New or ongoing hydropower projects with vast environmental complexity or incomplete data can experience a prolonged licensing process, according to an Energy Department report. The report also notes that the US hydropower licensing and authorization process requires far more participation and engagement from federal agencies than it does in other countries.
Cities are increasingly networked and automated, but the new efficiencies come with security and privacy concerns, as recent reports have found significant vulnerabilities. Communities seeking the ideal balance between convenience and security may benefit from establishing standards.
Residents' convenience and needs should be foremost in mind as tech companies offer up smart urban transportation solutions, according to urban leaders. Participants in last week's Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference and Expo also discussed public-private partnerships, equity issues and the advantages of cities presenting their needs to tech companies.
Attorneys general from Missouri and Texas are suing the Biden administration to resume construction of the wall on the Mexican border. They argue that the administration is obligated to continue construction with funds allocated for that purpose by Congress.
The Virginia Department of Transportation predicts "substantial completion" of its Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel widening by September 2025 as well as widening of lanes on Interstate 64. The tunneling component for the $3.9 billion project is expected to begin next year.
ExxonMobil plans to finish construction of its $500 million, pandemic-delayed polyolefin plant in Louisiana by the end of next year. Work has resumed at a normal pace, although it never fully stopped during the pandemic lockdown.
Approval of a $2.5 billion campus modernization at the University of California San Diego Medical Center has the highest price tag of 13 US hospital construction projects topping $500 million that have advanced in some way since Aug. 1. Alia Paavola summarizes this and the 12 other projects, including approval of a $2 billion Massachusetts General Hospital expansion.
Developer LPC West has proposed four new buildings, a skybridge and a garage for the Waterfront Gateway project in downtown Vancouver, Wash. The development will be built by Colas Construction and designed by Perkins & Will.
The new Ergodyne construction helmet has an isolated inner frame that reduces rotational energy that can lead to shear-related traumatic brain injuries. The helmet, which meets ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014, also comes with a chin strap that is more common in European construction than it is in America.
Modulous, a UK-based construction technology company that relies on generative design to support an integrated "development ecosystem," is opening an office in Seattle as it looks to capitalize on the US multifamily market. The US operation will include a handful of alumni from failed startup Katerra, but Modulous says it will tap a supplier network rather than an in-house facility to avoid the mistakes that caused Katerra to fold.
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