“A Climate for Change” was the theme at this year’s Engineering Sustainability conference,
hosted by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) at the University of Pittsburgh with the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education & Research at Carnegie Mellon University. The conference dealt with something unique for a technical conference: It spent time talking about not only the “what” of sustainable innovations, but the “how.” How do you get people to actually change their perspective about sustainability? How do you create a climate where such changes can be successful? Read the full article here…..
The Spring issue of the Pittsburgh ENGINEER focuses on Engineering Emergency Response, and is filled with several interesting articles, with Guest Editor Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, P.E., District Executive for PennDOT District 11-0! Here is a preview of Cheryl’s Guest Editor column…. “The phone rings at 5:00 a.m. and a co-worker is on the line explaining that a roadway has just slid onto multiple apartment complexes. Once it is determined everyone and everything is safe, a normal person may immediately feel overwhelmed and anxious, but to an engineer this is the ultimate adrenaline high. Engineers are problem solvers by nature and there is nothing that gets the blood flowing more than an emergency. In addition, there is no greater opportunity for egos to be placed aside and for the ultimate in team building and cooperation to occur. In this Pittsburgh Engineer edition, you are going to read about some recent emergencies that regional engineers have had to deal with over the past few years. Emergencies exist in many forms and what is obviously the common theme is that you really can’t prepare for most of them.” …look for your copy coming in the mail!
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.
2019 Metcalf Award recipient Mark Magalotti visited ESWP’s Pittsburgh Engineers’ Building to attend our continuing education event, and stopped by the Board Room for this photo opp looking over the list of Metcalf Award Recipients. Great seeing you here, Mark!
80+ ESWP Members’ and their guests enjoyed lunch and heard from Mark Compton and Jennie Granger, some of the highlights……
The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s CEO says the turnpike is facing a catastrophic money crisis, especially if the General Assembly requires the turnpike to continue to fund PennDOT $450 million out of tolls each year.
“If we are asked to continue these payments beyond 2022, catastrophic is also a word I would use as we talk about the state of the turnpike,” Mark Compton said in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Compton and Deputy PennDOT Secretary Jennie Granger spoke at the Engineers Club at a program sponsored by the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Airport Corridor Transportation Association.
KDKA money editor Jon Delano moderated the discussion and his full report can be found here.
ESWP 1st Vice-President Dave Borneman, and Rucha Shah of Arcadis participated as judges in the “Sea, Air & Land Challenge” event at Seneca Valley High School on April 25, 2019, where Innovation and teamwork were keys at this robotics and engineering competition. Dave and Rucha volunteered as part of ESWP’s Student Outreach Initiative.
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.
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Water Conference®, it is our pleasure to announce that William Kennedy from Duke Energy Corporation has been selected to receive the 2019 Annual Merit Award.
Each year, the International Water Conference® presents the Annual Merit Award to honor outstanding individuals in the field of industrial water technology. William Kennedy was selected because he is recognized as a leader in a water-related field of activity and his contributions to the IWC and industrial water industry are considered to be outstanding achievements.
We also acknowledge his efforts to inspire others to make major contributions in pertinent water-related technology or its application and his active contribution to the advancement of the International Water Conference® in the form of committee papers, discussions, and committee participation.
Attendees are invited to join us during the Opening Session on Monday, November 11 at the Hilton in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL at 11:15 am during this year’s conference to see William Kennedy receive this award. Congratulations, William Kennedy!