Seth Pearlman, P.E., D. GE, M.ASCE, the President and CEO of Menard Group USA,
- will be receiving ASCE’s 2020 Wallace Hayward Baker Award for Ingenious Innovation in the field of ground modification.
- The prestigious Wallace Hayward Baker award is given by the Geo-Institute in recognition of creative and innovative contributions in the field of ground modification.
- Pearlman, who earned a BS and an MS in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, has more than 40 years of engineering experience and has worked on some of the most challenging ground improvement projects in the US.
Commenting on the award announcement Pearlman stated, “This is a great honor, and it is humbling to know that my contributions have been appreciated.”
Fay an i+iconUSA Company, a heavy-civil and industrial construction company, was recognized as a top subcontractor by Bechtel at the company’s annual Supply Chain Awards for exceptional work on projects for Bechtel’s Oil, Gas, and Chemical global business unit.
Companies were evaluated on multiple factors including: overall performance, ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time, ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones, and meeting or exceeding project expectations in aspects of safety, performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel procurement and project managers with final approval from senior leadership.
“It has been an honor to be one of several contractors working to transform a former industrial site into the $6 billion Pennsylvania chemicals plant,” stated Lester C. Snyder, III, President and CEO of i+iconUSA. “We are grateful to be recognized on a global level for the work of all of our employees on site.”
Fay has been performing marine and heavy civil construction for Bechtel for four years at the new Shell cracker plant in Monaca, PA. Fay has been involved in both the Early Works and the Site Work and Earth Works Packages.
“Fay has been a vital partner to Bechtel, working with us to achieve outstanding results for our customers,” said Al Hankins, Corporate Manager Procurement & Contracts. “The performance of key suppliers continues to be critical to delivering superior service to our customers and advancing innovation for the industry.”
J. Brad Homan, PE, has been promoted to Regional Aviation Lead supporting strategic growth in aviation in the greater Pittsburgh area and throughout Michael Baker’s Great Lakes Region. Brad has been with Michael Baker for over 26 years, most recently serving as the Department Manager, Aviation, in the Pittsburgh Office. Brad also serves as the Assistant Project Manager for the Multi-Modal Complex for the Pittsburgh International Terminal Modernization Program. Brad has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Indiana. Brad serves as the Vice Chair for the ACEC/PA Aviation Committee and is a member of the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania.
John Tricini, PE, PLS, has been promoted to Vice President and Pittsburgh Transportation Practice Executive. John solidifies leadership in the Pittsburgh Office with his 26 years of industry experience, all at Michael Baker, and where he most recently served as the acting Transportation Practice Executive. As Practice Executive, John provides overall leadership to the group while managing the financials, operational performance, practice administration, production/project oversight, business development, and client engagement for our Highway, Traffic, Aviation and Emerging Technology services. John has a Master of Business Administration degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor in Pennsylvania. John also serves on the Board of Directors of ASHE’s Pittsburgh Chapter.
Wendy Berrill, PE, has been promoted to Department Manager, Highway, and will be responsible for overseeing growth and strategic business development within Michael Baker’s Highway Design Practice within the Greater Pittsburgh Region. She has been a part of Michael Baker for 14 years and most recently served as Acting Department Manager, Highway. Throughout her career, Wendy has worked extensively on roadway design and railroad design in various roles including Design Engineer, Task Manager and Project Manager. Wendy earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wendy is a member of ASHE and serves on WTS Pittsburgh’s Board of Directors.
Jessica Belowich, PE, PTOE, has been promoted to Department Manager, Traffic, and will focus on growing the Company’s Traffic Engineering Practice within the Greater Pittsburgh Region, while identifying new opportunities for innovation. She has been with Michael Baker for 15 years, most recently serving as Acting Department Manager, Traffic. During her tenure with the Company, she has been involved with the design of numerous transportation projects, and she is currently the Lead Traffic Engineer for the I-2 Design-Build Project in Texas and the Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jessica earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jessica is a member of ASHE, ESWP and WTS.
ESWP Bronze Corporate Member and Pittsburgh-based geotechnical engineering and construction firm Nicholson Construction Company was recently awarded the contract for anchor work at a
dam in Graham County, North Carolina.
The dam is located on the Little Tennessee River and is the tallest dam east of the Rockies. Nicholson will be de-tensioning a total of 582 previously installed, post-tensioned bar anchors at the dam. Of these anchors, 561 will be de-tensioned completely from a load of approximately 175 kips to 0 kips and the load bearing assemblies will be removed, thus de-commissioning them.
