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Hurricane Ian ravages Sanibel Causeway, other Florida infrastructure
The record 150-mph winds and towering waves wiped out whole sections of the Sanibel Causeway in Lee County and hit other infrastructure across the state. Damage to the 12-mile causeway severed the only connection to the mainland for Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The causeway, which opened in 1963, spans the San Carlos Bay and consists of three two-lane bridge spans with artificial islands between them. In Punta Gorda. The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport sustained damage to its roof. The state is starting... more
Hurricane Ian ravages Sanibel Causeway, other Florida infrastructure
Fluor selected for overseas manufacturing facility

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, a biologics company, has selected Fluor to perform procurement and construction management for a large-scale biologics drug substance manufacturing facility in Denmark, the contractor announced Thursday.

The Irving, Texas-based company will book the multi-hundred-million-dollar reimbursable contract value in the third quarter of 2022, according to a company release.

The facility will produce new capacity for advanced biologics used in a variety of treatments

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Fluor selected for overseas manufacturing facility
Assessing the jobsite after a hurricane
From 18-foot-high storm surges to record winds and widespread power outages, the Category 4 hurricane threatened both lives and property when it made landfall Wednesday. While residents find ways to take shelter and prepare for the worst in a storm like Ian, construction sites in Ian's path - already full of potential safety hazards - had to batten down the hatches in preparation for not only storm damage, but its lasting impact. "You have to be prepared to go back to a terrible-looking jobsite," Mike Langer,... more
Assessing the jobsite after a hurricane
Builders face security, privacy risks as BIM takes off
The construction industry is increasingly embracing collaborative digital tools like BIM. While leveraging BIM brings many benefits, it also comes with unique challenges for contractors trying to land civil projects. Contractors concerned about compliance To help builders work through some of these challenges, NIBS recently launched the U.S. National Building Information Management Program, which aims to create a BIM standard throughout the entire life cycle of designing, constructing and operating in the built... more
Builders face security, privacy risks as BIM takes off
EEOC sues California contractor for national origin, sexual harassment
The EEOC’s suit against Orange County, California-based Goodsell/Wilkins, filed Sept. 27, claims supervisors referred to Latino laborers as “wetbacks’ and ‘Home Depoteros’ The suit alleges managers mocked workers who could not speak English and told them to go back to where they came from. Harassment included anti-Latino graffiti in portable restrooms on site. Goodsell-Wilkins did not immediately respond. The agency charged that Goodsell /Wilkins failed to address the harassment after it was reported,... more
EEOC sues California contractor for national origin, sexual harassment
$603B worth of apartments lie in Hurricane Ian’s path
$603 billion worth of apartments are in Ian’s five-day path forecast by the National Hurricane Center. Of that, $10 billion of apartment properties may face the storm surge, which is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm above the predicted astronomical tides. An estimated $1.5 trillion worth of commercial real estate buildings are also in Ian's five-days path. MSCI only includes institutional-level assets. The Texas Apartment Association has a massive checklist. “We have a complete protocol concerning... more
$603B worth of apartments lie in Hurricane Ian’s path
Disperse, contech firm driven by AI, raises $16M
Disperse is an AI-driven construction platform that can track jobsite progress and issue warnings about potential rework using photographs. The company’s funding round was led by London-based venture capital firm 2150. Other contech firms that recently received funding include modular builder Nexii, and software firms Iris Technologies and TestFit. The firm recruited Harsh Vardhan Singh from a former senior product leadership position at Amazon as its new chief product officer. The company has been on a roll... more
Disperse, contech firm driven by AI, raises $16M
ConTech Conversations: DPR robotics lead on leveraging tech to solve problems
Henning Roedel, DPR’s robotics lead, is an advocate for the use of tech on construction sites. He says the industry is ripe and ready for it to make the day-to-day a bit safer and more productive. The firm has had two new deployments with the drywall robot Canvas and robotics firm Hilti. At the moment, we have a pilot in the works surrounding crane-load stabilization technology. It has a lot of promise, particularly for onsite safety. Do you like onsite Safety. For you like to be in the carpet stabilization... more
ConTech Conversations: DPR robotics lead on leveraging tech to solve problems
New Boldt diversity head: DEI starts with leadership
Wisconsin-based The Boldt Co. hired Jaclyn Skalnik as director of diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2021, women and Black workers encompassed about 11% and 6% of the construction workforce respectively. Both are below the groups’ share of the total national workforce. The company has made great strides in hiring women. At Boldt we have a Youth Apprentice program. 25 per cent of the students who “bridged to the union after graduation were female were female and they are extremely excited about the opportunities.... more
New Boldt diversity head: DEI starts with leadership
Granite nabs 2 Texas highway jobs worth $107M
Granite Construction has continued its strategic pivot to focusing on smaller, simpler jobs with a pair of highway wins in Texas worth a combined $107 million, according to a company press release. The two projects are on State Highway 288, near Cedar Rapids Parkway and Dubuque Parkway south of Houston and cover 24 lane miles on the four-lane thoroughfare. The win follows a smaller, $40 million award announced in July for another 1-mile section of SH 288 in Houston near the Texas Medical Center. Granite booked... more
