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.

ORC Junior Agent Training in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Training for our Junior Agents

ORC hosted training in Cincinnati for our Junior Agents. The week started with a day of training in Financial Project Management followed by a three day NHI Course in Advanced Relocation under the Uniform Act and a one day course in the Business Move Process. More than 14 people attended the classes including two clients who attended as guests.

ORC Awarded Appraisal Contract with West Virginia DOH

O. R. Colan Associates (ORC) was awarded an appraisal contract with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways (WVDOH). ORC will provide right-of-way appraisal services on the Melissa-Huntington Road Project located in Cabell County. Appraisal Manager Scott Ware describes the project as a realignment of Route 10 in Cabell County, WV affecting a total of 26 properties. Parcels affected include residential, commercial, special use, industrial and vacant land.

This contract renews ORC’s long standing relationship with WVDOH. ORC was founded by Owen Richard Colan who served as the Director of Right of Way for the WVDOH from 1962-1969. ORC remains a family-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) (URA) and the implementing regulations found at 49 CFR Part 24 (as amended) as well as local regulations and laws. On average, ORC acquires more than 2,000 parcels and relocates more than 1,200 occupants annually.

Honoring Dick Moeller

Honoring Dick Moeller

52 Years of Right of Way Experiences

O. R. Colan Associates (ORC) is pleased to honor Dick Moeller for his 52 years of varied right of way experience, both in the public sector with the Bureau of Public Roads (BPR)/FHWA for 39 years and then with ORC.

Dick’s experiences span the period beginning in 1963 when the Uniform Act and NEPA were first being implemented in the purchase of right of way for our interstate highway system and continue today with various ORC clients including program oversight for Federal Transit Administration and Federal Rail Administration programs. Dick is a certified instructor for the National Highway Institute courses and also participates on research studies for the Federal Highway Administration under contracts with ORC Training. He is a valued member of the ORC team and we are very excited to share his varied right of way experiences with our readers in the following PDF document.

Click here to read the full PDF honoring Richard Moeller

New FHWA Climate Change Case Study Series

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) just announced that it will be highlighting climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector through a new case studies series. The first set of these new resources are now available on FHWA’s website.

ORC is working with several clients to provided right of way and relocation assistance for flood mitigation programs necessitated by climate change in New York, North Dakota and Louisiana.

Over 100 additional case studies will be added in the coming months.

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