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ACI Nebraska Chapter Elects 2024 Officers and Board of Directors

LINCOLN, NE — Nebraska’s Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) elected their 2024 Officers and Board of Directors at their recent annual meeting. The American Concrete Institute is a nonprofit technical and educational society.

The 2024 Officers and Board of Directors of the Nebraska Chapter of ACI are listed …

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APA Nebraska Announces Beltline Trail Master Plan as Planning Excellence Award Winner

OMAHA, NE — The American Planning Association Nebraska Chapter (APA Nebraska) has recognized the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District's (Papio NRD) Beltline Trail Master Plan with its 2024 Planning Excellence Award. This annual award acknowledges planning's essential role in addressing desires, needs, or challenges within a community, county, region, or …

Legacy Infrastructure Group Joins NAPA’s The Road Forward, Supporting a Vision for Net Zero Asphalt Pavements

KANSAS CITY, MO — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) welcomes Legacy Infrastructure Group as a partner in The Road Forward, an industry-wide vision for sustainable communities and commerce. This strategic partnership propels forward-thinking efforts to engage, educate, and empower the asphalt sector toward achieving the net zero carbon emission …

Nebraska DOT Partner, Benesch, Receives National Award for the Lincoln South Beltway Project

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) congratulates Benesch on earning an American Council of Engineering Companies 2024 Engineering Excellence Award (EEA) for their work on the Lincoln South Beltway — one of the largest projects ever undertaken by NDOT. This award is a national distinction honoring projects …

American Concrete Institute Nebraska Chapter Recognizes Award-Winning Projects

OMAHA, NE — The Nebraska Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) acknowledged three projects at their Awards of Excellence banquet, held at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. The purpose of this competition is to recognize outstanding work (completed in 2022 to 2023) in concrete construction and practices within …

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Burns & McDonnell Projects Supporting Stormwater Control Measures and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Win ACEC Awards

KANSAS CITY, KS — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas has awarded Burns & McDonnell two engineering excellence awards for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Stormwater Control Measure Manual and the Kansas National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan.

“Both projects demonstrate the success of a long-term relationship between …

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NAPA Announces Winner for Top National Award for Quality in Asphalt Paving

HUTCHINSON, KS — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced the winner of the 2023 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement during the association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The award, bestowed annually since 1971, recognizes the country’s highest quality highway pavements.

“The asphalt …

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Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Announces 2024 PCI Design Awards Winners

NIXA, MO — The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) announces the winners of the 2024 PCI Design Awards. There are 19 winners in the specials, buildings, and transportation categories and 15 honorable mentions.

In the Midwest Contractor area, Prestressed Casting Company won a PCI Design Award in the buildings (school K-12) …

Bartlett & West Receives City Public Improvement Award

TOPEKA, KS — Bartlett & West was recently recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies Kansas for their work on the 12th Street - Gage Boulevard to Kansas Avenue Project. This project competed for the City of Topeka and earned the City Public Improvement Award for the 50,000 and …

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Historic Courthouse and Fire Station Win Justice Facility Review Awards

DES MOINES, IA — The OPN Architects-designed Polk County Historic Courthouse and Marion Fire Station 1 projects have been honored by the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) with a 2023 Justice Facilities Review Award.

The Justice Facilities Review documents best practices in planning and …

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Crossland Heavy Celebrates Achievements at ABC Heart of America Awards

KANSAS CITY, MO — The Crossland Heavy Contractors Kansas City team recently attended the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Heart of America Awards banquet. The company announces that its Eudora Main LS & FM Improvements project secured the 2023 Excellence in Construction award in the Public Works/Environmental category.

The Crossland …

Nebraska DOT Deputy Director Jamshidi Receives National Award from AASHTO

LINCOLN, NE — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announces Moe Jamshidi, NDOT Deputy Director of Operations, was awarded the Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award by the American Association of Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) during the 2023 AASHTO Annual Meeting.

