HDR Moves Up in National Rankings

The weekly newsmagazine Engineering News-Record has ranked HDR No. 18 in the Top 500 Design Firms, up from its 2003 ranking of 23. The results were published in ENR’s cover story in the April 19 edition.

HDR has been part of the Colorado business landscape since 1957, when it opened an office in Colorado Springs. Today, HDR professionals in Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins provide transportation, water and wastewater, environmental, and construction management and administration services.

HDR is an architectural, engineering and consulting firm that excels at complex projects and solving challenges for clients. More than 3,300 employee-owners, including architects, engineers, consultants, scientists, planners and construction managers, in more than 90 locations worldwide, pool their strengths to provide solutions beyond the scope of traditional A/E/C firms.

UCCS to lead grant for high frequency

Physicists at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will lead a five-year $5.25 million project to create high frequency communications for use by U.S. Armed Forces.

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The frequencies under study offer the potential to create new radar and communication devices.

Robert Camley and Zbigniew Celinski will work with faculty from the University of California at Irvine, University of California at San Diego, University of California at Berkeley, Oakland University and Colorado State University to develop materials capable of operating at 20 to 100 GHz. By comparison, radios and cell phones operate near 1 GHz. Funding will be shared between the universities.

Much of the work will take place in laboratories on the CU-Colorado Springs campus and concurrently in laboratories at the other partner universities. This sharing of ideas and lab resources bodes well for the project’s future.

Camley and Celinski’s theoretical and experimental work about high-frequency communications have been published in leading scientific journals including Applied Physics Letters, Physical Review B and Journal of Applied Physics.

Workforce job fair slated for Fountain

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Fountain Spring Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aprkl 28 at the Lorraine Community Center, 301, E. Iowa St. in Fountain.

Companies that plan to attend the fair include The Broadmoor Hotel, Kira-Dyncorp, the Colorado State Patrol, the Naval Reserve and Pima Medical.

Job seekers should pre-register at www.ppwfc.org, bring several copies of their resumes and be prepared to interview.

Colorado casino revenues jump in March

Revenues at Colorado casinos sprang forward in March, with gaming establishments statewide reporting $61.9 milling in adjusted gross proceeds, up nearly 8 percent from $57.4 milling in February and 8.7 percent from $57 million in March 2003.

Adjusted gross proceeds are the amount wagered less payouts from casinos.

Black Hawk’s 22 casinos totaled $45.5 million, up from nearly $42.4 million in February and $40.8 million in March 2003. Cripple Creek’s 18 casinos generated $12 million, an increase from $10.8 million in February and $11.9 million the previous year. Central City’s four casinos produced $4.4 million, up from $4.1 million the previous month and $4.2 million in March 2003.

Black Hawk casinos accounted for 73.4 percent of the statewide market; Cripple Creek gaming establishments, 19.5 percent; and Central City casinos, 7.2 percent.

Casinos statewide paid $10.4 million in gaming tax proceeds in march, up from $9.5 million in February.

USURF America acquires Texas telecom company

USURF America Inc., a leading regional provider of wired and wireless high-speed broadband communications services, announced today that it has acquired all of the outstanding stock of Get-A-Phone (GAP), an operating Competitive Local Exchange Carrier providing telecommunications services in Texas.

Get-A-Phone operates in areas being served by SBC and Verizon Southwest, and has more than 16,000 customers.

The Texas Public Utilities Commission has approved the transfer of the certificate of operating authority to reflect the ownership change to USURF America and has expanded the geographic area to include the entire state of Texas.

“We are looking forward to providing the USURF suite of services in the Texas market and working with the management team of GAP to expand their market. In addition to the 16,300 current subscribers, GAP adds in excess of $8.4 million in annual revenue to USURF,” said Doug McKinnon, CEO of USURF America.