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.
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.
London-based reForm Architects has proposed a $132.8 million pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Thames River that would be raised to allow ships to pass. It would be the first raised bridge along the Thames since the Tower Bridge was built in 1894. "People working at Canary Wharf and traveling by bike or foot from the south will no longer be faced by lengthy detours to Tower Bridge and Greenwich Foot Tunnel or the undesirable passage presented by the Rotherhithe Tunnel," the architects said in a statement.
The Reason Foundation has unveiled its own $700 billion mobility plan in response to the recently unveiled Los Angeles plan that deals with crowded roads by encouraging cycling, walking and public transit use. The foundation's plan suggests eliminating light-rail funding in favor of building tunnels.
The Belding City Council in Michigan plans to move its building services to the county, which will in turn hire Associated Governmental Services. The move will include building permits as well as mechanical and electrical inspections.
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