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December 2013
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Happy Holidays
In observance of Christmas and New Year’s <em>Civil Engineering</em> online will be on hiatus from December 23 through January 3. Look for a new update on January 7, 2014.
French Museum Reinterprets Exterior, Interior Connection
A team led by the architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has won a design competition for a museum of the human body, to be located in Montpellier, France.
Footbridge across Thames Features Triple Arches
A new footbridge crossing planned for the River Thames in London has passed its second review hurdle.
Jet Grouting Facilitates Seattle Seawall Replacement
The Seattle Department of Transportation will employ jet grouting in the replacement of a critical part of its transportation infrastructure.
Daylight-Filled Museum Opens in Mexico City
Balancing seismic needs with art museum requirements, the Museo Jumex officially opened its doors last month in Mexico City.
Research Examines Joplin Tornado
An investigation by NIST found that many factors contributed to the single deadliest tornado in official U.S. records and presents recommendations to bolster resiliency.
Reusing Existing Piers Saves State Money, Time
After the cost of a wholly new bridge exceeds its budget, the West Virginia Department of Transportation develops a plan to construct a new superstructure on a set of existing piers.
Church to be Rebuilt at World Trade Center Site
The Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox church replaces one destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Striking Airport Brings Travelers to Georgian City
Construction work on a new international airport in Kutaisi, the newly named seat of government in Georgia, has been completed.
Renovation Sets the Stage For Theater’s Next Act
SOM delivers architecture and engineering services to renovate a nearly 100-year-old theater in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood.
Vancouver Tops World Green Building List
The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, is at the top of the 2013 Government Leadership Awards list issued by the World Green Building Council.
California Facility Turns Wastewater to Rocket Fuel
A scientist from Stanford University sees the ammonia in wastewater as the key to generating nitrous oxide, helping to make treatment facilities around the country more sustainable.
Innovative Tunnel Project Pulls into Place
Liberty University utilizes a novel placement method to install large concrete tunnels beneath working railroad lines.
‘Mobius Strip’ Footbridge Wins Design Competition
In China, a pedestrian bridge designed in the shape of a Mobius strip by NEXT architects, based in Amsterdam, has won an international design competition.
Bay Bridge Demolition Begins
A demolition team is using building information modeling and a rich historical record to dismantle the east span in the reverse order from which it was built.
Happy Thanksgiving!
<span style="FONT-STYLE: normal">Civil Engineering</span> online takes a break this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Our next update will be Tuesday, December 10.
November 2013
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New U.S. Embassy Breaks Ground in London
Slated for completion in 2017, the first home of the U.S. Embassy in London to be located outside of Grosvenor Square is now under construction.
O’Hare Completes Widest, Higher-Strength Runway
With the completion of the first of a series of east-west runways, the O’Hare Modernization Program has reached a milestone in its effort to streamline air traffic, increase capacity, and accommodate larger aircraft.
More Slow Growth Anticipated for 2014
New economic forecasts for the construction industry call for residential construction to lead the way in a continued sluggish recovery hampered by uncertainty.
Tacoma Art Museum Expands With New Entry, Gallery
In designing a new entryway and gallery wing for the Tacoma Art Museum, architects drew inspiration from the existing building as well as local history. As a result, the new elements are integrated, yet distinct.
Tertiary Treatment Benefits Sacramento River Delta
A California utility is embarking on a 10-year tertiary treatment project to meet stringent new discharge requirements.
California Port Meets Sea Level, Seismic Challenges
This month marks the opening of a new, reconstructed wharf at the Port of Redwood City, California.
Reusable Bridge Offers Quick Connectivity
A temporary, reusable bridge opened in South Carolina this month, providing a crossing for a high-volume route after flooding destroyed the existing bridge.
Tunnel to Connect Toronto’s Island Airport to Mainland
A design/build team uses an innovative tunneling method to create a pedestrian tunnel beneath a channel of Toronto Harbour.
Guide Aims to Bolster Boston’s Resilience
Leaders in the historic city are seeking the best strategies to withstand sea level rise and a growing threat from strong storms.
Greenhouse Gas Levels Reach World Record
The World Meteorological Organization releases data revealing that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2012, and 2013 is likely to rank among hottest years on record.
Wind Energy Production Increases in the U.K.
Onshore and offshore wind energy capacity in the United Kingdom has increased significantly in the past 12 months, according to a study released earlier this month.
Transit Plan Reconnects Parts of Connecticut City
The development of retail, office, residential, and parking structures around a busy transportation center in Stamford, Connecticut, will reconnect portions of the city that have been cut off from one another for decades by transportation infrastructure.
Small University Constructs Highest-Rated LEED Building
Design and construction teams collaborate closely to realize the highest-rated LEED-certified building in the Western hemisphere.
Study Predicts Results of Canadian Seismic Events
A scientific report released last month underscores the potential for billions of dollars in damage that could be caused by major seismic events in Canada.
Red Star Line Museum Opens in Antwerp
A new museum in Antwerp, Belgium, interweaves a modern immigration museum among three historic buildings that hosted immigrants bound for North America almost a century ago.
Plan Melbourne Lays Out Development Options
In the Australian state of Victoria, the premier and the minister for planning have announced an urban renewal and development plan that plots the state’s next 40 years of urban growth.
Executive Order Focuses on Resiliency
President Obama establishes a new council and task force to increase infrastructure resiliency and preparedness for the impacts of climate change.
New Whitney Art Museum Rises in New York City
The new art museum designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop takes shape in response to its surroundings in New York City’s Meatpacking District.
Latin America Wind Energy Market Growing
A new report notes that Brazil and Mexico are capitalizing on robust wind resources to diversify their energy portfolios.
New Guide Details U.K.’s Green Audits
A five-step, comprehensive examination of green infrastructure often uncovers opportunities for collaboration on new projects.
Mixed-Use Tower Will Be Tallest Building in Mexico
Thornton Tomasetti overcomes myriad challenges to design a functional tower that meets an established architectural design as well as the client’s expectations.
Breaking Down Walls By Building New Ones
An impressive new structure on the campus of the Cedars-Sinai Health System blends research, clinical, and procedural functions to create seamless functioning within the healthcare complex.
Chicago to Add Nutrient Recovery to Largest Plant
One of the largest water recovery plants in the world, located near Chicago, is planning to add a process that will remove phosphorus and nitrogen from its side streams in a form that will be marketable as fertilizer.
GSA Issues Recommendations On Green Ratings Systems
The U.S. General Services Administration has singled out two green building rating systems as being the most useful in evaluating the performance of government buildings, though some federal requirements are higher.
FHWA Launches Broad Innovation Website
The Federal Highway Administration has launched a consolidated website as a one-stop location for information on innovative highway design and construction.
Luminescent Treatment Creates Safer Surfaces
A company based in the United Kingdom has created a treatment for pavements that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day and glows gently—sometimes in color—at night.
Army Corps Trains Middle School Students in STEM
A new program will feature U.S. Army Corps of Engineers volunteers going into middle schools for family members of the Department of Defense to present a concentrated STEM curriculum that will culminate in a building project competition.
Restoration Work Begins On U.S. Capitol Dome
A two-year restoration project is now under way on the cast-iron dome of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
October 2013
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U.S. Open Stadium Is Capped by Retractable Roof
The new roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium is designed to appear integrated with the stadium but will actually be an entirely separate structure.
