Hensel Phelps Construction has been selected for a $233 million expansion of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The work includes lobby upgrades and the addition of a rooftop terrace and an 80,000-square-foot room.
Bidding has opened for the first phase of the Texas Department of Transportation's $132 million expansion of Farm to Market Road 1960 between Humble and Atascocita. Work might begin next year and is be divided into two phases, with the first valued at $58.7 million and covering 4 miles and the second estimated at $73.4 million.
Transportation projects totaling $33.5 million are on tap in Maine as the state Department of Transportation forges ahead with contracting, despite the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, $20.5 million in projects are back on the docket, after bids were rejected in 2019.
US 285 in New Mexico is notoriously deadly, but improvements are set to begin Aug. 3. The $56 million project will be executed in four phases and will include a bridge replacement, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Local governments in Wisconsin will get more than $160 million for transportation projects from the governor's latest biennial budget. Nearly all the funds fall under the heading of General Transportation Aids, which applies to construction, maintenance and operation of roads under local jurisdiction.
MultiCare Health System plans to start construction next year on a $300 million children's hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Mary Bridge Children's Hospital will offer 82 private rooms, 10 operating rooms and other facilities.
Heavy civil construction projects are continuing amid the coronavirus pandemic, and a majority of contractors are optimistic about the next 12 months, according to The Civil Quarterly. However, many contractors say they are having trouble finding qualified workers and are expecting tight profit margins.
A pandemic-induced recession in planned nonresidential projects continues to reverberate in the Dodge Momentum Index, which fell 6.6% in June to 121.5 from a revised 130.1 in May. The institutional component declined 11.7%, and the commercial component dropped 3.5%.
Consigli Construction is using drones and near-real-time image capture through a cloud-based 360-degree photographic system to keep workers safe from the coronavirus. The technology charts work progress and reduces a need for employees to be on-site, says Jack Moran, director of virtual design and construction services.
An app developed by Fast + Epp Structural Engineers lets users assess volumes and configurations of timber used in construction. The Timber Bay Design Tool provides member sizes and volume outputs, as well as a 3D visualization for planned mass timber grids.
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