March 2015: In This Issue
CRES wins ACEC Nebraska Honor Award
Olsson Associates was recognized on February 25 in Omaha at the ACEC Nebraska Engineering Excellence Awards for its work on Nebraska Innovation Campus' (NIC) Central Renewable Energy System (CRES). The CRES project received an Engineering Excellence Honor Award for this unique system that uses reclaimed water from the nearby Theresa Street Wastewater Treatment Plant to economically heat and cool NIC's buildings.
Read more about the CRES here.
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Safe, efficient, elegant designs the hallmarks of Olsson's Vertical Structures group


By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

It's because of the expertise of Olsson structural engineers like Adam Christensen, Olsson's Structural group leader, that we don't all work and live in bunkers.

Adam is part of Olsson's Vertical Structures group, which is responsible for designing buildings that are engineered for safety but still offer pleasing, economical designs for all types of projects.



An ounce of (explosion) prevention equals a pound of cure
By Derek Farmer, Environmental Safety

There are many facets to reducing combustible dust risk, but it all starts with protecting our most important assets in business--Olsson's clients and employees. In reality, combustible dust is everywhere in agriculture and industrial settings, and it can be difficult for producers to maintain compliance with current standards. Olsson has expertise in managing and reducing risks associated with combustible dust and in complying with federal standards to maintain safe workplaces.

Preparing for floods vital to a healthy, safe community
Used by permission of City of Fort Collins; 2013, City of Fort Collins, Colorado, all rights reserved
By Brian Varrella, PE, CFM, Water Resources

As any flood survivor knows, water's extreme power can have a significant impact on people's lives. That's why preparing for floods is critical for communities. Olsson Associates has professionals who are experts in helping communities stay safe from flooding.

Site certification - investing wisely
By Courtney Dunbar, Industrial Site Consulting

Selecting the perfect locations for new corporate expansions is certainly no easy feat. Companies considering expanding or selecting new locations face a complicated set of tasks in determining the facility's location to ensure optimal operational efficiency. Within recent years, the economic development community, which includes Olsson professionals, has worked toward making this process a little less cumbersome and, markedly, quicker through the site certification process. Site certification can provide significant benefits to bottom-line profitability through, potentially, expediting development and streamlining site selection processes.

This article also appeared in the March issue of Site Selection magazine, beginning on page 191. (Site Selection also paid tribute to Olsson founder John E. Olsson on his passing and provided information on Olsson's new Lincoln headquarters on page 198.)