California Law Calls for Seismic Early Warning System
Last month, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed into law Senate Bill 135, which calls for the development of a statewide seismic early warning system.
Bus Rapid Transit Can Boost Local Growth
Bus rapid transit lines can be economical to build and stimulate just as much local development—and economic growth—as other forms of mass transit, according to a new study.
Heritage Group Releases International Watch List
The New York-based nonprofit World Monuments Fund has released its 2014 Watch list, identifying the top nominated heritage sites at risk worldwide.
A Modernist Structure Is Restored with Kickstarter
An innovative fund-raising campaign is being employed to save a Modernist summer home in a historical community on Cape Cod.
Colorado Races Winter To Reopen Roads
Crews are working around the clock to rebuild major highways that were completely washed away in September flooding.
Sanitation, Waste Institute Opens in Ghana
The Institute of Sanitation and Waste Management will officially open in Ghana next week to train a new generation of sanitation and waste engineers in Africa and support one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
Unused Brooklyn Warehouse Transformed into City Hub
A seven-building complex along the East River is being converted into a center for shopping, business, and the arts—with clear views of nearby bridges as well as Manhattan.
Study Projects Arrival of ‘Unprecedented Climates’
New research into climate models reveals that mean temperatures will fall outside of recent historical bounds by midcentury.
Tower with “Floating” Podium Built in Shenzhen
This month, the new headquarters tower for China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange was completed. The building boasts a ‘podium’ that appears to float 36 m above the ground.
Wastewater Microbes Fuel New Type of Battery
A team at Stanford University is working on new system that could eventually power wastewater treatment plants via the energy generated by microbes breaking down organics.
Mountain Peak is the Site of Mountaineer’s Latest Museum
Zaha Hadid designs the final installment of the Messner Mountain Museum, which is being constructed not on but within a soaring mountain peak in northern Italy.
Toronto Train Hub Overhauled Above and Below
Toronto’s historic Union Station is undergoing significant revitalization work that includes simultaneous work above and below the existing tracks.
Visitor Center Helps Stonehenge Return to Nature
The removal of a nearby road and the construction of a new, off-site, visitor center will return England’s prehistoric stone circle, Stonehenge, to a more tranquil, natural setting.
Dramatic Pavilion Planned in Brooklyn
The popular Brooklyn Bridge Park will soon by graced by a flowing pavilion providing sweeping views of Manhattan.
New Study: Teens Losing Interest in STEM Careers
A 2013 survey of teenagers aged 14-18 has found a large decline in interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-based careers compared to last year’s findings.
Robotic Blocks Offer More Than Meets the Eye
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created magnetic, robotic blocks that can spin, jump, and lock together to form larger shapes—with no external moving parts.
NEON Project to Shine Light On Climate Conditions
A project to develop comprehensive data about climate, biodiversity, and land use changes involves constructing identical stations in 96 vastly differing sites.
IDEAStudio Works on STEAM
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth opens a new studio to facilitate collaboration between engineers and artists.
Crystal Palace Plans Announced
Local government leaders in London have welcomed the announcement of a £500-million investment that includes rebuilding the famed Crystal Palace, in the park of the same name.
Complex Office Tower Features Polished Design
Designers use building information modeling in overcoming myriad challenges to create a dynamic, glass-clad office tower in the borough of Southwark, in London, United Kingdom.
Football Training Center Conveys Sense of Strength
The new University of Oregon football training center uses its darkly tinted facade and blocklike structure to let opposing teams know that its team means business.
Severe Thunderstorms Could Become More Common
Researchers examine climate change models to resolve a key question about the effect of a warming climate on damaging storms.
Sewage Plant Undergoes Dramatic Transformation
New owners have completely overhauled the treatment processes of a once-dysfunctional wastewater facility in New Jersey—in half the time that was expected. The sparkling new facility now meets all applicable standards.
Waterfront Park Replaces Rail Yard in Milwaukee
A new park featuring trails and a trio of pedestrian bridges is providing improved access to economic and recreational opportunities in Milwaukee, while at the same time collecting and storing storm-water runoff.
Young Workers Shift Approach to Career Prep
A new Georgetown University report has identified a structural shift in how young adults are preparing for the workforce and the age at which they reach economic self-sufficiency.
Researchers Improve the Efficiency of Fog Harvesting
Researchers are testing state-of-the art coatings to dramatically improve the process of collecting water from fog in the arid regions of Chile.
New Study: Wind Cheaper Than Coal
According to a new study published online last month by the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, building new “clean” energy systems to generate electricity is cheaper than traditional coal-based energy systems.
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Curtain Opens on DePaul’s New Theatre School
Plentiful glass at the street level provides views into the inner workings of the school, connecting it to the community.
Florida Bridge Provides Safe Route for Walkers and Bikers
As part of its efforts to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist deaths, the Florida Department of Transportation has constructed a 45 ft high bridge to carry a new trail across Old Tampa Bay.
Center Aims to Advance Sustainable Transportation
A consortium led by U.C. Davis has received U.S. DOT grant money to found the National Center for Sustainable Transportation.
Experts Seek to Decrease Concrete’s Carbon Footprint
The next frontier in sustainable construction may be a process known as carbon accounting of concrete—the method of developing standards for measuring the carbon footprint of concrete and developing strategies to reduce that footprint.
Qingdao’s Eccentric Fortune Tower Tops Out
A gracefully curved landmark structure in a key industrial city in China required a robust structural engineering solution to reach new heights.
California Utility Overcomes Perchlorate Challenges
The Fontana Water Company recently completed a new treatment facility that will bring an important well back into service following a spike in perchlorate levels.
Freight Rail Bypass Project Opens in Chicago
Part of an extensive program to improve rail service in the Midwest, an $81-million rail project that added a third line to one of the worst bottlenecks in Chicago’s congested rail system opened last week.
Architects Reinterpret the Dolls’ House for a Cause
To raise funds for charity, a London property-development firm asked 20 architects for a modern interpretation of a dolls’ house.
Annual Skyscraper Awards Announced
The two towers forming part of the complex Absolute World, in Mississauga, Ontario, have been named the winners of the Emporis Skyscraper Award.
Thrust Arch Bridge Replaces Temporary Thames Crossings
The sixth bridge to be constructed between Walton-on-Thames and Shepperton, in Surrey, United Kingdom, is designed to stand the test of time.
San Francisco Plans Billion-Dollar Biosolids Upgrade
Design work has begun on a $1.6-billion upgrade to the aging solids-handling processes at the Southeast Treatment Plant, the largest wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Most Female Engineers Happy with Career Choice
A survey of 300 female engineers from 90 different U.K. companies finds that 80 percent of respondents are happy with their careers and 98 percent find their jobs rewarding.
L.A. to Treat Contaminated Groundwater for City Use
Faced with dwindling water resources, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will construct an extensive system of wells and treatment facilities to pump and treat water from a superfund site in the San Fernando Valley.
Nonresidential Construction Continues to Lag
A strong recovery in the residential market has grabbed the headlines, but the nonresidential sector, dragged down by uncertainty, is actually in decline.
Multiuse Structure Tops Massachusetts Turnpike
A Boston developer is planning a multiuse structure on a deck to be built above a sunken portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike, not far from Fenway Park.
U.S. DOT Announces 2013 TIGER Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the names of the 52 recipients in 37 states that have received a share of $474 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) money in 2013.
