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Updates from Burns & McDonnell, Bombardier, New York Air Brake, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Hatch Mott MacDonald


• Burns & McDonnell reached an agreement to acquire Harrington & Cortelyou Inc., a consulting engineering firm that designs fixed and movable railway and highway bridges. The acquisition is expected to be completed by June 30. Twelve Harrington & Cortelyou staff members will join Burns & McDonnell. Harrington & Cortelyou will continue to operate out of its Kansas City, Mo., office.

• Bombardier Transportation received an order from Swiss Railways to supply new double-deck trains for intercity rail. Under the $1.6 billion pact, Bombardier will provide 59 Bombardier TWINDEXX trains. The contract also includes an option to purchase an additional 100 trains. Delivery will begin in 2012, with the first trains entering service in 2013. All 59 are expected to be delivered by the end of 2019.

• New York Air Brake Corp. named Jason Connell vice president of sales. He will be responsible for North American sales of freight-car brake control products. Previously, Connell served as vice president of strategic marketing for Wabtec Global Services.

• Parsons Brinckerhoff received a contract to provide architectural and engineering design for the Tuas Depot, a new train and vehicle service facility that's part of the expansion of the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit System. The depot will have capacity to store, maintain and overhaul 60 six-car trainsets.

• Hatch Mott MacDonald was awarded two Grand Awards at the 2010 American Council of Engineering Companies’ Engineering Excellence Awards and had two national finalists at the 2010 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards. The firm's Sound Transit Central Link Light Rail and Sea-to-Sky highway improvement projects received Grand Awards.