Walsh Construction to begin $153M interchange rehab project | $168M casino under construction in Calif. | Fla. community debates $550M tunnel project
April 18, 2018
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Walsh Construction to begin $153M interchange rehab project
Walsh Construction Co. was awarded a $153 million contract to rehabilitate the interchange of Route 8 and Interstate 84 in Connecticut, and work is expected to be completed in 2021. The concrete decks and piers and the steel are deteriorating, and the work will require the construction of three temporary bridges.
The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (4/16) 
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$168M casino under construction in Calif.
Caesars Entertainment has started building a $168 million casino on tribal land near Sacramento, Calif., and should finish in 2019. The facility will feature a 25,000-square-foot gaming floor.
Casino (4/16) 
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Fla. community debates $550M tunnel project
A 6,000-foot, $550 million tunnel is being proposed underneath US Highway 41 in Pasco County, Fla. An elevated roadway would cost $134 million, but members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization want to continue discussing the tunnel.
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (4/17) 
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Abu Dhabi's building projects exceed $62B ahead of World Expo
More than 1,200 active commercial and residential building projects in Abu Dhabi, UAE, have a combined value of more than $62 billion, according to BNC Network. Expectations surrounding World Expo 2020 are driving the increase in construction and infrastructure upgrades.
Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (4/18) 
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Technology & Trends
34.2-mile Chinese tunnel-bridge a massive engineering feat
The 34.2-mile Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and tunnel is expected to open to traffic later this year and is a major engineering accomplishment. Engineers had to design the massive structure to accommodate major shipping and airplane traffic, which posed height restrictions, and the structure had to be anchored in the seabed.
ABC (Australia) (4/16) 
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Housing starts rose in March by 1.9%
Housing starts for March went up 1.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.319 million units, driven by activity in the multifamily market. Residential building permits increased 2.5% overall.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/17),  Reuters (4/17) 
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Milan concrete tower designed to shape-shift
A 200-foot white concrete tower is featured in one corner of the 200,000-square-foot Prada Foundation art campus in Milan. Architect Rem Koolhaas says the tower "shape-shifts" based on the viewer's perspective, Laura Rysman writes.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/17) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
N.C. Triangle Expressway clears issue related to endangered mussels
Completion of a 28.4-mile section of the Triangle Expressway in Wake County, N.C., is more likely since the US Fish and Wildlife Service said the project would not harm two endangered mussel species. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it will try to keep runoff from the six-lane toll project out of Swift Creek and that it will contribute $5 million to study the mussels.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (4/17) 
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Leadership & HR
Be prepared for change as a leader
Leaders should be able to show humility and be open to advice from others when unexpected changes occur at work, writes Cassandra Frangos. Ensure you understand an organizational shift fully, and acknowledge the potential effect on staffers.
Forbes (4/16) 
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Policy Watch
Chao urged to allocate recently approved funds
Chao urged to allocate recently approved funds
Chao (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Congress is pushing Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to quickly allocate funds from the spending bill passed in March. The bill directed that $2.3 billion be devoted to transit grants by the end of 2019.
Engineering News-Record (4/16) 
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ACI News
Improving Masonry Testing
The American Concrete Institute has launched two masonry-related certification programs: the Masonry Field Testing Technician and the Masonry Laboratory Testing Technician. Developed by ACI Subcommittee C601-C, Masonry Testing Technicians, the programs provide certification to technicians working in the laboratory or in the field who can demonstrate technical knowledge and skills for sampling and testing of masonry units, mortars, grout, and prisms.
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