News Article | May 4, 2017
John Barrot, PE, LEED AP is a fire engineer in Arup's New York office. Dahlia Chazan, AICP, LEED AP is an urban planner in our San Francisco office. Jackie Coburn is an airport planner and architect in the Toronto office. Russell Fortmeyer, LEED AP, BD+C is an architectural engineer in Arup's Los Angeles. Martin Howell, LEED AP, CEM is a mechanical engineer in our Los Angeles office. Henry Jeens, CEng is a civil engineer in the Toronto office. Qiyu (Leo) Liu, PE is a bridge engineer in our San Francisco office. Alan Merrett, ENV SP, PMP is a project manager in the Los Angeles office. Omid Nakhaei, MAA, MBA is an architect in the Toronto office. Ken Sissakis, PEng, LEED AP is a structural engineer in our Toronto office. Melody Ablola is a logistics consultant and industrial and systems engineer in our San Francisco office. Olena Allen, MBA is a finance leader for the New York, Chicago, and Washington DC offices. Benjamin Anstiss, CEng is a mechanical engineer in our Los Angeles office. Terence Caulkins is an acoustic and audiovisual consultant in the New York office. Geoff Gunn, PE, LEED AP is an electrical engineer in our Boston office. Duncan Jack, CTS is a technology consultant in the Los Angeles office. Jacob Koshy is an information and communications technology consultant in our New York office. Marta Lee is an information technology and communications engineer in our New York office. Matt Mahon is an acoustic and audiovisual consultant in the New York office. Andrew McCulloch, AICP is a transportation engineer in our San Francisco office. Shane Myrbeck is an acoustic and audiovisual consultant in our San Francisco office. Lawrence (LJ) Nassivera, AICP is a transportation planner and project manager in our New York office. Samantha Peart, LEED AP ND, ENV SP is a sustainability consultant who just transferred to Arup's Melbourne office. Carolyn Poirier, CPA, CA is the Americas Region Assistant Controller in our Toronto office. Michelle Roelofs, PE is a structural engineer in the New York office. Juan Manuel Serrano is a BIM design manager in our New York office. Aihua Tang, PE, ENV SP is a water resources engineer in the San Francisco office. Elizabeth Valmont, LEED AP is an acoustic consultant in Arup's Los Angeles office. Ben Voelker, PE, PEng is a structural engineer/project manager in our St. John's project office. Cress Wakefield, PE, LEED AP is an electrical engineer in the Seattle office. Kirsten Warren, CPSM leads the business development team in the Toronto office. Felix Weber is a structural engineer and architect in Arup's San Francisco office. Kirstin Weeks, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, GRP, CEM is a building ecology specialist in the San Francisco office. Robert Young is a theatre consultant in our San Francisco office. About Arup Arup provides planning, engineering, design, and consulting services for the most prominent projects and sites in the built environment. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world. Arup opened its first US office more than 30 years ago and now employs 1,400 people in the Americas. The firm's employee-ownership structure promotes ongoing investment in joint research to yield better outcomes that benefit its clients and partners. Visit Arup's website, www.arup.com, and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas, doggerel.arup.com, for more information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-associate-principals-and-associates-named-at-arup-americas-region-300451749.html
News Article | May 5, 2017
At the 2017 Waterfront Conference on May 10, the Waterfront Alliance Previews the Region’s First-Ever Harbor Scorecard How protected are our coastal communities and our infrastructure? Are waterways meeting Clean Water Act standards? Where are opportunities for public access to the water? Turn to the Harbor Scorecard for answers and action, neighborhood by neighborhood NEW YORK, May 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At this year’s Waterfront Conference, titled “Measuring Our Harbor: Strong, Healthy, and Open,” the Waterfront Alliance will preview the region’s first-ever Harbor Scorecard. Comprehensive and user-friendly, the Scorecard compiles research in public access, ecology, and resiliency for a neighborhood-by-neighborhood evaluation of the waterfronts of New York City and northern New Jersey. Distilling extensive research into an easy-to-use tool, the Harbor Scorecard will be previewed at the Waterfront Alliance’s annual Waterfront Conference on Wednesday, May 10, and rolled out three weeks later in time for the start of hurricane season. The Waterfront Conference takes place aboard the Hornblower Infinity, dockside at Hudson River Park, Pier 40, in the morning, and cruising New York Harbor throughout the afternoon. Featured speakers include Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, Member of Congress; Lauren Brand, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration; Hon. Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, City of Newark; and Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, City of New York, along with dozens of expert panelists and workshop leaders, and hundreds of policy-makers, waterfront advocates, and professionals. Hornblower Cruises & Events is the venue sponsor. For the third year, Arcadis is the premier sponsor of the Waterfront Conference, and for the second year, the sponsor of Arcadis Waterfront Scholars, a program that invites more than 70 undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the conference and engage with professional mentors. On May 10, Arcadis Global Lead for Water Management Piet Dircke will discuss the Harbor Scorecard in a global context using the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Water Index, which assesses the water resources of 50 cities around the world. “New York City is making strides in protecting its coastline, and the Waterfront Conference is an important step in bringing together the best minds to help benchmark our harbors and waterways,” said Mr. Dircke. “Waiting until the next big storm to create safeguards against future disasters is not a sound resiliency strategy.” “As the Waterfront Alliance begins our milestone tenth year of work, we have put together the Harbor Scorecard, an essential tool to take stock of progress along our waterways,” said John Boulé, vice-chair of the Waterfront Alliance and senior vice president at Dewberry, where he is business manager for New York operations. “While we’ve got a lot to be proud of, it’s clear that we need to do better, and the Harbor Scorecard will give citizens and policy-makers alike the information they need to act.” “The Waterfront Alliance cannot solve all of New York City’s waterfront and sea level rise issues, but its Harbor Scorecard will indicate whether we are moving in the right direction, becoming more resilient while at the same time providing more and better access to the waterfront,” said Klaus Jacob of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “Right now, New York City is making decisions that will affect clean water investments for the next generation,” said Larry Levine, a senior attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council. “Thanks to the Clean Water Act, our harbor is cleaner than it used to be. But far too often the water is still too polluted to touch. Sewage overflows still foul our waterways after it rains, making them unsafe for eight million New Yorkers to use recreationally. The Harbor Scorecard will provide a call to action for local, state and federal officials, shining a light on where we need to invest in our infrastructure for a cleaner, healthier future.” Learn more about the Waterfront Conference and purchase tickets ($150 regular ticket; $75 government agencies and nonprofits; $50 students). Registration and breakfast is 8am to 8:45am; the boat is dockside at Pier 40, Hudson River Park until 1pm; the afternoon harbor cruise returns at 5pm. Continuing education credits will be offered (AIA CES; with APA AICP CM, and LA CES credits pending). The Waterfront Conference is generously sponsored by: Venue Sponsor: Hornblower Cruises & Events Premier Sponsor and Waterfront Scholars: Arcadis Commander: AECOM, GCA , New York City Economic Development Corporation Supporter: Dewberry, ExxonMobil, GBX Gowanus Bay Terminal, Hudson River Foundation, Newtown Creek Group, Red Hook Container Terminal, Seastreak, Stantec, Studio V, Two Trees, United Metro Energy Champion: Entertainment Cruises, HDR, Industry City, Langan, New York Water Taxi, Park Tower Group, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Sims Metal Management/Sims Municipal Recycling, Friend: ARUP, Ecology and Environment, HATCH, Kyle Conti Construction, M.G. McLaren Engineering Group, Moffatt & Nichol, Mott MacDonald, NY Waterway, Perkins & Will, Scape Studio, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, Steer Davies & Gleave, Williams, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff Continuing Education Partners: AIA New York, APA NY Metro Chapter, ASLA NY The Waterfront Alliance works to protect, transform, and revitalize our harbor and waterfront.
News Article | July 25, 2017
Arup Project Director Jeff Tubbs, PE said, "We are excited to apply Arup's global expertise to this project. Through our effective delivery of the Green Line Extension, we understand the priorities and policies of MassDOT and the MBTA, as well as the concerns of the communities in the Boston metro area. We look forward to combining this with our deep planning and engineering experience in the assessment of effective solutions for the North-South Rail Link." Anthony Bruzzone, AICP will serve as Arup's Project Manager. "The knowledge gained from our work on the Green Line Extension in Boston and our recent planning and tunnel experience in San Francisco and Los Angeles gives us great insight into this very similar project. While significant challenges exist to implementation, understanding these challenges, as well as the project's costs and benefits, are essential to inform MassDOT's decisions on next steps." Arup's Boston office has been in place for nearly twenty years, merging local knowledge with a global perspective. The firm's 50-year-plus expertise in rail connections includes such projects as the Second Avenue Subway in New York City, the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco, Thameslink and Crossrail projects in London, and the Green Line Extension. Arup's additional recent and on-going projects in the Boston area include the Northeastern Integrated Science and Engineering Complex, engineering master planning for the Union Point development, resiliency planning for the City of Somerville, the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, and numerous projects with Harvard University and MIT. About Arup Arup provides planning, engineering, design, and consulting services for the most prominent projects and sites in the built environment. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world. Arup opened its first US office more than 30 years ago and now employs 1,400 people in the Americas. The firm's employee-ownership structure promotes ongoing investment in joint research to yield better outcomes that benefit its clients and partners. Visit Arup's website, www.arup.com, and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas, doggerel.arup.com, for more information.
