FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 22, 2012
Contact: Darrel Berry, Marketing Communications Manager
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Hanson distributes children’s books to nation’s public libraries
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — To celebrate National Engineers Week Feb. 19-25, Hanson Professional Services Inc. is donating copies of a children’s book highlighting one of its award-winning projects to public libraries nationwide in cities where the company has offices. Hanson civil engineer Judy Dittmer, P.E., wrote “Gong Gong and the P&L Railroad” to share her engineering adventures working on the Paducah and Louisville Railroad relocation design and construction project in Grand Rivers, Ky., with her then 4-year-old grandson. Together, Dittmer and Hanson are using this book to teach future generations about engineering, projects and careers.
“In this book, Judy takes a complex project and describes it in a simple, easy-to-understand way. If just one child or young person reads this book, and it sparks his or her interest in engineering, the book is a success. We believe it has the potential to influence a new generation of engineers,” says Sergio “Satch” Pecori, P.E., ExecEng, Hanson’s president and CEO.
This book chronicles Dittmer’s and Hanson’s work on the $94 million P&L Railroad relocation project, which is part of the $713 million Kentucky Lock expansion. Hanson served as the prime engineering consultant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District. Hanson guided the design of a 3,100-foot-long railroad bridge that crosses the Tennessee River. The project team developed several innovative engineering design solutions, including incorporating float-in construction for the 500-foot main span and sustainable design elements.
Hanson has received various awards for its work on the P&L project, including a 2011 National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois, and a Best of 2010 in Engineering Design award from McGraw Hill’s South Central Construction magazine.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703. The office may be reached by phone: (217) 788-2450 or fax: (217) 788-2503.
Hanson’s nationwide presence includes offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Raleigh, N.C.; New York Metropolitan; Nashville, Tenn.; Dallas, Texas; and Seattle, Wash. To contact one of these offices, please see the list below.
The Hanson Alaska LLC office is located at 801 B St., Suite 400, Anchorage, AK 99501. You may contact Michael Pochop, P.E., vice president, at (907) 279-1282.
The Fort Lauderdale regional office is located at 5525 N.W. 15th Ave., Suite 304, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. You may contact Lisa Waters, senior aviation planner, at (561) 471-9370.
The Sarasota regional office is located at 9015 Town Center Parkway, Suite 105, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. You may contact Kelly Rubino, P.E., CBC, senior vice president and aviation services market principal, at (941) 342-6321.
The Orlando regional office is located at 720 N. Maitland Ave., Suite 102, Maitland, FL 32751. You may contact Bill Bradford, P.E., senior vice president and government market principal, at (407) 622-2050.
The West Palm Beach regional office is located at 1601 Belvedere Road, Suite 303 S., West Palm Beach, FL 33406-1558. You may contact Lisa Waters, senior aviation planner, at (561) 471-9370.
The Chicago regional office is located at 815 Commerce Drive, Suite 200, Oak Brook, IL 60523. You may contact John Nelson, P.E., regional vice president, at (630) 990-3800.
The Rockford regional office is located at 6775 Fincham Drive, Rockford, IL 61108-3001. You may contact Stu Kemp, P.E., S.E., regional vice president, at (815) 398-4600.
The Indianapolis regional office is located at 2629 Waterfront Parkway East Drive, Suite 375, Indianapolis, IN 46214. You may contact James Trachtman, regional vice president, at (317) 293-9024.
The Kansas City regional office is located at 1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 250, Kansas City, MO 64131. You may contact Gary Potts, P.E., senior vice president and rail services principal, at (816) 941-2178.
The St. Louis regional office is located at 13801 Riverport Drive, Suite 300, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. You may contact Rod Sachtleben, P.E., S.E., regional vice president, at (314) 770-0467.
The Raleigh, N.C., office is located in the Chatham Building, 3716 National Drive, Suite 124, Raleigh, NC 27612. You may contact Bob Knoedler, P.E., CEM, CxA, vice president and principal of commissioning and energy-related services, at (919) 781-5599.
The New York metropolitan office is located at 30 Galesi Drive, Suite 102, Wayne, NJ 07470. You may contact Ted Collora, PLS, senior vice president and telecommunications market principal, at (973) 785-4545.
The Nashville regional office is located at One Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 360, Nashville, TN 37215. You may contact Charlie Smith, P.E., project manager, at (615) 665-9611.
The Dallas regional office is located at 320 Decker Drive, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75062. You may contact John White, P.E., project manager, at (972) 719-2562.
The Seattle regional office is located at 11130 NE 33rd Place, Suite 200, Bellevue, WA 98004. You may contact Charley Chambers, P.E., regional vice president, at (425) 576-1690.