The New York City Economic Development Corp. has awarded Stantec a $129 million contract to design a reconstructed wharf at the southern tip of Manhattan. The four-year project entails raising the waterfront esplanade by roughly 5 feet to protect the city from rising tides and to ensure Battery Park's usability during the next 80 years.
Rochester, Minn., had $4.8 billion in construction starts in 2019 and is poised for a 12% increase in starts this year, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. At the heart of the boom is a Mayo Clinic-backed health and wellness development being built by Mortenson Construction.
Contractors' estimations and knowledge of local markets and field conditions can complement the expertise of transportation agencies and consultants in the early design of highway projects, consultant Doug Gransberg says. He urges officials to examine advantages of alternative technical concepts on design-bid-build projects as a way to avoid the "cheaper is better" mindset, which can lead to poor results.
Pan-Pacific Mechanical aims to integrate technology such as chatbots, process automation and assisted machine learning into construction projects. With help from a Viewpoint advisory group, Pan-Pacific has developed a bot that provides real-time performance data at job sites and that automates data entry.
Turner Construction's participation in a teacher externship program in Rutherford County, Tenn., has let the company create awareness about opportunities in the industry and connect with students through their teacher's experiences, project executive Paul Lawson says. Companies following suit should ensure their program presents a realistic view of the type of work that happens in the industry, Lawson says.
Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon has been nominated to be the 55th Chief of Engineers for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Spellmon, currently the Corps' deputy commanding general for civil and emergency operations, now faces review by the Senate Armed Services Committee and, if approved, would succeed Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite.
A new bill in the Missouri Legislature would raise the state's gasoline tax 2 cents per gallon and the diesel tax by 6 cents per gallon in a bid to fund urgently needed infrastructure upgrades. The increase could help raise money for the Missouri Department of Transportation, which has received less revenue from fuel taxes due to increases in vehicle fuel efficiency.
Pumps have arrived at Oktibbeha County Lake in Mississippi in a bid to relieve some of the pressure on the lake's dam and keep it intact ahead of expected rain. A county emergency proclamation cleared the way for the pumps, which were needed after the Army Corps of Engineers failed to provide pumps due to high flood-fighting demand across the state.
A wide range of topics were covered at last week's annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, D.C. Leading subjects included behavioral science; equity issues concerning mobility, performance measures and community engagement; pedestrians and automated vehicles, and gauging governance and performance in transit.