Established in 1957, the Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award …

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RDG Planning & Design Wins Two APA Iowa Planning Awards

DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Iowa) awarded two projects, which were completed in collaboration between cities throughout Iowa and RDG Planning & Design. Conferred annually, the APA Iowa Chapter Awards honor programs, plans, tools, processes, reports, or ordinances across multiple categories. …

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Midwest Transportation Leaders Join in Milwaukee for Infrastructure Talks

MILWAUKEE, WI — Milwaukee recently took center stage in the Midwest transportation world as Wisconsin hosted the annual meeting for the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO). Transportation leaders and industry partners across 10 Midwest states gathered to share best practices, learn about transportation innovations, and network with …

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Iowa DOT’s Project to add Adult Changing Facilities to Iowa Rest Areas Wins Regional America’s Transportation Award

An Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) project won a regional award in the 2023 America’s Transportation Awards competition, created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state departments of transportation (DOTs) for making a difference …

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Iowa DOT Wins 2022 Perpetual Pavement Award

DES MOINES, IA — The Asphalt Pavement Alliance announces that the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) has won a 2022 Perpetual Pavement Award: By Performance (PPA) for a 4.23-mile section of Interstate 80 in Jasper County. This is Iowa DOT’s fourth PPA: By Performance since the program began in …

AED Announces Stoltz as New Senior Regional Manager

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) announces the addition of Nichole Stoltz as Senior Regional Manager. Stoltz is replacing Jonathan Porter, who has been promoted to Manager of Government Affairs and is now joining the AED government affairs team headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Stoltz is a graduate of …

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Nebraska DOT’s Lincoln South Beltway Project Wins Regional America’s Transportation Award

A Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) project won a regional award in the 2023 America’s Transportation Awards competition, created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state departments of transportation (DOTs) for making a difference in …

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Iowa Civil Engineers Give the State’s Infrastructure a C Grade

DES MOINES, IA — Members of the American Society of Civil Engineers - Iowa Section released the 2023 Report Card for Iowa’s Infrastructure during an event held at the Iowa State Capitol. Overall, the 13 categories of Iowa’s infrastructure received a C grade, the same as the 2019 report card. …

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AIA Impact Awards Recognize Two OPN Architects-Designed Projects in Iowa

MARION, IA — Two OPN Architects-designed projects were honored with American Institute of Architects (AIA) Impact Awards at the 2023 AIA Iowa Spring Conference. The award recognizes projects that represent design excellence and directly benefit social, humanitarian, community, or environmental issues.

Marion Fire Station No. 1 - Honor Award …
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The 2023 AGC of Iowa Annual Convention Celebrates Their Centennial

DES MOINES, IA — Members, officers, and guests gathered together in Des Moines, Iowa, for the 101st Annual State Convention for the Associated General Contractors of Iowa. A lineup of speakers, workshops, activities, and social events were scheduled for the two-day event.

Outgoing 2022 AGC of Iowa President Dan …

NAPA Announces 2022 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners

GOVE COUNTY, KS — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2022 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction (QIC) Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement using less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their award at a ceremony during the …

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RDG's Stokes Receives Iowa Architectural Foundation Award

DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa Architectural Foundation announces the winners of its annual awards program, which recognizes individuals for their volunteerism, contributions, and service to the foundation. RDG Planning & Design shares that Lauren Stokes, Assoc. AIA, an Architectural Intern based out of the firm’s Des Moines, Iowa …

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Ottumwa River Crossing Project Wins ACEC EEA 2023 Iowa Honor Award

OTTUMWA, IA — The Des Moines River Water Main Crossing at Vine Street has received an Honor Award in the Water/Wastewater Category for the 2023 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition by the American Council of Engineering Companies Iowa Chapter (ACEC-IA).

Due to river ice-induced damage to an over 100-year-old, 10-inch diameter, …

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New Report Gives Update on First Year of IIJA Transportation Projects in Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a recent review of U.S. Treasury Department data through September 30, thousands of transportation projects in Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa have been jumpstarted by federal highway and bridge formula funds during the first year of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

"A key takeaway from …

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Two OPN-Designed Buildings Earn AIA Central States Honor Awards

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — OPN Architects’ Marion Fire Station Headquarters and the Linn County Dr. Percy & Lileah Harris Public Health Building were among seven projects chosen to receive Architecture Honor Awards in this year’s American Institute of Architects Central States Region (AIA CSR) Excellence in Design program.

