union School District

ESCONDIDO, CA — Erickson-Hall Construction Co. recently joined more than 100 educators, community members, and stakeholders to celebrate the ribbon cutting of Pacific Sky School in Del Mar Union School District. Located in San Diego, the new K-6 school was funded by the district's Measure MM passed in 2018. The …

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Kinchen Named National Construction Director for Water Projects at Burns & McDonnell

KANSAS CITY, MO — Dave Kinchen has been named National Director of Construction for Burns & McDonnell water projects. He will have overall responsibility for strategic positioning and growth of water construction projects throughout all 50 U.S. states.

Kinchen has nearly 35 years of experience working for self-perform national and …

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HNTB Names Dippel President of Western Region

LOS ANGELES, CA — HNTB’s Michelle Dippel has been named President of the firm’s Western Region, overseeing vital and complex infrastructure programs in growth markets in 13 states. She will be based in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

“The Western Region, with its enormous market opportunities, is a …

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JLG’s All-New E18 Vertical Mast Lifts Now Available

MCCONNELLSBURG, PA — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, introduces an all-new vertical mast lift series to the market. The new JLG E18MCL model is well-suited for construction and industrial applications that require outdoor and indoor …

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Cushing Terrell Awarded IDIQ Contracts to Support Interior Department Projects

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell and Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture partner Hollingsworth Pack have been awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract for architecture and engineering (A/E) services with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in support of projects funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). …

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C.W. Driver Companies Begins Construction on New Chemistry & Biotechnology Building for MiraCosta College

OCEANSIDE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, announces construction commencement on a new, design-build, two-story Chemistry & Biotechnology Building for MiraCosta Community College District (MCCD) that will provide a science facility for 21st century learning science environments. Set for completion in July 2024, this …

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Hayes Group Architects Recognized for Modern Downtown Building, 611 Cowper Street

PALO ALTO, CA — Hayes Group Architects received a coveted Award for Architectural Excellence for 611 Cowper Street, a project commissioned by the real estate development and investment company R&M Properties.

The City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) selected 611 Cowper Street from more than 100 constructed …

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R.D. Olson Completes First Phase of 6-Acre Mixed-Use Development

WESTMINSTER, CA — R.D. Olson, a general contracting firm, and KTGY, a full-service architecture, branding, interior, and planning firm, announce the completion of the Bolsa Row Apartments. The 234,234-square-foot mixed-use building will serve as the gateway to the Little Saigon District, home to the nation’s largest Vietnamese-American population. …

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Trimble Changes Headquarters to Westminster, Colorado

WESTMINSTER, Colo. —Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that the company has changed its headquarters from Sunnyvale, California to Westminster, Colorado.

Westminster is Trimble’s largest employment center in the U.S. and serves as a central business hub for several of Trimble’s core market segments including agriculture, construction and geospatial. In addition, …

Hawaii DOT Testing Asphalt Mixes Designed to Improve Pavement and the Environment

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) is testing an asphalt mix with recycled plastic polymer as part of its sustainable transportation initiatives. The plastic road pilot will take place on Fort Weaver Road between Kilaha Street and the beginning of Fort Weaver Road near Cormorant Avenue. The …

LA Metro Celebrates Opening of HNTB-Designed K Line

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently celebrated the opening of the K Line. The K Line connects one of the most culturally diverse communities in Los Angeles County to the greater Metro Rail network and includes seven new stations located in the communities of …

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SOCOTEC Acquires Architecture and Engineering Company, Trinity | ERD

NEW ORLEANS, LA — SOCOTEC Consulting, Inc., a provider of TIC (Testing, Inspection, and Certification), consulting, and advisory services with a strategic focus on building and infrastructure sectors, announces that it has completed the acquisition of Trinity | ERD, an architecture and engineering company specializing in building envelope …

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Erickson-Hall Completes Los Alamitos High School STEM Building

ESCONDIDO, CA — Erickson-Hall Construction Co. recently joined the Los Alamitos Unified School District for a ribbon cutting ceremony of Los Alamitos High School's new $52-million STEM Building. The program featured speakers from the school, district, Board of Education, and development team, as well as performances by the student marching …

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H&E Opens New Branch in Indio, California

INDIO, CA — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the opening of its new Indio branch, its 12th location in California. The branch includes a fully fenced yard area, offices, and a separate repair shop and is capable of handling a variety of construction and general industrial equipment for customers …

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Exyn Technologies and Trimble Collaborate on a Proof of Concept for a Fully Autonomous Surveying Solution for Construction

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble and Exyn Technologies, a pioneer in multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex, GPS-denied environments, announce a strategic collaboration to explore the use of autonomous construction surveying technology. The solution will integrate Boston Dynamics' Spot robot, the ExynPak powered by ExynAI, and the Trimble X7 total station. …

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Trimble and HP Collaborate to Explore the Use of Robotic Technology for Autonomous Indoor Construction Layout

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble and HP are collaborating on the integration of Trimble's latest robotic total station with HP's new SitePrint robotic layout solution. The solution focuses on transforming the layout process for indoor construction projects.

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Trimble Construction Cloud Powered by Microsoft Azure Launches at Trimble Dimensions+ Conference

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble announces the launch of Trimble Construction Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure, an industry cloud to streamline construction projects. Trimble Construction Cloud was developed as part of Trimble's collaboration with Microsoft to advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction, agriculture, and transportation …

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C.W. Driver Completes $50.9M Multi-Disciplinary Facility - Building M for Long Beach City College

LONG BEACH, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of a 95,500-square-foot, multi-disciplinary facility for Long Beach City College. Designed to be a 21st-century learning environment and achieve LEED Gold Certification, the $50.9-million, three-story facility is the first design-build project funded by the state of California. Located on the …

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Oh Joins HNTB as Construction Services Group Director in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Kenneth Oh joins HNTB Corporation as Construction Services Group Director and Associate Vice President. Based in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office, his responsibilities include serving the highway construction management market for Southern California. He will support the firm’s ongoing Southern California construction projects, including ExpressLanes …

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Stantec Selected by U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest for Critical IDIQ Contract

LOS ANGELES, CA — Stantec has been selected by Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Southwest to lead multidiscipline architect-engineer and consulting services as part of a five-year, $30-million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) single award task order contract.

The IDIQ contract awarded to Stantec Government Services focuses on encroachment management …

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Critical Construction Underway in Advance of Harbor-UCLA Expansion

TORRANCE, CA — Large-scale utility construction is underway at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center campus, part of preparations for the replacement hospital currently in the design phase.

Health care builder Abbott Construction is leading the make-ready utility project to support the new 400,000-square-foot outpatient treatment and support building. The work goes …

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Takeuchi Launches New Line of Hydraulic Hammers

ATLANTA, GA — Takeuchi has added seven sound-suppressed hydraulic hammer models to the Takeuchi Attachment Program, helping compact track loader and compact excavator owners accomplish more with their machines.

“Hydraulic hammers are invaluable attachments for breaking up asphalt, concrete, rocks, and other hard materials,” said Lee Padgett, Product Manager …

JLG Expands Authorized Service Provider Network to Support Customers’ Maintenance and Repair Needs

MCCONNELLSBURG, PA — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, is expanding its network of Authorized Service Providers in the United States to provide equipment repair, warranty, maintenance, inspections, parts, and other support services nationwide to JLG customers. …

EPA Announces $225M WIFIA Loan to the City of San Diego to Protect Water Quality and Reduce Flood Risks

SAN DIEGO, CA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces a $225-million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of San Diego, California, to support the Stormwater Capital Improvement Project. With EPA’s WIFIA loan, the City of San Diego will protect water quality, reduce flood …

Safe Site Check In and Procore Automate the Daily Log to Improve Labor Productivity and Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Safe Site Check In, a construction management software company for jobsite productivity, announces an integration with Procore Technologies, Inc., a global provider of construction management software. Safe Site Check In quickly and accurately integrates field data into the Procore Construction Platform to help boost …

Six State-Level Departments of Transportation Join Equity in Infrastructure Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At an Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) event, the leaders of the departments of transportation of California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, and Michigan signed the EIP Pledge, which is aimed at leveraging infrastructure spending to build wealth in underserved communities. The event was hosted …

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Kenny Named Burns & McDonnell Construction Director for Industrial Projects in California

BREA, CA — Sean Kenny has been named Director of Construction for the Burns & McDonnell California region. He will have overall responsibility for construction operations and execution of industrial projects in the transmission & distribution, oil, gas, and chemicals, power generation, and water sectors.

Kenny previously served as Department …

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Wilden Releases New 76 mm (3") Metal Equalizer Surge Dampener - Integrated SD Series

GRAND TERRACE, CA — Wilden, a brand of PSG, a Dover company, has extended its line of metal Equalizer Surge Dampeners - Integrated SD Series (ISD) with the addition of a new 76 mm (3”) model. Designed to integrate directly into the manifold of a Wilden metal air-operated …

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Burns & McDonnell Promotes Paresa to Hawaii Leadership

HONOLULU, HI — Tony Paresa has been promoted to lead Burns & McDonnell, a 100 percent employee-owned engineering, architecture, and construction firm, in Hawaii as the next Pacific Branch Operations Manager. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Paresa joined Burns & McDonnell after fulfilling a variety of …

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Balfour Beatty, LINXS Constructors Tops Out Sixth and Final LAX People Mover Station with Structural Steel

LOS ANGELES, CA — Balfour Beatty, as part of LINXS Constructors, announces another major milestone on the ongoing modernization of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the placement of the last structural steel beam for the Automated People Mover (APM) train stations. This achievement signifies substantial progress …

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Escalante Joins HNTB as Transportation Planning Department Manager

LOS ANGELES, CA — Gina Escalante joins HNTB Corporation as Transportation Planning Department Manager, based in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. Her duties include coordinating project priorities, staffing schedules, and staff assignments.

“Gina’s extensive experience, including her key role in Southern California transit corridors, will be an asset to …

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SmithGroup Opens Sacramento Office

SACRAMENTO, CA — SmithGroup has opened its latest office in Sacramento. This location adds to the firm’s presence in Northern California, deepening its connections in the growing metropolitan area and Central Valley region. Located in the Ice Blocks, a three-block mixed-use project in Midtown Sacramento, the office specializes in architecture, …

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Blach Construction Celebrates Grand Opening of Tanforan Memorial Statue and Plaza

SAN BRUNO, CA — Blach Construction recently joined the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee (TACMC) to celebrate the unveiling of a historic memorial plaza and bronze statue to honor the 8,000 Bay Area residents of Japanese ancestry who were unjustly imprisoned at Tanforan “Assembly Center” during World War II.

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Clark Construction Delivers Snapdragon Stadium on Schedule

SAN DIEGO, CA — Clark Construction Group recently joined San Diego State University (SDSU) leaders, city officials, and guests to cut the ribbon on the Snapdragon Stadium.

Designed as a hub for sports and entertainment, the new 35,000-capacity venue provides a home field for SDSU Aztec Football, as well as …

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Longfellow Begins Development of Bioterra Life Sciences Campus in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA — Longfellow Real Estate Partners recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its 323,000-square-foot Bioterra campus. The six-story campus, designed by HOK with McCarthy Builders serving as general contractor, will have a rooftop patio overlooking Sorrento Mesa, with specially curated food and beverage options open to the public.

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HOK Welcomes Choi as a New Design Leader in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — HOK appoints Peter Choi, AIA, as Principal-Design in San Francisco. He has more than 30 years of experience as an architect and team leader on projects around the world.

Choi began his architectural career in New York City. Since 2005, he has worked as an …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes $33M Silicon Beach Creative Office Project in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of a 36,736-square-foot creative office building in downtown Santa Monica. The three-story, steel-frame structure is split into two wings by a U-shaped footprint above the ground level that centers around an exposed courtyard on the second floor. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps …

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Biden-Harris Administration Sending States Nearly $60B from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for America’s Roads and Bridges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that it has released $59.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 apportionments for 12 formula programs to support investment in critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels, carbon emission reduction, and safety improvements utilizing funding from President …

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Trimble and ABI GMBH Offer Trimble Ready Option for Piling and Drilling Machines

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble and ABI Maschinenfabrik und Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH announce the introduction of a Trimble Ready factory option for new ABI MOBILRAM-Systems and DELMAG Drill Rigs. ABI piling and drilling machines shipped from the factory will be ready for the installation of the Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System, which …

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Junttan Oy to Offer Trimble Groundworks Machine Control for Piling Machines from the Factory

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble and Junttan Oy announce the availability of Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System for Piling Machines as a factory option on Junttan Oy foundation machines.

Trimble Groundworks is a 3D machine control system that improves efficiency and reduces downtime with stakeless navigation, productivity and quality monitoring, and …

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Trimble Introduces Horizontal Steering Control, Automatic Screed Width Control for Vogele Asphalt Pavers

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble introduces the Trimble Roadworks Paving Control Platform version 2.10 with Horizontal Steering Control for Vogele Navitronic asphalt pavers. The addition of Horizontal Steering Control and automatic screed width control for Vogele pavers is another step forward in Trimble's path toward machine control autonomy.

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Hydrostor Selects Kiewit to Advance Engineering for Willow Rock, the Largest Stand-Alone Energy Storage Project in California

ROSAMOND, CA — Hydrostor Inc. (Hydrostor), a long-duration energy storage solution provider, and Kiewit Engineering Group Inc. (Kiewit), have entered an agreement to advance Front-End Engineering and Design studies for the 500 MW Willow Rock Energy Storage Center (Willow Rock), which would be the largest stand-alone energy storage project in …

USDOT Announces $75M Loan for High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes on US 101 in Santa Barbara County, California

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau has provided a low-interest loan totaling $75 million to the Santa Barbara County Local Transportation Authority to construct a 7.5-mile extension of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on US 101 in Santa Barbara …

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Ohland Begins Her Term as ASME President, Aims to Promote More Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

An active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 1983, Karen J. Ohland has recently begun her term as the 141st President of the society. She is an ASME Fellow and the Associate Director for Finance and Operations at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Ohland has also …

The Future is Now: Examining Construction’s Power Alternatives

At the center of any construction alternative power discussion is diesel. Diesel remains the go-to power on jobsites. According to the Diesel Technology Forum, 98 percent of construction's energy use in the United States comes from diesel.

But with global initiatives underway to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by …

Bullseye Builders' Ownership Acquires JG Companies

CHINO, CA — JG Companies, a provider of construction and facilities services in Southern and Central California, announces that it has been purchased by the ownership team of Bullseye Builders, Inc., a full-service commercial general contracting firm specializing in technology to generate scheduled, collaborative, and quality-controlled projects.

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Construction Workforce Shortages Risk Undermining Infrastructure Projects As Most Contractors Struggle To Fill Open Positions

Construction workforce shortages are affecting nearly all construction firms, undermining the industry’s ability to complete projects on time and on schedule and threatening the success of new federal investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, according to the results of a workforce survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and …

Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering Celebrates Opening of HNTB-Designed Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project

LOS ANGELES, CA — The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering officially opened the new Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project in downtown Los Angeles with several celebrations. It is the largest bridge project in the history of Los Angeles and replaces the original, seismically deficient structure that was built …

Balfour Beatty Awarded More Than $235M in Contracts to Deliver Projects in California

LOS ANGELES, CA — Within the last six weeks, Balfour Beatty has been awarded multiple contracts totaling more than $235 million in value to construct essential K-12, correctional/justice, and federal projects across California.

As general contractor, Balfour Beatty’s recently awarded projects in California include:

Fontana USD’s New Secondary Academy
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Drones are Benefitting Earthmoving Operations

MILWAUKEE, WI — Drones — the aerial eye of the jobsite — have become a very versatile tool for earthmoving operations. Among the benefits: increasing efficiency, productivity, and accuracy on jobsites. In addition, drones help reduce unplanned costs and rework throughout a project by providing a steady stream of jobsite …

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Backhoes

MILWAUKEE, WI — Preventive maintenance “is a very broad term,” said George MacIntyre, Product Manager at CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibitor CASE Construction Equipment. “It can be as formal as the critical practice of performing regular service, as prescribed by the manufacturer of the machine, throughout the machine’s life. Or it …

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$125M in Incentives for Off-Road Zero-Emission Equipment Available Through California’s CORE Project

PASADENA, CA — The California Air Resources Board (CARB) opens the second round of its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), providing point-of-sale discounts on off-road zero-emission equipment. The project is administered by CALSTART and has $125M in funding available, more than double the amount allocated to the project …

HGA Sacramento Achieves WELL Health-Safety Rating

SACRAMENTO, CA — HGA’s commitment to employee and client wellbeing is demonstrated through the newly achieved WELL Health-Safety Rating by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in the Sacramento office. All HGA offices are expected to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is informed by the …

Sundt Hires Spence as Vice President and Regional Director for Northern California

SACRAMENTO, CA — Tim Spence recently returned to Sundt Construction, joining its Building Group‘s California District as the Vice President and Regional Director in Northern California.

Spence previously worked at the company in the early 1990s as a Project Engineer after graduating from college. While at Sundt, he worked …

California State Transportation Agency Awards Nearly $800M for Transit and Intercity Rail Projects

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California State Transportation Agency awarded nearly $800 million to 23 projects statewide to expand transit and intercity rail service and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The fifth cycle of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grants kicks off a period of historic investment to improve and …

Presidio Tunnel Tops, National Park Destination in the Presidio of San Francisco, Opens to the Public

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi along with community leaders and Partnership for the Presidio representatives celebrated the opening of Presidio Tunnel Tops. This new park destination marks the culmination of a 20-year transformation of the Presidio's waterfront. Presidio Tunnel Tops adds 14 acres to the Golden Gate …

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Friant-Kern Canal Capacity-Restoration Project Breaks Ground

TULARE COUNTY, CA — The Bureau of Reclamation, Friant Water Authority, and California Department of Water Resources recently broke ground on a $177-million construction project to restore capacity in a 10-mile portion of the Friant-Kern Canal in Central California. Global design firm Stantec is assisting the agencies on the critically …

PALFINGER Announces Daneluz as New Vice President Sales & Service NAM Region

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA — Ismael Daneluz joins PALFINGER’s North American Region in the executive capacity of Vice President of Sales and Service. Daneluz will be responsible for developing strategic sales plans, based on the company’s goals, that will promote sales growth and customer satisfaction for the organization as well …

Stantec Construction Engineering and Inspection Services Extended by Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Through 2026

HONOLULU, HI — Stantec has been selected to continue construction engineering and inspection services for the east section of Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s (HART) driverless and electric light rail project. The $119-million contract is an extension of existing construction and engineering services Stantec is providing to HART and …

Kohler Engines Approves Usage of HVO in the USA

KOHLER, WI — All Kohler diesel-fueled engines are approved to use HVO in the United States, in line with ASTM D975 standard. This confirmation comes just a few months after European compliance was announced. In February, in fact, Kohler had announced approval to use HVO for all its diesel engines …

Safety Culture in the Workplace: How Generational Differences Present Challenges, Opportunities

MILWAUKEE, WI — How do you create an effective safety culture in the workplace when you have an employee base that is so diverse?

