To compete with Tesla in the electric vehicle market, Mercedes-Benz will invest $1 billion to build a 1 million-square-foot battery factory in the Tuscaloosa, Ala., area and expand its existing factory there. Construction will start in 2018.
The subduction-plate location of the recent Mexico City earthquake and the area's soft soil were the primary reasons for the degree of destruction, says Cornell University geophysicist Geoffrey Abers. Those factors might affect how reconstruction efforts proceed.
The US is moving from coal to renewables for power generation, and construction companies are building natural gas, solar and wind power plants "almost exclusively," Pam Radtke Russell writes. Experts say the transition will continue no matter what federal policies are set.
The City Council in Kansas City, Mo., has approved a public-private partnership with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate for a new, single-terminal international airport. The company will design, develop and arrange financing for the $1 billion project.
Some construction companies are changing their focus in response to a trend away from expanded, forward-looking water and wastewater projects and toward smaller systems just designed to meet regulations, as well as water reuse efforts to address conservation and drought concerns. Also, more companies are using off-site fabrication to help cope with labor shortages.
Architect Jean Nouvel has released updated renderings of a 1,050-foot New York City residential tower, where workers continue to build the remaining 24 of its 82 floors. The 53W53 building, which adjoins the Museum of Modern Art, should be completed next year.
Chuck Eastman's pioneering work in building information modeling is credited for placing his Digital Building Lab at Georgia Tech among the leaders in applying emerging technologies in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. The lab's work will be one highlight during the panel discussions and workshops of BuiltTech Week Oct. 2 through 6, which will showcase Atlanta's role in high-tech solutions for the built environment.
William Baker worked as a structural engineer for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building. He discusses his background, his work leading up to the project and the design and structural systems of the building.
Maryland has unveiled an ambitious plan to expand roads in the state through both a public-private partnership and the addition of toll lanes on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The state wants to form a $9 billion public-private partnership to add four lanes to Interstate 495, and it hopes to get permission from the Department of the Interior, which manages the parkway, to add the toll lanes.
Tim Stewart, executive director of the E-470 Public Highway Authority, will be the 2018 president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Stewart said tolling is an important tool for solving the infrastructure funding equation, and he hopes his time as president will allow him to highlight the successes at his organization.
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