Edited By Patrick Lynch, Contributing Editor
WSP Flack + Kurtz is the new name of the engineering firm formerly known as Flack + Kurtz Inc. “WSP fully complements our core belief in designing for a sustainable future”, said David Cooper, president and CEO of WSP Flack + Kurtz.
The Building Commissioning Assn. (BCA) officially released its Best Practices in Commissioning Existing Buildings. The document details practice solutions, facilitates the implementation of existing building commission best practices improvements over time, and assists in the standardization of the commissioning industry.
Various events and news.
Autodesk Inc., San Rafael, Calif., and Bentley Systems Inc., Exton, Pa., two providers of design and infrastructure software, have announced an agreement to expand interoperability between their portfolios of AEC software.
A four-day school week, born out of Utah’s mandated four-day work week, may prove to be the financially smart response to soaring fuel prices. Eliminating one day of school, in order to preserve educational programs and qualified staff members in parts of Kentucky, New Mexico, and Minnesota, has begun to outweigh some parents’ concerns about finding day care for their children.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer has formed a media alliance with the Building Commissioning Assn. (BCA) to serve as the media partner for the annual BCA Convention and Expo. The third annual event will take place Oct. 5-7, in Long Island, N.Y., at the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Golf Club.
The DC Council unanimously passed the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008, which includes the benchmarking mandate that building owners annually reveal Energy Star scores.
WSP Flack + Kurtz, New York, has announced a series of senior management transitions. David Cooper, PE, LEED AP, is the new president and CEO, replacing Randy Meyers, PE, LEED AP, who will return to his role as senior vice president in the San Francisco office. Previously the managing director of the New York office, Cooper will continue to lead the firm from that location.
• U.S. Dept. of Energy Associate UnderSecretary for Energy Richard F.
SH Group Inc., New York, parent company of Syska Hennessy Group, announced the retirement of CEO John V. Magliano, PE, who will remain as chairman of the board until the end of 2008 and serve as a consultant in the upcoming years. Gary Brennen, PE, and Cyrus Izzo, PE, will replace Magliano as co-CEOs of the firm.