It’s an important question for equipment manufacturers to ask and answer, and the latter can’t really be accomplished without a better understanding of what “culture” refers …

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Tips for Minimizing the Impact of Rising Fuel Prices

No one in the construction industry needs to be made aware of rising diesel prices over the past year. They have felt the pain. Through the first week in July, the average price of diesel fuel was nearly 70 percent higher than the year prior. There is no single magic …

Construction Underway on Mt. San Jacinto College STEM Facility

RIVERSIDE, CA — Mt. San Jacinto College students, faculty, staff, and community members celebrated a milestone and the official start of construction on the new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) facility at its new Menifee campus. DLR Group is designing the facility, which will prepare students for in-demand STEM …

San Diego Unified Leaders, Kensington Community Join Franklin Elementary Students in Kicking Off Campus Modernization

SAN DIEGO, CA — A Kensington landmark is getting a major renovation from C.W. Driver Companies. Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet School students, alumni, community members, and San Diego Unified School District representatives grabbed shovels to pose in front of a makeshift dirt mound, as part of the district’s traditional …

Hawthorne Cat Hosts Junior Achievement Students as part of the San Diego Foundation's Summer Enrichment Program

SAN DIEGO, CA — Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Caterpillar equipment dealer in San Diego, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Pacific Region hosted the Junior Achievement of San Diego County (JA San Diego) students from Lincoln High School at Hawthorne's corporate headquarters in San Diego, California, as part of San …

DLR Group to Design New School in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA ― The San Francisco Unified School District has hired DLR Group to collaborate with design-build team McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. on the delivery of the new Mission Bay School to serve one of the city’s newest and fastest growing neighborhoods.

Mission Bay is a diverse and thriving …

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Leica Geosystems Launches New Safety Awareness Module in Leica ConX Cloud Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announces the launch of the new safety awareness module in the cloud-based collaboration platform Leica ConX. The integration of Leica Geosystems’ safety awareness solutions with ConX increases safety on construction sites by collecting and visualising data that enhances awareness, speeds up hazard response, …

Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act into Law, $5B in Funding to Drive Low-Carbon Procurement in Buildings and Construction

The largest federal climate investment in U.S. history was made on August 16, after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The act aims to fight climate change and address record inflation.

The IRA includes policies that will invest in U.S. energy production, reduce carbon emissions, …

American Institute of Architects Elects 100th President, Dowdell to Become First Black Woman President in AIA History

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently made history when the delegates at the 2022 AIA Annual Meeting elected Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC, NCARB, SEED, LEED AP BD+C as 2023 First Vice President/2024 President-elect. As the 100th AIA President, Dowdell will be the first Black woman and first Millennial President. …

More than 40 Industry Organizations Support Extending Buy America, Build America Act Waiver

When the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed back in November 2021, it expanded Buy America, Build America Act (BABAA) coverage to include certain construction materials used on federal-aid highway and transit projects. This was intended to strengthen Made in America requirements by ensuring projects use American-made iron, …

Choosing Screen Media to Improve Production and Solve Screening Problems

With proposed infrastructure programs being discussed to offset the economic impacts of COVID-19, aggregate materials could see a spike in demand. This progression can lead to increased profits for mineral processing operations. However, maximizing efficiency to capitalize on this opportunity requires the right equipment. It is critical that operations evaluate …

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Webcor Elevates McCue to Senior Vice President, Project Planning

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — California general contractor Webcor elevates Allison McCue to Senior Vice President (SVP) of Project Planning, overseeing the company's estimating and preconstruction activities, along with design management, project support, Virtual Design Construction (VDC) planning, and contract compliance. She fills the position vacated by Jitendra "Jit" Pahilajani when …

Yanmar Compact Equipment’s Largest Mini Excavators Provide Maximum Power in Tight Spaces

GRAND RAPIDS, MN — Yanmar Compact Equipment offers the ViO80-1A and SV100-2A, the largest models in their mini excavator line. The machines provide the performance, efficiency, technology, and reliability needed for tough jobs, allowing for maximum productivity in construction, landscaping, and utility applications. Both models feature Yanmar Compact Equipment’s four-year/4,000-hour …

Hadipour Joins HDR as West Region Aviation Lead

LOS ANGELES, CA — Aviation leader Kash Hadipour, Ph.D., P.E., joins HDR as West Region Aviation Lead. Hadipour, based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for HDR’s aviation practice in the western United States. Acting as a senior member of aviation leadership, he will lead multidisciplined project teams and …

Construction Begins on Long-Awaited Compton High School

LOS ANGELES, CA — Construction is officially underway at the new Compton High School in California. DLR Group's designers recently joined dignitaries, school district leaders, staff, students, and community members to celebrate the milestone.

"A cornerstone of our district's turnaround and elevation has been our investment in facilities improvements, …

SLAM Names Coles West Coast President

LOS ANGELES, CA — The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) announces that Gregory Coles, AIA, Principal, has been named President of the firm and is located in the Los Angeles, California office. Outgoing President Robert Pulito, AIA, will remain on the board and active in the day-to-day business of serving …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes Swenson Family Hall of Engineering at Chapman University

ORANGE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces completion of the three-story Swenson Family Hall of Engineering at Chapman University, the new home of the Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering. The project consisted of a 31,000-square-foot interior build-out within the existing Keck Center for Science and Engineering, …

BOMAG Americas Remembers Industry Leader, Long-Time Team Member Bert DeJong After his Passing

RIDGEWAY, SC — It is with deep sadness that BOMAG Americas announces the passing of Bert DeJong, a company leader and industry veteran for more than 30 years. DeJong is well remembered for being smart, honest, and fair and an industry pioneer, who helped drive success for both rental …

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Unveils New Expansion Tower

SACRAMENTO, CA — Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (SSRRH) recently celebrated the completion of a new 58,000-square-foot hospital expansion tower, designed by the Sacramento office of global architecture and engineering firm Stantec. This first phase of SSRRH’s major expansion and renovation project will enhance access to acute hospital services …

Thayer Joins HGA as Senior Technical Leader

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — HGA welcomes Kelly Thayer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, as Associate Vice President and Senior Technical Leader in San Francisco, California.

In this newly created role, she will work with leadership to support the office’s growing Science & Technology practice planning laboratories and research facilities for …

UC Regents Approve Plan for New Hospital at Parnassus Heights

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — UC San Francisco has received approval for its plans to build a hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights to meet the region’s growing demand for specialty care and California’s rigorous hospital seismic requirements.

The University of California Board of Regents voted to …

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Balfour Beatty Awarded Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's Overhead Contact System Rehabilitation Phase 3 Project

SAN JOSE, CA — Balfour Beatty has been awarded approximately $16 million to deliver Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) Overhead Contact System (OCS) Rehabilitation Phase 3 project. Once complete, the project will continue to enable the VTA to provide long-lasting, safe, and reliable service for passengers of Santa …

Vacuworx Appoints Tipton Executive Vice President, COO

TULSA, OK — Vacuworx announces that Robert Tipton has joined the company as Executive Vice President and has been appointed as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Tipton joins the team with decades of knowledge in production and supply chain management, including executive leadership credentials and more than 20 years of …

US Traffic Fatalities Surged 19 Percent from 2019 to 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. surged by 19 percent from 2019 to 2021. Traffic fatalities began to increase dramatically in 2020 even as vehicle travel rates plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traffic fatalities continued to increase in 2021 as vehicle travel returned to …

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UC Berkeley Releases Campus Master Plan

BERKELEY, CA — After a multi-year, comprehensive planning process, Sasaki announces the development of the UC Berkeley Campus Master Plan. UC Berkeley faces complex, significant challenges: a changing climate; the need for more housing; evolving learning environments and campus life activities; emerging mobility trends; seismic safety; and aging facilities. Sasaki’s …

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Shawmut Design and Construction Celebrates 13th Annual Safety Week

BOSTON/LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK — Shawmut Design and Construction, a national construction management firm, recently hosted its 13th annual Safety Week, focusing on physical and mental health, safety, and well-being. The week consisted of 602 events and training sessions held across 112 locations, including Shawmut’s jobsites and 11 offices around …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes Innovation and Instruction Building at California State University, Dominguez Hills

CARSON, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of the $66.5-million Innovation and Instruction Building at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). The new four-story structure features a 250-seat auditorium for teaching and symposia, one 120-seat active learning classroom, two 60-seat case study-rooms, meeting rooms, computer labs, event spaces, …

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Michael C. Liptak, Co-Founder of ALL, Dies at 91

CLEVELAND, OH — The principal architect of the heavy lift equipment rental category and driving force behind The ALL Family of Companies has passed away. Michael C. Liptak was 91. Together with his wife, Marvine, and brothers Lawrence and Jake, Michael founded ALL Erection & Crane Rental in Cleveland, Ohio, …

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Stantec Adds Three Strategic Hires to Growing Hawaii Healthcare Practice

HONOLULU, HI — Global design firm Stantec recently expanded its growing Healthcare practice in Hawaii with the strategic hires of Marni Tam, ACHA, EDAC, LEEP AP, as Healthcare Principal; Sundae Funai, AIA, as Senior Project Manager; and Kwan Law, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP as Senior Design Coordinator. The …

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LINXS Constructors Completes LAX Automated People Mover’s 2.25-Mile Train Guideway Superstructure

LOS ANGELES, CA — Balfour Beatty, as part of LINXS Constructors, celebrates the completion of the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Automated People Mover’s (APM) 2.25-mile train guideway superstructure. With the last concrete pour of the elevated guideway now complete, the centerpiece of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) …

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Skanska USA Commercial Development Announces Creighton as National Head of Sustainability

LOS ANGELES, CA — Skanska announces the appointment of Heidi Creighton to Vice President of Sustainability. In this role, Creighton will lead Skanska USA Commercial Development’s strategic sustainable initiatives across the U.S. portfolio. Furthering the company’s ESG strategy, she will be responsible for identifying solutions that improve asset performance, energy …

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Skanska Celebrates Topping Out of 9000 Wilshire, a New Office Development in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES, CA — Skanska recently celebrated the topping out of 9000 Wilshire, a new office development designed to enhance the productivity and well-being of a creative workforce in the heart of Beverly Hills. The 50,000-square-foot, four-story building is the team’s first office development in Los Angeles.

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Telematics Expert Gives Industry Outlook

Most construction jobs run on tight timelines and margins, and to keep everything running on schedule and within budget, fleet managers use telematics to give visibility into their equipment’s location and operating condition any time of the day or night.

Telematics has been around for quite a while, however, it …

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Webcor Elevates Pahilajani to Executive Vice President, Builders as Part of Long-Term Succession Planning

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — California general contractor Webcor has elevated longtime company leader Jitendra “Jit” Pahilajani to Executive Vice President (EVP) responsible for all general contractor activities. In his new role, Pahilajani joins the company’s Board of Directors.

In his role as EVP, Builders — a new position established as …

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Michael Baker International Names Dougherty Senior Vice President and Regional Director for Newly Formed Western Region

SANTA ANA, CA — Michael Baker International announces that Malcolm Dougherty, P.E., has been named Senior Vice President and Regional Director for the firm’s newly formed Western Region. As the firm reimagines Michael Baker to better position the company for accelerated growth and to broaden its capabilities, services, and …

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Construction Salaries are on the Rise According to NCCER 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey

Skilled craft professionals continue to earn high wages, according to NCCER’s 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey. More than 135 commercial, industrial and residential construction companies across the U.S., representing over 337,000 employees, participated in the survey. The individual craft areas reported provide average annual salaries, not including overtime, per …

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Labor Shortage is a Universal Issue in the Construction Industry

The ever-growing labor shortage is a universal issue, affecting nearly every business sector that relies on the availability of a workforce. It’s an issue that was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic and has persisted.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are 11.3 million job openings in the U.S., …

Understanding and Protecting Against Mold on Jobsites

Most hazards you’ll find on a construction site are big and generally obvious. It might be the inherent danger of certain power tools, the possibility of an electric shock, or the potential for a fall. Because workers recognize these hazards, they can take steps to avoid or minimize them.

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Shawmut Design and Construction Celebrates Women in Construction Week with Virtual, In-Person Events Nationwide

BOSTON/LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK — Shawmut Design and Construction participated in Women in Construction (WIC) Week with virtual and in-person celebrations in all 11 of its offices nationwide. The firm’s WIC Week activities were developed to align with this year’s theme of envision equity and comprised of employee-led sessions including guest …

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New App Forecasts Future Liquid Asphalt Prices Lowering Financial Risk for Asphalt Producers and Highway Contractors

KENNESAW, GA — Liquid asphalt must compete with other products that are refined from crude oil, and energy prices are currently soaring due to inflation. Imagine bidding today’s cash price and the cost of the hedge instead of guessing at some future price. The solution is a new app that …

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HNTB’s Bridge Projects Span Across Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CA — HNTB’s Southern California structures practice continues to expand under the leadership of Yung-Nien Wang, PE, HNTB Southern California Structures Group Director. The practice has grown to a team of 25 bridge and tunnel experts who are tapped to design some of the region’s most …

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K-Tec and Ashland Acquire Metalcraft Scrapers

LOUISVILLE, GA — K-Tec Earthmovers and Ashland Industries, providers of pull-pan scraper earthmoving products, announce the acquisition of Metalcraft of GA, Inc., a heavy equipment manufacturer. This acquisition provides a facility presence in the Southeastern U.S. along with expanded product offerings from the Metalcraft brand. The Metalcraft facility, …

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Stanford Center for Academic Medicine Honored for Excellence in Structural Engineering

PALO ALTO, CA — The Stanford School of Medicine Center for Academic Medicine was an Outstanding Project Winner in the 2021 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards presented by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA).

Stanford University School of Medicine’s new Center for Academic Medicine is a U-shaped, four-story …

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C.W. Driver Companies Breaks Ground on STEM Education Building

SAN JACINTO, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, recently broke ground on Mt. San Jacinto Community College District’s STEM Science & Technology facility at the San Jacinto Campus. The $37-million contract is being built in partnership with LPA Architects. The facility is anticipated …

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Transportation Advocates Gather to Mark TRIP's 50 Years of Serving the Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation advocates gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the 50th anniversary of TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit. Delayed by a year due to COVID-19, TRIP is celebrating five decades as the only national organization devoted exclusively to generating news and social media coverage of …

Stantec Helps South County Regional Wastewater Authority Expand Facility, With a Focus on Sustainability

GILROY, CA — Stantec is assisting the South County Regional Wastewater Authority (SCRWA) to expand its existing wastewater treatment plant near Gilroy, California, with the design of a new membrane bioreactor facility. The new facility, which broke ground in 2021, will add additional capacity of 2.5 million gallons per day …

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APWA Board Selects Pugh as New President-Elect

KANSAS CITY, MO — With just a handful of months to go before a new president heads the American Public Works Association (APWA), the association board has selected a new President-Elect, long-time active member Keith Pugh, PE, PWLF. Previous President-Elect Dan Hartman had to step down from his role, …

Webcor, Reaume Richardson Form Strategic Alliance to Expand General Contracting Services in Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CA — Webcor and Reaume Richardson announce a strategic alliance to provide general contracting and construction management services for a variety of projects across the Southern California area.

The strategic alliance combines Reaume Richardson's long-standing history and client relationships in the Los Angeles adaptive reuse market with the …

Design-Build Team of Hensel Phelps, HMC Architects, and CO Architects to Deliver Upgrade of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

LOS ANGELES, CA — The design-build team of Hensel Phelps, HMC Architects, and CO Architects has been selected to lead the design and construction of a new Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Replacement Program. The program will consolidate medical services into new facilities on the 72-acre campus and ensure Harbor-UCLA …

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Four Strategic Hires Grow Stantec Transportation Team

IRVINE, CA — Global design firm Stantec recently expanded its transportation and structural practice in California with four strategic hires. With two new team members in Southern California and two in the Bay Area, the growing team is positioned to assist clients with critical infrastructure upgrades across the state.

Joining …

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JLL Strengthens Project and Development Services Team in West with Promotion of Tranbarger

IRVINE, CA — JLL announces that Kevin Tranbarger has been named as West Coast Multi-Site Projects Lead for its Project and Development Services (PDS) team. Tranbarger previous served as Senior Director of Retail Projects for JLL Asia Pacific.

Based in the firm’s Irvine, California office, Tranbarger will now oversee the …

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Shawmut Design and Construction Celebrates 40th Anniversary

LOS ANGELES, CA — Shawmut Design and Construction, a national construction management firm, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022.

Founded in 1982 as a small carpentry contractor with a handful of employees, Shawmut built its reputation on a willingness to take on the most complex and challenging projects. …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes Menifee Valley Middle School Reconstruction

MENIFEE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of a reconstruction project for Menifee Valley Middle School. The $38-million, 71,277-square-foot project transitioned the campus to a magnet school focused on visual and performing arts. The renovation incorporates critical aspects of an art-focused middle school, the addition of two new …

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Napa Valley Transportation Authority Breaks Ground on New Operations and Maintenance Facility

NAPA, CA — The Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) recently broke ground on a new bus operations and maintenance facility outside the City of Napa. Global design firm Stantec is working with NVTA and Kimley-Horn on the $30-million project that supports fleet expansion, including the future implementation of electric buses. …

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C.W. Driver Completes $41M Expansion of Granada Hills Charter

PASADENA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of a 90,000-square-foot expansion of Granada Hills Charter, one of the largest public charter schools in the U.S. The new campus, located a mile from the high school, has allowed the school to broaden its curriculum to offer transitional kindergarten through …

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San Diego Symphony Launches Major Renovation of its Indoor Home at Jacobs Music Center

SAN DIEGO, CA — Martha A. Gilmer, CEO of the San Diego Symphony, announces a major project to restore and renovate its historic home, the Jacobs Music Center, as a long-term commitment to the vitality of downtown San Diego. The project, with an estimated cost of $125 million, will honor …

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HDR Earns 2022 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards for Projects in California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Several HDR projects in California received 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The state-winning projects advanced to the national ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards competition, which culminates with the announcement of national award winners at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on …

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Vance Brown Oversees Construction of Packed Infrastructure and Exhibits at Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo Designed by CAW Architects

The new $33 million Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo (JMZ) was not your typical project.

The design team, led by CAW Architects of Palo Alto, California, packed the small site with vertically layered, interactive exhibits that allow visitors to view the natural environment from different vantage points. In construction, …

Why Ongoing Safety Programs are Critical

Most companies understand that safety is an important part of today’s workplace, but they may not realize why ongoing safety programs are critical to their organization’s well-being.

Some companies view safety as a “check the box” kind of activity, believing that once they’ve addressed safety topics, they’ve done what they …

ABC and AFSP Announce Partnership to Address Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Associated Builders and Contractors and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention announce a collaborative partnership to address mental health and suicide prevention throughout the U.S. construction industry.

