EQM awarded $45 million in remediation contracts by USACE Environmental Quality Management Inc. (EQM, Cincinnati, Ohio) has been awarded a $45 million cost-plus-fixed-fee in remediation contracts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District for environmental remediation services at the Callahan Mine site in Maine. The first Task Order will be issued in June for over $6 million. The former Callahan Mine site was an open-pit mine developed in a shallow tidal estuary of approximately 75 acres in the town of Brooksville, Maine. From 1968 through 1972, approximately 5 million tons of waste rock and 800,000 tons of ore-bearing rock were mined at the pit. Works will include remediation and capping of the tailings impoundment and a waste rock pile; slope stabilization; sediment excavation and disposal; remediation of residual contamination; and site restoration, mitigation, and monitoring. The project has an estimated completion date of May 2023.
Stantec marks four consecutive quarters of organic revenue growth Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta) announced net revenues of C$876.6 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 compared to C$870.8 million in the prior year’s first quarter, with gross and net organic revenue growth up 1.7% and 2.6%, respectively, for the quarter. Net revenues of C$808.8 million came from Consulting Services, and C$67.8 million from Construction Services, with organic net revenue growth being achieved in both divisions and in all geographies and business operating units except Buildings, which was affected by continued weakness in UK and Middle East markets. Stantec’s Energy & Resources business operating unit experienced double-digit organic growth in Q1 2018 compared to Q1 2017, while Construction Services experienced organic gross revenue retraction of 3.7%, with a net $3 million impact related to UK waste-to-energy projects. Gross margin in the firm’s U.S. water business was impacted by the divestiture of Innovyze. Two notable acquisitions were completed in the quarter: ESI Ltd., an environmental services consulting business in the United Kingdom; and Occam Engineers Inc., adding water, transportation, and public works capabilities in the southwestern United States.
Arcadis and Canadian Government to launch low carbon program in Chile Arcadis (Amsterdam, Netherlands) will work with the Government of Canada to develop a program to help Chile achieve its climate change goals in the waste management sector, according to Arcadis US Inc. The Reciclo Orgánicos program is designed to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in sanitary landfills across eight Chilean cities by optimizing waste management processes, resulting in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The effort will identify ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for example, by capturing gas from landfills or diverting organic matter for composting or anaerobic digestion, and converting organic waste into clean energy and natural fertilizer. The Arcadis team in Canada will work with Arcadis personnel in Chile.
NRC expands services and geographic reach with SWS Environmental National Response Corporation (NRC, Great River, N.Y.) has acquired SWS Environmental Services Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas), expanding its national footprint and its line of compliance and environmental services. Since 1974 SWS has provided industrial and hazardous waste management and emergency response, marine, and remediation services to private and public sector clients. Employing over 250 personnel, SWS has 21 locations throughout the Midwest, Gulf Coast, and Southeastern United States. NRC is a global company primarily known for oil spill response capabilities but also offering environmental and remedial services. NRC has now completed nine strategic acquisitions over the past five years, including ENPRO Services, Op-Tech Environmental Services, Sureclean Limited, Emerald Alaska, Specialized Response Solutions, Boom Technology, Water Truck Services, and CleanLine WWS. NRC is a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company.
Dewberry to support FEMA’s national flood insurance program Dewberry (Fairfax, Va.) will perform a nationwide GIS analysis of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) mapping as a subcontractor to the actuarial consultancy Milliman Inc. for the second phase of the ongoing Risk Rating Redesign for NFIP. Dewberry will also advise on policy, regulatory, and statutory issues related to the new risk rating approach. FEMA’s flood insurance program has been offering coverage against flood losses for more than 40 years, and also identifies flood risks, creates maps, and publishes Flood Insurance Rate Maps to help communities meet floodplain management requirements.
Ameresco completes purchase of JVP Engineers Ameresco Inc. (Framingham, Mass.), an energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy infrastructure company, has completed the purchase of JVP Engineers PC (Friendship Heights, Washington, DC), making it part of Ameresco’s Federal Solutions business. JVP Engineers has served the capital region for more than 25 years, providing MEP and fire protection engineering designs to a range of clients. “Adding JVP’s team to the Ameresco family further supports our growth strategy to provide design-build services to our federal and commercial customers,” said Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of federal services. JVP’s 13 employees join Ameresco’s current workforce of more than 1,000.
