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TRC’s 2018 Predictions: Infrastructure Initiatives Intensify, Grids Get Smarter and Renewables Remain All the Rage


LOWELL, Mass. – TRC Companies Inc., a leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, today released its top predictions for 2018, which include federal and state governments pumping trillions into the nation’s aging infrastructure and utilities building smarter, more balanced grids.

“2018 is shaping up to be a dynamic year across all of our market sectors,” said TRC CEO Chris Vincze. “With the new administration in Washington entering its second year, a mix of new legislative initiatives, ongoing regulatory changes and always-changing market forces will combine to trigger a year of big transition – most of it positive to the economy and the environment.”

Here are TRC’s predictions for 2018 by business sector, as offered up by our many in-house experts:

Infrastructure

  • Comprehensive federal infrastructure legislation will bankroll projects big and small across the country. “With the U.S. House and Senate trying to reconcile separate tax reform bills that each include corporate tax rate reductions, the next big piece of legislation will be long overdue infrastructure funding. These two significant pieces of legislation will spur continued growth and tax revenue to keep the economy growing well into the next several years. This will bolster federal, state and local government budgets, resulting in additional infrastructure investment from all levels of government.” – Doug Massih, President, Infrastructure Sector.
  • States will rely on alternative approaches to planning and construction in order to pay for their projects “Expect a large upswing in design/build transportation projects and more public/private partnership procurements. These more agile delivery methods could be the best way for states to meet their funding goals, depending on what happens with the Trump administration’s planned infrastructure push and potential staffing cutbacks at state transportation departments.” – David Clevenger, Principal, Transportation Design.
  • A boom in projects in some states will prompt labor shortages across the spectrum – and lead to delays for companies that don’t plan accordingly. “States will continue to lead the way in terms of public programs over the next three years, causing potential labor and professional shortages as projects are teed up. As an example, in California, major water projects such as the Sacramento Delta project and the tremendous number of transportation infrastructure projects under consideration will lead to an acute shortage of professional and field labor. The shortage of personnel will even impact oversight agencies. This will back up schedules for some projects. Firms will need to strategically re-allocate or relocate personnel to keep projects on target in advance of this phenomenon.” – Dave Zarider, Senior Vice President, California Initiative.

Power

  • The transition to renewable sources of energy will continue unabated. “TRC is experiencing strong demand in solar siting projects, and overall U.S. spending on renewables – solar, wind, geothermal, hydro – is anticipated to exceed $13 billion per year through 2020.” – John Cowdery, President, Environmental Sector.
  • Expanding energy storage and finding new uses for old power plants will become priorities. “Interest in grid-integrated energy storage and distributed generation will remain high. Look for growing interest on the part of utilities to supplement grid hardening activities in order to make them more resilient to storms, natural disasters, cyber attacks or terrorist threats. And interest in alternative uses for low capacity factor and shuttered power plants will grow as land developers capitalize on the unique infrastructure that these sites provide.” – Mark Hall, Vice President, Power Generation.
  • The push for smart grids will pick up from both the utility side and the regulatory side. “Utilities will continue to review, evaluate and invest in distributed generation while working with regulators to pilot projects and demonstrate the value of intelligent grid systems. The key to truly smart grids will be IT and telecommunication upgrades that optimize system measurement and monitoring capabilities. This will improve the ability to prevent system outages and reliability/quality impacts from the integration of renewable technology or natural disasters.” – Stephen Persutti, Vice President, Utility Development.

