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Engineering Legacies  
Published July 18, 2016

This month Pacific Rim Construction magazine includes a cover story on how Jacobs’ global transportation and infrastructure capability supports strategically important projects for clients like Heathrow Airport Limited, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and Crossrail. The story includes a special focus on Jacobs’ growth in Hong Kong and how we bring opportunities for innovation and collaboration into the region.

“We believe the best way for our business to succeed is to deliver long-term success for our people, our clients, our shareholders, and the countries and

communities where we work,” says Jacobs President Buildings and Infrastructure Bob Pragada.

“Our global perspective and market diversity allows us to bring opportunities for innovation and collaboration into those projects and regions where our clients need us.”



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Jacobs Earns Silver Award for UK Armed Forces Support  
Published July 18, 2016

Jacobs received an award from the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) for its support and commitment to the U.K. Armed Forces. The award is part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), which recognizes organizations that demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and have values aligned with the U.K. Armed Forces Covenant.

Jacobs has supported the MOD for more than 30 years and has a close appreciation for the contribution our servicemen and women make to the U.K.’s defence and security. Jacobs employs many veterans and reservists across its global business and has a number of initiatives in place to support the U.K. Armed Forces community. These include supporting employees’ annual reservist training and commitments, reservist forums to share experiences, and providing support to the Royal Engineers through secondment opportunities, seminars, and career advice. The company also organizes recruiting activities specifically for veterans, and works with the U.K. Officers Association and Career Transition Partnership to build a talent pipeline and encourage early service leavers to participate in its internal apprenticeship programs.

Brigadier (Retd) Martin Boswell (late Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) joined Jacobs in 2014 and works in the company’s U.K. Defence team. “From my own experience Jacobs offers excellent opportunities for defence service personnel,” he said. “The breadth of meaningful work means these personnel can make lasting contributions as they develop and grow a second career.

“Jacobs has very similar values to the Services, and this can help service people as they transition. Both Jacobs and the Services appreciate the importance of developing and sustaining strong relationships; investing time, working to truly understand each individual, retaining that accumulated knowledge and passing it forward, and adding value every time.”

Lt. Col. Bruce Snelling (Royal Engineers), a project manager with Jacobs’ Global Aviation team adds, “As a reservist of 16 years with Jacobs, I’ve valued the company’s support and flexibility towards my annual training and mobilisation. The values and breadth of skills and experience I have acquired as a reservist have benefited my civilian career at Jacobs.”



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Jacobs Celebrates UK National Women in Engineering Day 2016  
Published June 22, 2016

Jacobs is celebrating UK National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) with events throughout the United Kingdom organized by Jacobs’ UK and Ireland Women’s Network, designed to share experiences, broaden access to opportunities and inspire the talent of the future. Webinar speakers include Jacobs Senior Vice President, Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Security Catriona Schmolke, who shares useful tips for handling career hurdles. Jacobs Regional Executive Director of Performance and Quality Management Jack Gritt explores the importance of emotional intelligence, why you need it to succeed and how to assess your own.  

With 30 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, Jack has held a number of positions across executive, operations, program and project management, safety case management and performance and quality.  

“My route into the nuclear industry was unusual,” Jack says. “Although I was academically very talented at school, I had no great aspirations or direction in terms of a career. After a series of ‘trial’ jobs, I tried a temporary position at the local nuclear power station. Although the early days were challenging, the job turned out to be an inspired decision. I fell in love with nuclear engineering. I spent my break times reading books on nuclear engineering and reactor physics, and watched and learned about the operations of the plant. My physics/chemistry HNC and BSc degree in pure mathematics unlocked more options for me.  

“As my career progressed I held a variety of senior roles, all of which taught me new skills and expanded my horizons. Through a variety of rewarding roles, I’ve met some remarkable people along the way,” she said.  

On her role as vice chair of Women in Nuclear UK (WiN), Jack says, “The early years of my career really shaped my passion for encouraging people in the nuclear industry, especially women. Being part of a global company, it's fascinating to meet and work with people who have such a variety of backgrounds, talents, skills and experiences. WiN's focus is about attracting new talent into the industry and supporting the career progression of women already in the industry.”  

NWED was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2014 to encourage more girls to consider engineering as a career. Promoting engineering among girls not only creates more diversity where less than 10 percent of the engineering workforce is women, it also helps address the predicted skills gap in this sector.  



 Jacobs Celebrates UK National Women in Engineering Day 2016
Jacobs Donates $50,000 for Alberta, Canada Fire Relief  
Published May 18, 2016

Our thoughts go out to our colleagues and everyone else affected by the fires in Alberta, Canada. Nearly 2,000 of our own personnel work in the Fort McMurray region, with 400 living in the city itself.  

We are inspired by the outpouring of support by our employees, who have reached out offering money, time, homes, supplies and words of support. As a company, our employees are our first priority, and we want to live up to the example they have set.  

