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TRC’s Fearless Predictions for 2019: Clean Power Advances, Pipelines Get Safer and Natural Gas Burns Hot

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, consulting and construction management solutions fueled by innovative technology, today released its bold predictions for 2019, which include clean power continuing to spread, long overdue improvements to our nation’s infrastructure (despite a labor crunch), new pipeline safety mandates from Congress, and natural gas-fueled power plants continuing to increase.   

“The U.S. economy has taken off over the last few years, and that’s keeping us busy across all of our market sectors,” said TRC CEO Chris Vincze. “As the federal regulatory landscape continues to evolve, we expect more projects to get the green light and anticipate their timelines will shrink due to streamlined permitting and fewer hurdles. Infrastructure expenditures should increase as well at both the federal and state level as political leaders of every stripe agree that the country desperately needs to shore up its aging infrastructure.”

Here are TRC’s predictions for 2019 by business sector, as offered by our many in-house experts:

Environmental

  • The public will embrace eco-friendly transportation options. “The transportation industry continues to transform, with electric scooters and bikes taking off in U.S. cities, increasing accessibility and mobility while reducing emissions and improving air quality. Ridership will vastly exceed the 10 million rides milestone, even as regulations and infrastructure hurdles continue to be addressed. And the number of electric vehicles worldwide will exceed 6 million for the first time.” – Karen Lutz, Sustainability Director.
  • Industry will welcome new and improved air quality testing methods. “Industrial facilities that have been unable to expand due to particulate matter permitting issues will take advantage of a newly-approved EPA testing method to revisit their particulate emission inventories. This new method overcomes the positive bias of other methods and improves measurement accuracy for sources with low particulate matter emissions, such as gas-fired turbines.” – Dave Elam, Vice President, Air Measurements.
  • Schools and hospitals will continue to pump money into their real estate assets. “The real estate market will remain steady, with schools and hospitals investing in renovations and new construction to increase size, capacity and amenities. In addition, energy companies and utilities will continue to increase the efficiency of their operations and improve their balance sheets, which includes retiring non-performing assets. Many companies are eliminating these liabilities off their books and generating income as real estate values have increased.” – Dave Tiernan, Senior Vice President, Building Sciences.

Infrastructure

  • Spending on infrastructure will remain steady through 2019. “Regardless of uncertainty in Washington, federal funding will continue to flow at about the current pace. Just this month, the Department of Transportation awarded $1.5 billion for 91 transportation projects in 49 states through the BUILD program – a three-fold increase over last year. Meanwhile, existing federal programs such as transportation funding to state highway agencies and military base upgrades will continue, although some new contracts will take longer than usual to be awarded. On the state side, a number of states have passed new bond bills to pay for upgrades to transportation and water systems.” – Peter Spawn, Vice President of Business Development, Northeast Public.
  • The red-hot infrastructure market will face a personnel crunch. “Staying competitive during an already tight labor market will prove challenging. With the infrastructure sector remaining strong, we will once again see heavy demand for qualified personnel and companies turning to new technologies to improve productivity and realize efficiencies.” – Scott Gallaher, Deputy Director. 
  • Quick response teams will need to deal with an increase in infrastructure emergencies. “According to the recently released Fourth National Climate Assessment, climate change will cause growing losses to American infrastructure, increasing the need for designers, engineers and construction managers to stand at the ready to respond to emergencies and quickly repair or replace key assets.” – Agnes Weber, Senior Vice President, Construction Services West.
  • California will be busy transforming power plants and rebuilding transportation networks. “Two segments are going to boom in the next few years in California: power plant decommissioning – with the power plants replaced by battery storage or renewable energy projects – and transportation infrastructure. With funding sources now in hand and thankfully not eliminated via bond measure repeals, the work will begin. The industry just hopes it can attract skilled professionals to execute on the projects.” – Dave Zarider, Senior Vice President of Business Development, California.

