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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Complex Expands
An indoor theater that will replicate 17th-century design and construction methods is under way, and when completed, it will be an integral part of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre complex in London.
Crossrail Electrification Plan Moves Forward
The United Kingdom’s efforts to electrify operations on a historic rail line extending into and out of London continue to move forward with work to adapt four bridges located in Slough and Hillingdon.
Offshore Wind Grows in Europe
A new report predicts dramatic growth in offshore wind installations by 2021, as Europe and Asia capitalize on high wind speeds and the industry develops better solutions for deep water sites.
Canstruction Turns 20
Group that draws attention to hunger through design competitions marks 20 years of light-hearted innovation coupled with charitable donations.
New Highway Siphons Port Traffic from City Streets
Plans for constructing a new bypass to an overcapacity highway in southeastern Virginia were first discussed in 2000. Now, thanks to creative financing and a design/build delivery method, construction will begin in 2014.
Massachusetts Resurrects Defunct Rail Station
Vacant for 40 years, the former Boston and Albany Railroad station in Springfield, Massachusetts, is finally on track for $48 million in repairs and upgrades that will revitalize its role in the local and regional economy.
Research Aims for Increased Port Safety
A study being conducted by three European ports in collaboration with Bechtel aims to help all engineers design ports that are safer and more efficient for moored vessels.
Storm-Swept Covered Bridge To be Replaced
The Bartonsville Bridge in Vermont became an emblematic image of the power of Mother Nature when it was swept away in a severe East Coast storm in August 2011. But its replacement is being built to match its appearance, right down to the metal roof and timber trusses.
Architects Design “Green” Satellite City
A prototype for a sustainable satellite city meant to accommodate those who desire the big-city life without the big-city price tag has been designed for a location near Chengdu, China.
Modern Viaduct To Replace Historic Timber Structure
A concrete and steel viaduct is being constructed adjacent to a historic timber structure in Wales, United Kingdom, so that during a 360-hour rail line closure it can be slid into place along the same alignment.
Chicago Rebuilds Streets Greener and Leaner
The Chicago Department of Transportation is upgrading two rundown street sections by rebuilding them with recycled materials, permeable pavers, bioswales, drought-tolerant streetscaping, and sustainable storm-water runoff solutions.
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Courthouses Model Design/Build, BIM Benefits
Modern project delivery methods and technologies elevate federal courthouses in Montana, California, and Arizona to a higher level of design and performance—showcasing the quality and cost effectiveness of the approaches.
City Plans Walkway Along Chicago River
A six-block-long riverwalk that will reconnect Chicago with its famous river—including a marina, a jetty, and outdoor entertainment space—is being given serious consideration.
UNC Opens Genome Building
A crossroads site on campus undergoes a stunning transformation, complete with research facility, parking garage, and storm-water control measures.
FHWA Proposes Streamlined Bridge Review
Agency hopes to save $78 million in individual review expenses by grouping together a large number of common highway bridges with negligible historical value.
World Cup Venue One Step Closer
The Spartak Moscow Stadium, one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in soccer, has selected an architecture firm to complete the stadium’s façade.
Driverless Cars Move Closer to Reality
As researchers and car manufacturers are moving toward more automated vehicles—including some without drivers—the roadway infrastructure in the United States is failing to keep pace.
Report Says Corps’s Role is Underfunded
A report published by the National Academy of Sciences finds that as the focus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has shifted to operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation, funding hasn’t kept pace with demand.
Arts Center Connects Chicago Campus
A multistory arts center designed by Tod Wiliams Billie Tsien Architects will unite a variety of visual and performing arts as well as two previously disconnected sections of the University of Chicago campus.
Los Angeles Eases Parking Restrictions
The Los Angeles City Council approves a measure that will enable the planning department to choose among seven different strategies to address a variety of parking issues.
Glass-Enclosed Atrium Unites Cleveland Museum of Art
Rafael Viñoly Architects’ expansion and renovation of the Cleveland Museum of Art seamlessly transitions the complex’s Beaux Arts and Brutalist buildings with a carefully crafted, football-field sized atrium.
BIM Will Become a Necessity For Success in the Profession
A new report indicates that building information modeling (BIM) is no longer an exotic service provided by boutique firms, but is set to become the standard operating procedure for successful architecture, engineering, and construction firms.
Challenges in STEM Education Abound
A forum hosted by U.S. News & World Report reveals what is wrong with the state of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States—and how practitioners, teachers, and parents can all help.
Khalifa Port among Largest, Most Automated
Khalifa Port, the first semiautomated container port in the Middle East, covers a massive 2.7 sq km artificial island—but plans already exist to significantly expand the immense cargo-moving complex.
Kent State Redesigns College of Architecture
As part of an ambitious building program that will update and modernize Kent State’s aging campus, the university is seeking an architecturally significant design for the headquarters of its nationally recognized College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Great Lakes Agreement Addresses New Concerns
Under the terms of a recent agreement with Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has committed to addressing a series of threats to the Great Lakes that have arisen since the accord was last updated 25 years ago.
Engineers Design Railway to Gold Mine
A project delivery firm in Western Australia is donating its engineering services to an effort to construct a tourist rail line to the top of the country’s largest open-pit gold mine.
UNR Doubles Size of Earthquake Testing Facility
A new earthquake simulation lab under construction at the University of Nevada, Reno will provide state-of-the-art facilities for research focused on minimizing seismic damage to buildings and bridges.
Navajo-Gallup Pipeline Progresses
Work will soon begin on a long-proposed pipeline in the New Mexico desert to bring water to 230,000 people living on or near Native American lands.
Funding, Reforms Needed to Protect Gulf Coast
The federal government needs to streamline its often conflicting regulations, release funds from an existing account, and encourage innovation if the Gulf Coast region is to preserve and protect its coasts, according to a new report.
Researchers Take Steps Toward Lunar Construction
Engineers and architects at the University of Southern California are collaborating with NASA to develop and refine robotic construction technology that has the potential to transform the lunar surface with buildings and roads.
Oregon Bridge Designed With Budget in Mind
A steel deck arch bridge will economically replace an aging Warren truss bridge in Multnomah County, and the existing bridge will be used as a detour while the new crossing is being constructed.
Museum Additions Create Alternative Energy Fun
Three engaging environmental structures at the Staten Island Children’s Museum will delight young visitors and their parents with a whimsical approach to practical lessons in sustainable energy.
German HSR Bridges Feature Unusual Design
Two new high-speed rail bridges in Germany use continuous, multispan prestressed concrete girders and monolithic connections to reduce maintenance costs and increase robustness.
Commuter Rail Lightens Up
A commuter line in Texas receives an FRA waiver to operate lightweight cars in a corridor shared by traditional Federal Rail Administration-compliant vehicles.
STEM Education Pays Dividends
A new research study follows minority students through college and into their first jobs and finds that STEM majors earn more than their peers.
Century-Old Theater Brought up to Date
The King’s Theatre, constructed in the United Kingdom in 1906 in the Scottish city of Edinburgh, reopened this month after renovations that included interior upgrades and exterior refurbishments.
Moving Tower Resists Strong Wind Forces
The designers of the London Eye have turned their attention to a slender tower in Brighton, England, with a glass enclosed gondola that will carry passengers more than 500 ft skyward for a 360-degree view—without sensing wind vibrations.
Glass Wall Converts Warehouse to Museum
Tacoma is converting what is left of its mile-long dockside warehouse from a derelict structure to an informative maritime museum by replacing a brick wall with glass and adding much-needed insulation.
Corps Works to Keep Mississippi River Open
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working around the clock to keep the Mississippi River open to commercial navigation, as a crippling drought reduces river levels to near-record lows.
PA Turnpike Will Go All Electronic
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority has selected HNTB as the program manager to convert all of the toll booths along its 552 mi length to an all-electronic tolling system.
Architectural Icon Faces Uncertain Future
The former Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, a unique Bertrand Goldberg design, sits vacant as preservationists and Northwestern University attempt to plead their case before city officials.
Centuries-Old Paper Mill Becomes Public Distillery
A company known for the quality—and tastiness—of its gin, which is based upon a 1761 recipe, is relocating its distillery to the site of a historical paper mill in southern England and building a visitor center for guests.
Texas Cities Join Forces to Create Water Supply System
Three cities teamed up to build a single, expandable water treatment facility, as well as raw and finished water conveyance pipelines and a temporary, floating intake structure that can be replaced as demand increases.
Alcatraz Goes Solar
The infamous prison island in San Francisco Bay began drawing more than 60 percent of its power from the sun in June, the culmination of a project first discussed in 1995.
Seattle Debates Waterfront Revitalization Plan
As its massive highway tunnel moves forward and its double-deck seafront highway comes down, Seattle residents and planners debate an expansive plan to revitalize the city’s waterfront and reconnect it to the city’s center.
Cape Wind Work Begins
Geotechnical work has begun on the first U.S. offshore wind farm to receive a federal permit.
Maine Veterans Memorial Bridge Opens
By proposing a new alignment to the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Portland, Maine, the design team was able to earn the top technical score at the lowest bid price.
Houston Ponders Astrodome’s Future
There are no easy answers as the city considers what to do with the celebrated, landmark structure that now sits vacant at 8400 Kirby Drive.
Dramatic New Med School To Grace CUMC Campus
Distinguished by an intricate glass face that reveals a “cascade” of interior spaces, the new medical school soon to be built by the Columbia University Medical Center is a design inspiration.
National STEM Education Network Launches
Thirteen states and the Battelle Memorial Institute have joined together to launch a grassroots science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education effort known as STEMx.
Amtrak Unveils Boston to D.C. High-Speed Rail Plan
The national passenger rail operator recently unveiled its long-range plan to expand capacity, increase speed, and improve service reliability along existing railways between Washington, D.C., and Boston, and add 220 mph next-generation high-speed rail service between the two cities.
Ahmedabad Launches Significant Riverfront Development
Ahmedabad, India, is undertaking a dramatic renovation of the Sabarmati riverfront, converting an 11.5 km section of the riverbanks into a model development of public spaces and valuable commercial and residential lots.
Bridge Building Group Marks a Milestone
Bridges to Prosperity will finish its 100th bridge later this summer, continuing a mission that began in 2001 with a picture in National Geographic magazine.
Water Utilities Prepare For Changing Future
A new report identifies the key trends that will affect water and wastewater treatment utilities over the course of the next 20 years and makes recommendations for success in an uncertain future.
Engineering Salaries Rise
ASCE and ASME release survey data that shows engineering salaries increased again last year, managing to stay ahead of inflation.
Wind-induced Vibrations Damaged Pedestrian Bridge
A new report has determined that wind-induced vibrations caused the failure of a cable diaphragm plate on Minnesota’s first cable-stayed bridge—a dedicated pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Minneapolis.
Spiral Design Focuses Visitors on Historic Well
Five years after its destruction by a tornado, a museum dedicated to what has been called the world’s deepest hand-dug well has been rebuilt in spiral form—a symbol of its destroyer and its resurrection.
New Everglades Plan Focuses on Storage
Florida will construct flow equalization basins to help even out the water flow in the storm-water treatment areas it has already built to help limit the amount of phosphorous that enters the sensitive Everglades wetlands.
Track Dampers to Reduce Noise in London Station
As it increases its rail capacity, Network Rail, in the United Kingdom, is also seeking to reduce the amount of noise its system generates, so it is testing a rail-mounted damper that could cut noise in half.
Delaware River Bridge Project Finally Moves Forward
The I-95/Scudder Falls Bridge Improvement Project, meant to ease congested traffic between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has finally been given a regulatory “green light” after a nine-year-long environmental review.
U.S. Ports Should Ready for Panama Canal Expansion
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report says East Coast and Gulf Coast ports should begin to prepare now for the larger ships that will travel through the Panama Canal when its renovation is completed in 2014.
California to Remove San Clemente Dam
The largest dam removal in the state of California will help restore the dwindling population of a threatened fish species and replenish beaches and dunes.
Honolulu’s Sewage Tunnel Helps Preserve Kaneohe Bay
As an alternative to a force main that might have threatened a recreational bay, the City and County of Honolulu has chosen to construct a long, large-diameter storage and conveyance tunnel to prevent sewer overflows.
Waterfront Bridge Project Eases D.C. Traffic
A contract has been awarded for the completion of Washington, D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Project, which is creating separate local and interstate crossings over the Anacostia River.
Port Canaveral Welcome Center Under Way
The design of a new welcome center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, incorporates geometric shapes that evoke its location and engineering elements meant to withstand hurricane wind speeds of up to 150 mph.
2012 Economic Forecasts Spell Uncertainty
Industry economists look at the second half of 2012 and foresee more of the same: “uncertainty” is the watchword as leading indicators for the construction industry soften.
Stuttgart Reworks, Expands Revered Rail Station
The renovation of a 100-year-old rail terminal in Stuttgart, Germany, will include an undulating, walkable roof punctuated with enormous skylights—but its best feature may be its ability to reconnect the city.
Seattle Considers Three Replacement Bridge Designs
The Washington State Department of Transportation is currently seeking public feedback on three very different bridge designs that are under consideration for the replacement of an existing crossing of Portage Bay near Seattle.
Ohio River Bridge Redesigned to Meet Budget
Value engineering yielded a two-tower, three-span cable-stayed crossing to replace the IrontonRussell Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky. The new design meets aesthetic, navigation, and budgetary requirements.
Art Pavilion Celebrates Archaeology, Olympics
This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion—designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron and artist Ai Weiwei, with structural engineering by Arup—celebrates the history of previous pavilions and pays homage to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Northwest States Install Electric Vehicle Chargers
Oregon and Washington have begun to install a network of chargers for electric vehicles along state and interstate highways, creating what has been called the West Coast Electric Highway. Many more chargers are on the way.
BIM Is Not Just for Buildings Anymore
Engineers, architects, builders, and project owners are increasingly using building information modeling (BIM) for infrastructure projects—and finding the benefits outweigh the initial costs.
Miami Seaport Strengthens Rail Connections
Miami is rebuilding a critical freight rail line to its port, which is undergoing its own renaissance that includes capacity improvements, a new highway tunnel, and dredging to accommodate larger container ships.
Largest Nutrient Recovery Facility Opens in Oregon
The advanced wastewater treatment facility removes phosphorus and nitrogen from the liquid stream, helping the plant comply with permits. The nutrients are then converted into a revenue-generating fertilizer ingredient.
History Colorado Center Features Modern Design
Using an all-Colorado design and construction team, as well as shapes and materials that evoke local flavor, the new museum offers 200,000 sq ft of space in which to showcase the state’s complex history.
Environmental Services Field Is Changing
A new report by the independent analyst firm Verdantix finds that clients want to move beyond simple regulation compliance to companywide solutions that include sustainability and risk management.
Beverly Hills Pursues Historic Preservation
The city of Beverly Hills formally held the first meeting of its newly formed Cultural Heritage Commission last week, beginning proceedings to designate the Beverly Hills Hotel as the city’s first historic landmark.
Tombstone’s New Fight Centers on Water
Famous for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the City of Tombstone, Arizona, now finds itself in a new conflict—one that pits water rights and infrastructure repairs against environmental stewardship and scarce water supplies.
Federal Grants Target Water Reuse Projects
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has dedicated millions of dollars toward helping specific regions of California and Texas conserve, treat, and reuse their scarce water supplies.
Replacement Bridge Keeps Trains and Surfers Moving
A 71-year-old wooden railroad bridge that parallels a popular surfing beach near San Diego has been replaced with a sturdier steel and concrete crossing, but the low profile of the bridge and its ability to allow surfers to cross underneath it remain.
Midtown Tunnel Moves Forward
Virginia begins work on a large new tunnel project in a busy shipping channel, which will double the capacity of a vital connection between Norfolk and Portsmouth.
A Visitor Center Grows in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens an elegant new visitor center, cut into the side of a tall berm, with an extensive green roof and geothermal heating and cooling.
D.C.’s Union Station May Become a Destination
Renovations that would make Washington, D.C.’s Union Station more accessible to passengers and more attractive as a local destination in its own right are being considered—along with traffic and parking improvements and adjacent private developments meant to revitalize the city’s northeast quadrant.
Offshore Mid-Atlantic Wind Power Is One Step Closer
This week the U.S. Department of the Interior cleared the way for a transmission line in the shores off the Mid-Atlantic that will convey electricity from an offshore wind farm that would extend from New Jersey to Virginia.
New International Terminal Opens in Atlanta
The new international terminal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport opened its doors last week, offering space for the city’s ever-increasing international passenger traffic.
The Beginning of OMEGA
NASA opens for commercial development an innovative wastewater system that treats wastewater in photo bioreactors with microalgae, yielding clean water and biofuel in the process.
Story Boards Envision Los Angeles’s Future
By asking architecture firms that are submitting proposals for work on Los Angeles’s Union Station to also imagine how the entire area might look in 2050, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hoping to inspire enthusiasm for not just the transit center, but for the revitalization of a large section of the city.
Virginia Bridge Replacement Funded by New Mechanism
The Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (VTIB) has agreed to contribute toward its first project, the replacement of a two-lane bascule bridge with a higher, wider fixed span that will ease marine and vehicular traffic.
