Foxconn, a manufacturer based in Taiwan, is considering a $10 billion investment in manufacturing in the US. The facilities could be built in three different states, and the company plans to release details in August.
The Arizona State Transportation Board has approved a five-year construction plan to fund projects across the state. Widening stretches of Interstate 10 and other highways and reconstructing several interchanges are high on the list.
Underwriters Laboratories has rated Tesla's solar roof tiles a Class A roofing product. A house would typically need to have between 40% and 70% of its roof covered with the electricity-producing tiles, depending on its energy needs.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is delaying enforcement of rules for beryllium exposure because it wants to accept more public comments on the proposed regulations. Brian Turmail of the Associated General Contractors of America says his group "appreciates that the Labor Department has finally appreciated the need to bring the construction industry into the conversation about this rule."
With the shakeup at Uber, Melanie Zanona and Ali Breland consider the possible contenders to take over as CEO, including Sheryl Sandberg, Susan Wojcicki, Thomas Staggs, Mark Fields, Anthony Foxx and Marissa Mayer. Uber leadership said it hopes to have a new CEO named within six weeks.
The construction of a pumped hydroelectric storage station to store electricity for Dominion Energy in Virginia would create hundreds of construction jobs and could cost nearly $2 billion. The company is looking for a site, and it's unclear when construction would begin.
The 73-story, 1,100-foot-tall Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles has opened. The tower is the tallest west of the Mississippi River, and prefabricated construction was used in the process.
3D printing, modular construction, virtual reality, and mergers that help bring tech to scale are industry trends that each bring perhaps new ways to envision design and building of houses. "This is not about doing things cheaper, it's about doing things better and more sustainably," says Craig Curtis of Katerra Architecture.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's "A Citizen's Guide to Infrastructure" report says private investment in infrastructure can help solve some of the state's budgetary problems. "Kentucky's P3 law creates a solution for government and the business community to come together to accomplish projects in an innovative fashion that would not be able to be done by either side alone," writes the chamber's Ashli Watts.
A professor of civil engineering at the University of Manitoba has studied building roads in the extreme cold of northern Canada, and he believes one can be built to the town of Churchill, which is only accessible by air until repairs are finished next year to its flood-damaged rail line. Engineers would have to overcome the challenges of building on permafrost and peat bog.
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