The goals of the partnership are to improve the mental health of construction workers through effective suicide prevention education, intervention, …

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Balfour Beatty Completes the Automated People Mover Train Guideway Superstructure over Century Boulevard

LOS ANGELES, CA — Balfour Beatty, as part of LINXS Constructors, the joint venture team responsible for constructing the Automated People Mover (APM) for LAX Integrated Express Solutions, successfully completes the train guideway superstructure over Century Boulevard during the delivery of Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) APM project. …

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Chen Joins HNTB as Project Director

LOS ANGELES, CA — Steven J. Chen, PE, joins HNTB Corporation as Project Director in the firm’s Los Angeles, California, office. He is responsible for assisting the transportation group’s delivery of roadway design for the City of Los Angeles and other local agencies.

“Steven has an impressive background in …

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XL Construction Promotes Walker to Chief Executive Officer

MILPITAS, CA — Richard Walker, a nearly 30-year veteran of the construction and real estate industries, has been elevated to Chief Executive Officer of XL Construction, a rapidly growing Northern California-based general contractor firm.

He assumed the role as part of a planned executive transition, with the company's …

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Liebherr Appoints Gerhardt as New Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Dr. Tim Gerhardt, a business executive within the Liebherr Group joins Liebherr USA, Co. as one of the new Managing Directors for the U.S. operations. Gerhardt shares Liebherr USA, Co. executive responsibilities with Kai Friedrich, Managing Director for Liebherr USA, Co. and Divisional Director …

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Yanmar Compact Equipment Honors Meridian Utility Equipment Sales as 2021 Dealer of the Year

SACRAMENTO, CA — Yanmar Compact Equipment recognizes Meridian Utility Equipment Sales as the 2021 Single-Location Dealer of the Year.

“Meridian Utility took it to a new level this year. Their dedication to representing the Yanmar CE brand and sharing its value with their customers really sets them apart,” said Jeff …

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Burns & McDonnell Promotes Sherman to Lead its San Diego Branch Office

SAN DIEGO, CA — Burns & McDonnell promotes Justin Sherman to serve as Branch Manager for its San Diego office. He is responsible for overseeing the management of daily operations and business development for critical infrastructure projects, including aviation, environmental, federal, power, and more.

“We are pleased to have Justin …

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Balfour Beatty, Caltrain Celebrate Placement of Final Foundation on the Caltrain Electrification Project

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Balfour Beatty and Caltrain have successfully laid 3,092 foundations on the Caltrain Electrification Project, with the final foundation of the overhead catenary system recently set. Balfour Beatty and Caltrain held an event at the site of the final foundation to celebrate the team reaching the significant …

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Additional Transportation Funding Provided by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Allows for Needed Improvements to US Roads, Bridges, and Transit

WASHINGTON, DC — Despite the increase in transportation funding provided by the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in November 2021, the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems remain significantly underfunded and will require increased investment for needed improvements and repairs. Fees on highway users continue …

Affinity Truck Center Becomes First Volvo Trucks Certified EV Dealer in California’s Central Valley

FRESNO, CA — Volvo Trucks North America has designated Affinity Truck Center’s Fresno, California, location as a Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) Dealer, signifying that it is ready to support customers interested in adding Volvo VNR Electrics to their local and regional distribution, pickup and delivery, and food …

EPA Announces $250M WIFIA Loan to Modernize Water Infrastructure in San Francisco Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, Martha Guzman, announces a $250-million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the Union Sanitary District (USD) in Union City, California. EPA’s WIFIA loan will help fund upgrades to the …

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K-Tec, Ashland Earthmoving Equipment Manufacturers Acquired by Kinperium Industries

ASHLAND, WI — Kinperium Industries (Kinperium) announces it has acquired K.A. Group, consisting of K-Tec Earthmovers (K-Tec) and Ashland Industries (Ashland). Kinperium partnered with the owners and management of K-Tec and Ashland to acquire a majority stake of the company. K-Tec & Ashland are manufacturers of pull-pan earthmoving scrapers …

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Burns & McDonnell Promotes McCall to Lead Transmission & Distribution Group in California

BREA, CA — Burns & McDonnell, a 100 percent employee-owned engineering, architecture, and construction company, promotes Chris McCall to lead the Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Group in California. He is responsible for leading and growing a team of 76 employees who provide power and gas systems for communities.

“Chris …

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ENV Director Yokoyama Returns to Chief, Division of Wastewater Engineering

HONOLULU, HI — Mayor Rick Blangiardi has accepted the decision of Wes Yokoyama, Director of the Department of Environmental Services (ENV), to return to his previous position as Lead Engineer and Chief, Division of Wastewater Engineering. Yokoyama has served in his former role as Director since January 2021.

“Wes …

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843 N Spring Street, One of the Largest CLT Office Buildings in Los Angeles, Reaches a Milestone

LOS ANGELES, CA — Located directly across from the Chinatown Metro stop, 843 N Spring Street will be one of the largest Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) buildings in Los Angeles. The installation of what will be 82,000 square feet of CLT panels in the hybrid timber structure is being developed by …

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Coffman Engineers Welcomes N.A. Cohen Group to Company

LOS ANGELES, CA — Multidiscipline engineering consulting firm Coffman Engineers, Inc. (Coffman) announces they have finalized a merger agreement with Los Angeles-based electrical engineering firm, N.A. Cohen Group, Inc. (N.A. Cohen). Coffman welcomes eight engineers and designers to the firm. Representatives from both firms finalized the agreement in a signing …

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Webcor Promotes Rossie to President; Reece Elevated to Senior Executive Vice President

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco-based general contractor Webcor appoints Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Matt Rossie as Company President. Former President and Chief Executive Officer Jes Pedersen relinquished the role of President as part of a transition process that will culminate with his planned retirement in mid-2023. …

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Proven Ways to Increase Worker Awareness of Safety Issues

Companies develop safety programs for reasons that may seem obvious: they want to prevent injuries of all kinds, so workers don’t suffer the physical effects and both workers and companies don’t endure negative financial or operational impacts. In addition, safety programs can also minimize the potential for damage to facilities …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Announces Over $241M in Grants for America’s Ports

LONG BEACH, CA — The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary announces the award of more than $241 million in discretionary grant funding for 25 projects to improve port facilities in 19 states and one territory through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

These grants demonstrate rapid action …

AECOM to Provide Construction Management Services for Whittier Union High School District Measure AA Bond Program

WHITTIER, CA — AECOM announces it has been selected to provide construction management services, as part of its design and consulting services business, for Whittier Union High School District (WUHSD) in Southern California. The contract is under WUHSD’s Measure AA bond program to modernize, upgrade, and expand its facilities.

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Stantec-Atkins-Dewberry Team Selected to Support National Flood Mapping and Risk Mitigation for FEMA

DENVER, CO — Stantec, as part of the Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction II (STARR II) Joint Venture, has been selected by FEMA to provide engineering and technical services for the National Flood Insurance Program under a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract valued at up to $300 million. STARR …

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O’Connor Elected to 2022 AEM Board of Directors, Construction Equipment Sector Board

LIVERMORE, CA — Topcon Positioning Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray O’Connor, has been elected to the 2022 Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). O’Connor has also been elected to the Construction Equipment (CE) Sector Board, where he previously served from 2014 through 2018. …

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C.W. Driver Companies Breaks Ground on $36.8M Mixed-Use Multifamily Development in San Gabriel Valley

PASADENA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies recently broke ground on a 58,258-square-foot mixed-use multifamily product for Begonia Real Estate Development in the San Gabriel Valley. With a total construction value of $36.8 million, the four-story podium structure will feature 74 market-rate apartments, 11,000 square feet of commercial space, and a …

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McKinley Park Reopens to the Public with Above-Ground Amenities and Below-Ground Stormwater Storage

SACRAMENTO, CA — Sacramento’s McKinley Park recently reopened with multiple new amenities — including a six-million-gallon underground water vault to catch stormwater and help ease flooding in the community.

McKinley Park and much of East Sacramento historically experiences flooding during heavy rainfall events. Due to the area’s combined sewer system, …

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New EquipmentShare Location in San Diego Area Joins Takeuchi's Dealer Network

SAN DIEGO, CA — Takeuchi-US has added an EquipmentShare location in the San Diego, California, metropolitan area to its growing North American dealer network.

The EquipmentShare San Diego area location will focus primarily on compact excavators and track loaders. The location will offer replacement parts and serve as an authorized …

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Webcor Delivers Newark’s Modernized Civic Center Utilizing Design-Build Model

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Newark Civic Center — a 73,240-square-foot design-build project delivered by Webcor and its design-build partner Perkins&Will — has officially reached full completion.

“The Newark Civic Center project has been a big success,” said Ray Collier, City Architect for the City of Newark. “From the beginning of …

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Balfour Beatty, Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Ratify Construction Contract Amendment for Caltrain Electrification Project Completion

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Balfour Beatty and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB) have successfully reached a $347-million contractual agreement to revise and modify the scope of work and project schedule of the Caltrain Electrification Project. After input from project stakeholders and construction partners, the JPB approved the contract …

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Rosendin Recognized for Construction Industry Safety Excellence

SAN JOSE, CA — Rosendin, an employee-owned electrical contractor, has been recognized as one of the safest construction companies in the country. Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) presented Rosendin with a Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Award, applauding their achievement in promoting proven effective work practices for the last three …

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Hawthorne Cat Partners with Aloha United Way to Provide Food in the Hawaiian Islands

WAIPAHU, HI — Hawthorne Cat is supporting more than 200 food banks and home-delivered meal service to seniors and individuals with disabilities this holiday season to help meet the sharp rise in hunger across communities.

Hawthorne, through its partnership with Aloha United Way, is donating $50,000, with two of the …

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HDR Promotes LaFata to Transportation Equity Director

WALNUT CREEK, CA — HDR’s Cathy LaFata has taken on a new role as the company’s Transportation Equity Director, where she will apply more than 27 years of environmental justice expertise to help clients incorporate equity into projects at every level.

“Our clients are eager to figure out how …

HNTB Selected 2021 Employer of the Year by Women’s Transportation Seminar of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — HNTB Corporation, an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm, has been selected Employer of the Year by the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS-LA). The award was announced at the annual WTS-LA banquet.

“HNTB is committed to advancing women’s careers in transportation, and we …

USDOT Announces up to $19.92M in TIFIA Loan Credit Assistance for the Vine Bus Maintenance Facility Project

NAPA, CA — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announces that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has provided a direct Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) 35-year loan of up to $19.92 million under its Rural Projects Initiative (RPI) to Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) for the Vine Bus …

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Recognizing and Addressing Worker Stress on Jobsites

Stress has been a part of human lives from the beginning. In the past year, we’ve seen additional attention placed on stress and its effects thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and highly publicized statements from top athletes and celebrities. Because stress can have a profound effect on the well-being of …

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Comcast Spectacor and Populous Unveil G4 Studios and Offices in Burbank, California

BURBANK, CA — Comcast Spectacor has partnered with global architecture firm Populous to create a new home for its G4 digital and television network office and studio broadcast space. The new G4 headquarters is a reimagination and redevelopment of a historic studio building that once housed the TMZ and Inside …

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Waggoner Joins Takeuchi-US as Western Regional Business Manager

FOLSOM, CA — Takeuchi-US names Guy Waggoner as its new Western Region Business Manager (RBM). Waggoner will be responsible for all sales development activity and market share objectives in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, California, and Hawaii. His duties will include dealer development and recruitment, inventory control, collections, …

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California, Arizona Agencies Invest in Large-Scale SoCal Water Project

LOS ANGELES, CA — Water agencies in Southern California and Arizona have formalized a new agreement to advance the development of one of the largest water recycling plants in the country that could produce up to 150 million gallons daily, enough to serve more than 500,000 homes in the SoCal …

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Welcomes Park as President

NORCROSS, GA — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. (HCEA), announces the appointment of Stan Park as President of the company. A 27-year veteran of Hyundai, Park previously held various field and executive-level leadership roles, most recently as the Vice President of Marketing and Dealer Development.

“Stan is a pillar of …

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C.W. Driver Companies Promotes Hughes to Chief Operation Officer

PASADENA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the promotion of Brent Hughes to Chief Operating Officer (COO). In his new role, Hughes will expand his responsibilities as Vice President of Operations to provide executive-level oversight on all C.W. Driver Cos. projects spanning the Greater Los Angeles area and San Diego. …

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Contra Costa Transportation Authority and Stantec Partner to Give Future Female Engineers an Edge in STEM

POMONA, CA — Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord launched the Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s first Femineer Program due to a joint effort between Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and global architecture, engineering, and design firm Stantec to empower the workforce of the future. With Stantec’s support, Ygnacio Valley …

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Andrade Joins HGA in Sacramento as Associate Vice President and Principal

SACRAMENTO, CA — HGA welcomes Julian Andrade, AIA, LEED AP, as Associate Vice President and Principal in the Public | Corporate practice group in Sacramento.

He will work with firm-wide leadership to increase business development opportunities within the government market throughout northern California.

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Stantec, Kleinfelder Awarded Architecture-Engineering Contract for Dam/Levee Safety by the US Army Corps of Engineers

SACRAMENTO, CA — The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sacramento District has awarded Stantec and Kleinfelder an Architect-Engineer Civil Works/Dam Safety/Levee Safety Program Design Services contract with a capacity of $110 million. Partnering as Kleinfelder-Stantec, a joint venture, the firms will provide a full spectrum of design and construction …

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Lee Joins HDR as Education, Science, and Advanced Technologies Principal in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Rachel Lee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, joins HDR as Education, Science, and Advanced Technologies (ESAT) Principal in the San Francisco office.

In collaboration with local and regional education, science, and advanced technologies leaders, Lee will help drive the overall direction of the ESAT sector in …

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San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility’s Cogeneration Facility Wins Multiple Awards

SAN JOSÉ, CA — The largest advanced wastewater treatment facility in the Western United States, the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF), recently received a pair of awards for its Cogeneration Facility. The 14-megawatt facility provides on-site power and heat, replacing aging cogeneration equipment at the wastewater facility. Delivery …

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Stantec to Provide Support Services to County of Maui Office of Climate Change, Resilience, and Sustainability

WAILUKU, HI — Stantec, a global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm, has been selected by the County of Maui, Hawaii, to support the development and implementation of a whole-systems approach for its climate change, resilience, and sustainability program. The integrated approach, designed to build a resilient island community in …

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With U.S. Vehicle Travel Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels, Freight Bottlenecks Slowing Shipments, and New Federal Transportation Funding Reaching States, Additional Investment in U.S. Freight Network will be Needed to Improve Supply Chain Reliability

WASHINGTON, DC — As vehicle travel returns to pre-pandemic levels and federal transportation funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) begins to reach states, it will be critical that states make additional investments to improve the efficiency and condition of the nation’s freight network to minimize supply chain …

EPA Announces $224M Water Infrastructure Loan for Climate Resilience in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — At a virtual event with Mayor Eric Garcetti, California Water Resources Control Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel, and other officials, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox announced a $224-million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of Los …

California, USDOT Announce Partnership on Supply Chain Infrastructure Program

SACRAMENTO, CA — On the heels of Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order to help tackle supply chain issues, and as part of the ongoing efforts of the Biden-Harris Task Force on Supply Chain Disruptions, Governor Newsom and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announce a strategic partnership to help facilitate …

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Dynapac North America Names Roush President/General Manager

CHARLOTTE, NC — Dynapac announces the appointment of Jamie Roush to President/General Manager of Dynapac North America.

Roush is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the equipment industry. Roush has been with Dynapac North America since the transition in 2017 and held various management positions at …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes Orange Coast College Language Arts and Social Science Building

COSTA MESA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of a $61.5-million Language Arts and Social Science Building at Orange Coast College (OCC). The three-story, 107,760-square-foot facility houses classrooms, office spaces, conferences rooms, and support spaces, including a computer lab for English as a Second Language, facilities for speech, …

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Shah Joins HDR as Digital Advisory Services Practice Lead

IRVINE, CA — Keyur Shah, PMP, joins HDR as Digital Advisory Services Practice Lead. He will advise clients on how to leverage digital advancements to improve their performance and outcomes. This includes guiding them through digital advancement/digital transformation efforts to reduce related risks and incorporate lessons learned from other …

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US Navy Selects WSM Pacific SIOP Joint Venture to Support West Coast Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI — Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific has selected the WSM Pacific SIOP Joint Venture, comprising global engineering and design firms Stantec, WSP USA, and Moffatt & Nichol, to lead multidiscipline architect-engineer services as part of a five-year, $500-million single …

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HNTB’s Jenkins Wins Mobility 21 Lifetime Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES, CA — HNTB’s Thomas Jenkins, PE, was honored with the 2021 Mobility 21 Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award recognizes transportation leaders who contribute to advancement in mobility in Southern California. Jenkins was recognized at the virtual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit.

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes Twenty by Six, a $34.8M Creative Office Center in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces completion of a six-story mixed-use office and retail space for LeBeau Realty & Associates in downtown San Diego. Together with the developer’s existing 20-story tower located at 451 A Street, the two buildings complete “Twenty by Six,” a creative office center designed …

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Newest Project on UCSF Mission Bay Campus Breaks Ground

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Global architecture, engineering, and consulting firm Stantec is an integrated design delivery partner — teamed with general contractor, Clark Construction — on the Block 34 Clinic Building facility, which has broken ground. The 182,800-square-foot, $335.8-million project is the newest addition to the University of California, San …

AECOM Celebrates Groundbreaking of Intuit Dome, Future Home of the LA Clippers

LOS ANGELES, CA — AECOM, an infrastructure consulting firm, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Intuit Dome, future home of the LA Clippers. AECOM previously announced that it is lead designer of the new arena and event venue in Inglewood, California. In addition, a joint venture of AECOM Hunt and …

WSP Acquires Englekirk, Strengthening Its Structural Engineering Capabilities in the United States

LOS ANGELES, CA — WSP Global Inc. (WSP) announces the acquisition of Englekirk Structural Engineers, a 90-employee consulting firm based in California serving both the private and public sectors. This transaction adds significant capabilities in structural engineering for the buildings sector, with expertise designing structures in high-seismic regions, while …

Closing a Critical Gap In Utility Safety: Identifying Serious Injury and Fatality Potential

Most utility companies have stepped up their safety efforts in recent years, and the decline in safety events and minor injuries provides positive proof that safety programs are an effective way to protect workers.

However, there’s a disturbing trend underlying this success: despite all the progress in worksite safety, the …

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USDOT Announces up to $628.93M in TIFIA Credit Assistance for Orange County Transportation Authority’s I-405 Improvement Project

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces its Build America Bureau has provided a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) direct loan in the amount of up to $628.93 million to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for the I-405 Improvement Project. The department provides TIFIA …

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Next Gen Demolition

A nation’s buildings stand as a visual representation of its history. In New England, that history is written in stone and red-brick facades overlooking century-old neighborhoods. Recent trends are bringing people and businesses back to these urban centers, forcing developers and city managers to find ways to reimagine spaces to …

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Terex Trucks Becomes Rokbak

Articulated hauler specialist Terex Trucks rebrands as Rokbak and announces its vision for an exciting new future. The Scottish manufacturer unveiled the new brand at a digital launch event on September 1, attended by dealers, customers, media, and Volvo Group colleagues from around the world.

