The construction industry increased employment in 43 states and the District of Columbia in October, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. "Construction job gains were more widespread than at any time since last February," AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson said. California saw the largest increase with 49,800 new jobs from October 2014 to October 2015. Construction spending has increased 14% over the last year.
The 160-year-old Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield received a new roof as part of a multiyear restoration project. The 45-year-old roof required extensive repair as its leaks caused significant damage to the property, including mold in the basement, buckled floors and falling plaster. Private donations paid for the $500,000 project.
Concrete-constructed buildings of the Brutalist style are prominent in Boston. While some despise Brutalist architecture, Mark Pasnik, Michael Kubo and Chris Grimley are celebrating it through interviews and research and a new exhibit called "Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston."
New York City emergency medical services technicians say radio reception is hit or miss when they respond to 911 calls in the subway system. Tests of EMS radios during the past year show they work about 70% of the time at 278 underground subway stations, Fire Department officials say.
A joint venture between McHugh Construction and Ujamaa Construction is building a 76-story, 829-foot tower in Chicago. The project is expected to create "one million man hours of work during its 24-month construction timeline." The tower is the first part of a three-phase project. Construction is set to begin in 2016.
A developer plans to build a 14-story office tower in Clayton, Mo., adjacent to St. Louis. When completed, the $68.6 million project will have 233,226 square feet of space. Construction is scheduled to start in 2016.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proposed a budget with strong construction allocations. The budget calls for $3.3 billion of highway construction and $963.4 million for infrastructure maintenance. It proposes spending $731.9 million to repair 48 bridges and replace 21 others. "We are making critical infrastructure investments in our highways, bridges, seaports, airports, transit and trails," Scott said.
The New York State Court of Appeals is set to decide what happens with the $3 billion Willets Point project. Related Cos. and Sterling Equities want to build the project, which would contain a shopping mall, residential development, parks, retail and a hotel. The mayor of New York does not support the project. A court ruling in favor of the developer would clear the way for the project.
The cost to build the Enhanced Nutrient Removal facility in the Baltimore area keeps rising. Archer Western Contractors originally estimated that the project, which will reduce the impact of sewage flow into the Chesapeake Bay, would cost $265 million, but the price has increased 6% as crews attempt to stay on schedule with removal of contaminated soil.
The Moody's rating agency has voiced its support for a $20 billion plan to finance construction of rail tunnels under the Hudson River. Under the proposal, the federal government, Amtrak, New York City and New Jersey would jointly finance the project, and the states could charge riders a fee to help cover the cost.
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