A $4 billion terminal expansion in Salt Lake City and a 25-mile, $110 million express lane project in the San Francisco Bay Area are among infrastructure projects that have seen an expedited timeline during the coronavirus pandemic. Infrastructure contractors likely will see healthy profits on projects during the next five to 10 years, but labor shortages and rising building material costs could adversely affect profit margins, says Elaine Ervin of Moss Adams.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking design-build teams to replace 41 bridges in the northern part of the state. The work, funded by a $20.8 million federal grant and $5.2 million from the department, is expected is begin next year.
A $77.6 million, 30-story student housing complex is going up near the University of Texas at Austin. The project is part of a city plan that incentivizes development of affordable housing by allowing taller buildings.
Authorizations in September for single-family housing climbed 5.93% compared with August and 6.09% compared with September 2019, according to BuildFax. Maintenance work volume rose 3.61%, but spending dropped 1.28%.
Crews are installing support beams for a bridge over Union Pacific Railroad tracks at the intersection of 5600 West and 800 South in Salt Lake City to reduce traffic backups. A section of 5600 West is being widened to five lanes, while other intersections are being upgraded, and the interchange at Interstate 80 is being reconfigured.
Risk startup OpenSpace is tackling the challenge of documenting progress and managing construction sites by using hard-hat-mounted 360-degree cameras and analytics solutions. The company's Vision Engine uses the data to create a time-stamped digital experience similar to Google's Street View.
Boldt partnered with Mark III Construction for off-site prefabrication to meet strict rules and timelines for a $5 million project at a medical building of University of California at Davis Health. The work was accomplished at a Mark III facility 22 miles from the site, so only two days were needed for raising walls at the Sacramento building.
Procore Technologies has introduced the App Management Metrics platform to measure construction workers' usage of technology. The goal is to determine how often each device or app is used to guide future tech adoption.
Record state-backed bonding forms part of a $1.9 billion infrastructure package signed into law by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. One focus of the push to pass the bill was the state of Minnesota's construction industry, which has experienced a shortage of projects during the pandemic downturn.
Plans for an 800-acre reservoir near Patterson, Calif., are advancing with approval of an environmental study. The project is intended to serve area farms and provide better groundwater management, but concerns have been raised over the loss of scenic area and the risk of flooding if the dam should fail.
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