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5/20/2019

Those working to repair Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral have a tough decision to make: restore the medieval elements of the structure or replace them with modern materials and design. Barry Bergdoll, professor of art history at Columbia University, examines both sides of the question.

5/20/2019

After three years of construction, the retractable roof over No. 1 Court at Wimbledon Stadium in London was shown off to the public during a celebration event this weekend. The roof, similar to the one covering Centre Court, was leak-free during a rainstorm that day.

5/20/2019

Amazon has filed proposed development plans for its $2.5 billion HQ2 campus in Arlington, Va. The company also shared details of the first phase of construction, which includes plans for LEED Gold certification, 1.1 acres of public open space and 50,000 square feet for street-level restaurants and retail.

5/20/2019

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposed $41.5 billion infrastructure plan would increase the motor fuel tax to 38 cents per gallon and bump the registration fee for vehicles less than three years old to $199 per year. The plan would include $23 billion for roads and bridges, $5.9 billion for school construction and $3.4 billion for mass transit.

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5/20/2019

A new report released by market intelligence firm Tractica shows that a growing number of construction companies are incorporating robots to solve the challenges of increasing productivity, efficiency and profits without adding workers. It forecasts that more than 7,000 construction robots will be in use on sites to handle a variety of construction tasks and demolition work. Read more.

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5/20/2019

Minneapolis expects to complete a $10.4 million sale of the former Nicollet Hotel Block by the end of June, setting the stage for construction of a 37-story, mixed-use tower. The development is expected to be finished in 2021.

5/20/2019

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium selected a partnership between Willis A. Smith Construction and Whiting-Turner Contracting to build a proposed $130 million aquarium in Sarasota, Fla. Construction of the facility is expected to generate $280 million in expenditures.

5/20/2019

The construction industry reacted positively to news that the US has lifted tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico -- a move the Trump administration hopes will push Congress to approve the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. "[A] widening of export opportunities for US producers that have been burdened by the tariffs should lead to an uptick in orders for construction of export-oriented manufacturing, distribution and transportation facilities," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America.

5/20/2019

A four-story mass timber building under construction in Des Moines, Iowa, is the first in the United States to use a dowel-laminated product. Roughly 280 tons of carbon was "sequestered" by using the timber, according to Neumann Monson Architects.

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The Associated Press
5/20/2019

A gas tax increase is still on the table as the Trump administration seeks a way to fund an infrastructure package, but nearly doubling levies on fuel would not sufficiently cover the added cost of a $2 trillion deal over a 10-year period, according to the Office of Management and Budget.