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Pittsburgh Plans 3D Printing, Additive Hub

Pittsburgh International Airport and its Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus recently announced the development of Neighborhood 91, a world-first development that is to both condense and co...


Report: Construction Wages Up in 2018

According to an analysis conducted by the National Association of Home Builders on the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, workers in constructio...


ME Town to Pay $75K in Fines for Seawall

Since the construction of a seawall along Long Sands Beach, Maine, without a permit, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has fined the town of York $75,000.


Port Covington Project Underway in Baltimore

The first phase of Port Covington’s riverfront mixed-use development project in South Baltimore is reported to be in full swing, three years after city officials approved public financing.


Full Demo for NOLA Hard Rock Planned

Although the bodies of two deceased workers remain in the rubble of the partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel, Mayor LaToya Cantrell reported that the city is preparing for a full ...


Robots Help in $52M IL Housing Project

Currently, the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois is undergoing a $52 million project is slated to add 166,000 square feet of new barracks for military personnel by October 2020.


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

In the latest installation of the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, President Donald J. Trump recently allowed for construction to begin on a section of the wall in Texas without customary envir...


Renderings for Obama Presidential Center Revealed

New renderings of what will become the Obama Presidential Center were revealed by The Obama Foundation during the third annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago.


Victims of Hard Rock Collapse File Suits

As a result of the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, multiple lawsuits have been filed in civil court against the project’s construction leaders and other involved part...


UK Underpass Plans Prompt Anger

After a consultation was launched last month revealing the removal of a dual carriageway underpass located in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, borough council members have responded with out...


CO Airport Struggles to End Partnership

The breakup procedure continues to draw out between the Denver International Airport and its $1.8 billion public-private partnership with Great Hall Partners over issues within the airport’s...


Cape Cod Bridges Dubbed 'Obsolete'

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this month that two “functionally obsolete” Cape Cod, Massachusetts, bridges needed to be replaced.


NYC Organizations Offer Free OSHA Training

New York City-based construction workers now have the option to receive free Occupational Safety and Health Administration training through city-based organizations Building Skills New York ...


Crushing Technology Expected at Expo 2020

A new kind of crushing technology that turns demolished buildings into sand is expected to be showcased at the six-month “Expo 2020 Dubai.”


Multiple Casualties At NOLA Hard Rock Collapse

On Saturday (Oct. 12) morning, the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown New Orleans partially collapsed while more than 110 construction workers were completing onsite duties.


Metalcon to Feature Panels, Athlete Keynotes

METALCON, an international event focused on the use of metal in construction, is set to kick off at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, on Oct. 16, running through Oct. 1...


OSHA Weight System Could Increase Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently implemented a new OSHA Weighting System for the 2020 fiscal year.


CA $15B School Bond Highlights PLAs

Introduced by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach and Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda in December 2018, California Assembly Bill 48 is slated to go before voters in March 2020.


NC Bridge Work Resumes After Girder Error

Work on the Hawthorne Lane bridge, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is set to resume after a number of delays. Construction on the bridge stopped completely back in January due to incor...


Roofing Alliance Issues Call for Funding

The Foundation of National Roofing Contractors Association, Roofing Alliance, has announced its annual call for funding requests.


Austin FC Stadium Breaks Ground

Last Monday, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at Austin FC, marking a major milestone in the project’s steps towards completion.


$1.3B NY Arena Gets Construction Approval

Reported last month, members of New York’s Empire State Development Board announced a unanimous vote approving the construction of a $1.3 billion arena and entertainment complex in Belmont P...


DOL Apprenticeship Stirs Contractor Debate

The United States Department of Labor’s deadline for formal comments regarding a proposal to exempt the construction industry and the military from creating Industry-Recognized Apprenticeshi...


$1.6B in Contracts Awarded for Seattle Rail

Last month, the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) Board of Directors announced that they had awarded two contracts totaling more than $1.6 billion for the Lynnwo...


Panel Approves $100M Millennium Tower Fix

A panel of independent experts has recently approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco.


Bridge Removal Continues with Guillotine-Like Blades

Crews continue to dismantle the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, located in the Oregon Inlet of North Carolina. The project is expected to reach completion by early 2020.


Marines Conduct New 3D-Printing Exercise

At the beginning of the week (Aug. 26), the United States Marine Corps announced a successful, first-known 3D concrete printing operation involving a three-inch print nozzle and new continuo...


National Lab Details $13B Building Plans

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced a 10-year, $13 billion construction program, aimed at upgrading its Los Alamos, New Mexico-based facility.


Seattle's Rainier Square Tower Tops Out

Just ten months after the project began, the 850-square-foot Rainier Square Tower in Seattle has reportedly topped out, thanks to its radical composite steel framing system, otherwise known ...


Another $305M in Border Wall Contracts Awarded

Work on sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall continues to progress with the recent award of $305 million in contracts. The work is to take place along the border in Texas.


Notre Dame Construction Resumes After Lead Scare

After experiencing an operational shut down due to lead contamination concerns, construction at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has reportedly resumed with stricter decontamination measure...


DOL Recovers $6M in Unpaid Construction Wages

In a press release issued by the office of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a joint investigation between the New York State Department of Labor and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Construct...


Fired Contractor Claims $1B Needed for CO Airport

Not long after the Denver International Airport decided to end its public-private partnership with Great Hall Partners for terminal renovations, the contractors released documents showing th...


Study: Poor Sleep Links to Construction Injuries

In a recent study completed by researchers at Colorado State University, employers could improve workplace safety by ensuring their employees get a good night’s sleep.


Plagued New-Build Hospital Risks Demo

According to a Scottish health trade union official from UNISON, a nearly completed 150-million-euro HLM Architect-designed children’s hospital may need to be torn down.


Skyscraper Now Officially Seattle's Second Tallest

After two years of construction, the Rainier Square Tower has officially become Seattle’s second tallest skyscraper in the city. The $370 million tower is slated to top out later this month,...


ADOT Implements Composite in Bridge Project

In order to replace the Interstate 40 bridge, located near the city of Winslow, Arizona, the state department of transportation used a method that alternates layers of granular fill bolstere...


Construction App Developed to ‘Save Lives’

A multimedia application has been developed by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, Scotland) that will reportedly be able to save lives and reduce the number of injuries o...


$1.4B Chase Center Completed on Schedule

Earlier this month, joint venture Mortenson and Clark Construction Group announced the substantial competition of the $1.4 billion San Francisco Chase Center in a press release.


Report: 10 States See 60% of US Construction

A new report from GlobalData—a research firm that breaks down construction projects in the United States—has found that nearly 60% of the construction market is occupied by just 10 states.


Los Angeles Transit Plans Updated, Refined

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project is exploring options for four potential routes, in addition to a new pr...


Corrosion Detection Used on PA Bridge

Announced last week, an historic Pennsylvania bridge will be the first in the United States to use an electrically isolated tendon system, which helps to detect corrosion on post-tension ten...