Projects …

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DBIA Names HNTB’s Deaton to National Board of Directors

KANSAS CITY, MO — HNTB’s Mark Deaton, RA, LEED AP, FDBIA, was named to the National Board of Directors for the Design-Build Institute of America at its annual membership meeting. His three-year term begins in 2023.

Deaton serves HNTB’s clients as a Project Director and Associate Vice President. …

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Upgrades at I-35 and Gardner Road Interchange Earn City Public Improvement Award from ACEC

KANSAS CITY, MO — Upgrades to Gardner Road at its interchange with Interstate 35 to handle increasing traffic and embrace future development have been honored with a City Public Improvement Award by the Kansas Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

The $4.7-million project, designed by Burns & …

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Omaha Police Precinct Recognized for Design Excellence

OMAHA, NE — LEO A DALY's design for the City of Omaha Police Department’s West Precinct has been named the recipient of the Architecture Citation Award in the 2022 AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design Awards. The annual award program recognizes outstanding architecture in Nebraska.

“This award validates a design …

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Kansas DOT Secretary Lorenz Receives National Transportation Award

TOPEKA, KS — Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Julie Lorenz was awarded the 2022 George S. Bartlett Award given jointly by the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association for her outstanding leadership and …

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The Associated General Contractors of Iowa Holds 2022 Barbecue and Fall Days Celebration

DES MOINES, IA — The Annual Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Iowa Barbecue and Fall Days event was recently held at AGC's headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

After a day of informative meetings held by the Executive Committee, the Education & Workforce Development Committee, the PAC Committee, and the AGC …

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Two Projects in Iowa Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Two Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) projects won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with …

Perinar Re-Elected as Leader of 52,000-Member Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council

CHICAGO, IL — Gary Perinar, Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council, was unanimously re-elected to another four-year leadership term by the union's delegate body. As EST, Perinar oversees operations of a union that represents 52,000 carpenters in 324 counties across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Eastern …

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

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

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HDR Receives SAME National Merit Award for US Strategic Command Headquarters Command and Control Facility

OMAHA, NE — HDR recently participated, presented, and received awards at the Society of American Military Engineers' (SAME) Joint Engineering Training Conference and Expo. HDR's U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters Command and Control Facility project received a SAME National Merit Award.

JJ Tang, Director of Federal Facilities, and Mike …

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

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

APWA Board Selects Pugh as New President-Elect

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

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GBA Trolley Trail Basin Project Wins Honor Award in Engineering Excellence Competition

KANSAS CITY, MO — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri (ACEC/MO) recently presented GBA and KC Water an Honor Award (waste and stormwater category) in its 2022 Engineering Excellence Competition for the design of the KC Water Trolley Trail Basin project. ACEC/MO’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards honor engineering …

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HDR Earns 2022 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards for Projects in Nebraska

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

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Vo Awarded Architectural Engineering 2022 MAE Industry Mentor Award

OMAHA, NE — Steve Vo, Electrical Division Manager at PEC, was awarded the Architectural Engineering 2022 MAE Industry Mentor Award at the Durham School’s 17th Annual Architectural Engineering Awards & Recognition Banquet.

This award recognizes a distinguished mentor to the students participating in the AEI competition at the …

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Carson Headquarters Wins Top Project Honors Among Nebraska Design Alumni

OMAHA, NE — The Leo A Daly-designed Carson Headquarters, a 200,000-square-foot commercial campus in Omaha, Nebraska, has been awarded the 2022 Architectural Engineering Alumni Project Award from the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska. The project, which won in the interdisciplinary category, was …

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

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

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

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Burns & McDonnell Wins Engineering Excellence Award for Viaduct Modernization Project

KANSAS CITY, MO — A project that navigated unique weather and global challenges to modernize a critical transportation system has won an Engineering Excellence Award from the Kansas Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

The Lewis & Clark Viaduct is one of several major updates the Kansas …

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Steel Bridge Task Force Announces Collins as Recipient of 2022 Robert J. Dexter Memorial Award Lecture

LAWRENCE, KS — The Steel Bridge Task Force of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), and the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) T-14 Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design have selected William Collins, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor in …

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Jessen Named Emerging Professional by AIA Iowa for Arnolds Park Project

OKOBOJI, IA — RDG Planning & Design announces that Tyler Jessen, AIA, was awarded first prize in the Emerging Professionals Competition. The competition features work of architecture students, architecture interns, and architects licensed for 10 or years or less.