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The Impact of BIM on Construction Projects

BIM (building information modeling) is an intelligent 3-D model-based process that gives architecture and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage projects.

Forgoing the traditionally siloed architecture, engineering and construction disciplines using BIM can develop more integrated workflows to improve collaboration through the …

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ALLU Announces Bejac Corporation as its Newest Dealer

LOS ANGELES, CA — Bejac, based in Los Angeles/Placentia, California, will be selling the heavy range of ALLU D Series Transformer and ALLU Crusher material processing attachments. The partnership with Bejac as its Western distributor reinforces ALLU’s growth strategy and commitment in the region.

Bejac has eight locations in …

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HDR Hires Johnson and Jarvis as Transportation Principal Program Managers

OMAHA, NE — HDR recently hired two new Principal Program Managers to help oversee its clients’ complex and high-profile programs. Tracy Johnson, P.E., and Scott Jarvis, P.E., are based in California but will contribute to projects across the globe. Both bring decades of experience.

“Today’s complex transportation programs …

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R.D. Olson Repositions Historic Villa Park Orchards Building into Chapman University's New Sandi Simon Center for Dance

ORANGE, CA — R.D. Olson Construction, a general contracting firm in California, announces the construction of Chapman University’s Sandi Simon Center for Dance, a two-story facility designed to propel the university’s dance program to new levels of excellence. Located in Old Towne Orange, California, the project involves the adaptive …

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Caltrans Releases 2021 Strategic Plan for Interregional Transportation

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released its latest draft plan for highway and rail improvements that will more safely, efficiently, and sustainably move people and goods between different regions in the state.

The Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan (ITSP), which is updated every five years, guides …

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Hensel Phelps Receives Two 2021 DBIA Awards in California

SAN DIEGO, CA — With 22 years of continuous Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) award achievement, design-build projects continue to be an area of expertise for Hensel Phelps. Since their first design-build project delivery in 1977, Hensel Phelps has completed roughly 370 design-build projects nationwide. As the nation’s cities …

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Horizontal Directional Drilling Operator Training Pays Dividends

For over a decade, the team at Rays Electrical Services in Elgin, Illinois has worked diligently to earn the reputation of being a quality residential and commercial electrician for the greater Chicago area. Since Ray Sakolari opened the company in 2008, he’s made a commitment to employees, customers, and family …

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Preventing Heavy Equipment Theft

Heavy equipment theft of everything from forklifts, skid steers, and trucks to bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, and wheel loaders can be a serious issue for business owners, whether at the rental yard or jobsite. Stealing batteries, catalytic converters, and entire vehicles can be a relatively low-risk, high-reward opportunity for thieves unless …

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For Workforce Wearables on Construction Sites, Comfort and Mobility Must Go Hand In Hand With Assistance

A few years ago, I worked with a warehouse stocker named John who had injured his back and was looking to get back to full duty. His job was important to him because he had a family to support, which included taking care of an adult son with special needs. …

Commercial Development Resources Hires Villanueva and Ocampo to Support Boom in California Land Development Projects

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Commercial Development Resources (CDR), a civil engineering firm, announces the hire of Bianca Villanueva, E.I.T. and Arelly Ocampo. Working under Founder Aaron Albertson, Villanueva is a Civil Engineering Project Manager and Ocampo is an Associate Engineer.

“We are excited to bring Bianca and Arelly …

Construction Retrofit Opportunity

Construction professionals have a golden retrofitting opportunity as commercial facilities expand their precautions against viruses: an effective new type of “germicidal” LED fixture that can be quickly and easily installed in existing structures. This specialized, enclosed LED fixture draws in air and irradiates it with ultraviolet light (UV), significantly improving …

Safer Approaches for Excavating Around Underground Utilities

Few things bring construction projects to a sudden halt quite like the surprise discovery of a gas pipe, electrical line, sewer tile, or water pipe. While digging a trench, the backhoe crew makes an unfortunate discovery. If they’re lucky, they spot the problem before any damage is done, or are …

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Stantec-Designed Covina Transit Center Opens to Public

COVINA, CA — The Foothill Transit Covina Transit Center, a Park & Ride facility, recently opened to the public offering residents a high-capacity transit alternative to access Downtown Los Angeles. Global integrated design firm Stantec planned and designed the transit center and surrounding retail and parking structure components in partnership …

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Manhattan Construction Company Announces the Promotion of Cuddihee to Senior Vice President of Field Operations

DALLAS, TX — Manhattan Construction Company, a national construction services firm, announces the promotion of Jim Cuddihee to Senior Vice President of Field Operations. Cuddihee will provide executive oversight of the company's safety and quality programs, project team performance, project management, and craft education programs. Cuddihee previously served as …

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UC Davis Fully Opens Net Zero Student Housing Community with 3,290 Beds

DAVIS, CA — The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) recently hosted a grand opening for The Green at West Village, which includes 1.3 million square feet of student housing and amenity space. The $575-million project adds nearly 3,300 beds to the campus in apartment style units, helping the university …

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Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Recognized by American Institute of Architects

DOWNEY, CA — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recognized the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California, in its 2021 Healthcare Design Awards program. SmithGroup led the development of a master plan, architectural and interior design for the complete transformation of the campus, creating a holistic, …

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H&E Opens New Branch in Fresno, California

FRESNO, CA — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the opening of a new rental branch in Fresno, California, bringing the number of H&E California facilities to 11. The 10,000-square-foot facility sits on six acres with a fully fenced yard area, offices, parts warehouse, and a repair shop with five …

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Optimizing Self-Cleaning Screen Media to Reduce Blinding and Plugging

In the aggregate industry, efficient screening is critical to achieve not only high production but also accurately sized product for particular applications and projects. However, two of the most common production bottlenecks – screen blinding and plugging – must be minimized to run an effective, profitable operation.

Blinding occurs when …

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MVE + Partners Celebrates Completion of Eight-Story Mixed-Use Community in Downtown Long Beach

LONG BEACH, CA — MVE + Partners (MVE), an architecture, planning, interiors, and urban design firm, announces the completion of a 285,415-square-foot infill mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Designed for developer Holland Partner Group, Volta on Pine features 271 apartment units, 1,300 square feet of …

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SmithGroup Hires Madison as Principal, Higher Education Studio Leader in Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CA — SmithGroup hires Richey Madison as a Principal and Higher Education Studio Leader at the firm’s Los Angeles and San Diego offices. He will partner with college and university campus leaders to find design solutions that will help them transition to a new post-pandemic era.

“Richey brings …

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Liebherr USA, Co. Announces Friedrich as New Managing Director

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Liebherr welcomes Kai Friedrich as Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co. and Divisional Director of Construction Equipment.

In his role as Managing Director, he will provide leadership and guidance necessary to oversee and implement the corporate and strategic plans for the nine product segments under Liebherr …

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Young Named HGA's Sacramento Office Director

SACRAMENTO, CA — Beth Young, AIA, EDAC, DBIA, Vice President, has been appointed Sacramento Office Director at HGA. She will direct administrative and operational functions for the 55-person office in Midtown Sacramento on the R Street corridor.

“The pandemic has presented many challenges and opportunities for our office,” …

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Clark Completes Largest Project in UC San Diego's History

SAN DIEGO, CA — After 26 months of construction, Clark Construction delivered the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood at University of California San Diego (UCSD), fulfilling UCSD’s vision of a fully integrated university community.

Spanning seven buildings, the community is the new home to Sixth College and features …

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SDSU’s Aztec Stadium Tops Out, Remains on Track for 2022 Grand Opening

SAN DIEGO, CA — The landscape at San Diego State University (SDSU) Mission Valley is rapidly evolving as construction progresses on the new Aztec Stadium. Clark Construction Group recently joined SDSU leaders, city officials, and guests to celebrate topping out the multi-use stadium. The topping out ceremony marks the completion …

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HGA and Snøhetta Selected to Design New UC San Francisco Parnassus Research and Academic Building

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has selected HGA and Snøhetta to design the new Research and Academic Building on its Parnassus Heights campus in San Francisco, California.

The Parnassus Research and Academic Building, known for now as the PRAB, will anchor the west end …

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Rokbak Revealed: The New Name for Terex Trucks

Rokbak is the new name for Terex Trucks, with the new brand representing the continuation of its strong hauling heritage with a future-focused vision. Throughout the last four decades, the company has never wavered in its promise to customers to deliver powerful and reliable articulated haulers — and that …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes New Temecula Valley Campus for Mt. San Jacinto College

TEMECULA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of Mt. San Jacinto College’s (MSJC) Temecula Valley Campus, marking the first permanent campus for higher education in the city. The 350,000-square-foot facility will enable MSJC to expand access to the residents of Southwest Riverside County and the surrounding communities.

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How Innovative Technology Can Support the Response to the Infrastructure Damage Caused by Wildfires

As California concludes another hot, dry summer, the state faced another historic wildfire season. Not only are residents subject to unhealthy levels of smoke and significant property destruction as a result of the wildfires, but they must also face damage to public infrastructure caused by the fires or other related …

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Heavy Equipment Dealers Increase Profitability with GPS Tracking

Heavy equipment dealers’ profitability depends on efficiently renting out their assets and keeping it in good working order for the long term, whether that involves tractor trailers, semi-trailers, or moving trailers; buses or RVs; backhoes, bulldozers, cranes, excavators, scrapers, graders, dump trucks, or all-terrain forklifts.

To maximize profitability, dealers need …

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Why Smart Roads are Just as Important as Autonomous Vehicles

There’s no doubt that self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), are much safer than the average person-manned vehicle. In fact, more than 90 percent of serious crashes are due to human error, which means autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce the number of collisions and save lives.

However, …

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Weekly News and Year-Round Value

When David Gordon joined the Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) as Executive Director in December 2020, he focused on one main goal.

“As we continue to grow our membership, we have to continue providing year-round value,” he said. “Our mission is to help our members be more profitable and successful …

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BIM Industry Standards Create Predictability and Cost Efficiency

The adoption of technology in the construction industry in 2020 hit a record high, outpacing even the most aggressive forecasts and there are no signs of this momentum slowing. In fact, the annual Global BIM Industry Report has projected the global building information modeling (BIM) market will grow from $4.5 …

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CTS Maintenance Tips to Extend Equipment Life

Landscapers and dedicated green industry professionals know that the key to success lies in their machines. Whether operating a ride-on trencher or walk-behind machine, it’s the performance parts – the chain, teeth and sprockets (CTS) – that often determine the productivity of an operation. In other words, when faced with …

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Six Tips for Selecting the Right Traveling Axle Trailer

Finding a level surface with plenty of room to load a trailer on today’s congested jobsite is challenging. Towing and recovery operators have it even worse – struggling to move dead equipment, often singlehandedly, while also contending with traffic, poor visibility and soft shoulders. Operators in the towing and recovery, …

Transportation Infrastructure Investment Generates $200B in Economic Activity and 700,000 Jobs Annually for California

SACRAMENTO, CA — Federal, state, and local infrastructure funding yields nearly $200 billion in economic activity in California and creates 700,000 jobs each year for the Golden State, according to a new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

In the next 10 years, government investments in …

Budgeting Ahead for Safety is Critically Important

When companies try to predict costs for projects, they tend to concentrate on visible items such as materials. All too often, less tangible items – such as worker safety – become an afterthought and may not be budgeted adequately.

There are two primary ways in which safety affects the bottom …

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R.D. Olson Construction’s Charity Golf Tournament Raises More Than $80,000 for Olive Crest

IRVINE, CA — R.D. Olson Construction (RDOC), a general contracting firm in Irvine, California, recently hosted its 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, raising more than $80,000 for charity. All proceeds from the event benefit Olive Crest, an Orange County-based nonprofit organization committed to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk …

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Henry Promoted to HGA's Principal in Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CA — HGA announces that Jake Henry, AIA, Associate Vice President, has been promoted to Principal in the Los Angeles office. In this position, he will direct new business opportunities and expand client networks for the firm’s growing corporate practice throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, and southern …

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Okamoto Structural Engineering Announces First Ambient Vibration Test Conducted on Concrete Digester Tank

LOS ANGELES, CA — Okamoto Structural Engineering (OSE) has conducted the first ever ambient vibration testing on an aboveground, wastewater tank structure. The test was conducted on digester tank No. 5 at the Inland Empire Utility Agency’s (IEUA) Ontario facility.

Erich Axsom, SE, Vice President at OSE, performed in-situ …

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Stantec, XL Construction Start Construction on New UC Davis Health Administrative Building

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA — Global design firm Stantec and Northern California-based general contractor XL Construction have started construction of new administrative office spaces for UC Davis Health, designed to support members of the university’s executive leadership team, as well as employees in the finance, revenue, and IT departments. The office …

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Burns & McDonnell, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Break Ground on Restoration Project

SAN DIEGO, CA — Burns & McDonnell recently joined Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to break ground on the Moosa Creek Restoration project. This project will convert and restore an out-of-use golf course into a natural riparian protected habitat and will support …

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Hawthorne Cat Opens New Stores in Oceanside and Chula Vista

SAN DIEGO, CA — Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Cat equipment dealer in San Diego, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Pacific Region, announces the opening of its new store in Oceanside, California. Additionally, the Chula Vista store has moved to a larger, more convenient location. Customers can rent or buy …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes $25M Emergency Shelter in Orange County

SANTA ANA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of Yale Navigation Center, a 64,000-square-foot, two-story emergency homeless shelter in Santa Ana. Spearheaded by HomeAid Orange County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building new lives for families and individuals experiencing homelessness, the new facility will provide refuge for 275 …

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Electrical Safety Awareness for Non-Electrical Contractors

Electrical safety awareness isn’t just for electricians. Believe it or not, non-electrical workers actually run the largest exposure to electrical hazards. Without the electrical training that licensed electrical professionals receive, one careless mistake can turn into a big accident – or worse.

By paying attention to the small details, you …

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The Risks of Not Knowing Who’s On Your Job Site

The pandemic has driven general contractors (GCs) to diligently record who is at their job sites and headquarters. This primarily includes workers, subcontractors, developers, realtors, and property managers. With so many different people coming onto a job site and staying anywhere from 30 minutes to several weeks or months, it …

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The Simple Keys to Vacuum Excavation Success

Vacuum excavators are one of the fastest growing machine segments in the underground construction industry. Originally popularized by their role in daylighting existing utilities on directional drilling jobs, these machines are now being used for irrigation installation, landscaping, and even nursery tasks.

One reason for this growth is that vacuum …

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Tier 3 Nozzles Optimize Sewer Crew Efficiency and Profitability

For contractors responsible for sewer, storm and sanitary line cleaning, hose nozzles are an essential tool that directs pressurized water to clear out obstructions such as silt, sludge, grease, mineral buildup, and tree roots as part of required maintenance or to prepare pipes for re-lining. In this way, the nozzle …

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Instant Concrete Moisture Measurement Ensures Construction Quality and Speed

In the construction industry, the quality of cast-in-place concrete foundations, superstructure, slabs, stairs, and architectural features, along with the speed of project completion, can largely depend on getting moisture measurement right – and the same is true with the masonry mortar used to build brick, block, or stone walls.

Water …

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Proper Care Pays Off Over Time

It’s become a fact of life: When you need to work for extended periods of time in high, hard-to-reach places, you turn to mobile elevated work platforms, or MEWPs (also known as aerial work platforms). Over the years, two of the most popular MEWPs – scissor lifts and boom lifts …

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Integrated Precision

Hitachi continues to provide customers with efficient, reliable and durable equipment featuring advanced technology – the newest being factory-integrated Solution Linkage 2D and 3D Grade Control.

“We gave a sneak peek of Hitachi’s grade control technology at CONEXPO-CON/AGG last year,” said Justin Steger, Solutions Marketing Manager, Site Development and …

US LBM Completes Acquisition of American Construction Source

BUFFALO GROVE, IL — US LBM, a distributor of specialty building materials, has completed its previously announced acquisition of American Construction Source (ACS) from Angeles Equity Partners, LLC and Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.

‪‪‪‪‪‪With the addition of more than 70 locations in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, …

West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal Increases Airport Capacity, Provides Enhanced Technology and Passenger Comfort

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Turner Construction Company and PCL Construction joint venture team recently participated in the grand opening ceremony of the new West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The completion of the terminal represents a major milestone for the City of Los …

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USDOT Announces up to $225M to SBCTA for Construction of the I-10 Corridor Express Lanes Project

LOS ANGELES, CA — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announces that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau has provided a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan of up to $225 million to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) for the I-10 Corridor Express Lanes …

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Takeuchi Recognizes Allied Machinery Corporation as North American Dealer with Top Market Share

HONOLULU, HI — Takeuchi-US presents Allied Machinery Corporation with an award for achieving top market share of all Takeuchi dealers in North America during 2020. Allied has provided Takeuchi equipment sales, service, parts, and rentals to customers from five locations on four Hawaiian Islands since 1993.

“In the 28 years …

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C.W. Driver Companies Breaks Ground on a New K-8 School in Irvine Unified School District

IRVINE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies recently commenced ground up construction on Solis Park School, a new K-8 school in Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). Located within District 5 of the Great Park Neighborhoods, Solis Park School will serve approximately 1,000 students in the new community of Rise, as well …

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Taylor Design Welcomes Ceniceros as Science and Technology Studio Director

IRVINE, CA — Taylor Design, an employee-owned architectural, interior design, and design strategy firm, announces that Enrique Ceniceros, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the firm as Science and Technology Studio Director.

Throughout his 28-year career, Ceniceros has established himself as an expert in the adaptive reuse of commercial …

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Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project Wins Project of the Year from California Transportation Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA — HNTB was part of the team honored with Project of the Year from the California Transportation Foundation for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. The project was one of four winners announced in advance of the 32nd Annual CTF Transportation Awards. Fourteen additional winners were announced …

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Stantec-Designed Covina Transit Center Opens to the Public

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Foothill Transit Covina Transit Center, a Park & Ride facility, recently opened to the public offering residents a high-capacity transit alternative to access Downtown Los Angeles. Global integrated design firm Stantec planned and designed the transit center and surrounding retail and parking structure components in …

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Minnich Manufacturing Appoints McLaren as West Coast Sales Manager

MANSFIELD, OH — Minnich Manufacturing, a manufacturer of concrete dowel pin drills, concrete vibrators, and vibrator monitoring systems, announces Shawn McLaren as the company’s new West Coast Sales Manager.

Joining the company three years ago, McLaren has had experience in shipping management, inside sales, and the fabrication of hydraulic …

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SoCal MWD Invests $19.6M in Water Recycling Project

SANTA MONICA, CA — The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s (MWD) board of directors has voted to provide funding of up to $19.6 million to the Santa Monica Sustainable Water Supply Project — a project that MWD says will benefit the entire region.