Oil and Gas

  • U.S. oil and natural gas exports will reach record levels. “The United States will export more oil, natural gas and refined products than ever before – with the volume of crude oil exported 10 times higher than it was in 2013. In addition, the gas pipeline “Mega Rule” will go into effect in 2019, placing additional levels of scrutiny on the development and operation of natural gas gathering and transmission lines.” – Ed Wiegele, President.
  • New pipeline networks will spring up to serve the Permian Basin. “We will see tremendous growth in the renewables sector even as the oil and gas industry continues to be very busy developing new delivery routes from the Permian. The focus for pipeline operators will continue to be on verifying the integrity of their assets and updating them to meet current needs and standards.” – Robin Tomberlin, Vice President, Field Services.
  • Congress will act to bolster the safety of natural gas transmission lines. “2019 begins the quadrennial reauthorization of the nation’s Pipeline Safety Program. Combined with the impetus provided by the recent gas distribution incident in Massachusetts, new mandates from Congress seem inevitable. Bottom line: expect at least one new final rule in the first quarter of 2019 – undoubtedly the natural gas transmission rule that will require a pipeline operator to reconfirm a system’s maximum operating pressure using verified records.” –  Jeff Wiese, Vice President, Integrity Services.
  • Nobody will mess with Texas when it comes to oil production. “The rig count in Texas will remain the highest in the United States, with half of the 1,070 rigs currently in operation across the nation. The main reason is that drilling and production costs in Texas are the lowest in the country. But West Texas oil producers need to have an outlet for their natural gas (a natural byproduct of crude oil production) – which is why so many large diameter pipelines are being built to transport the natural gas to eastern markets in a more cost effective and efficient way.” – David Sowards, Director of Business Development.

Power

  • Rate-making policies will be updated to reflect the shift to clean power. “Expect 2019 to bring the onset of major reform to regulatory rate making at the state and federal level aimed at strengthening the financial health of clean power generators and stimulating further investments in a resilient electric power grid. Because of the dramatic acceleration in the use of new technologies for power generation and delivery, existing rate-making policies no longer support the economic and societal goals required to sustainably satisfy stakeholders.” – Jim Mayer, President.
  • Energy storage will improve, helping renewables become more reliable and resilient. “Growth in renewable energy will continue, expanding into new parts of the country, reaching new customers and creating challenges and opportunities for grid operators. We will see a significant increase in energy storage deployed in association with renewable projects. But the crunch for talent in power generation will continue as more experienced workers retire and the industry struggles to attract new engineers and operators into the field.”  – Mark Hall, Vice President, Power Generation.
  • Natural gas power plants will increase as coal cools and solar slows. “With coal-fired power plants continuing to shut down, federal incentives for solar power declining and industry returning to the United States, natural gas power plants will continue be built to fill the void – especially in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast. Coal plants that remain viable will continue to grapple with coal combustion residuals and eventually effluent limitation guidelines.” – Peter Belmonte, Vice President and National Market Director.

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A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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Parker Meeks Named President of TRC’s Infrastructure Sector

Former partner at McKinsey & Company to focus on strategic growth initiatives

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, consulting and construction management solutions fueled by innovative technology, announced today that Parker Meeks has been appointed president of its Infrastructure Sector.

Formerly the managing partner of McKinsey & Company’s Houston office and founding member of McKinsey’s Capital Productivity practice, Meeks will be responsible for strategic growth, customer acquisition and business development.

“Parker has a stellar track record bringing large construction projects to fruition and is an excellent addition to our leadership team,” said TRC CEO Chris Vincze. “Our infrastructure sector has been expanding dramatically, and Parker will concentrate on driving additional growth through geographic expansion, cross-selling our infrastructure services in other market sectors and identifying strategic acquisition targets.”

Meeks has deep expertise driving both capital project execution and ambitious strategic growth programs across the design/construction landscape, supporting a range of projects and capital programs worth up to $10 billion.

“TRC has a fantastic reputation and I’m thrilled to be joining such a dynamic, client-focused firm as it continues along on its robust growth trajectory,” said Meeks.

Meeks holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Management.

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A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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TRC to Cap High-Profile Los Angeles Landfill as First Step in Ambitious Mixed-Use Makeover

Once eyed by NFL, Carson site alongside I-405 to get new life after 53 years

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, consulting and construction management solutions fueled by innovative technology, has been awarded a $100 million environmental management contract to help bring a former Los Angeles county landfill next to I-405 back to life.

RE | Solutions, the company chosen to prepare the site for a future mixed use retail development, selected TRC to oversee the capping of the 157-acre Cal Compact landfill next to I-405 in Carson.

“TRC is excited to add our unparalleled environmental expertise to this project and play a pivotal role in bringing this contaminated site back to life after half a century of dormancy,” said Mark Robbins, acting president of TRC’s Environmental Sector.  