HI Complex to Receive $679M Overhaul

International architecture firm Snøhetta has recently revealed project renderings of O’ahu Island-based premier arts and cultural complex, Neal S. Blaisdell Center.


Work On Gordie Howe Bridge Progresses

In preparation for construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, demolition and site-clearing work have commenced in a stretch of Detroit, according to reports. Other work on the Mic...


Hawaii DOT To Use Sustainable Concrete

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has announced the state’s approval for the use of carbon-injected concrete in all its flat work-based construction projects, such as roads and sidewal...


1,500-Mile Railroad to Connect Alaska, Canada

Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) and the Alaska to Alberta Railway Development Corp., also known as A2A Rail, announced late last month that both companies had signed an agreement for the develo...


Regulations Waived for Border Wall Work

Over a week after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Army Corps o...


Denver Airport Renovation Delayed, Again

In the Great Hall Partners’ most recent report—a consortium of companies performing the $650 million renovation of Jeppesen Terminal at Denver International Airport—it has been announced tha...


Oysters Used in SC River Dredging

Oysters are being used to mitigate the impact of dredging activities in a South Carolina river, according to reports. The implementation of the reef system also helped local authorities obta...


AIHA Notes Four Construction Health Hazards

Just last month the American Industrial Hygiene Association released a guidance booklet, “Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards,” in order to...


DOL Talks Construction Safety Meetings, Appointments

In addition to announcing the Secretary of Labor’s appointment of 15 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, the U.S. Department of Labor has also annou...


New York Approves Climate Leadership Bill

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to pass Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050.


Phoenix Airport Approves $5.7B Plan

A 20-year plan for Sky Harbor’s International Airport has been unanimously approved by the Phoenix City Council in a 9-0 vote.


Mortenson Announces Automated Equipment Deal

In response to construction labor shortages, Mortenson (Golden Valley, Minnesota) recently announced a partnership with tech startup Built Robotics (San Francisco) to automate some of the co...


$802M FL Infrastructure Project Underway

The Florida Department of Transportation has released new information on a $802 million infrastructure plan, “Connecting Miami,” which includes a new six-arch bridge and rehabilitation to th...


Seattle Releases Magnolia Bridge Study

The Seattle Department of Transportation has released its Magnolia Bridge Planning Study regarding possible options to address the bridge’s aging qualities.


$107M Contract Awarded for Rikers Island Project

Joint venture AECOM and Hill International have been recently awarded a $107.4 million contract by the New York Department of Design and Construction for the program and project management o...


Mexico Announces Oil Refinery Project

To make Mexico more self-sufficient in terms of energy production, President Andres Manuel Lopez—known as AMLO—has announced the kickoff of a 150 billion-peso oil refinery.


$380M Ship Channel Project Begins in TX

Work has commenced on a $380 million project to widen Texas' Port of Corpus Christi’s ship channel, according to reports. The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by members of government and p...


Work Continues on Private Border Wall Despite Order

Shortly after plans for a border wall being built on private property came to light, the mayor of Sunland Park, New Mexico, issued a cease-and-desist order to stop construction. The order wa...


Judge Blocks Some Border Wall Funding

United States District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. recently blocked President Donald J. Trump’s use of money originally intended for military funding, for work on the U.S.-Mexico border ...


DOE Announces $33.5M in Energy Funding

The United States Department of Energy has recently announced that through an Advanced Building Construction with Energy-Efficient Technologies and Practices Funding Opportunity, it will be ...


OSHA Releases Final Rule for Various Standards

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule, ultimately revising 14 provisions within recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standard...


Architects Win Approval to Replace English Bridge

Knight Architects recently won the approval to build a replacement bridge over the River Eamont, located in England’s Village of Pooley Bridge, Cumbria.


NYC Again Extends Safety Training Requirement

Last Wednesday, New York City Councilmembers granted a second extension for on-site construction workers to complete 100 hours of increased safety training as administered by the Occupationa...


$1.4B Pattullo Bridge Closer to Groundbreaking

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has recently granted an environmental assessment certificate to ...


Study: Construction Costs Climb in US Metros

According to Phoenix-based international property and construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall, construction costs have risen an average 5.7% nation-wide.


Chicago Announces Construction Tool

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the launch of a new web-based tool that can provide data on current construction and road repair work in the city, as well as pointing out what streets h...


Construction Analytics Tool Proposed

A draft solicitation has recently been issued for the development of an analytics tool that would be able to detect large-scale construction projects and other “anthropogenic activity” world...


NYC Passes Green Roof Bill

Last week, the New York City council approved a package of bills and resolutions intended for radical energy efficient improvements.


Chicago Approves $1.6B in Subsidies

Earlier this month, the Chicago City Council approved a tax increment financing plan for $1.6 billion in subsidies for the Lincoln Yards and “The 78” in order to unlock both developments' po...


San Fran Named Most Expensive Place to Build

This year’s International Construction Market Survey, conducted by U.K.-based cost consultant company Turner & Townsend, revealed that San Francisco, California, has peaked as the world’s mo...


TX Firm Designs 3D-Printed Neighborhoods

Overland Partners has recently designed an architectural series of proposals for new 3D-printed neighborhoods in Texas.


NYC Promises to Implement Safety Law

New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr., chair of the city’s Committee on Housing & Buildings, has recently promised to ensure Local Law 196, which requires all construction workers ...


CO $233M Convention Center Bids Again

Just over a week ago (April 1) the city of Denver posted a solicitation for companies or teams interested in providing design-build services for the Colorado Convention Center Expansion Proj...


Hong Kong Plans $79B Artificial Island

The Hong Kong government has recently announced its plans to build what will be one of the world’s largest artificial islands.The Lantau Vision Tomorrow scheme is slated to ease the territor...


'Leaning' NY High-Rise Sparks Lawsuit

Italy-based general contractor for the Seaport condominium project, Pizzarotti LLC, has recently filed a lawsuit against Fortis Property Group LLC (Brooklyn, New York).


PA Architects Design 'Largest' Esports Arena

Comcast Spectator and The Cordish Cos. have announced the design plans for a $50 million Philadelphia-based esports arena.


Designs to Replace 108-Year-Old Bridge

Concept renderings of the replacement I Street Bridge in Sacramento, California have been released by San Francisco-based architectural firm, T.Y. Lin International.


$2.2B DC Wharf Kicks Off Phase Two

Last Saturday (March 30) Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. held a community celebration to kick off Phase Two of The Wharf’s construction in Southwest D.C.


$10B WI Plant to Break Ground This Year

Despite some uncertainty over exactly what is being built, Foxconn Technology Group announced last week that it is expecting to break ground on its $10 billion Racine County, Wisconsin, plan...


Army Corps Awards $712M Design-Build Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas City District has recently awarded a $712 million design-build contract for its new Next National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West headquarters.


Investigation Launched Over PA Pipeline Projects

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Delaware County district attorney’s office announced that both would be launching an investigation into a 350-mile natu...