With this in mind, Jacobs is donating $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. Many of our local sites and offices are also organizing other support and relief efforts.  

For more information about the crisis and how you can help, visit Alberta Emergency Updates.  



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Jacobs Sponsoring the Young Water Professionals Program at Ozwater’ 16  
Published May 4, 2016

Jacobs is sponsoring the Young Water Professionals Program at the Ozwater’ 16 international water conference and exhibition, May 10-12 in Melbourne, Australia.

Ozwater’ 16 is themed “Water: For Liveable Communities and Sustainable Industries” and is expected to attract more than 3000 attendees, 200 trade exhibitors, 170 platform presentations, and will feature 11 specialised workshops over eight streams. 

Jacobs’ Global Water Leader, Gary Nuss, said Jacobs is delighted to be associated with the event and the Australian Water Association.

“We believe that discussions like those being conducted during the Young Water Professionals Program and across Ozwater play a key role in shaping the future of the water industry,” he said. “A number of our staff will participate in the Young Water Professionals program. Our hope is that by supporting programs like this, we can help the future face of our profession to exchange ideas and develop solutions that are truly sustainable.”

The Young Water Professionals Program’s interactive workshop will be split into two sessions and will highlight the importance of customers and development. Issues such as liveable cities, trending innovations and career growth for industry professionals will also be canvassed.

For more information about Ozwater’ 16 go to:



   Jacobs Sponsoring the Young Water Professionals Program at Ozwater' 16

Jacobs Wins 2016 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Gold Award  
Published April 21, 2016

Jacobs was recently awarded the 2016 New York American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Gold Award in the category of Building/Technology Systems for our work on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit (MTA NYCT) Help Point Fast Track Project.

We were the first engineering consultant firm selected by the MTA NYCT in August 2013 to design the “Help Point” passenger information and emergency phone system for nearly 100 of the 469 subway stations in New York City. Services included design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the VoIP passenger assistant telephone system.

The new state-of-the-art technology system is planned to replace the end-of-life “Customer Assistance Intercom” (CAI) system currently in place. The new system provides passengers and employees a greater means of contact to receive general information or to reach authorities in the event of an emergency. The phone system consists of: pedestals and/or column mounted units equipped with multiple push buttons for emergencies and information transmittal; a large blue light for high visibility; and the capability of housing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras. The units are almost entirely self-contained, with a hybrid fiber and copper Ethernet network and a power distribution system mounted to walls and/or beams connecting to a station access node interfacing with the NYCT network.

Our design took into account several safety concerns, including visibility of “Help Point” devices, clearance and positioning of the devices from the edge of platforms, accessibility for maintenance crews, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. Our team conducted detailed site-surveys at different locations including station platforms for device placement, conduit/cable routing, fare gate areas, mezzanine levels, communications equipment (MR) rooms, and power and network interfaces. The program is expected to continue for several years on a “fast track” schedule to install operable Help Point devices in all 469 subway stations.

We’re honored to accept this award and look forward to many successful partnership opportunities with New York City Transit in the future. 



  Jacobs Wins 2016 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Gold Award

A Fast Track Career in Transport Planning  
Published March 22, 2016

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation's (CIHT) Young Professional of the Year 2015 Peter Hibbert recently spoke to Transportation Professional magazine about his career in transport planning and how the Northern Powerhouse agenda has made local authorities in the UK think differently about the type of schemes they want to put forward.  

Peter joined Jacobs’ UK Graduate Development Programme just eight years ago, and is now a qualified Transport Planning Professional managing important projects for the company in the north of England, including motorway junction improvement and rail connectivity schemes. In 2013, Peter went on to achieve Transport Planning Professional (TPP) accreditation, which provides transport planners with a route to chartership.  

Peter is currently Jacobs’ project manager responsible for developing a major business case for a link road project in Cheshire. He is also highly active in the industry, chairing CIHT’s Yorkshire & the Humber Region Young Professional Committee last year and remaining involved in the region since then. Peter is now a trained mentor for new TPP candidates and an active member for the Jacobs Next Network, which focuses on employees with 6-10 years of experience and provides the next level for deepening professional networks and leveraging those networks for further career development. Network members work on more targeted development and play a role in advising leaders on how to improve areas of our business.  

CIHT members can view the full interview with Peter in the March 2016 edition of Transportation Professional magazine. 



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Supporting Women in Engineering for International Women’s Day  
Published March 8, 2016

On March 8, International Women’s Day, WomEng is celebrating its 10th birthday. WomEng is a global social enterprise that aims to motivate, inspire and empower the next generation of engineering leaders. The organization focuses on attracting, developing and nurturing the next generation of women engineering leaders. Co-founder of WomEng Hema Vallabh said, "The number of women in engineering is of particular concern, as women are still grossly under-represented, being less than 20 percent in many countries. Increasing the number of women in engineering serves as a catalyst for job creation, social upliftment and economic development, and supports solving the global shortage of engineers."  

