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Rail supplier updates from Parsons Brinckerhoff, STV, Harsco, Hub Group and Sam Schwartz (Aug. 2)


• The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded an on-call contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff for construction services in support of the department’s efforts to implement accelerated rail services along a high-speed rail corridor between Pontiac/Detroit and Chicago. The contract calls for Parsons Brinckerhoff to assist MDOT in overseeing the railroad construction upgrade program. The pact involves construction engineering, inspection, office technician work and general project management services.

• Engineering firm STV recently assisted New Jersey Transit in the debut of a new dual-powered locomotive designed to be powered by overhead catenary or by twin diesel engines, according to a press release. The first ALP-45DP locomotive recently arrived at Montclair State University Station under diesel power, raised its pantograph arm to make contact with the overhead catenary wire, and left the station for Hoboken Terminal under electric power. STV provided design, inspection and test engineering support services for NJ Transit’s locomotive initiative. Bombardier Transportation is the locomotives’ manufacturer.

• Harsco Corp. has named Patrick Decker president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 10. He will succeed Henry Knueppel, who has been serving as interim chairman and CEO since February. Knueppel will serve as the company’s independent, nonexecutive chairman following a decision by Harco’s board to separate the CEO and chairman roles, according to a press release. Decker previously was president of Tyco International’s Tyco Flow Control for the past five years.

• The Hub Group broke ground yesterday on a 130,000-square-foot headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. Morgan / Harbour Construction is handling construction of the four-story building, which is scheduled for completion in late 2013. "We have experienced tremendous growth and are positioning ourselves for the future with our new headquarters in Oak Brook," said David Yeager, Hub Group chairman and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. The company expects the building to be LEED-Gold certified.

• Kris Bauman, former president of Bauman Company L.L.C. and senior vice president of development at the Gale Real Estate Services Co., has joined Sam Schwartz Engineering, P.L.L.C. as executive VP and chief operating officer. Bauman has more than 30 years of experience in construction and real estate, and has completed the development of retail, office, and industrial projects throughout the greater New York and New Jersey market. Most recently, he led the development team on behalf of The Rockefeller Group Development Corp. for the Green at Florham Park.

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