New Bill Allows Visas for Temporary Workers

Last Wednesday (March 13), U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, introduced two bills that will create a new immigration visa system for construction and other non-farm workers,...


Alaskan Way Viaduct Demolition Progresses

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is making progress on the demolition of Seattle’s double-decked Alaskan Way Viaduct, which serves as part of a larger move for the construction of the $712 mil...


Groups Cite Concern Over $1B PA, NY Pipeline

Environmental activists are taking aim against a proposed $1 billion underwater pipeline that would run fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania into New York City. Activists are highlighting c...


Updated Renderings of $1.1B TX Field Released

Officials of the MLB's Texas Rangers recently released updated renderings of the anticipated $1.1 billion venue, along with details on materials companies that will be used on the project.


FL Hard Rock Delivers Guitar-Shaped Hotel

After unveiling the plans for the design of the $1.5 billion expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2017, a date for completion is in sight.


Firm Tapped to Build $250M CA Stadium

A construction firm has been selected for a $250 million contract to build San Diego State University’s new multi-use stadium in Mission Valley, California.


Corpus Christi Bridge Construction Delayed

Joint venture Flatiron/Dragados LLC, the entity responsible for designing and building Corpus Christi, Texas’ new $930 million Harbor Bridge, announced earlier this month that the project wo...


VA Announces Contractor for $3.3B Tunnel Project

Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam recently announced the contractor spearheading work on the construction of two new tunnels and widening a highway in the Hampton Roads area, a project that...


CO Airport Project Delayed Over Concrete Issue

Work at the Denver International Airport is facing what could be a 10-month delay after finding that the concrete in the main floor is weaker than expected.


Progress Made on TX Harbor Bridge

Progress is underway on Corpus Christi, Texas’ Harbor Bridge project, with the project's social media page sharing images of the recently completed concrete placement on the first lift of th...


Plans for $10B WI Plant Now Unknown

Shortly after reporting that everything was on budget and schedule for its $10 billion Wisconsin campus, Foxconn Technology Group is now saying that it is reconsidering the kind of facility ...


Raising NY Bridge Deck Gets Finish Date

Work on elevating the deck of the Bayonne Bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet—a six-year project costing nearly $1.7 billion—is slated for completion by the end of March, according to reports.


Pittsburgh Creates Construction Fraud Task Force

At the end of December, the Pittsburgh City Council voted 8-0 to create a task force geared toward addressing fraud in the construction industry.


MI Supreme Court Blocks Moroun Family Appeal

The Michigan Supreme Court recently blocked a May appeal from Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, which looked to stop the state’s Department of Transportation from buying land ow...


MD Governor Unveils School Construction Plan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a plan for state-funded school construction to the tune of $3.5 billion.


General Contractor Replaced for Seattle Arena

Less than a week after the groundbreaking of Seattle’s new arena, officials announced that the general contractor for the project has been replaced.


Construction Begins on $65M KY Soccer Stadium

Louisville, Kentucky’s new soccer stadium is finally beginning to look the part, as construction on the site began late last month.


JPMorgan Taps Architect for Tower Replacement

JPMorgan Chase is moving along with its plan to knock down its 705-foot-tall, 52-story home to make way for a new building that’s slated to be 500 feet higher. The company just announced tha...


New $13B Mexico City Airport Officially Scrapped

Mexico City’s new $13.3 billion airport—which is about one-third complete—is officially scrapped following a public referendum which ended in 70 percent voting to cancel construction.


Private Developer Plans for $15B TX Bullet Train

Plans for a new bullet train, slated to cost anywhere from $12 billion to $15 billion, connecting Dallas to Houston, are well underway: Texas Central Partners, the firm leading the endeavor,...


3D-Printed Steel Bridge Ready to Be Installed

The world’s first 3D-printed metal pedestrian bridge, currently on display at Dutch Design Week until Oct. 28, is ready for installation in Amsterdam, according to reports. Next, the structu...


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced last week that any environmental regulations regarding the construction or repair of a section of U.S.-Mexico border wall for certain areas...


Construction on the Gordie Howe Bridge Kicks Off

Construction work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, crossing from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, was kicked off at a ceremony on Friday, attended by both Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and C...


Firm Building Museum Inside Sand Dune

OPEN Architecture, working in collaboration with the UCCA, China’s leading independent institution of contemporary art, recently revealed progress on a new museum made of concrete that will ...


San Francisco Sues Official for Permit Fraud

California construction engineering firm Santos & Urrutia and its two cofounders have been accused of camouflaging major excavation work on a few residences, according to a lawsuit from the ...


San Francisco Stadium Reaches Top-Out

San Francisco’s $1 billion Chase Center, slated to be the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, recently celebrated a major construction milestone by holding a topping-out ceremony la...


New CA Bridge to Measure Seismic Activity

A replacement bridge being built south of Los Angeles is a first for those interested in monitoring seismic activity: Sensors were factored into the design of the span from day one, rather t...


Facebook Expands with Gehry-Designed Building

Facebook’s presence in Menlo Park, California, recently expanded with the completion of MPK 21, a Frank Gehry-designed building that was built in only 18 months, topped with a 3.6-acre roof ...


Cuomo Bridge Second Span Set to Open

The second span of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open this weekend weather permitting, the culmination of five years of work on the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement proje...


Engineer Questions Concrete Pier Reuse Idea

The controversy surrounding the possible reconstruction of a bridge that once straddled Boston and Quincy, Massachusetts, has been reignited by a new report from an engineer hired by Quincy ...


Massive Panama Concrete Bridge Nearly Complete

The world’s longest prestressed concrete bridge is nearing completion over the Panama Canal, according to reports. The endeavor began in 2013, and once completed, will connect the banks of t...


WSDOT Building Highway Ramps with Styrofoam

Road construction for those in Puget Sound just became all the sweeter: What looks like giant sugar cubes are being used as fill for construction projects across the area, and according to t...


Judge Tosses Moroun Challenge to Howe Bridge

In the latest ruling against Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Colombo Jr. dismissed Moroun’s attempts to block the seizure of land...


Nashville Airport Awards $144M Contract

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority awarded a $144 million piece of its $1.2 billion expansion plan to Cincinnati, Ohio-based Messer Construction late last month, marking the sixth ...


App Uses Virtual Reality for Fall Protection

To help workers in the construction industry identify fall hazards and learn how to create a fall protection system, the American Society of Safety Professionals released a virtual reality a...


Decision on Boston Bridge Rebuild Postponed

Continuing a saga of contention, a decision for the first of three city permits Boston needs to build a new Long Island Bridge has been postponed yet again, because the commission whose ruli...


Salt Lake City International Airport Reaches Halfway Mark

The new Salt Lake City International Airport is 50 percent complete as of last week, ushering in a new phase of work that will become increasingly visible to residents as construction contin...


Canadian Ski Resort Opens Harrowing Bridge

If you’re both a bridge enthusiast and a thrill-seeker, Canada’s largest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, has the answer: a 427-foot-long suspension bridge that hangs above the ski slopes of ...


