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December 2012
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Bascule Bridge Constructed Over Existing Crossing
VDOT is replacing the aging Gilmerton Bridge, a twin-bascule drawbridge, on the same site, while keeping the existing bridge open.
West Coast States, Province Jointly Fund Infrastructure
California, Oregon, and Washington have joined together with British Columbia to create a nonprofit entity that will look to the future of infrastructure funding.
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.
Park above Highway Reconnects Parts of Dallas
A multiuse park has been constructed atop a highway that was long ago sunk into a trench, reconnecting downtown Dallas with its up-and-coming arts district.
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.
New Ecuadorian Airport Overcomes Challenging Site
Despite extraordinary site challenges, the first phase of Quito International Airport was recently completed, paving the way for a spring opening.
London School Completes Innovative Renovation
A prestigious school in West London has a dazzling new home, complete with a spectacular atrium and classes flooded with natural light.
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.
Impact of East Coast Temblor Greater than Expected
New research reveals that earthquake-induced ground shaking travels much farther on the East Coast of the United States than previously realized.
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.
Winning Design of Japan’s National Stadium Announced
The Japan Sport Council has announced the winner of the design competition for the country’s new national stadium: London-based Zaha Hadid Architects.
African Conference Center Encapsulates Modernism
WORKac’s circular conference center for Gabon, Africa, is perforated by open, oval gardens—and infused with the emerging nation’s optimism.
November 2012
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Grand Central Terminal Reimagined in Grand Style
Three design firms have creatively reimagined the future of the public space around New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
HNTB Wins Bridge Design Competition in Los Angeles
With a concept inspired by the existing bridge, HNTB wins a competition to design the new Sixth Street Viaduct in Los Angeles.
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.
Indiana Completes Highway Years Early, Millions Ahead
The Indiana Department of Transportation capitalized on an innovative funding source to complete a portion of the long-awaited Interstate 69 far ahead of schedule and under budget.
Largest Steel Bridge Truss Assembled and Placed
The largest bridge truss to be fully assembled off-site and lifted into place in one motion is prepared to serve rail commuters in Chicago.
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.
Arctic Economy Viewed as Challenging but Emerging
Analyst firm predicts shrinking ice and rich oil and natural gas reserves will combine to create a tempting, but challenging atmosphere for exploration.
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.
Rail Station Harbors A Grand Design
London Crossrail’s Canary Wharf sails to a spectacular finish.
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.
Data Center Explores Promise Of Heat Capture
A data center housed in a historical rail station examines the possibility of capturing the excess heat produced by computer servers and converting it to power.
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.
Louis Kahn’s Minimalist FDR Memorial Opens
A new tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt is complete after nearly 40 years on the drawing board, one of the final works of famed architect Louis Kahn.
Construction Projected to Increase in 2013
Construction spending is expected to continue a modest recovery in 2013, growing between 6 and 7 percent.
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San Francisco Bay Projects Awarded EPA Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces $6.5 million in grants to restore coastal wetlands and improve water quality.
Italian Theater Features ‘Open’ Acoustic Design
A multipurpose theater in Montalto di Castro was designed to be open from end to end, only partial walls and velvet curtains dividing the spaces and manipulating acoustics.
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.
Cultural Center Joins Norwegian City
“The Silver Factory” has been selected as the winning concept in a design competition for a cultural center in the city of Kongsberg, Norway.
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.
California Rolls Out Building Efficiency Loans
CaliforniaFIRST is the largest property-assessed clean energy finance program in the nation, offering an attractive option for investing in energy efficiency upgrades to structures.
Baku’s Flamelike Towers Won’t Flicker
Three new curved towers, the highest in the region, are designed to withstand significant winds and earthquakes despite their ethereal appearance.
October 2012
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Update to Civil Engineering Website
Due to the recent East Coast storm, the Civil Engineering magazine website will next be updated on November 6.
UNC Opens Genome Building
A crossroads site on campus undergoes a stunning transformation, complete with research facility, parking garage, and storm-water control measures.
New Line to Connect Toronto Rail to Airport
The Air Rail Link will connect Toronto’s Union Station rail complex with Pearson International Airport. But controversy continues over what type of cars to use.
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.
