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EBJ News April 3, 2018

TRC awarded $35 million hazardous waste management contract by L.A. Metro
TRC Companies Inc. (Lowell, Mass.), an engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management firm, has been chosen by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to provide support for the agency’s environmental program. The $35.1 million contract for environmental waste handling and environmentally-related construction services is for three years, with the potential for two one-year options worth a total of $7.1 million. The contract builds on TRC’s dramatic growth trajectory in California over the last few years, TRC said. The contract marks the 13th consecutive year TRC has supported Metro in Southern California on complex environmental infrastructure and transportation projects. Metro is one of the largest public transportation agencies in the country.

 

EA Engineering to provide environmental remediation services for U.S. Army
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. PBC (EA, Hunt Valley, Md.) has received an Environmental Remediation Multiple Award (ERMA) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command–Fort Sam Houston. A competitive small business set-aside acquisition, the contract has a total aggregate maximum ceiling value of $200 million with a pool of eight small business contractors. EA will compete for task orders to perform environmental remediation services for the U.S. Army Environmental Command’s (USAEC’s) environmental cleanup mission. EA will furnish environmental investigation, remediation, and munitions response services throughout the United States. “This contract affirms USAEC’s trust in EA to continue to provide high value environmental remediation and munitions response services to the U.S. Army,” stated Brenda Herman, EA Senior Vice President and Army Program Manager.

 

Stantec agrees to acquire Norwest
Stantec (Edmonton, AB) has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Norwest Corporation (Calgary, AB), adding a strong mining practice to Stantec’s Energy & Resources business operating unit in western Canada. Norwest is a 140-person energy and resources firm with offices in Calgary and Vancouver, Canada; Denver and Trinidad, Colo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Charleston, W.V. Norwest has a long-standing involvement with resource assessment and mine development in Alberta’s mineable oil sands; its capabilities span the full project life cycle, but more recently the firm has shifted focus to design and construction of compensation lakes, tailings dam design, and on-site geotechnical monitoring. “We are seeing positive momentum in this sector after a number of challenging years…. [We] are looking forward to expanding Stantec’s geotechnical, geological, and mining work for our Energy & Resources clients across western Canada and the western United States,” said Stantec president and chief executive officer, Gord Johnston.

 

The Foth Companies acquires CLE Engineering
2020 Environmental Group announced that The Foth Companies (Green Bay, Wis.), a science and engineering consulting firm, has acquired CLE Engineering Inc., an engineering consulting firm headquartered in Marion, Mass., with offices in Novato and San Diego, Calif. “CLE’s waterfront and coastal engineering expertise will strengthen our environmental and infrastructure engineering capabilities,” said Foth CEO Randy Homel; the firm’s east and west coast presence will also broaden Foth’s geographic footprint. Foth is an 80-year-old, employee-owned science and engineering consulting firm with more than 600 employees in 26 locations. “2020 Environmental Group… helped us develop and implement a growth and M&A strategy that ultimately led us to successfully completing this transaction,” Homel said. 2020 Environmental initiated the transaction and served as the exclusive M&A advisor to Foth.

 

NextEra Energy and JinkoSolar announce deal for millions of solar panels
NextEra Energy Inc. (Juno Beach, Fla.) and JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, PRC) have announced a large solar panel supply agreement. JinkoSolar said it will provide NextEra Energy with up to 2,750 megawatts of high-efficiency solar modules – roughly 7 million solar panels – over approximately four years. In conjunction with this agreement, JinkoSolar is opening its first U.S. factory, in Jacksonville, Fla., which is expected to create more than 200 jobs locally. “As NextEra Energy continues to invest heavily in new solar projects across the country, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to buy cost-effective, reliable solar panels made here in America,” said Jim Robo, NextEra Energy’s chairman and CEO. JinkoSolar’s factory in Jacksonville is expected to have the capacity to build 400 megawatts of solar modules annually. JinkoSolar is the first Chinese manufacturer to commit to investing in U.S. solar manufacturing since the Administration announced tariffs on imported solar products earlier this year.

 

Gibson divests environmental services to focus on oil infrastructure
Gibson Energy Inc. (Calgary, AB) is divesting its U.S. energy services businesses, including U.S. Environmental Services and its U.S. seismic assets, for approximately US$96 million. The sale is part of Gibson’s shift towards focusing on the oil infrastructure business. “While the U.S. Environmental Services business was performing well with visible growth opportunities, it did not complement our core assets and there was limited visibility to converting customer relationships into infrastructure investment opportunities,” said Steve Spaulding, president and CEO. Proceeds will be reinvested in tankage and pipeline infrastructure projects currently under construction.

