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4/14/2021

New York's legalization of recreational marijuana use is creating safety and liability concerns for the state's construction industry, experts say. The lack of a standard test for marijuana impairment means contractors must determine how to assess whether a worker is impaired on the job, and that risk could lead to higher workers' compensation prices, a construction trade group executive says.

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4/14/2021

Clearwater, Fla., has closed a three-month bidding period for mixed-use developments on three parcels near a waterfront park. The city is reviewing five bids, one of which comes from the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.

4/14/2021

Prefabricated construction is proving it's not incompatible with desirable aesthetics in a $2.5 billion mixed-used development in San Francisco. Clark Pacific's early collaboration with owners and designers has dispelled the notion prefabrication inevitably produces a utilitarian result.

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4/14/2021

The Transportation Department has made $1 billion available through the rebranded Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity discretionary grant program. No state can receive more than 10% of the funds, which are disbursed among projects committed to safety, competitiveness, racial equity, climate mitigation and job creation.

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Transport Topics
4/14/2021

SiteKick has secured $2.3 million from private investors. The startup, which produces software that combines sensors and cameras with a cloud-based machine learning system to monitor construction sites, has about 20 clients, including Ryan Cos.

4/14/2021

Salvaged materials helped builders meet sustainability goals during construction of the Georgia Institute of Technology's Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. A video explores this aspect of the project and 19 other factors that helped meet the Living Building Challenge.

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Redshift
4/14/2021

An Illinois appellate court has ruled the Safe Roads Amendment, which requires funds generated by transportation to be used for transportation purposes, applies only to the state and excludes revenue generated in home-rule counties and municipalities. Local construction groups have challenged the ruling in an appeal involving Cook County.

4/14/2021

Contractors and fire chiefs across Alabama have expressed concern about a state bill that would entrust school boards and community colleges with ensuring compliance with building codes. That is the responsibility of the Division of Construction Management, which the bill's opponents say provides an important level of independent safety review.

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4/14/2021

A new report from the Brookings Institution argues the nation must create a more coordinated vision as it rebuilds its infrastructure. The report lays out a three-part framework across four forces of change to guide federal policy that blends public infrastructure investment and markets.

SmartTake: Check out the appendix (conveniently listed at the top) for a chart of ways officials can better measure, modernize and innovate.

4/14/2021

Atos, Dassault Systemes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales have joined forces to create an ecosystem for innovation in intelligent mobility known as the Software Republique. The companies will collaborate on vehicle connectivity systems, data systems to manage traffic flows and energy ecosystems with the aim of achieving more sustainable mobility.