After winning a $145 million US Customs and Border Protection contract to construct 6 miles of the US/Mexico border wall, SLSCO has scored a $167 million contract for an additional 8 miles of the wall. Construction will begin in February.
Hensel Phelps won a $327 million contract to build a new international arrivals facility and terminal lobby at Nashville International Airport. They're part of the airport's $1.2 billion BNA Vision plan, and construction is expected to begin in 2019.
With the $228 million restoration of the Cincinnati Museum Center's historical Union Terminal complete, the center will re-open Saturday. While the restoration has been hailed as a potential model for other metro areas, officials faced a number of challenges along the way, including how to strategically place eight 12,000-pound steel beams.
Developers say the 28-story, 750,000-square-foot Millennial Tower in the RiverSouth neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, is still being pursued despite the delayed timeline. The $150 million project, first proposed in 2016 and approved by the Downtown Commission in January, will include 189 residences, a 135-room hotel, 130,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space, a conference and event center, an outdoor pool and a fitness center.
The Metropolitan Council awarded Lunda/C.S. McCrossan a $799 million contract to build a $2 billion light rail in Minnesota, which could create more than 7,500 construction jobs. The Federal Transit Administration likely will provide $929 million for the project, and the council has access to $435 million in local funding, setting the stage for heavy construction to start next year.
A consortium led by Denmark's Aarhus School of Architecture has developed a robotic manufacturing method that could slash the cost of concrete formwork production by 50%, decrease concrete use by up to 70% and significantly speed up the production time of conventional formwork. The team used an electrically driven abrasive wire spinning around a carbon-fiber frame to create the first topology-optimized structural design in ultra-high-performance concrete.
Austin, Texas, is developing a water resiliency plan that proposes to forgo searching for new water sources away from the city in favor of recapturing water from sinks and other sources. It also would store billions of gallons of potable water in artificial aquifers.
Speakers at the Florida Priorities Summit 2018 said Florida faces challenges from climate change, and restoration of the Florida Everglades needs to continue. Related Group Chairman and CEO Jorge Perez said developers and lawmakers must work together to ensure the sustainability of South Florida, because "sea level rise is something that is going to hit us all."
Organizational changes such as mergers or the addition of new team members can cause "tremors" in the corporate culture, writes Scott Cochrane. Preserve unity in these situations by seeking to align values, goals and strategies, he writes.
New governors will take office in 2019 in 20 states, and both Republicans and Democrats campaigned on a promise to improve infrastructure. The states might be in a better position to add infrastructure spending given growing revenues from a strong economy, but overcoming resistance to tax hikes could be challenging.
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