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Projects from Across the State Will Have Access to Financing from NY Green Bank in Next Stage to Assist in Building Microgrid Energy System


Projects from Across the State Will Have Access to Financing from NY Green Bank in Next Stage to Assist in Building Microgrid Energy System 

Supports New York State’s Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $11 million in funding for 11 microgrid projects across New York State as part of the second stage of the NY Prize Community Microgrid competition. Microgrids provide critical power backup for homes, businesses, hospitals and other vital facilities during extreme weather events and emergencies, while supporting development of on-site cutting edge renewable energy technologies. Additionally, microgrids support New York State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. 

"It's critical that communities across New York have reliable power to provide vital services when they are needed the most," Governor Cuomo said. "These awards will help local government modernize and harden their power infrastructure, as well as join this administration’s fight against climate change, and create a cleaner, greener, Empire State for all." 

As part of the competition, each Stage 2 winner will receive $1 million through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which administers NY Prize, to conduct detailed engineering designs and business plans for a microgrid to bring local clean energy generation and backup power to their communities. In addition, winners advancing to Stage 3 of the competition will have access to financing for microgrid construction through NY Green Bank. 

"New York has been a nexus for energy innovation since Thomas Edison flipped the switch at the Pearl St. Station 133 years ago," said Lieutenant Governor Hochul. "Governor Cuomo has made it a priority to scale up New York’s clean energy and build a more resilient, affordable system. Microgrids provide critical power backup while supporting the development of on-site cutting edge renewable energy technologies, which is why we are continuing to incentivize communities through NY Prize to invest in sustainable development." 

Since community microgrids and clean energy projects are not easily financed through traditional capital providers like banks, access to NY Green Bank financing will be especially important to the completion of these critical projects. NY Green Bank is prepared to facilitate up to $50 million in financing assistance per project to Stage 3 winners subject to its investment criteria, due diligence and financial analysis. This announcement represents a significant increase in financial support for the build-out of project designs in Stage 3 of NY Prize, in addition to the $20 million available through NY Prize. Stage 3 winners are expected to be announced by the end of 2018. 

NYSERDA awarded over $8 million for Stage 1 of the competition to 83 communities across the State to conduct microgrid feasibility studies in 2015. Nearly 150 communities had applied for the initial stage of the competition. Utilities played an active role in Stage 1 of the competition by identifying “grid opportunity zones,” or geographic areas where microgrids may reduce utility system constraints, and defer expensive infrastructure investment costs.  Utilities also assisted communities and other partners with submission of their applications. Funding for Stage 1 and Stage 2 totals nearly $20 million. 

NY Prize applications came in from combinations of community organizations, local governments, non-profit entities, developers, for-profit companies and municipally owned utilities. The 11 projects receiving funding are in the following locations:

  • Capital Region: Empire State Plaza; University Heights
  • Central New York: City of Syracuse
  • Long Island: Town of Huntington; Rockville Centre; Village of Freeport
  • New York City: East Bronx; Clarkson Avenue; Sunnyside Yards
  • Southern Tier: City of Binghamton
  • Western New York: Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus

The Town of Huntington microgrid project partners include TRC Energy Services, National Grid, PSEG Long Island, and the New York Power Authority. NYPA will provide financing directly for projects designated and implemented by the Power Authority.

For a full list of project descriptions, click here

New York State Chairman of Energy and Finance Richard Kauffman said, “Community microgrids are a vital component of Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy to modernize our energy infrastructure and ensure reliability and resiliency for the grid. NY Prize enables innovative clean energy business models developed by local communities that can be replicated across New York State, providing New Yorkers with more choice in how they get their energy while safeguarding their communities from extreme weather events." 

NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, "NY Prize supports Governor Cuomo’s ambitious energy agenda and will help make community energy systems stronger and more resilient. These communities are developing energy solutions that meet their local energy needs with technical designs and financial commercial plans that demonstrate REV principles in action." 

New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones, said, "Microgrids are a key source of power for homes, businesses, hospitals and other vital facilities during weather events and other power outage emergencies. They are vital to our clean energy future. We need communities with creative local energy solutions – like these innovative microgrids - to partner with us in creating the energy system of today and tomorrow. These microgrid grant funds enable us as a State to move another step closer to our reliable, renewable energy goals. We, at NYPA, are especially proud to be working with the Town of Huntington as their energy advisor to help them design and plan their microgrid." 