Thermoresponsive Material Conserves Buildings’ Energy
Researchers in Switzerland have identified a hydrophilic, hydrophobic polymer that changes its water-absorbing qualities depending on its temperature, giving buildings the ability to ‘sweat.’
U.S. Government Identifies Best Solar Energy Zones
The federal government has identified 17 “zones” on public lands that are well suited to the development of utility-grade solar arrays.
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.
High Concept Wins in the Low Countries
An ecologically rich “green city” is set to bloom in the Netherlands.
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.
Soft Soils, High Water Challenge School Renovation
A multiyear, multiphase program to renovate and expand a 40-year-old high school is proceeding despite soft soils, high water, unmapped buried infrastructure—and ongoing classes.
Traditional Buildings Need Different “Green” Retrofits
Modern methods of improving the energy efficiency of buildings may not work for older buildings in the United Kingdom, a new report says.
Canadian Infrastructure Rated Good but at Risk
Canada’s first Infrastructure “report card” gives highways and water systems a passing grade—but cautions against complacency.
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.
Early Planning Can Create Postflooding Resiliency
A new report published by the National Research Council maps out methods for dam and levee professionals to help communities become resilient in the face of dam and levee failures.
World’s Largest Ferris Wheel Planned for Staten Island
Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, will see the completion of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel on its north shore.
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.
Boosting Efficiency Leads To Increased Profit
A new white paper examines how the construction industry can utilize new technologies and techniques to increase productivity in a difficult economic climate.
Drexel Maps Its Future with New Master Plan
A fast growing university in an historic city develops a master plan to connect to, and help develop, the surrounding communities.
Report Calls for Dam and Levee Safety Improvements
The critical needs of dams and levees within the United States have been sidelined for too long, according to a new report—and that needs to change.
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.
Civil Engineering Profession Projected to Grow
The latest Occupational Outlook Handbook projects the field will add 51,000 new jobs by 2020, outpacing many other engineering fields.  
Global Reliance on Clean Energy Possible, Practical
According to two new reports, there is enough wind on earth to generate all of its power needs. But that is only part of the story.
Challenges in STEM Education Abound
A forum hosted by U.S. News &amp; 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.
Power-Generating Buoy Is Readied for Deployment
The first power-generating buoy—part of the nation’s first grid-connected, commercial “wave park”—is being readied for deployment off the coast of Oregon.
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. 
Crucial New Tunnel under River Tyne Dedicated
Traffic is flowing in tunnels under the River Tyne following completion of a new tunnel that eliminated a bottleneck once responsible for long traffic delays.
Software Rates Products’ Carbon Footprints
Software under development at Columbia University can quickly and automatically inform suppliers about the carbon footprints of the products in their databases.
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German High-Rise Built Atop Historic Bomb Shelter
A new high-rise being completed this month in Bochum, Germany, has the unusual characteristic of being built directly atop a World War II-era bomb shelter. 
Hong Kong Invests in Underground Flood Control
A new system under construction in Hong Kong will provide storm-water storage under the infield of scenic Happy Valley Racecourse during heavy rain events. 
Simulating Hurricanes May Revolutionize Design, Codes
Two Florida universities build a tempest in a tank and a “wall of wind” to improve research into hurricane-resistant structures. 
New Orleans’ Defenses Weathered Isaac ‘Very Well’
Hurricane Isaac tested both the eastern and western sides of the recently strengthened Greater New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System. 
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. 
Naturally Ventilated Sports Center Under Way in the U.K.
Construction has begun on the University of Cambridge’s new sports center, a naturally ventilated sports hall designed by London-based Arup Associates. 
Unconventional Arch Bridge Crosses California Canyon
An engineering and construction team used existing technology in new ways to replace a structurally deficient canyon bridge with a concrete open-spandrel arch. 
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. 
San Francisco Museum Seeks “Net-Zero” Energy Use
A structure that could potentially be the largest “net-zero” museum in the United States is slated for completion this year and to open to the public in 2013. 
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. 
NYC Publishes First Energy Benchmark Report
A comprehensive look at energy usage in 1.7 billion sq ft of built space reveals a complex mosaic in which older buildings use less energy than newer ones. 
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. 
Atlanta Multimodal Center Set on Faster Track
With its inclusion on the Federal Infrastructure Projects Dashboard, work on a new multimodal passenger terminal in Atlanta will be expedited by one year. 
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. 