State DOTS Reduce Energy, Costs, and Risks with LEDs
As state departments of transportation consider every option to reduce costs while not impacting service, many are turning to longer-lasting, energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs—and are finding some illuminating results.
San Francisco Unveils Wind Resource Map
The City by the Bay taps CH2M HILL to develop an interactive map that enables property owners to see if a small wind turbine installation is practical in their location.
Center for Brain Health Designed for Interaction
The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia has been designed to encourage researchers, doctors, and patients to interact while making it easy for impaired patients to find their way.
Maintaining Infrastructure Challenges Outer Banks
The North Carolina Department of Transportation finds no perfect solutions as it tries to build and maintain roads and bridges that connect the state’s mainland to its precious but dwindling barrier islands.
Oklahoma Deconstructs, Recycles Interstate Bridge
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has begun deconstruction work on the state’s longest bridge, known as the Crosstown Bridge, in Oklahoma City. The bridge’s longitudinal steel girders are being recycled so that they can be used for new county bridges within the state.
Portland Streetcar Extension Set to Open
Punch list work is under way on the Portland Streetcar Loop extension project, which brings a modern streetcar system to the eastern side of the city of Portland for the first time.
CT DOT’s First Bus Rapid Transit System Under Way
The Connecticut DOT chose bus rapid transit from among many options for expanding capacity on Interstate 84 between New Britain and Hartford, determining that dedicated buses given the right of way could cut some commutes in half without breaking the bank.
Washington, D.C., Debates Raising Height Limits
As the nation’s capital grows, proponents of taller buildings in certain sections of the city face opposition from those who would preserve the city’s long-standing height restriction law.
Distinctive Footbridge Approved for St. Paul
The conceptual design of a curvilinear, single-tower pedestrian suspension bridge was approved by the City of St. Paul earlier this year. The bridge will cross a highway and railroad tracks, connecting the waterfront to a nature sanctuary.
New Study Calls for Preservation of Route 66
A new multiyear economic impact study conducted by researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—in collaboration with the National Park Service and the World Monuments Fund—spotlights communities along the famed Route 66 corridor.
Urban Nature Area Takes Shape
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County embraces nature by constructing an extensive network of gardens to attract wildlife and visitors alike.
Cardboard Cathedral Brings New Hope
In Christchurch, New Zealand, an inspiring cathedral made of cardboard is set to rise from the rubble, a symbol of a new beginning in a hard-hit city.
Minority Engineer Releases Best Employer List
The annual readers’ choice awards bestowed by Minority Engineer magazine include several civil engineering firms among a mix of titans including Microsoft, Google, and General Electric.
Wastewater Plant Turns Food Into Electricity
A wastewater treatment plant, in Oakland, California, that converts wastewater and trucked-in food waste to energy, has become the first such plant in the U.S. to generate more power than it uses.
New Geothermal Source Ideal For Urban Areas
A new geothermal system ideal for dense urban environments has come to the United States. The system uses a heat-transfer process to turn large-scale sewer lines into geothermal wells.
Los Angeles Replaces Iconic Bridge
Los Angeles has announced an international design competition to find the perfect cable-stayed structure to replace the historical 6th Street Bridge.
Convent in Harlem Epitomizes Environmentalism
An order of nuns in Harlem is living out the ideal of environmental consciousness in a home built with rooftop gardens, solar panels, water-saving plumbing, and a rainwater collection system.
Abandoned Quarry Converted to Luxury Hotel
Visible as only a modest two-story structure from ground level, a luminous new luxury hotel in Shanghai will extend 17 stories below ground into an abandoned quarry filled with water features.
Building and Contents Tested On Shake Table
A five-story structure, portions equipped as a hospital, is being tested on the outdoor shake table at the University of California San Diego to help engineers understand the response of critical structures and their potential for remaining fully operational after an earthquake.
Phoenix Extends Light-Rail System
The light-rail system in the Phoenix metro area is expanding after just three and a half years of operation. The first phase of a planned 37 mi extension—nearly double the current length—is expected to be ready by 2015.
Collapse Investigations Reveal Serious Deficiencies
Two investigations into last summer’s fatal stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair reveal a structure with inadequate lateral load resistance and questionable decision making as a severe storm approached.
New York City Considers Zone Green
New York City moves forward on a series of sustainability zoning changes that could bring more solar panels and wind turbines to city roofs and reduce energy costs by $800 million a year.
