Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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90 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 1 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 2 0 CLARB: New Board of Directors and 'Presidential Recognition' Award Winner Ilya Mochalov (Ilya Mochalov and Partners Landscape Architecture, Moscow) is the 1st vice- president of the Association of Landscape architects of Russia, and chairman of the International Federation of Landscape Architects Global Standards Task Force. Randy Weatherly presented Mochalov with the CLARB 'Presidential Recognition' award for his leadership on global landscape standards. The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) elected new officers and two new regional directors to its board of directors at its annual meeting, September 22-24 in Philadelphia. The new officers: • Chris Hoffman, president • Christine Anderson, president-elect • Phil Meyer, vice president • Allison Fleury, secretary • Randy Weatherly, immediate past president • Pat Beam, director region 2 • Melissa Cornelius, MBE director • Michael Beresnak, director region 4 Those who retained their positions: • Stan Williams, treasurer • Rick Picatagi, director region 1 • Bob Mercier, director region 3 • Cary Baird, director region 5 • Joel Albizo, ex-oficio executive director Chris Hoffman, the new president of CLARB, heads Christopher Hoffman Landscape Architect in Clinton, Miss. Engineering Business Index (EBI) Surges The American Council of Engineering Companies' (ACEC) Engineering Business Index for the 4th quarter rose 5.1 points to 66.5, up from the 61.4 score of Q3/2016. This is the largest quarterly increase since the index's inception in January 2014. The previous largest increase was 1.5 points between the Q1/2014 and Q2/2014 surveys. ACEC says that any score above 50 signifies the market is growing. The Q4/2016 survey of 317 engineering firm leaders was conducted Nov. 31 to Dec. 20. The EBI index encompasses 11 market sectors, both private and public. Most sectors were up. In public markets, transportation showed the strongest gain, up 9.5 points to 73.7. Land development was up 8.2 points. Firm leaders continue to be optimistic that profits will grow over the next 12 months. The score for expectations for profitability one year from now rose 5.7 points to 72.9 (versus 3.2 gain in 3Q 2016). The rise in the index is apparently indicative of optimism from U.S. engineering firm leaders for the Trump Administration's pledge for infrastructure investment, regulatory reform and lower taxes.

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