A U.S. Department of Transportation report says public-private road-building arrangements can result in lower costs and faster project completions. However, the report noted many states restrict such partnerships and localities are often resistant to them despite public support.
A proposed $1.4 billion stadium for the New York Jets football team has several hurdles to clear before it can become a reality, and both sides are gearing up for a battle. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports the stadium, which would also house convention space and is key to the city's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics; opponents say the city can't afford to spend money on a stadium right now.
Residents of the new 750-unit Optima Camelview Village condominium complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., will have lower utility bills thanks to solar-powered water systems. Architect David Hovey first tested the method on his own home.
Boston will require all large projects built in the city to be LEED-certifiable and will aim for a LEED silver rating for all city-owned developments. The Boston Red Sox also will seek ways to incorporate green practices into their construction processes.
Bids are due tomorrow for two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracts to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure. Fluor and Parsons are two of the firms that plan to compete for the work, but other construction and engineering firms have complained that the bidding favors Halliburton subsidiary KBR.