Report Assesses Water Risks
The Natural Resources Defense Council looks at measures states are taking to address climate change water resource issues and finds few leaders.
Researchers Test Reinforced Masonry
A professor in Canada puts reinforced masonry to the test and finds some surprising results about how structural components interact during seismic events.
Rolling Roof Defines New Airport Terminal
A new terminal that will double the capacity of the Abu Dhabi International Airport features an undulating steel roof, high-performance glass façade, and X-shaped plan that maximizes efficiency.
Investors to Fund Chicago Infrastructure Projects
The Chicago Infrastructure Trust is a citywide experiment that will connect pension and investment fund operators with bundled public infrastructure renewal projects in hopes of providing payoffs for all.
Saline Aquifers Could Hold CO2 for a Century
A carbon capture and storage solution proposed by MIT researchers could hold 100 percent of the CO<sub>2</sub> emissions produced by U.S. coal- and gas-fired power plants during the next century.
Connected Vehicle Pilot Program Rolls
Connected vehicle technology will be extensively tested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, beginning later this year to assess the safety benefits and driver acceptance of the systems.
Researchers Model Tsunami-Induced Currents
Researchers affiliated with the University of Southern California are modeling the harbor currents experienced in California after the tsunamis of 2010 and 2011 to create hazard maps for the state’s major commercial ports.
Building High, Feeding a City
Sweden will build a vertical greenhouse with cascading, rotating trays of vegetation to help one of its cities feed itself.
Building for Climate Change Resilience
A new report by researchers at the University of Michigan and the U.S. Green Building Council examines climate change in eight U.S. regions and identifies building strategies to increase resiliency.
California Waterway Restoration Begins
Construction recently began on the latest effort to restore wildlife habitat and promote recreation along the Tajunga Wash, a Los Angeles waterway that was stripped of its natural features decades ago as part of efforts to reduce flooding.
Deep Space Auditorium Now Under Construction
A new 600,000 sq ft underground building, which includes a 100,000 sq ft column-free auditorium, is currently under way in rural Wisconsin. The building will extend 74 ft underground and contain a 6-acre green roof in order to preserve views of local farmland.
Fund Will Help Clean Anacostia River
Federal and District of Columbia agencies have banded together to offer millions of dollars toward remediating the significantly polluted Anacostia River, part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Design Will Reshape St. Louis Landscape
The CityArchRiver 2015 Initiative in St. Louis is a public-private partnership project aimed at expanding and connecting tourist destinations surrounding the iconic Gateway Arch.
Tunnel Portals Evoke Classic Design
The portals to the Port of Miami Tunnel will feature classic architecture, soft lighting, and meaningful inscriptions as they point the way toward a city on the move.
Study Assesses Coastal Aquifer Risks
A new study reveals that overextraction is a far greater threat to aquifers that are experiencing saltwater intrusion than are rising sea levels due to climate change.
Engineering Prize Nominations Open
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering seeks to energize the profession’s reputation by recognizing crowning achievements with a £1-million award.
Plant Stores Solar Energy
The tallest molten salt tower in the world rising from the dunes outside of Tonopah, Nevada, will eventually power 43,000 homes.
Sundance Art Center Features Twisting Design
BIG has been named the designer of the new Kimball Art Center, in Park City, Utah. The timber structure will be situated adjacent to the existing Kimball Art Center—home of the Sundance Film Festival—and become a gateway to the city.
New STEM Study Focuses on Girls
A new study released by the Girl Scout Research Institute has found that even though the majority of girls have a high interest in STEM fields, very few of them identify a STEM career as their first choice.
Colorado Wind Project Moves Forward
A large wind project will begin soon near Rattlesnake Butte outside of Walsenburg, Colorado, that will generate enough electricity to power 15,000 homes.
U.K. Approves New High-Speed Rail
The United Kingdom recently approved the construction of a Y-shaped high-speed rail network that will extend through rural landscapes to link London with cities in central and northern England.
Yale Recaptures Gallery’s History
An ambitious renovation and expansion project at Yale University combines three historical buildings of diverse architecture into one cohesive art gallery.
Pedestrian Crossing Suspended from Bridge
The first phase of the earthwork for the development of the Red Gate Bridge, in St. Charles, Illinois—which will feature a pedestrian and bicycle crossing suspended beneath a two-lane vehicular deck—has been completed.