First Environment awarded $8 million contract for environmental investigation
Environmental consulting and engineering firm, First Environment Inc. (Boonton, N.J.), has been awarded an $8 million firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New York for biological, environmental and cultural resource investigations, according to a Department of Defense announcement. First Environment is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business with eight office locations in North America.
EnSafe acquires Cirrus Associates in Texas EnSafe (Memphis, Tenn.) has acquired Cirrus Associates LLC, an engineering, environmental and hydrogeological consulting firm with offices in Dallas and Houston, expanding EnSafe’s presence in Texas. “On our quest for true nationwide service, we continue to search for and acquire firms with diligent client focus. Cirrus was a great strategic fit, not only from their philosophical approach to their clients but also their service lines and industries served, in one of the top markets in the country, Texas. We are excited about what we’ll be able to do together going forward,” said EnSafe CEO and President Don Bradford. EnSafe is a professional services and management firm focused on environmental, engineering and health and safety solutions.
Treadwell Franklin acquires James W. Sewall Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital LLC (TFIC) (New York, N.Y.) has acquired James W. Sewall Company (Old Town, Maine). TFIC and Sewall have worked together over several years on a variety of infrastructure, energy and environmental projects, with TFIC providing commercial and financial structuring capabilities, and Sewall delivering technical and specialized engineering/design services. TFIC intends to leverage the technical resources of Sewall by “tilting toward infrastructure,” especially in its development projects in transportation, energy, water/wastewater, social infrastructure, and a special effort around sustainable coastal structures and bridge maintenance.
Olgoonik of Alaska acquires FPM companies in remediation and environmental services Olgoonik Development LLC (Anchorage, Alaska), an Alaska Native Corporation, has acquired FPM Group Ltd. (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and FPM Remediations Inc. For more than 40 years FPM has provided environmental remediation, science, hydrology, and compliance services; geophysics; military munitions response; facilities engineering; and construction management services to government and commercial customers. Olgoonik provides environmental services for government and commercial clients, and FPM will not only expand Olgoonik’s services geographically across the United States but also into the new areas of geophysics and military munitions response. The FPM companies will operate as separate subsidiaries under Olgoonik Development.
Gradiant establishes Indian subsidiary
Gradiant Corporation (Boston, Mass., Chennai, India), a provider of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination, announced a new Indian subsidiary following the commercialization of products in the region. Gradiant India Pvt. Ltd. will provide zero liquid discharge (ZLD) and water footprint reduction for textile processors, dyestuff manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and other industrial facilities. Gradiant India will contribute local leadership, sales and service personnel, but product development and engineering support will remain with the parent, Gradiant Corporation, ensuring focus on in-country customer needs while centralizing innovation and intellectual property development.
Atkins conducts feasibility study to relocate water infrastructure to rock caverns in Hong Kong
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group (Montreal, Canada), has been appointed by the Water Supplies Department in Hong Kong to carry out a feasibility study on the relocation of the Yau Tong fresh water and saltwater service reservoirs to caverns. The relocation will release the existing sites for housing and other uses while ensuring a reliable supply of water. Tony Chik, divisional director of design and engineering services at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business in Asia Pacific, said that the Hong Kong SAR Government “is actively implementing its strategy to seek out land for housing, social and economic developments. Sustaining Hong Kong’s competitiveness with rock cavern development is one of the key approaches.”
Mabbett merges with environmental specialist JIG Ltd
Following a year of double-digit growth, Mabbett has announced a merger with environmental specialist JIG Ltd. to continue Mabbett’s business expansion and enhance its environmental services. Both companies are headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland. JIG was founded in 2002 and offers a range of services, based around environmental law, related to waste management, wastewater, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), flooding and sewage, ranging from large industrial projects to small country cottages. The merger will combine the depth and technical expertise of JIG with the Mabbett team of environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) engineers and scientists.
Louis Berger restores urban wetland on Staten Island Louis Berger (Morristown, N.J.) is restoring a degraded urban wetland on Staten Island, the Saw Mill Creek Pilot Wetland Mitigation Bank, to demonstrate a viable economic strategy to restore an impaired wetland habitat and improve resiliency in New York City’s sensitive coastal areas. Following a lengthy process to obtain regulatory approvals, construction is underway, and the City’s first wetland mitigation credits are available for sale. Since 2013, Louis Berger has been working with New York City Economic Development Corp. and other city, state and federal resource agencies to establish and construct the City’s first tidal wetland mitigation bank.