Amazon's highly anticipated announcement of its second headquarters' location will come before the end of the year, CEO Jeff Bezos told the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. The effort could entail spending $5 billion to develop an 8 million-square-foot site and could employ 50,000 people.
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to support the development of Crossroads Hollywood, a $1 billion mixed-use project featuring nine new structures, including two residential towers, a hotel and 190,000 square feet of space for other commercial use. Proponents cite proximity to public transit and creation of relatively affordable housing as benefits of the development.
The Detroit City Council is considering an ordinance that would require each city-funded demolition and construction project to have more than half of its crew consist of Detroit residents. An executive order already requires such residency criteria for projects costing more than $3 million, but the proposed ordinance would lower the threshold.
The Disaster Response page of ASCE's website provides links to help people affected by the hurricane and subsequent flooding. You can make financial donations to the American Red Cross and other funds. Free references offer guidance to those able to help assess the safety of buildings and infrastructure. Affected Society members can share their experiences in ASCE Collaborate. See ASCE's Disaster Response page.
If you're a promising Younger Member or civil engineering student, you could be among ASCE's New Faces of Civil Engineering for 2019. Ten young pros and 10 students will be chosen. Get details and apply.
A California law that becomes effective Jan. 1 will rescind carpool lane privileges from up to 220,000 low- and zero-emission vehicles. Although the program that yielded the privileges was designed to motivate car buyers to choose environmentally friendly automobiles, concerns have grown regarding congestion in the HOV lanes.
As electric scooters initiate a second wave of transportation options, municipal leaders who believed they were left out of car-sharing regulations are now focused on setting regulatory standards. The Los Angeles City Council led the way by recently issuing a one-year permit that allows companies to place as many as 10,500 scooters while requiring that real-time information on the vehicles be given to the city.
A myoelectric robotic arm that responds to its wearer's muscle inputs enables Jason Barnes to continue pursuing his dream of being a rock drummer. The arm, developed with Georgia Tech professor Gil Weinberg, is augmented by two motors that enhance speed and dexterity and leverages deep learning to convert muscle signals into drumstick movement.
Construction is set to begin in 2021 on a project to extend the life the 56-year-old Sherman Minton Bridge by 30 years. The $92 million renovation of the bridge, which spans a section of the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky, will take two to three years to complete, but officials are unsure if a complete closure of the bridge is needed.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is allowing construction to restart on the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. A federal judicial panel had voided two federal permits for the project after environmental groups had filed a lawsuit.
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