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6/23/2017

Chicago is in the middle of a major construction boom. At least 10 projects valued at $1 billion are under construction or in development, and at least six more are valued at $500 million.

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Chicago
6/23/2017

Dodge Data & Analytics reported a 1% increase in May construction starts after a 13% decline in April. Nonresidential and residential construction declined by 4% each, but $3 billion in pipeline projects upped starts in the public works sector by 30%.

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6/23/2017

Builders of downtown Chicago's new Apple store added a gigantic logo to the roof, making the store look like a big MacBook. The rectangular roof is made of lightweight materials used in yacht hulls.

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6/23/2017

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has committed nearly $1.2 billion to building an 11.5-mile extension to the Gold Line light-rail service. Though millions more are still needed, utility relocation work could start in October.

6/23/2017

Petrochemical company Braskem plans to build a $675 million facility in the Houston area. Construction will start later this summer, creating 1,000 construction and development jobs.

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6/23/2017

Officials in Maryland have asked an appeals court to make an "emergency" ruling to allow construction of the Purple Line light rail to start after a lower court ruled in favor of the project's opponents. Construction was scheduled to start last year, but work can't begin until an environmental study is approved by the courts.

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Maryland
6/23/2017

Kansas University is planning a $300 million project to renovate the football stadium and build an indoor practice facility. Renderings are expected soon

6/23/2017

Based on Census Bureau data, ConstructConnect predicts put-in-place construction will increase 7.2% this year and 7.3% next year. However, economist Alex Carrick contends that "variation will occur according to type-of-structure sub-categories."

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Alex Carrick, Census Bureau
6/23/2017

Bob Luckett, a Vietnam vet, worked as a mason before founding and selling a construction company, and he has started Veteran's Next Mission to help veterans gain employment in the construction industry. Trainees get experience on a construction site, where Luckett believes their hardiness and grit will shine through.

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Bob Luckett
6/23/2017

The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia approved a six-year plan that allocates $18.6 billion over six years to more than 3,600 projects. More than $15 billion will go to highway projects and $3.4 billion will go to public transit and rail work.

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