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9/29/2016

About 250 acres of waterfront in South Baltimore will be home to the Port Covington mixed-use project with manufacturing space, residences, playgrounds, parks and headquarters for Under Armour. Baltimore's mayor has signed off on $760 million in tax breaks for the developer, who must still negotiate federal and state funding for infrastructure.

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9/29/2016

New Orleans' recent hotel building boom isn't extending to a hoped-for hotel at the Louis Armstrong international airport. The airport board's request for proposals came up empty, but it will keep looking.

9/29/2016

The North Dakota Legislature approved billions in road spending over the past three legislative sessions, drastically improving the state's roads, a recent study found. The state's infrastructure needs had increased dramatically in recent years due to its oil boom.

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9/29/2016

Developer SL Green Realty Corp. has secured $1.5 billion toward the 1,401-foot, $3.1 billion One Vanderbilt tower in New York City.

9/29/2016

In 2018 EmberClear Corp. will start building a $900 million natural-gas-fired power plant with advanced turbine technology. The project in Ohio's Harrison County could create 600 construction jobs.

9/29/2016

Structural engineer Cary Kopczynski advocates the use of steel fiber in concrete when building seismic-zone shear walls. He says cutting the amount of rebar in the link beams would make more room for pipes and electrical conduits while also reducing the size of shear and flexural bars.

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9/29/2016

Work-zone cameras reduce speeding and fatal accidents. WorkZoneSafety.org reports that work-zone crash deaths have dropped to 669 in 2014 from 1,026 from 2001.

9/29/2016

Current airport projects in New York and Charlotte, N.C., include pile driving and demolition work for a new terminal at LaGuardia International Airport. This article series on airport construction notes that a decline in Philadelphia's airport traffic has put plans for a new runway on hold.

9/29/2016

Research into the bacteria in and on concrete has led to the discovery that concrete has a low microbial biomass and that "weather and atmospheric deposition likely have little influence on the composition of the microbial community." Additional research is underway to see if a bio-indicator can be developed to detect ASR-caused concrete degradation.

9/29/2016

A 13-foot-tall wall of specially formulated concrete is being built along a mile between France and Britain to keep migrants from crossing the border. The effort is part of a larger push by countries around the world to stop the migration of people.