The Somerville, Mass., Planning Board has approved a 175,000-sqauare-foot life sciences lab building, which constitutes a major part of a $1.5 billion employment and innovation hub planned by developer US2. Skanska USA is the co-developer of the $160 million building, where construction is expected to kick off this year.
Aerial photos reveal progress on canopies over two Google projects in Mountain View, Calif. One is a mixed-use extension of the company's headquarters, and the other provides space for offices and research and development.
With job openings on an upswing and few experienced workers available, the average hourly wage in construction has reached $30.73, topping the private-sector average of $27.90, according to analysis by AGC. "Construction firms continue to go to great lengths to recruit and retain workers during one of the tightest labor markets many of them have ever experienced," CEO Stephen Sandherr says.
Nonresidential construction starts decreased 18.3% in June compared with May, which had an unusual number of large projects, according to ConstructConnect. However, June's total of $44.9 billion was up 8% compared with the average for June from 2013 to 2017.
A stronger regional economy and improved access to housing are among the benefits of a proposed high-speed rail line to connect Portland, Ore., Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., according to a business case prepared by WSP for the Washington State Department of Transportation. The system, which could have trains going as fast as 248.5 mph, would reduce the travel time between each city to under an hour, the study says.
Oklahomans are being asked for their thoughts on the state Department of Transportation's plans for the next 25 years. "There is a lot of interest in infrastructure right now nationwide, and it's critical for ODOT to get input from every community in the state," said department Deputy Director Dawn Sullivan.
The Washington State Department of Commerce has tapped Stantec for a study of how the rapid growth at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is affecting nearby communities and the airport's operations. The company will evaluate noise, traffic, parking, pedestrian access and public health, among other factors.
A University of Pittsburgh program is bringing government, industry and academic leaders together to identify research projects for road and bridge work in the area. The Impactful Resilient Infrastructure Science and Engineering consortium's early focuses include corrosion resistance, self-healing concrete and better concrete mixes for repairs.
Researchers in India have developed porous bricks that can accommodate plant and animal life. The Green Charcoal bio-bricks are a blend of soil, cement, charcoal and organic luffa fibers, and require much less aggregate than standard concrete.
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