Qualified students and architects submit their work to AIA Iowa …

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100 Years of Memories Celebrated at the AGC of Iowa Annual Convention

DES MOINES, IA — The 100th Annual State Convention for the Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC of Iowa) recently took place in Des Moines, Iowa, after taking a year off due to COVID-19.

In his message to the members, 2021 AGC of Iowa President Jeff Koudelka of Iowa Plains …

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APA Iowa Announces Recipients of 2021 Planning Awards

DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-Iowa) awarded three projects, which were completed in collaboration between RDG Planning & Design and cities throughout the state. Conferred annually, the APA Iowa Chapter Awards honor programs, plans, tools, processes, reports, or ordinances across seven categories including …

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

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

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ASLA Nebraska/Dakotas Announces Recipients of 2021 Design Awards

OMAHA, NE — The Nebraska/Dakotas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA Nebraska/Dakotas Chapter) has recognized RDG Planning & Design with two 2021 ASLA Chapter Awards in Nebraska. Held annually, this awards program honors organizations and individuals who demonstrate superior skill in the practice or study of landscape …

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Champ Clark Mississippi River Bridge Replacement Named Best Construction Project of 2020 by National Trade Association

LOUISIANA, MO — Louisiana, Missouri’s Champ Clark Mississippi River Bridge replacement was the most significant construction project of 2020, the Associated General Contractors of America announces. As a result, the project’s contractor, Massman Construction Co., received the association’s Construction Risk Partners Build America Grand Award, as well as the …

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The Associated General Contractors of Iowa Hosts Annual BBQ & Fall Days Celebration

DES MOINES, IA — The Annual AGC of Iowa BBQ and Fall Days event, held in Des Moines, Iowa, was back to its full two-day schedule this year.

After a day of informative meetings held by the Executive Committee, the Education & Workforce Development Committee, the PAC Committee, and the …

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Black & Veatch’s Barnard Honored with OPAL Industry Award for Work in Advanced Water Pollution Control

OVERLAND PARK, KS — Black & Veatch announces that Dr. James Barnard, Global Process and Technology Leader for the company’s water business, has been honored with the American Society for Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) award for design. The OPAL award is bestowed upon exceptional …

MAASTO Leadership Transitions, Kansas DOT Secretary Takes the Wheel

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin Transportation Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson concludes a successful term as President of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO). Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz takes over as incoming President. The transition was announced at MAASTO's annual meeting in Chicago. Thompson served as MAASTO President …

Stanley Consultants Earns National Engineering Award for Iowa Organic Recycling Center

MUSCATINE, IA — A project designed by Stanley Consultants was named a national finalist in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards for 2021. The Muscatine, Iowa, organic waste recycling project won a Grand Award in the association’s overall category. The Muscatine recycling center represents the new …

Hawkins Construction Co. President Receives National Public-Private Partnership Award

OMAHA, NE — Hawkins Construction Co. President Chris Hawkins has been recognized as a model of excellence in innovative transportation leadership and finance, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recently announced.

The awards were presented during ARTBA’s 33rd Annual Public Private Partnerships (P3s) in Transportation Conference, held virtually. …

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IEDA Welcomes Phelan as New Marketing Director

WESTCHESTER, IL — The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) hires Kim Phelan as its new Marketing Director. An association publishing professional, Phelan has a history in the construction equipment industry and the rental business. For 15 years, she has created or curated written and live content on business subjects ranging …

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Younglove Construction Receives Excellence in Construction Award

MENDOTA, IL — Younglove Construction, L.L.C., of Sioux City, Iowa, received a construction award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Iowa during the association’s annual Excellence in Construction Gala, which was held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Younglove Construction was recognized with a 2021 …

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HDR’s Sharp to Serve on National Institute of Building Sciences’ BIM Steering Committee

OMAHA, NE — HDR’s Highways Director Will Sharp is one of 13 industry leaders chosen to serve on the National Institute of Building Sciences’ new National BIM Program Steering Committee. The goal of the National BIM Program is to help set digital design and construction standards in the …