The recycled water and groundwater …

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Making the Right Choice with Terex Trucks

Terex Trucks comes from a strong hauling heritage: with over 70 years of experience in building robust, reliable and tough articulated haulers, the Motherwell, Scotland-based manufacturer knows how to design machines that are trusted by customers to deliver a powerful performance in all conditions. Its two models, the 30.9-ton payload …

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Thunder Creek Fueling Efficiency in the Big Woods for H2Dig LLC

Tucked away amongst wide swaths of agricultural fields and small, rural communities the Big Woods private waterfowl preserve is being developed by H2Dig LLC. The company specializes in premium outdoor recreational development and oftentimes is working in remote areas without great access to service stations, fuel, or equipment maintenance …

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IEDA Welcomes Phelan as New Marketing Director

WESTCHESTER, IL — The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) hires Kim Phelan as its new Marketing Director. An association publishing professional, Phelan has a history in the construction equipment industry and the rental business. For 15 years, she has created or curated written and live content on business subjects ranging …

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Why Tank Chances?

Water is an essential component of any construction or roadbuilding project. From dust control to site prep and compaction, thousands of gallons of water are required every day. How it is hauled and applied can significantly impact overall productivity and safety. Though water tanks appear basic, certain factors can have …

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Hooklift vs Cable Hoist, What’s the Best Choice for Me?

When it comes to loading containers or truck bodies onto a truck chassis, regions around the world have traditionally opted for different equipment. The North American waste and recycling market usually favors the cable hoist, while the hooklift has been more prominent internationally.

One trend that all customers are impacted …

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NETA Shares Outlook for the Work Truck Industry

The work truck industry includes some of the largest motor vehicle businesses in the world supplying truck chassis (incomplete vehicles) that will be completed by upfitters, using specialized bodies and equipment. These companies are all part of the complex process of producing work trucks, which starts with vocational fleets ordering …

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Succeeding with Standardization

For fleet owners looking to standardize their operation, selecting a trailer manufacturer might feel more like picking a favorite sports team than a strategic move to maximize hauling equipment investments. To some extent, it is. Teams with dedicated fans play smart and deliver results year after year. Similarly, original equipment …

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Safety When Working On Geothermal Energy Projects

As debates about global warming get more intense and energy prices climb, there is growing interest in the advantages of geothermal energy. Such energy involves using heat generated by the Earth itself to condition spaces and generate electricity. While geothermal energy has not caught on in a big way in …

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Golden Empire Transit Welcomes Expanded Transit Center to CSUB Campus

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Golden Empire Transit (GET) recently celebrated the opening of its expanded transit center at California State University - Bakersfield (CSUB), marked by a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony. The public transportation provider has been working with global architecture and engineering firm Stantec, who provided architecture, lighting design, and …

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Two Bronto Aerial Platforms Delivered by Aspen Equipment

BLOOMINGTON, MN — Bronto Skylift's distributor, Aspen Equipment, recently delivered two new aerial platforms to customers in California and South Dakota. Though based in Minnesota, Aspen’s build and delivery capabilities allow it to serve customers in many industries from around the country. Aspen Equipment has been a North …

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Heavy Equipment Underground Waste Disposal Systems

Heavy equipment dealers, rental companies, and service centers with underground waste disposal systems – floor drains or sinks in service bays that connect to a septic system or dry well (i.e.- catch basins) – are regulated by the EPA.

During normal vehicle repair and maintenance, fluids such as engine oil, …

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Utility Inspection Systems and Their Benefits

It is obvious that knowing the condition of underground sewer and water infrastructure is necessary to properly maintain essential services, and today’s CCTV (closed circuit television) inspection systems visually identify structural and maintenance issues like cracks, broken or collapsed pipe, infiltration, grease, and roots, as well as other issues.

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Hensel Phelps, CO Architects Awarded New UC Riverside School of Medicine Education Building

RIVERSIDE, CA — The Regents of the University of California confirmed the selection of Hensel Phelps + CO Architects for the construction of the School of Medicine’s new $84-million Education Building II (SOM ED II) at UC Riverside. The team was selected by the SOM ED II working group and …

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Volvo CE Expands Dealer Technician Training with New West Coast Facility

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is adding a West Coast technical training facility in the San Francisco Bay Area this summer as part of a larger initiative to invest in technical training across North America. In addition to diesel construction equipment, the facility will serve as …

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Congressionally Requested Report Finds That Most of Interstate System Needs to be Reconstructed and Modernized, Requiring More Than a Doubling of Current Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Interstate Highway System reaches 65 years old, it is congested, carries significant levels of travel — particularly by large trucks — and lacks adequate funding to make needed repairs and improvements. America’s most critical transportation link will need to be rebuilt and expanded to …

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Vacuum Excavators Help Maryville Municipality Expand and Maintain Its Underground Infrastructure

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the City of Maryville, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee, is going through a growth spurt. With a population of nearly 30,000 people and climbing, the town has experienced a big spike in utility development within the last two to three years. …

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McCarthy Building Companies Constructs CSULB’s First Living Building Challenge Certified Buildings

The last time California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) had new student housing, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch were at the top of the charts.

That was 30 years ago.

Today, work is wrapping up on Parkside North Housing, CSULB’s first new dormitory in three decades. The $100 million …

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Cutting Inefficiency, Not Corners

Demolition, like every industry, is constantly evolving. To keep ahead of the curve, contractors seek out the machines and methods that increase productivity while decreasing the physical toll on workers.

Concrete sawing is viable option for fast, effective removal. However, savvy contractors are finding that adding remote-control demolition robots to …

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Improving Efficiency in Roadbuilding

Let’s face it, road widening, aggregate placement, backfilling, and other road construction tasks have always been messy, backbreaking operations. Busy road construction seasons, limited budgets, and a number of other elements have constrained equipment innovation for decades. This has left road crews in the dust, relying heavily on traditional methods …

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Eight Factors to Consider When Selecting an Exosuit for Your Workers

A construction site can be a bad back waiting to happen.

Whether it’s a brick mason, concrete finisher, roofer, or any other necessary occupation for a job site, workers are at risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) because of the nature of the job – the awkward postures, repetitive lifting, …

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Top Three Technologies That Drive Preconstruction and Streamline the Build

There’s been considerable excitement and energy around machine control and autonomous operations in the construction space in recent years. And rightfully so – big machines that can grade a site to centimeter tolerances on the first go without operator assistance is worthy of celebration.

But what about the tools and …

Komatsu Introduces Expanded Range of Hydraulic Breakers

CHICAGO, IL — Looking for a hydraulic breaker attachment that is simple to use, powerful, and compatible with your Komatsu excavator? Take a look at the high-performance efficiency and unique variable energy technology incorporated into Komatsu’s expanded line of JTHB-G and JMHB-H hydraulic breakers.

Designed and tested for compatibility with …

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Iowa Mold Tooling Celebrates 60 Years

GARNER, IA — Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company, is commemorating its 60th anniversary by celebrating its team members and the local community.

IMT products have now been a part of the building supply, construction, tire service, public works, mining, railroad, rental, and propane markets for …

HNTB’s Chandran Named General Chair for ASCE Geo-Institute’s 2023 Geo-Congress

LOS ANGELES, CA — Yoga Chandran, PE, GE, HNTB Los Angeles Office Leader and Vice President, was named General Chair for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute’s 2023 Geo-Congress titled “Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions from the Ground Up.” In this role, he will be responsible for developing the …

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Terex Trucks Articulated Haulers Are Strong Performance for Recycling Centers

As the circular economy ramps up, waste management facilities are gaining in importance. To optimize their operations, these sites need productive, cost-efficient machinery. Delivering high performance, fuel efficiency and excellent productivity, Terex Trucks articulated haulers are well-suited to meet the demands of recycling and resource management facilities.

Every year, Terex …

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Los Angeles World Airports Selects HOK+Arup for Three-Year Design and Planning On-Call Agreement

LOS ANGELES, CA — Joint venture led by HOK and Arup will provide architecture and engineering services for potential new building projects at Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport.

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the owner and operator of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport …

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Kiewit-Stantec Design-Build Team Breaks Ground on Groundwater Remediation Projects in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Kiewit-Stantec design-build team recently broke ground on two multi-year projects that together total $400 million and will help remediate water from the San Fernando Valley Groundwater Basin (SFB) for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The SFB covers 226 square …

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Architecture Firm AO Bolsters Leadership with Appointment of Four Partners and Three Principals in California

ORANGE, CA — AO, a full-service architecture firm, announces the promotions of 12 employees including four new partners, three principals, four senior associates, and one associate based in California. These promotions support the firm’s recent expansion into new markets, including the growth of its studios to serve sectors including …

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Haulotte North America Welcomes Esteban as New West Coast Sales Representative

PORTLAND, OR — Haulotte North America welcomes Ted Esteban as the new West Coast Sales Representative. Esteban will support existing customers and be responsible for leading sales growth within the region. His region includes the following states: California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.

“We …

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McCarthy Celebrates Topping Out at University of California San Diego Franklin Antonio Hall Engineering Facility

SAN DIEGO, CA — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently celebrated the topping out for the new Franklin Antonio Hall at University of California San Diego. Franklin Antonio Hall will serve as a new facility for undergraduate and graduate-student leaning, both inside and outside the classroom. The 200,000-square-foot building has been …

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California’s Youngest Black, Female General Engineer Creates Opportunities in Construction for Disadvantaged Groups

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Jennifer Todd, the youngest black woman to ever earn California’s CSLB (A) General Engineering license, and founder of LMS General Contractors, leads the company’s management team and develops her company’s strategy for growth. Todd fell into the construction business by accident, her first job …

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C.W. Driver Companies Breaks Ground on New $70M Classroom Building at University of California, Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies recently broke ground on the construction of a new four-story classroom building at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The $78-million, 95,000-square-foot project includes approximately 2,000 seats of classroom space, which will house a variety of lecture halls, project-based learning spaces, and …

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Pivotal Machines

Skid steer and compact track loaders are pivotal machines on any jobsite, offering compact convenience and robust power to operators of all skill levels. With the ability to tackle a variety of jobs and applications, adding the versatility of an attachment can make all the difference in the capabilities of …

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Hitachi Construction Machinery Announces Two New Programs to Increase Productivity

Hitachi Construction Machinery recently announced two new programs aimed to help customers increase productivity and cost-savings. Dedicated to providing customers with efficient, reliable, and durable machines, Hitachi Construction continues to provide the latest technology and product offerings to help customers get the most out of their Hitachi machines.

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Turn One Machine into a Multi-faceted Workhorse with Stand-on Skid Steer Attachments

As we transition into the warmer months, demand for a variety of landscape, hardscape, tree care, utility installation, and overall construction-grade tasks begin to rise. While stand-on skid steers have been used primarily as loaders in the past, they are becoming more popular in a wider array of jobs in …

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Six Tips to Optimize Compact Track Loader Forestry Performance

Spring is just around the corner and that means land clearing contractors will be out in full force. While many jobs can be fulfilled using a standard compact track loader (CTL) with a simple bucket, overgrown areas with thick brush and trees require heavier-duty forestry attachments. And powering these attachments …

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Big Iron, Attachments, and Technology Come of Age

For many highway and heavy contractors, it’s not only the machines used on-site that drive project productivity – it’s also the attachments.

From buckets, hammers, and cutters to rippers, brooms, and grabbers, these heavy equipment accessories are designed to enhance the use of big (and little) iron while driving productivity …

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The Right Attachment for the Job

Telehandlers are a popular choice for a wide range of material handling applications on job sites due to the variety of attachments they can be equipped with. The versatility of these machines allows operators the ability to perform a variety of job site tasks. Unlike forklifts, which rely on a …

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Rise of the Machines

Change has always been a constant in the construction and demolition industry. Contractors, workers and project managers pushing for safer, more productive solutions have transformed the modern jobsite from a buzzing hive that relied predominantly on manual labor to a streamlined operation dominated by hard-hitting machines.

In today’s competitive market, …

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Equipment Evolution

Demolition and recycling equipment is evolving and is going to change quickly in the next five to 10 years. Manufacturers are leading this effort with input from their customers.

Advances are happening in wireless technology, microchips, machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation, cameras, sensors, touch screens, and batteries. These technologies are …

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The Sound of Silence

Like the air we breathe, sound is an important, yet often overlooked, part of our daily lives. And, just as air quality and its effects on health have become an important part of the safety conversation, the negative effects of sound exposure on employees and the public are a growing …

Getting on Top of Tower Safety

Communications towers have long been a part of the landscape, but if you think you’re seeing many more of them, you’re not mistaken. The rapidly increasing demand for wireless communication and private communication networks has triggered a significant increase in the construction of towers.

The growing presence of towers means …

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National Trench Safety to Merge with Trench Plate Rental Company

HOUSTON, TX — National Trench Safety (NTS) and Trench Plate Rental Company (TPRC), two pure-play providers of trench safety solutions in the U.S., announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will be majority-owned by Tailwind Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. …

Equipment Manufacturers Report Positive Outlook for 2021

MILWAUKEE, WI — As the industry emerges from a full year under the COVID-19 cloud, a clear majority (88 percent) of equipment manufacturers report a positive outlook for 2021, according to a new survey released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. More than half (55 percent) of the respondents …

Dynapac Appoints Cole Dealer Sales Manager - Western Region

SACRAMENTO, CA — Dynapac announces the appointment of Steve Cole as Dealer Sales Manager - Western U.S. Region, reporting to Jamie Roush, Vice President of Sales. Cole is the Dealer Sales Manager for the following states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, North …

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C.W. Driver Breaks Ground on 95,000-Square-Foot Athletic Center for Pomona College

CLAREMONT, CA — C.W. Driver Companies recently broke ground on the expansion of Pomona College’s Athletic and Recreation Center. The construction cost of the project is $43 million. The new 95,000-square-foot facility will provide additional space for the Pomona-Pitzer athletics program, while boosting health and wellness for all members of …

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Trench Shoring Company Expands to Serve Northern California Contractors

COMPTON, CA — Trench Shoring Company announces April 2021 as the target date for the opening of their 11th location in San Leandro, California. With this newest facility, the company takes another step toward their commitment to serve all of California, with 10 branches from San Diego to the Bay …

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Five Tips for Maintaining Low-Level Access Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

Even though preventive maintenance can be the single most crucial factor in keeping an equipment fleet operating in peak condition, while lowering a machine’s total cost of ownership, it is easy to have an “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. Especially in lean years, maximizing each piece of …

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Stantec-Designed San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Named ACEC California’s Top Engineering Project

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Stantec-designed San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) Phase 2 modernization and expansion project was recently named the 2021 Golden State Award winner by American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), California. The Golden State Award is the highest honor ACEC California bestows as part of …

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Kleinfelder/Stantec Team Supporting Critical California Levee Projects for the US Army Corps of Engineers

SACRAMENTO, CA — The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sacramento District selected Kleinfelder and Stantec to provide engineering services for levee improvements on the Sacramento River in Northern California. The design project consists of seepage/stability improvements along the Sacramento River East Levee (SREL) downstream of the American River confluence …

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MBH Architects Completes Mixed-Use Development, 300 Grant Ave

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — California-based MBH Architects announces the completion of 300 Grant Ave, a ground-up, 70,000-square-foot retail and office mixed-use development located in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown shopping district. The Lincoln Property Company development will breathe new life and opportunity to the corner of Grant Avenue and …

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Performance-Based Smoke Detection Reduces Cost and Enhances Safety

Today, the owners of a growing number of non-standard building designs like museums, arenas, stadiums and structures with atria or large open spaces are turning to performance-based design for substantial cost savings and enhanced safety while maintaining architectural concerns.

As an International Code Council (ICC) accepted alternative, performance-based design allows …

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Getting the Most From Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders are an increasingly vital part of contractors’ businesses. The sheer versatility of these machines allows them to thrive in a variety of working conditions, and – thanks in part to growing attachment diversity – CTLs can be used for more applications than ever. A strategic purchase of …

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Getting the Most From Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders are an increasingly vital part of contractors’ businesses. The sheer versatility of these machines allows them to thrive in a variety of working conditions, and – thanks in part to growing attachment diversity – CTLs can be used for more applications than ever. A strategic purchase of …

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Enhancing Safety in the Heavy Equipment Rental Industry

Renting heavy machinery has become increasingly popular in the construction and mining industries with many companies now opting to rent instead of purchase equipment. In fact, market analysts predict that the heavy equipment rental industry is set to grow by 11 percent over the next three years as construction companies …

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Enhancing Safety in the Heavy Equipment Rental Industry

Renting heavy machinery has become increasingly popular in the construction and mining industries with many companies now opting to rent instead of purchase equipment. In fact, market analysts predict that the heavy equipment rental industry is set to grow by 11 percent over the next three years as construction companies …

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How to Maximize Bridge Repair Productivity with Hydrodemolition Attachments

For decades, road and bridge repair contractors have relied on the power and precision of hydrodemolition robots to increase efficiency for concrete removal and surface preparation applications. Traditional methods of bridge deck repair took hours of manual labor using handheld water jetting equipment or handheld pneumatic tools. By switching to …

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Towers of Tomorrow

Despite COVID-19’s tumultuous toll on urban living, there will come a day when normalcy returns to large metropolitan areas. Human beings are resilient; they will continue to work, learn, live, and play following economic downturns and unprecedented times that temporarily rid cities of normal activity. Downtowns have a future, and …

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Using Technology to Solidify a Unified Team Culture in 2021

Whether it’s on the front lines of a battlefield, a supply chain or a construction site, culture is a fundamental aspect of human existence. Culture keeps us bonded to groups of people – whether it’s within the context of our families, our communities or even our workplaces – and allows …

H&E Opens New Lodi, California, Branch

LODI, CA — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the opening of a new branch in Lodi, California, bringing the number of H&E California branches to 10.

The 11,600-square-foot facility sits on three acres with a fully fenced yard area, offices, parts warehouse, and a repair shop with six service …

Thorough Accident Investigations Require Seven Steps

While there’s a big difference between investigating a workplace incident and finding someone to blame for it, companies frequently confuse the two concepts. When something goes wrong, they work hard to identify those at fault, and that’s where the investigation ends.

Most workplace incidents are not that clear-cut. An individual …

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Takeuchi Promotes Klusmeyer to Divisional Manager

ATLANTA, GA — Takeuchi-US, a manufacturer of compact equipment, promotes Shay Klusmeyer to Divisional Manager. Formerly Takeuchi’s Central Midwest Regional Manager, Klusmeyer will now lead Takeuchi’s regional business managers and regional product managers as they support dealers and customers in the company’s West, Southwest, Central Midwest, and Midwest regions. …

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Minnich Manufacturing Adds Vanguard Marketing Group to Western U.S. Distribution Network

HAYWARD, CA — Minnich Manufacturing, a manufacturer of concrete dowel pin drills, concrete vibrators, and vibrator monitoring systems, has expanded distribution in the Western U.S. by adding Vanguard Marketing Group as a manufacturer’s representative.

Founded in 1976 and located in Hayward, California, Vanguard Marketing Group offers sales and service …

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Brown and Caldwell Promotes Senior Vice President Damikolas to Chief Operating Officer

IRVINE, CA — Environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell announces the promotion of Marc Damikolas from Director of Operations to Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately.