The landfill opened in 1959 and was filled with 6 million cubic yards of solid municipal trash and construction debris and 6.3 million gallons of industrial liquid waste. It closed in 1965 – three years before the city of Carson was incorporated – and has been vacant ever since. 

TRC has already begun working on the first phase of the project – a 50-acre section that will be transformed into the Los Angeles Premium Outlets, a high-end shopping destination with 150 stores spread across more than 400,000 square feet of retail space.

The project entails regrading the site, performing compaction work on existing landfill locations, covering them with a multi-layer cap and backfilling.  

“After decades, one of the best remaining undeveloped sites in the LA metropolitan area is finally beginning development,” said Stuart Miner, co-founder of RE | Solutions. “RES looks forward to working with the City of Carson, the Carson Reclamation Authority, and all the future vertical partners to reclaim the value in this tremendous property.”

The impermeable landfill cap – a thick sheet of plastic that will be covered with soil – will contain the landfill waste, prevent surface water from running into the waste zone or the underlying groundwater and impede the release of any landfill gases.

The site has been overseen by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control since 1988. The agency has spent $41 million on preliminary cleanup efforts.

As far back as 1978 – when the landfill was little more than an illicit spot for locals to ride dirt bikes and hunt jackrabbits – the site was considered for an NFL stadium by the Los Angeles Rams. In 2015 the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders resurrected the idea by proposing to build a shared stadium. But the project never came together

“This is a game changer for the City of Carson,” said Carson Mayor Albert Robles. “This project will generate significantly more revenues for the City than the previously considered NFL stadium, but with less impact to the surrounding neighborhoods.”

The mall is slated to open in late 2021.

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About RE | Solutions
Founded and led by Mary Hashem and Stuart Miner, RE | Solutions capitalizes on the team’s 30+ years of experience in brownfield redevelopment.  With projects in locations ranging from Colorado to New Jersey to California, Mary and Stuart have tackled complex redevelopment projects as large as 600 acres.  These projects demonstrate a common thread: they are successful, profitable projects completed despite a range of challenges.  RE | Solutions achieves this by utilizing experience and creative problem solving to create value for the development team and the community.

About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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TRC Hires Chief Digital Officer to Advance Tech Initiatives

Ryan Renner, an expert in cognitive technology, tapped for new role

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, consulting and construction management solutions fueled by innovative technology, announced today it has hired Ryan Renner to serve in the newly created role of Chief Digital Officer.

Renner will be instrumental in shaping and launching TRC’s digitization strategy. He will also spearhead the company’s applied technology initiatives, its efforts to create new software solutions for clients and the creation of a new technology services practice. 

“Continuing to develop disruptive new solutions and applications that our customers can benefit from is a cornerstone of our growth strategy,” said TRC CEO Chris Vincze. “Ryan is a perfect fit for this new role because he understands the dynamic opportunities that exist at the nexus of human intelligence and cognitive technology – and that’s exactly where our industry is headed.”

Formerly a principal at Deloitte Consulting, Renner served there as the Cognitive Advantage Leader and Strategy & Operations Analytics Leader. He will report directly to Vincze.

“I’m excited to join TRC and help the company build upon its robust foundation of innovative technology,” said Renner. “There’s already a strong team in place and I can’t wait to get to work helping it create new solutions that bring additional value to our clients.”

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A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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TRC Wins $36 Million Contract to Oversee Clean Up of FAA Superfund Site in New Jersey

Nine-year deal is for William J. Hughes Technical Center near Atlantic City

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, consulting and construction management solutions fueled by innovative technology, has been awarded a nine-year, $36 million contract from the Federal Aviation Administration to oversee remediation of an FAA-owned Superfund site in Atlantic County, N.J. 

The contract involves the 5,000-acre William J. Hughes Technical Center, which is eight miles northwest of Atlantic City and includes Atlantic City International Airport. 

“TRC is proud to be assisting the FAA with this important project to restore and protect the environment in and around the nation’s premier air transportation research facility,” said Paul Arnold, TRC’s vice president of engineering, construction and remediation. “Not only is this work critically important to the FAA, but also Atlantic City area residents, businesses and visitors.  

