happenings volume 27 // november 2011
inside hot of the presses hafa adai from guam working in azerbaijan leadership in water services south bend office expansion global reach project highlight abu dhabi equestrian club national award runway 5-23 rehabilitation in the news featured speaker jeff decker featured contract award cleveland, ohio
hot off the presses Abu Dhabi’s Sun and Sky Towers project recently received one of the United Arab Emirates’ most prestigious awards—Construction Week’s GCC Residential Project of the Year. The project was selected because of its contribution to its surroundings and its demonstrated use of best practices and innovative solutions utilized to solve complex construction challenges. The towers are the first Agrade buildings to be delivered on the high-profile Al Reem Island mega project. The award was announced at the seventhannual Construction Week Awards program held in Dubai on November 1st. As lead consultant for the project since its inception, RW Armstrong provided comprehensive design, permitting, and site supervision services to assure compliance
with design intent. It also performed tasks related to complete detailing of the construction contract documents. The towers were designed to concept stage by the U.S. architectural practice Arquitectonica, under contract to lead consultant RW Armstrong. Sorouh Real Estate is the project developer. Sun Tower and Sky Tower are designed to be the signature development of Abu Dhabi, a breathtaking welcome marquee to Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island. The development incorporates sustainable deSun and Sky Towers
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hafa adai* from guam! nationally ranked
#150 on the Top 500 Design Firms List. #37 on the Top 50 Program Management (PM) Firms List. #54 on the Top 100 Construction Managementfor-fee (CM) Firms List.
We’re excited to announce that RW Armstrong has secured two major contracts on Guam. First, we’ve been selected by the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) to provide consulting services to the Guam Program Management Office (PMO). There are a broad range of capital improvement projects included in the scope of this program along with the design and construction of a cultural facility that will reflect Guam’s Chamorro culture. RW Armstrong was also selected by the Guam Power Authority (GPA) to act as its PMO to oversee critical upgrades to the island’s infrastructure. Watch for more details about the projects in Guam in the coming months! *(Pronounced “half a day”, hafa adai means hello in the Chamorro language.)
working in azerbaijan By Tammy Schroeder
the project 58 km of four-lane, high-speed toll road / 12 sections / 16 road bridges / eight river bridges / five diamond interchanges / two cloverleaf interchanges / one roundabout / construction cost $3 billion
The project site
In 2008, RW Armstrong began work on one of the most high-profile projects in the Republic of Azerbaijan: building a highway connecting Baku, the Republic’s capital, with the Russian Federation border. When complete, it will be the first modern high-speed toll road in Azerbaijan and will facilitate travel, trade, and tourism throughout the country and the region. In June, 2011, I was one of five engineers from our Indianapolis and Austin offices who volunteered to join the RW Armstrong team already in place in Baku to help with the project design for eight weeks. We represented a variety of specialties from road design and water services to specialty structures, CADD, and IT support. In this article I’d like to share a little about the project itself, as well as what it was like to live and work in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is one of the world’s oldest known petroleum-producing regions, with two-thirds of the country rich in oil and natural gas reserves. It is also known for its rich mineral deposits and thriving agriculture industry and is one of the top caviar-producing sites in the world because of its prime location on the Caspian Sea. Baku is a city with beautiful architecture and an expansive port. Like most of the oil-rich developing cities there is development and construction throughout the city, with a primary goal of attracting tourism. The downtown appeals to people from all walks of life with upscale shopping, fine dining, and 2
attractive parks. In many ways, the lifestyle is much less hectic than in the U.S. For example, dinner can be a two- to three-hour event that is really more about enjoying your dinner companions company than simply eating. One of the most popular tourist and recreation areas is the Corniche, an area along the Caspian Sea that is being rapidly revitalized. Oil tanks and shipping yards are being replaced by cultural and commercial buildings, shopping, restaurants, and areas for family activities. On Friday and Saturday nights the Corniche bustles with activity.
