Efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers to streamline design costs on similar types of military facilities now being built and planned on bases around the U.S. have industry firms worried the agency is backing away from use of design-build and aims to manage more design work in-house. Critics claim the strategy could hike the government’s level of risk and expense. Practitioners are concerned about what they see as a shifting approach for about 44 types of structures such as barracks and child-development centers now being managed by Corps “centers of standardization” around the U.S. under the military’s construction-reform effort.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan