Concrete placed at 35-story Houston tower | $675M chemical plant planned in Houston | Construction of L.A.'s Gold Line to start in Oct.
June 23, 2017
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Concrete placed at 35-story Houston tower
Skanska USA is placing concrete for the office space and parking garage of the 35-story Capitol Tower in Houston. It's placing one floor per week and has completed five office floors and 10 garage floors.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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$675M chemical plant planned in Houston
Petrochemical company Braskem plans to build a $675 million facility in the Houston area. Construction will start later this summer, creating 1,000 construction and development jobs.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Houston (6/22) 
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Construction of L.A.'s Gold Line to start in Oct.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has committed nearly $1.2 billion to building an 11.5-mile extension to the Gold Line light-rail service. Though millions more are still needed, utility relocation work could start in October.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel, Calif.) (6/22),  KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (6/22) 
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Kansas University plans $300M sports renovation
Kansas University is planning a $300 million project to renovate the football stadium and build an indoor practice facility. Renderings are expected soon
The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (6/21) 
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Technology & Trends
Choosing concrete or asphalt for roadways
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's highways are 61% asphalt, 16% concrete and 23% a combination. The agency decides on an individual project basis what material to use, looking at traffic patterns, cost and the material's life span to make the decision.
WCCO-TV (Minneapolis) (6/22) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
Video, photos: Concrete reef being built off N.J.
A marine construction company placed 1,500 tons of concrete castings in the water off Point Pleasant, N.J., to build an artificial reef for recreational anglers. The reef is part of a settlement between sport and commercial fishermen.
Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat (Brick, N.J.) (6/23) 
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Cured-in-place-pipe techniques come to Canadian city
The combined sewer system in St. John's, Ontario, was constructed out of inlaid stone and mortar in the 1800s, and the city wants to upgrade the infrastructure with cured-in-place-pipe. Work will begin in 2018 with a goal of five separate projects.
Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (6/23) 
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Leadership & HR
What makes for a good story?
A good story can inspire and illustrate in just a few words or examples, writes David Grossman, who offers a short table of what defines good storytelling.
LeaderCommunicator Blog (6/19) 
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Construction pro helps vets get into construction
Bob Luckett, a Vietnam vet, worked as a mason before founding and selling a construction company, and he has started Veteran's Next Mission to help veterans gain employment in the construction industry. Trainees get experience on a construction site, where Luckett believes their hardiness and grit will shine through.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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Policy Watch
Md.'s Purple Line project at a tipping point
Officials in Maryland have asked an appeals court to make an "emergency" ruling to allow construction of the Purple Line light rail to start after a lower court ruled in favor of the project's opponents. Construction was scheduled to start last year, but work can't begin until an environmental study is approved by the courts.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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