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TRC’s Gale Hoffnagle Receives Henry T. Harrison Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Consulting Meteorologist

LOWELL, MASS. - TRC Companies, Inc. is pleased to announce that Gale F. Hoffnagle has received the Henry T. Harrison Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Consulting Meteorologist from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The award was given during a ceremony at the 94th AMS Annual Meeting on February 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.


TRC’s Gale Hoffnagle (right) receives Henry T. Harrison Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Consulting Meteorologist.

Hoffnagle, a senior vice president and a leader of TRC’s Air Quality Consulting Practice, has been an active member of the American Meteorological Society since 1968 and has been a certified Consulting Meteorologist since 1976. He has worked for TRC since 1982 in various consulting and managerial positions and currently leads 80 air quality scientists and engineers in performing permitting and consulting work for a wide range of industrial and governmental clients.

Hoffnagle is a Past President of the Air and Waste Management Association, the National Council of Industrial Meteorologists, and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He has also held various Committee Chairman posts for organizations including the American Meteorological Society, and the American Petroleum Institute. He is a Qualified Environmental Professional and a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and has provided clients with environmental consulting expertise for more than 45 years.

The Henry T. Harrison award was established in 2011 to honor Henry T. Harrison who was named the first AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) in 1957. He accompanied Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd on his first Antarctic expedition in 1929-30, where he studied weather conditions. Prior to the expedition, Harrison was a meteorologist with the United States Weather Bureau in Cleveland for several years. Nominations for the award are considered by the Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists and recommendations are given final approval by the AMS Council.

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TRC Awarded Design/Build Project for Coalfields Expressway

LOWELL, MASS. – January 29, 2014 -- TRC Companies, Inc. is part of a team with Bizzack Construction, LLC that has been awarded a design/build project by the West Virginia Division of Highways. TRC will serve as the prime design consultant for the $13.5 million project, which includes the grading and drainage of a new section of the Coalfields Expressway in southern West Virginia. When complete, the new expressway will connect with existing highways in the area, resulting in safer, shorter commutes for motorists.

“TRC is proud to support Bizzack Construction on this project to implement a design build strategy for the West Virginia Division of Highways,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Together we are dedicated to improving the safety and longevity of important transportation routes in the State.”

The existing two-lane roadway has many deficiencies, including a high percentage of "No Passing" zones, and numerous steep grades and reduced-speed zones. The new road will link Interstates 64 and 77 in West Virginia with Route 83 in Virginia, which further links to interstates in Kentucky and Tennessee. The new expressway will improve mobility and safety and support economic development, including increased tourism.

As prime design consultant for the project, TRC will be leading the effort for the roadway alignment design, drainage design and overall management of the geotechnical design for the project. In addition, TRC will lead the construction quality control and inspection for the project.

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TRC Completes Archaeological Data Recovery for South Carolina DOT

LOWELL, MASS. – January 22, 2014 -- TRC Companies, Inc. has completed an archaeological data recovery project for the South Carolina Department of Transportation to assess artifacts from a prehistoric site that was discovered during the widening of Highway U.S. 378 in Florence County. The artifacts, which will be placed in the Florence County Museum after cleaning and processing, will help the community better understand how people lived thousands of years ago in the Northeast section of South Carolina.

“TRC is proud to be a part of this historically significant project in South Carolina,” said Project Manager Sean Norris. “We are committed to helping our clients successfully complete their projects while protecting the environment and preserving vital information about ancient ways of life.”

Since the site’s original discovery in 2009, TRC has conducted a number of archaeological surveys and test excavations to assess the nature of the site and its artifacts. Data recovery began in July 2013. Over eight weeks, TRC carefully collected soil samples and artifacts including pottery fragments and chips of stone fragments from arrowheads, drills, knives, scrapper tools, hammers and possible gaming pieces. The artifacts, whose relative age ranges from 10,000 to 1,000 years old, are currently being cleaned and analyzed. The project has involved the participation of local Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, Florence County, and the Catawba Indian Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Office.

“Tremendous care has been taken to ensure that all materials uncovered during the fieldwork will be stabilized and processed for curation at the Florence County Museum,” said Chad Long, Archaeologist/NEPA Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. “We are looking forward to reviewing the results of TRC's investigations at the site and learning more about the prehistory of the region.”

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TRC Launches Communications Engineering Project for Central Hudson Gas & Electric

LOWELL, MASS. – January 14, 2014 -- TRC Companies, Inc. has been awarded a $2.5 million contract by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. to design, procure and build a broadband communications network that will improve the reliability of electric service in a test area within their Mid-Hudson service territory. The project will provide connectivity for a new distribution automation system and include the evaluation of Wide Area Network (WAN) technology.

