Louis Berger participated in the annual American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Rail Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on June 11-14, where the company announced an exclusive partnership with global rail provider Egis. Connie Crawford, senior vice president and rail and transit global practice leader, moderated a panel on financing major rail projects. The panel used large-scale transit projects in Baltimore, Boston, Honolulu and Zurich as case studies, drawing on experiences from industry leaders. Louis Berger's Sofia Berger, Larry Pesesky, Nazih Haddad, Stephanie Wylie and Nick Ivanoff also participated in the conference.
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Bill Haight, PE, senior vice president and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) life member, shares his takeaways from the 2017 SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) on LinkedIn Pulse. Haight led the Joint Engineer Table Top Exercise, a national security scenario focused on humanitarian assistance, interagency cooperation and resiliency for a natural disaster recovery response in Western and American Samoa. Louis Berger's Steve Hill, Charlie Bell, Frank Jordano, James Romasz, Megan Eisenhauer, Dan Patton, Brian Moore, Ken Kost, Tim Canan and Kasi Miner also participated in the conference.
Carolyn Mitchell, principal, landscape architecture, presented at the 2017 American Planning Association Federal Planning Division Training Workshop in New York City. Her session focused on the new Naval Facilities Engineer Command Climate Change Planning Handbook: Installation and Resilience. Along with a representative from Leidos, an American defense firm, Mitchell detailed the handbook’s four stages, accompanying spreadsheets and resources.
Susana Arissó, senior urban designer, presented at the 2017 American Planning Association Federal Planning Division Training Workshop in New York City. Arissó detailed the Breezy Point Home Elevation Study, a comprehensive guide to making home-raising decisions that consider the urban context of elevated homes as well as neighborhood architectural standards in flood-prone communities. The award-winning study merges urbanism and architecture to create the ultimate homeowner’s guide to elevated homes.
Tim Canan, associate vice president of land use planning, was a presenter at the 2017 American Planning Association Federal Planning Division Training Workshop in New York City. Along with representatives from the National Park Service, the D.C. Office of Planning and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District, Canan gave a session on the vision and plan developed to transform Franklin Park in Washington, D.C., into an active, sustainable urban park connected to its community.
Sharon Bailey, principal environmental engineer, was a presenter for the 10th Symposium on Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS 2017), hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). In a presentation titled, "Alternative Approaches for Implementation of USEPA’s Selected Remedy and Transport of Dredged Material on the Lower Passaic River", Bailey shared solutions for the Lower Passaic River, including an engineered cap bank-to-bank, dredging of contaminated fine sediments, institutional controls, and long-term monitoring and maintenance.
Robert Thiel, vice president of design-build, presented at the New Jersey Transportation Conference and Expo – TransAction 2017. In his session, “Exploring New Procurement Methods in Construction,” Thiel brought together transportation experts and agency officials to discuss additional procurement models for New Jersey's transportation agencies.
Tom Topolski, president of Louis Berger’s international operations, and Eric Feldman, senior vice president and managing director, corporate ethics and compliance programs, of Affiliated Monitors (AMI), delivered a presentation at the 5th Annual European Compliance and Ethics Institute hosted by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) in Prague, Czech Republic. Topolski and Feldman highlighted the long-term benefit gained from working together in a monitoring relationship, a process that is being conducted transparently with the aim of ensuring Louis Berger has firmly embedded a culture of integrity, ethics and compliance.
Larry Walker, executive vice president of global strategy and development, participated in an anti-corruption panel at the Society of International Development. The panel, “Where We Work: Anti-Corruption and the Challenges We Face,” focused on the difficulties organizations face with development projects in remote, and sometimes hostile, locations where corruption concerns are widespread. Walker, who served as a key executive in Louis Berger’s post-2010 reform efforts, shared lessons learned in combating corruption on every level. Walker presented Louis Berger's experience as a case study on ethics reform.
Scott Thompson, vice president of environmental services, won the Green Award 2017 for an Individual Effort. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recognized Thompson with the award for his devotion to environmentalism. Thompson says, “My passion for environmental causes is driven by a deep belief that I am here on this earth to serve and to be a steward of the earth for future generations.” As chairman of the Clean Energy Task Force (CETF) in Fairfield, Connecticut, Thompson leads the town government’s efforts to "go green."