Granite nabs 2 Texas highway jobs worth $107M
Consigli breaks ground on Lendlease’s $500M Boston life science project
Lendlease and Montreal, Canada-based real estate management firm Ivanhoé Cambridge have broken ground on a $500 million life science project in Boston. The nine-story, 350,000-square-foot project is located in the mixed-use Boston Landing development in the city’s Allston-Brighton neighborhood. The project is slated to finish in 2024. It will have 60% of its space dedicated to labs and 40% to office space. Earlier in 2022, Ivanhoer Cambridge announced a separate joint venture with an initial equity investment... more
Consigli breaks ground on Lendlease’s $500M Boston life science project
Tutor Perini tapped for $4B Capital Beltway project
The state agency has estimated this first phase of construction will cost $3.75 billion to $4.25 billion. The overall cost is estimated at $11 billion or higher. When complete, the widening of I-270 and I-495 — also known as the Capital Beltway — will cover about 50 miles. The project has multiple components: Design and construction to replace and expand the American Legion Bridge. A losing bidder, Capital Express Mobility Partners is suing the Maryland DOT. The original construction partner, Archer Western,... more
Tutor Perini tapped for $4B Capital Beltway project
US faces risk of long stagflation struggle: Moody’s
Dive Brief: The U.S. faces a risk of long-term stagflation, or near-zero economic growth along with persistently high inflation - an outcome especially harmful to companies that are vulnerable to rising raw materials prices or a slump in "Discretionary demand," according to Moody's Investors Service. A stagflationary economy would feature an unmooring of inflation expectations, "a much more aggressive" withdrawal of monetary stimulus and persistently weak economic growth, Moody's said. "Though the U.S. economic... more
US faces risk of long stagflation struggle: Moody’s
The Dotted Line: Cost escalations lead to more disputes
98% of all construction labor rates have increased in 2022, according to construction cost data tracking firm Gordian. After rising 2.8% and 4% in 2020 and 2021, construction wages rose another 6% in the last year. Attorneys say the number of disputes between contractors, subs and owners over who should bear the higher costs is also growing. As a result, some owners and GCs resolve issues after inking the deal. ‘It’s undeniable there’m a very sharp increase in prices.
The Dotted Line: Cost escalations lead to more disputes
DOE opens $7B hydrogen hub funding opportunity, issues draft production standard
The U.S. Department of Energy is now accepting applications for $7 billion in funding to develop at least a half dozen regional clean hydrogen hubs across the country. Alongside the funding opportunity announcement, the agency issued guidance for a draft production standard for qualifying clean hydrogen projects. DOE's hydrogen hub program calls for the development of six to 10 hubs funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Additional funding opportunities "May follow to accelerate and expand... more
DOE opens $7B hydrogen hub funding opportunity, issues draft production standard
Ford breaks ground on $5.6B Tennessee EV project
The facility, which is on track to be completed in 2025, will create approximately 6,000 jobs when it opens. The construction of electric vehicle factories in the U.S. is expected to increase in coming years, especially due to backing from the federal government. That includes $7.5 billion in funding for battery infrastructure from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the recently passed $52 billion CHIPS Act and the Inflation Reduction Act’s EV tax credit. The project team is taking bids for many others.... more
Ford breaks ground on $5.6B Tennessee EV project
Southern states saw active apartment construction in urban areas
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Southern states saw active apartment construction in urban areas
Tetra Tech trumps WSP bid for environmental firm RPS Group
Dive Brief: Pasadena, California-based engineering firm Tetra Tech has trumped engineering and design giant WSP Global's offer for environmental consulting firm RPS Group, the company said in a press release. WSP had announced in August its intention to purchase the Abingdon, England-headquartered company to bolster its climate and infrastructure work. With Tetra Tech's offer of $691 million beating WSP's $641 million offer by about 7.8%, the RPS board of directors unanimously approved the offer, the company... more
Tetra Tech trumps WSP bid for environmental firm RPS Group
Turner wins $900M New Jersey film studio project
Dive Brief: Turner Construction will build a 1.5-million-square-foot, 17-building film and television studio campus in Bayonne, New Jersey, for developer Togus Urban Renewal, according to a company press release. 1888 Studios, named after the year Thomas Edison invented the motion picture camera, is reportedly the country's largest ground-up film studio with a price tag of $900 million, according to NJBIZ. Turner said it expects to begin construction during the first quarter of 2023, and the effort will employ... more
Turner wins $900M New Jersey film studio project
How small construction businesses can succession plan
The IRS encourages this behavior and provides huge incentives to sell to your employees. Scott Eichler is a registered investment advisor and founder of Standing Oak Financial. He says he encourages his clients to consider employee stock ownership plans as a part of a succession plan. The best buyers of those relationships are the people that already have some form of relationship with your clients. Don’t be surprised. If you’ve put in blood, blood, sweat, sweat to help you (and get a paycheck and get a... more
How small construction businesses can succession plan
Micron expands US memory chip production with $15B facility