“TRC is excited to provide innovative solutions to our long-term client Central Hudson Gas & Electric,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our telecommunications engineers will help Central Hudson improve grid efficiency by providing real-time intelligence of system conditions; enhance integration of distributed resources; and defer costly system reinforcements.”

The project will help prepare Central Hudson’s energy networks for the application of new technologies to upgrade substations and improve utility operations.

During the project, TRC will perform permitting, engineering and construction, as well as data networking system design to provide security and redundancy of data. TRC will manage the purchase and installation of equipment throughout. The project is expected to be complete in spring 2015.

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TRC Acquires Energy Services Business from EMCOR Group, Inc.

LOWELL, MASS. – January 6, 2014 -- TRC Companies, Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, consulting and construction management services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets, today announced that it has acquired EMCOR Energy Services, Inc. (EES), a subsidiary of EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE: EME), in an all-cash transaction. TRC expects the transaction to be accretive during the second half of fiscal 2014.

Based in San Francisco, EES provides engineering consulting services to utilities to support their energy programs in California. Services include related engineering, technical review, compliance, verification, and administration of utilities’ energy efficiency programs. EES revenue for the calendar year 2013 is estimated at $4.4 million.

“The acquisition of EES further diversifies TRC’s service offering to the energy efficiency markets by expanding our core program management and consulting capabilities with additional engineering resource services for utility clients,” said TRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “With two locations in California, EES enhances TRC’s footprint and technical capabilities in a key growth market and continues TRC’s strategy to invest in growth opportunities in the power and utility markets.”

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TRC’s Sean Layerle Elected to the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council

LOWELL, MASS. – December 16, 2013 – TRC Companies, Inc. is pleased to announce that Sean K. Layerle, a Program Manager with TRC in Oakland, California, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council (CEEIC). The CEEIC is the premier industry trade group representing non-utility companies that provide energy efficiency services and products in California. Layerle has been recognized by the industry as a leading figure in the state and is one of the CEEIC’s youngest elected Board members to date.

Layerle joined TRC in 2012 and has held Program Management and Consulting positions designing cutting edge energy efficiency and demand response programs nationwide since 2006. These include integrated audit, retro-commissioning, monitoring-based commissioning, retail demand response and wholesale demand response programs. In addition to design and implementation of demand side management programs, Layerle is an active contributor on a variety of regulatory and policy issues and sits on TRC’s Executive Sustainability Committee. This appointment represents an expansion of TRC’s ongoing participation on councils and policy committees across many industries.

About the CEEIC
The California Energy Efficiency Industry Council (CEEIC) is an industry trade group representing non-utility companies that provide energy efficiency services and products in California. Its member companies employ thousands of people supporting the efficient use of energy in California and throughout the world. CEEIC supports appropriate energy efficiency policies, programs, and technologies that create sustainable jobs and foster long-term economic growth, stable and reasonably priced energy infrastructures, and environmental improvement.

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TRC Supports Successful Roadway Widening Project in Visalia, CA

LOWELL, MASS. – Nov. 25, 2013 – On Tuesday, November 19, engineers from TRC Companies, Inc. joined officials from the City of Visalia, California and other dignitaries for the grand opening of the improved State Route 198/Plaza Drive Interchange. TRC performed the planning and design for this $26 million project which will promote economic growth across Tulare County by improving access to employment centers and enhancing the movement of goods.

“TRC is proud to have been part of the Plaza Drive Widening and Interchange project,” said Mark Imbriani, TRC Vice President and Project Manager. “The wider roadway and enlarged interchange will alleviate traffic congestion and provide better access to Visalia’s Industrial Park, which houses many major product distribution centers serving the Western U.S. With better traffic flow, fuel consumption will be reduced and air quality in the area will improve. Travel time for motorists will also be reduced, and safety will be enhanced.”

This major public works project commenced by the City of Visalia in 2008 widened Plaza Drive from two to four or six lanes over a distance of 1.5 miles between Airport Drive on the south and Goshen Avenue on the north. Auxiliary lanes were constructed on SR 198 between Plaza Drive and SR 99. The work included widening the structure overcrossing SR 198 from three to seven lanes to improve traffic circulation and capacity. Four retaining walls were required to minimize impacts to a hotel, park, and high-risk utility fiber-optic and gas lines.

TRC has worked with the City of Visalia since 2000 on three interchange projects on the SR 198 corridor. The Plaza Drive Interchange project won the 2013 Project of the Year Award in the Economic Development Category from the Tulare County Association of Governments.

