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.
While diesel-powered combustion engines are not likely to be overtaken anytime soon, the eventual arrival of electric-powered trucks will be a significant advancement, writes Seth Clevenger. Established manufacturers and startups are working on electric vehicle technology, though technological and infrastructure challenges remain.
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.
Kroger has begun delivering groceries from its Fry's Food Stores banner to homes in Scottsdale, Ariz., via an autonomous vehicle with no driver, the company says. The small custom vehicle developed by Silicon Valley startup Nuro will make same-day or next-day deliveries to homes for $5.95 with no minimum order.
Pedestrians in three areas of London -- Piccadilly Circus, Soho and Leicester Square -- could be part of a two-day facial-recognition software test conducted by city police. The advocacy group Big Brother Watch has complained about the potential for privacy violations created by law enforcement's use of facial recognition.
Highways of the future will be more of a service, catering to user trends, according to Christophe Nicodème, general director of the European Union Road Federation. With increasingly connected transportation networks, roads become a commodity within the network, and road designers will need to adjust to changes in mobility.
Training and the development of soft skills were among the consistent themes evident in the ASME website's most popular engineering stories this year. Other topics of that garnered significant interest included 4D printing, artificial intelligence and energy storage.
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.
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.
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.
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