NY Green Bank President Alfred Griffin said , "NY Green Bank is pleased to provide the opportunity for winners in the NY Prize competition to obtain innovative financing solutions for cutting-edge community microgrid projects. Community microgrids are an exciting prospective addition to NY Green Bank’s portfolio of renewable energy projects. As with all our prospective transactions, we look forward to utilizing a financing structure that encourages standardization and scaling of portfolios, which will lead to greater private market participation and ultimately to broader, less expensive and more resilient clean energy opportunities for all New Yorkers." 

Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said , "One of the lessons we learned from Superstorm Sandy was the importance of ensuring that facilities providing vital services and emergency shelter continue to have power so they can address residents’ health and safety needs. This grant takes Huntington one step closer towards ensuring that if another storm like Sandy occurs, we can seamlessly transition into our emergency mode. I thank Governor Cuomo and NYSERDA for creating the NY Prize Community Microgrid Competition and for selecting Huntington as one of the winners." 

About Reforming the Energy Vision 

Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven a nearly 800 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit and follow us at @Rev4NY.

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TRC Honored for Business Achievement

Company recognized for growth and air quality project merit

LOWELL, Mass. - March 22, 2017 - TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) today announced it has been recognized with two 2016 Business Achievement Awards from the Environmental Business Journal, in the categories of Business Achievement and Project Merit. The awards recognized TRC’s significant overall growth in 2016, as well as its exceptional permitting work on the Panda Hummel Station project — one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the U.S.  

“TRC is proud to be recognized by the Environmental Business Journal as a leader in the industry,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As we continue to grow, we remain committed to our vision of making the world a better place to live, and every day we work with our clients to complete projects that forward this shared core value.”  

In the category of Business Achievement among large firms, TRC earned a silver award for its significant overall growth in fiscal year 2016, with milestones including: 

  • 14% net revenue growth, to $465 million, from $408 million in FY15 
  • $621 million in gross revenue, up 14% from $546 million in FY15
  • 8% increase in Energy segment gross revenue, to $183 million 
  • 19% growth in Infrastructure segment gross revenue, to $83 million  

TRC was also recognized in the Project Merit: Air Quality category for air permitting services provided in support of the Panda Hummel Station project. When the new Hummel Station comes online in 2018, the combined-cycle, gas-fired plant will: 

  • Supply enough power for 1 million homes in Pennsylvania and surrounding states • Produce 180% more power than the 65-year-old coal plant it replaces  
  • Produce 90% lower overall emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides 
  • Use 97% less water for cooling  
  • Create approximately 900 jobs during construction  

For 17 years, the Environmental Business Journal has recognized outstanding business performance in the environmental industry with the Business Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented at the Environmental Industry Summit XV in San Diego on March 22, 2017

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TRC’s California Highway Rehabilitation Project Honored with Engineering Industry Awards

LOWELL, Mass. and ANAHEIM, Calif. - March 3, 2017 - TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, has been honored for its role in the pavement rehabilitation and sign replacement on the State Route 91 Express Lanes in Anaheim, California. The work received an “Outstanding Construction Project” award from the Orange County Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the “Transportation Project of the Year” award from the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC).

The $12 million project involved replacing degraded pavement along this toll road (called express lanes) and upgrading six changeable message signs to LED technology with new sign structures, while minimizing delays and disruptions on the heavily traveled SR 91. TRC was selected by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to prepare design plans, specifications and estimate for the extensive rehabilitation of the roadway, the first such project of its kind that OCTA has ever procured. The toll facility was built 20 years ago, and since its inception, the lanes had never been repaved.

“By mitigating traffic congestion on this high-density freeway, the project provided a tangible benefit to commuters on a daily basis and has made the roads much safer,” said Raja Mitwasi, TRC Vice President and Transportation Practice Leader. “Our success is the result of a proactive and longstanding partnership with OCTA. We are committed to supporting OCTA as it advances projects to improve safety and road conditions for drivers throughout the state.”

To complete the construction work as quickly and smoothly as possible, with minimal disruption to commuters, TRC designed and implemented a plan that conducted the work during 55- and 56-hour-long shutdowns, on less-trafficked weekends, of the 10-mile segment of express lanes in the middle of the SR 91 layout, while also managing traffic detours during these times. This construction staging strategy allowed TRC to complete the project on schedule and under budget.