Dubai Tower Will Shade Itself
A new tower planned for the Dubai skyline will offer a strategic cutout, as well as stone louvers, so that it can provide shade to the interior while offering unparalleled views of the city.
California Could Suffer From Alaska-borne Tsunami
A scenario prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the state could suffer nearly $10 billion in losses from a tsunami generated by a powerful earthquake off the coast of Alaska.
Shanghai Launches Medical Support Center
In developing a master plan for a new medical campus in Shanghai, China, designers conceived a shared facility that will bring the surrounding hospitals’ service functions under one roof.
Hotel Debuts Supertall Living Wall
A historical structure near Buckingham Palace has added an iconic living tapestry of ferns and flowers on what was once a blank wall.
Research Examines Limestone in Concrete
The early strength of high-volume fly ash concrete can be dramatically improved by the substitution of limestone for a portion of the ash.
San Diego Airport Expands with Style
A significant expansion of the busy airport includes state-of-the-art curbside baggage handling, iconic sail-like canopies, and an easily identifiable surf-and-sea motif.
Zurich’s “Europaallee” Expands
Amsterdam-based Wiel Arets Architects has won a design competition to develop “Site D,” a location in the master-planned urban sector surrounding Zurich’s main rail station.
Study Examines Changes in Skyscrapers’ Vanity Heights
The unoccupiable space at the top of tall buildings has grown at the same rate as the structures over roughly the past four decades.
Los Angeles Completes Long-term Traffic System
Travel times are dropping for commuters now that the last of almost 4,400 traffic signals can be remotely controlled by LADOT engineers, marking the end of a 30-year project.
Tapping Private Investment For Public Infrastructure
A white paper presented recently to leaders in the U.S. Senate identifies the barriers to private investment in public infrastructure and suggests changes.
Seeking a Better Understanding of Tornadoes
Researchers are examining how terrain influences the strength and path of devastating cyclones to help inform community planning.
Underground Gym Creates Courtyard ‘Hill’
A high school in Hellerup, Denmark, has recently completed the installation of a sunken gym topped with a curved timber roof designed to give students a wooden hilltop to enjoy.
Work to Replace Collapsed Bridge Span Under Way
Replacing a portion of a Washington bridge that collapsed in May will involve sliding a new permanent span into place. The bridge’s truss will also be raised to avoid future collapses.
Building Collapse Furthers Seismic Research
The controlled collapse of a building at California State University, East Bay provided ground wave data that will help seismologists map the Hayward Fault.
Interstate Bridges First to Use New Abutment Method
Two projects, one in Utah and one in Colorado, will be the first to use geosynthetic-reinforced soil for the abutments of interstate highway bridges. The method is saving time, money—and headaches.
Communities Impact STEM Gender Disparity
New research finds that in communities with large numbers of women employed in STEM occupations, more females take high school physics.
Climate Change Poses Risks To Energy Systems
A recent U.S. Department of Energy report warns that rising temperatures resulting from global climate changes could damage the nation’s energy infrastructure—and calls on the public and private sectors to address the issue.
Crucial Aquifer Is Rapidly Depleting
New research indicates the Ogallala Aquifer will be depleted by nearly 70 percent by 2060, presaging consequences for the rich agricultural area that draws upon it for irrigation.
Stream ‘Daylighting’ Offers Benefits, Challenges
A new report reveals that the process of daylighting buried rivers and streams as part of urban renewal efforts has gained momentum, and a database of best practices would further encourage the practice.
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Columbus Museum Extends To Community and the Future
A new expansion of the Columbus Museum of Art will reach out to the surrounding neighborhood with a cantilevered second-story gallery, glass-enclosed entrance, and reimagined outdoor sculpture garden.
Southeast Asia Most at Risk From Climate Change
A new research report reveals that Southeast Asia, southern Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa are most at risk from the rising temperatures and extreme weather conditions associated with climate change.
Glass Technology Could Revolutionize ‘Green’ Design
The development and increasing availability of “smart” glass technology could bring significant changes to the design of structures and transportation.
Contamination Warning Systems Carry Many Benefits
A series of white papers published recently highlight an EPA pilot project that reveals that water contamination warning systems can pay for themselves quickly and offer many side benefits.
Los Angeles Expands Ocean Outfall Capacity
A new 18 ft diameter tunnel stretching 6.9 mi would carry treated effluent to existing ocean outfalls, relieving two existing tunnels dating to 1937 and 1958.
“Pearl” Will Grace New Financial Center in China
The tallest building in Shenyang, a key industrial center in China, will feature a dramatic, sphere executive club when complete in 2018.
Bronx Road Plan Takes the ‘Express’ out of Expressway
A plan for the New York City borough of the Bronx suggests shunting truck traffic from a highway directly to industrial areas while turning the freeway into a more community-friendly boulevard.
New York City Gem Sparkles Anew
The Corbin Building, once the tallest in the city at nine stories, undergoes a $67.4-million renovation to incorporate it into the Fulton Center mass transit project.
Construction Disputes Take Longer, Cost Less
A new report finds that the average time to resolve a dispute has increased but the amount of money that changes hands has declined.
Monitoring of Colosseum in Rome Extended
A road that curves around a portion of Rome’s Colosseum was closed to private traffic earlier this month, providing an opportunity to extend an important monitoring project.
Chicago Dorm Brings Students Together
A new residence hall provides a dramatic gateway to the University of Chicago and complements other architectural treasures.
Global Construction to Jump 70 Percent by 2025
A new study projects that China, India, and the United States will account for nearly 60 percent of construction growth by 2025.
Echo Park Lake Renovation Complete
A $45-million project restores the lake to pristine conditions and marks a return of the famed lotus blossoms.
Designers Strike Balance With Austin Office Tower
A 28-story office and retail tower is designed to maximize a tight site in downtown Austin, Texas.
Sleek Bascule Bridge Unveiled in New Zealand
The new crossing of the lower reach of New Zealand’s Hatea River that opened late last month pays homage to Maori cultural traditions while offering a sleek, earthquake-resistant design.
Report Offers Ways to Improve Incentive Plans
Research reveals that the most effective incentive programs are structured plans based on market research and tied to company goals.
Report Assesses Global Assets
A new report compares the largest nations by their built asset wealth, drawing an interesting picture of the changing global economy.
New Oslo Museum to House City’s Munch Collection
A new museum dedicated to the artist Edvard Munch will be constructed along the Oslofjord, in Oslo, Norway, as part of a larger effort to revitalize a former industrial neighborhood.
Miami Beach Convention Center Design Selected
Elements of the winning design include a new hotel placed atop the adapted existing structure, realigned traffic patterns, and a hilly, landscaped park concealing the loading docks and parking structure.
INDOT to Test Quieter Road Surface
The FHWA has awarded a $2-million innovative technology grant for a project in Indianapolis that will use a concrete finishing technique designed to improve grip while reducing noise.
Algerian Office Building Designed for Surroundings
A new office building in Algeria is designed to perform in harmony with the surrounding environment to reduce energy use and emissions—while still providing appealing aesthetics.
Large Biomedical Institute Under Construction in London
Designers overcome site and program challenges to realize a new research facility that will unite researchers from six of the United Kingdom’s leading scientific and academic organizations.
New Lab Studies Energy-Efficient Building Materials
The complex at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory includes one-of-a-kind testing facilities aimed at stimulating industry innovation and ensuring that the U.S. building industry remains competitive.