News Article | May 26, 2017
WINSTON-SALEM, NC--(Marketwired - May 26, 2017) - The National Cycling Center, The City of Winston-Salem and Zagster, Inc., today launched a new bike-share program that will provide all Winston-Salem residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town. Starting today, 50 cruiser bikes will be available at 10 stations for members to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders can pay by the hour, or join the program by signing up for annual memberships. Rides for members -- who must be 18 or older -- are free for the first hour, and then three dollars per hour after that. "The National Cycling Center is honored to host and champion bike share in Winston-Salem," said Richard Rauck MD, director of bike share, Winston-Salem. "The Zagster bike is of fantastic quality and innovative in the way it lets the rider interface with the system. We are proud to present this program and price it significantly below all other bike share programs in the state and region. Bike share comes to Winston-Salem at a critical time as we all look at ways to decrease traffic congestion with the upcoming closure of Business I-40." The Winston-Salem bike share promises to ease commutes, but it also unlocks vast recreational opportunities for exercise and fun. Unlike big-city bike shares, in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, the built-in lock on every Zagster bike gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. This hybrid model, which blends dockless locking for mid-trip stops with fixed station locations for beginning and ending rides, allows users to plan their trips around their destinations -- and not around station locations. The program delivers a full-scale bike share to the entire Winston-Salem community at almost no cost to taxpayers. That unique feature is made possible by a community partnership, facilitated by the City, the National Cycling Center and Zagster, that includes private funding from Carolina Investment Properties, Wake Forest University, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Ortho Carolina Winston, Novant Health, Inmar, Hatch, Flow Auto, and Carolinas Pain Institute. "It's incredibly exciting to see the support for bike share among some of Winston-Salem's most notable businesses and institutions, bringing another transportation option to the community and moving the City towards its goal of getting more people on bikes," said Matthew Burczyk, AICP bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation. Riding the Winston-Salem bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App -- available for iPhone and Android -- or online at zagster.com/winstonsalem. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to disengage the ring lock and docking cable at the touch of a button. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message to use with an on-bike keypad.) A retractable cable mounted to the bike allows the bike to be secured to any fixed object throughout a trip for mid-ride stops. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy. The Winston-Salem bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that's perfect for carrying groceries, takeout, or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell, and full reflectors. The National Cycling Center, the City of Winston-Salem, Zagster and sponsors will unveil the program with a kickoff ceremony and inaugural bike ride on Friday, May 26th in Bailey Park. The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. with remarks from Mayor Allen Joines, Council Member Denise Adams, National Cycling Center Chairman Sterling Swaim, and WS Cycling Classic Event Chair Dr. Richard Rauck. About Zagster Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the leading provider of private and public-private bike-sharing systems in the United States. Zagster works directly with more than 150 communities in more than 30 states to make bike sharing available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. Its efficient business model allows the company to successfully deploy in multiple markets, including cities, suburbs, universities, commercial campuses and residential properties. Zagster manages all aspects of its programs -- from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing -- enabling Zagster's partners to create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities. The company's goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation. More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at www.zagster.com
News Article | June 20, 2017
"Tim's promotion builds on our solid foundation for growth in the firm's Arizona and Nevada markets," said Anna Lantin, Regional Director of Michael Baker's West Region. "Tim's leadership, technical excellence and project management experience will serve the needs of our growing and diverse client base as 'We Make a Difference' in the west." Mr. Quillman has more than 19 years of experience working on multi-discipline federal contracts as well as local municipal projects. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Mr. Quillman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master's Certificate in Project Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Brad Shelton joins the firm's Richmond, Va., office as Director of Planning. In this role, Mr. Shelton will manage planning projects and contracts under the office's public agency task order contracts. He also will oversee personnel on the Richmond planning team and help to develop business relationships within the area. Prior to joining Michael Baker, Mr. Shelton spent 10 years in progressive roles at the Virginia Department of Transportation's Transportation and Mobility Planning Division and Office of Land Use. He also has experience in the public sector with local governments and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). "As we expand the footprint of our Planning practice in this geography, Brad's experience and connections make him a valuable addition to the team," said Craig Eddy, Office Executive for Michael Baker's Richmond, Va., office. "Based on the work Brad performed during his tenure at VDOT, he will be instrumental in helping to grow the firm's presence and showcasing how 'We Make a Difference' for our clients and the community in Virginia." Mr. Shelton is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Studies and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. About Michael Baker International Michael Baker International is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services, which include planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life-cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker International has more than 6,000 employees in more than 90 locations across the U.S. and internationally. To learn more visit www.mbakerintl.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/michael-baker-international-continues-to-grow-with-leadership-promotion-in-phoenix-and-new-strategic-addition-in-virginia-300476780.html
