The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unitarian Universalist church in Chicago has been honored with a 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Repairing the concrete exterior was part of a $25 million restoration of the 111-year-old building.
Foreign particles that reduce hydraulic conductivity cause porous concrete pavements to clog, according to researchers at Sapienza University of Rome in Italy. To maintain pavement efficiency, the researches recommended scheduled cleaning to remove sediments.
The Build California campaign aims to sell high school and college-aged students on the advantages of careers in the state's construction industry. Led by the Associated General Contractors of California in conjunction with construction firms such as Skanska and Kiewit, the program uses an interactive website to expose Generation Z to the construction industry.
Most of the structural steel has been placed for the atrium forming part of a nine-story office building in Tampa International Airport's new SkyCenter commercial development. The atrium is expected to be finished by the middle of next year.
The average payment turnaround for general contractors and subcontractors is 51 days, and slow payments come at an annual cost of $64 billion, up $24 billion from last year, according to a study by construction finance platform Rabbet. A reputation for late payments caused more than 60% of subcontractors to not bid on certain projects.
Drones are taking part in and documenting Microsoft's massive campus modernization in Redmond, Wash. The Skycatch drones record the activity from above and channel data to more than 100 building information models accounting for nearly 3 million 3D building components in a project that includes 17 new buildings.
Nearly 3 in 4 contractors say double data entry is impeding productivity as owners and contractors continue to use different project management platforms, according to a report from Dodge Data and Analytics. Contractors who use project management systems that parallel owners' preferred systems are more likely to enter data incorrectly, Dodge found.
Transportation infrastructure needs are more pressing than ever even as funding remains scarce, a situation in which building information modeling can prove helpful, writes Jessica Lombardo. Use of BIM is uncommon in roadway work, but it can offer many of the same benefits it provides in vertical infrastructure applications.
Mass transit can be made more sustainable in a variety of ways, offering substantial reductions in carbon emissions, according to Thomas Abdallah, chief environmental engineer for the MTA New York City Transit and a professor at Columbia University. In an interview, Abdallah reflects on his role in the school's Sustainability Management program and the purpose it serves, making students aware of the fact "that there is and can be a sustainability element to everything."
Minneapolis is planning to introduce a three-month pilot program to test "mobility hubs" in three parts of the city designed to serve travelers' first-mile and last-mile needs with a variety of options. Data will be gathered during the pilot on the demand for transit including buses, rail, bikes, scooters and car sharing.