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11/15/2018

With the $228 million restoration of the Cincinnati Museum Center's historical Union Terminal complete, the center will re-open Saturday. While the restoration has been hailed as a potential model for other metro areas, officials faced a number of challenges along the way, including how to strategically place eight 12,000-pound steel beams.

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11/15/2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Pennsylvania infrastructure a C- in its latest report card, including a D+ for bridges, a D+ for roads, a D for public transit, a C for dams, a C for levees, a C+ for ports and a D for stormwater. "The grades ... reflect the current state of our infrastructure and are not reflections of the agencies in our state that are tasked with maintaining our infrastructure, often with limited budgets," Bob Dengler, president of the ASCE Pittsburgh section, says.

11/15/2018

Hensel Phelps won a $327 million contract to build a new international arrivals facility and terminal lobby at Nashville International Airport. They're part of the airport's $1.2 billion BNA Vision plan, and construction is expected to begin in 2019.

11/15/2018

Understand what it takes to make lifeline infrastructure resilient in a new paper from ASCE's Natural Hazards Review journal. The paper spells out 17 characteristics of a resilient lifeline system and categorizes them within organizational, technical, social and economic domains. Read and download this essential guidance free for a limited time, courtesy of the ASCE Library.

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11/15/2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said "we're back on solid ground" after his $10.67 billion budget for the 2019 fiscal year passed, but added he plans to work with the City Council in December regarding how to manage the city's pension program, for which contributions are slated to grow from $1.02 billion this year to $2.13 billion in 2023. Chicago has faced general obligation credit rating downgrades and increases in borrowing costs due to repeated budget deficits and an unfunded pension liability that rose to $35.7 billion in 2016.

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11/15/2018

Ride-hailing company Uber has launched a rewards program for frequent riders beginning in Atlanta; Denver; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; San Diego; Tampa, Fla., Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey. Among the rewards, which can be accumulated by using Uber services, are better customer support, price reductions on future rides and preferred pickup at airports.

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11/15/2018

After winning a $145 million US Customs and Border Protection contract to construct 6 miles of the US/Mexico border wall, SLSCO has scored a $167 million contract for an additional 8 miles of the wall. Construction will begin in February.

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11/15/2018

Construction is expected to start next year on an estimated two-year expansion of the Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla., that will add casino floor space, a 1,000-room hotel, parking garage, retail space, restaurants and pools. Project costs weren't disclosed, but Tutor Perini Building Corp. has been tapped to lead design and build teams.

11/15/2018

In response to a question regarding the state of the economy, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said continued success will depend on "whether infrastructure gets the kind of treatment that it really deserves." The main barrier to a big infrastructure bill passing, he says, is agreement on the division of payment between the public and private sectors.

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11/15/2018

The construction industry has been slow to add value to its services, and it's time for the industry to change, or else "someone will change it for us," says Barbara Jackson, director of the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver. Contractors should adopt automation to bridge labor gaps and add value by being proactive and identifying complex client issues, she says.

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