ORC Awarded FM 546 Project Through TxDOT ROWAPS Contract

O. R. Colan Associates (ORC) has been awarded a contract to provide acquisition services for the FM 546 project as a ROWAPS (Right-of-Way Acquisition Professional Services) task order assignment. The project, located in Collin County, is sponsored jointly by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the City of McKinney.

The 2-mile realignment project begins at SH 5 and extends east of Country Lane/Airport Road in the City of McKinney. The project will widen the 4-lane road to a 6-lane divided highway with a 40-foot widen median that will help ease traffic congestion for the town and a nearby school. The project was authorized in April and has a RW clearance date of September 1, 2015. The ORC team is responsible for acquiring 13 parcels along the route under a very aggressive schedule.

ORC is a privately-owned company that has provided appraisal, acquisition and relocation services for infrastructure projects since its establishment in 1969. The firm is recognized as a national industry expert in implementing programs for public agencies in accordance with the Federal Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-646, as amended) (“URA”) and local regulations and laws. ORC has worked on projects in all modes of transportation, as well as redevelopment, natural disasters, and utility projects. On average, ORC acquires more than 2,000 parcels and relocates more than 500 occupants annually.

ORC Awarded Turnkey Acquisition and Relocation Contract at Yeager Airport After Slope Failure in Safety-overrun Area

Yeager Airport Acquisition/ Relocation Contract

O. R. Colan Associates (ORC), as a sub consultant to L.R. Kimball, was awarded a turnkey acquisition and relocation services contract by the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority (CWVRAA) after the safety-overrun area partially collapsed in a landslide at Charleston’s Yeager Airport in early March 2015. ORC previously provided turnkey services in support of the Runway 5 and Runway 23 projects, and our familiarity with the airport and the surrounding community was crucial in being selected for the recovery effort.

This new project was necessitated by a landslide, which occurred on March 12th. The man-made ground beneath the overrun area fell away, down the hillside, destroying a church and at least one house and forcing 116 people to evacuate their homes. This same overrun area was credited with saving 34 people in 2010, when it stopped a US Air regional jet that had overrun the end of the runway during an aborted takeoff.

In addition to the slope failure properties, ORC will also provide appraisals, acquisition, relocation assistance, and the full scope of real estate services for the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) area. It is expected that 38 parcels will be affected, and 34 occupants will be provided relocation assistance services.

ORC is a privately-owned company that has provided appraisal, acquisition and relocation services for infrastructure projects since its establishment in 1969. Originally established as a West Virginia company, the firm is recognized as a national industry expert in implementing programs for public agencies in accordance with the Federal Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-646, as amended) (“URA”) and local regulations and laws. On average, ORC acquires more than 2,000 parcels and relocates more than 500 occupants annually.

Dinner for Dick Moeller - 52 years of Service

Dick Moeller Dinner Celebration

ORC hosted a dinner at the AASHTO Right of Way and Utilities meeting in Minneapolis to honor Dick Moeller’s 52 years of service to the right of way industry. Dick is seated in the center left beside his wife Jane and her two sisters. Pictured to the lower right is Paul Scott, also a 50 plus year veteran of our industry! Both Dick and Paul retired from FHWA in Washington, DC before joining the private sector. Dick Moeller has been with ORC for ten years. Paul is currently with Cardno.

ORC AASHTO Platinum Sponsor

ORC AASHTO Booth 2015

ORC was a Platinum Sponsor for the AASHTO Right of Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising held in Minneapolis, MN April 25-30. Pictured from left to right are Keith Shepherd, Steve Toth, Cathy Muth and Daryl Knobbe in front of the ORC booth.

ORC Awarded Contract with DelDOT – first of its kind!

O.R. Colan Associates (ORC) was recently awarded an on-call Right-of Way services contract with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). DelDOT has indicated that potential projects to be assigned to ORC may be for individual or full-service land acquisition, relocation assistance, and property management services.

ORC is one of three firms selected to supplement DelDOT’s in-house staff and provide necessary services to continue the Department’s real estate needs for on-going projects. This is the first time in its history that DelDOT has contracted with consultants for services other than appraisal and title work. ORC is pleased to be one of the first firms selected.

ORC is a privately-owned company that has provided acquisition and relocation services for publicly-funded projects since its establishment in 1969. The firm is recognized as a national industry expert in implementing programs for acquisition-related services for public agencies in accordance with the Federal Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-646, as amended) (“URA”) and local regulations and laws. ORC has worked on projects in all modes of transportation, as well as redevelopment, natural disasters and utility projects. On average, ORC acquires more than 1,200 parcels and relocates more than 500 occupants annually.

ORC Ranked 7th of the Top 50 Women Led Businesses in the State of Florida

Cathy Muth and Karen Ammar

Cathy Colan Muth and Karen Ammar were recognized on April 2, 2015 at the 10th Annual Awards Luncheon in Miami for the Top Fifty Women Led Businesses in Florida. O. R. Colan Associates has been on this list for several years. Last year we broke into the 10th position and this year we moved ahead to 7th! The rankings are based on the gross income of the company.

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