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Aecon Sheds Mine Unit as Infra Booms

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:49

Toronto contractor Aecon Group completed the sale late last month of its contract mining business as it focuses on its strengthening infrastructure business months after the Canadian government quashed the sale of Aecon to a Chinese government-owned firm.

Contractors, Steel Firms Blast Mighty Earth Report on 'Dirty' Structural Steel

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:45

Environmental advocacy group Mighty Earth’s call to action to reduce the carbon footprint of structural-steel production is well intended but naive, say construction and steel-sector firms.

National Academy Report Sees Ways To Build the Future

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:42

We’re wearing out the planet as well as our water, energy and transit systems, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Dec. 3 report, “Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century.”

Canada Infrastructure Bank Is Mum on 10 Planned Investments

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:38

Pierre Lavallee, new CEO of Canada Infrastructure Bank, is on the hunt for “transformative” projects for investment.

Award of Merit Residential/Hospitality: Ronald McDonald House

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:30
The team for this $10.3-million nonprofit project developed unique design and construction strategies for creating an institutional residence that the team says feels like a home away from home.

Trimble Talks Constructibility After High-Profile Acquisitions

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:26

Coming off of big-ticket purchases of construction software firms eBuilder and Viewpoint earlier this year, Trimble has rolled out a broader vision of how the constructible model can be maintained across a project’s lifespan.

New App Seeks to Reduce Jobsite Paperwork Headaches

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:21

General contractors and specialty trades often struggle to manage time cards and productivity logs.

Award of Merit Renovation/Restoration and Excellence in Safety Best Project: Harvard University Gore Hall Complex

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 16:00
Managing the volume and complexity of this construction management at-risk project safely in 14 months involved several challenging components, including renovating a 106-year-old, 93,950-sq-ft neo-Georgian residence hall and constructing the five-story cast-in-place Beren Hall addition.

Award of Merit Specialty Construction: Millstone Outfall Fish Barriers Restoration

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:56

To avoid massive fish kills in the event of an outage of the nuclear power plant’s two pressurized water reactor units, the project team replaced two deteriorated steel fish barriers that keep marine life out of the facility’s water discharge canal.

Award of Merit Specialty Construction: Emerson College Little Building, Boston, Mass.

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:51

Located in the city’s heavily populated theater district, this project was considered the largest and most complex demolition and abatement in downtown Boston’s history, according to the team.

Best Renovation/Restoration: South Street Landing

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:45
To create a shared higher education and health research facility for three different Rhode Island schools, the former Narragansett Electric Power Station was renovated to house the new Rhode Island Nursing Education Center.

Construction Economics for the Week of December 10, 2018

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:35

ENR’s 20-city average cost indexes, wages and materials prices. Historical data and details for ENR’s 20 cities can be found at ENR.com/economics

Award of Merit Office/Retail Mixed-Use Developments: The Exchange at 100 Federal Street

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:30
Constructing this geometric structure in a constrained urban area posed multiple challenges for the project team.

Award of Merit Manufacturing: Ben & Jerry's Project Extra Chunk (BP01)

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 15:00
This $80-million fast-track expansion of a 20-year-old building was completed in 11 months, allowing the ice cream facility to increase production by up to 44%.

Best Manufacturing: CRRC MA

Engineering News Record - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 14:45
This project, which involved the construction of a rail car assembly facility, was delivered one month early and 8% under budget despite schedule constraints and the discovery of unsuitable soil.

Award of Merit K-12 Education: Enfield High School Additions and Renovations

Engineering News Record - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 21:15
Due to decreasing enrollment, this construction manager at-risk project consolidated two public high schools into one building.

Best K-12 Education: Orville H. Platt High School Additions and Renovations

Engineering News Record - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 21:00
This $110-million, four-year project built and renovated some 265,000 sq ft of a high school without disrupting school operations.

Floating Solar Farms Gain Traction in U.S.

Engineering News Record - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 20:54

Mixing electricity and water is often not a good idea, but floating solar panels on water is one of the most rapidly expanding sectors in the solar-power market.

Product Snapshot: Grapple Bucket and Tower Crane

Engineering News Record - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 20:45

Deere has introduced a line of scrap grapple buckets for skid steers.

Award of Merit Interior Design: Reebok Headquarters Relocation

Engineering News Record - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 20:45
The goal for this 220,000-sq-ft headquarters fit-out in the Boston Seaport Innovation & Design Building was to create the fittest, healthiest workplace in the nation.

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