Monday, August 8, was supposed to have been a day of celebration for Maryland’s Purple Line, as state transportation officials and the Federal Transit Administration would officially ink an agreement for a $900 million New Starts grant for the new $5.6 billion light rail system across Washington, D.C.’s northern suburbs.
As the Oak View Group (OVG) and former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray negotiated a memorandum of understanding on a $600 million privately financed renovation of Key Arena at Seattle Center, OVG agreed to an additional $40 million for transportation mitigation around Seattle Center.
Our Best Project winners include a skyscraper built on top of an active rail line near the Chicago River, several innovative office buildings, the meticulous restoration of a state capitol building, multiple rail projects that brought service to underserved downtowns in large cities, one of the largest LEED-platinum corporate offices in the U.S., retrofits to aging coal-fired electrical plants that brought them into modern environmental compliance and some healthcare projects that put patients first.
This blog examining California construction will ask questions, give you previews of what is to come in ENR California and report on what we are hearing, reading and seeing in the state's construction industry.
The presenters at ENR’s annual FutureTech conference in San Francisco May 30-June 1, cautioned the sold-out audience of engineers, construction professionals, venture capitalists and technologists that the construction industry continues to be plagued by inefficiency and a general lack of adoption of new technologies, although big strides are being made in sharing and managing data.
However, an upbeat air filled the hall as many touted three key improvements in delivering a connected built environment; cloud computing, mobile phones shifting computing access and low-cost chips and sensors enabling IoT.