Commentary: Gas tax no longer stable revenue source for infrastructure | P3 is spurring development in Calif. city | $225M Pa. Turnpike expansion to start soon
February 20, 2018
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Commentary: Gas tax no longer stable revenue source for infrastructure
The federal gas tax is no longer collecting enough revenue to fund infrastructure in the US, and the White House's infrastructure plan would allow for heavier reliance on tolling, Justin Fox writes. The federal gas tax has remained essentially the same since 1993, and inflation and better fuel mileage have caused revenue from the tax to decline, Fox writes.
Bloomberg (free registration) (2/15) 
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Infrastructure Watch
P3 is spurring development in Calif. city
A public-private partnership is building a new city hall in Long Beach, Calif. Private developers are constructing $520 million worth of public projects in exchange for land and the right to develop stores, apartments and possibly a hotel.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/17) 
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$225M Pa. Turnpike expansion to start soon
Construction is to begin this month on a project to widen seven miles of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the exits for Lansdale and Quakertown, with tolls funding the project's entire cost. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will hold an open house Wednesday to educate the public on the $225 million project.
Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pa.) (2/19) 
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Trends & Technology
BIM required for massive LA community college modernization
The Los Angeles Community College District, the largest such district in the US, mandated a building information modeling approach for the third phase of its $6 billion campus-modernization project. Bentley's BIM systems were used to create a collaborative 3D environment and enhance project coordination, helping save millions of dollars on complex and sustainable construction.
Cadalyst online (2/15) 
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Record-high 70-story wooden skyscraper planned for Tokyo
Plans are afoot to take wood construction to new heights, specifically 1,148 feet. That's the planned height of a 70-story timber skyscraper proposed in Tokyo, which will extend the natural theme with a vegetative roof and greenery along its exterior.
New Atlas (2/19) 
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Report: Renewables are at risk of cyberattacks
Renewable energy facilities can be attacked physically and also through their software and internet connections being accessed, states a report from Renewables Consulting Group and Cylance. "[T]he potential impact of cyber-attacks is particularly noteworthy in the energy industry, as conventional electrical energy infrastructure moves towards more distributed but integrated and 'smart' electrical grid systems," the report states.
Power Technology (2/15) 
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Sustainable Development
Study highlights value of 3-step approach to wastewater treatment
A three-step strategic approach to urban wastewater treatment consisting of minimization and prevention, treatment and stimulated natural self-purification was the subject of an international study in Colombia's Upper Cauca River Basin. Compared with traditional end-of-pipe solutions, 3-SSA was found to reduce initial investment and subsequent costs for operation and maintenance.
MDPI (Switzerland) (2/11) 
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River below meets all energy needs for new Dublin hotel
An underground river flowing through turbines will supply all the energy for the Iveagh Garden hotel that opened Friday in Dublin. Owned by the McGill family, the property is touted as the first fully sustainable hotel in Europe.
The Irish Times (Dublin) (2/16) 
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Advancing the Profession
No company overhaul should forget about tax implications
Tax implications are often an afterthought of restructuring, but the recent tax law should remind companies that sweeping organizational changes should be preceded by an examination of the tax implications, write Deniz Caglar and John Ranke. Restructuring should take into account the tax laws of every location a corporation operates, including the origins of its supply chain, they write.
Strategy+Business online (free registration) (2/19) 
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ASCE's local leaders train and bond at Multi-Region Leadership Conferences
ASCE's local leaders train and bond at Multi-Region Leadership Conferences
Society leaders at all stages – students, Younger Members, and Section/Branch officers – developed new skills and learned from each other's experiences at ASCE's Multi-Region Leadership Conferences. See what participants shared on social media from the workshops in Las Vegas, Omaha, Neb., and Buffalo, N.Y.
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Projects sought for ASCE's 2018 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award
Projects sought for ASCE's 2018 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award
The ASCE Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award honors great projects that advance sustainability principles, such as 2017's winner, a downtown streetcar system in Kansas City, Mo. Familiar with a project that would inspire further applications and innovations in sustainability? Submit it for the 2018 award.
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