City of Visalia Plaza Drive Interchange Ribbon Cutting – November 19, 2013
From Left to Right: John Rowland (Peters Engineering) – Traffic Engineer; Todd Lambert (TRC) – Project Engineer; Justina Conklin (TRC) – Senior Transportation Engineer; Fred Lampe (City of Visalia) – Project Manager; Adam Ennis (City of Visalia) – Public Works Director; Mark Imbriani (TRC) – Vice President / Project Manager; Amy Shuklain – Mayor of Visalia; Glenn Armstrong (TRC) – Transportation Engineer

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Public Service of New Hampshire Awards Substation Improvement Contract to TRC

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. has been awarded a $490,000 contract by Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH), a Northeast Utilities company, to place a spare auto transformer into service in Littleton, N.H. The project is one element of PSNH’s 10-year plan to update the electrical grid in New Hampshire to ensure the more reliable delivery of power to customers.

“TRC is proud to continue our long-standing relationship with PSNH by supporting their efforts to upgrade the power infrastructure in New Hampshire,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “In partnership with PSNH, we look forward to delivering project solutions that increase power reliability and improve service for their customers.”

Under the contract, TRC will create a new 115kV bay position so the existing spare autotransformer at the Littleton substation can be placed into service. The new transformer will link to the regional transmission grid via a new 2,500-foot tap from National Grid’s 230kV transmission system.

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TRC, SMDA & AEW Win Environmental Award for Innovative Program at Michigan Landfills

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc., together with South Macomb (Mich.) Disposal Authority (SMDA) and Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc. (AEW), has been recognized by the Environmental Management Association for innovative rehabilitation of former solid-waste landfill properties, using a combination of technologies including phytoremediation.

Representatives from the companies accepted the 2012 Environmental Achievement Award at a ceremony at the Detroit Athletic Club in Detroit, Michigan. The SMDA submitted the entry to the EMA for consideration for this year’s award. A panel of judges of the EMA chooses the honoree after narrowing the finalists to three.

SMDA, with AEW, engaged TRC to design and execute a remedial strategy that would efficiently address the environmental issues and capture contaminated leachate from the 80-acre site in Macomb County, Michigan. Five municipalities used the landfills for solid waste disposal from 1968-1975. After remediation, this former landfill site is now a park-like setting, being used by pedestrians and families.

Phytoremediation is a process to decontaminate soil or water by using plants and trees to absorb or break down pollutants in lieu of traditional pumping systems. The four-year project helped bring the SMDA into compliance with its regulatory obligations, allaying concern of the environmental agency as well as neighboring properties. Moreover, TRC’s innovative remedial design resulted in an efficient post-closure care plan, which streamlined post-closure obligations without compromising effectiveness or safety.

“Addressing the liability and legacy issues associated with the closure and post-closure of landfills requires expert knowledge and modern, innovative, cost-effective solutions,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TRC. “We are proud to be recognized by EMA for our work on this project, and we commend the SMDA for their commitment to cleaning up the site for the benefit of the surrounding community.”

“The SMDA’s Board was convinced that phytoremediation was the best and most cost-effective solution for this park setting site,” said Roy Rose, President and Chief Executive Officer of AEW. “TRC has done a great job on implementing a remediation plan and following through on the construction.”

“We are very pleased with the creativity and professionalism that both TRC and AEW have demonstrated throughout this project. SMDA was committed to resolve the landfill issues, and the ‘green’ clean-up strategy developed and executed by TRC was both effective and efficient,” according to John Chirkun, Chairman of the SMDA.

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TRC Acquires Utility Support Systems, Inc.

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, consulting and construction management services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets, today announced that it has acquired Georgia-based Utility Support Systems, Inc. (USS), a professional engineering company primarily supporting the power/utility market. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. USS reported net revenues of $11.5 million in 2012. TRC expects the transaction to be earnings accretive in fiscal 2014.

“The acquisition of USS adds critical mass to TRC’s fast-growing distribution engineering and emergency response practices and expands our footprint in the key southeast and Texas regions,” said TRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “Acquiring USS significantly increases our technological capability with highly trained and seasoned engineers to better meet the increasing demands of our utility customers. With approximately 280 employees, USS is one of the top providers of distribution engineering services and storm response in the southeast and southwest markets and has established relationships with several large power customers that are new to TRC. This acquisition demonstrates the continued execution of our strategy to expand TRC’s energy engineering capabilities and further supports our cross-selling efforts in the growth of our total Environmental and Energy businesses.”

Utility Support Systems Founder and President Cathy Arnett said, “Joining forces with a larger firm like TRC will provide USS with the support necessary to accommodate increasing demand as the market for emergency response services continues to grow across the country. TRC is a great cultural fit for us and we are excited about the new opportunities that will be created for our employees. In addition, our customers will benefit from TRC’s extensive suite of service offerings. Together, we are now one of the largest distribution engineering service providers in the nation.”

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