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Benefits and Challenges of Implementing a Safety Management System (SMS)

RS&H among DBIA 2016 National Design-Build Project/Team Award Winners

RS&H design of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Martin County, Florida, was among Design Build Institute of America’s 2016 Award Winners. “Completed in 2014, the bridge is a premier example of the design-build approach meeting challenging schedules and fostering innovation to produce a cost-effective project,” said DBIA in its press release.  The award cited that three organized legal challenges threatened to halt the project: a federal injunction, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges, and permitting challenges. It went on to say that the team never gave up pursuit of project acceptance, permit approvals, design, and construction. As a result, a once controversial project is now considered a resounding success by all stakeholders.

“By showcasing design-build best practices, teaming techniques, contracting methods, and ways to drive innovation, winners of National Design-Build Project/Team Awards provide examples to the rest of the industry on how to achieve Design-Build Done Right,” said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA.

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RS&H promotes Ken Ibold as its Aviation Practice’s Southeast Regional Planning Service Group Leader

RS&H has promoted Ken Ibold as its Aviation Practice’s Southeast Regional Planning Service Group Leader. Ken joined RS&H in 2009 and brings a total of 18 years of experience to the position. He is an established industry leader in airport safety management systems and commercial spaceport licensing, as well as a proven successful project manager and client partner.

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Jacksonville Converts to Clean Fuel

Sign shows an arrow direction of the nearest CNG station.

The Florida Engineering Society magazine (FES) recently featured an article on Northeast Florida’s initiative to convert its public transportation using the clean fuel of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The initiative was based on a P3 model developed by RS&H, in which a private developer designed, built and operated the CNG fueling infrastructure at minimal up front cost to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA).

“The P3 approach allowed JTA to focus on its core competency – helping folks get from A to B,” said RS&H Senior project manager Tom McVey.  In addition to the environmental benefits, the CNG conversion will reduce fuel costs to the Agency by as much as $4 million over the next four years.

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Home-Rule City in a Business-Friendly State: Texas Supreme Court Strikes Down Houston’s Air Quality Enforcement

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