St. Louis Medical Campus Stands Out
A new research facility at the Washington University School of Medicine that brings together multiple areas of study offers flexible spaces, open views, and plenty of opportunity for interaction.
Girder Bridge Replaces Aging Maine Swing Span
The Maine Department of Transportation will build a bridge across the Kennebec River offering 75 ft of clearance above the navigation channel to replace a dysfunctional movable bridge.
Project Targets Removal of At-Grade Crossings
A complex improvement program by the North Carolina Department of Transportation will bolster infrastructure robustness to improve reliability.
Calgary Tower Offers Pixilated Appearance
A 700 ft tall tower in Calgary, Alberta, that will open by 2017—or earlier—will seamlessly go from being a sleek office block to a whimsical residential tower as it rises.
Research Studies Timing, Impact of Arctic Melt
Two papers published recently examine how quickly Arctic ice is disappearing and the economic consequences of a possible release of methane as a result.
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Abu Dhabi Hospital Balances Modern and Traditional Needs
In realizing the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, designers are challenged to create a state-of-the-art facility that reflects the ancient local culture.
Climate Change Adaptation Industry to Double by 2020
With the climate change adaptation industry poised for explosive growth in the next decade, engineering expertise in modeling, risk assessment, and planning will be in high demand by public sector clients.
Solar Photovoltaic Market Grows as Prices Fall
A new report projects strong growth for solar photovoltaic systems in Asia and emerging markets as system costs decline, making them a cost-effective solution in areas with high electricity costs.
City Services Building Designed to Survive
The new public services center in Salt Lake City is designed not only to survive a 2,500-year earthquake, but to remain in operation in the event of such a dramatic event, all while using no more net energy than it generates.
Famed Rose Bowl Stadium Expands
Renovation work at the Rose Bowl—home of the UCLA Bruins and football’s famed New Year’s Day Rose Bowl playoff game—is nearing an end.
U.S. Drinking Water Requires Hefty Investment
A new report indicates that the drinking water systems in the United States require a total investment of $384 billion through 2030.
CTBUH Announces Best Tall Building Awards
In addition to its annual best tall building awards, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat names its innovation and lifetime achievement award winners.
‘Floating’ Stage Rotates, Features Submerged Track
The new temporary ‘floating’ stage for the Bregenzer Festspiele not only rotates, it also boasts a submerged train track and three steel sculptures attached to one another with footbridges.
Unusual Delta Frame Bridge Under Construction in Ohio
New bridge is part of a multiphase project to reconstruct an interstate corridor through downtown Cleveland. The project is the largest in the state’s history.
Texas Reservoir Conserves, Creates Water Resources
The Lower Colorado River Authority of Austin, Texas, has selected CH2M HILL to design a new off-channel reservoir to serve primarily agricultural clients.
Green Jobs Show Promise For Engineers
The BLS has published another in a series of career summaries of green job fields, many with promising opportunities for civil engineers.
Database Helps Building Owners Compare Energy Use
A new database that is being created in California aims to quantify the benefits and risks of making energy-efficiency improvements to buildings.
Iconic Design for New Queens Library
A new library is expected to be a landmark for the up-and-coming Hunters Point neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City.
Businesses Weigh Extreme Weather Risks
A new report asserts that many companies are attempting to address climate change issues using traditional practices and historical data.
Concrete Protects Marseille Museum
On the occasion of its designation as the 2013 European Capital of Culture, the City of Marseille, France, has unveiled a spectacular new museum on the Mediterranean Sea that is protected from exposure to saltwater by ultra-high-performance concrete.
Ecodistricts Shaping Sustainable Cities
A new urban planning movement, centered on rezoning and infrastructure that supports environmental sustainability is gaining converts across the United States. One of the most recent of these "ecodistricts," as they are called, is being developed in San Francisco, where public-private activism is the key to achieving a successful result.
Engineering Salaries Increase Slightly
ASCE and ASME survey data shows that the average total income for engineers increased less than 1 percent last year.
Designers Best Site Limits To Create Spacious Library
One design team’s attention to detail results in a larger, light-filled library in the borough of Queens in New York City.
Gateway Project to Relieve Congestion on UK Bridge
A new cable-stayed crossing is part of a 9 km long project designed to reroute traffic over the River Mersey in the borough of Halton in Cheshire, United Kingdom.
Report Identifies Water Industry Concerns
Survey finds that nonrevenue water is underreported in an industry struggling to address aging infrastructure and manage costs.
Statue of Liberty Reopens
The Statue of Liberty National Monument, and the 12-acre island that houses it, have reopened to the public once again.
Glass-Clad Pavilion Showcases Whale Skeleton
The Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County has added a 65 ft tall glass-enclosed pavilion to showcase one of its most awe-inspiring finds: a 63 ft long fin whale skeleton.
Technology Drives Global Success of Smaller Firms
A new report from Oxford Economics reveals that small and medium-sized companies are using sophisticated technologies to successfully branch out into overseas markets.
Iowa Treatment Plant Features Membrane Treatment Processes
A new facility on a growing side of Council Bluffs, Iowa, treats water laced with iron and magnesium using multiple membrane processes.
New Bridge Links Three City Parks
A new pedestrian and bicycle bridge will create an entirely off-street connection linking three parks in downtown Salem, Oregon.
Greenland Green-Lights New Corrections Facility
The Ny Anstalt Correctional Facility will be built on the rocky slopes beneath Lille Malene Mountain, using a mix of concrete and weathering steel to develop a natural patina.
Graceful Design Selected For Helsinki Library
The new central point of the city’s library system will feature dramatic arches, cantilevers, and an ethereal “cloud roof.”
Seattle, King County Spend Heavily to Upgrade Sewers
As part of separate consent decrees with environmental agencies, the City of Seattle and King County, Washington, could spend upwards of $1 billion to reduce combined sewer overflows.
Experimental Pavilion Joins Singapore Campus
Thousands of uniquely shaped members form a temporary timber pavilion created by the City Form Lab at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Study Focuses on Structural Feasibility of Timber Towers
An architecture and engineering firm identifies and addresses some of the challenges of constructing tall timber buildings.
Report: STEM Employment Prospects Are Positive
According to two new reports published by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, current and future prospects for STEM workers are solid.
Washington State Seeks End To Mudflows on Rail Lines
Each time a mudflow covers the train tracks in western Washington, commuter trains are sidelined for 48 hours. After a record-breaking rainy winter, state and local governments, as well as rail operators, have identified six areas in need of improvement.
Hawaiian Treasure Preserved As Well as Updated
The iconic IBM Building in Honolulu will be renovated, but its esteemed honeycomb facade will remain untouched.
Researchers Study Impacts of Differential Speed Limits
Examining previous studies, vehicle speeds, and historical data, researchers seek insight into the role that different speed limits for different types of vehicles may play in road safety.
Massive Library Planned For Chinese University
Designers take cues from surroundings to create a library that will be the center point of a new campus for one of China’s oldest universities.
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Academic Law Center Appeals to Modern Senses
Exposed concrete and glass cladding are just a two of the features that give a new law center building at the University of Baltimore a decidedly unconventional appearance.
Solution Found for U.K. Spoil Heap Slip
Four months ago, a landslide at the Hatfield Colliery, located near Doncaster, United Kingdom, wreaked havoc with a 250 m stretch of rail line. A solution has now been selected.
