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Chen Moore and Associates is a very proud organization of professionals focusing on civil engineering, environmental engineering, planning, landscape architecture, GIS and construction observation services. Founded in 1986, we strive to be our Client's Trusted Advisor as their problem solver in order to contribute to improving the health, safety and welfare of the public through our work and our involvement in the community.

The following includes some of our latest news and endeavors:  

ASCE SE Student Conference
Chen Moore and Associates staff members Jose Acosta, P.E., Patrick Kaimrajh, EI, Joel Brownsey, Allie Kiever, EI and Peter Moore, P.E., LEED AP attended the 2014 Annual ASCE SE Student Conference at the University of South Florida College of Engineering in Tampa March 27-29. CMA intern Maria Martinez (FIU) and former CMA interns Claudio Costa (FAU) and Zachary Seed (UM) competed in the event. Fifteen civil engineering design competitions were held throughout with an awards banquet on Saturday. More than 1,200 students and professionals from over 25 universities participated in the conference. For more information please visit http://www.eng.usf.edu/ASCE-Student-Conference-2014/index.html

2014 Miami-Dade ASCE Third Annual Scholarship Mini-Golf Tournament
Chen Moore and Associates served as one of several sponsors for the Miami-Dade ASCE annual scholarship mini-golf tournament on March 22 at Zoo Miami. Andres Aristizabal, Angela Baron, P.E., Patrick Kaimrajh, EI, Maria Martinez, Jose McCray, Giuliana Mendez, EI, Derrick Smith, CFM, LEED AP and Jennifer Smith, P.E. designed and built a hole which made up part of the mini-golf course for play. The event also included a silent auction, lunch and admission to the zoo. An awards ceremony was held at the end of the day where CMA won best team score, best individual score (Jose McCray), most honest golfer (Derrick Smith) and best hole. The event is a fundraiser to help support the University of Miami and Florida International University student scholarship program. For more information please visit http://www.miamidade-asce.org/mini-golf

SW Center Campus for Broward College and FIU in Miramar Celebration Event
Peter Dueño, P.E. and Jose L. Acosta, P.E. from Chen Moore and Associates attended a celebration of the building construction of the SW Center Campus for Broward College and FIU in Miramar on February 25. CMA is humbled and honored to have been the site civil engineer for the entire Miramar campus.  We are very excited to have attended the event to celebrate the accomplishments of both Broward College and FIU.  We would like to thank our team members Perkins + Will, Kaufman Lynn and Facchina. 

Ranked in February 2014 SFBJ Top 25 Engineering Firms List
Chen Moore and Associates was recently ranked number 12 this year up from number 16 last year in the annual South Florida Business Journal’s Top 25 Engineering Firms list. The list includes 25 engineering firms located in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties ranked in order by licensed engineers. Additional information includes the number of regional and nationwide offices, total employment, major clients, 2012 South Florida gross billings and local contacts. For more information please visit http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/subscriber-only/2014/02/14/engineering-firms-2014.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article

Cristobal Betancourt RLA Named Secretary of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture Cristobal Betancourt, RLA was appointed Secretary of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA). His term runs through November 2014.

The FLASLA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association, operating under the national professional society, that represents the landscape architecture profession throughout the state of Florida. Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing landscape architects. For more information on ASLA's Florida Branch, please visit http://www.flasla.org/

CMA President Selected to Leadership Florida Class of XXXII
President and CEO Peter Moore, P.E., LEED AP was recently accepted into the 32nd class of Leadership Florida (LF). He is among 55 leaders including corporate CEO’s, small business owners, educators, elected officials and non-profit executives who will participate in an eight-month learning experience held throughout Florida. Each of the five sessions will provide a comprehensive look at Florida’s major issues and opportunities.

