DAA Weekly Reading List: MTC Construction Pavilion & MS4 Stormwater, Green Infrastructure Awards

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What’s new and noteworthy this week in the engineering and design world? At Draper Aden Associates, we’re following these stories and think you should too!

Breaking Ground on Construction Education
MTC Pavilion CropJason Dickerson (DAA-Hampton Roads) volunteered, along with AGCVA members and the Massanutten Technical Center (MTC), construction stakeout services for a pavilion to host the MTC-sponsored annual high school students construction skills competition at the Rockingham County Fair. The 80’x30′ open pavilion contains one closed room at the end and will be a great spot for fostering the skills of future construction industry professionals. Learn more about the pavilion and MTC’s goals to encourage construction innovation at MTC’s website.

MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards

Stormwater_pipe_Stillhouse_CreekThe Water Environment Federation (WEF), in conjunction with the EPA, announced this week a new MS4 stormwater and green infrastructure awards program. The program will recognize high-performing MS4s and inspire others to surpass requirements through innovative and cost-effective methods. “With EPA’s support,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill, “WEF is able to provide such an opportunity that not only recognizes the success of stormwater professionals but encourages the new ideas, programs, and leadership that is needed for tackling the growing demands that stormwater is placing on our communities.” Learn more about the awards program at Water Online and the WEF press release.

Pipeline Safety Hearing Concerns
DAA undergroundAll of us involved with DAA Underground have been following the latest hearings held by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Last week, the committee held a hearing on pipeline safety, and Stacy Cummings, Interim Executive Director of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), testified that there is “limited insight into state data on where interstate pipelines actually exist, their conditions, and the inspection reports performed by our state partners.” To learn more about and to watch the hearing, visit the Energy & Commerce Committee.

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