October 2015: In This Issue
Hofer appointed to ACRP small airports "Guidebook" panel
Olsson Airport Program Leader Diane Hofer, PE, was recently appointed to be part of an Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) panel that is tasked with updating the "Guidebook for Managing Small Airports," which was first published in 2009. This publication is used extensively by airports nationwide and the update will help small airports face new challenges. The ACRP is managed by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Nebraska Innovation Campus celebrates grand opening
 
By Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC) is a unique research center in Lincoln, Nebraska, that brings together experts, companies, and students. Its sprawling campus -- where State Fair Park was formerly located -- recently celebrated its grand opening. But its development is by no means complete. NIC continues to grow as it facilitates new research and partnerships between the University of Nebraska and private-sector businesses.

NIC prides itself on being one of the most sustainable research and technology campuses in the country. For example, its award-winning heating and cooling system, the Centralized Renewable Energy System (CRES), was designed by Olsson Associates. It uses reclaimed, non-drinkable water from a nearby water treatment plant to heat and cool the 1.8 million square feet of offices and labs at NIC.

To learn more about NIC and CRES, click on the photo above or here to watch a short video.
REGIONAL NEWS
Olsson-designed cameras allow world visitation to Crystal Cove Park
Rendering of observation kiosk; photo courtesy of PLaN Architecture

By Sarah Ferdico, Communications

Olsson-designed underwater and above-ground cameras will be cornerstone educational elements at Crystal Cove Park, located in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. The cameras will stream video over the Internet to schoolkids, city residents, and other interested parties around the world. 

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Greater sage-grouse skirts ESA listing; Questions remain
Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
By Eric Petterson,
Environmental Assessment


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it would not list the greater sage-grouse as a protected species. However, questions still remain regarding how successful state-led efforts and Bureau of Land Management resource management plan changes will be in protecting the chicken-sized bird. Further, many are wondering if the land-use plan amendments issued by the BLM may be more onerous than the listing itself. Olsson can help.

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