NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises recently broke ground on its $250 million headquarters in the Miami area. The 450,000-square-foot facility would be one of the largest television broadcast facilities in the region. The project could create 3,000 construction jobs and be finished in 2018.
A five-story parking garage in Houston was being demolished on Tuesday, but something went wrong. The crumbling building fell forward, coming down faster than expected, and fell onto an excavator working in the area. The operator was unscathed.
President Barack Obama's last budget arrived in Congress Tuesday. The plan, considered by some to be philosophical and pragmatic, calls for more than $4.1 trillion in spending. Included in that is $295.6 million for construction at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, a $75 million grant for a streetcar project in Seattle and an 18% increase -- or $157 million additional -- in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for water infrastructure improvements. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says the budget "isn't even a budget so much as it is a progressive manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans."
The $2 billion Queensferry Crossing project in Scotland should finish up this year. Three 656-foot concrete towers for the bridge are complete. The project will use 23,000 miles of cable and massive amounts of concrete. It is one of the largest civil engineering projects in the UK.
More than $800 million is still available for Superstorm Sandy repairs from the Transportation Department, and New Jersey lawmakers want some of it to fix the rail tunnels under the Hudson River. They sent a letter to request funding for that along with several other projects. "The repair of these assets is essential to ensuring the safe and reliable operation of transit services throughout the state," the lawmakers wrote.
A federal judge has thrown out a subcontractor's claims that four major cellphone companies knew full bonding was not in place for a project to provide wireless service in Washington, D.C., subway tunnels. The subcontractor says it was not paid for more than $1 million worth of work on the project.
Canadian lawyers are increasingly working on US public-private partnerships because they have more experience with such arrangements. The partnerships are still a rarity in the US, but opportunity is growing, observers say.
President Barack Obama's budget calls for scrapping the $5 billion mixed oxide fuel plant under construction in South Carolina. The move could mean as many as 1,250 construction jobs would disappear. The plant, which would process plutonium waste, is 70% complete but billions of dollars over budget.
A joint venture between Allen Contracting and Shell Construction won a contract worth almost $15 million for the first phase of a six-phase, $115 million highway project in Oklahoma that would replace an interchange on Interstate 35 with three-level flyover lanes. The entire project is expected to take eight years.
Two Roads Development plans to start construction in the next few months on Elysee Miami, a 57-story residential tower in Edgewater, Fla. The design begins with the structure on small floor plate toward the bottom, with larger ones in the middle stories and even larger ones near the top. Construction should be completed in 2018.
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