Great Lakes and River Basins May Divide
The threat of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System may result in the undoing of one of the largest engineering projects in U.S. history: the reversal of the Chicago River.
Environmental Firms Shift Strategies to Succeed
A new report indicates that environmental consulting firms are pursuing more work related to the principles of sustainable development, but energy production may offer the highest profit potential.
Webinar Unveils Risk, Resiliency Tools
The Department of Homeland Security conducted a webinar recently to unveil three tools that evaluate the risk and resiliency of buildings, transit systems, and tunnels.
Managing Disaster Debris
New handbook will detail how to develop an effective debris management plan to speed disaster recovery.
U.S. Transportation Systems Heading in Right Direction
A new “pocket guide” published by the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that the nation’s transportation systems are safer, less destructive to the environment, and in better condition today than they have been in years.
Mexico Builds Highest Cable-Stayed Bridge
Mexico recently completed construction of a bridge that looms 403 m above a canyon in the western part of the country, making it the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world.
Grants Fund Rail Research
The U.S. DOT has announced its 2012 University Transportation Center grants, establishing its first university research center devoted entirely to rail transportation.
President’s Council Issues STEM Initiative
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has released new plans for increasing the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by at least one million within the next decade.
Oman Extends Water Network
The sultanate on the Arabian Peninsula has embarked on a $260-million construction project to provide potable water to 400,000 residents, eliminating a cumbersome vehicular delivery system.
Port of Long Beach Expansion Is Under Way
The first phase of a significant expansion project is now under way at the Port of Long Beach, California, in an effort to double the capacity of the port’s Middle Harbor and accommodate post-Panamax ships.
Korea Creates Invisible Landmark Tower
Tower Infinity in Incheon, South Korea, will feature a pixilated curtain wall that can provide the illusion of invisibility, or allow the structure to become a message board. Tower Infinity will become a landmark and cultural hub.
Forth Rail Bridge Repainted
A new red coat of paint on Scotland’s Forth Rail Bridge has been applied, finishing a 10- year job. A three-coat system was chosen to restore the luster to the iconic 19th-century railway bridge and protect it for years to come.
Companies Revamp, Operate Maryland Travel Plazas
Under the terms of a recently announced public–private partnership involving the State of Maryland and a consortium of private firms, two state-owned travel plazas on Interstate 95 will be redesigned and redeveloped at a cost of $56 million, all of which will be paid by a private entity.
Work Begins on Roundhouse
Construction has begun on a new roundhouse museum building and turntable pit at the historic Tuscumbia Railway Depot in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The design calls for an antique train turntable to be situated adjacent to the museum.
Frat House Goes Green
Students at Drexel University plan an ambitious sustainability project for an 1872 Victorian house on a tree-lined street at the edge of campus.
Last Stretch of I-15 Express Lanes Open
The final stretch of express lanes along Interstate 15 in Southern California opened last month, completing a 20 mi express lanes project through the San Diego area.
Student Competition Reimagines Ground Zero
Architecture students from Carnegie Mellon University faced an enormous challenge in their fourth year design studio: Create a new home for the Joyce Theater at the site of the World Trade Center.
Ten Trends Bear Watching
As engineering and construction companies prepare for an uncertain year ahead, one industry consulting firm reports that 10 trends in the profession could influence success or failure in 2012.
Existing Buildings Are Greenest
A new study conducted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation finds that reusing existing buildings almost always offers increased environmental savings over demolition and new construction.
Planners Champion Louisiana’s Coast
Louisiana loses more than 16 sq mi of land to coastal erosion annually. In January, the agency charged with protecting and restoring the state’s coast released a draft of a $50-billion plan to reverse that trend, and outlined specific steps toward achieving that goal within the next 50 years.
2011 LEED Rankings Released
The U.S. Green Building Council has released the 2011 rankings of the top 10 states in LEED-certified projects. Heading the list are Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Illinois.
Giving Cats Shelter
New York architects design and build innovative portable shelters to bring attention to the city’s thousands of feral cats and the hardships they face in winter.
Giant Steel Piles Driven
Possibly the largest-diameter steel piles ever driven have been installed by an eight-hammer pile driver called the OctaKong for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Seaway.
Sea Level Rise May Threaten D.C.
A study published in the journal Risk Analysis uses models to predict rising sea levels caused by global warming and maps the potential damage to Washington, D.C.