“Grand Canopy” Design Wins UC-Davis Museum Competition
A 50,000 sq ft steel canopy linking indoor and outdoor spaces will provide a home to little-seen art and invigorate a California campus.
Path for Bay Area Tower
An office tower that is being constructed in coordination with the city’s new transit center will become the tallest building in San Francisco.
Wooden Coaster Adds First Barrel Roll
The Hades 360 roller coaster, in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is the first wooden roller coaster to perform a 360-degree corkscrew.
Circulation Is Priority for Triangular Structure
The design of a technology company headquarters building encourages interactions by locating social spaces in the center and offices along the perimeter.
Modern Expansion Doubles Museum of Modern Art
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will double its capacity with a sleek, narrow structure clad in stone, glass, and polymer-reinforced concrete.
Museum Designed with Subject Matter in Mind
Finnish architects conceive a simple form with symbolic details to house the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw, Poland.
In Texas, Digging for Water instead of Oil
In the face of dwindling reservoir supplies, the City of Midland is tapping water from beneath a former cattle ranch.
In Utah, Historic Facade Saved with Stilts
The brick façade of the Provo Tabernacle, originally constructed between 1883 and 1898, is currently sitting on stilts as the new Provo City Center Temple is built beneath and within it.
Brisbane Holds ‘Ideas Fiesta’ for City Plan
The fast-growing Australian city celebrates design ideas proposed for its new master plan and welcomes feedback through a robust social media campaign.
Study Says Renewables Could Meet New York’s Energy Needs
Researchers develop a plan to power all of New York using wind, water, and sunlight.
Mississippi River Model Will Inform Wetlands Plans
The new model, nearly as large as an Olympic-size swimming pool, will enable researchers to study sediment diversion projects.
USGBC Beta Tests LEED Version 4
Ahead of the new LEED standards coming later this year, the USGBC is obtaining feedback from nearly 100 volunteer projects on the implementation process.
Reading, U.K., Station Redesigned, Expanded
Engineers and builders are separating freight from passenger rail and significantly expanding the capacity of the Reading station, west of London—all on a very tight schedule.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Features Cloudlike Design
This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by the architect Sou Fujimoto with engineering by AECOM, combines linear components in an ethereal arrangement.
Rehab of Miami’s Historic Causeway on Fast Track
The crossing that is critical to the Florida Keys is being widened and strengthened to help it withstand severe storms.
Norway Prepares for First Ship Tunnel
Norwegian officials are asking their engineers to combine their seafaring and tunnel-building skills to construct what may be the world’s first tunnel designed expressly for ships.
Lift Bridge Integral to Scottish Canal Extension
A compact site in the United Kingdom in the Scottish town of Falkirk presents myriad challenges in constructing a lift bridge across a new extension of the Forth &amp; Clyde Canal.
Chicago Navy Pier Design Progresses
The Navy Pier in Chicago, one of the most popular attractions in the Midwest, will soon get a makeover with both modern and historical elements.
Brazil Plans High-Tech Antarctic Research Station
Less than 18 months after a fire ravaged Brazil’s 30-year-old Antarctic research station, the Brazilian navy is moving forward with plans to construct a high-tech station at the same site that will blend sustainable design with sustainable living.
Music and Motion Inspire Nashville Convention Center
The design of Nashville’s Music City Center reflects the city’s musical heritage as well as its natural surroundings.
Chicago Closes, Rebuilds Red Line South System
The Chicago Transit Authority has closed 10.2 mi of its Red Line rapid rail transit system for the next five months so that the tracks can be completely rebuilt.
German Research Facility Features Unexpected Design
Designers buck tradition in a diabetes research center in Munich, Germany, that incorporates abundant natural light and spacious interior spaces.
Weaving Together a River And a City
A new landscape master plan for Nanjing, China, will connect historical sites, ecological features, and the city ahead of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Unconventional Design for West Virginia Bridge
A bridge across the Shenandoah River in West Virginia’s panhandle features what may be one of the largest steel delta frames in the world.
Construction Spending Outlook Strongest in Years
With key indicators pointing up, economic experts in the construction industry predict steady growth if energy and commodity prices remain stable and political fallout from debt ceiling debates is minimized.
Washington, D.C., Tests New Streetcar System
Testing of the new streetcars that will run on the first segment of a 37 mi system planned for Washington, D.C., is under way.
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A Dramatic Icon Towers Above New Racetrack
The new observation deck at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas, affords spectators unprecedented views of the action below.
Bascule Bridge Reconstructed During Two Limited Closures
Chicago transportation agencies coordinated to reconstruct a historic multimodal bridge without significantly disrupting transit service.
Ohio River Crossing Gets Sister Structure
A new bridge across the Ohio River is part of a larger effort to relieve traffic congestion along the Interstate 65 corridor between Indiana and Kentucky.
Private Sector Could Boost Green Infrastructure
Cities interested in building and retrofitting sustainable infrastructure would benefit from private-sector financing, a new report says.
Water Treatment Plant Ranks Among EPA’s Energy Stars
Updates to an antiquated pumping station in Atlanta draw recognition from the EPA’s National Building Competition for dramatic energy savings.
Montreal Office Tower Adapts to Site Demands
Designers are using sloped columns and posttensioned cantilevers to mold an office tower around an existing landmark structure.
‘Folding’ Tower Will Open Up Downtown Chicago
A new tower and podium that will be defined by open spaces and undulating facade will occupy half a city block in downtown Chicago.
The Gift that Keeps Giving
The phased restoration of New York City’s historical Public Theater marks a milestone with completion of facade and lobby improvements.
Bored Tunnel Will Save Time, Possibly Money
The developer of a new high-speed rail system in the United Kingdom is proposing that a 9 km bored tunnel be built under Ealing and Northolt.
Design of Subterranean Glass Library Unveiled
The New York Public Library unveiled the new light-filled, spacious design for the 53rd Street Library last week.
Building the “Bridge Beautiful” in Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France, recently celebrated the opening of its long, tall, elegant lift bridge, which accommodates both vehicular and light-rail traffic.
Green Building Materials Market Projected to Double
New research examines the green building market and finds opportunities for both high-performance and conventional materials.
Irrigation to Transform Desert Region of Peru
A river is being diverted through the Andes in the hope of turning arid fields in western Peru into productive farmland.
New Office Banks on It
Gensler’s Newport Beach Office, a dramatic repurposing of a former bank, features an innovative floor plan that encourages collaboration.
Biome Canopy Walk Nears Completion
The Eden Project has commissioned a walkway at the canopy level of its Tropical Biome with a platform that will be modeled on the elaborate nests of weaverbirds.
Inca Jewels, Piñatas Inspire Peruvian Bridge
A pedestrian bridge has been designed to connect two districts in Lima, Peru, that are currently separated by an immense gap in the landscape.
Jordan Airport Extension Reflects Local Influences
The concrete used to create undulating roof domes above a new extension to the Queen Alia International Airport reflects the colors and textures of the local landscape.
Engineers Evaluate Newtown Creek Superfund Site
The phase I remediation investigation of New York City’s Newtown Creek Superfund site is nearing completion.
Orange County Recycled Water Effort Expands
The El Toro Water District, in Orange County, California, is significantly expanding its recycled water program to reduce its dependence on imported water.
Glass Building Planned For Downtown Philadelphia
A new glass-clad building will provide refreshing transparency in a city dominated by masonry structures.
Design of Shanghai Museum Reflects Natural Environs
The design of the new Shanghai Natural History Museum recalls that of classic Chinese gardens, as well as such natural shapes as a nautilus.
