Stantec helping Vermont Tech build new fire training facility

first_imgStantec helping Vermont Tech build new fire training facilityNORTH SPRINGFIELD VT (July 22, 2008) TSX:STN; NYSE:SXCLocal engineering firm Stantec is helping Vermont Technical College build new training equipment for its Fire Science degree program.Engineers from the company’s North Springfield and South Burlington offices are designing the site’s new access road, parking, water main and storage tank, and electrical services for the equipment, which will serve as a “live-burn” training center for firefighters in training at Vermont Tech, the Vermont Fire Academy and local community fire departments. Stantec is also managing the site’s permitting, including that related to Act 250 and stormwater management.The work is being funded primarily by a $406,000 federal grant secured earlier this year by Senator Bernie Sanders to purchase equipment; and a $240,000 state grant to erect the facility. Under conditions of the grant, Stantec and the college must complete the project by the end of 2008.”We’re really excited to be helping make such important training available to Vermont’s firefighters,” said Tom Nesbitt, a senior associate at Stantec. “The project’s very tight timeframe is a challenge, but our team is ready and able to put in all the hours we need to complete the work safely, efficiently, and within the deadline.”In 1997, Stantec also provided structural and civil engineering services for a similar facility in Concord, New Hampshire.Started in 2007, Vermont Tech’s Fire Science program prepares students for careers in fire protection, including professional firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and dispatchers. Students take courses in hazardous materials chemistry, fire prevention, and occupational safety and health.Stantec provides professional design and consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, surveying, economics, and project management. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets in the infrastructure and facilities sector at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through approximately 9,000 employees operating out of more than 125 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX under the symbol STN and on the NYSE under the symbol SXC.last_img read more

New Jersey begins bidding process for 1.1GW of offshore wind

first_imgNew Jersey begins bidding process for 1.1GW of offshore wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Press of Atlantic City:The state Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously Monday to open a bid process Sept. 20 for the nation’s largest solicitation of offshore wind energy.Companies will compete for ratepayer subsidy of construction costs and 20 years of operation costs for 1,100 megawatts of electric generation capacity, according to the BPU. The window to apply will close Dec. 28, and a decision on which projects will qualify for ratepayer subsidy will be made by July 1, 2019.That should give companies enough time to qualify for federal tax credits, due to expire at the end of 2019, said board President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. The tax credits will save ratepayers about 12 percent of the construction costs, he said.It’s the first step in meeting the state’s goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030, Fiordaliso said, and of reaching 100 percent green energy for the state by 2050. Last week Gov. Phil Murphy called on the board to open two additional 1,200 MW solicitations of offshore wind capacity — one in 2020 and another in 2022.Fiordaliso said the solicitation asks companies to estimate a net economic benefit of their projects, compared to the costs to ratepayers. The BPU will provide a guidance document to help developers calculate net economic benefits. The bid — or bids — with the best mix of cost and economic benefit will be chosen for ratepayer subsidy of construction and operating costs, he said. All income from sale of electricity will be returned to ratepayers.Companies may apply to provide anywhere from 300 MW to the full 1,100 MW, he said. But each company must also provide data on what it would cost for it to provide 400 MW, so all companies can be compared on that measure.More: BPU opens bid solicitation for 1,100 MW of offshore windlast_img read more

Martinez wary of improving QPR

first_imgRoberto Martinez thinks timing is not in Everton’s favour ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with QPR. Rangers have won two of their last three games, beating fellow strugglers Leicester and Burnley to climb out of the relegation zone. QPR’s leading scorer Charlie Austin is suspended following his dismissal against Burnley but Martinez has been impressed by Harry Redknapp’s side. Among the disappointing results have been draws with Hull last time out and Swansea, and defeat by Crystal Palace. It has been a frustrating start to the season for a team that have ambitions of challenging for the top four, but Martinez is confident a better run of form is round the corner. He said: “We enjoy playing at home because it’s your environment and you can affect things a lot easier. “Every game is difficult. I know it’s a cliche but it’s true. In every other league you can count two or three games a season that maybe you can cruise through. That doesn’t happen in the Premier League. “We need to be a team that are capable of getting points away from home as well as at home but it’s true that at the moment, points wise, we’re not reflecting what we want and we’re catching up a little bit. “That means that we need to get a big run of good results and that starts with a strong, confident performance at home. “We’re getting very close to the half-way point of the season, the squad is strong, we’ve had a lot of good experiences, the competition for places is huge and I do feel we’re ready to set really high standards in the league that I believe are going to give us the points that our performances would deserve.” The Everton manager said: “QPR had a little bit of a difficult start because obviously when you get new players you’re trying to find the right combinations. “I think Harry Redknapp now has found the right formula and they are in the best moment of their season. They’ve been unfortunate in a couple of games, I think they should have had more points than what they’ve got. “I know they’ve got Charlie Austin missing for this game but I think this group are in a good moment and we respect them hugely. “I’ve always admired Harry Redknapp as a manager with his experience and his management skills and know-how.” What should play in Everton’s favour is that the game is at Goodison Park, and QPR have yet to pick up a single point on their travels. Martinez is wary of reading too much into that, though, saying: “The results that they’ve had have been well deserved. Even away from home, I thought the Southampton performance they were very unfortunate not to get a reward from that. “You don’t look back when you face a team. All you’re looking at is how well you can perform and obviously we’re looking at a very important period for us in the league to try to get as many points as we can.” Goodison has hardly been a fortress for Everton so far, with the Toffees winning only two of their seven home games in the league. Press Associationlast_img read more