Leadership Florida offers a continuum of educational opportunities for Florida leaders that includes programming for college students, young professionals, new executives to Florida, Florida mayors and the annual class program for which these leaders were selected. The purpose of all of these programs is to educate, inspire, and engage Florida leaders who will work together, across their diversities, for the betterment of Florida. To date, more than 1,500 men and women have graduated from LF programs. Collectively, members of LF serve on more than 5,000 corporate and non-profit boards throughout the state, providing key leadership in their local communities and in the state. For more information about the Leadership Florida program, please visit http://www.leadershipflorida.org

Jose Acosta P.E. Named Vice President of Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers
Vice President Jose Acosta, P.E., of Chen Moore and Associates, was sworn in as Vice President of the Cuban American Association of Civil Engineers (CAACE) on September 25 at the board installation dinner. The meeting was held at the Coral Gables Country Club and is an annual event to recognize new officers.

The CAACE is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1961. The purpose of the association is to assist members in the maintenance of the highest professional engineering skills and to aid members in retaining and exercising those skills; to maintain and support the highest principles of professional engineering achievements; and to obtain the advancement of the science and profession of engineering. For more information about the CAACE, please visit http://www.c-aace.org

Jennifer Smith P.E. Named President-Elect of ASCE Broward County Branch
Jennifer Smith, P.E., senior engineer was installed as President-Elect of the ASCE Broward County Branch on September 26 at the awards and officer installation meeting. The meeting, held at Grande Oaks Golf Course in Davie this year, is an annual event where the new ASCE Broward Branch Officers are inducted as well as certain ASCE members within Broward County are recognized for excellence in engineering through a variety of awards. The keynote speaker was Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs, who spoke about the future of Broward County transit and the Wave Street Car.

President Peter Moore, P.E., LEED AP and Vice President Jose Acosta, P.E. of CMA both previously held the position of President of the ASCE Broward County Branch.

The ASCE Broward County Branch is a subsidiary of the Florida Section, Region 5 of the American Society of Civil Engineers. For more information on ASCE's Broward Branch, please visit http://www.broward-asce.org

CMA Staff Recognized at ASCE Miami Awards and Board Installation Dinner
Patrick Kaimrajh, EI, associate engineer was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year Award and Zachary Seed, intern and who currently attends the University of Miami, was awarded the Miami-Dade Scholarship and the Student of the Year Award at the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Miami Awards and Board Installation Dinner. Angela Baron, EI, associate engineer was installed as Younger Members Group Chair and Patrick Kaimrajh, EI was installed as Secretary.

Each year the Miami-Dade Branch of ASCE recognizes excellence in civil engineering in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties by presenting awards and scholarships at this event. This year’s dinner was held on August 28 at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne.  

The Miami-Dade Branch is a subsidiary of the Florida Section, Region 5 of the American Society of Civil Engineers. With more than 700 members, the organization participates in community service and raises funds to provide local university students with scholarships and more. Regular meetings are held where members can network with other members and stay up to date on the latest engineering news and trends. For more information about the ASCE Miami-Dade Branch, please visit http://www.miamidade-asce.org 

Florida Engineering Leadership Institute Class of 2013 Community Project
For their class project, the FELI (Florida Engineering Leadership Institute) Class of 2013 selected My Angel with Paws, a non-profit organization in Deland, Florida that provides expertly trained service dogs to children and adults with physical disabilities. The class constructed a new training bridge for the organization and made a sizable donation of $7,000 with leftover contributions after purchasing building materials for the project.  CMA FELI class members Michael Buick, P.E. and Jason Haeseler, P.E. assisted in the construction process.  

FELI was created with the mission to transition engineering professionals into community professionals and leaders within our societies, communities and workplaces.  Through its initial 10-month class, FELI enhances the leadership skills of its participants and sets out a clear pathway to put these skills into practice serving our profession and our communities.  For more information about FELI, please visit http://www.fleng.org/leadership.cfm and for more information about My Angel with Paws organization, please visit http://www.myangelwithpaws.org