Company Builds Waterfall on Skyscraper

Sometimes architects do go chasing waterfalls: The 397-foot-tall Liebian International Building, located in Guiyang, China, now features a 350-foot-tall waterfall, the water itself being mov...


China's 'Sidescraper' Complex Near Complete

China’s record-breaking Raffles City Chongqing is now reportedly 80 percent complete, with six out of the eight skyscrapers topping out. The project’s finale remains to be seen, however.


4 Dead, Dozens Injured in Tokyo Construction Fire

Dozens of people were injured and five were killed Thursday after a fire broke out on a construction site in the Karakida district of Tama, western Tokyo.


CA Highway 1 Reopens in Big Sur

More than a year after record-breaking wet winter for California, which caused extensive damage to infrastructure, a portion of the state’s scenic Highway 1 along Mud Creek has finally been ...


Architects Complete Blue Lagoon Hotel

Iceland-based architecture firm Basalt Architects recently completed a 62-suite hotel at the Blue Lagoon resort, which is located within the UNESCO Global Geopark, home to a series of pools ...


Report Touts Growth of Design-Build Model

A new report issued by supporters of the design-build model suggests the procurement method may be on the rise in the coming years in the United States, owing to its reputation for shortenin...


Report: Design-Build Use Growing in U.S.

While design-bid-build remains the most widely used project delivery method in the U.S., a new report indicates that design-build delivery—in which an owner works with a single entity for bo...


Tampa Bay Rays Propose $900M Stadium

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays revealed plans for a new 30,842-seat, $892 million stadium that serves, according to Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Rays since 20...


2 Injured, 1 Fatally, in TX Water Tank Collapse

One worker was killed and another injured Friday (July 6) when a section of sidewall collapsed into a water tank that was under construction in Porter, Texas.


Gordie Howe Bridge Contractor Named

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority announced last week that international consortium Bridging North America is its "preferred proponent" to design and build the Gordie Howe International B...


CA Stadium Tops Out

Construction on the $2.6 billion stadium project, located in Inglewood, California, and future site of the 2028 Olympics closing ceremonies, topped out in late June, marked by a celebration ...


$14M in Contracts Awarded in $10B WI Project

Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group is moving right along with its $10 billion campus project in Racine County, Wisconsin, as the company and its general contractors have awarded $14 milli...


Philly Council Passes New Construction Tax

The Philadelphia City Council narrowly voted last week to implement a new tax on construction projects.


Moroun Appeals to Trump on Gordie Howe Bridge

In the latest bid to prevent construction of the Gordie Howe international Bridge, the Moroun family, owners and operators of Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge, have released a TV commercial askin...


ND Permits New Refinery Near National Park

Meridian Energy Group is a step closer to building its proposed Davis Refinery, near Belfield, North Dakota, after state officials approved a permit for the facility’s construction over the ...


PUC Staff Recommends Line 3 Replacement

The Minnesota Public Utility Commission will meet next week to determine whether Enbridge Energy may go forward with its plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline in that state, and PUC staff last...


$45M Grant to Fund NOLA Bridge-Tunnel Replacement

The replacement of a 60-year-old bridge-and-tunnel near New Orleans is a step closer to reality as the U.S. Department of Transportation has committed $45 million in funding for a new bridge...


Firm Finds Way to Reuse Construction Waste

An industry researcher has taken on the task of figuring out a way to recycle medium-density fiberboard by kicking off FibreCarb, a startup dedicated to recycling waste MDF.


$1B Houston Bridge Replacement Commences

The Harris County Toll Road Authority recently announced that work to replace the Houston Ship Channel Bridge will soon commence, marking the largest infrastructure project the agency has ev...


Sunoco Pipeline Build Stalled Again

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission judge Elizabeth Barnes recently ordered the suspension of gas transportation through Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 pipeline, while also stopping any further ...


Boston-Quincy Row Over Bridge Heats Up

Boston and Quincy are once again arguing due to a sore spot related to the proposed Long Island Bridge: Quincy's City Council voted to ban commercial vehicles from the proposed construction ...


New Goethals Bridge Set to Open

The second span of the new Goethals Bridge, connecting Staten Island with Elizabeth, New Jersey, is set to open today (May 21), marking the end of four years of construction on the first new...


$2.6B LA Stadium Taking Shape

Officials on the $2.6 billion stadium project, located in Inglewood, California, have said that the future site of the 2028 Olympics closing ceremonies is right on schedule after its winter ...


Microsoft, PCL to Team Up for Building Solution

Microsoft and Canada-based PCL Construction recently announced their collaboration to develop a smart building solution that implements Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and Internet of Thing...


3-Alarm Fire Guts Multiple CO Projects

On May 10, in Denver, Colorado, near the Broncos Stadium, two town-home buildings that were under construction caught fire. One residential building to the north suffered damage, but those i...


CA Cell Tower Disguised as Water Tower

A North Park, California, cell tower, designed as an homage to a local historic water tower, is taking shape along the town’s skyline, marking both a shift in design focus in making cell tow...


Gordie Howe Progresses as Contractor Withdraws

Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun has lost yet another lawsuit to try to stop construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, while one of the contractors involved in a bid...


$200M MN Soccer Stadium Hits Halfway Mark

Despite the Minnesota weather, crews at M.A. Mortenson Construction (Minneapolis) recently confirmed that the $200 million Allianz Field project in St. Paul is still on schedule and on budge...


Boston Mayor Plans to Float Bridge Spans

Plans to rebuild a defunct bridge in Boston Harbor are taking on a new shape after Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a new approach to the project: floating parts of the new span into t...


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

The United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from various countries have been delayed as the U.S. continues negotiations that could head off duties for the nations.


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from a host of countries, including Canada and the European Union, have been delayed as the country continues negotiations that could head ...


$1B Twin Tower Development Coming to Hollywood

Developer MP Los Angeles recently released plans to construct a $1 billion, twin tower complex for downtown Hollywood, marking the largest on-site affordable housing of any development in th...


Robots Learn to Build Prefab Timber Modules

Researchers based out of ETH Zurich university recently created a new robotic construction method, which is being used to create a computer-designed modular house.


WI Company Charged with $200M in Fraud

Owner of Wisconsin-based contractor Sonag Company Inc. Brian Ganos was recently indicted by the state’s grand jury for 22 counts of fraud, reportedly creating minority and veteran-owned busi...


ASRC Acquires FD Thomas, D. Zelinsky & Sons

Construction engineering company ASRC Industrial Services announced Wednesday the acquisition of F.D. Thomas Inc., an Oregon-based coating and specialty services contractor; and FDT’s subsid...


NY Man Appears to Be Building His Own Thruway Ramp

A new offramp has started to take shape along the New York State Thruway, south of Buffalo, due to the efforts of a local Seneca man. The reasons for the project remain unclear, but the root...