As part of the celebration, WomEng will launch the #1MillionGirlsInSTEM social media campaign together with UNESCO. The campaign is a commitment to reach one million girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the next 10 years, in at least 10 different geographies globally, with a strong focus on Africa.  

Jacobs’ South Africa operations support WomEng in the form of in-kind sponsorship by providing the organization office space at our Waverley Office Park offices in Bramley (Johannesburg). “This is a big help for us and a significant show of support to our mission to develop the next generation of engineering leaders,” Vallabh commented.  




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Jacobs Wins Award for NASA Test and Operations Support Contract at Kennedy Space Center  
Published February 16, 2016

Jacobs, the prime contractor of NASA’s Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC), was recently selected as Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year for 2015 under the NASA Small Business Awards Program.  

Criteria for the award includes outstanding contract performance and that the overall program demonstrate sound small business practices, sponsors or participates in outreach activities, and uses small business contractors to perform technical (high-tech) requirements of the contract during contract execution.  

The award also qualifies Jacobs for NASA’s Agency-level award for Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year – an honor Jacobs has previously received. In 2011, Jacobs received the Agency-level award in support of the Facility Operating Services Contract (FOSC) at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.  

Jacobs’ General Manager for TOSC Andrew Allen stated, “This is a terrific honor that reflects the strong, ongoing relationship we enjoy with NASA and the Kennedy Space Center. I would like to congratulate our space operations team for the dedication, commitment, and high performance that has enabled us to secure this recognition.”  



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Jacobs Tops the Charts in Washington, D.C.  
Published February 2, 2016

The latest Washington Business Journal (WBJ) Book of Lists has ranked Jacobs Washington, D.C.’s number one engineering, number one architecture and number three interior design firm.  

The popular WBJ Book of Lists ranks companies in their fields, based on various criterion. According to the WBJ, Jacobs topped the Architecture list based on 2014 metro-area billings of approximately $161.26 million. It topped the Engineering Firms category based on the number of metro-area registered engineers in 2015 (160). And it ranked third on the Interior Design list based on 2014 metro-area interior design revenue of $19.89 million.  

It also topped the charts in the engineering industry in terms of total employee numbers, with 66,000.  

Subscribers can access the full lists here.  



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While we'd rather brag about our clients, here are a few facts worth mentioning:

Fortune MagazineJacobs is ranked the #2 Most Admired Company in the World in the Engineering, Construction category by Fortune Magazine, making this our 5th consecutive year in the number 2 position. Jacobs has held a top 5 spot on the coveted list since 1999.

OSHA VPP StatusThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes Jacobs for excellence in worker safety and health as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Corporate participant. Only four other corporations currently hold this recognition in the U.S. Awarded in 2016.

Building Design and Construction 2016 Giants List

  • No. 1 - Top 25 Airport Terminal Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 1 - Top 25 Green Building Engineering Firms
  • No. 1 - Top 25 Military Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 1 - Top 25 Office Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 1 - Top 25 Reconstruction Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 1 - Top 25 Retail Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 1 - Top 25 Science + Technology Engineering Firms
  • No. 2 - Giants 300 Engineering/Architecture Firms
  • No. 2 - Giants 300 CM Agent + PM Firms
  • No. 2 - Top 25 Healthcare Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 2 - Top 25 Data Center Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 2 - Top 25 K-12 Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 3 - Top 25 University Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 3 - Top 10 Federal Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 7 - Top 25 Multifamily Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 8 - Top 25 Science + Technology Construction Firms
  • No. 8 - Top 25 Sports Sector Engineering Firms
  • No. 21 - Top 25 Reconstruction Sector Construction Firms
  • No. 25 - Giants 300 Contractors


For the New Civil Engineer 100 Companies of the Year, Jacobs was awarded Global Firm of the Year in 2016.

2016 Engineering News-Record Rankings

  • No. 2 – Top 500 in Design Firms
  • No. 4 - Top 100 Design-Build Firms
  • No. 1 - Top 50 Designers in International Markets
  • No. 1 - Top 20 Design Firm, Manufacturing
  • No. 1 - Top 20 Design Firm, Telecommunications
  • No. 2 - Top 20 Design Firm, Industrial Process/Petroleum
  • No. 2 - Top 20 Design Firm, Transportation
  • No. 3 - Top 20 Design Firm, General Building
  • No. 3 - Top 20 Design Firm, Hazardous Waste
  • No. 9 - Top 20 Design Firm, Water
  • No. 10 - Top 20 Design Firm, Power
  • No. 16 - Top 20 Design Firm, Sewer & Water
  • No. 13 -- Top 400 Contractors
  • No. 3 -- Top 20 Contractors by Sector, Petroleum
  • No. 4 -- Top 20 Contractors by Sector, Hazardous Waste
  • No. 5 -- Top 50 Contractors Working Abroad 
  • No. 12 -- Top 100 Contractors by New Contracts 
  • No. 50 -- Top 50 Domestic Heavy Contractors

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