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ASLA Prairie Gateway Recognizes RDG for Design Excellence

OVERLAND PARK, KS — The Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (PGASLA) has recognized RDG Planning & Design with two design awards. PGASLA, which encompasses the state of Kansas and central and western Missouri, has been honoring outstanding contributions to the practice of landscape architecture since …

ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Institute Announces Winners of 2021 International Student Design Competition

LINCOLN, NE — The Pennsylvania State University earned first place honors at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) International Student Design Competition (ISDC), winning in the construction, electrical systems, and structural systems categories. University of Nebraska-Lincoln won in the building integration systems and mechanical systems …

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A Snapshot of the Demolition Industry and Trends for 2021

The demolition process involves an unimaginable breadth of products and services to meet the needs of clients and communities. From structural demolition and dismantlement to industrial recovery and C&D recycling, from specialized rigging and landfilling to insurance services and equipment manufacturing, from general contracting and architectural salvage to facilities decontamination, …

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Olsson Wins Grand Award from ACEC of Nebraska for U.S. Highway 281 Bridge Design

LINCOLN, NE — Olsson, an engineering and design firm, won the Grand Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Nebraska’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards, the top honor given by the organization.

Olsson won the top spot for its design work on the emergency repairs of the …

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ACEC Nebraska Names Olsson’s Yates Young Professional of the Year

OMAHA, NE — Brittni Yates, Technical Leader on Olsson’s Nebraska Water/Wastewater team, was named the 2021 Young Professional of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska.

Yates, who joined Olsson in 2018, is responsible for managing and leading key client accounts, organizing technical resources …

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HDR's Cottonwood Ranch Project Earns 2021 ACEC Engineering Excellence Award in Nebraska

OVERTON, NE — Several HDR projects received 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards from multiple state chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies. The state chapters each recognize the winning project teams and clients at local awards ceremonies throughout the fall, winter, and spring.

The state-winning projects advanced to the …

Interstates Receives a Safety Award and Project Award from ABC

FREMONT, NE — Interstates joined several other merit shop contractors in Grapevine, Texas, for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Awards. The company received two of the highest level awards from ABC, the National Safety Excellence Pinnacle award and the National Excellence in Construction Pyramid award.

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HDR's Trenolone Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

OMAHA, NE — Tom Trenolone, FAIA, a Design Director in HDR’s architecture practice, has been elevated to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This is AIA’s highest membership honor, awarded to those who have demonstrated a "standard of excellence" and have made significant …

ABC Names the 2021 Young Professional of the Year

ROBINS, IA — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announces Jim Ellis, Vice President of Price Electric in Robins, Iowa, received ABC’s 2021 Young Professional of the Year Award. Ellis was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas.

The Young Professional of the Year is chosen based on career …

Iowa Organic Recycling Center Sweeps State ACEC Awards

MUSCATINE, IA — The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Iowa awards Stanley Consultants the Grand Prize in the water and wastewater category and the overall 2020 competition’s Grand Conceptor award for the design of the Muscatine organic waste recycling project. The ACEC competition is based on such elements …

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Okigbo Recognized with ASLA’s Outstanding Service Award

OMAHA, NE — RDG Planning & Design announces that Kene Okigbo, ASLA has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) with the 2020 Outstanding Service Award. ASLA’s annual award honors member volunteers who are making notable contributions to or on behalf of the society at the national …

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School Awards $70,000 in Construction Scholarships

PITTSBURG, KS — Seventy students in the School of Construction at Pittsburg State University will receive $70,000 in scholarships for the spring semester. Tyson Stites, a junior construction major from McPherson, Kansas, was among them and said he is honored and thankful to receive one.

“I have taken a …

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Biden Nominates Pete Buttigieg as U.S. DOT Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The former two-term South Bend, Indiana, mayor (2012 to January 2020) was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year. He withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden …

Fast-Tracked Bridge Design Relieves Flooded Iowa Highway Corridor, Wins Awards

MUSCATINE, IA — Stanley Consultants and its industry partners were awarded the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement by the Iowa Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for its work in battling Missouri River basin flooding and restoring mobility. The Missouri River Overflow Bridges project also received an honor …

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ABC 2020 Review and 2021 Construction Economic Forecast

Despite chronic difficulties sustained by contractors and others with securing human capital in January 2020, the nation added 214,000 net new jobs. It followed that up with an even more blistering 251,000 jobs in February.

