Gannett Fleming expanded its family of companies with the addition of electrical design-build contractor Innovative Engineering, Inc., doing business as IETC. Now known as IETC, a Gannett Fleming Company, the firm serves industrial, government, commercial, religious, and institutional clients. Located in York, Pennsylvania, IETC delivers construction, engineering, preventive maintenance and service, as well as electrical testing for transformers, high-voltage cables, switchgear, circuit breakers, and power quality disturbance resolution.
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) selected Gannett Fleming as one of the preferred firms to perform consulting services for an $880 million restoration program in the Florida Everglades; it is the largest ecosystem restoration program worldwide. Under a five-year contract, Gannett Fleming’s water resources professionals will work alongside SFWMD staff to provide engineering services for a variety of environmental projects designed to restore the ecological function of more than 2 million acres in the Everglades.
The Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) awarded the U.S. Route 15, Section 144, Mill Creek landslide repair project in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, the 2013 Project of the Year award in the category of land-based projects with construction costs between $500,000 and $2 million. Kessi Zicko, PE, a senior geotechnical engineer based in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, office, accepted the award during the PDCA 18th Annual International Conference and Expo 2014, along with representatives from the project contractor, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. To stabilize the slope, 472 steel H-piles were driven along the toe of the southbound roadway embankment of U.S. Route 15.
New leadership in Gannett Fleming’s Northeast Region paves the way for the future. Jim Laurita, PE, a senior vice president, has been named Director of Gannett Fleming’s Northeast Region. Based in New York City, he is responsible for the management, strategic growth, and profitability of nine offices with more than 350 employees.
Giuseppe (Joe) Tulumello AIA, LEED® Green Associate, was promoted to business unit leader of the New York City office. Also a vice president, he leads the operations, day-to-day management, client relations, and growth of the New York City location. Tulumello is a senior architect.
Jim Crandall, PE, joined Gannett Fleming as the business unit leader of the firm’s Woodbury, New York, office, in which he oversees the local operations. Also a vice president and senior manager, Crandall leads the water and natural resources markets and practices in the Northeast.
Paul Nowicki, PE, a Gannett Fleming senior vice president and a member of its board of directors, was named director of the firm’s Southeast Region. In this new role, Nowicki is responsible for the operational management, business development, strategic growth, and profitability of the firm’s operations in the Southeast Region, which includes 10 offices and more than 150 employees. In addition, he continues to oversee the firm's Northeast Region operations.
Gannett Fleming’s San Francisco Bay Area office has moved from its location in Mill Valley to San Bruno. The move provides closer access to clients in the region, including Caltrain, as the team begins work to support the organization’s extensive modernization program.
New San Francisco Office Contact Information:
881 Sneath Lane, Suite 210
San Bruno, CA 94066
Federal, state, and local governments, along with private businesses, will spend more than $250 billion during the next 30 years to clean as many as 350,000 contaminated sites, according to a 2012 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report. Various factors trigger contaminated land remediation, including the need to comply with regulatory requirements and reduce financial risk.
Knowing when remediation is necessary starts with understanding the client’s objectives and motivations, followed by performing a site investigation to collect data; estimating the risk; establishing end-points; and implementing the necessary remediation and land use controls. The process, referred to as risk-based corrective action (RBCA), must be concisely documented and presented to regulators and stakeholders to get their concurrence to ensure cost-effective cleanups.
Atul Salhotra, Ph.D., founding principal of the Risk Assessment & Management (RAM) Group and a vice president of Gannett Fleming, and his team use this process to effectively manage contaminated sites. Salhotra teaches intermediate to advanced level two-day applied courses, such as Application of Risk Assessment as a Decision-Making Tool for Contaminated Sites. This course explores regulatory and legal requirements, assumptions and limitations of the process, and the application of risk assessments to a variety of sites. “Ideally, remediation only should be required when there is an unacceptable risk to public health or the environment,” Salhotra said.
Salhotra also offers training covering chemical fate and transport modeling, evaluation of the vapor intrusion pathway, and statistical analysis. Courses are held at various locations throughout the U.S.
A new commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant on the outskirts of the city of Hugoton, Kansas, converts approximately 315,000 dry tons of grass and crop residue to 25 million gallons of ethanol annually. The project is Abengoa Bioenergy’s implementation of its latest technology to produce renewable liquid fuel from cellulosic biomass – a structural material found in plants. This ethanol plant also uses ethanol to generate 25 megawatts of electrical power annually – enough to power the ethanol conversion process and make the plant energy independent.
Gannett Fleming’s work included site preparation, grading, geotechnical, site roads, pavement designs, and structural foundation design across an 810-acre site. A critical aspect of the project was handling water drainage. A large storm in the area could amount to 5.5 inches of rain in two hours – which could wash out streets and sidewalks and damage buildings. The design team had to convey water from paved areas and navigate it through tight spaces between tanks and buildings.
“We had to design on a micro level,” said Byron Dixon, PE, Gannett Fleming’s civil and facilities market team leader in the Phoenix, Arizona, office. The team prepared a zig-zag flow pattern to avoid interference with the underground plant pipes and ensure proper drainage.
Another key challenge was to manage changing building specifications to accommodate the latest technology in the ethanol conversion processes. The Gannett Fleming team worked quickly to modify drainage designs to ensure compatibility with other structural elements, such as flooring and column heights, and keep construction on schedule for opening day in October 2014.