Louisiana's State Bond Commission has approved the sale of up to $350 million in bonds to pay for a $450 million renovation of New Orleans' 44-year-old Superdome. Under the financing deal, the state would provide $90 million, the Saints would cover $150 million and the Superdome management district would pay $210 million.
Over the next decade, contractors will have opportunities to bid on $13 billion worth of construction planned at and around Los Alamos National Laboratory's northern New Mexico complex. Work will include upgrades to the lab's plutonium facility, as well as housing projects, parking garages and possibly a new highway.
Reconstruction of Interstate 59/20 in Birmingham, Ala., is on schedule and is 75% to 80% complete, officials say, and Texas contractor Johnson Brothers could earn a bonus if work wraps up before March. About 1,600 bridge segments have been placed, with 700 left to go in a project that is expected to top $700 million.
Balfour Beatty has won a $167 million contract from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to build the US Route 70 bypass in the counties of Carteret and Craven. Work will include roadwork and structural components.
A plan to double the size of Milwaukee's downtown convention hall is advancing with approval by the Wisconsin Center District of as much as $300 million in bond financing. A request for proposals for design and construction management is expected to be issued next year.
The $3.2 billion Viva White Oak mixed-use development in Silver Spring, Md., tops ConstructConnect's list of the 10 largest upcoming medical construction projects in the US. The $3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards innovation neighborhood at Drexel University in Philadelphia tops the list of educational construction projects.
An increase in data and analytics expertise in the architecture, engineering and construction industry has spurred a shift toward custom research, David Barista writes. Other notable trends include greater implementation of seed money programs and increased adoption of lean planning.
A proposed $2 billion reservoir to curb algae outbreaks in South Florida is not well-designed or big enough, critics say. The reservoir should cover at least 100,000 acres, and the state should provide "treatment wetlands to achieve water quality goals in the Florida Everglades," says ecologist and wetlands expert William Mitsch.
The $315 million renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum called on engineers to preserve the historic facade while adding a seven-story Scholarship Club Tower and adding other modern touches. The tower features a buckling restrained brace system that offer stiffness and flexibility simultaneously.
Publicly revealed plans for expanding Interstate 35 in Texas would make it a double-decker freeway over much of its length. Officials are opting for a double-decker design due to a lack of right of way, Texas Department of Transportation engineer Daniel Worden said.
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