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Autonomous Vehicles Drive the Future of Transportation Infrastructure

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The planning, design, and funding processes of our nation’s transportation infrastructure, including highways and city streets, are bound to see significant shifts in the next ten years.

Over the next decade, all stakeholders, including federal, state, and local transportation agencies in the A/E/C industry, may need to re-think their business plans as a result of a major innovation in technology. Autonomous vehicles, sometimes known as automated vehicles, smart cars, driverless cars, and intelligent vehicles, can be described as vehicles that are capable of providing significant independent driving assistance. Prototypes are being developed and tested by multiple companies, including Mercedes, Audi, Ford, and Google – meaning we are closer to this science-fiction ideology than some may think.

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RS&H Moves Up in Top 500 Firms List

Engineering News-Record (ENR) recently released its 2014 Top 500 Design Firms rankings, and RS&H has climbed from No. 80 to No. 69, its largest jump over the last 15 years.

“RS&H’s rise in the ENR rankings reflects positively on the hard work of our client and project managers,” said CMO Joe Debs. “Our dedication to client service through our market-based Practices translates into company growth and success.”

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Collaboration Turns Mathews Bridge Repairs into Award-Winning Project

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News4JAX recently sat down with engineers who were involved in the Mathews Bridge Emergency Repairs project to discuss how the team collaborated to reopen the bridge in an impressive 33 days. The bridge, one of Jacksonville’s main corridors into the heart of the city, was struck by a Navy ship in September 2013 and was immediately closed for safety issues. In a recent interview, four of the team members explain how several organizations dropped other projects and came together to repair and reopen the bridge.

“I think I can speak for everyone at the table here – from the first minute we felt this huge responsibility to help get that bridge open safely for the people of Jacksonville,” said RS&H Project Manager Bryan Sturm during the interview.

The project is receiving recognition around the country for its outstanding collaboration, most recently being honored by the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) Project of the Year in the Disaster/Emergency category.

Watch the News4JAX episode here.

Public Involvement Key to Unlocking Anchorage Airport’s Future

In order to secure Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding for development projects and to ensure Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is prepared for success in an uncertain environment, RS&H helped Alaska’s largest and busiest airport control its own destiny by preparing a thoughtful, engaged master plan – a document that hadn’t been updated for more than ten years.

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San Antonio International Terminal Receives Upgrades

Terminal A at San Antonio International Airport is currently being constructed and designed to bring the 31-year-old area out of its vintage days and up to 2014 standards. According to a recent article in Airport Improvement, RS&H Project Manager Pat Hargrove, who led the design and architectural planning for the renovation, said the mechanical systems had reached the end of their useful life, and aesthetically the terminal could not match up to the bright, shiny and new Terminal B.

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