Oil & Gas

  • Pipeline rules will be in flux, with new rules being finalized, others eliminated and new ones created. “The haze of regulatory uncertainty that follows any White House transition has slowly begun to clear, and its impact on pipelines will be felt in 2018. The Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has new leadership, and we can expect to see action on rules affecting underground storage of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines – some of them with clear compromises showing. The natural gas transmission and gathering rule (the so-called “Mega Rule”) will continue to be hotly debated through PHMSA advisory committees, with a final rule possibly coming near the end of 2018.” – Jeff Wiese, Vice President, Pipeline Integrity Services.
  • Investment in natural gas projects will be tempered by low prices. “Due to massive capacity additions to the global LNG trade – mainly from the U.S., Russia and Australia – the average price of natural gas will stay below $7 globally and below $3.50 in the United States. This will stifle investment in many long-term projects, such as global-scale LNG export facilities. Import and utilization infrastructure in the form of terminals, pipelines and power plants will need time to catch up with the new export capacity.” – Paul Sansom, Oil & Gas Market Analyst.

Environmental

  • Technological advancements will lead to increased air quality monitoring. “Low-cost ambient air sensors will emerge as credible tools to support ambient air and indoor air quality monitoring programs. Ambient air sensor technology and data reporting protocols continue to advance, resulting in measurement instrumentation with improved reliability, accuracy and precision. And many of these new sensors are capable of real-time, cloud-based reporting. As a result, sensor technology will support energy and indoor air quality management programs in commercial buildings and find an expanded role in community air monitoring programs, such as those anticipated under California Assembly Bill 617.” – David Elam, Vice President – Project Director, Air Measurements.
  • Renovation and re-use will be the name of the game in commercial real estate. “With the overall economy likely to continue growing, the real estate market will remain active. And that means prices will remain high in all the major city markets, forcing businesses and developers to start looking at Class B or C space at more reasonable rates and then investing resources to upgrade these properties.” – David Tiernan, Senior Vice President, National Practice Leader, Building Sciences.

“Trying to predict what the future holds is always a challenge because there are so many variables and unknowns,” said Vincze. “The one thing I do know is that whatever unfolds in 2018, TRC will be there to help our clients navigate any changes or challenges they encounter and capitalize on any new opportunities that arise.”

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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.

For more information, visit TRC's website at www.TRCsolutions.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Doug Hanchett
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TRC Selected to Oversee Rehabilitation of San Francisco’s Iconic Lefty O’Doul Bridge near AT&T Park

Pedestrian access to Giants games, travel lanes to be maintained


LOWELL, Mass. and SAN FRANCISCO – TRC Companies Inc., a leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, has been selected by San Francisco Public Works to provide key design, environmental documentation and construction support services for the rehabilitation of the historic Third Street Bridge, also known as the Lefty O’Doul Bridge in honor of the homegrown baseball legend.

Under the direction of San Francisco Public Works, TRC will lead a team of structural, bridge and environmental engineers to inspect and assess the condition of the drawbridge, which spans the Mission Creek Channel. The team will then prepare rehabilitation plans for the structure, which will allow the City to put the project out to bid. TRC will also be supporting the City during the construction process.

“The Third Street Bridge is a historic treasure and a key access point in downtown San Francisco,” said John Cowdery, TRC’s senior vice president and environmental sector director. “TRC is excited about performing this important work and helping ensure this iconic span continues to operate smoothly for generations to come.”

TRC is quite familiar with the structure, having played a key role in the last major reconstruction of the bridge in 1998.

The project will include repairing and replacing damaged steel members, welds, the concrete counterweight, support piles, bridge fenders, and portions of the bridge deck, as well as spot removal of rust and associated priming and recoating. TRC will help plan and coordinate the work of underwater divers and barge and raft crews installing temporary barriers and containment curtains.

The movable, single-leaf, heel trunnion type bascule bridge was opened on May 12, 1933. Its patented design was developed by Joseph Strauss of the Strauss Bascule Bridge Company, who also designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

A designated San Francisco landmark, the Third Street Bridge has been featured in several movies and TV shows, including Clint Eastwood’s “The Enforcer” and the James Bond film “A View to a Kill.”

Third Street is a significant north-south roadway that connects the Financial District, South of Market District, Mission Bay District, Dogpatch, Bayview, and a number of other districts along the highly traveled eastern edge of the city and county. It is also the primary link between AT&T Park and its major parking areas. During games, two traffic lanes are closed to vehicles to allow pedestrian access across the channel for the throngs of fans entering and leaving the ballpark.

