Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgMerriam Park teacher Julie Potter.Merriam Park teacher selected to attend prestigious Teacher Leader Program. Merriam Park Elementary third-grade teacher Julie Potter will attend a selective teacher training program through the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education. The Teacher Leader Program provides 23 days of training for a group of top-tier K-12 educators, who come together to explore real-world classroom techniques. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is providing a scholarship for Potter to attend the program. Lancers, Vikings boys advance to sub-state finals; girls play begins today. Shawnee Mission East defeated Shawnee Mission North and Shawnee Mission West defeated Shawnee Mission South in the opening round of boys basketball sub-state play Wednesday. The Vikings will face Olathe Northwest in their sub-state title game tomorrow. The Lancers will play Lawrence High. Girls sub-state competition starts today.Overland Park man named to bank’s “Circle of Excellence” list. Overland Park’s Eddie Miller is the Kansas inductee into First National Bank’s 2016 Circle of Excellence. The program honors the bank’s top mortgage loan originators. Miller closed 164 loans valued at $35.9 million in 2016.Prairie Village council member Schermoly appointed to national transportation committee. Prairie Village City Council member Serena Schermoly has been appointed to the 2017 National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure Services federal advocacy committee. The group is charged with developing NLC’s policies on transportation planning, safety and funding, among other issues. [Serena Schermoly Appointed to the NLC Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee — City of Prairie Village]last_img read more

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Op-Ed: Is Suburban Office a Dying Breed?

first_imgNAI Global’s Chief Economist Peter Linneman released a white paper on Nov. 15 that addresses the slow recovery of the suburban office sector.The topics covered by “Suburban Office: A Dying Breed?”  include:·         If it’s true that suburban office space is heading toward disaster.·         Why real rents in almost all MSAs are either at or very near their historic lows.·         Why the middle class is forced to move to the suburbs.·         Why the slow recovery of the suburban office sector is cyclical rather than secular.Read more.last_img

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World rail infrastructure market January 2013

first_imgAustralia: Abigroup Contractors, Theiss, a Salini-Bielby-Winslow joint venture and John Holland Queensland with Leighton Contractors have been shortlisted to develop ‘innovative’ proposals for the Moreton Bay Rail Link in Queensland, a planned 12·6 km electrified outer-suburban branch to Kippa-Ring. Completion is planned for late 2016. China: Hong Kong MTR has awarded Siemens a HK$850m contract to upgrade East Rail signalling. Croatia: HZ Infra has awarded Italfer a €0·7m design contract for upgrading the Hrvatski Leskovac – Karlovac line. Bombardier has won a €8·6m contract for resignalling of the Okucani – Novska route. Denmark: Systra and COWI have been appointed technical consultants for the development of a 14 km light rail line in Odense (RG 8.12 p17). Poland: PKP Energetyka has awarded ABB a 110m złoty contract to supply 138 rectifier units for DC traction substations by 2014. PKP PLK has awarded NDI a 93·8m złoty contract to upgrade the 40 km single-track route between Chema and Grudzidz, co-funded by Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodship. A consortium led by FCC Construcción and including Azvi and Decoma has been awarded a €161·3m contract to upgrade the 32·3 km Czempin – Pozna section of route E59, including remodelling of three stations. PKP PLK has awarded a consortium of Torpol, PUT Intercor and Pozbud T&R a 368m złoty contract to modernise the 71 km Kalety – Kluczbork line, laying UIC60E1 rails and concrete sleepers, and replacing signalling and 3 kV DC overhead line to raise speeds from 80 to 120 km/h. South Africa: Gibb has been awarded a four-year contract worth R63m to provide technical advisory services to Prasa for resignalling of the Durban commuter network. This includes design review, development and construction supervision as well as staff training. Spain: ADIF has awarded a joint venture of Dragados and Tecsa a €78·3m contract for civil works on the 7·6 km left-hand bore of the tunnel at Prado on the high speed line between Olmedo and Ourense. Work is due to be completed within 33 months. Under its €25·3m programme covering the Barcelona suburban network, ADIF has brought GSM-R into service on the Sants – Vilanova – Sant Vincenç de Calders and Martorell – Sant Vincenç de Calders routes. GSM-R has also been installed on the 90 km Santander – Reinosa route at a cost of €3·1m. Taiwan: Thsrc has appointed Lloyd’s Register as independent safety assessor for the 4 km underground extension of its high speed line to Nankang in Taipei. Assessments will include track, signalling and the traction power supply, as well as civil works at the three new stations. UK: Network Rail has awarded BAM Nuttall a £220m contract for detailed design and construction on the 56 km Borders Railway reinstatement. Construction is scheduled to get underway in early 2013, for commissioning ‘by the summer of 2015’. Network Rail has awarded Kapsch CarrierCom a contract to maintain its entire GSM-R network. Trackwork Ltd has awarded Amazonas Florestal a US$2·6m contract to supply 4000 m3 of sleeper and bearer timber from Brazil. USA: Balfour Beatty Rail Inc and Blythe Development Co have been awarded a $26·3m contract to build a 2·4 km streetcar line in Charlotte, North Virginia, for opening in 2015. MTA Metro-North has awarded Alstom Signalling Inc a $13·9m contract to supply cases and signal houses for the $67m project to resignal the Port Jervis Line by December 2015. Civil works are being undertaken by Ducci Electrical Contractors under a $22·4m contract. Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a five-year contract worth up to $20m to provide on-call construction management services for the BART capital improvement programme, including inspection services, noise and vibration monitoring and claims management.last_img read more

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