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Top 5 Technologies Communities Can Leverage to Improve Citizen Communications

A well-informed constituent will feel engaged and involved. Communities striving to improve communications with their residents and visitors should periodically evaluate the technologies available and weigh their strengths against the community’s need. Some technologies are excellent at getting information distributed to a broad audience quickly, while others allow for interaction and multimedia applications. 

Classroom Occupant Loading and Egress: What You Need to Know

Occupant loading is not just a matter of how many people can be accommodated in a classroom. It is also how many people can be safely sheltered and evacuated. Whether performing a plan review or inspection, your Code professional does not dictate design, but they should be paying particular attention to this critical part of the overall program, Life Safety.

Leadership Spotlight: Dave Reitz, PLA, on the Importance of Communication & Building Strong Relationships

Our collective backgrounds allow us to look at opportunities from our client’s perspective to help their projects say on schedule with fewer disruptions. We also take time to understand background issues from the investment side and understand the sense of urgency that our clients may expect from a consultant.

Oak Street over BNSF

The outdated bridge was relegated to a five ton weight limit, precluding passage of emergency vehicles (i.e.: ambulances and fire trucks) and limiting access to the Hospital. Emergency vehicles to/from the south side of the railroad were experiencing significant delays due to the high level of rail activity (156 trains per day including freight and

Top 5 Ways Municipal Fiber Networks Can Help Communities with Resiliency

While many communities have used fiber optic cables to connect traffic signals and sites, more and more are leveraging their network to become a robust asset for their community. While some communities focus on attracting retail communication services, others are focusing on creating municipal fiber networks to help them become more resilient for upcoming technical

Building Community Resilience Starts with Sustainable Infrastructure Design

Resilience can be defined as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks. In communities around the country, civil infrastructure projects provide an assortment of challenges to address their community’s needs. Efficiently-operating civil infrastructure is an essential component of a resilient, livable community. The highways, bridges, and wastewater treatment plants we build today have design lives

A 4-Step Process to Restoring Order after a Disaster

This quarter, HR Green is focusing on the concept of resilience and how municipalities recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Communities are much better positioned to deal with disasters, retain a healthy position and regain normalcy when properly prepared. There are few natural disasters more devastating than flooding. Water, a vital life-force,

Viability of Gas Tax as Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Source Questioned

The two-year-old, 10-cent increase in Iowa’s motor fuel tax is helping the state and local governments address challenges on their transportation systems, but an Iowa Ideas panel cautioned that it alone won’t solve changing transportation needs. HR Green’s Aaron Granquist mentions the importance of maintaining bridges as they are key to Iowa economic chain.

Imagine a Day Without Water

Most Americans take the water systems that bring clean water to and from their homes and businesses for granted. They turn on the tap and flush the toilet without thinking twice about where that water came from or where it will go. But could you imagine a day without water? Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service?

Biosolids Management Evaluation Study for Water Reclamation Facility, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Sioux Falls Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) treats primary and secondary sludges in three primary anaerobic digesters and one secondary digester. Treated sludge is stored in lagoons until disposal by land application. Continuation of the land application process will require significant investment. The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate alternative biosolids handling and disposal methods. The study includes a forecast of biosolids production rates due to growth and future nutrient removal treatment processes. The study also addresses processing and storage options, and establishes a 20-year biosolids management plan.

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