$675M chemical plant planned in Houston | Construction of L.A.'s Gold Line to start in Oct. | Chicago sees massive building boom
June 23, 2017
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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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Infrastructure & Project Focus
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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Chicago sees massive building boom
Chicago sees massive building boom
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Chicago is in the middle of a major construction boom. At least 10 projects valued at $1 billion are under construction or in development, and at least six more are valued at $500 million.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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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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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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Economic Update
Huge pipeline projects offset decline in some construction starts
Pipeline pipes
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Dodge Data & Analytics reported a 1% increase in May construction starts after a 13% decline in April. Nonresidential and residential construction declined by 4% each, but $3 billion in pipeline projects upped starts in the public works sector by 30%.
Construction Dive (6/22) 
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Outlook mixed for nonresidential construction
Based on Census Bureau data, ConstructConnect predicts put-in-place construction will increase 7.2% this year and 7.3% next year. However, economist Alex Carrick contends that "variation will occur according to type-of-structure sub-categories."
Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (6/22) 
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Getting Ahead
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
Va. transportation board approves 6-year, $18.6B plan
The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia approved a six-year plan that allocates $18.6 billion over six years to more than 3,600 projects. More than $15 billion will go to highway projects and $3.4 billion will go to public transit and rail work.
Equipment World (6/22) 
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