Many leaders are adopting a war-like mentality during the pandemic, but they'll eventually need to mix in resilience and servant leadership styles if they want to succeed in the long term, writes Art Petty. "The leaders who bring the emotional intelligence and mental acuity to adjust and adapt their style on the fly, based on the needs of the people and organization, are people we desperately need," he writes.
Engineers are pondering what could have caused window damage at nearly every level of the 22-story Capital One Tower in Lake Charles, La., when Hurricane Laura swept through last month. Hurricane-driven airborne debris pose threats to windows on lower floors of buildings, but the extent of damage to the Capital One Tower suggests external wind might not have been the sole contributing factor, says Anton Davies, wind engineering consultant and founding partner at RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists.
The Federal Aviation Administration will distribute 61 grants worth $335 million to 80 airports under the Airport Improvement Program for projects such as runway and taxiway reconstruction. The FAA made $1.2 billion available earlier this month for airport safety and infrastructure projects at 405 airports.
Work is underway on a 2.25-mile elevated people mover at Los Angeles International Airport with the placement of concrete for the first section. Balfour Beatty is part of the LAX Integrated Express Solutions joint venture doing the work, which includes columns, concrete tracks, foundation piles and guideway deck.
The Army Corps of Engineers is looking to begin work next year to widen Port Houston to accommodate larger ships, says Lori Brownell, director of channel improvement at the port. The USACE finished a five-year feasibility study in April for the project, which would widen the channel to 700 feet along Galveston Bay and would deepen upstream segments to 45 feet.
The Federal Highway Administration's Every Day Counts initiative will promote the use of crowdsourced data, e-ticketing, digital "as-builts," virtual public involvement, next-generation traffic incident management tools, targeted overlay pavements and ultra-high performance concrete. The initiative, in collaboration with state, local and tribal transportation agencies, will also promote strategic workforce development.
Kokosing Alberici has been signed to stabilize existing approach walls at Michigan's Soo Locks as part of a project to build a new lock. Kokosing's portion of the work is valued at $111 million, and construction is expected to take about two years.
Engineer Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is leading a team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln using a method similar to swab tests for the coronavirus to determine whether wastewater is useful for detecting the disease before it shows up in individual testing. "There's some evidence that people are shedding the virus before they even start showing symptoms, so the thinking is that wastewater can be predictive of community spread," Bartelt-Hunt said.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will accept bids in October on an estimated $51.2 million project to add lanes to a 3.9-mile section of State Route 266 in Rutherford County. The project is expected to wrap up in mid-2024.
Crews are using a remotely guided microtunneling machine to dig an 85-inch-wide sewer beneath Queens Boulevard in New York City that is part of a system to mitigate flooding. The method creates minimal disruption at street level.
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