Dodge Data & Analytics reported a 1% increase in May construction starts after a 13% decline in April. Nonresidential and residential construction declined by 4% each, but $3 billion in pipeline projects upped starts in the public works sector by 30%.
Builders of downtown Chicago's new Apple store added a gigantic logo to the roof, making the store look like a big MacBook. The rectangular roof is made of lightweight materials used in yacht hulls.
A group of subdistributors for Kellogg are asking for compensation after they were let go from their jobs when Kellogg changed distribution from direct-store delivery to the warehouse model. The subdistributors are threatening a class-action lawsuit if Kellogg does not respond.
Hives full of drones would serve as a hub to fulfill Amazon customers' wishes in urban areas, as suggested in a patent filed by the online retailing giant. Trucks would deliver goods to a cylindrical tower, where robots would distribute them to various exit points, with airborne drones then flitting to and from the cylinder's upper stories to make final deliveries.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has committed nearly $1.2 billion to building an 11.5-mile extension to the Gold Line light-rail service. Though millions more are still needed, utility relocation work could start in October.
Officials in Maryland have asked an appeals court to make an "emergency" ruling to allow construction of the Purple Line light rail to start after a lower court ruled in favor of the project's opponents. Construction was scheduled to start last year, but work can't begin until an environmental study is approved by the courts.
Based on Census Bureau data, ConstructConnect predicts put-in-place construction will increase 7.2% this year and 7.3% next year. However, economist Alex Carrick contends that "variation will occur according to type-of-structure sub-categories."
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