People News: ENSCO, Calgary Green Line LRT

At ENSCO, Jeffrey Stevens has been elevated to the new position of Senior Vice President of the ENSCO Surface Transportation Group (STG). The newly created STG comprises the Applied Technology and Engineering Division, Railway Technology Division, and the ENSCO Rail, Inc. and ENSCO Rail Australia, Pty Ltd. subsidiaries. According to ENSCO, the group “will support further growth of ENSCO’s railway business and expansion into other modes of surface transportation.”

Stevens joined ENSCO 20 years ago, and served most recently as Vice President of the Applied Technology and Engineering Division, ENSCO Rail and ENSCO Rail Australia.

Kevin Pruett has taken on the new position of Senior Vice President of the newly created ENSCO Aerospace and Engineering Group (AEG), which consolidates ENSCO Aerospace Sciences and Engineering Division and the ENSCO Avionics subsidiary. He served for more than 17 years as Vice President of ENSCO’s Aerospace Sciences and Engineering Division.

ENSCO President Boris Nejikovsky

“The creation of these groups and the promotions of Kevin Pruett and Jeff Stevens were in response to evolving market and business conditions that have brought ENSCO new opportunities,” ENSCO President Boris Nejikovsky said.

“Under Kevin’s leadership, the new Aerospace and Engineering Group will focus on bringing systems engineering, architecture, software, cybersecurity and IV&V solutions to the government and commercial aerospace markets,” Nejikovsky said. “Jeff’s leadership will allow ENSCO to continue our support of government, commercial and international rail customers and to successfully pursue opportunities in the broader surface transportation market.”

Calgary’s Green Line Board has appointed Darshpreet S. Bhatti to lead the LRT project, effective Aug. 16.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on July 7 confirmed the government’s investment of C$1.53 billion (US$1.22 billion) in the project, making good on the commitment that was announced in May 2018.

Calgary is taking a phased approached to construction (see map, left):

Phase 1: 18 kilometers (11.2 miles) of LRT from Shepard (126 Avenue S.E.) to Eau Claire, connecting the southeast to downtown and into the existing Red/Blue lines. This phase includes bus rapid transit improvements along Centre Street to 160 Avenue, and a Maintenance and Facility Station at Shepard. In May 2021, PCL Construction Management Inc. was selected as CM contractor. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021.

Phase 2: 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) of LRT from Eau Claire to 16 Avenue North.

Bhatti has served as Vice President of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit Project for Metrolinx since 2017. Throughout his career, Bhatti has been responsible for leading other major projects including the Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit (LRT/BRT), and he has been involved with other major initiatives including the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization, city of Brampton AcceleRide project, and the city of Windsor Detroit River Tunnel project.

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