With over 20 years of experience, Damikolas’ background encompasses the capture, planning, design, and construction of municipal and private sector water and …

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C.W. Driver Completes $32M Crown Valley Park Community Building in Laguna Niguel

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, announces the completion of the Crown Valley Park Community Building in Laguna Niguel. The $32-million, 30,000-square-foot community center and pool offers common spaces, classrooms, and fitness areas for residents to participate in a range of community …

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Orange County Transportation Authority Selects Stantec to Design New Transit Security and Operations Center

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Global design firm Stantec has been selected by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to design a new $38-million Transit Security and Operations Center (TSOC). The TSOC will address the needs and requirements of OCTA’s operations with the goal of supporting job duties, efficiency, functionality, communication, …

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Hawthorne Cat Announces Ness as New President and CEO

SAN DIEGO, CA — Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Cat equipment dealer in San Diego, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Pacific Region, announces the promotion of David K. Ness to President and CEO for all the Hawthorne divisions. He will be based in the corporate office in Rancho Bernardo (San …

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Conachen Joins Thornton Tomasetti as Vice President and San Diego Office Director

SAN DIEGO, CA — Thornton Tomasetti announces that Mack Conachen, PE, SE, RA has joined the firm as Vice President and San Diego Office Director.

Conachen has more than 15 years of experience in structural design, analysis, and project management. His work spans a range of project types, including education, …

AECOM Appoints Liu as Senior Vice President and Director of Growth for its Transportation Business in the U.S. West

LOS ANGELES, CA — AECOM announces that Andrew Liu has rejoined AECOM to lead growth for the company’s transportation business for its U.S. West region. In this role, Liu will be focused on collaborating with customers to ensure quality service, enhancing the team, and driving strategic growth and business development …

HOK to Design New Computer Science Building for USC

LOS ANGELES, CA — HOK is designing a computer science building for the University of Southern California on its University Park Campus near downtown Los Angeles. As the result of a gift from Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg, the university is able to build a 102,000-square-foot home for the USC …

Using Good Catches to Increase Worker Ownership of Safety

There’s an old adage that says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s applicable to many situations, but especially so when it comes to workplace safety. Safety professionals have long recognized the value of prevention, and the well-known Heinrich model clearly illustrates that value. For every …

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Three HOK-Designed Projects Win AIA San Mateo Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — AIA San Mateo’s annual design awards honor outstanding achievements in architecture and design across San Mateo County in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Citation Award: BioMed Life Sciences Campus – Foster City, California
This new life sciences campus for BioMed supports the collaboration and innovation …
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Balgi Joins HGA as Science & Technology Principal in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — HGA welcomes Deepa K. Balgi, RA, as Associate Vice President and Principal in the Science & Technology market group in San Francisco. She will focus on the Northern California market while collaborating across firm-wide offices and practice groups in health care, higher education, public, and …

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Sustainable Construction Waste Management and LEED

There was an estimated 600 million tons of construction and demolition (C&D) waste generated in the United States in 2018 alone, which is more than double the amount of Municipal Solid Waste (i.e. normal garbage). Concrete accounted for the largest portion of this C&D waste (67.5 percent), followed by asphalt …

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Construction Begins on Anderson Brulé Architects-Designed Behavioral & Social Sciences Building at El Camino College

TORRANCE, CA — Anderson Brulé Architects (ABA) was selected to complete the architectural planning and design for El Camino College’s (ECC) Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSS) Building. As part of the ongoing campus facilities program at ECC, made possible by bond Measure E, the project recently broke ground and the …

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Biden Nominates Pete Buttigieg as U.S. DOT Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The former two-term South Bend, Indiana, mayor (2012 to January 2020) was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year. He withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden …

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Finding a Snow-Worthy Track Loader

What’s better for clearing snow, a skid steer or a compact track loader? The common perception is that a wheeled machine would fare better, and it’s often true with many track loaders. It’s why many compact track loaders are parked for the winter while their wheeled counterparts keep working. However, …

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Elon University Puts Vacuum Excavator to Work in a Wide Range of Applications

Traditionally, vacuum excavators have been used by contractors for daylighting buried utilities, minimizing disruption to the impacted area, and leaving behind a negligible mess. Today, the benefits of soft digging – the process of using a combination of suction and high-pressure water and air to remove dirt and other materials …

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Four Strategies for Construction Companies to Rebound from COVID-19

It has been almost a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and unfortunately, we don’t have an answer as to when life will go back to normal, or even what the “new normal” will look like. Disruptions in the hard-hit construction industry – such as supply chain shortages and …

Doosan Announces New RGW Equipment Location in California’s Central Valley

LATHROP, CA — There is a new dealership for Doosan machines, parts, and service in the Central Valley of northern California. Doosan authorized dealer RGW Equipment opened its third location in Lathrop, just off the West Side Freeway.

“Our new Lathrop location is more convenient for our Central Valley customers …

AECOM to Upgrade One of the Largest Wastewater Treatment Plants in the US

LOS ANGELES, CA — AECOM, an infrastructure consulting firm, announces that it has been selected to perform work through an Energy Savings Performance Contract for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts’ Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP) in Carson, California. The contract includes upgrades to the pure oxygen production …

Have You Fallen for These Common Safety Myths?

Safety sounds like a simple concept, but when it comes to workplace safety, that isn’t always the case. As our professionals interact with companies and workers in many industries, they frequently hear things that may sound plausible, but that really aren’t true. We’ve collected several of the most common here. …

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Willits Joins HNTB as Project Director

SANTA ANA, CA — Shannon Willits, PE, joins HNTB Corporation as Project Director, based in the firm’s Santa Ana office. His duties will include management, planning, design, and construction of major highways and local roadways in Southern California.

“We are looking forward to Shannon’s leadership of our large, multidisciplinary …

U.S. DOT Launches New Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched a new demonstration program to establish several Regional Infrastructure Accelerators (Accelerators), which will expedite delivery of transportation infrastructure projects through finance and delivery methods. The department’s Build America Bureau (the Bureau) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to solicit applications …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes $36M Orange Coast College Kinesiology and Aquatics Pavilion

COSTA MESA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of the new Kinesiology and Aquatics Pavilion at Orange Coast College (OCC) in Costa Mesa. The new 88,000-square-foot athletics center features expanded and modernized space for a variety of OCC programs, including physical education, athletics, sports medicine, and kinesiology studies. …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes $12M Flintridge Preparatory School Bachmann Collaboration Building

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the completion of the new Bachmann Collaboration Building at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada Flintridge, California. Serving grades seven through 12, the new 18,000-square-foot, three-story building includes laboratories, art studios, classrooms, meeting rooms, and offices where students and faculty will …

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Delta Sky Way at LAX Project Tops Out Ahead of Schedule

LOS ANGELES, CA — Hensel Phelps joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Delta, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) representatives, architect of record ARUP, and hundreds of teaming partners to celebrate the topping out on the Delta Air Lines Terminal 2 and 3 Modernization project at Los Angeles International …

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McCarthy Building Companies Partners with Adaptive Construction Solutions in Support of Veterans

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announces a new partnership with Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. (ACS) to recruit and train veterans for careers in the construction trades, addressing a national workforce shortage. Together, the two organizations will identify and enroll veterans with military occupational specialties in an apprenticeship program that can lead …

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Wells Fargo 2021 Economic Outlook

The longest U.S. economic expansion since the end of the Second World War came to an abrupt end earlier this year as the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down the economy. Following an unprecedented plunge in Q2-2020 – real GDP nosedived at an annualized rate of 31.4 percent – economic activity …

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How AGC of America is Making Sure Politicians Learn the Right Lessons from the Election

The 2020 elections appear to have delivered simultaneous rebukes to both President Trump and the liberal agenda. While he performed better than most polls predicted, as of writing, the President’s ongoing efforts to contest the election appear to have little chance of success. Yet enough down ballot elections broke Republicans’ …

The Power of Where Symposium Puts Spatial Intelligence at Your Fingertips on January 26

DENVER, CO — Process innovation specialist to the AEC industry, MG AEC Technology Partners (MG), invites the industry to The Power of Where, an online symposium illuminating the intersection of BIM and GIS technologies. Sponsored by Autodesk and GIS industry leader, Esri, the January 26, 2021 virtual conference will …

Equipment Leasing & Finance 2021 US Economic Outlook

Equipment and software investment growth fared better than overall GDP growth in 2020 as businesses invested to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and growth should remain well into positive territory in the beginning of 2021. Annual equipment and software investment growth of 7.8 percent is forecast for 2021. Annual U.S. …

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ARA Announces Industry Contributor Award Recipients

SACRAMENTO, CA — Each year, the American Rental Association (ARA) honors individuals for outstanding service to the association and the equipment and event rental industry. The following are recipients of this year’s industry contributor awards, which will be presented at The ARA Show 2021 in Las Vegas.

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California Transportation Commission Staff Recommends $2B in New Projects that Will Create More Than 100,000 Jobs

SACRAMENTO, CA — California Transportation Commission staff released their recommendations for $2 billion in new projects to reduce traffic, improve goods movement, increase transit service, and invest in bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The projects would create more than 100,000 jobs throughout the state over the next several years.

The $2 …

ARTBA 2021 US Transportation Construction Market Forecast

Transportation construction activity is forecast to decline 5.5 percent in 2021, as transportation authorities, state, city, county, and local governments face unprecedented revenue shortfalls, budget pressures and lower demand for travel and freight services, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) model shows. The 2021 market will reflect the …

ABC Elects 2021 National Chair, Executive Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Associated Builders and Contractors’ Board of Directors elected Steve Klessig, Keller Inc., to serve as the 2021 ABC National Chair during a meeting at the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Stephanie Schmidt, Poole Anderson Construction, was elected Chair-Elect, and Milton …

Do Your Workers Truly Understand HazCom?

Workers in all sorts of industries use, or may become exposed to, various types of hazardous chemicals and other substances on a regular basis. Sometimes those hazards are part of a production process, while in other instances it may be something used to clean a worksite.

That’s why OSHA requires …

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2021 Manufacturer Forecast

After a difficult 2020, many of us are looking for things to turn around with the new year. Significant progress on a vaccine and the possibility of new funding for infrastructure projects has many in the construction industry optimistic that 2021 will put the U.S. economy back on track. We’ve …

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High Efficiency ‘Shaped’ Wire Screens are the Way to the Future

For aggregate producers, efficient and accurate sizing of material during processing is essential to profitability. One renowned screening expert has termed plant screening stations as the "cash box" of the operation. Square opening, woven wire screen is still the media of choice in most aggregate operations. However, carryover of prime …

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Hawaii DOT Harbors Division Announces Award for Critical Improvements Project

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces that the Kapalama Container Terminal Phase 2 project has been awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure West, which will complete the cornerstone project for the Harbors Modernization Plan. The project is the largest capital improvement project in Hawaii harbors' history. It …

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Construction Begins on UC Irvine's New College of Health Sciences Complex

IRVINE, CA — Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, architecture and engineering firm HED, and architecture firm The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) announce that construction is under way on a nine-acre health sciences complex at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

The site will include a five-story, 135,111-square-foot building for the …

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Demolition Doctors

Like many cities with a long history, the skyline of San Diego, California, has changed significantly over the centuries. Even in the modern era, demolition and construction continue to transform California’s second-largest city. However, with growing populations and congested urban environments, demolition contractors are forced to find safer ways to …

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Welcomes Kim as President

NORCROSS, GA — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. (HCEA), welcomes J.Y. Kim as President. 28-year Hyundai veteran Kim began his career as part of an overseas sales team to support North American Operations, and later worked at HCEA’s Chicago office from 2004 to 2008.

He was instrumental in establishing a …

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McCarthy Celebrates Steel Topping Out at Aperture Del Mar Life Sciences & Technology Campus

SAN DIEGO, CA — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently celebrated the concrete topping out at the new Aperture Del Mar life sciences campus in San Diego. Aperture is a reconsideration of what a creative tech and life science innovation campus should be, featuring a fully integrated campus designed to elevate …

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Unlocking the Full Potential of Construction Fleet Physical Security Integration

For construction firms with significant fleet vehicle and equipment assets needing to be protected from theft or vandalism, fully integrating the latest capabilities of physical security and access control systems can drive down costs significantly.

This “virtual” approach combines video surveillance, access control, and information technology (IT) integration to replace …

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The Role of Rental in 2020 and What It Teaches Us for 2021

If there is any one thing to be said about 2020, it’s that uncertainty ruled the day in many ways and in many aspects of life. The construction industry was no exception, as contractors in all segments juggled the unknowns of an election year, a global pandemic, and everything else …

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Modular Design and Construction

Once considered an outlier, modular design and construction has gained tremendous popularity in the hospitality industry in the past few years. Modular offers a number of inherent advantages that render it attractive to owners and developers, including speed to market, construction efficiencies, reduced risk, and higher quality control. As a …

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Stantec to Lead Multibillion-Dollar Initiative to Supply Local Sustainable Water to San Diego’s 1.4M Residents

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Pure Water San Diego program recently reached a critical milestone, paving the way for Phase 1 of the $3-billion program to supply local, sustainable water to San Diego’s more than 1.4 million residents. The project secured a first-of-its-kind National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to …

Construction Industry Companies Putting Employee Well Being at the Forefront

No one can argue that 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic have created major stressors in our personal and professional lives and have caused many of us to experience greater levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. Even before COVID-19, one in five Americans suffered from a mental health condition and …

Improving Contractor Interactions Through the SCARF Model

It happens on nearly every jobsite and nearly every day. A worker performs a task without using the proper safety procedures and a safety professional walks up to correct him. The mood becomes tense, the worker’s resentment is obvious, and the safety pro becomes defensive in return.

The safety professional …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes Construction on $71.5M CSU Dominguez Hills Science and Innovation Building

CARSON, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces that it has completed construction on California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) new $71.5-million Science & Innovation Building. The 87,000-square-foot facility features laboratories, faculty offices, and classrooms that will help prepare the university’s students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). …

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Avoiding Costly and Potentially Deadly Shortcuts in Netting System Selection

Construction managers, general contractors, and building owners are certainly familiar with safety netting systems and the reasons to install them, which include protecting workers and debris from falling from structures, as well as façade and ceiling containment. They also believe these passive systems create and maintain a safe work environment. …

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UC Davis Completes Phase I of Nation’s Largest Student Housing Project

DAVIS, CA — The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) opened the first phase of The Green at West Village student housing project, adding more than 1,000 beds to the university’s West Village neighborhood. Once the entire project is complete, the housing complex will add nearly 3,300 beds to the …

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Burns & McDonnell Breaks Ground on Design-Build Emergency Operations Center Project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

LIVERMORE, CA — Focused on strengthening the nation’s critical infrastructure, Burns & McDonnell recently joined the National Nuclear Security Administration, Lawrence Livermore National Security, RMW Architects and Interiors, Forell/Elsesser Structural Engineers, and RHAA Landscape Architects to break ground on two new facilities, an emergency operations center (EOC), and …

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Clarke Joins Dewberry’s Architecture Practice as Principal and Market Segment Leader

SACRAMENTO, CA — Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announces that Tamara Clarke, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, has joined the firm’s Sacramento, California, office as a Principal and Market Segment Leader for the justice architecture group.

With more than 30 years of experience, Clarke brings …

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Making the Whole Person Matter

The construction worker offers much for which to be celebrated. They transform blank canvasses of earth to create spaces for work, education, or play and build structures to cross bodies of water that connect communities. Bottom line, the construction worker helps to build a country’s future.

Driving this ability is …

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Manitou Group Names Nartish as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Manitou North America

WEST BEND, WI — Manitou Group announces the appointment of Ilmars Nartish to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Manitou North America, effective immediately.

“We are excited to welcome Ilmars to Manitou North America. With more than 13 years working with Manitou Group, his knowledge …

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HDD Training Teaches More Than Just Basic Skills

When it comes to horizontal directional drilling (HDD), simple training is not enough – it needs to be the right training. Because HDD is an art and a science, the right training, education, and experience is a critical combination in knowing the right balance between the two.

As HDD expands …

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Tire Tales

Tires are witness to everything that goes on in a truck and are filled with information that can tell you a great deal about your fleet.
There are many reasons tires are removed from service outside of normal wear – ranging from driver- related behavior, to running the wrong type …

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Advanced Water Treatment to Increase Efficiency and Meet Environmental Standards

More and more, concrete repair contractors are turning to robotic hydrodemolition, and the reasons why are simple. The method provides faster, safer, and more efficient removal than traditional means. Recent technological advances have also made hydrodemolition machines more versatile, compact, and durable than ever before. But, one important question still …

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Mortenson Pushes the Boundaries With Large-Scale Modular Projects

The construction industry has proven to be one of the most difficult industries to revolutionize. Many aspects of constructing a building have not changed for centuries. It is becoming increasingly difficult to build in downtown urban settings where sites are tight, streets are crowded, and skilled labor is difficult to …

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Bomanite Cares

Humanitarian, hero, and three-time heavyweight champion of the world, Mohammed Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Revered for his accomplishments in the ring and beloved the world over for his sharp wit and big heart outside of it, Ali’s …

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CII, CURT, and ECC Explore Formation of Official Alliance to Streamline Service and Support for the Capital Projects Industry

AUSTIN, TX — Leaders from the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), and the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association (ECC) are exploring the establishment of a unified, industry alliance to capture benefits of increased content collaboration, better sharing of research, and benchmarking learnings to improve application, diversifying …

Caterpillar Signs Agreement to Acquire Weir Oil & Gas

DEERFIELD, IL — Caterpillar Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire the Oil & Gas Division (Weir Oil & Gas) of the Weir Group PLC, a Scotland-based global engineering business. Headquartered near Fort Worth, Texas, Weir Oil & Gas produces a full line of pumps, flow iron, consumable parts, …

HDR Selected to Lead Program Management of Far-Reaching Rail Expansion in Southern California

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) has selected HDR to provide program management services for Phase 1 of the transformative Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion program. The $10-billion capital improvement program, developed to take a proactive approach to growing populations and service demands, will make …

FTA Announces $1.2B Grant Agreement for San Francisco Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a $1.2-billion grant agreement with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for the Transbay Corridor Core Capacity project in San Francisco, California.

"This investment in California will improve public transportation and support …

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Ready to Roll

Near the Kansas City International Airport lies a well-traveled stretch of road that connects NE Cookingham Drive to I-435. A 20-mile jaunt separates the airport from downtown Kansas City, and while some drivers might make their way via the direct I-29 route, others choose the I-435 route that might take …

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Sequoia Equipment Supports Team Rubicon Fire Recovery in California

NILAND, CA — CASE Construction Equipment dealer Sequoia Equipment supported Team Rubicon with equipment in a recent heavy equipment operation clearing sites and debris from a wildfire that swept through Niland, California on June 28, 2020. Team Rubicon volunteers braved scorching temperatures that averaged 112 degrees to remove more than …

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Virtual Reality Leaps Forward, Providing New Value to Stakeholders

The AEC industry has been experimenting with the use of virtual reality (VR) for well over 20 years, and the medium has successfully provided value and Return on Investment (ROI). However, for many projects, the form factor, technical requirements and user friction for delivering walkthroughs has prevented the medium from …

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John Deere Power Systems Announces Leadership Changes

WATERLOO, IA — John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) announces a change to its leadership team in response to the planned retirement of David Hoffman, who acted as Director of Worldwide Marketing, Sales, and Customer Support.