For 113 consecutive months, the nation had added jobs – an unprecedented winning streak in …

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Two HDR Projects in Nebraska Win Honor Awards from ACEC

OMAHA, NE — The American Council of Engineering Companies has recognized two HDR projects in Nebraska with national awards. The Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program and HDR Global Headquarters both won Honor Awards.

Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program, Hastings, Nebraska
Hastings Utilities faced a difficult decision to provide a reliable, …
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Thompson Park Honored for Innovation and Craftsmanship by ABC Heart of America

OVERLAND PARK, KS — Each year, the ABC Heart of America Chapter holds an annual awards program: The Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards. The EIC Awards recognize outstanding Merit Shop construction projects completed during the previous year by member companies in Missouri and Kansas. This year, RDG Planning & Design …

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How AGC of America is Making Sure Politicians Learn the Right Lessons from the Election

The 2020 elections appear to have delivered simultaneous rebukes to both President Trump and the liberal agenda. While he performed better than most polls predicted, as of writing, the President’s ongoing efforts to contest the election appear to have little chance of success. Yet enough down ballot elections broke Republicans’ …

ARTBA 2021 US Transportation Construction Market Forecast

Transportation construction activity is forecast to decline 5.5 percent in 2021, as transportation authorities, state, city, county, and local governments face unprecedented revenue shortfalls, budget pressures and lower demand for travel and freight services, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) model shows. The 2021 market will reflect the …

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ASLA Iowa Chapter Recognizes Excellence in Design

DES MOINES, IA — The Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has recognized RDG Planning & Design with six 2020 Iowa ASLA Awards. These awards recognize organizations and individuals who demonstrate superior skill in the practice and/or study of landscape architecture. The six projects recognized include: …

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USGBC West North Central Region's 2020 Leadership Awards

MADISON, WI — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) West North Central region's 2020 Community Leadership Award program honors individuals and organizations whose exemplary work has been influential in the expansion of sustainable, higher-performing buildings and LEED projects throughout the region's local USGBC communities of Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri …

CII, CURT, and ECC Explore Formation of Official Alliance to Streamline Service and Support for the Capital Projects Industry

AUSTIN, TX — Leaders from the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), and the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association (ECC) are exploring the establishment of a unified, industry alliance to capture benefits of increased content collaboration, better sharing of research, and benchmarking learnings to improve application, diversifying …

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Associated General Contractors of Iowa Hosts Annual BBQ and Fall Day Celebration

DES MOINES, IA — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Iowa BBQ and Fall Days event was shortened to just a single day, but that and the rainy weather did not stop association members and staff from getting together. The day offered all those …

JE Dunn Named One of Nation's Safest Construction Companies by National Contractors Group

KANSAS CITY, MO — JE Dunn was honored for having one of the nation’s best construction safety and health plans in 2020 by the Associated General Contractors of America. The association, which oversees the Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards, an annual ranking of construction safety programs, noted …

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Leadership Through Extreme Circumstances

When Robert “Bob” Lanham, Jr., P.E., started his tenure as 2020 President of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), he set three main goals: expand member engagement, increase federal investment in construction, and reduce and reform federal regulations on construction and development.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. …

The AED Foundation’s Construction Career Aptitude Test Soon to Launch

SCHAUMBURG, IL — As the AED Foundation (AEDF) continues to address the industry's skills gap through its Vision 2024 plan, the soon-to-launch Construction Career Aptitude Test aims to help address the workforce shortage starting at the high school level. More specifically, the Construction Career Aptitude Test is designed for students …

CII and AGC Bring Together a Panel of Industry Leaders for COVID-19 Webinar

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently held a webinar called “Roundtable on Perspectives and Best Practices in Owner-Contractor Collaboration During COVID-19” to provide updates on a variety of industry topics concerning the virus. The panel for the webinar featured two CII owners, …

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Asphalt Pavement Alliance Announces Winners of 2019 Perpetual Pavement Award

ORANGE PARK, FL — Twelve departments of transportation (DOTs) were named winners of the 2019 Perpetual Pavement Award (PPA) by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). This is a record number of PPAs awarded in a single year since the awards were first presented in 2001. The award celebrates long-life asphalt …

Kansas City Chapter of AGC Honors Contractors for Top Projects at Building Excellence Awards

KANSAS CITY, MO — Contractor members of the Kansas City Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) were recently honored at the Building Excellence Awards. The winners and finalists are listed below. All finalists are listed in alphabetical order.