Under the Superfund Architect/Engineer Environmental Services contract, TRC will lead remedial investigation, risk assessment and design work, including innovative in situ technologies and remediation of aviation fuels, pesticides, heavy metals, PCBs, mercury and emerging contaminants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). More than 30 areas of concern with potential or actual environmental impacts have been identified at the site.

TRC will also perform:  

  • Groundwater and surface water modeling
  • Wetlands and hydrology monitoring
  • Hydrogeological and engineering studies
  • Long-term groundwater and seep sampling
  • Ecological and human health risk assessments
  • Natural resources damage assessments

The William J. Hughes Technical Center serves as the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory, testing, evaluating and validating the FAA's full spectrum of aviation systems. It is also responsible for developing scientific solutions to current and future air transportation safety challenges by conducting applied research and development.

TRC has been serving as the FAA’s engineering contractor at the site since 1986.

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About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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TRC Expands Presence in Power Market with Acquisition of Ohio-based IJUS

Move solidifies TRC’s position as a national leader in transmission and distribution

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, consulting and construction management solutions fueled by innovative technology, announced today it has acquired IJUS, a top power/utility engineering firm based in Gahanna, Ohio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“By acquiring IJUS, TRC is now one of the leading power distribution engineering and consulting firms in the country,” said TRC CEO Chris Vincze. “This is a sector of the power market that is primed for strong growth over the next decade, with utilities looking to improve grid reliability and resiliency and harden their infrastructures. This move positions us to capitalize on that increased demand and continue to meet the growing needs of our clients.”

Founded 13 years ago, IJUS has 320 employees across 15 offices in Ohio, California, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The firm specializes in tech-enabled engineering design, attachment services, field services and project management.

“This is a great move for IJUS,” said Wil Schulze, company founder and president. “I am excited to bring the company into a premier organization like TRC, which will enable us to expand the breadth of our services and build on our client-first approach to doing business.”  

IJUS performs work for some of the nation’s largest utilities, including American Electric Power, Duke Energy, Wisconsin Public Service, Nashville Electric Service, Tampa Electric, and Dayton Power & Light.  

With the acquisition, TRC now has more than 700 employees delivering a full complement of power transmission and distribution services in 30 states.  

“IJUS complements us geographically and helps expand the robust distribution engineering practice we already have,” said James Mayer, president of TRC’s Power Sector. “The company has a strong leadership team and is known throughout the industry for its creativity and innovation.”

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About IJUS
Since incorporating in January 2005, IJUS LLC has established itself as an industry leader in Engineering Design, Attachment Services, Field Services, Expanded Services, and Project Management for the Telecommunication and Electric Utility industries. We provide our clients with a wide range of skills and technical service knowledge deeply rooted in sound engineering principles. Every IJUS employee understands that our success hinges on our clients’ success. It’s a philosophy that drives our culture. Through collaboration and mutual achievements with our clients, IJUS is able to excel and form long-lasting partnerships.

About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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TRC Chosen to Provide Array of Integrated Services on Midship Pipeline Project

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, consulting and construction management solutions fueled by innovative technology, has been awarded a pair of contracts from Midship Pipeline Company LLC for the Midship Pipeline Project in Oklahoma – one for environmental consulting, engineering and field services and the other a stem-to-stern Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) contract for three compressor stations.

“We are excited to partner with the Midship Pipeline Company on this important project,” said Ed Wiegele, president of TRC’s Oil and Gas Sector. “By providing integrated services throughout the lifecycle of the project, we will streamline the work and help minimize risk.”

The Midship Pipeline Project consists of a new 36-inch mainline natural gas pipeline that stretches 199 miles through Oklahoma. TRC will perform engineering, mapping, civil surveying, environmental and right-of-way services on that portion of the project. Three mainline compressor stations, two lateral pipelines, a booster station and associated facilities will also be built.

The project, which recently received its Certificate Order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is scheduled to be put into service next year.

“Midship is a great project and we’re pleased to have TRC working on it,” said Jim Privett, Vice President of Project Management for Midship Pipeline Company. “This pipeline will deliver an enormous economic boost to the state of Oklahoma – during the design and construction phase and when it’s in operation, providing a valuable natural resource with a safe, efficient and economical path to the marketplace.”

Sunland Construction will serve as construction contractor on the compressor stations.

“Sunland is looking forward to teaming up with TRC on this important project,” said Craig Meier, President of Major Projects for Sunland.

