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1. Video: Bertha is more damaged than originally thought

AGC SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Bertha, the plagued tunnel-boring machine at the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project in Seattle, has been dismantled and has revealed more damage than was expected. Grit made its way into the rubber bearing seals, steel casings around the seals broke apart, and pinion gears and the teeth that spin the drill were cracked. Tunneling at the $1.35 billion project was to restart in August, but that looks unlikely now. KING-TV (Seattle) (05/18) The Seattle Times (05/19) SeattlePI.com (05/18)


2. $4B mixed-use development in Dallas moves forward

AGC SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Construction is expected to start later this year on Dallas Midtown, a $4 billion mixed-use project, after receiving approval from the city's Plan Commission. The initial phase will include a hotel and condo tower, an office building with a movie theater, a main street and apartments. The entire project will take up to 10 years to complete and will cover 430 acres when fully built out. American City Business Journals (05/22)


3. Joint venture is awarded $834M contract to build research facility

AGC SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

McCarthy Mortensen NBAF Joint Venture was awarded an $834 million contract to complete the final phase of construction at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas. The total cost to build the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's research facility is $1.25 billion. Site preparation work has already been finished. REJournals.com (05/20) American City Business Journals (05/18)


4. Facebook to build $1B data center in Texas

AGC SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Facebook appears to be preparing to build a nearly $1 billion data center in North Fort Worth, Texas. The project would initially be a 250,000-square-foot building, but over time that would expand to four buildings and a total of 750,000 square feet. The company currently has data centers in Iowa, North Carolina and Oregon. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (05/22)


5. Video: Phase one of new subway line in NYC is 82% finished

AGC SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

The $4.45 billion first phase of the Second Avenue subway line in New York City is 82% finished, under budget and expected to open in December 2016. Remaining work includes installing communication, electrical, fire-safety and signal systems. The whole project will eventually have 8.5 miles of track and 16 stations, but the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn't have funding for the project's next phase. WABC-TV (N.Y.) (05/21) Metro.us (05/21) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/21)


6. Consortium wins $648M road project

AGC SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

I-77 Mobility Partners, a consortium led by Cintra Infraestructuras -- a subsidiary of Ferrovial -- has finalized a $648 million contract with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The group will design and construct 26 miles of toll lanes on Interstate 77 in North Carolina. World Construction Network (05/25)


7. Construction could restart at American Dream project in N.J.

AGC SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Triple Five Group and East Rutherford, N.J., are looking to use municipal bond financing to restart construction at the American Dream project, a proposed giant mall with an indoor ski slope and a theme park. The details are still being finalized, but under the plan East Rutherford would authorize proceeds from about $675 million of bonds for construction. The project is expected to employ 5,000 construction workers. Bloomberg (05/19)


8. P3 plans $6.5B investment in Rochester, Minn.

AGC SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

A public-private partnership that includes the Minnesota state government, the city of Rochester and the Mayo Clinic has a 20-year plan to spend $6.5 billion to turn Rochester into the Destination Medical Center to attract global patients and grow its population. The project would include constructing new biotech and pharmaceutical facilities; new commercial, academic and residential buildings; skywalks and heated sidewalks; and a possible rail link to Minneapolis. Not all residents applaud the concept. Fast Company online (05/26)


9. O'Hare breaks ground for $782M rental-car facility

AGC SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Construction has started at a $782 million consolidated rental-car facility and parking garage at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Construction of the five-story building is expected to create 3,000 design and construction jobs. WBBM-TV (Chicago) (05/21)


10. Reduce potential problems on a complex project with configuration management

AGC SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Configuration management can help minimize a complex project's scope creep, schedule slippages and change orders, writes Trefor Williams, a civil engineering professor and director of the construction management program at Rutgers University. He explains how the process works and notes that it's best to begin using it at the start of a project. Engineering News-Record (05/26)




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