New Report Identifies “Green” Sports Leaders
A new report issued this month by the Natural Resources Defense Council identifies the ways in which major sports venues have helped advance ecological stewardship. 
Railway Connects Brussels Airport to European Rail
The first public-private partnership for a rail project in Belgium has delivered an underground connection that vastly improves access to the airport from the European high-speed rail system. 
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. 
Layered Pipeline Offers Longer Lengths, Fewer Leaks
A new method of manufacturing pipeline from carbon-fiber fabric layers surrounding a lightweight core offers the promise of longer lengths with fewer joints—which could mean far fewer leaks. 
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. 
Nature Park Planned For Chicago Area Island
Work gets under way this month on a plan to convert a disused island in Chicago into a man-made ecological preserve and urban recreational park. 
Railroad Trench to Ease Traffic, Prevent Collisions
A new railroad trench is being built in California as part of the Alameda Corridor-East project to prevent crossing collisions and ease congestion. 
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. 
New Steel Arch, Stress Ribbon Bridge Opens
A newly dedicated pedestrian bridge in Forth Worth, Texas, that combines a steel deck arch with a stress “ribbon” is the first of its kind in North America. 
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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. 
Flock House Project Asks Bold Questions
A New York artist’s latest work envisions an urban environment in which housing is small, mobile, and linked to other houses. 
Vassar Plans an Innovative New Science Building
Vassar College plans a new science building that will be a bridge to the future as well as a bridge across campus, complete with state-of-the-art bird-friendly glass. 
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. 
Competition Winners Aim to Transform Tampa
Participants in an international urban design competition offer the city of Tampa some creative ideas for maximizing the city’s liquid assets. 
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. 
CUNY Plans Science, Engineering Complex
A six-year building project under way in Manhattan will invigorate CUNY’s science, engineering, and technology programs for faculty and students. 
Yosemite Park Report Will Determine Bridges’ Fate
The value of historic stone arch bridges in Yosemite National Park is being weighed against a desire to return the Merced River in California to its naturally free-flowing state. 
FHWA Promotes Cost- and Time-Saving Techniques
The FHWA reveals a second round of innovation initiatives that will improve safety, streamline regulation, and quicken the delivery of projects. 
Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit Progresses
 An important link across the San Francisco Bay is updated with new joints and pendulum bearings.
Florida Uses “Greener” Cold Asphalt Recycling
One of Florida’s first airfield projects to use an unusual, “cold” asphalt recycling process has recently been completed. 
Infinity Loop Bridge Presents Graceful Design
Design work moves forward on an elegant new asymmetrical arch bridge to be constructed in Zhuhai, China, following an international design competition. 
Printing Adds a New Dimension to Design
Early efforts with 3-D printing show great promise, but work remains to adapt the techniques to large-scale construction projects. 
Photographer Offers New Perspective on Underground
By studying cities from the point of view of their underground structures, photographer Steve Duncan sheds new light on the often forgotten infrastructure that keeps our cities running. 
Rooftop Agriculture Offers Urban Storm Water Solution
New Yorkers are reaping long-term environmental benefits as well as an abundance of fresh produce from rooftop farms in the city. 
Extreme Heat Covers More of the Earth
A new report finds an increase in summer temperature anomalies and connects that, in part, to global warming. 
Space for Emerging Artists Crowns Beaumont Theater
The Claire Tow Theater was carefully constructed atop Eero Saarinen’s 50-year-old Vivian Beaumont Theater, part of the 16-acre campus of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. 
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. 
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum Expands Underground
The Victoria and Albert Museum, in London, has received planning permission to complete a £41-million project that will include a new entrance and an underground gallery topped by a new public plaza. 
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. 
Construction Begins on ‘Supertall’ Tower in China
Designed as a distinctive element of the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, the structure will offer a variety of services. 
Report Analyzes States’ Renewable Energy Potential
A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory looks at the vast potential of solar, wind, and geothermal technologies on a state-by-state basis. 
UCLA Researchers Develop Transparent Solar Film
A thin, flexible, transparent film that can be sprayed or painted on almost any surface could generate electricity cleanly and reliably in the very near future. 
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. 
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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. 
Waterloo Light-Rail and Bus System Gets Green Light
Ontario, Canada’s Technology Triangle has put construction of a new 23 mi transit network on the fast track to stay ahead of the area’s projected population growth. 
