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1/27/2020

Construction of a stadium for the MLB's Texas Rangers is 91% complete and is undergoing finishing touches, including installation of exterior signs. Manhattan Construction is installing ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof panels that pass natural light into the ballpark.

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1/27/2020

Portland, Ore., officials plan to identify projects this spring for a roughly $7 billion transportation package that voters will consider in November. Metro could use a combination of bonds, federal and state sources, and increased user fees to fund the plan.

1/27/2020

Employees at Nebraska-based Absolute Roofing care about the quality of their work, but they're also willing to crack jokes and poke fun at themselves. "I think being a 'funny' roofing company has helped us stand out because homeowners don't expect that from contractors," says client experience coordinator Cam Vacek.

1/27/2020

Asking for help at work, whether you're the CEO or a new hire, shows courage and vulnerability, argues Wayne Baker of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in a new book. "You have to be clear on why you are making the request, the goal you are trying to achieve, and use SMART criteria," he says, with SMART being defined as specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.

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1/27/2020

A $2.3 billion master plan to help Seattle-Tacoma International Airport accommodate growing passenger volume is constrained by a limited amount of usable property, says Clare Gallagher of the Port of Seattle. Officials have considered projected market growth and socioeconomic conditions to develop a plan to build 19 gates.

1/27/2020

Honolulu rail executives have tried to avoid traffic disruption by confining work largely to nighttime. However, utility relocation crews might need to work more during daytime to avoid additional project delays and cost overruns.

1/27/2020

Power Systems & Supplies has received a conditional permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on a 1,300-foot, two-berth cruise ship dock in Ward Cove, Alaska. Construction on the $50 million project is expected to start at the end of the week.

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1/27/2020

The design-build delivery model has become a popular way to make construction of consumer-friendly mixed-use assets more cost-efficient. "By building walkable communities with a mix of product and infusing these destinations with landmark design-build features, such as water features, outdoor living rooms, art and other central elements that attract people, property owners are finding deep [return on investment]," says Barry Caylor, vice president of business development at OTL.

1/27/2020

Officials in Wuhan, China, aim to help coronavirus patients by using prefabrication to construct a 1,000-bed temporary hospital in six to 10 days. China performed a similar feat during the SARS outbreak of 2003.

1/27/2020

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's $1.7 billion western headquarters near St. Louis presents a golden opportunity for area contractors of all sizes, but the project comes with challenges in adhering to federal regulations. Steph Kukuljan examines how contractors can get involved.