News Article | June 8, 2017
"As I have said before, we have to thank our brave, open-minded clients for their willingness to take chances that resulted in our great successes over the past year," said Eric Silver, McCann's North American Chief Creative Officer. "The AICP Next Awards honor creative work that is always first about solving a client's business problems. This is how our agency approached the innovative use of virtual reality for Lockheed Martin just as with all of our campaigns." The winner of the Most Next honor directs a $5,000 grant from the AICP Foundation to an educational institution of their choosing. This year's grant was directed to the Washington, D.C. chapter of Girls Inc. The honored AICP Next Awards work becomes a part of the archives of the Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art. The results of the AICP Next Awards are the latest of many top global creative honors won by McCann this year. At the 2017 Effie Awards, McCann New York was honored as the most effective agency office in North America and McCann Worldgroup was named the No. 2 most effective regional network. McCann New York was named "Agency of the Year" at The One Club's The One Show. McCann was honored across the board with Digital Agency of the Year, Agency of the Year, and Network of the Year distinctions at the ADC 96th Annual Awards. Also this year, the agency won both Network of the Year and Agency of the Year at the International ANDY Awards, in addition to taking the Best in Show GRANDY award. In 2016, McCann was ranked by The Gunn Report as the world's second most creatively awarded network overall in advertising and specifically in digital as well. About McCann Worldgroup: McCann Worldgroup, part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG), is a leading global marketing services company with 24,000 employees in more than 100 countries, comprising McCann (advertising), MRM//McCann (digital marketing/relationship management), Momentum Worldwide (total brand experience), McCann Health (professional/dtc communications), CRAFT (global adaptation and production), UM (media management), Weber Shandwick (public relations), FutureBrand (consulting/design), ChaseDesign (shopper marketing) and PMK-BNC. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mccann-wins-best-of-show-at-aicp-next-awards-for-lockheed-martins-field-trip-to-mars-300471134.html
News Article | June 19, 2017
The book provides more tools for implementation following the 2016 publication of the Policy Focus Report After Great Disasters: How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery, also by Johnson and Olshansky, showing how metropolitan regions can rebuild for greater resilience during the reconstruction process after earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, or terrorists attacks. "The level of detail in the book is invaluable for disaster recovery workers on the ground, compared to the concise recommendations in the earlier report, which is geared to readers at the executive level," says Olshansky, head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlain. Johnson is an urban planning researcher and consultant, and chairs the U.S. National Advisory Committee for Earthquake Hazards Reduction. As Johnson notes, "Disasters can change the fortunes of a city or region forever." Chicago and San Francisco became more successful cities after being ravaged by fire and earthquake, respectively, and Tokyo successfully survived devastating fires caused by earthquake and war. But the city center of Managua, Nicaragua, never recovered from a 1972 earthquake, and Galveston, Texas, lost its status as a booming metropolis after its destruction by a great hurricane in 1900. The management of recovery matters because disasters extend over time. They disrupt lives and businesses as people await assistance, infrastructure repair, and the return of their neighbors. Physical recovery from disasters takes many years, and the psychological scars can last for decades. Many people survive the initial disaster but then suffer from the recovery as the economy stagnates, social networks weaken, and healthcare and support services decline. The process of recovery is a major aspect of a disaster, and its management can affect both the intensity and the duration of citizens' disaster experiences. Post-disaster reconstruction offers a variety of opportunities to fix long-standing problems by improving construction and design standards and quality, renewing infrastructure, creating new land use arrangements, avoiding hazardous locations, reinventing economies, improving governance, and raising community awareness and preparedness. In the past 40 years, a number of serious international disasters have required large-scale, sustained intervention by multiple levels of government and nongovernmental organizations, and their activities and actions have increased knowledge of long-term post-disaster reconstruction. We now have enough examples to develop effective models for the process of rebuilding human settlements after disasters. "After Great Disasters is best read by civic leaders before the next hurricane, earthquake, or terrorist attack. Its crisp and cogent review of what worked and what didn't after the world's recent large disasters ought to be mandatory reading, which could make the difference between a community's renaissance or stagnation." "If you live in an area that might experience a major disaster, buy and read this book now. If you haven't already read it when a disaster occurs, find a copy and read it carefully. It provides a wealth of advice about the challenges you will experience during recovery and suggests how to organize your recovery efforts to the best effect." Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard Baker Professor of Public Management Faculty Cochair of the Program on Crisis Leadership John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University "After Great Disasters offers one of the most well-researched accounts of large-scale, post-disaster recovery programs in several countries. The case studies highlight the common strands of successful recovery programs: effective governance, intensive planning, transparent implementation, and civic participation. The book raises the complex issues and trade-offs underlying recovery programs and takes a nuanced view of recovery, which balances rebuilding livelihoods and social networks with reconstructing houses and infrastructure. This book is essential reading for students and practitioners of post-disaster recovery." Laurie A. Johnson, Ph.D., AICP, is an internationally recognized urban planner specializing in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management. She has an extensive portfolio of recovery research and management expertise following earthquakes, landslides, floods, hurricanes, and human-made disasters across the United States and the world. In 2006, she was a lead author of the recovery plan for the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; she then coauthored the book Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans with Robert Olshansky. She is a lead author of the American Planning Association's guidebook Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation (2014). She is also a visiting project scientist at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Her consultancy is based in San Rafael, California. Robert B. Olshansky, Ph.D., FAICP, is professor and head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he has taught for more than 27 years. He has published extensively on post-disaster recovery planning, policy for earthquake risks, hillside planning and landslide policy, and environmental impact assessment. He coauthored Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans with Laurie Johnson, as well as the report Opportunity in Chaos: Rebuilding after the 1994 Northridge and 1995 Kobe Earthquakes with Laurie Johnson and Ken Topping, and he edited the four-volume Urban Planning After Disasters (Routledge). He and collaborators, with support from the National Science Foundation and the University of Illinois, have also researched and published on disaster recovery in China, India, Indonesia, Haiti, and Japan. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/after-great-disasters-an-in-depth-analysis-of-how-six-countries-managed-community-recovery-300475904.html
News Article | March 3, 2017
The Flood Mitigation Plan Update was funded by a Coast Smart Initiatives Grant from NOAA and administered through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Chesapeake and Coastal Service Program. The VPC Team, led by VPC’s President, Deepa Srinivasan and Dr. Michael Scott of Salisbury University, utilized FEMA’s HAZUS-MH software to estimate the financial loss associated with specific levels of floodwater in the southern Maryland County of Calvert. The analysis takes into consideration how far inland the water will go, as well as its height, to determine how much damage it could potentially cause. The estimated depth of the potential floodwater was developed from LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation measurements taken in 2011, that show not only which areas will be inundated, but also by how much. The HAZUS software then crosses these elevation measurements with the flood polygons of the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM’s), which are used by the National Flood Insurance Program to determine floodplains and insurance rates. These two inputs generate flood depth grids for areas based on the 10%, 4%, 2%, 1%, and .02% chance of flood occurrences in 2016, 2050, and 2100. Various flood depth grids are overlaid with the building polygons, to determine which buildings fell in the flood zones. The building layer was then laid over the various flood occurrence grids to determine which buildings were at risk for each recurrence interval. These buildings were then matched to the County’s 2013 Tax Assessments to show the assessed value of the property. Finally, to determine the total financial loss, the function of the building is used to estimate the value of its contents. The industry standard estimates for the contents are; one-half of the value of a residence and 100% of the value of a commercial building. Thus, a total dollar amount can be given for each building, whether commercial or residential, for each potential flood occurrence. “The success of this project is attributed to our Client who dug into the data,” Dr. Scott shared. “It’s very heartening to know that someone cares enough to make sure we’re doing it right.” “The analysis conducted by Dr. Scott shows Calvert County’s flood-vulnerability beyond that of FEMA’s DFIRMs, it also identifies flood-prone properties outside of the 100-year floodplain,” said Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building Environmental and Long Range Planner, Tay Harris. “Combining Dr. Scott’s analysis with VPC’s policy expertise allows Calvert County Government to better serve residents who own flood-prone properties located inside and outside of FEMA’s 100-year floodplain. In recent years, nuisance flooding has become a more frequent problem in Calvert County’s low lying communities. It is important to work with these communities to plan for the future and mitigate the impacts of flooding and sea level rise,” added Dr. David Brownlee, AICP, Principal Environmental Planner. Vision Planning and Consulting (http://www.planVPC.com), is a small, minority and woman-owned 8(a) certified firm based in Fulton, Maryland, specializing in emergency management, community planning, public outreach and education, and grants management, with a focus on technology. VPC prides itself in assisting communities to plan and prepare for disasters, and building consensus across all levels of government, private sector, and academia.