New U.S.-Canada Bridge Will Improve Traffic, Trade
Historic partnership between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit will construct a new international fixed-span bridge over the Detroit River by 2020. 
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. 
Census Bureau Revises Construction Spending Totals
The Census Bureau revises construction spending totals for 2010 and 2011, lowering by 6.3 percent the investment in heavy engineering in 2011. 
China’s First “Racing” Wooden Roller-Coaster Opens
The Dauling Dragon—China’s first “racing” wooden coaster—has opened in Wuhan, China. This is the third wooden roller-coaster to open in the country since 2009, and a fourth is coming soon. 
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.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Brings Outdoors In
The new design for a busy children’s hospital in the United Kingdom focuses on green space to aid in the healing process. 
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. 
Detroit Considers Forestry to Spur Economy
A small grove of hardwood trees could be the beginning of a much larger push to return abandoned properties to Detroit’s tax rolls. 
Denver Opens New Crime Lab Facility
The recently opened state-of-the-art crime lab is the Denver Police Department’s new pride and joy. 
New Report Details Employers, Employees Ability To Connect
The Brookings Institution issued a new report on transit accessibility last week that details the transit links between employers and potential employees in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. 
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. 
Transportation Law Offers Respite from Uncertainty
A law reauthorizing the nation’s surface transportation program at current levels extends through September 2014. 
San Francisco Control Tower Features Innovative Design
The twisting, metal-clad tower is designed with an offset control-room cab, leaving abundant space for the installation of the latest GPS-based flight control technology. 
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. 
Baltimore’s New Berth to Serve Post-Panamax Ships
Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal installs four large cranes, the finishing touch on a new fourth berth that will service post-Panamax ships. 
Iconic Tower Offers London, Olympics Venue Views
A looping, twisting steel structure offers a new way to view the London skyline as well as the venues of the London 2012 Olympics. 
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. 
Historic William and Mary Renovates Its Campus
The second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States installs a modern heating and cooling system while maintaining the aesthetics and charm of its historic campus. 
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. 
Chicago Transit Builds First Station in 15 Years
Transit service on Chicago’s famed El line to a neighborhood in transition will be provided via a modern, glass-enclosed station that offers stunning views of the city. 
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. 
U. S. Sea Levels Are Rising on Coasts
Two new research reports published in June examine sea-level rise on the U.S. East Coast and West Coast and deliver troubling news. 
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. 
Newly Created Material Traps Carbon Dioxide
A new nanoscale material that combines metallic ions with an organic compound can store carbon dioxide long enough for the gas to be sequestered—possibly forever. 
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. 
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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. 
U.S. Cities Behind on Climate Change Preparedness
Cities around the United States may want to follow the examples set by those in other parts of the world and embrace the need to combat climate change now, an MIT report says. 
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. 
McCarran Airport Expansion Heralds Las Vegas Comeback
Las Vegas is betting that the nearly half-mile-long Terminal 3 it has added to its airport will signal the city’s turnaround from a long-standing slump. 
American Revolution Museum Finds Home in Philadelphia
A new museum for artifacts from the American Revolution has found a proper home amidst Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in downtown Philadelphia. 
CTBUH Recognizes the Best Tall Buildings
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat releases its annual list of the best tall buildings in four regions after a record year for skyscrapers. 
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 &amp; 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. 
Expansion of Philadelphia Airport Finally Takes Off
Expansion work on Philadelphia International Airport—known as one of the most congested airports in the nation—is moving forward at long last. 
Dutch Wastewater Plant First to Use New Process
A Dutch wastewater treatment plant now includes the first full-scale municipal application of a biological treatment process that uses a single reactor—saving space, energy, and costs. 
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. 
Juno Sculpture Moved Carefully to New Home
Engineering firm Weidlinger Associates helps a nearly 2,000-year-old goddess come in from the cold to become a centerpiece at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 
New Art Foundation Museum Closely Follows Its Predecessor
The new home of the Barnes Foundation, in downtown Philadelphia, was designed so that the museum’s renowned art exhibits could be placed to perfectly match their original positions in Albert C. Barnes’ suburban mansion. 
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. 
New York City’s Oldest Bridge Reopens Next Year
The city’s oldest span has been closed for almost half a century, and when it reopens, it will unite the Bronx with Washington Heights and provide relief from the summer’s hottest days. 