Massive Equine Statues Require Engineering Finesse
Engineers work with a Scottish artist to create the tallest equine sculptures in the world. The works will be part of a new park in Falkirk, Scotland.
Phoenix Opens Elevated Light-Rail to Airport
The first segment of the eagerly anticipated PHX Sky Train, which gives Phoenix the distinction of having a mass transit system that extends above an airport taxiway, has opened for service.
Sediment Diversion to Rebuild Wetlands
Contracts were awarded recently on two projects to divert flow and sediment from the Mississippi River to offset the dramatic loss of coastal wetlands in Louisiana.
College, Industry Partner For Sustainable Future
Hartnell College, a community college just south of San José, California, is expanding the educational opportunities for its engineering and construction students by developing renewable energy sources on campus.
Majority of U.S. Rivers Unable to Support Life
More than half of the nation’s rivers and streams are in poor condition, according to a new report from the U.S. EPA
Baltimore Implements Climate Action Plan
The City of Baltimore has begun to implement its Climate Action Plan, which includes reducing energy consumption, increasing transit-oriented development, and a host of other measures.
Lightweight Building Unfolds On-site
A new composite building that unfolds—expanding by a factor of as much as 6.8—traces its origins to a civil engineer’s experiences as a child in Peru.
Dutch Engineers Unveil Bladeless Windmill
The bladeless windmill’s developers believe their creation may offer a more palatable alternative to conventional wind turbine farms, which the Dutch public has rejected because of their operating noise, blade shadows, and aesthetics.
Antarctic Ice Melt Greatest in a Millennium
Researchers examine an extensive ice core from the Antarctic Peninsula and find that ice melt there is greater now than at any time in the past 1,000 years.
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Building a Consensus, Then a Civic Park
A new park nearing completion in Santa Monica will provide a connection between the famous pier and nearby City Hall.
Chicago Unravels Vexing Traffic Knot
A nightmarish intersection of several significant highways just west of Chicago’s Loop will be reconstructed for the first time in nearly 60 years, and the improvements will benefit both commuter and freight traffic.
Largest Offshore Wind Farm Powers Up near London
The world’s largest offshore wind farm, located in the Thames estuary off the coast of the United Kingdom, became fully operational this month.
New Bridge to Replace Historic Reno Crossing
In replacing an earth-filled arch bridge that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, designers had to consider aesthetics as well as function.
German Structure Goes Green, Literally
An innovative new apartment complex in Hamburg, Germany, employs bioreactor panels containing microscopic algae to shade the building and generate energy.
T-Rex Pounds the Ground in New Zealand
The enormous truck seen in Christchurch recently was part of a research project to better quantify the soils beneath the city.
Stacked, Circular Tower To Join Tbilisi Skyline
Robin Monotti Architects’ design for a new tower in Tbilisi, Georgia, pays homage to the nation’s past and the city’s present.
Dutch Museum Reopens After Celebrated Makeover
After a challenging renovation that included underground construction conducted well below the water table, an expanded and updated version of the Netherlands’ cherished national museum has reopened.
U.K. Rail Station Project Reaches Milestone
The Birmingham New Street redevelopment project, which began in 2010, has reached its halfway mark. Next week will mark the grand opening of the first half of the new concourse.
Museum Cluster Embedded In Nature Preserve
A cluster of four museum and gallery spaces to be built on the western coast of Denmark will be nestled beneath the ground and linked to a nearby World War II bunker.
Baseball Stadium Takes Another Turn at Bat
Historical Bush Stadium in Indianapolis is reborn as an apartment complex, complete with a concrete infield and a replica of the original press box.
Study Probes Gender, Ethnic Variances in Math, Science
Even though U.S. women hold far fewer STEM jobs than do men, a new study suggests that girls and boys earn similar grades in math and science and that Asian-Americans outperform their peers.
Student Center Charts Path to Academic Success
East Los Angeles College has begun work on a flexible new Student Success and Retention Center, a key element in a dramatic transformation of the growing campus.
Passenger Rail is Quietly Growing
A new report by the Brookings Institution notes that passenger rail is on the verge of a renaissance after Amtrak capped 10 years of steady growth in 2012 by setting a passenger record of 31.2 million.
Sports Center Inspired By Play Diagrams
Columbia University’s dynamic new sports building serves as an iconic public gateway to the athletic complex beyond.
Denver Opens Long-Awaited Extension to Transit System
Following years of planning, funding, design, and construction, the first section of a highly anticipated extension to Denver’s popular light-rail line will open to riders next week.
Postearthquake Fire Test Results Released
New research shows that earthquake damage can significantly undermine a building’s fire performance.
Small Wind Turbine Use on The Upswing
The global capacity of small wind turbines is projected to grow from an estimated 89 MW in 2013 to 182 MW in 2018, according to a new report.
St. Louis Art Museum Expansion Adds Light
A 200,000 sq ft addition to the St. Louis Art Museum maximizes the use of daylight without endangering the priceless artwork within.
Severe Storm Surges Projected to Increase
Researchers have developed a new model for predicting the effects of climate change on hurricane storm surges and they are expecting outsized surges to become more common.
World War II Navy Yard Building to Be Rehabilitated
Building 77, a massive concrete structure at New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard that once held provisions and ammunition for warships, is slated for an $80-million rehabilitation.
London Redevelops South Bank Waterfront
Architects and engineers are planning a complex refurbishment to a decades-old, multibuilding arts center that will improve access and create a permanent festival atmosphere along the banks of the Thames River.
Sydney Tower Maximizes Space and Views
A building boasting two high-rise sections—one on top of the other—has topped out in Sydney, Australia.
Kazakhstan Commissions High-Speed Rail
When complete in 2017, Kazakhstan’s two largest cities will be connected via a 1,000 km line that traverses harsh terrain and crosses one of the largest lakes in the world.
SF Subway Project Shifts into High Gear
It’s been more than 10 years since the Federal Transit Administration approved the preliminary engineering for San Francisco’s Central Subway project. Tunnel preconstruction started last March, and a nearly billion-dollar grant last fall paved the way for construction to ramp up this spring.
Pedestrian Bridge Financed Through Crowdfunding
An architecture firm in the Netherlands has launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct a 350 m long pedestrian bridge through the Dutch city of Rotterdam.
By Land or by Air, Bicycles May Soon Rule Britannia
One plan under consideration would add safe bicycle lanes to highways throughout London; another would create dedicated bike flyovers high above the city.
Project Creates Huts That Are Easy on the Ecosystem
A prototype project in southern India welcomes ecotourists to a region of great ecological diversity while seeking to minimize their impact.
Expansion Approved for Ancient U.K. Abbey
Planning permission has been granted for the expansion and renovation of Bath Abbey, in the United Kingdom.
Bioethanol By-product Boosts Concrete Strength
New research conducted by a doctoral candidate at Kansas State University has revealed a way to strengthen concrete while reducing its carbon footprint.
Detroit Releases Plan to Resize, Remake Itself
Years in the making, a new report recommends maintaining some parts of the city’s infrastructure, removing others, and taking full advantage of its unused land.
Debris Diversion Program Gains Traction near Chicago
Cook County’s ordinance requiring that 5 percent of debris from construction and demolition projects be reused and 70 percent be recycled may be one of the country’s most progressive—and after five months it has plenty of support.