News Article | February 16, 2017
Peter Gertler, AICP, rejoined HNTB Corporation as a senior vice president in a corporate and national strategic business development role. He is a nationally recognized rail and transit expert who brings three decades of infrastructure leadership to the firm’s clients across the country. He is based in Oakland, California. Gertler previously worked at HNTB from 2004 to 2014 as rail and transit market service leader and principal project manager. During that time, he served as national thought leader and subject matter expert on high-speed and intercity passenger rail, as well as serving in leadership roles for projects with a total construction value of over $100 billion. “Peter is a transportation and infrastructure expert with extensive global experience leading transportation and infrastructure businesses, projects and programs,” said Doug Mann, HNTB corporate development president. “Our clients truly value Peter’s proven ability to assist them in solving their most challenging issues. He brings a unique blend of hands-on experience and executive leadership that is rare in our industry.” “We are pleased to welcome Peter back to HNTB,” said Darlene Gee, HNTB Northern California district leader and vice president. “He is widely known throughout the industry and our region as a proven leader, innovator, strategist and trusted adviser.” Prior to re-joining HNTB, Gertler managed global business and strategic development for a technology firm, providing business and technology transformation advisory services to public infrastructure owners, including national governments, and state and local transportation agencies. In this capacity, he served as an industry expert on public transport and led major programs and projects in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Gertler has written or been quoted in numerous print media outlets, including The New York Times; The Bond Buyer; Engineering News-Record; and Bloomberg News. He has also appeared on many radio and television programs, including Fox Business TV; National Public Radio; “All Things Considered”; and Bloomberg Business Radio. From 2009 to 2012, Gertler authored several articles on the state of high-speed rail in the U.S. for Progressive Railroading. He was awarded the 2010 Civil Engineering News “Power List,” which distinguishes 15 of the most eminent professionals in civil engineering. He holds a Master of Science in transportation engineering and a Master of Arts in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California, Berkley. Gertler is active in multiple industry and community organizations, including: California Association for High Speed Trains (board member); American Public Transportation Association (board of directors); Jack London Improvement District (board member), APTA High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee (immediate past chair); Transportation Research Board (member); American Institute of Certified Planners (member); Running for a Better Oakland (board chair). HNTB is currently involved with many of the nation’s most high-profile transit programs, including Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, California High Speed Rail, Northeast Corridor, Bay Area Rapid Transit System in San Francisco and Sound Transit in Seattle. About HNTB HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.
News Article | February 24, 2017
Matthew Click, AICP, HNTB Corporation national director of priced managed lanes and vice president, has been appointed by the Transportation Research Board to its Standing Committee on Managed Lanes. Bringing more than two decades of industry experience, Click joins the distinguished group of transportation professionals for a three-year term. Click has been active in TRB for more than 12 years. “I’m pleased to enhance my involvement with TRB in my new role on the Standing Committee on Managed Lanes,” Click said. “Our group’s most important task is studying the evolving role of high-occupancy vehicle, high-occupancy toll, and managed lanes in response to the challenges of congestion, energy consumption and climate change.” The committee examines methods for enhancing person throughput, energy conservation, air quality, and user choices and safety through the optimization of preferential lanes, priority treatments, and other supporting systems for bus transit, carpooling and vanpooling. In his role as HNTB’s national director of priced managed lanes, Click advises federal agencies and state DOTs about planning, financing and implementing priced managed lanes, corridors and networks. He has worked on or advised priced managed lanes projects in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, Washington and several other states across the country. Click has experience working with both the public and private sectors, including public tolling authorities, private concessionaires, state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, regional transportation authorities and the federal government. HNTB is the nation’s No. 1 consultant to toll authorities, currently serving as the general engineering consultant to more toll agencies than any other firm. With a national breadth of tolling expertise and recognized industry leaders, HNTB provides specialized services and an in-depth understanding of financial and engineering feasibility, toll plaza design, priced managed lanes, toll collection technology, operations and solid relationships within the investment banking community and bond markets. About HNTB HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.