Project of the Year by a General Contractor (Over …
McCullough Receives 2020 Changemaker Award from the Center for Health Design

OMAHA, NE — Cyndi McCullough, MSN, EDAC, Director of Evidence-Based Design at HDR, has been named as the 2020 Changemaker Award recipient by The Center for Health Design’s board of directors. Celebrated annually at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, the award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated …

CSDA Elects 2020 Officers and Board of Directors

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) announces new Officers and Board Members. The election took place via email and mail-in ballots and results were announced at a recent board meeting, which took place through Zoom, as the association’s planned 48th Annual Convention was cancelled due …

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DICA’s Koberg Named to SC&RA’s Safety Education & Training Committee

GUTHRIE CENTER, IA — Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA, was recently named to serve a three-year term on the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s (SC&RA) Crane & Rigging Group Safety Education & Training Committee. Koberg’s nomination was approved during the association’s recent web-based committee meeting.

The mission …

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ABC Heart of America Apprenticeship Trust Students Compete in National Craft Championships

KANSAS CITY, MO — Four students from the Associated Builders and Contractors Heart of America Apprenticeship Trust recently competed in the 33rd annual National Craft Championships (NCC). The local craft champions traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and joined competitors from across the country. The competition dates back to 1987, when it …

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31 Students Awarded Scholarships at Annual Banquet of The Builders’ Association

KANSAS CITY, MO — Thirty-one students received scholarships at The Builders’ Association’s Annual Banquet, which was held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. The scholarships were funded by donations to The Builders’ Association Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit endowment fund established to support, through scholarships, the academic education …

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98th AGC of Iowa Annual Convention Held in Des Moines

DES MOINES, IA — The 98th Annual State Convention for the Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC of Iowa) was recently held in Des Moines, Iowa. In his message to the members, 2019 AGC of Iowa President Sonny Hall of the Absolute Group welcomed everyone attending and discussed the theme …

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Contractors Recognized as State's Construction Safety Leaders

DES MOINES, IA — The Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC of Iowa) announces the winners of the AGC of Iowa Recognition of Safety Excellence Awards (ROSE), awarded to contractors who demonstrate a cultural commitment to safety and sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. This year’s award …

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2019 MCA Chairman's Award Winners Announced

DUBUQUE, IA — The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has recognized North America's most outstanding metal construction projects of 2019. This year's judging panel of architects included James Theimer, Principal Architect, Trilogy Architecture; Mark Roddy, Lecturer in the Department of Design, California State University, Sacramento; and Erik Mehlman, …

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USGBC Central Plains Announces 2020 Market Leadership Advisory Board

KANSAS CITY, MO — U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Central Plains announces the members of its 2020 Market Leadership Advisory Board (MLAB). This group of green building professionals volunteer time to work with the USGBC community to develop and implement programming that supports USGBC’s local, regional and global goals.

MLAB …

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Executive Vice President Olsson Receives Durham Award

LINCOLN, NE — John S. Olsson, Executive Vice President (EVP) for consulting services at Olsson, is this year’s recipient of the Charles Durham Achievement Award presented annually by ACEC Nebraska.

The award honors a person who exhibits Charles Durham’s leadership in the engineering profession and his community …

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Vetter Becomes President of ASPE, Piernicky Becomes President of ACEC

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Two Olsson employees are currently filling leadership roles with organizations that strengthen the engineering profession and industry.

