Global recognition of GHD continues. In Australia, GHD has once again been named the 2015 Best Large Consultant in the waste sector by Inside Waste Magazine. In Canada, CRA has celebrated its 10th year as one of the country’s best managed companies as part of Deloitte’s Best Managed Awards. In the USA, GHD ranked 11th in the Top 50 Bay Area Engineering firms by the San Francisco Times, while CRA has been ranked 22nd in the Top 50 Trenchless Design Firms by Trenchless Technology Magazine.
GHD and CRA have been acknowledged for setting new benchmarks with a ‘merger of equals’ in the engineering and environmental industry. We received the 2014 Outstanding Business Achievement in the Environmental Industry Award in the Mergers & Acquisitions category from Environmental Business Journal. In the 2014 financial year, the environment market accounted for 33 percent of total revenue for our combined company.
Levi’s Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers National Football League (NFL) team, has been named Project of the Year by Region 9 of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award recognised the stadium’s unique approach to sustainability and technology as the first venue in the NFL to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating. GHD, provided civil engineering services as part of a project team that also included HNTB, Turner/Devcon and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority.
GHD has helped Aqua Pennsylvania in the USA receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council for its Ridley Water Treatment Plant Filter Building Addition. To achieve this, GHD captured energy from plant water to heat and cool the building. A precast wall system, initially used to meet a tight construction schedule, assisted in achieving recycled content and regional material credits.
HSE for Qatar University
Our team in the United Arab Emirates has been appointed as project consultant to Qatar University (QU) for the development and implementation of an Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS). As the oldest university in Qatar with more than 16,000 students, QU aims to achieve both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications as a result of this project.
US Army win
GHD has won a five-year contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District, in Texas. Our team, led by our strategic partner, EJES Inc., will provide a range of services for the Department of Homeland Security’s US Customs and Border Patrol and US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facility needs. This includes architectural and engineering design, environmental, asset management, GIS, energy management, and information technology design.
Knowledge management win
GHD and CRA are working together to help public water and wastewater utility, Lehigh County Authority (LCA) in Pennsylvania, USA, collect and share institutional knowledge. We combined the technical capabilities of CRA’s eSolutions and the engineering support of GHD’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania office to implement SharePoint enterprise content management system. This includes SharePoint configuration and customisation as well as system administrator training.
Greater Toronto Area
GHD in Canada has secured new assignments in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario. Our Linear Infrastructure team and Power & Lighting group have secured another three-year term to carry out various engineering services for municipal infrastructure projects for both the Town of Ajax and Town of Richmond Hill, including consulting services for roads, bridges, stormwater management, electrical, lighting and traffic signalisation.
San Francisco waterfront
A project to complete a high-profile earthquake vulnerability study of the seawall protecting the waterfront district of San Francisco in the USA has been awarded to a joint venture comprised of GHD and Geotechnical Consultants Inc. The team will deliver waterfront structural engineering, geotechnical engineering and seismic analysis, climate vulnerability assessment, and a review of critical utilities and infrastructure for the northern waterfront seawall.
Disaster management for India
Demonstrating the strength of our industry connections, GHD is collaborating on the development of a disaster management information system for the State of Tamil Nadu in India, one of the country’s most populous states. We are working with India’s Anna University, Australia’s University of Melbourne and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). The proposed system will provide state of the art wireless sensor network to monitor disasters.