After more than 41 years of service at John Deere, Hoffman has announced his …

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Don’t Get Caught in the Cold

When we think winter maintenance, we start thinking about cooling systems and antifreeze, fuel systems and fuel storage, engine oil, Hydraulic oil and systems, batteries and all the fluids, components and systems that suffer the ravages of cold and freezing temperatures. If its equipment, it needs winter maintenance. If operates …

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Pulling Augers No Longer Needed

One of the most time-consuming tasks while auger boring is pulling augers to check line and grade and adjust steering constantly,” said Walter Keyes, a 25-years auger boring veteran and Team Leader/Superintendent with S.J. Louis Companies. “Typically, on large-diameter sewer jobs, crews will pull augers every 20 feet, …

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Technology Enables Construction Continuity

As we look ahead and try to make predictions about the future of construction, some aspects are murky. No one would have predicted the situation we found ourselves in during 2020, with a global pandemic bringing the economy to its knees, delaying construction projects nationwide, and changing the way we …

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Brand Builder

In the late 1940s, five civic-minded mothers in California’s Central Valley recognized the need for local pediatric care and formed a small but tenacious organization to help raise money. Three years later, a 42-bed hospital dedicated to pediatric care opened as Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno. In the nearly 70 …

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Living on the Cutting Edge

Mining and quarrying are deep-rooted businesses. The oldest known mine is located in Southern Africa and was active, quite appropriately, during the Stone Age – an astounding 43,000 years ago. Possibly even more incredible are the ancient mines that are still producing.

Fast forward to today, where we find an …

What Contractors Need to Know About EMR

It’s a small number that carries a huge impact for a contractor’s business. It affects their ability to stay competitive and maintain profitability, and it gives owners and construction managers powerful insights into the contractor’s business philosophy. It says so much that owners and CMs use it to decide whether …

Hawthorne Cat Opens New Kauai Branch Location in Hawaii

KAUAI, HI — Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Cat equipment dealer in San Diego, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Pacific Region, announces the opening of its newest location on Kauai, Hawaii. Construction on the Hawthorne Kauai branch was recently completed and is now open for business.

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California Transportation Commission Announces More Than $1.6B for Transportation Projects

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently allocated more than $1.6 billion for transportation projects throughout the state, including about $1.3 billion for State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects, the California Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) “fix-it-first” program aimed at preserving the condition of the State …

McCarthy Completes Construction of 250MW Gateway Energy Storage Project, the Largest Battery Storage Project in the World

SAN DIEGO, CA — McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy & Storage group recently completed construction of LS Power’s 250 megawatt (MW) Gateway Energy Storage Project in San Diego County, California. LS Power’s Gateway system became the largest operational battery storage facility in the world when it was fully energized …

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Announces CRSI HONORS Design and Construction Awards Recipients

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) announces the results of their biennial CRSI HONORS Design and Construction Awards program. Of the entries received, eight projects were selected to receive recognition.

Project entries were evaluated on the basis of: satisfaction of owners objectives, development of innovative solutions, maximizing …

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Restoring the Interstate Highway System

At 64 years old, an age at which many Americans are approaching Medicare eligibility and reduced workloads, the Interstate Highway System is deteriorating, its traffic load of cars and trucks continues to increase, and the system lacks an adequate long-term care plan.

The Interstate Highway System remains the workhorse of …

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Island Community Restores Original Charm While Mitigating Flooding with Belgard Cambridge Cobble Pavers

FOSTER CITY, CA — Built along the edges of several canals in Foster City, California, the Island J complex has been compared to Santorini, Greece, for its flat roofs and linear patterns, as well as its cobblestone streets. When the city was developed 60 years ago, the architect insisted on …

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Point and Measure

Traditionally, moisture tests require laborious effort and are slow to return results from the laboratory.  The risk of damage increases during transit of the materials potentially altering or destroying the entire sample, making this option much less practical for construction sites.  Industry innovators have developed a simplified approach with testing …

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Tri-West Tractor Awarded West Region Takeuchi Dealer of the Year

LIVERMORE, CA — Takeuchi-US, a compact equipment manufacturer, awards Tri-West Tractor the 2019 West Region Dealer of the Year for their successful sales efforts. Takeuchi’s Regional Business Manager Hampton Wideman presented the award at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas.

Tri-West Tractor, a family-owned business in Livermore, California, was named the …

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C.W. Driver Breaks Ground on First California Funded Design-Build Project at Long Beach City College

LONG BEACH, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, commences the ground-up construction of a 96,000-square-foot, multi-disciplinary facility for Long Beach City College. The $48.2-million, three-story facility is the first design-build project funded by the state of California and will house a variety of academic …

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Dewberry Adds Chao, Akiyama, and Reyes to California Offices

SACRAMENTO, CA — Dewberry, a privately held professional service firm, announces that Design Professional Jason Chao has been hired in the Pasadena office, while Senior Project Manager Sue Akiyama, RA, and Project Architect Edgar Reyes, AIA, have joined the Sacramento office.

Chao brings more than 10 years …

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Curry Supply Adds Hendricks as National Account Manager

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — Curry Supply welcomes Forest Hendricks to the sales team as National Account Manager. Hendricks joins Curry Supply’s national account, bringing a focus on heavy machinery and the railroad industry. With his experience in rail, he will work toward further developing Curry Supply’s presence in the top …

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Hilti Exoskeleton Improves Performance and Safety

In construction there’s always a couple of major concerns on the jobsite – performance and safety. Strangely, as performance slips so does the on-the-job safety factor.

Any job function that requires a construction worker to keep their arms raised up and over their head is where this risk is a …

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Leadership Through Extreme Circumstances

When Robert “Bob” Lanham, Jr., P.E., started his tenure as 2020 President of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), he set three main goals: expand member engagement, increase federal investment in construction, and reduce and reform federal regulations on construction and development.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. …

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Ten Equipment Trailer Maintenance Tips

Heavy-haul trailers trek thousands of miles during their service lives and encounter many challenges – from rocks and ruts to bumps and jolts, no trailer gets out unscathed. To get the most from trailers, here are some tips to prevent costly damage and keep your trailers in top shape.

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Taylor Design Named 2020 Best Architecture Firm to Work For

IRVINE, CA — Taylor Design, an employee-owned architectural, interior design, and design strategy firm, was ranked first among architecture firms on the 2020 Best Firms To Work For Awards list, a competition honoring the creation of outstanding workplaces at architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms in the U.S. and …

Rubicon Professional Services Expands Headcount to Address Global Demand for Renewable Energy Resources

OAKLAND, CA — Rubicon Professional Services (RPS), an alternative for constructing or upgrading data centers, health care facilities, telecom sites, and other critical facilities, announces the addition of Abbot Moffat, Jesse Salveson, and Phillip Atkinson to its staff.

Moffat is a veteran in commercial construction with three decades …

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The AED Foundation’s Construction Career Aptitude Test Soon to Launch

SCHAUMBURG, IL — As the AED Foundation (AEDF) continues to address the industry's skills gap through its Vision 2024 plan, the soon-to-launch Construction Career Aptitude Test aims to help address the workforce shortage starting at the high school level. More specifically, the Construction Career Aptitude Test is designed for students …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces Over $273M in Grants to 184 Airports in 41 States, Six Territories

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will award more than $273 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 41 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall …

CII and AGC Bring Together a Panel of Industry Leaders for COVID-19 Webinar

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently held a webinar called “Roundtable on Perspectives and Best Practices in Owner-Contractor Collaboration During COVID-19” to provide updates on a variety of industry topics concerning the virus. The panel for the webinar featured two CII owners, …

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We Only Get to the Stars by Starting from the Ground

Given the excitement with SpaceX and NASA’s recent historic manned launch, many people are looking to the stars. To many, space means rockets and satellites. However, every major component of these missions are built, designed, tested, launched, and controlled in one or more ground-based facilities. And every one of those …

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Largest P3 Social Infrastructure Project in US History Completed at UC Merced

MERCED, CA — After four years, a coalition of organizations has completed the largest public-private partnership (P3) social infrastructure project in U.S. history. The 1.2-million-gross-square-foot campus expansion, known as University of California (UC) Merced 2020, was officially delivered to the university.

"This project will enable UC's newest and fastest-growing campus …

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Hensel Phelps Awarded P-463 SOF Undersea Operational Training Facility

OAHU, HI — NAVFAC Hawaii awarded Hensel Phelps the $54.2-million design-build P-463 SOF Undersea Operational Training Facility located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu, Hawaii.

The project involves the design and construction of a two-story, 54,380-square-foot operations training center that will support a variety of functions, including operator and …

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Cohen Named President of Kitchell CEM

SACRAMENTO, CA — Wendy Cohen was recently named President of Kitchell CEM, assuming leadership of the largest construction management firm in Sacramento. The company has more than 300 employees spanning California, Arizona, Utah, Iowa, Indiana, and Texas.

“Since Wendy joined Kitchell she has impressed us with her ability to …

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Rosendin Project at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recognized for Excellence

SAN JOSE, CA — Rosendin, an electrical contracting employee-owned firm, was recently honored for its work using innovative technology solutions to enhance fan experiences at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Rosendin was recently awarded the 2020 Integration Award Best Large Venue Project by CE Pro/Commercial Integrator for its work …

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The Complex Made Simple

The history of the construction excavator goes back quite some time. The very first excavator is said to have been built in 1882 by Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company in England, where it was used in the construction of Port of Hull docks. Unlike today's excavators that use hydraulic …

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Vacuworx Welcomes Cunningham as Senior Director of Sales

TULSA, OK — Vacuworx welcomes Charlie Cunningham to the North America sales and leadership teams as Senior Director of Sales.

Cunningham brings more than two decades of experience with sales, marketing, and business development activities. He recently spent 15 years with Astec Industries, Inc. As Vice President of Sales with …

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Terex Service Centers Authorized for Service and Sale of Fassi Articulating Cranes

WATERTOWN, SD — Terex Services and Fascan International have reached an agreement for Terex to become a full-service dealer of Fassi products. As an authorized dealer, Terex Services will provide maintenance, repair, and parts for Fassi products at its 19 branch locations across much of the U.S., as well as …

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Fluid Bridge Repair

Infrastructure repair is a hot topic today, and rightfully so. From potholes to deteriorating bridges, keeping up with repairs – and finding the money to do so – is a constant struggle. In an effort to complete jobs faster and win more bids, contractors are always looking for ways to …

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Construction Business as Project Business: Project Business Automation

All project businesses essentially operate the same way. Whether you are in the construction, engineering or architecture industry, the overarching commonality is that your company delivers goods and services to your customers through projects, making your company a project business.

Only by recognizing your company as a project business are …

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Accelerator for America Introduces New Partnership on Infrastructure Playbook

Accelerator for America recently hosted a webinar with some of the country’s most determined mayors to discuss the organization’s New Partnership on Infrastructure (NPI) initiative.

Founded by CEO Rick Jacobs, Accelerator for America is an organization led by an advisory council of mayors and other local leaders from across …

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The Importance of Safely Purchasing, Handling and Storing API Certified DEF

As restrictions are being lifted across most states in the country and with warm weather upon us, it is important for truck drivers to consider proper management of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in most diesel-powered trucks.

DEF is made from a mixture of technically pure urea and purified water …

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Preventative Maintenance Creates Longevity for Drills

It’s a common situation: Your equipment isn’t working as effectively as it was the day it came off the manufacturing line. With most tools and machines, regular maintenance and replacement of worn-out parts can be the key to restoring it back to maximum power. Earth drills are no exception. Knowing …

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Modular Design Trends, Challenges, and Increased Construction Liability Risks

Once again, the U.S. economy has hit a crossroads. Even before the current COVID-19 outbreak, the predictions for the coming year were mixed at best.

On the one side, the Association of Equipment Managers (AEM) said that “Steady and solid growth is likely to continue for the construction sector. As …

CII and MIMOSA Join Forces to Move Interoperability Forward for Capital Projects

AUSTIN, TX — CII and MIMOSA announce their collaboration to adopt and progress the standards for an open, vendor neutral digital ecosystem supporting data and systems interoperability in capital projects, operations, and maintenance enabling digital transformation of the full asset lifecycle.

The MOU establishes the basis for a CII/MIMOSA Joint …

LiuGong North America Continues to Expand Dealer Network in U.S.

KATY, TX — LiuGong North America has appointed five new construction equipment dealers in the U.S. recently, expanding their growing dealer network. These dealerships provide the LiuGong and Dressta brands to areas of the country that previously did not have the opportunity to put them to the test.

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Caterpillar Announces Acquisition of Robotic Expertise

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Caterpillar Inc. announces they have acquired select assets and hired employees from San Francisco, California, based robot and autonomy technology solutions company Marble Robot, Inc.

The acquisition is part of Caterpillar’s automation and autonomy strategy and demonstrates its commitment to the next generation of jobsite solutions. …

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California Construction Company Offers Free App to Control COVID-19

CAMPBELL, CA — As the construction industry reopens in California and across the United States, BuildCenter, a software spinoff from COBE Construction, Inc., is offering a free health screening tool and attendance log. The app helps all construction companies meet critical mandates set by many county health agencies. …

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Komatsu Commits to Supporting Feeding America as National Partner in COVID-19 Response Efforts

CHICAGO, IL — More than 37 million Americans face hunger each year and as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes an additional 17 million Americans into food insecurity, Komatsu’s North American business units are partnering with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to donate up to $250,000 to support …

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C.W. Driver Breaks Ground on $38M Reconstruction of Menifee Valley Middle School

MENIFEE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies recently broke ground on a reconstruction project for Menifee Valley Middle School. The $38-million, 71,277-square-foot project, which will help transition the campus to a magnet school focused on visual and performing arts, includes the addition of two new classroom buildings, restorations to the Visual …

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Deere Board Elects Stone as President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry and Power Systems

MOLINE, IL — Deere & Company (DE) announces that its Board of Directors elected John Stone to the position of President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry and Power Systems. He will be responsible for the overall management and performance of the company's construction and forestry operations throughout the world and for …

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Herman Construction Group Completes Build-Outs of Two COVID-19 Emergency Response Field Hospitals in California

SAN DIEGO, CA — Herman Construction Group announces that it has completed several fast-track build-outs of COVID-19 emergency response field hospitals and surge hospitals in California, one in San Diego County and a second in Tulare County. The company began the projects early in April and completed both within two …

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BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Begins Revenue Service

SAN JOSE, CA — The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) recently opened the Berryessa Extension for revenue service. The milestone marks the culmination of the first phase of the BART Silicon Valley Extension Program that is expanding BART service into Santa Clara …

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H&E Equipment Services Opens New Los Angeles Branch

SUN VALLEY, CA — H&E Equipment Services Inc. (H&E) announces the opening of a new branch in Sun Valley, California, serving the Los Angeles market.

The 15,000-square-foot facility sits on four acres with a fully fenced yard area, offices, parts warehouse, and a repair shop with five service bays. It …

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PALFINGER Appoints Cavaggioni as New Vice President Sales and Service for North America Region

TIFFIN, OH — PALFINGER announces the official appointment of Alberto Cavaggioni as the company’s new Vice President of Sales and Service for the North America Region.

Cavaggioni has been appointed Vice President Sales and Service for the North America Region as of March 23, 2020. He will be a member …

Orange County Water District Awarded $3.6M Grant to Increase Region's Drinking Water Supply

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA — The Orange County Water District (OCWD) was awarded a $3.6-million grant from the California Department of Water Resources Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) grant program for use toward the construction of its Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) Final Expansion project.

Operational since 2008, the GWRS is undergoing …

Hilti Among Industry Leaders to Launch 2020 Construction Startup Competition

PLANO, TX — “You are the missing piece.” With this slogan five global players of the construction industry invite all entrepreneurs worldwide with innovative construction solutions to participate in this year’s edition of the Construction Startup Competition. Startups willing to play a crucial role in the transformation of the construction …

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AECOM-Canyon Partners, The Martin Group Secure Construction Loan for a Sacramento State Student Housing Development Project

SACRAMENTO, CA — AECOM-Canyon Partners (ACP), in a joint venture with The Martin Group, announces the closing of a $73.3-million senior construction loan from Pacific Western Bank to begin the transit-oriented development of Wexler on 65th, a mid-rise student housing project near California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State).

The …

CSDA Elects 2020 Officers and Board of Directors

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) announces new Officers and Board Members. The election took place via email and mail-in ballots and results were announced at a recent board meeting, which took place through Zoom, as the association’s planned 48th Annual Convention was cancelled due …

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RP Develops Square Sided Water Tank

Creative thinking and the willingness to take a new approach is often what sets innovators apart from their peers. These qualities are also the fuel that propels industry forward. Construction is one of the oldest industries, but thanks to continuous advancements in technology, techniques and materials, today’s structures have come …

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Construction Industry Veteran Lumpkins to Retire from KOBELCO USA

KATY, TX — KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA announces that George Lumpkins, General Manager of Marketing, General Service Manager, and Product Developer Manager retired at the end of May 2020. Lumpkins is a professional with a 45-year career in the construction equipment business, with over 26 years with KOBELCO.

“George …

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Steering Through Sandy Soils

The economy in Garden City, Kansas, is strong with the recent opening of a Dairy Farmers of America plant. Approximately 4 million pounds of milk from regional farmers make its way to the dairy plant each day, which has led to expansion for many other companies throughout the area. To …

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Going the Distance

The hardest part of a project for most contractors is the bid. Balancing customer specs with overhead costs to produce a number both sides are comfortable with takes skill and a deep understanding of an operation’s capabilities. Partnering with industry-leading OEMs to provide efficiency-optimizing equipment can give contractors an edge …

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Why Productivity in Construction is Flatlining

Let’s face facts, the construction industry does not do well when it comes to completing projects on time and within budget. Approximately 98 percent of megaprojects suffer cost overruns of more than 30 percent and 77 percent are at least 40 percent late, according to a McKinsey & Company report. …

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Cloud-Based Employee Time Tracking

There is no doubt that technology has increased project management efficiency and safety in the construction industry. Case in point: construction worker illnesses and injuries went from 10.9 incidents (in 1972) to 2.8 incidents (in 2017) per 100 people, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, there are …

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How Technology is Advancing One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Construction was recently listed in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America by CNBC. So when it comes to day-to-day operations, what can construction managers do to ensure workers receive the information they need to produce quality work and stay safe on the job? One company, MindForge, is …

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Receives $3M Gift from NABTU to Fund Cell Therapy for COVID-19

MIAMI, FL — The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) announces a donation of $3 million from North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), to support specific and urgent research on the use of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells to treat COVID-19-related inflammation. The gift will accelerate needed clinical trials.

