News Article | May 15, 2017
As the fifth annual Infrastructure Week, May 15-19, launches in Washington, D.C., HNTB Corporation joined key leaders from American business, labor and government to support the critical role infrastructure plays in America’s economy. Today, Rob Slimp, HNTB chairman and CEO, joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and other infrastructure experts at a kick-off event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They discussed new technologies, projects and priorities for infrastructure in the 21st century, and debated how policymakers at all levels of government can work together to pass a transformative infrastructure package. Slimp moderated a panel that included Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Glenn Youngkin with the Carlyle Group, representing the private sector. “HNTB has been involved in Infrastructure Week since its inception, and we continue to encourage innovators from the public and private sectors to invest in new projects, policies and technologies to keep America’s transportation network strong, create jobs and improve mobility,” Slimp said. “The sad fact is, our country’s infrastructure hasn’t been adequately maintained. This week is about showing policymakers at all levels the wide-ranging support for finding long-term infrastructure solutions.” HNTB continues as a main sponsor of Infrastructure Week, a position it has held since the event’s inception five years ago. In addition, HNTB thought leadership pieces by Ananth Prasad, PE, transportation practice leader, and Diana Mendes, AICP, leader transit/rail market sector, appear on the event’s website. Prasad wrote, “Investing in infrastructure is critical to our economic growth,” and Mendes contributed, “Broadening the view.” According to organizers, Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. During I-Week, leaders and citizens around America will highlight the failing state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more – and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous and safe. A bipartisan steering committee and over 280 affiliates host events, drive media attention, and educate stakeholders and policymakers on the critical importance of infrastructure to America’s economic competitiveness, security, job creation, and in the daily lives of every American. About HNTB HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service, 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 | May 15, 2017
The Real Estate Institute at Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies and The Business Council of Westchester co-hosted the successful Real Estate Mastermind Forum: 24-Hour Cities - Emerging Trends in Transactions, Technology and Transportation on Wed, May 10. The event, which took place at the University’s West Harrison campus, brought together industry experts and County leaders for a discussion on the future of the real estate market and the makings of a 24-Hour city. Keynote speaker Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE, shared research on Westchester cities’ population density threshold, public safety ratings and office and multifamily transactions. Trends in Metro North ridership and walkability scores were also analyzed. “According to Metro North statistics, there are 64% more commuters on Metro North east of the Hudson Line than there were three decades ago, and only half of the growth is in commutation to and from Manhattan,” said Kelly. “Once you get off the train, Westchester’s downtowns are quite walkable. Walk Score, an algorithmically-based statistic that measures how close residents are to amenities such as coffee shops, restaurants, gyms, etc., ranks many of the County’s downtowns as ‘Walkers Paradises.’ Typically you have to achieve a score of 90 out of 100 to get that ranking, and you see that in towns like White Plains, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and Yonkers, among others.” Kelly continued, “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that any organization has tried to look at this from the point of view of suburban cities, so you’re at the cutting edge here in Westchester.” Kelly is a Special Advisor to the Real Estate Institute at Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, a world-renowned economist and the head of his own consulting practice, Hugh F. Kelly Real Estate Economics, as well as the author of 24-Hour Cities: Real Investment Performance, Not Just Promises. A thought-provoking question and answer session with industry experts followed Kelly’s presentation, featuring Michael Patrick Davidson (Managing Director – Global Real Estate, Head of the Americas & World Headquarters, JP Morgan Chase and Co.); Rosemary Scanlon (Chair of the Board, TransitCenter, a nonprofit advocate for public transit; former Chief Economist for PANYNJ; former Divisional Dean at NYU); and David Schiff, AICP (from Kimley-Horn and chair of Westchester/Fairfield Urban Land Institute). In addition to Westchester real estate professionals, Mayor Thomas Roach of White Plains and Mayor Richard Thomas of Mount Vernon were also in attendance. “The inaugural Real Estate Mastermind Forum was a great introduction for Fordham’s Real Estate Institute here in Westchester County, as well as a springboard for a future Master’s program. We were thrilled to work alongside The Business Council of Westchester on such an important event,” said Anthony R. Davidson, PhD, MBA, dean of Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. “Between Hugh Kelly’s impressive research and our other industry experts’ thought-provoking questions, we truly brought some of the leading minds together to take a deep look at the potential success and continued growth of Westchester’s cities.” Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, said that the program was part of a larger BCW economic development initiative focused on revitalizing Westchester’s urban areas. She said the BCW would be presenting a “Playbook” outlining strategies for the county’s urban areas in the coming months. “We have many vibrant downtowns in Westchester: White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle,’’ said Gordon. “Our goal is to focus on attracting companies and developers to these areas as part of an overall economic development strategy. Today’s program offered some very valuable information toward this goal." The Real Estate Mastermind Forum: 24-Hour Cities - Emerging Trends in Transactions, Technology and Transportation was sponsored by Bank of America, Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., First American Title Insurance Company, and The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (IDA). ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE INSTITUTE AT FORDHAM’S SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING STUDIES The Real Estate Institute at Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies currently offers a comprehensive array of professional certificates and industry events, with an anticipated launch of graduate degrees in the near future. Serving professionals and owners/investors of all stripes, the program has four specialized tracks: Finance and Investment, Financial Modeling, Development, and Construction Project Management. Program curriculum is centered on real-world skill sets and taught by talented industry insiders. Flexibility and convenience are program hallmarks: classes can be taken in-person, online, and at various paces. For more information, visit http://www.fordham.edu/realestate. ABOUT THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF WESTCHESTER The County’s largest and most influential business membership organization, The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate and grow. In addition, The Business Council of Westchester is actively involved in reviewing federal, state and county legislation and regulations in order to assess the potential impact on the business community and to influence the outcomes through advocacy when the business community’s interests may be affected. It also acts as an information resource for the business community and government leaders at all levels. Visit http://www.thebcw.org.