designed road and river bridges or culverts and drainage. One particularly interesting aspect of this project is that it was being delivered via a design-build approach, which means that the project is being designed as it’s being built. This requires a great deal of flexibility and the ability to adapt quickly to shifting specifications. As you might expect, communication was challenging. Most of the population speaks Azerbaijani with forty per-
The RW Armstrong team (from left to right): Robert Watson, Servet Kudunogly (Yuksel Turkey), Mustafa Yeni (AIS), Don Noble, Murat (Yuksel Turkey), Ali Riza Evin, Kevin Rearick, Tammy Schroeder, Zouheir Farah, Mark Dummett, Daniel Kurdziel
A plaza in Baku
Our project—which is part of a $3 billion infrastructure initiative—consists of 58 kilometers of four-lane, highspeed roadway and associated infrastructure. We are serving several roles: design lead, construction standards developer, and construction management. As a roads designer I helped with mainline highway design while others
cent speaking some Russian and only about 10 percent who speak some English. After spending just eight weeks in Baku it became easier to order food, navigate the city, and communicate with the local population. I never tired of looking out the window at the Caspian Sea or admiring the architecture. Despite the challenges of adapting to a new culture and language, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. It’s definitely an experience I won’t soon forget!
leadership in water services
By Jill Hayth By Jill Hayth
In July, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) hosted the 5-Cities Plus Conference, which brought together top engineers and officials in the public works industry from across the Midwest. This year’s conference offered a variety of opportunities for attendees to learn about the latest developments in water services engineering, public policy, and green infrastructure and to obtain professional development hours. Of special note, RW Armstrong was represented at the conference, with five of our water services team members presenting: Indianapolis Consent Decree: Amendment No. 2: Technical Basis for Modification: Chris Ranck (RW Armstrong) with Steve Nielsen (Citizens Energy Group) and Doug Reichlin (Strategic Partner)
south bend office expansion This summer, RW Armstrong’s staff in South Bend, Indiana, welcomed staff from the Merrillville, Indiana, office. To accommodate our growing team, we expanded our office by almost 35 percent, from 3,500 to nearly 5,000 square feet. Located directly south of the University of Notre Dame
The RW Armstrong South Bend team (from left to right): back row – Eric Geyer, Darrin Green, Jay Sullivan, Matt Gavalek, Ryan Clark, Brian Arterbery, Dale Wills, Phil Gralik; front row – Mary Felix, Jennifer Helleyer, Brenda Smith, Barbie Swihart Stutzman, Jamie Poczekay, Susan Al-Abbas, Michael Voll (not pictured - Michael Vereb)
The City of Indianapolis’ Approach to Solving Localized Drainage Problems: David Clark (RW Armstrong) and Jon Stolz (Christopher B. Burke Engineering) CIP Shell in Municipalities & Agencies: A Case for Small IT: Jim Lutterbach (RW Armstrong) and Bob Masbaum (Citizens Energy Group) Extended Sanitary Sewer Dewatering Operations = Free City Water? Angela Smith (RW Armstrong) and Bill Grout (Citizens Energy Group) Directions, We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Directions—Tunneling in Downtown Indy: Jeremy Kosegi (RW Armstrong) and Glen Morrow (Burgess & Niple)
By Jill Hayth By Mary Felix
in Eddy Street Commons, the updated space captures RW Armstrong’s unique corporate culture. Since the South Bend office opened It’s exciting for our in 2009, our team team to work with the has grown from two employees many outstanding clients to 20. Our growth we have throughout and success has been based on the the region. depth of expertise —Susan Al-Abbas, South Bend Regional Manager and quality of the talent we bring to our roadway and bridge design, water/waste water design, and construction inspection services. Our team brings enthusiasm and energy as well as years of experience in a broad range of engineering fields. This recent expansion demonstrates RW Armstrong’s commitment to the Northern Indiana market. “It’s exciting for our team to work with the many outstanding clients we have throughout the region,” commented Susan Al-Abbas, who leads the South Bend office. “We are delighted to be a part of a firm with a stellar reputation, which is known for our commitment to exemplary services.” 3
global reach Below is a map showing RW Armstrong offices around the globe along with descriptions of some of the new contracts RW Armstrong has been awarded in the past few months. Congratulations to everyone whose hard work has helped secure these new projects!
tennessee Transportation projects: •
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT): State Route 15 construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services (three-year assignment)
Modjeski: Multiple Task Orders
TDOT: State Route 56 bridge CEI services (two-year assignment)
TDOT: On-call standards (two-year assignment)
TDOT Crash Data
Thomson & Thomson: New product development
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA): Chickamauga Dam Bridge
Knoxville Airport: On-call engineering services (threeyear assignment)
Sumner County Airport: Taxiway extension, taxiway lighting, and runway extension
Nashville Airport: Airport master plan
Memphis Airport: Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS)
Horry County Airport System: Three-year GEC services contract
Myrtle Beach International Airport: Fuel farm rehabilitation, runway reconstruction, and ITAP ramp
RW Armstrong has also secured contracts with major airports in Tennessee: •
South Bend, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana
RW Armstrong was recently awarded a contract for school zone traffic circulation studies for six schools within Danville, Illinois.