Aberdeen College Center Gets Structural Face-lift
An “overcladding” project will leave a nearly 50-year-old academic center in the Scottish city of Aberdeen, in the United Kingdom, looking and performing like new.
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Oregon Urged to Plan for Earthquake, Tsunami
A new report to the Oregon State Legislature details the risks from a powerful earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and outlines a 50-year plan to build infrastructure resilience.
High-rise Tower Signals Recovery in San Francisco
A nonprescriptive, 30-story office tower will replace a tired concrete structure near the site of the future Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco’s South of Market district.
WHO Report Calls for Safer Road Infrastructure
A new World Health Organization report says that infrastructure improvements must be made to protect all road travelers, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists who account for 27 percent of road traffic fatalities worldwide.
NSF Issues Updated Minorities Report
A new report by the National Science Foundation includes a wealth of data detailing the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering.
Brownfield Project Moves Forward in China
An intricate landmark centerpiece for a new business district in Shenzhen is moving quickly from the design phase to construction.
Tappan Zee Replacement Finally Ready to be Built
After more than a decade of delays, the New York State Thruway Authority and the State of New York are preparing to kick off construction of the replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River in upstate New York.
Domino Sugar Plan Redefines A Waterfront
A revised plan to redevelop a former manufacturing plant and construct several other inviting structures along the East River in Brooklyn will help bring vibrancy and commerce back to a flagging waterfront.
Diagonal Tower Turns a Corner
A dazzling tower slated for a new business district in Seoul, South Korea, employs diagonal columns for strength and efficiency.
Interactivity at Core of Football Hall Design
<span>The new College Football Hall of Fame, in Atlanta, is designed to immerse visitors in the game-day experience.</span>
Geometric Tower Defies Various Site Challenges
The triangular floor plate at the ground level of a new, top-heavy tower in Vancouver, British Columbia, will give way to square plates as the structure rises.
Report Links Underground Engineering, Sustainability
A new National Research Council report examines how moving infrastructure underground, and improving the planning of belowground spaces, can add to the resiliency and sustainability of urban environments.
Kentucky National Park Opens New Visitor Center
The National Park Service replaces a nondescript visitor center with an impressive structure inspired by classic Works Progress Administration designs.
Report Makes Business Case For Sustainability
In the complex world of green building standards and returns on investment, early research finds an emerging business case for sustainability.
Port Expansion Sparks Debate in Charleston
In a city that banks on its historic character, the expansion and modernization of a passenger cruise port is provoking debate—and lawsuits.
Library Design Maximizes Space Inside and Out
A new library design for the City of Sydney creates a subterranean space for books topped with a sunny, accessible public plaza.
East 180th Street Station Renovation Complete
New York City Transit has restored a historically important administration building and the adjoining East 180th Street Station in a way that preserves the character of the two structures.
Cancer Center Puts Patients First
A new center for cancer research and treatment in Rio de Janeiro focuses on making the patient experience easier and more uplifting.
Smithsonian Planning Major Upgrades to Renwick Gallery
The Renwick Gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and attracts approximately 175,000 visitors each year, will be closed for two years for its first comprehensive renovation in more than 40 years.
District of Columbia Plans Ambitious ‘Green’ Path
The District of Columbia plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, implement sustainable storm-water capture and treatment systems, and ensure that its buildings meet stringent environmental standards in the years to come.
Bridge to Carry Pedestrians, Bicyclists—and Equestrians
A new bridge over the Los Angeles River will improve access between two city parks for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians.
Another CREATE Crossing Begins
The Illinois Department of Transportation moves forward with a project to improve the flow of train and vehicle traffic in Chicago, the busiest rail hub in the United States.
Nanotech Research Building Strictly Controls Vibrations
Engineers are using physical separation and massive concrete structural elements to strictly control the vibrations in a new institute dedicated to the production of a promising nanomaterial.
Separated Lanes Help Cyclists Navigate Cities
Groundbreaking research is under way on a new generation of protected bicycle lanes that its advocates as well as transportation engineers believe will improve roadway design to accommodate a burgeoning number of cyclists in urban settings.
Art and Film Museum Given Modern Makeover
The University of California Berkeley Art Museum &amp; Pacific Film Archive is being seismically upgraded and architecturally improved with a modern addition that makes the community the star.
Columbia University Plans West Harlem Development
A 17-acre mixed-use academic development under way in New York City by Columbia University will include parklike areas and retail and dining options that will be available to students and the public alike.
Replacement of Important Bridge Will Mimic Original
Design work continues on replacing the historically important Harrison Avenue Bridge, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which crosses the formidable Roaring Brook gorge.
Monster Drums Move Inland From California Coast
Six steel drums 100 ft long and 28 ft in diameter are being moved 4.5 mi from King Harbor to a Chevron refinery.
Report Highlights Path to Lower Emissions
A new report shows that New York City can use existing technologies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent over the next 37 years.
Florida’s Outdated I-395 to Get Safety, Visual Upgrade
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has big plans to rebuild an outdated section of I-395 to bring the expressway up to current safety standards and improve its aesthetics, including the addition of an impressive new signature span.
Vocational School Links Nature, Technology
A new vocational school in Holland will meld technology and nature to create a sustainable school that appears to float on the water.
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Update of LEED Program Scrutinized by All Sides
The update of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, originally scheduled to be released last year, is still being debated by everyone concerned.
New Tower to Transform Los Angeles Skyline
The new Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles will be the tallest building in the West and the city’s first skyscraper to be crowned with an architectural roof.
Tacoma Bridge Is Reborn
Tacoma marks the 100th anniversary of the Murray Morgan Bridge by unveiling a rehabilitation that gives the span a new lease on life.
Aesthetic New Bridge to Replace an Icon
Work begins on a vertical lift span bridge that will serve as the replacement for an Art Deco bascule bridge that once connected the Massachusetts cities of Quincy and Weymouth.
Report Supports Sustainability; More Data Needed
The National Research Council studies the research evidence on high-performance buildings and recommends a leadership role for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Redesigned D.C. Pavilion Breaks Ground in March
The Gateway Pavilion was touted as the launching pad for the reimagining of the east campus of St. Elizabeths hospital late last year. Now that changes suggested by various review boards have been made, it may fulfill its mission.
Surprises Abound in Hong Kong Cultural Center
The winning design for the new $350-million Xiqu Center in Hong Kong, the first of 17 new cultural venues planned for the developing West Kowloon Cultural District, features an elevated globe.
Careful Redesign Transforms Midwest Library
Architects, engineers, and constructors doubled the available space in the Beaux-Arts Central Library in St. Louis by dismantling portions of a storage area and reconstituting it as a more robust but light-filled space.
Webinar Targets Smart Buildings
The future of smart buildings can be seen by studying the current trailblazers, which can be found all over the world.
NBCUniversal Plans Massive Transit Investment
NBCUniversal’s Universal City, in Los Angeles, is evolving, and through its ongoing development of the site is planning a $100-million investment in the local transportation infrastructure.
New Master Plan Opens Additional Bay Views
The winning design for the Fort Mason, San Francisco, master plan competition centers on protecting the legacy of the site while planning for a future that extends more than 100 years.
Dynamic Sculpture Caps Renovation at University
A new sculpture encapsulates the past, present, and future of the renovated 107-year-old Fenton Hall at the University of Oregon.