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TRC Names Jeremy Pratt Market Director for Hydropower Permitting and Licensing

Pratt joins new office in Seattle to improve service to clients in Western U.S.

Seattle and Lowell, Mass. – Feb. 28, 2017 - TRC Companies, Inc., (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, announced today that Jeremy Pratt has joined the Company as a Market Director focused on Hydropower Licensing in TRC’s newly opened Seattle office. In this role, he will help develop and lead hydro and environmental regulatory compliance projects, support the growth of TRC’s presence in the Pacific Northwest and help expand the Company’s hydro practice nationally.

Pratt is joined in Seattle by Kimberly Demuth, a NEPA and cultural resources expert, as well as Jeff Deason and Shannon Luoma, experienced hydro licensing and environmental permitting project managers.

“We are excited to welcome Jeremy as part of a new Seattle-based team that will allow us to better serve our clients in the region,” said Michael Murphy, National Market Director for Hydropower. “TRC is proud of its reputation for hydropower excellence across the country. We look forward to building on that foundation as we expand our presence in the Pacific Northwest.”

Pratt has more than 30 years of experience in hydro licensing and license compliance in California and the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his career, he has led large-scale projects in complex regulatory environments under NEPA, FERC and other major federal and state environmental permitting processes. He also has participated in reviews of other energy facilities and programs, including coal, gas, nuclear and wind-powered generation. Pratt has led the development of major watershed plans and water supply management plans, and is an expert in Washington state water rights.

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TRC’s Wendy Bley Elected to Board of Directors of the National Hydropower Association

LOWELL, Mass. and RICHMOND, Va. – February 16, 2017 – TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting, and construction-management services, today announced that Senior Consultant Wendy Bley has been elected to the National Hydropower Association (NHA) Board of Directors. NHA is the hydropower industry’s primary advocacy organization with a membership of more than 225 companies, including project owners, operators, developers, manufacturers, vendors and service providers. 

“Wendy is a hydropower industry veteran, whose dedication to helping her clients save time and money is unparalleled,” said Michael Murphy, TRC’s National Market Director of Hydropower Licensing. “Her commitment and skill have supported the growth and success of TRC’s hydropower practice. We are excited for Wendy to share her knowledge and strategic skills with the hydropower industry as a whole through her involvement as an NHA Board member.” 

As a senior consultant at TRC with more than 25 years of hydropower experience, Bley serves as a project manager and senior advisor on hydropower project licensing and compliance initiatives. She assists clients with the development of FERC applications for new projects, as well as relicensing and license amendments for existing projects. Currently, she is assisting clients with FERC licensing and compliance initiatives at hydropower projects in Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Virginia.

“I look forward to participating on the board to advocate for hydropower as a clean, renewable and valuable source of electric power generation,” said Bley. “By working closely with my colleagues in the industry, I’m confident we can help ensure that hydropower remains a reliable source of renewable, carbon-free energy well into the future.” 

Bley has been an active member of NHA since 1989, participating in several NHA committees, councils and conferences. She currently serves as Chair for the Small Hydro Council and is also on the Board of the Hydro Research Foundation. Bley holds a B.S. in Biology from George Mason University and an M.S. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire. She resides in Richmond, Virginia.

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TRC Client Wins Prestigious Award for Wisconsin Solar Development

Dairyland Power Cooperative/SoCore’s 14-site project honored by SEIA, SEPA

LOWELL, Mass., and MADISON, Wis. - [February 6, 2017] - TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting, and construction-management services, today announced that SoCore Energy’s development of 18 megawatts of  solar energy for Dairyland Power Cooperative won a prestigious award. TRC served as a key development consultant to SoCore.  