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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 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.

For more information, visit TRC's website at www.TRCsolutions.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.


Contact:
Doug Hanchett
Communications Manager
dhanchett@trcsolutions.com
978-656-3640

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TRC Adds to Electric Utility Expertise in the Southwest

Albuquerque native Mark Murray hired to lead licensing efforts in New Mexico


LOWELL, Mass. –
TRC Companies Inc., a leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, has hired Mark Murray of Albuquerque to head up its electric licensing and planning practice in New Mexico.  

Murray has more than 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry and has directed and managed transmission, engineering and land departments for power suppliers and rural electric cooperatives in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

“The breadth and depth of Mark’s experience in the electric utility industry will be a huge asset for TRC and our clients,” said John Cowdery, senior vice president and environmental sector director. “His expertise in a multitude of areas bolsters TRC’s proven ability to help clients successfully plan and implement their projects.”  

Murray has a long track record of siting electric transmission and generation facilities throughout the Southwest, helping bring affordable electricity to millions of homes and businesses. He has been instrumental in negotiating easements for power lines, generation facilities and telecommunications projects across private, tribal and public lands.

Murray has been especially adept at building collaborative relationships with Native American tribes and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.    

From 2011-2013 Murray served on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Desert Advisory Council as an appointee of the Department of the Interior.

Murray holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University, a Master of Arts in Computer Information Systems from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe. He is a registered land surveyor in New Mexico and a member of the International Right of Way Association. He is also deeply involved in the Western Utility group and served as its chairman from 2006 to 2012.

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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 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. For more information, visit TRC's website at www.TRCsolutions.com.


Contact:
Doug Hanchett 
Communications Manager 
dhanchett@trcsolutions.com
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TRC Welcomes Paul DiFilippo as Principal Electrical Engineer for System Protection

LOWELL, Mass. - [September 20, 2017] - TRC Companies Inc., a leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, welcomes Paul DiFilippo, P.Eng., as Principal Electrical Engineer in TRCs System Protection department. In this role, DiFilippo will be responsible for protective relay engineering and technical support, as well as NERC PRC and NPCC technical support within TRC’s System Protection Engineering practice.

“Paul brings years of operational and leadership experience in Protection Asset Management as well as deep understanding of what utilities and transmission operators need to do to comply with North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) and Northeast Power Coordinating Council (NPCC) standards,” said Jerad Pelotte, System Protection Manager at TRC. “Paul has played a key role in drafting many of the NERC standards, and his unparalleled expertise in this area makes him an invaluable source of counsel for our utility clients as they navigate the continual change within the utilities industry and its regulatory landscape.”

With more than 30 years in the protection and control discipline, DiFilippo has obtained significant experience in commissioning, maintenance, protection system fault analysis, protection standards, strategies, asset management, and NERC PRC standard compliance, as well as providing leadership and support to field protection and control staff. 

Most recently, DiFilippo served as a Manager of System Protection Asset Management at Hydro One Networks, Inc. in Ontario, Canada’s largest electric transmission and distribution service provider. In that role, he oversaw protection and control within the Transmission Asset Management function and helped develop compliance guidance documentation for all NERC PRC standards, including NERC PRC-005, which became the basis of the company’s current compliance program. In 2011 DiFilippo represented Hydro One on the NERC standards drafting team for a revised NERC standard PRC-004 on Protection System Misoperations. 

In addition to his leadership at Hydro One, DiFilippo has served in various roles on the NPCC’s Task Force on System Protection since 2008, including as vice chairman and chairman. In 2009, he participated on the standard drafting team for the NERC regional standard PRC-002-NPCC-01, which was later superseded by NERC PRC-002-2 to cover all of North America. DiFilippo continues to serve on the NPCC Task Force as a general member representing TRC.

DiFilippo is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (Honors) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and has completed additional studies in financial accounting and Canadian financial securities. 

