The European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA), Brussels, Belgium, has elected Jan Bosschem as president-elect. He is CEO of Grontmij Belgium, a unit of Grontmij N.V., an engineering firm in The Netherlands that says it is Europe’s fourth largest. EFCA represents 26 member groups in Europe and Turkey. Bosschem will succeed Panos Panagopoulos in May 2011. EFCA elected José Luis Gonz�lez Vallvé as president of Tecniberia, a Spain-based engineers’ group, and Victor Carneiro as president of APPC, a similar group in Portugal; both will serve three-year terms as board members. EFCA signed on May 27 a cooperation pact with FIDIC, the Geneva, Switzerland-based global engineering federation, to become its European representative.

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Arup Group Ltd., the London design firm, says its global infrastructure practice, chaired by David Singleton since 2004, is relocating to Melbourne, Australia. It employs 2,800 employees and accounted for $480 million in company revenue last year. The practice includes Arup’s work in sectors including energy, waste, water and transportation. Also, Arup said on June 22 that the U.K. government has named Terry Hill, leader of the firm’s global transport practice, to chair a steering group to investigate ways of reducing civil engineering costs on major public infrastructure projects.

Judith Webb has been named senior vice president of marketing and communications for the U. S. Green Buildings Council, Washington, D.C. She had been a consultant to the group as president of her own firm, jwebbPR. In this role, Webb assumes most of the duties of Michelle Moore, USGBC’s former senior vice president of policy and public affairs. Moore is now the White House federal environmental executive on its Council for Environmental Quality.

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York City, has named five new partners: Ariel Fausto, John Fontillas, Geoff Lynch, Jack Martin and Daria Pizzetta. The firm was founded by veteran architect Hugh Hardy in 2004.

Four former principals of ZweigWhite, a Natick, Mass.-based management and financial consultant to engineering, architecture and environmental firms, have formed a new consulting company. Rusk O'Brien Gido + Partners. It specializes in business planning, ownership transition and merger and acquisition strategy, also for firms in those sectors. Named managing principal is Ian Rusk, former ZweigWhite president. The new firm's other principals are Michael O'Brien, former director of valuation and ownership planning services at ZweigWhite; Steve Gido, who was that firm's director of merger and acquisition services; and Russ Ryan, former ZweigWhite corporate development director. Rusk and Ryan are based in Boston, while O'Brien and Gido are based in Washington, D.C.


The American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va., has announced a major staff reorganization. Thomas Smith becomes deputy executive director of the group, which has 144,000 members. He had been assistant executive director but remains general counsel. Smith replaces Lawrence H. “Larry” Roth, who has left ASCE. Thomas Lenox is elevated to executive vice president of professional and educational strategic initiatives and will report directly to Executive Director Patrick J. Natale. He was senior managing director of educational and professional development. John Durrant is promoted to senior managing director of ASCE’s new engineering and lifelong learning division, which now includes engineering programs, continuing education, and conferences and meeting services. Jim Rossberg is named to replace Durrant as managing director of engineering programs. He had been the Structural Engineering Institute’s director. A search for a replacement is under way. Stefan Jaegar is named managing director of strategic planning and international initiatives, which now includes oversight of ASCE’s board of direction. Casey Dinges is named senior managing director of ASCE’s new division of public affairs, membership and marketing. He was senior managing director of strategic and public affairs. Wendy Cowan becomes managing director of membership services and communications. ASCE is seeking a new managing director of marketing and sales. CFO Peter Shavalay becomes head of a new division for ASCE administrative operations, including the ASCE Foundation. Carol Bowers is named vice president of sustainable infrastructure systems development, and Michael Sanio becomes director of sustainability and international alliances. Natale replaces Roth as lead staff representative to ASCE’s Industry Leaders Council, which is now managed day-to-day by Carol Varges, director of industry relations. Rob Schweinfurth is named director of ASCE’s Geo-Institute. He was a senior program manager at the Water Environment Federation.


John J. Bisch, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, D.C., has been promoted to principal. He joined the 65-person architecture, planning and interior design firm in 1991.

Gordon Childress, formerly senior vice president at Skanska USA Buildings, has joined architect The Howard S. Wright Cos., Seattle, as vice president and regional manager n Portland, Ore. He replaces Frank Pierson, who was promoted to regional president and manager of the firm’s Seattle-based operations.

Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers, Woodbury, N.Y., has promoted former senior project manager Robert L. Raab to vice president in its wastewater collection and treatment division.

Barnhill Contracting Co., Raleigh, N.C., has elevated James B. “Skip” Partington IV to vice president of its southeast division in Fayetteville, N.C. A 23-year firm veteran, he was area manager in its Kitty Hawk, N.C.-based division.

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