 

Black & Veatch Knowledge Network to increase agility in delivering talent
Black & Veatch (B&V, Overland Park, Kansas) has launched the Black & Veatch Knowledge Network LLC (BVKN) to provide clients with better access to specialized consulting talent, in addition to addressing a shift in employment and career patterns. According to an NPR/Marist poll cited by B&V, one out of every five jobs in the U.S. is a contract role, and within 10 years contractors and freelancers could make up half the American workforce. “Recognizing the changing nature of employment and the emergence of the Gig Economy, we created BVKN to provide more flexible options for consultants who prefer that model,” said Bob Welch, vice president and COO of Black & Veatch Management Consulting. “Combined with our core team of professionals, this network expands client access to specialized talent through Black & Veatch.” The Network provides a simplified process for recruiting, vetting and assigning work. Qualified individuals can be added to the network for quick deployment as opportunities arise.

 

Pacific Coast Collaborative reaffirms coordination on climate and environment
The Premier of British Columbia, the Governors of Oregon and Washington, and the California Secretary for Environmental Protection, on behalf of the Governor of California, met in March to mark the 10th anniversary of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC). Leaders announced joint actions, including coordinated efforts to address climate change, environmental protection, trade, and the overdose crisis. The group reaffirmed their strong commitment to meaningful action on climate change, acknowledging that carbon pricing can effectively, efficiently and fairly reduce carbon pollution. “For the past decade, the PCC has helped propel our region to the forefront of climate action. We’re ready to tackle the next decade of collaboration on climate and so many other issues,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said. Together, the jurisdictions represent the world’s fifth-largest economy and 55 million people.

 

Harvard recommends environmental science and engineering specialty
Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences will vote on a proposal to establish an Environmental Science and Engineering concentration within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, according to the Harvard Crimson. Environmental Science and Engineering is currently only a track within Engineering Sciences and is the only area of study within Engineering Sciences that does not have its own separate concentration. Students can already concentrate in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. The Faculty Council voted unanimously in an advisory capacity in February in favor of the new concentration.

 

Evoqua closes secondary offering
Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recently closed a secondary offering priced to generate gross proceeds of approximately $443 million. Selling stockholders, including investment funds affiliated with AEA Investors LP, will receive all the proceeds from the offering. Evoqua is a provider of water treatment services, systems and technologies to the industrial, commercial and municipal water treatment markets. It operates 160 locations in eight countries and serves 38,000 customers worldwide. Evoqua completed its initial public offering in November 2017, receiving net proceeds of approximately $141 million, a portion of which was used to repay $104.9 million of indebtedness.

 

JMH Capital Partners recapitalizes All4
JMH Capital Partners has recapitalized All4 LLC, an air quality compliance and permitting firm headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in Atlanta, Washington DC, and Houston. All4 was founded in 2002 and serves diverse industries including pulp and paper, oil and gas, food and beverage, waste management, power generation, and automotive. Bill Straub, founder and CEO of All4, said the support of JMH Capital would allow All4 to “continue our aggressive organic growth model” and consider acquisitions. Managing partner of JMH Capital John Nies said, “The team at All4 has sustained long term growth trends since its founding in 2002 due to their technical leadership and unparalleled client service. Our research found it to have industry-leading customer feedback scores along both those dimensions.”

 

Civil & Environmental Consultants expands in Texas
Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. (CEC, Pittsburgh, Pa.) has acquired civil engineering firm KBGE (Austin, Texas), expanding CEC’s Texas operations and adding an Oklahoma City office. “Acquiring KBGE represents a significant milestone for CEC as the company grows its presence in Texas and the Southwest,” said Ken Miller, president and CEO of CEC. Established in 2012, the 38-person KBGE team of certified engineers and surveyors has expertise in zoning, due diligence investigations, subdivision, platting, and the site development permitting process for a variety of projects across Texas and Oklahoma. KBGE will retain its name through the end of the year before transitioning fully under the CEC brand.

 

Stantec acquires ESI Consulting to deepen UK-based environmental consulting capabilities
Global design firm Stantec (Edmonton, AB) has acquired ESI Consulting (ESI, Shrewsbury, UK), one of the UK’s leading independent scientific environmental consulting firms with capabilities in groundwater, land, and sustainable development. ESI also has offices in Reading and Cardiff and more than 50 team members. With more than 20 years in the marketplace, ESI has projects in the water resources, transport and infrastructure, minerals and waste, and property industries. Stantec has more than 22,000 team members worldwide, more than 2,400 of whom are based in the United Kingdom.