In 2015, Stephen Muck was sitting in a Carnegie Mellon University seminar on robotics, and he could not stop thinking about how the technology might benefit the construction industry, which suffers from a labor shortage, especially for backbreaking work like tying rebar.
Containing debris and providing a safe worksite were the key goals of the Despe Top-Down demolition system, a self- contained, six-story metal cocoon that can hydraulically lower itself around a tower as the structure is demolished floor by floor.
Designing and building California’s $500-million Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project in just nine months—a job that typically would take 10 years—required an army of engineers and workers.
In three decades of projects with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, chief engineer James Starace has no doubt that the “Raise the Roadway” project is the most challenging he has ever worked on.
Having spent the early part of his career as a military police investigator and as a narcotics officer in Alabama, Charles Pattillo has seen firsthand how job skills, particularly high-level skills, can make the difference between a repeat convict and a rehabilitated individual with a new career.