Bechtel has developed a way to remove about 65% of carbon emissions from gas-fired power plants -- part of the company's sustainability initiative. "As an industry, we must continue to challenge ourselves to design, source materials, and build projects that are more resilient, safer, smarter, greener, and more cost-efficient for our customers and society," said Tam Nguyen, the company's global head of sustainability.
Dodge Data & Analytics says new construction starts increased 5% in March, but, for the first three months of 2017, they are down 3% overall from last year. The $4.2 billion Rover pipeline and the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline fueled much of the growth.
About $800 million worth of construction has started since 2013 in downtown Bellevue, Wash., a suburb of Seattle, and another $100 million is under development. One of the largest projects is a 450-foot residential tower.
A concrete levee in Louisiana built after Hurricane Katrina has developed a scour hole and needs $250,000 worth of work. However, the Army Corps of Engineers, which built the Lake Borgne surge barrier that protects St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans' 9th Ward, may not pay for the work, because the agency turned over control to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
About 9.7 billion people will inhabit the world by 2050, according to the UN. An infographic designed by Norwich University's civil engineering program, shows how civil engineering can help "combat hunger and malnutrition, expand education and health systems [and] improve the provision of basic services."
The 27,000-ton steel roof being built on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons reached a milestone when it opened for the first time last week. Thousands of people are working 24 hours a day to get the project in place by Aug. 26.
This list offers the top transportation terminal and residential under development in the US. The largest terminal project is the $14.2 billion third phase of the Second Avenue railway expansion in New York City, while the largest residential project, 666 Fifth Avenue, also in New York City, is worth $7.5 billion.
The Hampton Roads area of Virginia is in the middle of an infrastructure construction boom, and Jordan Pascale outlines some of the $4.9 billion worth of projects either being planned or under construction. A 2.1% increase in the gas tax helped fuel the boom.
A groundbreaking ceremony this week will mark the start of work at a $407 million mixed-use project near a transit hub in the New York City borough of Queens. The Crossing at Jamaica Station is among the area's significant redevelopment efforts in the last 10 years.
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners CEO Karl Kuchel supports greater private investment in US infrastructure, but notes that skepticism still abounds regarding public-private partnerships. He says it's up to the private sector to educate the public and politicians about how a P3 is operated, what the risk-transfer benefits are and how money is made.
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