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 | 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 | May 4, 2017
The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will deliver a mobile workshop during the 2017 American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference. This workshop will provide a firsthand look at one of the communities most acutely impacted by Super Storm Sandy and the processes involved in its rebuild. The workshop will take participants to Breezy Point, a Co-Op situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay. The Breezy Point community sustained significant damage from Super Storm Sandy, the second most costly storm in US history, having nearly the entire community flooded. Additionally, as was widely shown on national news, a fire burned over 130 homes to the ground. In total, 350 homes were damaged or completely destroyed during the storm. IBTS worked closely with the Breezy Point Co-Op to deliver services compliant with Build it Back (BiB) New York and CDBG-DR requirements. To date, IBTS has rehabilitated and elevated 180 homes in Breezy Point to create flood- and fire-resilient residences that are compatible with the historical and architectural context of the community. The Breezy Point workshop will take place on Sunday, May 7th, and will include a walking tour of the Breezy Point community. From there, experts from the Breezy Point Co-Op, IBTS, and other stakeholders will have stations set up at houses in varying degrees of reconstruction; each of these subject matter experts have been, and continue to be, key players in the Breezy Point recovery process. These stations will be used to explain the scope of the disaster, state and federal recovery program implementation, residential reconstruction, and resiliency lessons learned. “IBTS’s disaster recovery experience coupled with Breezy Point Co-Op’s commitment to rebuilding their community, is what has made this project the success that it is,” says Jawanza Nyahuma, BiB New York Elevations Task Manager at IBTS. “This workshop not only gives participants an up-close look at large-scale home elevation, but also a chance to investigate innovative community engagement approaches in a Co-Op managed community.” “The visit to Breezy Point will help planners understand state-of-the-art flood damage recovery and mitigation methodologies they can then incorporate into their own community resiliency strategies,” says Thomas Womeldurf, AICP Planner and Director of Federal and State Programs at IBTS. The objective of the workshop is to share experiences gained from both the challenges and successes involved in Breezy Point’s recovery. The 2017 APA National Planning Conference takes place May 6 – 9, in New York, New York. About IBTS IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and National League of Cities (NLC).
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.
News Article | October 29, 2016
Engel & Völkers Savannah and NAI Mopper Benton in partnership with the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA) announce former Charleston Mayor Joseph “Joe” Riley, Jr. as guest speaker at the Savannah Urbanism Series, a biannual event featuring renowned professionals from across the U.S. speaking on topics ranging from urban design to development and revitalization. The free event will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at The Savannah Theatre (222 Bull Street) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The second installment of the Savannah Urbanism Series, Building Beauty in the Urban Environment will explore how sound planning and preservation can foster an engaging city fabric and create economic growth and better quality of life for the people therein. By sharing his insights and decades of experience, Mr. Riley will demonstrate how political leadership and individual stakeholders alike can enhance our infrastructure and public spaces and refine our strategies for development in the future. SDRA’s Chairman of the Board, Richard “Dicky” Mopper says, “Engel & Völkers Savannah is thrilled to present the second installment of the Savanah Urbanism Series with Joe Riley. Riley has been honored nationally as one of the nation’s outstanding mayors for his vision in urban design, and his legacy can be felt in every corner of the historic city of Charleston. This is something our city leadership should pay attention to as Savannah is positioned for excellent growth.” The timing could not be better for Savannah to welcome nationally renowned speaker, Riley when he comes to town on Thursday. No stranger to adversity, when Hurricane Hugo slammed into Charleston in 1989, Riley won wide praise for getting the city cleaned up quickly and back on its feet. As Savannahians begin to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, there’s a lot we can learn from other communities and leaders who have faced similar devastation. The talk with Joe Riley will take place on Thursday, October 20th at The Savannah Theatre located at 222 Bull Street. A reception sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah will be held in the lobby from 5 – 5:30 p.m. with Riley taking the stage from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The event is free, however registration is encouraged through Eventbrite: https://thesavannahurbanismseries.eventbrite.com. Credit is available for AIA/AICP members. Event sponsors include Engel & Völkers Savannah, NAI Mopper Benton - Savannah Commercial Real Estate, Brown Design Studio, Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, Thomas & Hutton ENG Co and Longleaf Partners. For questions about the event, contact Kevin Klinkenberg, Executive Director of SDRA at email@example.com, for media inquiries contact Amy Brock at amy(at)amybrockmarketing(dot)com.