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%.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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