Dive Brief: Micron Technologies broke ground last week on an Idaho memory fabrication plant, part of its plan to boost domestic chip production, the company said in an announcement. The facility will be the first new memory chip production facility built in the U.S. in 20 years, according to Micron. Dive Insight: The Idaho facility is part of Micron's plan, announced last month, to invest $40 billion in advanced memory chip manufacturing in the U.S. through the end of the decade - contingent upon federal funding... more
Micron expands US memory chip production with $15B facility
WSP completes environmental services purchase for $1.8B
WSP Global has completed its acquisition of the environment and infrastructure business of John Wood Group through a sale and purchase agreement for $1.8 billion ($2.40 billion Canadian) WSP is growing its climate-related work as part of its 2022-2024 strategic plan. The business provides engineering, remediation consulting, environmental permitting, inspection, monitoring, and environmental management services. WSP CEO Alexandre L’Heureux says the purchase is part of the company’s plan. The news follows... more
WSP completes environmental services purchase for $1.8B
Dodge: Total construction starts fall 9% in August
Dive Brief: Total construction starts declined 9% in August to a seasonally adjusted rate of $1.25 trillion, according to a Dodge Data & Analytics report. The drop in starts follows a 48% spike in July that included the start of three large manufacturing plants and two LNG export facilities, according to the report. Dive Insight: Nonbuilding construction starts fell 36% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $278.8 billion. If the two multi-million dollar LNG projects were excluded from July's figures,... more
Dodge: Total construction starts fall 9% in August
Messer initiative places urban workers in subcontractor jobs
Stan Williams, vice president of economic inclusion, helped create the Urban Workforce Development Initiative. The company pledged to add 45 jobs for locals across various urban projects by 2024. The project is now in its second year and is working to get more than 100,000 people in a year. The new workers are from majority-Black neighborhoods — a demographic that is under-represented in construction. Roughly 6 per cent of construction workers are Black, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Messer initiative places urban workers in subcontractor jobs
Nearly one third of employers balk at pay transparency: study
17% of North American employers surveyed disclose pay and salary ranges to prospective employees even when not required to do so. Nearly one third of companies say they are not ready for such transparency, according to a WTW survey of 400 employers. The rise in state mandated pay disclosure requirements is effectively a double-edged sword and an emerging issue that financial executives must address strategically, says Mariann Madden. The patchwork of regulation poses a compliance challenge for companies. In... more
Nearly one third of employers balk at pay transparency: study
ABI score jumps, outlook remains muted
The Architecture Billings Index is a forward-looking indicator that tracks building design work and leads nonresidential construction activity by nine to 12 months. The score for new project inquiries rose in August to 57.9 from 56.1 the previous month, while the design contracts score dipped to 52.3 from 52.9 in July. Any score above 50 indicates growth in the sector. Despite the jump, AIA Chief Economist Kermin Baker said to expect a nationwide slowdown. AIA chief Economist Kermine Baker says to expect an... more
ABI score jumps, outlook remains muted
Collecting personal data improves safety, but increases contractor liability
Contractors are increasingly requiring workers to use wearable safety technology. A study of construction workers published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental and Environmental Safety found that they’re more likely to accept companies sharing and using data collected. The Data Security Contractors were more likely, says David Ward, CEO of construction management software company Safe Site Check In. The data companies are more Likely to accept firms sharing and utilizing companies... more
Collecting personal data improves safety, but increases contractor liability
Shawmut targets NYC area growth
The Boston-based construction firm is already working on marquee projects in New York City, including City Harvest's newly-unveiled Cohen Community Food Rescue Center in Brooklyn, the Diagrid Club and Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurant at 425 Park Avenue, Marymount Manhattan College's new creative hub at the Judith Mara Carson Center for Visual Arts and Adams Street Library in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Shawmut plans to increase its New York City market share in large-scale projects and expand into more secure... more
Shawmut targets NYC area growth
Alice Technologies partners with Japanese giant Shimizu
San Francisco-based Alice Technologies has inked a partnership with Japanese construction giant Shimizu to use its software on its overseas projects. Alice’s software is an ‘optioneering’ platform that allows contractors to utilize data and compare their plans to construction options during different phases such as bidding, preconstruction and more. The software can additionally generate corrective schedules automatically if the project falls behind or suffers delays. Other contech companies have recently... more
Alice Technologies partners with Japanese giant Shimizu
Turner halts work at $1.5B Meta site for recurring racist graffiti
Dive Brief: Turner Construction and Meta kept a massive data center construction jobsite idle in Nebraska for a third day Wednesday after two consecutive incidents of racist graffiti were discovered on the project last week. "So the decision was made with Meta and with principals and trade partners to pause and do a bit of a reset on the path forward here." Turner has been outspoken against hate as numerous racist displays have appeared on construction sites nationally in recent years. "I'm not confident that's... more
Turner halts work at $1.5B Meta site for recurring racist graffiti
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