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) named the Dairyland/SoCore project, which encompasses 14 sites in Wisconsin and Iowa, one of four recipients of 2016 Project of Distinction Awards. The Dairyland/SoCore project includes solar arrays ranging from 600 kilowatts to 2.75 megawatts and can produce enough electricity to power 2,500 homes. Notable details include:

  • It has singlehandedly doubled the total deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation in Wisconsin.
  • It was the first large-scale deployment in Wisconsin of single-axis tracker arrays, with panels that turn with the sun all day long to maximize electric output.
  • All 14 solar sites double as “pollinator gardens,” sustaining and growing bee and butterfly populations that benefit crops, flowers and trees through planting of native seed mixes of grasses and flowering plants. The pollinator gardens also reduce storm water runoff and erosion.
  • Dairyland member distribution cooperatives are offering member-consumers the opportunity to invest in or own community solar gardens adjacent to the 14 sites, maximizing the use and cost-effectiveness of new power grid interconnections.

“TRC is proud to be part of the team that assisted Dairyland and SoCore on this innovative, award-winning solar project,” said Chris Vincze, TRC’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Every day, across all kinds of electric power generation and transmission and development of renewable energy sources, TRC experts are consistently delivering our clients innovative solutions.’’

TRC has Wisconsin offices in Brookfield and Madison and a laboratory in Madison, as well.

Dairyland’s solar projects were developed under power purchase agreements with SoCore Energy, which installed, owns, operates and maintains the facilities. TRC provided SoCore professional consulting services including: geotechnical investigations, topographic and American Land Title Association surveys, wetland surveys, sensitive-species reviews, storm water permits, Phase I environmental site assessments, and Karner blue butterfly habitat surveys. (Wisconsin is home to some of the country’s most abundant habitats supporting the world’s largest remaining populations of the Karner blue butterfly, which has been listed federally as an endangered species since 1992.)

Key criteria for SEIA and SEPA in choosing winners were: Innovation in use of technology, design, financing, and collaboration; the benefits they provide to multiple stakeholders across their communities; and their replicability and development of best practices for the Midwest region.

“SoCore is honored to be part of such a unique project in Wisconsin,” said Laura Caspari, Director of Development at SoCore Energy. “The Project of Distinction Award was a reflection of the great collaboration between SoCore, Dairyland, TRC and the communities with whom we worked. We are excited about the contribution these developments have made to increasingly clean, reliable and cost effective energy for Co-op members.”

About SoCore Energy

SoCore Energy ( offers companies, electric cooperatives and communities solar solutions that provide reliable, lower carbon and cost effective energy. SoCore is a subsidiary of Edison International. SoCore works together with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) to support the development of solar for rural electric cooperatives and their members.

About Dairyland Power Cooperative

With headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Dairyland ( provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities. A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Dairyland’s service area encompasses 62 counties in four states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois). Dairyland’s resources include coal, natural gas, hydro, solar, wind and landfill gas.

About TRC

A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC ( is a national engineering, environmental consulting and construction management firm that provides integrated services to the power, environmental, infrastructure and oil and gas markets. TRC serves a broad range of commercial, industrial and government clients, implementing complex projects from initial concept to delivery and operation. TRC delivers results that enable clients to achieve success in a complex and changing world. TRC trades on the NYSE under the symbol TRR. For more information, visit TRC's website at, follow us on Twitter and StockTwits at @TRC_Companies or find us on LinkedIn.

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TRC Appoints Doug Massih as SVP, Infrastructure Sector Leader

Massih to manage 500 professional and technical colleagues across multiple engineering disciplines

LOWELL, MA. -  TRC Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, today announced that Doug Massih, Senior Vice President, has been appointed as the new leader for the firm’s Infrastructure sector. Massih was previously the Infrastructure sector Deputy Director and SVP.

“Doug has been absolutely instrumental in transforming our infrastructure business from a regional model to our now successful nationally integrated practice,” said Chris Vincze, TRC's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Doug is a born leader and is also generous in giving the next generation of leaders the support they need through our project management training program and through less formal mentoring relationships. We’re extremely lucky to have a well-rounded asset like Doug at the firm, and we know in this new role he will continue to help the company grow.”

Massih has more than 30 years of technical services and comprehensive business-related experience. He has worked with clients ranging from public agencies to Fortune 500 companies on projects that have exceeded $2.0 billion in the transportation market.

He has overseen notable growth in TRC’s Construction Engineering & Inspection, Materials Inspection and Geotechnical Drilling capabilities. His team specializes in planning, design and construction engineering services for high profile bridge and roadway projects and has gained recognition as a pioneer in Seismic Structural Engineering for bridges in active earthquake zones. 