Once completed, the Midship Pipeline will have the capacity to bring 1.44 million dekatherms of natural gas per day from the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma to the growing Gulf Coast and Southeast markets.

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About Midship Pipeline Company
For more information about Midship Pipeline Company, visit www.midshippipeline.com.  

About Sunland Construction
Since 1974, Sunland Construction, Inc. and its family of companies has been moving energy forward by providing energy related construction services of the highest quality. Sunland maintains its high standard of service by employing the best industry professionals in their respective fields. By combining the industry’s most skilled and experienced personnel with an outstanding safety record, Sunland consistently meets or exceeds the needs and expectations of oil and gas, transmission and petrochemical companies across the country.  

About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States

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TRC Acquires California Construction Management Firm Vali Cooper & Associates

Move adds transportation and water resources expertise to growing West Coast infrastructure sector

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leading provider of end-to-end engineering, consulting and construction management solutions fueled by innovative technology, announced today it has acquired Vali Cooper & Associates Inc., a top California infrastructure firm that manages transportation, water/wastewater, utility and facilities projects.   

“Vali Cooper & Associates is a leading construction management firm in California and has an excellent reputation throughout the industry, especially in the public sector,” said TRC CEO Chris Vincze. “This key acquisition aligns with our strategic growth strategy and will help diversify our robust portfolio of infrastructure services in one of the strongest markets in the country.”

With the deal, TRC now has nearly 600 employees in California providing a full complement of engineering and management services in the infrastructure, oil and gas, environmental and power markets.

“TRC shares many of the same values as VC&A, and joining with them will boost our national presence and enable us to expand the breadth of services we bring to our clients,” said Agnes Weber, VC&A’s chief strategy officer. “This is a great fit for both firms and we are thrilled about this exciting new chapter.”  

Based in Concord, Calif., VC&A has 200 employees and is ranked No. 45 on ENR’s list of the Top 100 construction management firms in the U.S. Its clients include the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California Department of Water Resources, Bay Area Rapid Transit and municipalities, water/flood control districts, private entities and utilities across California.

The company has branch offices throughout California and one in Colorado.

“Expanding our construction services capabilities will deepen the relationships we have with our clients and allow us to better serve them as a full-service engineering and management consultant,” said Doug Massih, president of TRC’s Infrastructure Sector. “VC&A brings a strong leadership team and talented staff into our company, and they will all play a key role in growing our infrastructure business, especially in California.”

The deal is the first major acquisition for TRC since it went private last June following its sale to New Mountain Capital.

The Vali Cooper & Associates M&A opportunity was introduced to TRC by Matheson Financial Advisors Inc., an AEC-focused corporate finance and investment banking firm that represented Vali Cooper and its shareholders.

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About Vali Cooper & Associates 
Vali Cooper & Associates Inc. is a professional services firm that specializes in construction management services for transportation (roadway and rail), water/wastewater and building facilities projects. Additional services include program and project management; stormwater pollution prevention, compliance and training; staff augmentation; and building plan checks. Since 1987, VC&A has built a solid foundation of successful construction projects to hundreds of satisfied clients in California and Colorado, including public agencies at the federal and state level and numerous towns, cities, counties, water/flood control districts, private entities and utilities. VC&A attributes its exemplary track record over the last 30 years to its focus on employee and client success.

About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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TRC’s Michael Murphy Wins Prestigious Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hydropower Industry

LOWELL, Mass. – TRC, a leader in engineering, consulting and construction-management services, is pleased to announce Michael Murphy has been named the 2018 recipient of the National Hydropower Association’s Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award for lifetime achievement and dedication to the hydropower industry.

Murphy found out he was the winner of the Henwood Award just two weeks after retiring from TRC in January.

“It was a total surprise, but I was deeply honored to be chosen by my peers across the country for this award,” he said. “I could not have imagined a better way to cap my career.”

Murphy spent more than 30 years in the power industry, starting out as an attorney at Green Mountain Power in Vermont. From there he moved on to Central Maine Power before starting his own national consulting firm, EPRO, in 1999. Murphy joined TRC after it acquired EPRO in 2003, ultimately serving as vice president and national market director for hydropower.

“I have been blessed to be surrounded by the finest hydropower staff in the country,” he said. “The TRC hydropower team is not only the most talented in the industry, but they made it a pleasure to come to work every day.”

