Trump: Keystone XL pipeline is a go | Construction work appears nonexistent at American Dream Meadowlands | $225M added to contract for Seattle light-rail project
March 24, 2017
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Trump: Keystone XL pipeline is a go
Trump could issue Keystone XL permit today
(Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty Images)
Two years ago, the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline wasn't in the nation's best interests, but it has reversed that decision, and the Trump administration issued a permit for it today. However, the $8 billion project still faces litigation.
The Associated Press (3/24) 
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Infrastructure Watch
Construction work appears nonexistent at American Dream Meadowlands
Construction appears to have stalled at the massive American Dream Meadowlands project in New Jersey, and the developer, Triple Five, has given no indication when or if it will resume work. The developer has delayed a bond sale to fund the project, and the contractor for the project, PCL Construction, has no comment. (Morristown, N.J.) (3/23) 
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$225M added to contract for Seattle light-rail project
Sound Transit board members approved a $225 million increase in the contact for Kiewit-Hoffman to build 7 miles of the track between Seattle and Bellevue, Wash., along Interstate 90. One reason for the increase: the technical challenges engineers face in building the track over a floating bridge.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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2 towers vie for same building site
Developers of a 32-story tower and a 33-story tower are going head-to-head for the same site in Des Moines, Iowa, and the city's economic development staff is about to make a recommendation, with the City Council deciding April 3. Joel Aschbrenner gives a breakdown of each building.
The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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Trends & Technology
Google Street View now sniffs for gas leaks
Google is adding mobile infrared laser methane analyzer technology to its Street View cars to detect tiny gas leaks from cities' aging natural gas pipelines. The detectors use algorithms and protocols developed at Colorado State University and so far have identified leak hot spots in several pilot cities.
New Atlas (3/23) 
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Technology lifts skyscraper elevator options
Technology improves elevator options of designers
Elevators are among the biggest challenges for architects, engineers and manufacturers when creating a skyscraper, due to innovative building designs and the wind sway inherent in supertalls. A variety of new technologies are easing the ups and downs.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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Sustainable Development
St. Louis to raze buildings, create green space
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will tear down derelict buildings and replace them with green space to absorb rain. The program is focusing on the north side of the city.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/23) 
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Advancing the Profession
Syracuse exec: "Invest in yourself"
Bea Gonzalez, a vice president at Syracuse University, says it is important to "invest in yourself" rather than wait to be developed. "Sometimes, we can't afford to go to the next leadership workshop, but you can read books on leadership," she says.
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (3/22) 
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ASCE News Daily
Work long-term at one engineering practice or move on? Staying has advantages
Ask Anthony
Must a young engineer move to a new firm every few years to advance? Engineering career adviser Anthony Fasano says it's a common misperception, and he makes a case for building a successful career with one firm. Read his latest Ask Anthony post for ASCE News, and share your experience.
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ASCE and SEI update standard on tensile membrane structures
Minimum criteria for the use of membrane-covered cable and rigid member structures have been updated in a revised standard just released by ASCE and the Structural Engineering Institute. ASCE/SEI 55-16, Tensile Membrane Structures reflects changes since the last edition in 2010 and applies to temporary or independent structures. Add this update, also available as an e-book, to your references. Learn more and order.
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