Calif. Assemblyman Marc Levine has established a website to gather input from Bay Area residents on the possible replacement of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The Bay Area Toll Authority and Caltrans have begun an $800,000 study of the bridge.
The world's largest hard rock water tunnel-boring machine, dubbed "Big Tex," is ready and set to begin work soon on Dallas' 38-foot-wide Mill Creek Tunnel, which will handle up to 9 million gallons of water per minute to curtail flooding during intense rain. The tunnel will extend 5 miles at a depth of 100 to 150 feet.
Riverside Investment & Development is ready to begin work this month on a 50-story office tower next to Chicago's Union Station after securing a $476 million construction loan. BMO Tower will offer 1.5 million square feet of space and will accommodate 3,600 workers.
Canada's Enbridge is awaiting regulatory clearance after Michels and Precision Pipeline signed a project labor agreement with four unions for a portion of a 340-mile pipeline that crosses Minnesota. The $2.6 billion project is expected to create 4,000 jobs during peak construction.
More than eight years of construction on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin is expected to conclude in June. The project covers 34 miles extending from the Illinois border.
The overall jobs picture is rosy, but it's a different story in construction, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data shows the Great Recession produced a long-lasting effect, with the number of construction jobs still below that in 2006 and early 2007.
Extensive use of building information modeling, drones and virtual reality has earned Amr Raafat an Autodesk AEC Excellence award. Raafat, vice president of virtual design and construction and technology at Windover Construction, says the key to best use of technology is to not silo each solution but to make all solutions integral.
Modular construction has advanced and has taken on many forms, such as factory-built wall units and volumetric prefabrication, that belie the stereotype of double-wide trailer homes, Joe Beeton writes. The option of building off-site helps firms reduce labor costs and waste.
Advertising and marketing have changed remarkably with the advent of the internet and email, but architecture, engineering and construction firms might not be keeping up. A report by the Society for Marketing Professional Services looks ahead a few years to offer guidance on trends that include marketing with an educational purpose, podcasting and influencers.
The Chinese town of Suzhou now has a 3D-printed river revetment wall constructed by Winsun. The wall consists of separately printed modules that collectively form what is said to be the largest 3D-printed structure ever built.
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