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 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. For more information, visit TRC's website at www.TRCsolutions.com.

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TRC Names Susan Slattery as Vice President of Project Services in Oil & Gas Sector

LOWELL, Mass. and TULSA. - [August 10, 2017] - TRC Companies Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction management services, announced today that it has named Susan Slattery as Vice President of Project Services. In this role, she will be responsible for proposals, contract administration, procurement and project controls for Engineering and Field Services within the Oil & Gas Sector.

Ms. Slattery will also focus on the development of further efficiencies and consistency across critical project support services within the Engineering and Field Services practices.

Simon Wooler, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Field Services within the Company’s Oil & Gas sector, said: “In this new role, Susan will ensure that our clients enjoy even more consistent, responsive, and cost-effective service from their TRC consultants. Having overseen technical development for a wide range of facilities, Susan possesses a deep understanding of the foundations of productive and positive client-consultant relationships as well as how to develop contract language and procedures that ensure TRC delivers the most positive client engagements.”

Most recently, Ms. Slattery served as Vice President and Chief Engineer of Facilities Engineering within the Engineering Services practice. Over the last 26 years, she has provided leadership to a group of multi-discipline engineers, designers and drafters.  She has been successful in overseeing technical support for all facility projects, which included compressor stations, pump stations, meter stations and terminal facilities. 

Ms. Slattery holds a B.S., Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas, and has been certified as a Professional Engineer in 26 states. She is also a record holder with the National Council for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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TRC names Simon Wooler SVP in Oil & Gas Sector

Wooler to lead TRC field services, engineering operations practice groups

LOWELL, Mass., and HOUSTON, July 7, 2017 – TRC Companies Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, announced today it has named industry leader Simon Wooler as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Field Services within TRC’s Oil & Gas Sector.

Mr. Wooler has more than 30 years of experience in business leadership and project execution for the oil & gas, pipeline, chemical, and petrochemical markets in the United States and globally. Most recently Mr. Wooler managed 2,500-employees in a $500 million onshore business unit, overseeing engineering, procurement, and construction management services for services for the upstream, midstream, downstream and industrial markets. .

Ed Wiegele, TRC Senior Vice President and Oil & Gas Sector Director, said: “We’re excited to welcome Simon and his deep industry expertise to TRC. We are confident he can accelerate our success serving a growing roster of Oil & Gas clients and enhance TRC’s overall execution on its long-term growth strategy.’’

Mr. Wooler will be based in Houston and will oversee TRC’s Field Services Operations and Engineering Operations national practice groups.

Mr. Wooler said: “TRC is well known as an innovative, responsive firm that solves complex challenges and delivers results clients can rely on. I look forward to helping lead the entire team in building and growing TRC’s Oil & Gas business.”

Mr. Wooler graduated from Hatfield Polytechnic (University of Hertfordshire) in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and engineering science.

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TRC Names Ana Eisenhauer as Vice President of Marketing

Lowell, Mass. – [July 6, 2017] – TRC Companies Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction management services, announced today that Ana Eisenhauer has joined as Vice President of Marketing. In this role, she will lead all marketing strategy development and execution for TRC to enhance the Company’s brand recognition.  

“Ana’s cutting-edge strategic marketing know-how and deep technical background are the right combination to elevate TRC’s approach to marketing ourselves and providing a new level of communication with our clients across the country,” said Chris Vincze, TRC’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Ana will help to ensure that TRC remains a step ahead when it comes to reaching and engaging with prospective clients.”

Throughout her career, Ms. Eisenhauer has guided the development and implementation of functional strategies and strategic initiatives that support company and business goals in market leadership and aggressive growth. During her time as Director of Marketing and Strategy at KBR, Inc., she managed worldwide marketing communications and promotion plans to position the company as a global thought leader and to maximize market awareness. Prior to KBR, Inc., Ms. Eisenhauer worked in several areas within The Dow Chemical Company, including Process and Production Engineering, Project Management, Six Sigma, Business Development and Marketing.

