Skanska is building the $188 million expansion to the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California, and a groundbreaking is scheduled for next month. The project includes a new, five-story structure and renovation to the existing facility, and work is expected to be completed in 2020.
Construction material prices increased about 9% from May 2017 to May 2018, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. It's the largest increase in seven years and did not include recently imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology are planning to build a habitable 3D-printed house, but more development is needed to perfect the large-scale use of 3D printing in construction. The materials and printers are still being improved, as is the overall design.
A recommendation has been made by Eric Adams, the borough president in Brooklyn, to reduce the height of a proposed mixed-use tower from 986 feet to 600 feet. He says the project does not fit with the New York City neighborhood, but the developer says it has enough support for the larger version.
The survey will close in early August
As demand for construction in most parts of the country continues to expand and the number of unemployed construction workers hits record low levels, AGC of America and Autodesk are working to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking members to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey that we have prepared. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we are promoting to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs. The more members who take the survey, the better able we all will be to describe labor market conditions where you operate.
The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Kansas a C on its infrastructure report card. The state has 1,500 locally owned bridges in "poor" condition, and the Kansas Legislature is looking at ways to address its infrastructure issues.
Lobbying groups, many associated with the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, have worked to defeat public transit infrastructure measures across the country, and the effort paid off last month in Nashville, where voters turned down a proposed public transit plan. The groups use sophisticated data to conduct door-to-door outreach and argue that public transit is a waste of tax dollars.
Orange County, Fla., commissioners approved a proposed private rail line between Orlando and Miami, and Brightline hopes to start construction later this year and finish in 2021. Opponents of the project say it will disturb 106 acres of wetlands.
A California Legislature committee approved a measure that would make it easier to share energy with western states, but some environmental groups oppose the idea, saying it will encourage the use of nonrenewable energy production. California produces excess renewable energy, and the effort could allow it to export the energy to other states.
The Prince Albert City Council in Saskatchewan Province instructed city administration to submit a study of options for tolling at the Diefenbaker Bridge -- that was originally due in August 2017 -- by Sept. 18, refusing to approve a delay until 2019. Staff responsible for preparing the report cited the need to consult multiple sources and evaluate traffic, infrastructure and staffing as reasons for its tardiness.