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12/18/2018

Google will spend $1 billion on a 1.7 million-square-foot Hudson Square campus in New York City with two buildings on Hudson Street and one on Washington Street. The company plans to occupy the Hudson Street locations in 2020 and the Washington Street building in 2022.

12/18/2018

With new and expanded benefits starting next month, ASCE is extending its commitment to enhancing members' technical and career growth. Executive Director Tom Smith shares what's coming in 2019 in his latest Working for You post to ASCE News. Is your membership status up to date and ready for 2019? Check it here.

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12/18/2018

Leaders manage their workloads best when they prioritize crucial tasks and establish plans that include timelines and collaboration, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Being organized doesn't guarantee you can do it all, but it can help you set clear expectations about what is possible," he writes.

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12/18/2018

Balfour Beatty has topped off construction on a 25-story luxury apartment tower in a $1.5 billion mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas. When the tower opens next fall, it will be one of the tallest buildings in the city.

12/18/2018

Officials in Lansing, Mich., near Michigan State University turned shovels for McLaren Greater Lansing's $450 million medical campus, which will feature a 240-bed hospital. The project is expected to begin in 2019 and create 2,500 construction jobs.

12/18/2018

Nebraska needs to spend $12.5 billion before inflation in the coming two decades to address a wide range of bridge, road and highway work, Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis says. He points to such efforts as the construction of the Lincoln South Beltway, expansion of Interstate 80 and developments to support autonomous vehicles.

12/18/2018

High-speed transit company Arrivo has pulled the plug on a plan to turn an old Commerce City, Colo., toll station into a test track for a high-speed transportation system. The company had proposed using pods and magnetic levitation technology to move people at speeds of up to 200 mph.

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12/18/2018

A planned $2 billion gas-to-methanol plant at the Port of Kalama in Washington could help curtail the growth of the Chinese methanol industry and reduce greenhouse gases by at least 9.7 million metric tons per year, according to a report. However, some believe the report is overly optimistic about the amount of methane that would not reach the atmosphere and is likely unrealistic about the possibility of the state's methanol replacing coal-based Chinese methanol.

12/18/2018

Women are starting to play a larger role in the construction and design industry, and to continue that process, girls need role models at a young age. Different role models should be available in each industry, Amanda Baldwin says.

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12/18/2018

For the first time, a central consensus standard will help engineers design all types of foundations for buildings and other structures. You can help make it happen. Be part of the ASCE committee that will develop the standard. Learn more and apply.

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