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9/4/2015

A recent drone video of construction at Apple's $5 billion campus in California shows the almost-finished foundation and underground parking structure and the signs of initial vertical construction. The ring-shaped main building will have about 2,799,000 square feet. The video is spliced together with month-old video for comparison and with late Apple CEO Steve Jobs discussing the proposed project in 2011 before the Cupertino City Council.

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9/4/2015

The US Department of Veterans Affairs' medical center in Aurora, Colo., has been plagued by "myriad challenges," according to a report by the Army Corps of Engineers. In particular, the report cited the integrated design and construction contract, a process unfamiliar to VA officials. The project was to have cost $604 million, but cost overruns have increased that to about $1.7 billion. Change orders and lack of delegated authority have contributed to the problem. The report discussed problems at VA projects in Florida, Louisiana and Nevada as well.

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9/4/2015

A system of tunnels beneath Liverpool in Great Britain that dates back to the early 19th century is now the subject of exploration by and wonder of volunteers. The puzzle is why the Williamson Tunnels -- a massive engineering project by a tobacco merchant -- were ever created.

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9/4/2015

Nonfarm payrolls were up 173,000 in August, according to today's data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This was below economists' expectations. The construction sector added 3,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell from 5.3% to 5.1%. June and July numbers were revised up 44,000 over what had been previously reported. The labor participation rate was steady at 62.6%.

9/4/2015

Flood prevention projects in the south-central and southwestern US saved the country from $13.3 billion worth of damage during flooding in May and June, according to a report from the Army Corps of Engineers. May was the wettest month on record in Texas and Oklahoma. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone, $6.7 billion in damages were averted, while Arkansas River Basin projects saved the area from incurring $350 million in damages.

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9/4/2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a $3.6 billion-per-year transportation package to address the state's ailing infrastructure, with funds coming from a new $65 annual fee for drivers as well as increased gas and diesel taxes. "The conditions are getting so bad that if Californians don't commit to prioritizing funding to fix them, we will be facing the failure of a large portion of our bridges, streets and roads," said Chris McKenzie, executive director of the League of California Cities.

9/4/2015

Fall is an ideal time for roof work to fix damage caused by summer weather. Fall temperatures allow for proper thermal sealing, and shingles are less brittle than in the winter. This piece discusses seven advantages of fall roof work.

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Networx
9/4/2015

Concrete for the top floor at the 32-story, $276 million Hilton Convention Center Hotel in Cleveland has been placed. A topping-off ceremony is set for Oct. 1. The weather has been favorable for construction this summer, and the hotel is set to open next June in time for the Republican National Convention. Precast seating elements for a renovated public square are also being installed.

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9/4/2015

Construction began two years ago on the nearly $1.5 billion Downtown Crossing bridge -- part of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project that includes two spans across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana. The bridge, which will have 88 stays to support the deck, is on schedule and on budget and should open to two-way traffic in January. By the end of 2016, the entire project should be finished.

9/4/2015

Taiwan-based Formosa Petrochemical Corp. is studying the viability of building a $9.4 billion ethylene complex in Louisiana's St. James Parish. State officials have offered the company a $12 million incentive package. The first phase of construction could begin in 2016 and be finished in six years, when the next phase would start. The facility would be one of the world's biggest single-site ethylene production sites.