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Weekly Briefing: April 15-19, 2024

Week of April 15, 2024

U.S. Department of Transportation Allocates $20.5 Billion for Transit Programs

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation has allocated $20.5 billion to states and metropolitan areas for various programs, including new and upgraded rail lines, stations, and other facilities.

  • These funds, announced on April 4, 2024, are from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and account for about 65% of all funds the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides to transit agencies each year.

  • Changes in the components that make up the formulas, including regional population and transit systems’ ridership, have affected some transit agencies’ aid allocations.

  • This year, some areas will see changes to funding amounts due to population changes from the 2020 Census and other factors such as new urbanized area boundaries.

  • Regions with major transit systems received the largest overall allotments, led by the New York City-Jersey City-Newark, N.J., area, with $2.8 billion. Other top recipients include the Chicago-Indiana area with $765.1 million, and the Washington, D.C.-Arlington, Va.-Maryland area, with $665 million.


Major Boost for Offshore Wind Industry with $6.1 Billion Infrastructure Investment in California

  • The state’s power grid operator, CAISO, will release a procurement schedule in May for the first two grid expansion projects totaling $4.1 billion to connect federally approved floating offshore wind energy development in a deepwater area off the coast.

  • The plan is part of a $6.1 billion infrastructure investment in 26 transmission projects, which would provide an added 85 GW of generating capacity needed to meet state load growth and greenhouse gas reduction goals by 2035.

  • The solicitation will include two major transmission projects—a 500 kV substation with a 500 kV line costing $2.7 billion and a second 500-kV line costing $1.4 billion, which will connect power expected to be generated from approved projects in Humboldt Bay in northern California.

  • The U.S. and Japan will collaborate to accelerate breakthroughs across engineering, manufacturing, and other innovation areas, with Japan contributing about $783 million to the joint floating wind effort.

April 15, 2024

Cumming Group, a California-based project management and cost consulting firm, backed by New Mountain Capital, has acquired The Ridgway Group, a California-based professional services and investment management firm, specializing in luxury hospitality, retail, residential, and mixed-use projects. The acquisition expands Cumming Group's portfolio of services and strengthens their ability to serve luxury clients internationally. Derek Hutchinson, President and CEO of Cumming Group, commented, "The integration of The Ridgway Group into Cumming Group, with their international client base, aligns with several strategic objectives and builds on our collective portfolios and expertise. We are pleased to collaborate with such a talented team known for their meticulous execution of high-profile, bespoke developments."


April 15, 2024

Pape-Dawson Engineers (Pape-Dawson), a Texas-based engineering and consulting services firm, has acquired GradyMinor, a Florida-based civil engineering, land development, and municipal engineering consulting services firm serving private and public clients. The acquisition supports Pape-Dawson's growth strategy to expand its geographic presence across the United States. Mark Minor, President of GradyMinor, commented, "We are thrilled to be joining the Pape-Dawson family. We look forward to drawing upon the expanded resources and support that Pape-Dawson offers to our employees and clients alike. Together, we are well-positioned to continue serving communities across Florida with more capabilities than ever before."


April 15, 2024

Fehr Graham, an Illinois-based engineering and environmental consulting services firm, has acquired Midwest Engineering (Midwest), an Illinois-based engineering firm specializing in civil/site transportation, hydraulic, structural, construction engineering, mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering, professional land surveying, and landscape architecture services. Midwest's expertise in mechanical and electrical engineering and established structural and transportation engineering services practice align with Fehr Graham's strategic growth objectives. All 34 Midwest employees will join Fehr Graham and Midwest will be known as Midwest Engineering, a Fehr Graham company. David Horton, co-owner of Midwest, commented, "Joining Fehr Graham opens doors to a large pool of expertise that will significantly benefit our clients. It's about providing a richer, more comprehensive service experience."


April 17, 2024

Bowman Consulting Group (Bowman), a Virginia-based engineering services firm, has acquired Moore Consulting Engineers (Moore), a New Jersey-based MEP and fire protection engineering firm. The acquisition expands Bowman's growing MEP and fire protection practice and brings LEED expertise to their portfolio of services. Jeffrey Moore, President of Moore, commented, "Like Bowman, we are growth-oriented and are excited about the opportunity to contribute to their efforts to build a full-service national MEP/FP practice...I feel confident that this is the right move for all the families that make up the Moore team. Our employees will benefit in many ways from Bowman's extensive professional development opportunities, and our clients will benefit from the extensive network of people and resources we now have at our disposal."


April 17, 2024

TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc. (TLC), a Florida-based engineering design, consulting, and energy services firm, has acquired the engineering arm of APG Electric, Inc. (APG), a Florida-based electrical and systems contracting services firm. APG's established offices in Sarasota and Clearwater, Florida, will transition to TLC locations and integrate with the local TLC teams and APG engineers will continue to support their current clients and projects. Michael Sheerin, CEO of TLC, commented, "We are thrilled to offer a deeper bench of talented engineers for clients in the Tampa Bay region and Southwest Florida, especially with [APG]'s healthcare expertise. Together, we will create innovative solutions that positively impact our clients and the local communities."

Recently, Dillon Consulting awarded three college students its Scholarship Experience Award. Student winners received funding as well as opportunities of co-op placement or full-time offers in Dillion's offices across Canada. Two students at the University of Western Ontario received awards and placements on Dillon's Structural Ontario team in London. One student at the University of Windsor was awarded a scholarship and received placement on the Community Infrastructure team. Dillon's in-house scholarship program underscores its commitment to developing and rewarding exceptional engineering talent in Canada.


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