Eighty-eight modular units stacked over four stories will make up the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel near California's Mineta San Jose International Airport. The project follows the growing trend of modular construction, a nascent building approach that can increase project efficiency.
Chicago's building boom is creating a surge in demand for trained workers, and developers and labor unions are responding. They've joined United Way of Metro Chicago to offer training in the trades in the HIRE360 nonprofit, a project that meshes with the mayor's drive to bring jobs and investment to the city's south and west sides.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering adopting public-private partnerships for a handful of projects as it gears up for a large-scale expansion of its light rail transit service, said senior executive officer Rick Meade. "Right now we're in a value for money analysis and we're looking at risk, risk transfer and the cost of that risk transfer," said Meade.
Under a new agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Louisiana can count $440 million worth of state- and parish-funded work on the Morganza levee system toward a 35% local match. The multibillion-dollar Morganza-to-the-Gulf Levee System would include 98 miles of earthen levee, 22 floodgates on navigable waterways, 23 environmental water control structures, a lock in the Houma Navigation Canal, an adjoining floodgate and a dam closure.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is looking at six concepts to address congestion through the Rosslyn Tunnel. One option would create a new Silver Line alignment that would branch off from the Orange and Blue lines, and another option calls for a second tunnel and rerouting of the Blue Line.
In the age of intelligent infrastructure, ancient cities do not have to compromise their character to evolve, said smart city strategist Renato De Castro. One example is Amsterdam, where a system of sensors and apps is used to gather and monitor vital data while preserving the city's heritage.
"Questionable assumptions" about the nature of tsunamis could lead to the construction of protective walls that increase damage if such a wave strikes, according to an analysis by HR Wallingford and University College London. Vertical evacuation buildings may be a "safer and more cost-effective alternative," to tsunami walls, said Ian Chandler, coastal structures engineer at HR Wallingford.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation should use I-93 north of Boston, aka the Northern Expressway, as a test site for time-of-day pricing to reduce congestion, according to Conrad Crawford and Jim Stergios. Of the nation's 10 largest metropolitan areas, Boston is the only one that has not implemented dynamic pricing.
Truck drivers could net Connecticut $187 million in annual revenue by paying between $1.25 and $19.20 for tolls on a dozen bridges, according to Gov. Ned Lamont's trucks-only tolls plan. Lamont released the plan after a federal judge ruled that a trucks-only lawsuit brought by the trucking industry against Rhode Island can proceed.
The tollway exit at the I-90 and Route 23 interchange in McHenry County, Ill., will be operational this month, and it's the county's first entrance onto the interstate. Wet weather pushed the original target date opening back from October.