Building Comes Alive
The largest, tallest “living building” to date is currently under construction on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.
AEC Seminar Focuses on Change
A recent seminar focused on how engineers and builders can better serve clients by improving project delivery, performance-based designs, and dispute resolution.
Environmental Work to Grow
Recent research offers reason for optimism in the environmental consulting and engineering markets. Global demand for energy from both more traditional and newer sources as well as the remediation of contaminated sites will drive this growth.
From Landfill to Light Switch
A new power plant under construction in Plainfield Connecticut—fueled by construction waste—will generate enough electricity to power 37,000 homes.
Brownfield Turns Green
Arlington County, Virginia, has repurposed a brownfield site—once an eyesore of old appliances leaking polychlorinated biphenyl—into a dazzling park with soccer fields and a sweeping esplanade.
Airport Goes for Gold
The first airport terminal in the United States to achieve LEED gold status is a dramatic makeover of an early building at San Francisco International Airport.
Ports Plan for New Vessels
Cities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are planning on deepening and expanding their ports to accommodate post-Panamax vessels in time for the completion of the Panama Canal expansion project in 2014.
Orphanage Acts as Example
A new orphanage planned in Haiti will house children, educate builders, and serve as a model for green building techniques in a country where nearly everyone is off the grid.
Wastewater Reuse Endorsed
A report by the National Research Council endorses the reuse of treated municipal wastewater as one step toward resolving some of the nation’s water supply problems, especially in coastal areas.
Foundation Failure Overcome
An office building in Durham, North Carolina, that had sustained a failure in the foundation-level parking deck was successfully repaired and even modernized.
Study Seeks to Improve Roads
A new study being conducted at Kansas State University explores the use of lignin, a waste product of biofuel and paper production, to improve the cohesion of granular soils.
AEC Recovering Slowly
A new report forecasts the 2012 architecture, engineering, and construction fields by market sector and finds that little improvement can be expected over last year. While some trends are positive, a slow recovery is likely.
Job Reports Create Optimism
In December the U.S. unemployment rate continued its downward trend, but the construction industry added jobs in its best showing in several years. Modest gains may soon be seen in architecture as well.
Ferry Terminal Restored
Ferry service has returned to the restored Hoboken Ferry Terminal, offering choice and convenience to New Jersey commuters who use this key intermodal transportation hub to cross the Hudson River into New York City.
New CE Degree Goes Green
A new energy, civil infrastructure, and climate program at the University of California, Berkeley, is ready to admit its second class and graduate its first.
Major Affects Job Prospects
A new report correlating college majors with unemployment rates finds engineering undergraduate students, including civil engineering majors, can anticipate a lower unemployment rate than the national average.
Renovation Fulfills Vision
The $33-million renovation and expansion of the historical Julia Ideson Building in Houston, Texas, fulfills the architect’s original vision 84 years after construction.
Arch Bridge to Set Record
The City of Hastings, Minnesota, once a tourist attraction thanks to a unique spiral bridge, will once again be home to an innovative bridge when the longest freestanding tied-arch bridge in North America is completed in 2014.
Chicago HSR Progresses
The Illinois Department of Transportation has received additional federal funds to extend work on its high-speed rail upgrade between St. Louis and Chicago.
Solar Array Follows the Sun
When the enormous new solar plant taking shape in California’s Mojave Desert goes online in 2013 it will generate enough energy to supply power to 140,000 homes.
States Rebound From Irene
Vermont, New York, and New Jersey are ringing in the New Year with the final repairs to infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene and the tropical storm Lee last fall.
Skyscrapers Climb Higher
Thanks to advances in engineering and construction techniques, the buildings that will be the 20 tallest by 2020 will reach far higher than today’s tallest skyscrapers—and most will be located in Asia and the Middle East.
Engineering Interests Teens
Familiarizing teenagers with the financial rewards, social importance, and “cool” factor of engineering can increase their likelihood of pursuing the profession as a career path.
USGBC Lists Top Schools
The U.S. Green Building Council recently recognized leaders in 10 categories for their commitment to sustainable projects in schools and universities.
Coal Ash Pollution Cited
A new report adds 19 coal ash disposal ponds and landfills located within 9 states to a growing list of such facilities that are reported to be contaminating groundwater sources.
O’Hare Runway Progresses
After litigation-related delays, construction is moving forward on a new runway at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport designed to accommodate all types of passenger and cargo aircraft, including the largest and heaviest planes.