ASRC Acquires FD Thomas, D. Zelinsky & Sons

Construction engineering company ASRC Industrial Services announced Wednesday the acquisition of F.D. Thomas Inc., an Oregon-based coating and specialty services contractor; and FDT’s subsid...


Safety Concerns Plague China Megaproject

As the completion of the massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge reportedly nears, leaders in Hong Kong are assuaging fears about the safety of the 34-mile-long bridge-tunnel.


Progress Made on World's Tallest Statue

Construction is well underway for what will turn out to be the world’s tallest statue, located in India. As of last month, the Statue of Unity’s infrastructure has started taking its final s...


Boston to Replace Century-Old Bridge

Late last month, the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation approved a $205 million, five-year project to replace Boston's 117-year-old North Washington Street Bridge.


Houston Agency Proposes New Floodplain Standards

In response to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston's Department of Public Works has proposed that new structures in the 100-year and 500-year floodplains be built 2 feet above the...


Boston T Line Closed After Concrete Falls in Tunnel

Loose pieces of concrete fell onto the inbound platform of Boston’s World Trade Center Station on Wednesday, resulting in a brief closure of the Silver Line tunnel so engineers could assess ...


Video: Progress Made on Shanghai Planetarium

The superstructure is complete for Shanghai’s new planetarium, a 38,000-square-meter (nearly 125,000-square-foot) structure that will become the astronomical branch for the Shanghai Science ...


Congress Orders Study on Transit Project Costs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office will be taking a look at the cost of mass-transit infrastructure projects in the country, and especially in the New York City area, to determine why...


3-D Printed Bridge Reaches Milestone

The 3-D printed steel bridge planned for central Amsterdam is a step closer to completion as manufacturer MX3D announced this week that the full span of the bridge has been finished by four ...


DWR: Oroville Spillway Moisture Not Unexpected

Recent aerial photos taken at the Oroville Dam have brought to light a wet streak on the new spillway, but it was something to be expected, according to Department of Water Resources officia...


Bid Requests to Start on $10B WI Plant Project

In preparation for its upcoming $10 billion manufacturing plant, Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group has named the lead contractors on the project.


Falsework Collapses at CA Bridge Site

A falsework collapse at a bridge construction site in California late last week led to wood beams—and, some say, more—falling into the river below.


Design, Final Cost Revealed for Vegas Stadium

Design elements for the new Las Vegas stadium were released late last week while the final costs for the project were cemented at $1.8 billion.


Oroville Dam Secant Wall Complete

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. announced on Wednesday that construction of the underground wall below the Oroville Dam emergency spillway was completed earlier this month.


Local-Hire Fines for Detroit Contractors Hit $5.2M

Contractors working on Detroit's Little Caesars Arena, failing to hire local residents as 51 percent of the project work force, have paid the city $5.2 million in fines. According to reports...


DC Wharf Contractor Files $5M Suit Against Firm

The general contractor behind The Wharf, a $2.5 billion mixed-use development currently under construction in Washington, D.C., has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the project’s master ar...


Cause Unknown in Fatal FL Bridge Collapse

A pedestrian bridge located near Florida International University collapsed Thursday afternoon (March 15), killing at least six people and injuring at least a dozen more. The cause of the in...


DC Launches Infrastructure Academy to Train Workers

On Monday, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser opened the District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy, a new training program focused on preparing workers for fast-growing jobs in infrastr...


Costs Rise, Timeline Extended for CA Bullet Train

The cost of California’s bullet train, which is slated to run from San Francisco to Los Angeles, could rise from $77.3 billion to $98.1 billion, with the completion date being bumped back to...


DC Launches Infrastructure Academy to Train Workers

On Monday, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser opened the District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy, a new training program focused on preparing workers for fast-growing jobs in infrastr...


Hudson Yards Files Suit Against Union Organization

Even as progress is made on Manhattan's $25 billion Hudson Yards complex, the developer is suing the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York for allegedly trying to incl...


GA Nuclear Plant Hits Construction Milestone

Georgia Power announced Wednesday (March 7) that the Vogtle nuclear expansion had hit another construction milestone—the result of a 13-plus-hour continuous concrete placement for a turbine ...


Moroun Hits Another Roadblock in Bridge Challenge

Lawyers representing Manuel “Matty” Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Michigan with Canada, were recently denied their request to revisit Moroun’s attempt to block an ag...


Aphrodite Unearthed on Greek Subway Site

A headless statue of Aphrodite has been uncovered near the Greek city of Thessaloniki, thanks to subway work that is moving near the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine-era church.


OR Considering Construction Wage Protection

In a move to protect construction contractors from wage theft, the Oregon House passed a bill that would require a general contractor to pay wages owed by a delinquent subcontractor if certa...


Greece Subway Construction Unearths Aphrodite

Subway work near the Greek city of Thessaloniki has uncovered a headless statue of Aphrodite, located near the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine-era church.


Golden Gate 'Suicide Barrier' Work Set to Begin

Work on the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier is set to commence this week, according to reports, beginning with steel needed to support the net, being cut in Oregon.


Kingston, ON, Set to Get Third Bridge

Local, provincial and national government bodies are combining to supply CA$180 million (about $141 million) in funding for a new bridge in Kingston, Ontario, the largest such project in the...


$270M Reno of USC Coliseum Underway

The University of Southern California’s iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s renovation is now underway, with a name change and timeline in place.


Emergency Spillway on Track at Oroville

Some construction work on the main and auxiliary spillways of California’s Oroville Dam continues even at the height of the region’s rainy season, according to a new update from the state’s ...


$6B CA College Project Utilizing BIM

A project in California that’s considered the largest bond construction program in the U.S. has set a strict building information modeling mandate for any firm bidding on a part of the proce...


Ingels, Ratti Team Up on Singapore Skyscraper

Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has partnered with design firm Carlo Ratti Associati to design a 51-story skyscraper in Singapore’s financial district, which will feature a four-story ...


New 'Cracking' Glass Bridge Opens in China

Some of us use haunted houses and roller coasters to get a thrill; in China, the current trend is to give yourself a scare by heading out on a glass bridge—and daredevils have another opport...


DC Frederick Douglass Bridge Breaks Ground

Despite criticism of its design from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts late last year, the new Frederick Douglass Bridge is on its way to becoming a reality in Washington, D.C., after a groun...


Construction Firm Suing WA Transit for $12.5M

Puget Sound’s regional transit authority, Sound Transit, could now find itself in hot water. Earlier this month, New York-based Turner Construction filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against...


$1B CA Arena Nears Top Off

With the first game for San Francisco's $1 billion Golden State Warriors' Chase Center slated for 20 months from now, construction is moving along at a timely pace, but the Warriors have fai...


Mobile Bridge Pile Work to Begin

Work on the long-planned Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project, involving the construction of a new bridge in Mobile, Alabama, and the expansion of the “Bayway” across Mobile Bay, will begi...


