Structural engineer Cary Kopczynski once penned a prediction: “There may come a day in the not-too-distant future when concrete building structures will commonly be reinforced with a combination of steel fibers and steel reinforcing bar.
Though it may be another year before the full effects of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act are felt nationwide, the $305-billion funding measure enacted in December 2015 already has provided many of the sector’s contractors with something they have not experienced in quite a while: a sense of stability.
Across the U.S., experts are seeing a rising influx of work in the water, wastewater and stormwater markets, as many projects that were previously postponed due to a lack of funding are now moving forward.
With a federal agreement last month that resolves seven years of illegal campaign contributions in Canada by former executives, Montreal-based design-construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. moves closer to final resolution of its past regime’s ethics issues that have dogged the firm for nearly five years.
The electric hum of a motor and the crunch of gravel under tires were the only audible sounds as a fully autonomous dump truck drove itself along a stretch of road up to a gravel pile at Volvo Construction Equipment’s customer center in Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Four months into the state-ordered shutdown of hundreds of millions of dollars of road and rail projects in New Jersey amid political bickering over funding, owners, contractors and workers scramble for solutions to salvage a fast-disappearing construction season.
Despite adversaries’ strong opposition to a proposed 600-mile mid-Atlantic natural-gas pipeline on environmental, eminent domain and conflict-of-interest grounds, project developers late last month hired a four-firm team to build the estimated $5-billion project.
San Francisco’s Millennium Tower, a 658-ft-tall residential building at Mission and Fulton streets, has settled 16 in. and tilted 2 in. toward the northwest since completion in 2009 while garnering lawsuits and recriminations about the foundation design and possible impact of an excavation for the nearby Transbay Transit Center.
Three executives of contractor LPCiminelli Inc., three New York power and commercial developers and a former SUNY president are among nine charged in a 79-page US criminal complaint alleging bribery, bid-rigging and influence-peddling on state-funded projects.
Enormous budget problems at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs replacement hospital in Aurora, Colo., are “primarily the result of poor business decisions, inexperience with the type of contract used and mismanagement by VA senior leaders.”
A Stanford University think tank that focuses on research to improve the design, building and operation of sustainable facilities through use of virtual design and construction highlighted the importance of capturing metrics during its annual “summer session” conference in mid-September.
In the world of work trucks, it’s not every day that a segment-leading model gets a complete makeover, but the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty is the line’s first major change since 1999, the company says.
Getting people to drive at or below the speed limit is like trying to slow down a landslide
September 27, 2016
Driving faster than the posted limit in a highway work zone, no one enjoys the sting of a speeding ticket for $250 or higher—as it would be in, for example, Illinois—especially if you are caught on camera and not by a cop.