Officials at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were on hand for a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the airport's two-year, $1.2 billion expansion. Crews will add 350,000 square feet of space to Terminal 5 and increase gate capacity by 25%.
The Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, has awarded a $711.7 million design-build contract for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis to a joint venture with McCarthy Holdings, HITT, Fluor, Gensler and Black & Veatch. The JV was one of three finalists for the $945 million facility, which NGA says represents the biggest federal investment project in St. Louis' history.
CBG Building is the general contractor for a 3,300-bed student housing complex that broke ground earlier this month at the University of California at Davis. The project is billed as the US' biggest housing development for students and will aim for 100% zero-net-energy.
Miami's 64-story Brickell Flatiron residential tower, billed as the tallest condominium building south of New York City, has topped off after breaking ground two years ago. The development caps off a long building boom marked by thousands of downtown condo units.
Construction is starting on the $470 million first phase of a $1 billion resort in Charlotte County, Fla. The entire project will create 400 construction jobs and take roughly two years.
The Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh is one example of the city's leadership in the green building movement. Each component of the building, which opened in 2012 and received Living Building certification in 2015, was designed to preserve indoor air quality and limit water and electricity consumption.
The idea of smaller, autonomous robots working collectively to build large structures is gaining traction in robotics research, according to Science Robotics study. These systems can help companies reap productivity and labor benefits throughout a building's life cycle.
A young professionals group within a Colorado chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, plus AGC Charities and a local organization collaborated on a volunteer effort to revamp the playground at Evans Elementary School with features such as a race track for tricycles. More information about the AGC Charities-supported project is available at AGCcharities.org.
A "failure of quality control" in the construction of the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco led to two cracked beams that forced the center's shutdown, Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Mark Zabaneh says. As a result, tens of thousands of construction documents are being reviewed, but no additional problems have been detected.
After previously rejecting the $2.3 billion Grain Belt Express Clean Line, which would help deliver Midwestern wind energy to the East Coast, the Missouri Public Service Commission is allowing the project to move forward. However, the transmission line still needs regulatory approval from Illinois, and Invenergy's purchase of the project still needs approval in Kansas and Missouri.
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