FL Man Pinned Under Heavy Equipment

Rescue crews recently rushed to a commercial construction site in Miami-Dade, Florida, after reports said a man had been crushed by construction equipment.


Bridge Takes a Ride in OK

We're used to a roadway that crosses over a bridge, but a bridge that drives down the road—that's an unusual occurrence. But it's exactly what happened this past weekend, when contractors mo...


Air-Purifying Tower Removes Pollutants

What has been dubbed the “world’s biggest air purifier” is making a positive impact on air quality and pollution, according to preliminary studies.


Worker Struck, Killed by Falling Beam at MT Site

A construction worker died last week after a concrete column fell on him at the site of a housing project redevelopment in Billings, Montana.


Canada: Howe Bridge 'No. 1 Priority'

Canadian officials have labeled the Gordie Howe International Bridge as the county's foremost infrastructure priority, with groundbreaking for construction remaining on schedule despite the ...


VA Hospital in CO Nears Completion $1B Over Budget

As construction nears completion for the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center, what remains in sharp focus is the $1 billion in cost overruns, and the fact that the new fa...


Chernobyl Site Converted Into Solar Plant

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, once the site of one of the worst nuclear accidents in history, will soon become something new: a solar farm.


New Bridge Collapses in Colombia

Ten construction workers have died, with an additional three reported injured, in the collapse of a 1,500-foot-long suspension bridge under construction in Colombia, according to reports.


AGC Predicts Construction Growth in 2018

A major construction-industry group in the U.S. is forecasting expanding payrolls for 75 percent of contractors in the coming year, though its new industry forecast includes some unease rega...


Report: Contractors Expect to Expand in 2018

With 75 percent of construction firms planning to expand payrolls in 2018, reports indicate optimism for the industry, but concern over workforce shortages and infrastructure funding remains...


PA Halts Pipeline Construction Over Leaks

Pennsylvania officials stopped construction of Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 pipeline Wednesday after a series of incidents in which drilling fluids were released into the environment ove...


Construction Workers Discover Preserved Dinosaur Eggs

For construction workers in China, Christmas delivered an unexpected gift—a nest of dinosaur eggs uncovered at an excavation site.


Bucks Arena Construction Continues Rapid Pace

In a race against the clock set for the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA season, work on the Milwaukee Bucks arena is continuing at a rapid pace—going from a lattice of structural steel to a com...


GA Nuclear Construction to Move Forward

Georgia regulators gave the Vogtle Nuclear Plant expansion new life with a late-December vote to approve the continuation of construction on two new reactors there despite concerns about the...


OSHA Renews Alliance with Women's Trade Group

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday (Dec. 15) that it will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction to safeguard women workers i...


OSHA Renews Alliance with Women's Trade Group

Federal workplace-safety regulators will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction to safeguard women workers in the building trades, as the Occupational Safety...


Bayonne Bridge Project Cost Rises Again

The raising of the deck of the Bayonne Bridge, between Bayonne, New Jersey, and Staten Island, is getting closer to completion, but the cost of the job keeps going up.


Report: US Infrastructure Funding 'Not Dire'

It’s common knowledge that infrastructure in the United States is in shambles and needs a major boost in order to get the nation up to standard—or is it? A new report from policy think tank ...


Denver Sets Timeline for Mega Project

Denver city officials have established a timeline for the National Western Center project, with construction slated to begin early next year and phases one and two completed sooner than orig...


Manhattan Zoning Law Limits Skyscraper Projects

A new zoning law in Manhattan may restrict the development of future skyscrapers in a specific neighborhood, but a project that is currently underway may be exempt from the new restrictions.


NYC's DOB Releases Public Dashboard, Statistics

In an effort to modernize and increase transparency, New York City’s Department of Buildings has released a NYC Construction Dashboard to the public, effectively displaying the city’s constr...


Sanders Submits $146B Plan for Puerto Rico

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) unveiled a plan last week to rebuild Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands more than two months after the territories were battered by Hurricane Maria.


Shipping Container Stadium Slated for 2022

The seventh stadium under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar, will be the world’s first modular stadium. The design calls for a capacity of 40,000 seats in a struc...


CA 'Roller' Bridge Project Complete

A California bridge replacement project that rolled out in a unique—and quick—manner is officially complete, with the opening of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, and the California Dep...


Bridge Job Includes China's Largest Concrete Pour

In the largest concrete pour in the history of the country, the construction of a pier base for a bridge in eastern China used a total of over 140,000 cubic feet of concrete, according to re...


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Project Progresses

Plans for a suicide prevention barrier for the Golden Gate Bridge took another step forward on Nov. 17, when officials hired a firm to manage elements of construction on the project.


Court Denies Challenge to Gordie Howe Bridge

Weeks after an unfavorable ruling in October, Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun has been dealt yet another legal blow: the rejection of his latest appeal to block the Gordie Howe...


Florida Hard Rock Hotel Will Be Giant Guitar

With the traditional ritual of smashing a few guitars, Seminole Tribe leaders and Hard Rock International representatives marked the unveiling of the $1.5 billion expansion of the Seminole H...


China Center Becomes Crustacean Station

In a province in eastern China, a three-story structure in the shape of a crab acts as an homage to local industry, while also providing a space for ecological studies.


Self-Sustaining Underwater City Proposed

A new proposal for cities that could be taken over by changing water levels is a real example of thinking outside the box.


Completion Date Set for $2B Las Vegas Stadium

Marking the beginning of the 30-month project, the National Football League's Oakland Raiders have announced both a completion date and a tentative groundbreaking for the new Las Vegas stadi...


OSHA Fines ID Company for Trenches

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Boise construction firm for its trenching practices.


First Look at Boring Company's Tunnel

Billionaire Elon Musk has released an image from the Hyperloop tunnel being built under Hawthorne, California, near the SpaceX headquarters, which shows that the Boring Company is farther al...


Human Skeletons Tallied at Building Site

In an updated report filed in the Philadelphia Orphans’ Court late last week, archaeologists indicated that the remains of more than 400 human skeletons have been removed from a city constru...


China Glass Bridge Features Optical Illusions

A new glass bridge spanning the Yellow River in China provides more than just a river view: Parts are adorned with three-dimensional murals that are custom-made for selfies.


60 Years Ago: Mackinac Bridge Construction

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of its opening, the Michigan Department of Transportation recently released an archival video of the construction of one of its most famous bridges—t...


Cuomo Bridge Tolls Could Double

In order to pay for the construction of the span of the Mario Cuomo Bridge, tolls may double, according to reports, increasing for both E-ZPass users and commuters who pay with cash.


Maryland Issues Conditional Approval for Hyperloop

Maryland’s Department of Transportation has given conditional approval for the construction of a Hyperloop tunnel, which is slated to stretch from Baltimore to Washington.


Long Bridge Replacement in Final Phase

The final phase of construction of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge began on Wednesday (Oct. 18), with the help of the tide floating the last span into place.


