Braidy Industries plans to start construction on a $1.3 billion aluminum-manufacturing plant in Kentucky's Greenup County next year, a decision made after the state Legislature passed a bill that prohibits involuntary union dues. The 2.5 million-square-foot facility will create 1,000 construction jobs.
A Viking-themed amusement park ride is being built in Northern Ireland, requiring more than 11,000 tons of concrete and 550 tons of steel. Construction on the water-flume experience plus accompanying Viking village is expected to involve 60,000 man hours and wrap up in June.
The New York Department of Transportation has resisted efforts to spend between $2.5 billion and $3.1 billion to build a tunnel to replace a 1.4-mile section of Interstate 81 in Syracuse, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has requested that the agency hire a consultant to study the option. Details of nine other tunnels built in the US over the last 10 years, including Boston's Big Dig, show the kinds of challenges New York might face if it opts for a tunnel.
The Maryland Department of Transportation has selected a design-build team of more than 15 firms for a $100 million project to improve Interstate 270. The project will add 23 lane miles to the road, and work should finish in 2019.
The Department of Energy released the third installment of its reality web series, "Better Buildings Challenge SWAP," which pits groups against each other to find ways to improve each others' energy systems. The episode features Boston facing off against Atlanta, with experts analyzing the cities' streets, airports and libraries to make their energy systems more efficient.
Several researchers and startups hope to get the construction industry on the robotics bandwagon. They say automation is safer, faster and costs less than traditional construction, and some of the technology has already started to filter into the industry.
Researchers at University College London's Bartlett School of Architecture have created a magnesium phosphate-based concrete that allows organic material to grow on the surface without soil or irrigation. Growing plants on the concrete could help increase green spaces in urban environments.
EnCoRe is a EU-funded project that shows how using recycled components to make sustainable concrete can be more beneficial for the environment. "The research could have a huge potential impact on both the building industry and the management of waste in urban areas and industrial districts," project coordinator Enzo Martinelli of Italy's University of Salerno said.
A study in the journal Work and Occupations linked workplace autonomy with greater employee well-being and job satisfaction. The survey showed men and women valued different aspects of autonomy, such as flexible scheduling and pace of work.
A report by the American Public Transportation Association and the Economic Development Research Group states that budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump could affect $38 billion worth of planned public transportation projects. The cuts could also lead to 800,000 fewer construction and related jobs; some in Congress have voiced opposition to the proposed cuts.
ACI recently formalized international partnership agreements with the Jordan Concrete Association and the Mongolian Concrete Association. Cooperating closely with international partners results in benefits for everyone in the global concrete community. Read more.
The upcoming Building Safety Month campaign helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. Organized by the International Code Council, and sponsored by ACI, the campaign notes: "All communities need building codes." Read more.