ASCE Broward Bowl-a-Thon Three-peat
 
As a three-peat this year, the CMA team won first place overall at the ASCE Broward Bowl-a-thon. The event is held on an annual basis to raise money for a scholarship provided to a Broward County resident pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. The 2013 bowl-a-thon was held in Tamarac at Sawgrass Lanes on August 24 and successfully raised $2,000 for scholarships. For more information on ASCE's Broward Branch, please visit http://www.broward-asce.org

Branch Manager Named to Leadership Gainesville Class of 2014 
Branch Manager Jason Haeseler, P.E. was selected to participate in the 40th class of Leadership Gainesville (LG). LG is a year-long community leadership program designed to identify, educate and develop leadership skills. Each year, approximately 40 individuals are selected to participate in the program following completion of a competitive application process. LG’s principal goal is to build a resource of community leadership on a planned, continuing basis. LG provides future leaders the opportunity to develop leadership skills by networking with individuals in the community that represent business, law, religion, civic groups, the arts, minority organizations, education, health care, government, human services and volunteer organizations. For more information about the program please visit http://www.gainesvillechamber.com/member-services/leadership-gainesville/leadership-gainesville/

CMA International Outreach Efforts With U.S. Department of Commerce
 
President and CEO Peter Moore, P.E., LEED AP, of Chen Moore and Associates, recently traveled to and Panama to participate in a trade mission led by Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank. The mission was held on May 8, the first anniversary of the U.S.-Columbia Free Trade Agreement.

Essentially, the purpose of a trade mission is to gather like-minded companies and to send an envoy from the Department of Commerce to help facilitate meetings with government officials and potential business partners. Representatives from 20 U.S. companies interested in infrastructure development were in attendance at this trade mission.

During his trip, Mr. Moore attended several meetings that included business discussions with the Columbian Foreign Minister, the Vice President of Panama, the Administrator of the Panama Canal, the President of the Panama Canal Authority and the Panamanian Metro, engineers in charge of the water and power generation for the Panama Canal as well as representatives from the Civil Air Authority, Energy and Mining departments and U.S./Panama Logistics Company.

For more information about the trade mission please visit The Miami Herald at http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/15/v-print/3399641/us-exports-gain-in-first-year.html#storylink=cpy

In addition, Mr. Moore will speak at the Trade Americas Conference and Expo scheduled for June 20-21 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.  The conference will offer delegates an opportunity to network and meet with potential new business relations for trade and investment in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information please visit http://www.aaccla.org/events/

Ranked in May 2013 ENR Southeast Top Design Firms List
Chen Moore and Associates has once again been recognized as an industry leader in ENR’s Southeast Top Design Firms list which includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The firm was ranked number 69 this year up from number 74 last year. The Top Design Firms list, published annually, ranks the largest U.S.-based design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. For more information please visit http://southeast.construction.com/southeast_top_lists_construction_firms/2013/Top-Design-Firms/001-100.asp

Ranked in February 2013 SFBJ Top 25 Engineering Firms List
Chen Moore and Associates was recently ranked number 16 in the annual South Florida Business Journal's Top 25 Engineering Firms list. The list includes 25 engineering firms located in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties ranked in order by licensed engineers.  Last year the firm was ranked number 20. For more information please visit http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/blog/morning-edition/2013/02/the-list-top-25-engineering-firms.html

FES Broward President’s Award
In recognition for his dedication and diligence in planning and coordinating the MATHCOUNTS event, Shareholder Oscar Bello, P.E. received the President’s Award from The Broward Branch of the Florida Engineering Society at the E-Week Awards Ceremony & Luncheon on Friday February 22, 2013. MATHCOUNTS is a math competition held annually for middle school students. This year the event was held at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale. MATHCOUNTS continues to promote mathematics, a fundamental skill for the engineers of tomorrow which Chen Moore and Associates, along with the Florida Engineering Society, is pleased to promote. Mr. Bello is active in a variety of volunteering and professional organizations, including Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Lego Robotics, SECME, ECOMB, ASCE, and FES.  For more information please visit http://mathcounts.org/

ASCE National Employer Recognition Award
Chen Moore and Associates is the recipient of the 2012 ASCE Employer Recognition Award for Support of Younger Members.  The Employer Recognition Program was a result of the ASCE Strategic Plan which called for the establishment of a program to recognize and acknowledge employers who support Younger Member participation in ASCE activities. Chen Moore and Associates was recognized for its encouragement and exemplary support of Younger Member involvement in ASCE activities. 

