Infrastructure boosters rallied for their cause earlier this month at a series of gatherings in Washington, D.C. and other U.S. locations to find ways to shrink the estimated $1.4-trillion funding gap to upgrade aging highways, bridges, water systems and other public works.
More than 300 middle and high school students on May 20 flocked to the University of Maine-Orono to unveil designs for the next generation of stable floating wind turbine platforms and energy-efficient wind blades.
Earlier this month, the first building in the U.S. permitted to treat rainwater for potable uses also became a Living Building—the highest level of ultra-green-building certification granted by the International Living Future Institute.
Expecting to gain in an oil-services market that is showing signs of a recovery, sector engineering- construction giant Technip, Paris, and FMC Technologies, Houston, are set to merge next year to create an estimated $20-billion megafirm, the companies announced on May 19.
A Tennessee road and bridge builder has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit that accused the firm of fraud by putting its own employees on the payroll of a disadvantaged business enterprise it used to get contracts for 12 projects in Tennessee.
In his 1970s design vision for a permanent parliament in Australia’s capital of Canberra, according to an online government history, architect Romaldo “Aldo” Giurgola said the structure could not be built on top of the hilltop site, “as this would symbolize government imposed upon the people.
In your story on the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project in New
Orleans (ENR 5/9 p. 24), with regard to the severity of Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge in Lake Pontchartrain, wave heights were typically similar to those assumed for the design of the structures (IPET, vol. 1, p. 2).
New federal overtime regulations are long overdue and will raise wages for millions of workers, the Obama administration says. But construction groups say the final rule, released on May 18, could have unintended consequences.