House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., says the House will not vote on the Senate's six-year highway transportation bill. The House has already adopted a short-term bill that pays for transportation construction through mid-December. The stumbling block appears to be the provision to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank that's included in the Senate bill. House members will leave for their August recess on Thursday, and funding for Highway Trust Fund expires Friday. It's not clear what the Senate will do next in this "legislative game of chicken."
New York's LaGuardia Airport will be torn down and rebuilt, a project that will cost about $4 billion and take about five years. To start, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will relocate a parking garage to clear space for a new, unified terminal. Construction will begin next year, and about 8,000 construction jobs will be created. LaGuardia Gateway Partners, which includes Walsh Construction, Skanska USA and Parsons Brinckerhoff, will work on the project.
The Interstate Highway System, made possible with the establishment of the Highway Trust Fund, revolutionized the country and left a lasting legacy, writes ASCE President Robert D. Stevens. But he contends the country has lost its way and needs to establish a new vision for infrastructure. ASCE's "Infrastructure Game Changers" report notes new advances in energy, water, freight and transportation technology that, if invested in and replicated, would make infrastructure "fit for the future" and able to "handle tomorrow's challenges."
Compounding flood events, where heavy rains and storm surge co-occur, have "increased significantly" along the U.S. coast, according to a paper published in Nature Climate Change. Lead author Thomas Wahl notes that the data suggest policymakers must address changes to flood-control infrastructure even if it is unclear how much global warning is to blame. "The actual impact of these compound events depends very much on the local situation: what infrastructure is in place, how much drainage is available," he said.
Modern offices have more open floor plans and fewer solo spaces than older offices. This makes privacy in the form of spaces isolated by sound an increasing necessity. Sound-masking technology typically runs from $1 to $3 per square foot. Although it involves the production of sound itself -- something like that of a "buzzing light" -- people often aren't aware of its presence.
MWH Global says it will create "intelligent parametric designs" by using BIM for work on hydro plant projects in Argentina, including modernization of the 14-unit Salto Grande plant that supplies some of Argentina's power and half of Uruguay's.
Google says it is tweaking its Google Glass headset to make it more suitable for use in the workplace. The new "Enterprise Edition" of the augmented reality headset will be foldable, more water resistant and have a more "rugged build and appearance."
BIM, computer numerical control machines and 3D printing are changing the nature of design. From architecture to sustainability to medicine, innovators are devising solutions needed for a planet that's expected to have 9 billion people by 2050.
BIM, laser scanning, virtual design and robotic video cameras are tools that engineering firm Draper Aden uses on its projects, which have included many of the buildings on the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University campuses. "We are not your father's engineering firm," said Jeff Lighthiser, the company’s president and CEO. "We are a technology firm now."
JE Dunn has started the vertical construction for two office towers at Cerner Corp.'s new $4.45 billion Trails Campus in Kansas City, Mo. The project is being developed in 16 phases and will include a conference center, hotel, data centers and retail and dining space.