About 388,904 highway maintenance and construction and jobs will open in the 10 years between 2012 and 2022, according to a recent report by the Departments of Transportation, Labor and Education. More than a third of those positions are expected in the maintenance area. Hawaii, Florida and Ohio are expected to see the most openings, while South Carolina and Massachusetts will see large declines. The report offers a four-step approach to building "a qualified and skilled transportation workforce."
Around 7,000 tons of steel sit atop the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York and will eventually support the paneling of a retractable roof that's being constructed. The roof is part of a $500 million project to bring more intimacy to the 23,000-seat stadium. Work is suspended this week during the U.S. Open tennis tournament but will resume Sept. 14.
UK-based Globus has developed a biodegradable synthetic glove for the construction industry meant to protect workers from hand injuries. The gloves, which deter oils, dirt, grease and abrasions, have a sponge nitrile coating on the palm to make gripping easier and are made with an additive that allows them to biodegrade in 24 months.
A six-year, $494 million project to widen seven miles of Washington's Interstate 5 highway between Olympia and Tacoma will be funded by an 11.9-cent-per-gallon gas-tax increase. Population in the area has doubled since the last time the highway was widened, and plans include new lanes and widened bridges to accommodate the 120,000 cars a day that use I-5.
McCarthy Building Cos. is taking full advantage of building information modeling with a "cave" devoted to it. Clients can get a virtual-reality tour of what a completed project will look like and how it will function with the use of projection technology and 3D glasses. "We're at a point where we can fly a drone around, laser-scan an area, upload that model into a VR headset and walk through the model using a virtual immersion tool," said Mike Oster, vice president and chief information officer at McCarthy.
Students in the Houston area's Aldine Independent School District learn about science, technology, engineering and math early. The district has a magnet school program at the kindergarten-through-fourth-grade level, and students can choose to continue in that specialty through the later grades. Even at the lowest level, however, "students participate in labs to get a better understanding of various types of engineering -- architectural, civil and chemical. They get the basics and can build from that, exploring the aspects of engineering as they are exposed," said Olivia Boatner, director of district's magnet schools.
Credibility is like having a bank account, writes Steve Keating. When you live up to your promises, you're making a deposit to your account, and when you let people down, you're making a withdrawal. "Everything you do, everything you say, every commitment you keep and every one you don't, they all count. They all matter!" Keating writes.
New track has been laid so freight trains can bypass work on the All Aboard Florida project, a high-speed rail line between Orlando and Miami. The bypass is finished, but its opening has been delayed because of Tropical Storm Erika.
Demolition crews detonated about 170 charges and leveled an eight-story building in Denver to make way for a $419 million mixed-use project that will cover about 12 city blocks. Continuum Partners hopes to construct eight blocks of office, retail and residential space over the next five years.
After millions of dollars in cost overruns and construction delays, Georgia Power says expansion work at the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia is on track with the revised schedule. The project is now projected to cost $5.045 billion, and Unit 3 should be completed in 2019, with Unit 4 finishing in 2020. Chicago Bridge & Iron and Westinghouse Electric are doing the work.
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