In addition, Massih initiated and manages the Infrastructure Sector’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) discipline, which provides consulting and advisory services for Infrastructure Development clients. P3 projects utilize a combination of private and public financing, including multi-billion dollar transportation concessions and greenfield development work, and Massih has been key in fueling the company’s growth in this area while increasing project backlog.

“The infrastructure market is poised for exponential growth,” Massih said. “TRC is well-positioned to help our clients design major upgrades to critical infrastructure, manage and administer their construction projects, navigate alternative project delivery models and implement technology solutions that support our communities’ transportation systems. A lot has changed in this industry during the past 30 years, but what stayed the same might be more important — our team’s focus on listening to our clients, getting to know them and their needs, and delivering creative, cost-effective solutions to their challenges as quickly as possible through a variety of project delivery methods.”

Massih earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Highway Engineers.

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TRC Acquires New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program Contract and Assumes Program Administrator Role

Plan to build on success and enhance energy efficiency benefits

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ and LOWELL, MA. - Jan. 17, 2017 - TRC Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, today announced it has acquired the contract to serve as Program Administrator of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ (NJCEP), which has provided more than $300 million annually in support to homeowners, businesses and government entities upgrading to high-efficiency and renewable energy technology.

“The acquisition of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program contract supports TRC’s strategy of enhancing our leadership position in the energy efficiency services market,” said TRC Chief Strategy Officer James Stephenson. “In order to prepare for evolving energy policies and economic drivers, TRC continues to broaden its capabilities to support a diverse portfolio of energy sources, including Power, Oil & Gas and Clean Energy.”

All the staff who have been working for the prior NJCEP Administrator, Ameresco Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Applied Energy Group Inc. (AEG), will be joining TRC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We at TRC are honored to assume our expanded role as the Program Administrator of this exciting program,” said Frank Reilly, TRC Senior Vice President of Energy Efficiency. “We look forward to the opportunity to expand participation in NJCEP, improve cost-effectiveness and deliver excellent service and economic and environmental benefits to New Jersey homeowners, businesses and government entities.”

TRC and AEG anticipate the transition will be seamless, with the same team continuing in its existing role without interruption. TRC’s Energy Efficiency practice is a growing, national leader in the design and implementation of state energy efficiency programs and provides services similar to the administration of NJCEP in several other states.

About New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP)
NJCEP, established on January 22, 2003 in accordance with the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act (EDECA), provides financial and other incentives to the state’s residential customers, businesses and schools that install high-efficiency or renewable energy technologies, thereby reducing energy usage, lowering customers’ energy bills and reducing environmental impacts. The program is authorized and overseen by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), and its website is

About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a national engineering, environmental consulting and construction management firm that provides integrated services to the power, environmental, infrastructure and oil and gas markets. TRC serves a broad range of commercial, industrial and government clients, implementing complex projects from initial concept to delivery and operation. TRC delivers results that enable clients to achieve success in a complex and changing world. TRC trades on the NYSE under the symbol TRR. For more information, visit TRC's website at, follow us on Twitter @TRC_Companies or find us on LinkedIn.

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TRC Names Kimberly Demuth as Market Director of Environmental Planning, Permitting and Licensing

Woodinville, WA and Lowell, MA – [January 3, 2017] – TRC Companies Inc., (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction management services, announced today that Kimberly Demuth has joined as Market Director of Environmental Planning. In this role, she will lead the development of the Pacific Northwest Region with the establishment of a Seattle office, as well expanding the environmental planning and permitting services of TRC on a national level.

 “Kimberly is a seasoned professional with more than 35 years of experience in the oil & gas, transportation and energy industries, and her expertise will be invaluable as we build our footprint in the Northwest,” said John Cowdery, TRC’s Environmental Sector Leader. “Kimberly has worked directly with a number of key federal agencies on significant projects, and her knowledge of cultural resources, NEPA and FERC permitting will help us to expand our offerings in those areas. We’re thrilled to have her on the team.”

Throughout her career, Ms. Demuth has managed National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Impact Statements (NEPA EIS) projects, and has successfully completed federal and state permitting for oil and natural-gas pipeline projects. These include the Keystone, Keystone XL, and Alberta Clipper EIS Pipelines projects. Ms. Demuth led tribal and agency NEPA and Section 106 consultation process for the Department of State on each of these projects. She also developed Programmatic Agreement Documents, for each project while working closely with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

 “TRC is widely recognized throughout the industry for their unwavering commitment to environmental preservation,” said Demuth. “I’m looking forward to helping continue this tradition while delivering clients the high level of service that TRC is known for.”

