Even as hard-hit areas of two of the country’s most developed regions push for normalcy after back-to-back hurricanes in early September, policymakers and construction industry experts are weighing the longer-term implications of the damage in Houston, Florida and the Caribbean from Harvey and Irma—and how and whether infrastructure resiliency can be accelerated and how that will affect coastal development.
With crews at work dismantling two Hurricane Irma-damaged cranes in the city of Miami and a third in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., local leaders are wondering whether Florida’s crane regulations are adequate for the highly vulnerable region.
Veteran corporate executive Luis M. Ramirez began a new role on Sept. 12 as general manager and CEO of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, despite controversy over his lack of public transit management experience and financial scrutiny of Global Power Equipment Group, an engineer and manufacturer of which he was CEO until 2015.
When former Harrisburg, Pa., Mayor Stephen Reed (D) and his aides set out to retrofit the city’s aging incinerator in late 2000, the project spun out of control over the coming years, enlarging the debt the city owed on the facility to $300 million and sinking Harrisburg into financial ruin.
The U.S. Navy’s four public shipyards have accumulated nearly $5 billion worth of deferred maintenance and restoration projects that could take as long as 19 years to rectify, according to a recently published U.S. Government Accountability Office report.
Boston-area tech startup ManufactOn is partnering with Autodesk Inc. to integrate its prefabrication production, materials and supply-chain management software into Autodesk’s BIM 360 construction-management platform.
A flood-control project underway in southwest Las Vegas is just one of many planned for the metropolitan area over the next several years, says Erin Neff of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.
Work to fully automate the kinetic oculus of the roof of Atlanta’s $1.5-billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened late last month, will continue through the fall, says developer-operator AMB Group LLC.
When student intern Ana Padilla left her job with Sundt Construction in Tucson, Ariz., this past summer, she received plenty of hugs and well-wishes from her colleagues on the Interstate 10-Ina Road interchange project.
Contractors are embracing new technologies to help reduce costs for traditional and renewable electricity generation as the industry continues to build, almost exclusively, natural gas, solar and wind power plants.
Contractors say they expect the demand for petroleum—liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petrochemicals production, in particular—will remain strong across the U.S. in the near future, with capital markets and construction projects following suit.
Water and wastewater construction revenue in the U.S. appeared to shrink last year, as measured by reports from the ENR Top 400 Contractors. But new needs and supply approaches are creating opportunities for firms.
Manufacturers are demanding process efficiencies, lean construction, highly collaborative and flexible spaces, prefabrication and even more complex automation that makes for more difficult projects for their general contractors and construction managers.