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8/30/2016

ConstructConnect has lowered its US put-in-place construction spending forecast from 9% to 5.9% this year and from 8.5% to 6.9% for 2017. The company says energy prices, interest rates and the UK's decision to exit the European Union have caused uncertainty in the marketplace.

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8/30/2016

Houston has about 840 sewer overflows a year and is negotiating with the Environmental Protection Agency over which and how many improvements to make. Repairing and upgrading pipes, maintaining the system and educating the public on clog-avoidance could cost $5 billion.

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Houston, EPA
8/30/2016

Investors have pumped nearly $2 billion into the food delivery market since 2012, but the market is starting to get crowded and companies are finding it challenging to develop a business model that works well, according to a report from Rabobank. As a result, investment capital in food delivery firms like Instacart and Blue Apron is slowing, the report found.

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Rabobank, Instacart
8/30/2016

California's poor transportation infrastructure leads to more crashes and congestion and costs its drivers $53.6 billion annually, especially in the urban areas, according to a study by TRIP.

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California
8/30/2016

Calculations and insulation concepts worked up as Iowa State mechanical engineering grad Eric Mach's senior project are helping turn prairie grass into fuel. His goal was to preserve enough heat to sustain the grass' bacteria during a possible midwinter power failure in the digester of a fuel system developed by Roeslein Alternative Energy.

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ASME.org
8/30/2016

Although sustainable wood-framed structures are becoming more popular, the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs has banned wood framing for structures over 100,000 square feet and three stories. It cites safety and durability concerns.

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Atlanta, Sandy Springs
8/30/2016

A $6.5 billion, 175-acre development is planned in central Philadelphia and will take about 35 years to build. The 18 million-square-foot project undertaken by Amtrak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Drexel University and BrandywineRealty Trust includes capping a rail yard on which 10 million square feet will sit.

8/30/2016

Construction costs for the soon-to-open Golden 1 Center for the National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings have increased again. The overage is now $79 million for a total cost of $556.6 million.

8/30/2016

Civil engineer Eileen Velez-Vega discusses why mentors are helpful and the need to increase the number of women in the profession.

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The Atlantic online
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8/30/2016

Officials at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are constructing a 100-foot-deep, milelong wall of ice underground. The $320 million project is designed to freeze the ground and stop groundwater from inundating the broken nuclear reactor, but critics are calling the effort a "Hail Mary play."