After long speculation, Amazon officially decided to split its $5 billion second headquarters and subsequent 50,000 jobs between Long Island City in the New York City borough of Queens and the newly dubbed "National Landing" in Northern Virginia. It also plans to invest upward of $230 million to build a new business operations unit Nashville, Tenn., that will employ 5,000 people.
Next year bodes well for congressional action on infrastructure. Be there to help it happen at ASCE's 2019 Legislative Fly-In. It's a great occasion to network with peers from across the country. Applicants are welcome from everywhere, but to cover all 50 states, ASCE's especially seeking members from Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. Learn about and apply for the Fly-In.
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The New York Building Congress is urging Congress to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure over the next decade, including replenishing the Highway Trust Fund through a federal gas tax increase. New York will put $150 billion into upgrades for the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the subway system during the next five years.
The Economic Development Committee of the Los Angeles City Council agreed to advance a proposed $1.2 billion development that would include expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center and creation of a $700 million hotel. An analyst is recommending the city seek a public-private partnership for the convention center expansion and work with Anschutz Entertainment Group to develop financial incentives for the hotel.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority awarded a $13.5 million contract to Cordell Corp. to manage the renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center, but it's unclear how much it will cost. The company is managing the center's $935.1 million expansion, which includes the construction of a 600,000-square-foot exhibition hall.
Construction has not seen the same productivity gains as agriculture and manufacturing, but free-form 3D-printed concrete could change that by driving down the cost of formwork and reducing waste, writes Jay Sanjayan, an engineering professor at Australia's Swinburne University of Technology and director of its Center for Sustainable Infrastructure. While the technology is still nascent, it holds promise for houses, bridges and unconventional structures.
Detroit-based Bedrock has joined forces with Turner Construction and Barton Malow to recruit construction tradespeople in the area. The effort comes amid the retirement of baby boomer construction workers and the city's mandate to have at least 51% of work hours of each city-funded construction project carried out by Detroit residents.
Workers are clearing land for a section of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline running through North Carolina. Opponents have filed lawsuits, but the state Department of Environmental Quality says officials have attained the approval they need to begin work.
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