Murphy worked in various roles throughout his career, which gave him a strong understanding of the different facets of the industry. Over the years he became one of the leading proponents of hydropower, speaking before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and testifying before Congress.

“Mike made an enormous impact on the industry over the course of his career,” said Jim Mayer, president of TRC’s Power Sector. “His vision and depth of knowledge was vital in helping TRC establish itself as a leading consultant on hydropower projects of all sizes.” 

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A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to the power, oil and gas, environmental and infrastructure markets. We serve a broad range of public and private clients, steering complex projects from concept to completion to help solve the toughest challenges. TRC is ranked #19 on ENR’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States.

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Former Los Angeles Oil Tank Transformed into Massive Surfing Mural

TRC installs colorful, three-story tall work from famed artist John Van Hamersveld

LOS ANGELES – El Segundo residents now have a striking new addition to their skyline – a giant mural of surf-inspired psychedelia thanks to iconic California artist John Van Hamersveld, city officials, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and TRC.

The mural – 32 feet high and 510 feet long – surrounds a hulking LADWP storage tank on Grand Avenue that’s no longer in use. TRC, a leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, commissioned Van Hamersveld to wrap the tank with his colorful artwork at the behest of the city of El Segundo.

“This project came to life after an El Segundo resident asked me if something could be done to improve the appearance of the tank,” said Mayor Drew Boyles. “This is a shining example of a resident voicing a concern and the city council working with stakeholders to develop a truly beautiful outcome. We would like to thank everyone involved for partnering on this ambitious project.”

The mural was installed in 51 panels that encircle the top of the tank, which once held 7.3 million gallons of oil from the refinery next door.  

Van Hamersveld, a 1959 graduate of El Segundo High School, is a famous pop artist who has done numerous murals around California – though none as large as this. But he’s best known for the poster he created for the seminal 1966 surf film “The Endless Summer” and for his work in the rock music world – an iconic Jimi Hendrix concert poster and album cover designs for the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour,” the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main St.” and the Grateful Dead’s “Skeletons From the Closet,” to name a few.

The Grand Avenue mural is a pastiche of Van Hamersveld’s earlier work. It features vibrant, Day-Glo waves and much of the classic iconography he’s created over the years, so it serves as something of a career retrospective for the 76–year-old artist.

“Yeah, that’s kind of the way I faced it,” he said. “The wave is the eternal world that goes through time and below that are these symbols that are my work over time, so putting that together is sort of an interesting collage.”

Van Hamersveld said he’s excited about the project’s gargantuan size – and the fact that thousands of air passengers flying out of Los Angeles International Airport will be able to see it while taking off each day.

“The most interesting part of it is at various altitudes in El Segundo you can see it on the horizon, and in silhouette it’s almost 250 feet wide,” he said. “So it’s really an amazing gallery to be able to put that out.”

The installment was funded by the LADWP.

“As with any LADWP initiative, it is important to us to be a good neighbor to those around our projects,” said Marty Adams, LADWP Chief Operating Officer. “We are pleased to have partnered with the City of El Segundo to enhance the community by featuring John Van Hamersveld’s artwork on our tank. For as long as we have a use for this tank here, this will be home for this remarkable piece of art.”

TRC oversaw the prep work on the tank and the installation of the mural, which was printed on a mesh-like fabric so the wind can pass through it.

“This project is a lot more colorful than what we usually work on – literally and figuratively,” said Mark Robbins, acting president of TRC’s Environmental Sector. “We’re excited to have played a part in delivering something bold and unique that thousands of people will be able to appreciate on a daily basis.”

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About the City of El Segundo
The city of El Segundo is a coastline community in the south bay region of Los Angeles County. Recognized as the aerospace capital of the world, it is renowned for maintaining a quaint, small town atmosphere as well as a thriving business environment that caters to some of the world’s most prestigious corporations. El Segundo is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and the award-winning Los Angeles Times.

About Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
LADWP is the nation’s largest municipal utility, providing reliable, sustainable and cost-effective water and power to the City of Los Angeles.  Currently, LADWP has a 7,880 MW electric capacity and serves an average of 438 million gallons of water per day to the 4 million residents and businesses of L.A.   

About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a global engineering, environmental consulting and construction management firm that provides integrated services to the energy, environmental, infrastructure and pipeline services 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.

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