Evansville, Indiana Nashville, Tennessee Tampa, Florida
City of Columbus Utilities: General engineering services (two-year assignment)
City of Columbus Utilities: Fenway and Stella Court pump stations design
City of Cleveland Department of Port Control: General engineering services for Cleveland Hopkins and Burke Lakefront airports
Akron - Canton Airport: Master plan development
DHL - CVG (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport): South Apron hub expansion
West Palm Beach, Florida
Austin - Bergstrom International Airport: On-call engineering services (two-year assignment)
Indianapolis DPW recently selected RW Armstrong for three major contracts:
Project management services for a major residential project in New Cairo, 45 km east of Cairo
Cairo International Airport: New Instrument Landing System (ILS)
Construction inspection of Emerson Avenue over Massachusetts Avenue and CSX railroad bridge reconstruction
Design of Hague Road widening from 82nd Street to 96th Street
Design of the rehabilitation of Shadeland Avenue from Brookville Road to 21st Street
Doha International Airport: Airfield lighting upgrades
Cairo, Egypt Baku, Azerbaijan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Construction inspection of Warrick County Bridge 271
Design of two pairs of bridge rehabilitations along I-70 in INDOT Crawfordsville District
Design of Wayne County Bridge 198 replacement
Design of roundabout at SR 19 and SR 119 in INDOT Fort Wayne District
South Bend East Bank Sewer Separation
Terre Haute Waste Water Treatment Plant Inspection
Other significant Indiana wins include:
united arab emirates •
RAK Ministry of Public Works (MoPW): Truck road project from Ras Al Khaima to Almadam
Ministry of Finance: Interior design for Ministry of Finance offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Musanada: Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority headquarters (ADAA)
ZADCO: Interior and architectural design services for Amenity Center building
ACE Hardware Store design and construction on Yas Island Development
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport: Master plan development
Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA): Consulting services to the Guam Program Management Office (PMO)
Guam Power Authority (GPA): PMO services
Knowledge Economic City Co.: Knowledge Economic City master plan review
project highlight abu dhabi equestrian club RW Armstrong was selected by the Abu Dhabi Urban Development Committee to manage renovations and additions to the existing Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club in the heart of the city. This exciting and prestigious project will enhance the city’s, and the region’s, ability to host international equestrian events at the highest levels of competition. The project includes a large site development component which will include outdoor competition and training spaces, recreational spaces, plazas, water features, and gardens and green spaces. The primary objective of the project is to create a cohesive design that integrates the new buildings into the existing context and creates a sense of harmony between the two. RW Armstrong was selected to develop the entire project through the final concept design, and then focus on the detailed design of the areas identified by the client in phases one and two.
By Sybil Abou Rahal
The innovative design and building shapes were inspired by the fluid, graceful movement of horses. The facility consists of five buildings: A grand stand for outdoor competitions, which will have a seating capacity of 2,500. An indoor arena for indoor competitive events, with a seating capacity of 2,000. A riding school and stables which will be used to offer equestrian training to the public.
The club house, which will be the social center of the club. It will offer health club facilities, a spa, and restaurants with spectacular views of the competition area as well as the existing Abu-Dhabi Horse Track and Golf Club. A mosque which will have a capacity of 100 occupants.
national award runway 5-23 rehabilitation Congratulations to our aviation team for its work on the Runway 5-23 Rehabilitation project at Columbus (IN) Municipal Airport. The project recently won the National Silver Award in American Concrete Pavement Association’s (ACPA) Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards! The project, for which RW Armstrong provided design and construction phase services, was submitted for the award by E&B Paving, Inc. of Anderson, Indiana. Earlier this year, the project received the Indiana Chapter-ACPA’s Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award in the category “Overlays”.
in the news
By Jill Hayth
It was a busy year for RW Armstrong in the media. For details about these stories and other recent RW Armstrong news, please visit our News page at rwArmstrong.com. RW Armstrong served as principal research agency for the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) recently released Guidebook for Developing and Leasing Airport Property. The study was released as Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 47. The project was funded by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and was led by a team of our talented aviation services engineers. ENR and the Indianapolis Star both covered the Honorable BJ Penn’s appointment to senior vice president at RW Armstrong. BJ, who previously served as Acting Secretary of the Navy and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, is helping to build strategic alliances and client relationships with government entities in the The Honorable BJ Penn U.S. and abroad. He also acts as our liaison with the Department of Defense (DoD), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Department of Homeland Security, and other governmental agencies.
