Allapattah, a working class, majority Latino neighborhood in Miami, is bounded by convenience—a hospital, metro stations, an art museum, highways for easy access to downtown, the beach and other points of interest—which makes it a magnet for development, pushing prices up, and residents and businesses out.
In the historic Boston neighborhood of Nubian Square, a wellspring of revitalization is replacing blighted areas with innovative community developments that seek to clean up the environment and provide affordable housing.
Cincinnati’s West End is a mostly Black neighborhood where, compared to the rest of the city, the median income is lower and the percentage of residents who rent is higher. So when FC Cincinnati, the city’s professional soccer team, chose the neighborhood for its $250-million TQL Stadium, it raised both hopes and worries about what would happen to the area.
The $1-trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) signed into law Nov. 15 includes funding for “nature-based” infrastructure, a sign of the growing bipartisan support among lawmakers and federal officials for approaching flood control and other climate change-related projects by working with natural systems, rather than trying to control them, according to current and former officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Energy Transfer Ohio line faces $40M federal fine for fuel dumped in drill mud, and Cheniere Oklahoma line could be penalized for construction debris left on private land; commissioners debate more rigorous agency scrutiny of environmental and climate change impacts in project approvals.
Lansing, Mich., approved new tax breaks to attract a $2.5B announced factory, while other key facilities are under way in Ohio, Tennessee and elsewhere as part of a $35B U.S. electric vehicle investment by 2025.
Anirban Basu, chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors and CEO of consulting firm Sage Policy Group, expects projects from the new infrastructure package to be released in next year's third and fourth quarters.
Amazon’s 2.1-million-sq-ft Metropolitan Park office development near the nation’s capital could become a model for other large-scale sustainable projects. The building team is tracking a 15% reduction in embodied carbon in the project's 200,000 cu yd of concrete and the two 22-story buildings are on course to qualify as net-zero operational carbon.
The U.S. Commerce Dept. on Nov. 24 followed through with expected anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber, placing tariffs of 17.99% on their imports—more than twice the 8.99% rate imposed during the Trump administration.
The logistical snarls in the global supply chain that have disrupted so many other aspects of construction have put pressure on the equipment supply, which combines with the high level of demand to keep sales and resales brisk.
Over the past year, consultant Currie & Brown’s global construction cost experts have reported consistent market trends and headwinds. Common experiences in all regions were post-pandemic recovery and historic hikes in materials prices.
The fate of federal spending legislation, dubbed the Build Back Better Act, is in doubt after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) publicly announced his opposition on Dec. 19, but President Joe Biden believes it will pass.