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ACS-Hochtief Consortium To Build LAX People Mover

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 19:30

A consortium, led by European construction firms ACS Group and Hochtief, has been tapped to lead the $1.95-billion automated rail system at Los Angeles International Airport.

FirstEnergy to Close Nuclear Plants in Restructuring

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 19:25

Ohio-based First Energy Corp. plans to shed its competitive generation business, including closing three nuclear power plants, following a strategic review that will be finished this summer.

Productivity Gains Found in New Data

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 19:08

After decades of reports about stagnant or slipping construction productivity, a new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, “Measuring Productivity Growth in Construction,” shows gains in several construction sectors. 

Texas Is Front Line of DACA Immigration Reform Debate

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 19:00

As the Trump administration weighs the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the construction industry is watching carefully for potential impacts as it continues to face a severe workforce shortage and relies on undocumented workers to fill craft and other positions.

NE States Push Renewables, But Not All Jump Aboard

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:53

New York adopts first U.S. offshore wind master plan, but Maine may curb project construction

Cross-Border Pollution Gains Attention of State Dept.

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:45

The U.S. State Dept. is wading into environmental waters to address British Columbia mining pollution that affects a watershed in northwestern Montana, after a wastewater treatment plant intended to remove pollution appears to have worsened the problem.

Playground Honoring Boston Marathon Victims Is Underway

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:40

Seven months after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, MacKay Construction Services Inc. completed a playground that was designed to be accessible to children with special needs.

Modified Plan Unveiled for Chicago's Sixth-Tallest Tower

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:34

The Chicago Plan Commission on Jan. 18 approved a $700-million development that, as presented, would include the city’s sixth-tallest building.

MOU Speeds La. Coastal Project

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:30

Under a memorandum of understanding announced on Jan. 26, Louisiana and federal agencies will attempt to trim three years off the permitting timetable for the $1.3-billion mid-Barataria Diversion Project, a key part of a plan to rebuild Louisiana’s shrinking coastline.

Pittsburgh Embarks on a $1.1 Billion Terminal Upgrade

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:23

The Allegheny County Airport Authority has begun its search for architect-engineering firms to realize Pittsburgh International Airport’s $1.1-billion terminal modernization program.

New England Faces Power Shortages Without Infrastructure Fix

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:18

The cold weather that swept across the Eastern Seaboard in early January is heating up the debate over the need for a more robust infrastructure to deliver natural gas to New England. 

Energy and Water Nexus Hits Critical Juncture in India

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 18:10

Drought and continued reliance on electric generation that uses water for cooling are causing some of India’s power plants to shut down for days and even months at a time, a problem that is expected to worsen, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute.

Transformed By Transit

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:48

$2 billion Crenshaw-LAX light rail line expected to provide economic boost to L.A. neighborhoods

Improving Outlook Drives Crowds to World of Concrete

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:28

With a climb seen in U.S. construction activity and a sense that equipment makers may finally have absorbed price hikes from decades of emissions-compliance upgrades, activity was brisk at the World of Concrete show, held in Las Vegas on Jan. 23-26.

Pulse: Project News for the Week of February 5, 2018

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:10

Project News from Dodge Data & Analytics

Where to Probe Carillion's Demise

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:06

The investigation into Carillion’s rapid insolvency and liquidation is now in full swing. 

Fenway Center Groundbreaking Generates Optimism

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:26

The long-anticipated groundbreaking of the $240 million Fenway Center megadevelopment was on Jan. 30 in Boston.

Construction Economics for the February 5, 2018

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:00
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

Trump Calls for $1.5 Trillion for Infrastructure but Is Short on Specifics

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 05:14

Industry officials welcome State of the Union pro-infrastructure comments, but say funding still isn't clear.

Beavers, Penguins and Light Rail Tunnels

Engineering News Record - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 05:00

A month in the life of an ENR editor includes tramping in tunnels and having "concrete" discussions.

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