A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Essex on the Park, a 56-story, 479-unit apartment tower in Chicago. It's one of several large towers under construction in the city.
A report by Moody's Investors Service says states will increasingly be relied upon to fund infrastructure construction costs because federal funding has stagnated. More than three dozen states have already taken on some of the burden by increasing the gas tax.
Vancouver International Airport in Canada has proposed investing $4.19 billion over the next 20 years to expand and improve the facility. The projects include a terminal expansion, a new taxiway and road improvements, and the plan could be finalized in 2018.
Outgoing US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the battle over how to pay for the country's infrastructure is still being fought, and he suggests looking at diverse revenue sources. In this interview, he also discusses autonomous cars, transportation technology, ride-sharing and smart cities.
Royal Dutch Shell received approval from the Potter, Pa., Town Council to build a $6 billion ethylene cracker, but the company still needs approvals from the state. Initial site work has started, and construction could begin later this year on the project that will employ 6,000 construction workers.
Americans want improved roads and better bridges -- they just don't want higher taxes to pay for those things. A recent Reuters poll found that 51% of Americans don't want to raise taxes to fund infrastructure projects, but on the other hand, 50% support tolls or user fees to fund infrastructure projects.
The US Department of Energy says the energy industry employs 32% of the construction workforce, which translates to more than 2 million workers. Employment in the energy efficiency sector could increase 11% over the next year.
"Dream Big: Engineering in Our World" highlights amazing engineering feats around the world. This photo album portrays some of the projects featured in the film.
Women now make up 40.1% of first-year engineering students at the University of Toronto, which is the highest figure in Ontario. "I think more and more women are interested in entrepreneurship and creating change and see that the field of engineering is a way to be able to do that," said Dawn Britton, the university's associate director of engineering outreach.
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