Mock Groundbreaking Staged for Portal Bridge

On Friday, officials participated in a mock groundbreaking that indicates the plans for the replacement of a 107-year-old rail bridge will be moving forward, but funding for the endeavor has...


Morouns Dealt Legal Blow in Bridge Battle

In a ruling last week, the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, which passes from Michigan into Canada, was dealt a legal blow: A judge determined that an agreement made by the state governor wit...


Falling Material Kills Cleveland Worker

A construction worker was killed Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 11) while doing work at the Cleveland State University campus, officials say.


Bjarke Ingels Tapped for Mars City Design

For scientists, going to Mars might soon be as simple as visiting the Middle East. The government of Dubai recently released plans for the Mars Science City project, tapping the Bjarke Ingel...


Architecture Festival Unveils 99-Domed Mosque

In the west end of Sydney, a new mosque has shouldered its way into the skyline, a structure that includes both brutalist and religious elements in its design.


Crane Topples at FL Bridge Project Site

A piling went crashing into the Halifax River Tuesday (Sept. 26) afternoon after reports say a crane that was being operated on the Tom Staed Veterans Memorial Bridge project toppled.


FL Relaxes Contractor Licensing Laws After Irma

In response to the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Irma, John Zachem, secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, has suspended certain regulations that...


Safety of Broken Crane Causes Dispute

One of three Miami cranes that snapped during Hurricane Irma has sparked a dispute between local government and the contractor who owns the crane, detailing whether or not the crane is actu...


Plans Unveiled for Pittsburgh Airport Terminal

On Tuesday (Sept. 12) Allegheny County Airport Authority officials announced that the Pittsburgh International Airport is getting a billion-dollar facelift.


Hurricane Irma Causes Cranes to Snap

Three cranes have snapped in the wake of Hurricane Irma, adding to the damage already caused by the storm's Florida landfall.


Canada OKs Ambassador Bridge Replacement

Even as planning continues for the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canadian officials have reportedly approved a plan for a new privately owned Ambassa...


Mushroom Roots Used In Spatial Structure

You might say it's a new idea that's set to mushroom in popularity: As part of a newly opened exhibit in Seoul, an international group of architects has presented its experimentation with li...


Residents Near FL Cranes Advised to Leave

Officials are telling residents in Miami living near high-rise construction sites to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma’s estimated arrival, according to local news reports, because of the dan...


Massive New Firth of Forth Span Opens

After years of construction and more recent weather-related delays, the Queensferry Crossing is open as of 2 a.m. Wednesday, connecting Scotland’s Edinburgh and Fife.


New Timelapse Depicts Oroville Progress

California's Department of Water Resources recently released a series of new timelapse videos showing the progress that's been made on the reconstruction of the spillway at the Oroville Dam.


Construction Crew Finds Triceratops Skeleton

Construction workers breaking ground on the future Public Safety Facility in Thornton, Colorado, discovered triceratops fossils onsite Friday.


LEGO House Gears Up for Sept. Opening

Denmark’s new immersive LEGO experience is slated to open Sept. 28, and workers are down to the finishing touches as shown by new drone footage released by the company.


New Tower's Steel May Be Cracking

Some steel components of a new Comcast tech tower has shown signs of cracking, according to reports, and an investigation is underway.


Big Sur Bridge Rollout Installation Begins

New steel girders were launched via rollers at the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, early last week, setting the stage for the completion of the bridge replacement project.


Boring Company Receives Permit to Tunnel

Hawthorne, California, authorities have approved the first test tunnel for Elon Musk’s electric vehicles, which will extend two miles westward, starting from SpaceX headquarters.


Offshore Wind Firm Innovates with TSA

In order to protect its offshore Arkona wind farm, E.ON (Essen, Germany) is applying a thermal spray aluminum coating to the array's monopiles, a move the company says will protect them from...


Supertall Skyscraper Slated for NYC

The world’s tallest residential building is slated to crown New York City’s skyline, following the city’s architectural trend of supertall skinny skyscrapers.


Fake OSHA Training Certificates Plague NYC

Fraudulent Occupational Safety and Health Administration training cards are circulating around the black market of New York City’s streets, and officials are cracking down.


Glass Sphere Built for Expo Posed Challenge

A sphere of glass on the skyline of Astana acts as a beacon for Kazakhstan’s Future Energy expo, epitomizing the aesthetic of innovative days ahead.


New Tappan Zee Span Set to Open

The first span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge—now known as the Mario Cuomo Bridge—will open Friday, marking a major milestone in the $4 billion project, under construction since 2013.


State DOTs Halt Construction for Eclipse

In light of the predicted solar eclipse today, states in the pathway of totality are taking precautionary measures to both help the flow of traffic and keep road workers safe.


$441 Million DC Bridge Design Unveiled

Residents of Washington D.C. have gotten their first look at what the new Frederick Douglass Bridge will look like when it opens, and a timeline for the project, the largest ever taken on by...


Struck-By Injuries, Prevention Report Released

Struck-by injuries are among the top four hazards in construction, and the latest quarterly Center for Construction Research and Training report breaks down the data on this particular type ...


Construction Workers Injured in Onion Storage Collapse

An onion storage building collapsed last Wednesday (Aug. 2) in Parma, Idaho, injuring six workers.


A Tear in the Wall

Ripping a phone book in half is a classic strongman routine, but one U.K. artist is going a notch further, "tearing" a wall of bricks in two for the sake of art.


Blackout Suit Takes Aim at Bridge Contractor

The contractor responsible for cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses on two islands in North Carolina is being sued by residents in a court action filed before the lights even c...


Keystone XL Firm Undecided on Pipeline Future

The company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline has signaled that the project is still up in the air, and a final call on its execution won’t come until later this year.


$500M WI Arena Half Done, Ready for Roof

Milwaukee’s $525 million arena is on budget and at the halfway mark of completion, meaning it’s well on its way to being ready for the National Basketball Association’s 2018-19 season.


Bridge Project Error Leads to Massive Blackout

Two islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks were left without power Thursday, and many residents may not see their electricity restored for weeks—all due to a mistake on a bridge constructio...


Work on World's Skinniest Skyscraper Halted

Construction has halted on the world’s skinniest skyscraper, and it may not begin again any time soon.


Toronto Library Gets New Colorful Facade

The Albion branch of the Toronto Public Library is now as colorful and diverse as the city itself, thanks to new renovations.


Seattle's 'Bertha' Comes Apart

Four years after its boring job began and three months after it was finally complete, Seattle’s “Bertha” tunnel-borer is almost completely disassembled, and the Washington State Department o...


Parthenon Made of Banned Books

The Parthenon has a temporary twin—and it’s made out of censored books.


Hong Kong Megaproject Reaches Milestone

The massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project reached a milestone last week, as the construction of the world’s longest and deepest underwater tunnel wrapped up.


Arson Suspected in Latest CA Construction Blaze

Arson investigators parsed through the charred remains Monday morning (July 10) of a fire that ripped through an Oakland, California, construction site early last Friday (July 7).