On April …

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Burns & McDonnell Foundation Announces $1.5M in COVID-19 Relief Funding

HOUSTON, TX — As organizations and community members face significant challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, Burns & McDonnell is providing additional resources and services to communities, clients, and employee-owners throughout the U.S.

To bolster the support of those on the front lines providing critical resources to those who need it …

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C.W. Driver Companies and Miller Hull Complete Nation’s First Zero Net Energy Archive Facility

SAN DIEGO, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder serving California since 1919, in partnership with The Miller Hull Partnership, an architecture, planning, urban, and interior architecture firm, announces the completion of the County of San Diego’s new East County Office and Archives office in Santee. The single-story, …

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Dynapac Names Hyland Director of Sales for Key & Governmental Accounts

FORT MILL, SC — Tim Hyland returned to Dynapac recently as the Director of Sales for Key & Governmental Accounts, working with those customers on sales of the entire Dynapac lineup that includes pavers, feeders, and compaction equipment. He is be based at Dynapac’s North American headquarters in Fort Mill, …

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Construction Begins on Lynda and Stewart Resnick Student Union at Fresno State

FRESNO, CA — National architecture and engineering firm HED, with McCarthy Building Companies, recently joined Fresno State, a California State University, at a groundbreaking for construction of their new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Student Union.

More than 50 years ago, Fresno State's existing Student Union was built to …

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The S/L/A/M Collaborative Acquires Five Heery Architectural Design Practices from CBRE

GLASTONBURY, CT — The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), a national architectural firm, announces the strategic acquisition of five CBRE | Heery architectural design practices focused on healthcare, sports facilities, and justice, which will be known as Heery Design, a SLAM Studio.

CBRE, which acquired Heery in 2017, will retain full …

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R.D. Olson Construction Breaks Ground on Six-Acre Mixed-Use Community in Westminster

IRVINE, CA — R.D. Olson Construction, a general contracting firm in California, announces the ground-up construction of Bolsa Row, a mixed-use development in the heart of Westminster’s Little Saigon District. Situated on a six-acre lot, the project will include a 225,000-square-foot apartment complex, retail space, a five-story, full-service hotel, …

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Bejac Corporation is Now a Tigercat Dealer in California and Nevada

LOS ANGELES, CA — Bejac Corporation announces that they are now an authorized Tigercat dealer for California and Nevada. Tigercat specializes in equipment for forestry applications and machines designed specifically for severe duty off road logging and harvesting jobs like tracked loggers, material handlers and wheel harvesters. Bejac now offers …

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Lancaster Joins HOK’s Experience Design Group as Creative Director in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Jeff Lancaster brings more than two decades of experience creating brand experiences for clients in retail, technology, workplace, and higher education to HOK’s Experience Design group.

Throughout his career, Lancaster has practiced at the convergence of brand design and architecture in leveraging the power of applying …

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Pitzer Hands Over Responsibility of Liebherr US Market to Bilgeri

Newport News, VA — On April 1, 2020, Daniel Pitzer changed position and moved to the Liebherr headquarters for mobile and crawler cranes in Ehingen, Germany, becoming Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the mobile and crawler crane division. His successor in charge of the U.S. market for the mobile and …

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Hensel Phelps Design-Build Team Selected for New State of California Campus in Sacramento’s River District

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Department of General Services (DGS) recently awarded the Richards Boulevard Office Complex (RBOC) to the Hensel Phelps/ZGF with Dreyfuss + Blackford team.

The RBOC is a campus environment with buildings that will include people-focused podiums, office towers with a variety of amenities, and …

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Takeuchi Hires Vistad as Regional Business Manager

SAN DIEGO, CA — Takeuchi-US, a compact equipment manufacturer, announces Robert Vistad will join its staff as Regional Business Manager, effective immediately. Vistad will be located in the West region.

As Regional Business Manager, Vistad's main responsibilities include all sales development and activity within a multi-state territory. This includes, …

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Kleinfelder Receives ACEC California Engineering Excellence Merit Award for Willow Street Bridge Replacement Project

SAN DIEGO, CA — The American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) recognized the City of Chula Vista (City) and primary design consultant Kleinfelder with an Engineering Excellence Merit Award for the Willow Street Bridge Replacement Project. The project was praised for providing the local community with a …

Fullerton College Design and Development Team Breaks Ground on New Instructional Building

SAN DIEGO, CA — BNBuilders, Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects (RNT Architects), and Fullerton College recently marked the groundbreaking of the campus' upcoming $54-million Instructional Building and Central Utility Plant (CUP) Upgrade. The Instructional Building and CUP Upgrade is the community college's first new construction in 10 years, and its …

Latinos In Transit Names HNTB’s Bonet to Corporate Advisory Committee

SANTA ANA, CA — Eugenio Bonet, HNTB West/Northwest Divisions Operations Officer and Associate Vice President, has been named to the corporate advisory committee for Latinos in Transit (LIT). As a nonprofit, membership-based organization, LIT is committed to promoting the advancement of Latinos and other minorities in the transportation sector. …

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Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Opens New Hospital Tower

CHULA VISTA, CA — Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center recently opened its new $244-million hospital tower. The 197,000-square-foot tower will add 106 private patient rooms; six large operating rooms, including the South Bay’s only hybrid room, which allows for advanced surgical and imaging procedures in the same room; a panoramic …

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C.W. Driver Companies Promotes Vasquez and Thornburg

PASADENA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies announces the promotion of two senior marketing professionals. Jennifer Vasquez has been appointed Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Communications, while Valerie Thornburg will serve as Director of Marketing. In their new roles, Vasquez and Thornburg will bolster C.W. Driver Companies’ communications and …

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HDR’s Lisa Reece Named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar Inland Empire Chapter

RIVERSIDE, CA — HDR’s Lisa Reece has been honored as the 2019 Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar Inland Empire Chapter. This is the first time in the chapter’s history that a woman from the private sector has been recognized with the award.

“Professionally, this is …

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Swinerton Announces Foster as CEO, Callis as President

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Swinerton announces a key leadership transition, naming Eric Foster as Chief Executive Officer and Dave Callis as President. Jeff Hoopes, Swinerton’s Chief Executive Officer since 2013, retired at the end of 2019 after 35 years with the company.

“As we look forward, I believe the …

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Skyscraper Inches Towards Approval in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Planning Commission in San Francisco has approved a new 61-story, 806-foot mixed-use tower at Transbay Center. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for a group led by developer Hines, if approved and built as currently planned, it would be the city’s fifth-tallest building.

The …

Jacobs Selected to Design Commercial Waste Building for Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO, CA — Jacobs was selected by the Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling (DWMR) to deliver consulting and design services for a new commercial waste building at the county's North Area Recovery Station (NARS) in North Highlands.

Opened in 1972, NARS operates as the sole, full service …

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Rudolph and Sletten Awarded Two Projects Collectively Valued at $157M

SAN CARLOS, CA — Tutor Perini Corporation, a civil, building and specialty construction company, announces that its subsidiary, Rudolph and Sletten, has been awarded the following projects collectively valued at approximately $157 million:

Project Name and Location: APEX, San Diego, California
Owner: BioMed Realty
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Granite Names Larkin Chief Operating Officer

WATSONVILLE, CA — Granite Construction Incorporated announces that Kyle T. Larkin has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Larkin will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company and will continue to be a member of the executive committee reporting directly to James H. Roberts …

KOBELCO USA Adds Bailey's, Inc. to Growing Dealer Network

WOODLAND, CA — KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA continues to expand representation in the North American market by adding Bailey’s, Inc. to its nationwide dealer network. Bailey’s will represent the full line of KOBELCO excavators in Woodland, California.

“Bailey’s is committed to delivering total customer satisfaction,” said Jack Fendrick, COO …

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C.W. Driver Companies Completes Construction on El Capitan High School Events Center

LAKESIDE, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year, has completed construction on the new $10.7-million, 15,000-square-foot event center for Grossmont Union High School District’s (UHSD) El Capitan High School. Consisting of two buildings on the campus’ south side, the facility adds band, drama …

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Valenti Joins HNTB’s National Tunnel and Underground Team as Principal Project Engineer

OAKLAND, CA — Bob Valenti joins HNTB Corporation’s national tunnel practice as Principal Project Engineer. He is based in the firm’s Oakland, California, office and serves as an accomplished resource to the firm’s clients and projects across the nation.

With more than 30 years of experience, Valenti brings extensive …

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RDO Equipment Promotes Bonini to Vice President

RIVERSIDE, CA — Duane Bonini has been named Vice President of RDO Equipment Co.’s Vermeer division. Bonini is overseeing all of RDO’s domestic Vermeer operations, which includes California, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon and northern Nevada.

Bonini grew up in the construction industry, working as a Vermeer Equipment Operator …

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Langan Promoted to President of SCA Architecture

SAN DIEGO — Mark Langan has been elevated to the position of president of SCA Architecture, a San Diego-based architectural firm formerly known as Smith Consulting Architects, announced SCA Architecture Founder and Managing Principal Cheryl (Dennie) Smith.

Langan has been employed at SCA Architecture for more than 30 …

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Rosendin Names Three New Leaders in California in 2020 Succession Plan

SAN JOSE, CA — Rosendin, an employee-owned firm in the electrical contracting industry, announces it will promote three longstanding officers in California to replace retiring company leaders. The 2020 Executive Leadership Succession Plan positions Paolo Degrassi as the new President, succeeding the retiring Larry Beltramo, who has been …

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San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Celebrates Completion of $741M Expansion

SAN YSIDRO, CA — The General Services Administration’s (GSA) San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) — the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere — celebrated the official completion of a $741-million, three-phase expansion project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The LPOE currently processes an average of 70,000 northbound …

RDO Integrated Controls and PRS Partner on Topcon Intelligent Paving Suite

FARGO, ND — RDO Integrated Controls (RDOIC) and Pavement Recycling Systems (PRS) are teaming up to bring Topcon’s Intelligent Paving suite of products to customers in eight states across the companies’ footprints. Effective immediately, RDO Equipment Co. stores will sell Topcon’s Intelligent Paving products across Arizona, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, …

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LA Metro Turns to Gannett Fleming to Lead Major Rail Line as Part of Twenty-Eight by ’28 Project

LOS ANGELES, CA — Providing access to jobs, retail centers and tourism destinations. Connecting San Fernando Valley riders with two regional commuter rail lines and bus rapid transit. Launching a major light rail component of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Twenty-Eight by ‘28 campaign. Enabling easy access …

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Hensel Phelps Awarded DBIA’s 2019 Design-Build Project of the Year

CHULA VISTA, CA — At the 2019 Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Conference and EXPO in Las Vegas, Hensel Phelps and contributing partners were recognized by DBIA with seven design-build excellence awards, including the 2019 Design-Build Project of the Year. DBIA recognizes companies and their projects annually that …

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ICRI Announces 2019 Project of the Year and Awards of Excellence Winners

SAINT PAUL, MN — The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) announces the winners of its 2019 Project Awards. The Ile-aux-Tourtes Bridge Rehabilitation was chosen as the ICRI 2019 Project of the Year. This year, three finalists were chosen, and the winner was announced at an awards ceremony.

ICRI awarded seven …

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Sundt Foundation Donates $20,000 to San Diego Charities

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Sundt Foundation awarded a total of $20,000 in grants to four San Diego nonprofits during its fourth-quarter disbursements.

“Supporting our local community is at the core of Sundt’s purpose,” said Elizabeth Tague, the Sundt Foundation’s San Diego region Board Member. “If we can help …

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Revised Design for San Francisco Tower Submitted

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The proposed tower on Transbay Parcel F, in downtown San Francisco, has gone through a redesign that shaved off space and planned housing.

The developers pushing to build it asked the San Francisco Planning Commission to approve a series of changes to relevant zoning plans.

The …

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Trimble, Hilti and Boston Dynamics Partner to Explore the Use of Autonomous Robots in Construction

SUNNYVALE, CA — California-based Trimble, Liechtenstein-based Hilti and Massachusetts-based Boston Dynamics announce a collaboration to explore the integration of Trimble’s and Hilti’s construction management software solutions, GNSS technology and reality capture devices with Boston Dynamics’ Spot Robot platform.

Autonomous robots can play a significant role in construction, specifically in …

CTBUH Announces Award of Excellence Winners for Annual Awards Program

CHICAGO, IL — The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announces the Award of Excellence Winners for the CTBUH 2020 Awards Program. The winning projects represent the very best tall buildings, urban contributions, technologies and innovations emerging recently in cities around the world.

Winners were selected across a …

C.W. Driver Breaks Ground on Orange County College Language Arts and Social Science Building

COSTA MESA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, recently broke ground on Orange Coast College’s (OCC) new $50-million Language Arts and Social Science Building. The three-story, 107,760-square-foot building is part of a larger initiative to modernize the campus and accommodate its expanding …

Mayor Names Yonamine Acting Director of Honolulu Department of Design and Construction

HONOLULU, HI — Mayor Caldwell announces that he has named Mark Yonamine as Acting Director of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). Yonamine had been serving as the department’s Deputy Director for more than six years. Yonamine requires confirmation by the Honolulu City Council before officially being named Director …

Skanska Launches Commercial Development Practice in Los Angeles, Announces First Project in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES, CA — Skanska, a global development and construction firm, announces the official launch of its commercial development division in Los Angeles, alongside its first acquisition in the market a fully-entitled commercial development site in Beverly Hills. Located at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Almont Drive, 9000 …

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Dynapac North America Announces New Vice President of Operations

FORT MILL, SC — Dynapac North America LLC, a manufacturer of high-tech rollers for asphalt and soil applications, pavers and feeders, welcomes Jason Ammon back to the Dynapac team as Vice President of Product Support & Operations.

Ammon is based in the Fort Mill, South Carolina, office reporting to …

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Thornton Tomasetti’s Stout Named LEED Fellow

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering firm, announces that Joel Stout, a Vice President in the firm’s Sustainability practice, has achieved the rank of LEED Fellow, the highest distinction awarded by the Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI). He is one of 29 practitioners and leaders …

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Fricke Rejoins HNTB as Project Director in Southern California

SANTA ANA, CA — Mark Fricke, PE, has re-joined HNTB Corporation as Project Director in Southern California. He brings more than 35 years of experience in highway design for major urban corridors and is based in the firm’s growing Santa Ana office. His duties include roadway design management of …

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Trimble Announces Painter as New President, CEO

SUNNYVALE, CA — Trimble announces that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Robert G. Painter to succeed Steven W. Berglund as President and CEO of Trimble effective January 4, 2020, the first day of Trimble's 2020 fiscal year. Painter will also join the Trimble Board of Directors on January …

R.D. Olson Construction Completes $24M Mixed-Use Development in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — R.D. Olson Construction, a general contracting firm in California, has completed construction on The Curve at West Angeles, a 70-unit, 80,000-square-foot affordable mixed-use community in the Park Mesa Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The art deco-style project is a joint venture between Related California and …

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Construction Input Prices Unchanged in October, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices remained unchanged on a monthly basis in October but are down 2.2 percent year-over-year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 0.1 percent for the month and are …

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H. Hendy Associates Completes Innovation Center, Workspace for Business Software Firm

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — H. Hendy Associates (Hendy), an interior architecture and planning firm, announces the re-design completion of 3366 Via Lido. Business software company SAP now occupies the space that is home to its new Southern California-based Innovation Center and HanaHaus. Designed to be a beacon for innovation and …

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Rosendin Announces Lamb as New Chief Information Officer

SAN JOSE, CA — Rosendin, a firm in the electrical contracting industry, announces Matt Lamb as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO). Rosendin is a $2-billion national company with 15 regional offices that provide electrical installation on large scale builds including stadiums, data centers, solar farms, healthcare centers, transportation …

Multiquip Expansion Demonstrates Focus on Optimizing Customer Experience

CYPRESS, CA — Multiquip Inc. announces the expansion of its Southern California operations with a new headquarters in Cypress, new manufacturing and production center in Fullerton and expansion of its San Bernardino operations. The strategic decisions are consistent with its customer-focused culture and commitment to providing product and after sales …

GOMACO Announces Winners of GOMACO Invitational #38 in Ida Grove, Iowa

IDA GROVE, IA — Approximately 300 guests from the United States and Canada were welcomed into the city of Ida Grove last week for the GOMACO Invitational #38. There were 228 participants in the two-person Putting Tournament and 280 in the four-person Scramble Tournament. The two-day GOMACO Invitational is the …

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Swinerton Chairman Hoopes Named Recipient of City of Hope’s 2019 Spirit of Life Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Swinerton, the 20th largest general contractor in the nation, announces that its Chairman, Jeff Hoopes, will be recognized with the 2019 Spirit of Life Award presented by City of Hope’s Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council (NCREC).The award recognizes industry leaders for their …

C.W. Driver Begins Construction on $43.3M Temecula Valley Campus for Mt. San Jacinto College

TEMECULA, CA — C.W. Driver Companies, a builder celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year, recently commenced construction on Mt. San Jacinto College’s (MSJC) new $43.3-million, 350,000-square-foot Temecula Valley Campus. Consisting of a seismic retrofit and tenant improvement of an existing five-story office building, the new campus will allow MSJC …

USDOT Announces $157M in Infrastructure Grants to 34 Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation …

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Eighty Percent of Contractors Report Difficulty Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire

ARLINGTON, VA — Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the …

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Burns & McDonnell Honors Suppliers at Annual Community of Inclusion Awards Celebration

BREA, CA — Burns & McDonnell, a 100 percent employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, recently hosted its sixth annual Community of Inclusion Awards in California, recognizing small and diverse suppliers for project performance and client service.

“As part of our commitment to cultivate a diverse workplace and supplier …

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Contractors Expect to Increase Rental Activity, According to ARA Survey

MOLINE, IL — Among professional construction contractors who rented equipment in the past year, a majority expects to increase reliance on rental in the year ahead, according to a comprehensive survey of contractors released by the American Rental Association (ARA).

The “Rental Customer Needs Study,” conducted by RSG, an independent …

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Thornton Tomasetti Announces Six Promotions in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco

NEW YORK, NY — Thornton Tomasetti’s board of directors announces the latest evolution in its leadership. As of January 1, 2020, New York-based Managing Director Peter DiMaggio and Managing Principal Michael Squarzini become co-CEOs, with current CEO & Chairman Tom Scarangello assuming the role of Executive Chairman. Washington, D.C.-based …

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Antonelli Joins HNTB as Project Director in the Inland Empire

ONTARIO, CA — Mathew Antonelli, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation as Project Director for the Inland Empire. His duties include management of the firm’s work on the I-10 Express Lanes Project for San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. He is based in HNTB’s Ontario, California, office.

“Mat’s experience with complex …

R.D. Olson Construction Completes Chapman University Student Housing Project

ORANGE, CA — R.D. Olson Construction, a general contracting firm in California, has completed The K, a 401-bed, 123,562-square-foot student housing project for Chapman University. Designed to reflect the historic charm of Old Towne Orange, the four-story structure will help accommodate Chapman University’s growth and will be occupied for …