The de-commissioned anchor holes will then be flushed and grouted. The remaining 21 anchors will be re-tensioned at a minimum level to permit the load cells on those anchors to track alkali aggregate reaction-induced (AAR) concrete growth over time. AAR is a chemical reaction in the cement and aggregate material that causes concrete to expand slowly over time.
Nicholson’s work on the project started in the spring of 2019.
Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, Inc. (LSSE), a 93-person civil engineering and surveying firm founded in 1985, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Rabell Surveying and Engineering, LLC on May 1, 2019. Rabell Surveying and Engineering, LLC will now be Rabell Surveying and Engineering, A Division of LSSE. We welcome the Rabell Team to our LSSE Family and look forward to our continued growth in the municipal and private clients for both Surveys and Civil engineering.
Robert L. Rabell, P.L.S., P.E., founder of Rabell Surveying and Engineering, LLC, will remain with LSSE in the position of Senior Engineer/Chief of Surveys of the Erie County Branch office. Matthew L. Swanson, P.L.S. will manage the Erie County Branch office. Matthew has 22 years of experience and was a partner with Rabell Surveying and Engineering, LLC.
Lennon Smith Souleret Engineering, Inc.’s Headquarters is located in Coraopolis, PA, and with the addition of Rabell Surveying and Engineering clients, the LSSE Team now serves over 75 municipal clients located throughout western PA and Ohio, including townships, boroughs, sewer and water authorities, higher education and utilities. LSSE also serves the commercial and residential site development market and has completed civil site design and permitting of over 4 million square feet of Industrial Park distribution centers, commercial sites and residential subdivisions comprising over 4,500 residential units. Rabell Surveying and Engineering, A Division of LSSE offers similar land surveying and civil engineering services to individuals, developers, municipalities, authorities, architects and contractors in the northwestern PA and eastern OH area since its founding in 1981.
The acquisition furthers LSSE’s strategic business planning objectives established in 2008. The acquisition will allow the LSSE Erie County office to grow and offer a broader range of civil and related environmental services including specialized sewer/infrastructure evaluation, hydraulic modeling, water and wastewater facilities planning and design, GIS and municipal project grants/administration services. It will also allow this office to meet the growing needs of its municipal and commercial clients. LSSE is owned by Kevin A. Brett, P.E., Ned Mitrovich, P.E. and Jason E. Stanton, P.E.
Goethals Bridge Replacement Project Wins National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards. A prestigious distinction honoring projects that have achieved top awards for excellence in state competitions. The new Goethals Bridge project won the Engineering Excellence Diamond Award in the category of Structural Systems.
PARSONS was awarded a 2019 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Award for the Georgia Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project in the Best Main Span more than 150 feet category.
The PCI Design Awards showcase the creative and innovative uses of precast and prestressed concrete in a wide variety of structures. The program demonstrates how designers are continuing to use high-performance precast, prestressed concrete to achieve sustainable, more cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, and quickly constructed projects.
PennDOT District 11 has awarded KCI Technologies the $2.5 million contract for the design for the I-376/22 bridge replacement and interchange improvement project in Robinson Township, Allegheny County. KCI is prime consultant with sub consultants: Whitman, Requardt and Associates, A.D Marble, American Geotechnical and Environmental Services, Monaloh Basin Engineers, and Santangelo & Lindsay.
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Announcement Made by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
CANONSBURG, PA, Feb. 14, 2019 – Venkee Sharma, CEO of Aquatech International, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. – India CEO Forum. Established in 2005, this Forum provides an opportunity for dialogue between the United States and Indian governments to strengthen the economic and commercial relationship between both countries.
The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, who will co-chair the Forum with Indian Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu. “The U.S.-India CEO Forum is critical to the fruitful commercial relationship and strong economic ties between our two great nations. The incoming U.S. CEOs will bring fresh perspectives to the Forum and help us consider new opportunities to further deepen our cooperation,” he said.
“It is an honor to be part of this CEO Forum, which plays an important role in encouraging economic opportunities and strengthening important business relationships in both our countries. While Aquatech is headquartered in the United States, our global operations include a significant presence in India which includes global technical services, R&D, as well as an appreciable footprint in the local market. This affords us a unique and beneficial perspective that we can bring to the Forum,” said Sharma, who will serve a two-year term on the Forum.