Kennedy Center Plans Expansion
The famed arts center will add rehearsal and education space while seeking to better connect the site to the Potomac River and the nation’s capital.
High-Rise of the Future Thinks for Itself
A conceptual framework for the way buildings might be designed and constructed by the year 2050 includes everything from algae-covered facades to self-healing building materials, and from heat-sensing walls and windows to flying maintenance robots.
New Antarctic Station Skis into Operation
The British Antarctic Survey has opened the Halley VI Research Station, a massive facility that can climb out of snow and ski to a new location.
WWII Museum Pavilion Salutes Nation’s Strength
The National WWII Museum’s newest exhibit space combines innovative architecture and engineering to create a dramatic setting for artifacts from land, sea, and air battles that narrate the uniquely American story of the war.
Reservoirs Impact Precipitation Intensity
Researchers working in Chile discover that the intensity of rainfall increases dramatically in dry areas close to large reservoirs.
Windmills Planned for U.K. Among World’s Tallest
Resembling massive propellers unmoored from a gigantic aircraft, some of the world’s tallest wind turbines may soon be spinning above the boggy midlands of Ireland, generating electricity to be delivered via undersea cables to the United Kingdom.
Cable-Stayed Bridge Joins Ohio River Crossings
Work is moving ahead on a new cable-stayed bridge that will connect Utica, Indiana, and Prospect, Kentucky, across the Ohio River, completing an interstate loop around Louisville.
New Bridge Crosses Canada’s Longest River
Decades in the making, the Deh Cho Bridge is the first bridge to be constructed across the Mackenzie River, connecting the Northwest Territories, Canada, to the rest of the continent for the first time.
Dramatic Transformation Unfolding in Zhengzhou
Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza rises from a peninsula in a man-made lake, the glowing centerpiece of a new financial district in the city.
Streetcars Make a Comeback
Cities across the country are investing in streetcar systems as a relatively inexpensive way to relieve congestion and spur economic development along specific urban and suburban corridors.
After Sandy, New York State Examines Resilience
After Hurricane Sandy roared through the eastern seaboard, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo established a commission to examine the condition of the state’s infrastructure and its preparedness for the next extreme event. The report recommends a number of changes in approach.
Group Announces Top Green Building States
The U.S Green Building Council has released its annual list of states leading in LEED certification, revealing a continued building slump.
Report Highlights Innovation Trends
The Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation identifies programs that could spark trends in 2013.
Design for 3-D “Printed” Building Under Way
Three-dimensional printing is continually being applied to larger and larger projects, and now plans are under way to create an entire building using the process.
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PHX Finalizing Sky Train
A new automated people mover will carry about 2.5 million riders per year to the nation’s ninth-busiest airport, easing curb congestion.
Group Seeks Sustainable, Integrated Water Projects
A new initiative is seeking as many as eight cities for a pilot program that will upgrade municipal water infrastructures with sustainable options that save both time and money.
Chicago Hospital Raises the Bar
The Center for Care and Discovery on the campus of the University of Chicago features a patient-centered design that lifts the equipment—and the lobby—off of the ground floor, challenging the engineers to control vibrations.
Sculpture Design Blends Engineering with Artistry
The new sculpture at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle required a great deal of structural analysis to ensure it can withstand seismic forces—and curious visitors.
Expansive Police Driving Course Completed
The Virginia State Police are about to open a new training facility that includes miles of complex road courses and a state-of-the-art skid pan.
Iconic Motel Lobby Repurposed for Museum
The iconic, triple-arched lobby of the La Concha Motel in Las Vegas was disassembled, moved, and rebuilt to serve as the entrance to an outdoor museum of the city’s famous neon signs.
Infrastructure Spending, Economy, Are Intertwined
New report calls for a strategic transportation infrastructure investment policy in the United States as other developed nations pull away in planning and spending.
Toronto Waterfront Transformation Advances
An expansive project seeks to revamp Toronto’s waterfront into a tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly space that beckons both tourists and residents to enjoy the shores of Lake Ontario.
A River Runs through It
The Kallang River is freed from a concrete canal in a project designed to better integrate the body of water into Singapore’s Bishan Park.
Solar-Powered Aquarium Wins Design Competition
The winning concept for the Basel Zoo Aquarium’s design competition is a restrained structure that plays with space and volume—and runs partially on solar power.
Twists and Turns Challenge Museum’s Designers
Shaped like boxes twisted and stacked one upon the other, and infused with glass panels and cantilevered spaces, a new art museum in Richmond presented significant structural challenges.
New Mexico Adapts BIM Technology for Roads
The New Mexico Department of Transportation is currently configuring software so that it can use building information modeling (BIM) in transportation engineering projects.
Engineering Critical to Avoiding Global Risks
The new edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report has identified the top 50 global risks of the next decade, and many of them can be alleviated—or exacerbated—by civil engineers.
Construction of Tallest Modular Tower Is Under Way
A high-rise residential tower to be erected in Brooklyn will soon begin to take shape in Lynchburg, Virginia, as developers take modular construction to new heights.
Depot’s Historic Renovation Took a Fast Track
Restoring the Union Depot in St. Paul, Minneapolis—shuttered and neglected since the 1970s—so that it could become a modern multimodal transit center took painstaking effort by architects, engineers, and builders.
Transportation Spending Recovery Continues
The ARTBA projects a continuation of a slow economic recovery in 2013, with transportation construction spending increasing 3 percent overall.
Torre de David Still a Work in Progress
Nearly 20 years after construction stopped on a 45-story tower in Venezuela, an improvised community of 3,000 struggles to create a home there.
Sacramento Bypass Clears Remaining Legal Hurdles
The 35 mi long Capital SouthEast Connector will link two key suburban communities, provide growth opportunities, and set aside millions of dollars for open space along its route.
Construction, Engineering Trends Are Worth Watching
Research conducted throughout 2012 has identified the top 10 trends that have influenced the architecture, engineering, and construction markets—and that will continue to do so in 2013 and beyond.
Engineers Design Tsunami-Resistant Port in California
In the absence of specific building codes, a team of engineers has designed a marina in California to resist a once-in-50-years tsunami, hoping the structure will serve as a model for others.
Canadian Cities Embrace Skyscrapers
Developers are working on bigger and taller building projects that will bring residents back to the urban core of Toronto and other major cities.
Hospital Designs Reflect Focus on Patients, Brands
New hospitals in the UAE and the Republic of Korea take health care facility design to the next level with edgy architecture that makes a statement, maximizes functional efficiency and creates a healing environment for patients.
European Climate Already Changing, Will Continue
The European Environment Agency releases a report noting a variety of climate changes in progress across the diverse continent.
War Education Center Planned for the Mall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., has broken ground on a mostly subterranean education center that will explain and honor the sacrifices of all U.S. soldiers.
Earthquakes Will Affect West Coast Sea Levels
A National Research Council report published last week reveals that regional and local factors—including earthquakes—will affect sea level rises along the West Coast for many decades to come.
“Angled” Tower Breaks Ground in New York City
The groundbreaking for a 47-story concrete, “angled” tower in Manhattan—part of the new 26-acre Hudson Yards development—took place in December.
Incheon Airport Expansion Now Under Way
A new terminal project at the international airport outside of Seoul, South Korea, will dramatically increase the facility’s size and capacity by 2017.
Dramatic Changes Predicted In Energy Markets
A new report projects the United States to become a major producer of oil and gas, while the bulk of Middle East oil is exported to Asia.
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