This summer, Cynthia Bowen received the Award of Outstanding Achievement from the College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society, Ball State University. Congratulations Cynthia!
The U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), which transports the President of the United States and other highlevel government leaders throughout the Washington D.C. area and beyond, was profiled this summer in Airport Improvement, one of the aviation industry’s most prominent trade publications. The hangar has become a signature design project for RW Armstrong. Following a safety assessment in 2007, an FAA Runway Safety Action Team recommended reconstruction of a perimeter road at Fort Wayne (Indiana) International Airport to help keep fuel trucks and airfield rescue and firefighting equipment off FWA’s runways. The project, for which RW Armstrong provided engineering services, was also profiled this summer in Airport Improvement.
featured speaker jeff decker On October 5th, Jeff Decker, developer sector leader based in RW Armstrong’s Abu Dhabi office, led a panel discussion at the second annual Humanization of Cities of Tomorrow Summit in Doha, Qatar. The panel focused on “Creating the Livable Cities of Tomorrow”. The summit was attended by government officials, architects, urban planners, engineers, and developers from the Middle East who are committed to creating livable cities. The event was officially endorsed by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Qatar.
featured contract award cleveland, ohio
By Bill Barley
RW Armstrong’s Aviation Services Group based in the Department of Port Control (DPC). This is an aviation the Cleveland office is happy to announce that we have client, but nearly all of our teams—aviation, building been selected by the City of Cleveland services, construction, water services, and Cleveland Hopkins Department of Port Control as one of transportation—have participated in past Burke Lakefront International Airport Airport their preferred consultants for the 2011 projects for the Cleveland Airport System, General Engineering Design Services so we are all responsible for the excellent Contract. This is an on-call task order reputation we have with the DPC. In contract for work at Cleveland Hopkins particular, we want to recognize the RW Armstrong International and Burke Lakefront aviation team in Cleveland and aviation Cleveland office Airports in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the third team alumni who are now the building OHIO consecutive selection of RW Armstrong for services team based in the Cleveland this contract, and the contract dollar values office for their hard work, creative have increased with each new opportunity. ideas, and dedication to exceeding the RW Armstrong We are very pleased with this selection expectations of the DPC. Columbus office because it directly reflects the high quality Stay tuned for more good news from work and excellent service RW Armstrong our Cleveland office in the not-too-distant has delivered over the past eight years to future! hot off the presses (story continued from page 1)
sign concepts that redefine residential and office luxury and embodies the ultimate in contemporary architecture and lifestyle. The project utilizes a range of innovative energy conservation and user-friendly features. Construction of the towers began in 2007 and was completed in 38 months. Sky Tower is a 73-story, 300-meter structure with 36 floors of grade “A” commercial office space, amenities, and 474 residential units. Sun Tower is a 63-floor, 245-meter tall building offering 63 amenity and residential floors with 673 units. A 10-level podium structure connects the two towers and houses parking, services, storage, and retail space with residential amenities including a pool and tennis courts on its roof. “This is a landmark project that we are proud to be associated with,” said Mona Salem, RW Armstrong’s vice president, based in its Abu Dhabi office. “We attribute the success of the project to the vision of the developer Sorouh and to the great working If you have team, relationship project, or individual between the news or successes you’d like client, the contracto share with the entire company tor, and in a future newsletter issue, please our firm. let us know! Send your ideas to We all had Denise McFadden (ext. 756 or one goal, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jill to make the Hayth (ext. 235 or jhayth@rwa. inspiration a reality.” com). We look forward to
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Al Reef Villas rendering
Mona Salem was also named a finalist for GCC Construction Executive of the Year award and the Al Reef Villas project was nominated in the GCC Residential Project of the Year category. The Construction Executive award acknowledges leaders who have a significant impact on their construction-related business, which may operate in any part of the construction chain—from suppliers through sub-contractors, consultants, and Mona Salem main contractors.
RW Armstrong Happenings Newsletter // November 2011 // Volume 27