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April 26, 2012
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  • $2.4B expansion of Las Vegas airport will be finished in June
    McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is close to finishing construction on its Terminal 3. The scope of work consisted of adding 14 new gates and constructing a new 6,000-vehicle car park, a tram system and improved road access. Work was done while the airport was operational, which made it "challenging," said Don Wright, Bechtel’s project manager for the expansion. (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • $6.5B worth of redevelopment projects in San Diego approved
    A new oversight board in San Diego -- which replaces several redevelopment agencies -- has given the OK for $6.5 billion to fund pending and future projects in the city. The board did not delete any items from the list, which now goes to the state for approval, because it didn't want to give "up money that might go elsewhere." San Diego Union-Tribune (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 major transportation projects OK'd to apply for federal loans
    Five transportation projects were chosen by the Department of Transportation to apply for Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans. Included are California's $1.3 billion State Route 91 project and $960 million Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach, and a $1.5 billion Interstate 35W project in Texas. "A little TIFIA goes a long way for communities that use these loans to leverage additional funding so they can tackle the big-picture transportation projects this country needs," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. Engineering News-Record (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $2B Dallas mixed-use project will be developed in phases
    Beck Ventures' acquisition of the Valley View Center property sets the stage for a multiphase redevelopment that will be known as Dallas Midtown. The $2 billion project calls for construction of a five-star hotel, high-rise offices and retail space along with luxury residential towers and multifamily units. (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court challenges could stall work on $1B Calif. solar project
    The rush to build massive solar installations -- such as Southern California Edison's $1 billion Genesis project -- raises the question of whether land surveys have overlooked sacred American Indian sites. Some tribes are preparing court challenges that could affect future solar and wind projects to be built in the desert. "The relatively undeveloped deserts are next in line," said Jon Erlandson, an archaeologist and director of the University of Oregon Museum of Cultural and Natural History. "But out there, fast-track processes that do not involve a lot of thorough research before building something are setting the stage for future conflicts and potential disasters." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BIM could help reduce instances of material failure
    The number of instances of material failure at construction sites in New York City rose sharply this year, but building information modeling technology could help reverse that, say some. The software allows a building inspector to take a virtual tour before construction even begins and identify possible problem areas. BIM is “spectacular,” Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers’ Association, said. The Epoch Times (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction begins on Calatrava-designed campus in Fla.
    Construction has started on the University of South Florida Polytechnic’s Santiago Calatrava-designed campus in Lakeland, Fla. The two-story Innovation, Science and Technology structure will be egg-shaped and clad in white grating that provides natural ventilation and daylight. "It is my hope that this first building for Florida Polytechnic’s new campus will be enjoyed for generations to come, while also acting as a catalyst for continued architectural and technological advancement," Calatrava said. Inhabitat (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Material innovation: Building for a sustainable future
    As the construction industry shifts to using "green" products for a sustainable future, scientists are recreating the most basic materials such as concrete to make that goal a reality. This article notes developments of three innovative building materials: a phase-change material called "bioPCM" gel; Solidia's plastic-based concrete alternative; and Novacem's carbon-negative magnesium oxide-based concrete alternative, which absorbs more carbon from the air during its production process than it releases. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Non-powered dams are untapped clean-energy source
    Non-powered dams could be a help in expanding the country's renewable energy supply, according to a report from the Department of Energy. Of the more than 80,000 non-powered dams in the country, 54,000 of the largest ones could generate more than 12 gigawatts of electricity. "Adding power to the existing dam structure can often be achieved at lower cost, with less risk, and in a shorter timeframe than development requiring new dam construction," the report notes. Forbes (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Building and Contents Tested on Shake Table
    Among the great new articles only at A five-story structure, portions equipped as a hospital, is being tested on an outdoor shake table at the University of California San Diego to help engineers understand the response of critical structures and their potential for remaining fully operational after an earthquake. Get the details with your member login. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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