Contractors on the $2.7-billion Silver Line Metro extension in northern Virginia will protect or replace 1,569 precast concrete panels used on five stations after multiple issues were discovered on hundreds of the panels.
The long-delayed Kitimat liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia got a boost in late April when LNG Canada selected Fluor Corp. and partner Yokohama-based JGC Corp. as the EPC contractor for the natural gas export-plant portion of the $40-billion development. Industry analysts expect Fluor’s portion of the award could be as much as $7 billion.
Los Angeles-based CIM Group and Chicago's Golub & Co. unveiled plans this week for the redevelopment of Chicago's neo-gothic Tribune Tower and the land surrounding it. A 1,422-ft-tall tower would rise adjacent to the 1923 landmark, according to the plan, and the soon-to-be-former home of the Chicago Tribune would be converted to 165 residential units and new retail shops.
Many previously identified problems continue to plague the complex waste treatment plant being built to immobilize much of the 54 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste stored at the U.S. Energy Dept.’s Hanford site in Washington state, prompting government investigators to recommend stopping work on the $17-billion project, underway since 2002, when those problems recur.
A U.S. Dept. of Transportation plan to reshape and rename the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grants has come under fire from senior Senate appropriators. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who chairs the appropriations subcommittee responsible for DOT’s budget, and Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the panel’s top Democrat, say DOT’s plan to make states’ and localities’ ability to raise transportation revenue a grant-selection criterion is a bad idea.
Efforts to nix South Carolina’s nuclear construction fee to ratepayers could imperil Dominion Energy’s pending offer to purchase one of the utility owners of the canceled V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project.
In only the latest consolidation move in the competitive construction-technology sector, Trimble announced April 23 that it is acquiring Viewpoint Construction Software for $1.2 billion from Bain Capital.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, appearing at two House hearings on April 26, faced criticism about the agency’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget request and also was grilled about controversies surrounding his management and use of agency resources.
The regional operator of the MidAtlantic power grid has said the closure of three nuclear units totaling 4,048 MW in Ohio and Pennsylvania will not threaten electric reliability, though some transmission projects may need to be accelerated to connect new supply.
Bay Area Rapid Transit’s Board of Directors has approved construction of a 4.7-mile single-bore tunnel as part of the $4.8-billion second phase of a program to extend service to Santa Clara County’s Silicon Valley.
Susceptibility to extreme seismic forces need not be a barrier to the use of accelerated bridge construction methods, according to researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Earthquake Engineering Laboratory.
With image recognition, Big Data analysis and artificial intelligence coming to define construction, outdated and inefficient contracting and project management practices won’t cut it to build critical infrastructure projects at the scale and speed needed now.