This is the sixth time Chen Moore and Associates has been selected, including the Exemplary Support of Young Engineer Involvement in ASCE Activities and Miami-Dade County Firm of the Year in 2007.  For more information please visit http://www.asce.org/

Ranked in June 2012 SFBJ Top Engineering Firms List
Chen Moore and Associates was recently ranked number 20 in the annual South Florida Business Journal's Top Engineering Firms list.  The list includes 24 engineering firms located in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties ranked in order by top gross billings.  This is the firm’s second year for being recognized in the list. Congratulations to all of our team members for a job well done.

ASCE Broward Bowl-a-thon Champs!
The 24th Annual ASCE Broward Branch Bowl-A-Thon was held on August 18, 2012. For the second year in a row, Chen Moore and Associates won the tournament! This event is held annually to raise money for a scholarship provided to a local high school senior or current college student studying Civil Engineering. ASCE was able to raise $2,000 for the scholarship fund! The event was held at Diamond Strikes Lanes in Pompano Beach. For more information on ASCE's Broward Branch, please visit www.broward-asce. org

Panama Aguadulce WTP and Water Main Project Underway
Chen Moore and Associates was selected as the prime consultant for the design of the Aguadulce Water Treatment Plant in Panama. The new water treatment plant will serve 50 communities in the Provinces of Coclé, Herrera and Veraguas with a total population of approximately 62,000 people. CMA's responsibilities entail feasibility studies, population growth projections to the year 2040, analysis of the hydrographic basin of the Santa Maria river and the intake line; and the design of 200 kilometers of transmission lines, pump stations and a new 12,000,000 MGD conventional filtration water treatment plant. In addition, CMA will design the access roads to the intake site and to the water treatment plant facility. The scope includes all specifications and construction documents as required by the Instituto de Acueductos y Alcantarillados Nacionales (IDAAN).

Ha'il City Value Engineering Study Complete
Chen Moore and Associates worked as part of a value engineering team for a value planning and design review session for the Ha'il City Expansion project in the Ha'il Region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This first session related to the infrastructure designs for Phase I of the master development, comprised of residential, commercial, governmental and religous land uses. The infrastructure was divided into eight categories that were reviewed at length: electrical, lighting, roadway, landscaping, irrigation, potable water, sewerage and stormwater. The session resulted in numerous design suggestions and 12 value engineering proposals with a potential savings of SAR 27.9 million in capital costs, SAR 6.4 million in potential additional real estate and SAR 34.0 million in potential deferred costs.

Taiwan Cross-Strait Environmental Summit
Dr. Chen recently visited Taiwan to attend the Cross-Strait Environmental Summit. He visited many places from his youth, including the Ambassador hotel, his high school and the Palace Museum in Taipei. The picture below is the entrance building of Dr. Chen's high school. The old two-story building was torn down; there is only one building left from when Dr. Chen attended in 1960. He attended both middle and high school there from 1957 to 1963; now it is just a high school. There are very few landmarks in Taipei that Dr. Chen and his wife recognized, although all the street names are familiar. Dr. Chen also attended the Cross-Strait Environmental Summit. The two-day summit in Taipei attracted about 150 environmental experts from Taiwan, China and the U.S., who discussed air pollution, waste management and the potential for environmental cooperation across the Taiwan Strait, among other topics.

Associate Engineer Named Most Active Member by FES
Associate Engineer Gabriel Bacca-Cortes, E.I. was named the Most Active Member by the Florida Engineering Society’s Broward Branch. The FES Broward 2012 Awards ceremony was held in March. The Keynote Speaker was Richard Tornese, P.E., Director of Broward County Highway Construction & Engineering Division.