“TRC is a dynamic company, focused on the key market segments that will enable continued, fast-paced growth and visibility,” said Ms. Eisenhauer. “I am very pleased to join the team and I look forward to being part of an exciting journey.”

Eisenhauer earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil and also holds an M.B.A from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently in the process of relocating from Houston, TX to Boston, MA. 

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TRC Completes Merger With Affiliates of New Mountain Capital

LOWELL, Mass., June 21, 2017 —  TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR) (“TRC”), a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, today announced it has completed the previously announced merger with affiliates of New Mountain Partners IV, L.P. (“NMC”), an investment fund managed by New Mountain Capital, L.L.C. As a result of the transaction, NMC acquired TRC for $17.55 per share in cash. TRC shares will be delisted from the NYSE and will no longer be publicly traded.

“The completion of this transaction marks the beginning of a new chapter for TRC and is an important step in executing on our long-term growth strategy,” said TRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “There is an immense need for creative thinking to help solve some of the world’s toughest infrastructure and energy challenges and, with NMC’s partnership, TRC is well-positioned to do just that. NMC’s financial strength and strategic relationships will help us strengthen our commitment to our clients, increase professional opportunities for our staff and accelerate our culture of innovation — all with the intent of building a more valuable company.”

Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. acted as financial advisor to TRC and Covington & Burling LLP acted as legal advisor to TRC.

Barclays Capital Inc. and UBS Securities LLC acted as M&A advisors to NMC and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to NMC. NMC also received M&A and industry advice from EFCG (Environmental Financial Consulting Group).

About TRC

A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC (www.TRCsolutions.com) 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.  Follow us on Twitter at @TRC_Companies and on LinkedIn.

About New Mountain Capital

New Mountain Capital is a New York-based investment firm that emphasizes business building and growth, rather than debt, as it pursues long-term capital appreciation. The firm currently manages private equity, public equity and credit funds with approximately $15 billion in aggregate capital commitments. New Mountain Capital seeks out what it believes to be the highest-quality growth leaders in carefully selected industry sectors and then works intensively with management to build the value of these companies. For more information on New Mountain Capital, please visit www.newmountaincapital.com.


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TRC Awarded $2.5 Million North Carolina Natural Gas Transmission Line Contract

PSNC Energy will use Integra Link™ for multi-stakeholder coordination

LOWELL, Mass., May 12, 2017 — TRC Companies, Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, announced today it has been awarded a $2.5 million contract to provide engineering and construction support to PSNC Energy for its 40-mile Franklin and Wake County Extension Project to meet strong demand for natural gas in North Carolina.

“TRC has been honored to serve PSNC Energy for several years, and we are excited to support its work to increase the availability of clean, reliable and affordable natural gas for customers in this fast-growing part of North Carolina,” said TRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “Integra Link is the ideal platform for infrastructure owners, regulators and other stakeholders to get timely, accurate information at all times about the progress of the project.”

As part of the contract, TRC will deploy its industry-leading Integra Link™ project data management platform to give PSNC and third-party stakeholders up-to-the-minute access to complete and verified information including pipeline routing, field data, environmental compliance, inspection reports and other key data. The data can be accessed from desktops, smartphones, tablets and other devices.

PSNC Energy, a SCANA company, is developing the 40-mile extension of 20-inch transmission line to meet increasing demand for natural gas due to residential, commercial and industrial growth in Franklin and Wake counties. Construction is expected to begin next fall with an expected completion by summer 2019.

TRC maintains five offices in North Carolina, including two each in Asheville and Chapel Hill and a fifth in Raleigh.

About PSNC Energy
PSNC Energy, headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to more than 550,000 customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas in the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; and the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard and Sylva areas in the western part of the state. More information about PSNC Energy is available through the company’s website at psncenergy.com, Twitter and Facebook.

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. Follow us on Twitter @TRC_Companies and on LinkedIn.

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