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A task force in New York is researching the possibility of using E-ZPass infrastructure as a central part of a congestion pricing plan for a section of Manhattan. "It's a smart way to help people get where they're going and alleviate congestion," said Pat Jones, executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
BMW plans to increase its research and development spending to $8.6 billion in 2018. The increased spending coincides with BMW's aim to produce 25 electric-vehicle models by 2025.
McCarthy Building Cos. and Mortenson Construction are building a $1.8 billion NFL stadium in Las Vegas, and construction likely will require $1.39 billion of that. The 65,000-seat domed structure will be the home of the Raiders and should be completed in 2020.
Audiences may look like they aren't paying attention or are uninterested, but they might simply be processing what you've said, writes Anett Grant. "What you can control is your message and how you choose to deliver it," she writes.
Data and infrastructure advances will be essential to smart cities, projected to be valued at $400 billion by 2020, per McKinsey. For example, the Virginia Department of Transportation implemented dynamic toll pricing that uses real-time data to adjust toll rates based on traffic patterns.
The Architecture Billings Index increased in February, and American Institute of Architects chief economist Kermit Baker said the organization remains "optimistic about the trends we're seeing at architecture firms this year." Multifamily housing and institutional specialization are especially strong sectors.
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has OK'd construction of two wind farms, but other approvals are needed before construction can start on the $1.6 billion effort along the New Mexico-Texas border. The project is expected to create 600 construction jobs, and work could be completed by 2021.
Construction may begin this fall on a 20-acre "live, work and play development" being planned in New Hampshire. The $100 million, mixed-use project will contain a hotel and office, retail and residential space.
PlanGrid has integrated its application with file-sharing company Dropbox. Cloud-based software is becoming more common in the construction industry, and a recent study suggests new technology and management techniques could boost the industry's value by $1.6 trillion.