Jim Vetter, Project Engineer on Olsson’s Water/Wastewater team, is serving as President of the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE), an affiliate of the National Society of Professional …

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Shukert Recognized for Leadership and Vision with Award of Merit

OMAHA, NE — RDG Planning & Design Principal Martin Shukert, FAICP has been awarded the 2019 Omaha – Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) Award of Merit. The award, the highest honor of service conferred by the organization, recognizes individuals whose efforts have had an extraordinary influence on MAPA’s …

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Householder Receives 2019 AIA Iowa Young Architect Award

DES MOINES, IA — Tonia Householder, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, Architect at INVISION Architecture, recently won the 2019 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Iowa Young Architect Award.

Householder began at INVISION as an intern in 2008 and proved herself as someone that clients could look to for guidance. …

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AEM Awards $50,000 in Grants to Nonprofit Organizations in Kansas

MILWAUKEE, WI — Five nonprofit organizations developing the future of the manufacturing and trades workforces were awarded $10,000 each at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) 2019 Annual Conference as part of their Next Gen Grant Program. The winning organizations — from Missouri, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Kansas …

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HDR Wins WELLCOM I.C.E Award at 2019 Wellness Awards Gala

OMAHA, NE — HDR received the WELLCOM I.C.E. (Innovate, Connect, Engage) Award at the 2019 Wellness Awards Gala in Omaha, Nebraska.

The WELLCOM I.C.E. Award recognizes corporate wellness, cultural innovation and impact, and this year honored HDR’s work to promote wellness through the design and formal evaluation of its own …

Cooper and Ottumwa SCR Project Win Awards at 2019 AGC-MO Construction Awards Gala

OTTUMWA, IA — Alberici Safety Director Bo Cooper was honored by the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC-MO) with the Safety Professional Impact Award for his efforts championing the AGC’s Suicide Prevention in Construction Campaign. According to AGC-MO, the Safety Professional Impact Award is not an annual award and is …

Construction Input Prices Unchanged in October, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices remained unchanged on a monthly basis in October but are down 2.2 percent year-over-year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 0.1 percent for the month and are …

Midwest Block & Brick Earns Safety Awards

KANSAS CITY, MO — Nine Midwest Block & Brick facilities recently earned National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) / Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Safety Awards. The annual recognition goes to product manufacturing members of the NCMA and ICPI for exemplary safety performance based on incidents reported to OSHA 300 log …

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Eighty Percent of Contractors Report Difficulty Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire

ARLINGTON, VA — Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the …

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Infrastructure Projects Named as Finalists in Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure Awards Program

COLUMBIA, SC — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, recently announced its finalists in Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards program. The annual awards program honors the work of Bentley software users advancing …

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IEDA Announces Launch of Revamped Website, Hosted by Sandhills Global

VICTOR, NY — The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) is a self-regulating organization dedicated to advancing the goals of independent used equipment dealers and related businesses worldwide. The IEDA's website is a vital part of its mission to help equipment dealers build more profitable relationships, and to provide its members …

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HNTB Celebrates Projects Recognized at ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala

KANSAS CITY, MO — HNTB Corporation recently joined clients and partners in celebrating project collaborations, coast to coast, that earned recognition at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. The winning projects reflect outstanding engineering achievement and are delivering mobility benefits that strengthen …

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CSDA Elects 2019 Officers and Board of Directors

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) announces new Officers and Board Members, who were elected at the 47th Annual CSDA Convention & Tech Fair in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Newly elected Officers are President Matthew Finnigan, National Concrete Cutting, Milton, Washington; Vice President Mike …

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Seventeen HDR Projects Receive National Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council of Engineering Companies has recognized 17 HDR projects with national awards. The projects represent a wide range of disciplines and regions across the United States.
Three HDR projects received Grand Awards at the ceremony of ACEC’s 52nd Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. …

MW Builders Celebrates Two 2018 Capstone Awards

KANSAS CITY, MO — The Kessler Residences at Meadowbrook and Union|Berkley Riverfront Park Apartments were both recognized in the top 25 best developments in Kansas City. Both awards were given in the Multifamily category. Winners were selected from a variety of categories that showcase the diverse array of development projects …

ABC Honors Contractors Leading the Industry in Safety Performance

LONG BEACH, CA — Associated Builders and Contractors announces the winners of the 2018 National Safety Excellence Awards during the 29th annual Excellence in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. A total of 42 ABC member companies were recognized for their safety performance.
The National Safety …