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. 
New Boston Schools Project Saves Historical Façades
A new administrative building for the Boston public schools will reuse the facades of three historical buildings, enabling the new municipal building to seamlessly join a National Historic District. 
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. 
One World Trade Center Height Spikes Debate
A redesign of the spire at the top of One World Trade Center may prevent it from officially reaching the symbolic height of 1,776 ft. 
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. 
Port of Portland HQ Is Sustainability Model
The Port of Portland’s new headquarters serves as a model of sustainability in the region, achieving a LEED Platinum rating. 
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. 
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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 York Architect Plans Urban Revitalization
Inspired by building exhibitions in Germany, Meta Brunzema and a team of architects is formulating a plan to reinvent and reenergize cities along the Hudson River and Erie Canal. 
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. 
Geopolymer Concrete Protects against Corrosion
A new form of concrete made with geopolymer binders rather than portland cement exhibits high strength, low permeability, and high resistance to corrosion and heat. 
Snakelike Gardens Suggest Cleaner, Greener City
In Mexico City, vertical gardens with hydroponic plantings remind residents and visitors alike of the region’s emerging environmental consciousness. 
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. 
Structural Work on Taiwan Arts Center Nears Completion
Structural work on the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Arts of Taiwan, which will be one of the world’s largest cultural arts complexes, is almost complete. 
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. 
Computer Model Will Predict Concrete Durability
Researchers are developing a computer model to predict the properties of concrete—including durability—by examining the mixture composition and rheology. 
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. 
Civil Engineering Projects Receive EPA P3 Grants
Civil engineering projects that focus on sustainability are among the 15 winners of the 2012 EPA P3 Awards selected from among entries submitted by 300 university and colleges. 
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. 
Rehabbed Rosendale Trestle On Target for Fall Opening
The 140-year-old structure will be a key link and enticing attraction in a more than 20 mi trail for pedestrians and cyclists in New York’s Wallkill Valley. 
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. 
Haitian Rubble Homes Offer More than Just Shelter
A charitable organization is teaming with faculty and students from a Georgia university to build sturdy homes in Haiti from the rubble left behind by the 2010 earthquake. 
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. 
Frito-Lay Facility Showcases Sustainability
By treating and reusing process water and generating electricity with photovoltaic panels, a food production facility in Arizona is trying to go “off the grid.” 
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Multithemed Museum Features Futuristic Design
An ultramodern museum taking shape in northwestern Tennessee uses a variety of building shapes to house educational exhibits on a vast array of topics. 
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. 
Solar Array at Occidental Combines Art with Energy
A ground-mounted solar array on the campus of Occidental College near Los Angeles is designed to follow the undulating topography of the campus’s grounds. 
Cleveland Anticipates Iconic New Bridge
A curved, double bascule pedestrian bridge in Cleveland offers an elegant solution to tricky site constraints. 
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. 
Department of Defense Requires STEM Workers
A new report published by the National Academies focuses on the U.S. Department of Defense’s future STEM workforce needs. 
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. 
Orlando Performance Center Will Offer Multiple Venues
Construction is under way on the first phase of a two-phase project for Central Florida that will result in three separate but linked performing arts spaces in the heart of Orlando. 
Work Begins to Eliminate Missouri Rail Bottleneck
Construction work has begun on a new rail bridge in Missouri that will remove the last rail bottleneck between the cities of St. Louis and Jefferson City. 
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. 
Newspaper Goes, Ink Block Moves In
Redevelopment will come quickly for a historical Boston 6.2-acre property in a trendy neighborhood after a local newspaper moves out. 
Context Influences Dallas’s Light-Rail Designs
The bridges and station that comprise the latest extension to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Blue Line were designed to complement their surrounding communities. 
Methane Concerns Renew Cloud Whitening Discussion
Fears of methane release from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf renew discussion of cloud whitening as a way to stop Arctic ice loss. 
Earthquake Tests Mexican Building Codes
Mexico City’s building codes, strengthened after a powerful earthquake devastated the city in 1985, were put to the test in March. 
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. 
Corrosion Sensors Create Early Warning System
If adopted, corrosion sensors embedded in concrete could detect structural instability years before that weakness is visible to inspectors. 