Demuth is a University of California graduate and also holds a Master’s in Historic Preservation of Architecture from the University of Oregon.

About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a national engineering, environmental consulting and construction management firm that provides integrated services to the power, environmental, infrastructure and oil and gas markets. TRC serves a broad range of commercial, industrial and government clients, implementing complex projects from initial concept to delivery and operation. TRC delivers results that enable clients to achieve success in a complex and changing world. TRC trades on the NYSE under the symbol TRR. For more information, visit TRC's website at, follow us on Twitter @TRC_Companies or find us on LinkedIn.

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Nicole Collins 
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TRC Predicts Big U.S. Infrastructure Push in 2017

Innovative funding mechanisms, project delivery methods will support increased investment

LOWELL, Mass. TRC Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, today released its top predictions for the infrastructure sector in 2017, including a significant expansion of investment supported by new financing sources and alternative project delivery methods.

President-elect Trump has backed a $1 trillion, ten-year U.S. infrastructure upgrade program and promised on the night of his election victory the country will be served by “second to none” roads, bridges, tunnels, transit, airports, schools, hospitals, and more.

TRC infrastructure experts anticipate three major trends driving the market in the coming year:

  1. Expect a big – and differently funded – push for infrastructure upgrades. While details will need time to be worked out between the new administration and Congress, all signs indicate Washington is ready to back the first major, multi-year omnibus infrastructure program in years. We see a high likelihood the new administration and Congress will look to some innovative ways of financing projects, including new tax breaks to incentivize private funding of infrastructure, a national Infrastructure Bank providing seed capital for project development, or a combination of both, to complement traditional tax- and toll-funded government and authority bonding.
  2. More than one way to fix a bridge. We foresee interest continuing to grow in 2017 for alternative delivery methods to get projects built more quickly and less expensively: design-build contracts, public-private partnerships, construction manager/general contractor, and hybrid approaches combining elements of all of those. The traditional and time-tested design-bid-build approach will continue to be a robust and primary approach to managing projects. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s innovative 25-year PPP to design, replace, and maintain 558 Keystone State bridges with strict limits on how long they can be closed during work –- no more than 60 to 110 days depending on size -- will be closely monitored by other states where motorists and taxpayers have been frustrated with long delays and disruptions associated with bridge work.
  3. Hot technologies will heat up basic infrastructure management. Though it could be years or decades before driverless cars and trucks are widely adopted, 2017 will see more breakthroughs from driverless transportation research and development reshaping transportation systems. Technology developed to support autonomous vehicles –- and the operational challenges of current highway design they’ve brought scrutiny to –- will propel efforts to improve the layout and operations of today’s roads, such as technology-enhanced systems that make on-ramp merging safer and manage vehicle spacing in places and times of heavy congestion. At the same time, use of drones for oversight of construction projects, inspections, and day-to-day highway operations will grow rapidly in 2017 as more governments and transportation authorities quantify the benefits and design protocols for drone use with the Federal Aviation Administration.

TRC CEO Chris Vincze said: “As more infrastructure in major U.S. metropolitan areas reaches the end of its useful life, TRC is well positioned to play a key role in facilitating upgrades across the country. Today’s ‘road and bridge contractors’ are working with or right next to so many other kinds of infrastructure: Gas, electric, and fiber-optic telecommunications, transmission, and distribution lines; water and sewer pipes; railroad and transit lines; and long-distance oil and gas pipelines. As a recognized leader in managing all aspects of linear construction, TRC provides a fully integrated approach to meet the challenges posed by the kinds of large-scale, complex infrastructure initiatives we expect to grow rapidly next year and beyond.”

TRC’s 4,100 professionals working from 120 locations in the U.S. and United Kingdom include hundreds of engineers and consultants with deep experience in delivering integrated infrastructure projects. The company’s expertise includes highway, roadway, railway and bridge engineering and design, construction management, civil site work engineering geotechnical engineering and drilling, and other related fields critical to successful infrastructure delivery.

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