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By Charlotte Briggs CENG, Francis Archer, Ph.D., CENG, Justin Arendse, and Tessa Brunette, PRARCH
Once a grain silo complex consisting of a working house and storage annex for the processing of grain and other products, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and the Silo Hotel are the products of a unique vision by the architect, design innovation by the engineers, and a leap of faith by the client. Completed in 2017 at a cost of £30 million, the new complex pays homage to Cape Town, South Africa's history and culture.
By Robert Brown, P.E., M.ASCE
A $798-million Dallas highway project improved traffic flow into and out of the city's downtown. The new "Horseshoe" interchange corrected the traffic bottlenecks and safety concerns of the original design from the 1960s with improved geometry, wider bridges, and relocated exits.
by Tara Hoke
In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached a plea agreement with Brazilian-based engineering and construction conglomerate Odebrecht S.A. What may initially have been a simple scheme of spreading cash around to local politicians soon evolved in size and sophistication. What does ASCE's Code of Ethics have to say about corruption, and what role can ASCE members play in combatting it?
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
There are two essential moments in the story of Texas's independence. First, despair: the Battle of the Alamo, the 13-day siege in February and March of 1836 during which Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna defeated and killed the so-called "Texian" fighters. Then, triumph: Sam Houston's victory over Santa Anna less than two months later at the Battle of San Jacinto, 22 mi east of present day Houston.
The latter led to the creation of the Republic of Texas in 1836, followed by Texas's admittance to the United States of America in 1845 as its 28th state. Houston's crowning moment also led to the creation of the nation's largest stone column monument, the San Jacinto Monument.
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