College Degree Attainment Falls Short of Goals
Only 38.3 percent of Americans hold postsecondary degrees, but far more will need to attain them if the country’s economic recovery is to be ensured. 
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. 
Army Establishes Strong Renewable Energy Goal
The U.S. Army will partner with private industries to help accomplish its goal of generating 25 percent of its energy requirements using renewable energy sources by 2025. 
Study Predicts 100-Year Storms Will Become Frequent
A new study utilizes tide levels, sea level rise predictions, and storm surge modeling to identify coastal areas that will be increasingly vulnerable to flooding. 
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. 
Denver Airport Expansion Preserves View of Roof
The first expansion of the iconic Denver International Airport will add a hotel, train station, people mover, and civic plaza—all without blocking views of the airport’s signature roof. 
Women at Community Colleges Benefit from Studying STEM
Improved recruitment and retention of low-income women and students who are parents in STEM training programs is needed for the benefit of the students—and for the nation—a new study says. 
Research Examines Tunnels, Towers in Earthquakes
A research project will investigate the interaction between tall buildings and underground tunnels during an earthquake and develop tools and guidelines to minimize the impacts. 
Fluor, Jacobs Top Fortune’s Most Admired Firms List
Several civil engineering firms ranked among the nation’s most admired engineering and construction firms in Fortune magazine’s prestigious 2012 list.
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. 
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Towering Trellis Distinguishes Shore Hotel
The Shore Hotel, in Santa Monica, California, is integrated into the urban fabric of the beachfront city while aiming to become a modern landmark. 
Chicago Turns Elevated Rail Line to Trail and Park
Plans are moving forward to convert a disused elevated rail line into a park and trail that will connect four neighborhoods and provide an oasis from the city. 
Las Vegas Arts Center Boasts Understated Design
A city known for its over-the-top glitz chose a no-frills art deco-style design—inspired by Hoover Dam—for its new performing arts center. 
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. 
New Research Establishes Impact of Ice-Age Effects
New research argues that ice-age effects that were previously not understood led to inaccurate assumptions about the height of ancient sea level rises. 
Colorado Law Thanks Military Professionals
Colorado engineer works with state lawmakers to develop a thank you for professionals returning from active service in a war zone. 
Highways, Bridges Improve Despite Increased Use
The condition of the nation’s highways, bridges, and transit systems has improved incrementally over the past decade, but gains could be lost if investments remain lacking. 
Students Help Rebuild Shattered Japanese City
Students from the MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative are bringing hope and progress to the city of Minamisanriku on the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
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. 
Renewable Energy Offers Promise and Challenges
Two reports from MIT examine the changes that will be required in the energy infrastructure of the United States to accommodate an increased use of renewable energy sources. 
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. 
St. Croix River Crossing Replacement Approved
Congress has approved the four-lane extradosed crossing that will replace an aging lift bridge on the St. Croix River near Stillwater, Minnesota. 
Hirshhorn Museum Makes Bold Statement
The façade of the Hirshorn Museum, in the nation’s capital, is being reimagined as a 360-degree convex screen. 
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. 
UCLA Music Center Overcomes Challenges
The structural engineering design work has been completed on the new UCLA music facility, a seismically complex structure expected to open in 2014. 
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.  
Texas to Upgrade Critical Rail Crossing
Tower 55, a vital and heavily used at-grade railway intersection in Fort Worth, Texas, has received $104 million in funding for improvements. 
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. 
Export Growth Requires Infrastructure Spending
A new report anticipates significant growth in U.S. exports during the next decade—a finding that has sparked calls for increased spending on infrastructure. 
Riverside Museum Design Honors Glasgow, River Clyde
The Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland, is a masterpiece of design and engineering that symbolizes the connection between Glasgow and the River Clyde while honoring Glasgow’s transportation heritage. 
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. 
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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. 
Florida Commuter Rail Breaks Ground
Florida’s new 61 mi long, commute-reducing SunRail transit project has broken ground and is expected to begin service in 2014. 
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.
California to Remove Levee, Reconstruct Wetlands
California has approved $6.5 million to move forward with an extensive renovation of the Ballona Wetlands, in Los Angeles County, restoring the land as an estuary. 
Research Center Offers Amazon Views
The Amazon Charitable Trust plans to build a science center deep in the rain forest, complete with a six-mile walkway through the treetops. 
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. 
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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. 
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