I-74 Bridge Project Kicks off in Iowa

Representatives of the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation held a groundbreaking ceremony June 26 for the new I-74 River Bridge over the Mississippi, a $400 million project nearl...


Construction Begins on 4-Mile FL Bridge

A $398 million bridge construction project is newly underway in Florida, with pile-driving having begun earlier this month, and a visit from Gov. Rick Scott officially kicking off work Monda...


Great Lakes Offshore Wind Farm Plan Progresses

The consortium behind a planned offshore wind farm for Lake Erie near Cleveland is working on securing suppliers for the construction and installation of the array, which would be the first ...


Mushrooms Pop Back Up As Sustainable Building Material

A student at Brunel University London has brought using mushrooms in construction materials back to the surface for the university’s Made in Brunel exhibition.


Executive Order Expands Apprentice Program

President Donald J. Trump last week issued an executive order aimed at expanding federal apprenticeship programs, increasing funding for apprenticeships to $200 million while loosening restr...


Trump Signs Order to Expand Apprenticeships

On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that would increase federal funding for apprenticeships to $200 million—about double what it is now.


TransCanada to Invest $1.5B in Pipelines

One of Canada’s largest pipeline operators has announced plans to spend $1.5 billion to expand its natural gas pipeline network in that country over the next four years.


New Bayonne Clearance Certified

The U.S. Coast Guard has certified the clearance of the newly raised Bayonne Bridge, marking a new milestone for the “Raise the Roadway” project on the span, between New Jersey and Staten Is...


Watch NY's 'Jenga Tower' Stand

The 60-story skyscraper in New York’s Tribeca (the tallest in the neighborhood) is nicknamed “the jenga building” with good reason—the tower is made of endless exposed concrete with varying ...


$4B World Trade Center Oculus is Still Leaking

The World Trade Center’s transportation hub—known as the Oculus—is reportedly still leaking and no one is taking the blame.


Quebec Theatre To Get 'Glass Cocoon'

A preservation project for Canada’s Grand Théâtre de Québec is underway. However, instead of renovating the 1970s brutalist concrete, designers decided to go a much more transparent route—en...


CO Shifts, Backs Developers

The combined movements of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Supreme Court have effectively shifted the attitude toward developers when it comes to construction defects.


The House That Hemp Built: Alt-Concrete Studied

Tel Aviv-based architecture firm Tav Group has given new meaning to the term “green building" with a private residence it designed in the northern Israeli city of Ein Hod.


Cable-Stayed Span Replaces NY-NJ Bridge

Staten Island’s $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge project has hit a milestone, as the first of two spans that will replace the 89-year-old original bridge, spanning the Arthur Kill, opened Sunday...


1,000-Foot Skinny Skyscraper Slotted for NYC

Moscow-based architecture firm Meganom is taking its first dive into U.S. territory by pairing up with New York-based Five Points Development. The project? A 1,001-foot “skinny” skyscraper o...


Sojourn Through Concrete Costs Teen $10K

A teenage motorist will be billed $10,000 to repair damages caused when he drove his car into freshly poured concerte on a Nebraska road.


Loose Panels, Leaks Plague Minneapolis Stadium

Construction-related flaws at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis continue to arise, as crews addressing one issue on the building’s exterior discovered another that needed repair.


Sprawling NYC Project Features Interactive 'Vessel'

Needing a landmark to punctuate the sprawl of the biggest private real-estate project ever conceived, London-based Heatherwick Studio created a structure that its architects envisioned as “a...


Rain Causes One-Year Delay for CA Stadium

The opening for the new home of the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers in Inglewood, California, has been pushed back one year because rain has wreaked havoc on the con...


Musk Touts 'Boring' Idea for Tunnel Transport

Business magnate Elon Musk reiterated his plan to construct tunnels under cities for the purpose of using high-speed electric sleds to allow vehicles to circumvent nettlesome traffic.


Air Barrier Technology Refines Protective Coatings

The architectural division of Polyguard Products Inc. announced that it has introduced a new line of Airlok STPE fluid-applied air barriers.


Apple's Glass Spaceship Has Landed

Apple’s new headquarters—Apple Park—started filling up with the first of its 12,000 employees last month, and the Cupertino, California, “spaceship” is officially open.


Lab Develops ‘4-D Printing’ for Structures

While 3-D printing takes a more prominent role in the building of structures, a team of Swiss researchers is looking even further—to what they call “4-D printing.”


Museum Made of 1.5M Plastic Bottles Still Going Strong

A three-story exhibition hall that’s made of 1.5 million plastic bottles is holding strong in Taipei, Taiwan.


Winning Miami Bridge Design Fosters Dissent

A Florida State Department of Transportation panel followed 90 minutes of ardent, sometimes contentious public input by choosing a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate...


ABC Asks for Drug Testing in NYC Construction

The Empire State chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors—a non-union organization—has asked the New York City Council to consider adding mandatory alcohol and drug testing to its ...


Charges Filed in NY Wall Collapse Death

The owner of two New York construction companies was indicted for putting workers in danger after allegedly ignoring their concerns about an unstable wall that collapsed at a work site, kill...


Fire-Damaged GA Bridge Slated to Open Early

Proclaiming it a “day of celebration,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced at a press conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday that the Interstate 85 bridge over Piedmont Road in Atlanta—...


Largest Engineered Wood Building in Region Opens

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst unveiled its new Design Building last month--one of the first institutional buildings in the Northeast U.S. made out of engineered timber.


Carpenter Awarded $2M in Contractor Negligence Case

A construction worker who was partially blinded on a job site has been awarded $2 million after a New Jersey jury found the contractor negligent.


Floating Bridge Gets Engineering Accolade

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s SR 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle, the centerpiece of a project that has had its share of missteps, has received validation from the engin...


OSHA Issues Maximum Citation to SD Company

Weeks after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued $214,000 in fines and two dozen citations regarding a building collapse in South Dakota that killed one worker and trappe...


First Truss Placed at WI Arena

The construction of a new arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, continues apace, as workers placed the first truss on the anchor structure of the $524 million complex.


Bayonne Bridge Milestone Moved Up

The Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project is approaching a crucial milestone, and according to officials, the job is ahead of schedule—at least, ahead of its most recent revised schedul...


New High-Rises Proposed for $5B Mile in TX

Frisco, Texas’ $5 billion mile just got a little bit bigger. Developers along the Dallas North Tollway just announced two residential high-rises will be added to the vast mixed-use campus.


Building Materials Blamed in Apartment Fire

Materials used in the ongoing construction of an apartment building in College Park, Maryland, have been suspected as a possible cause in a five-alarm fire on April 24 that caused $39 millio...


Gordie Howe Bridge Phase Two Prep Begins

Detroit’s proposed Gordie Howe International Bridge will be under construction by summer 2018, and the last contracts for the preparation of the Canadian side of the span have been issued, a...


NYC Passes Slew of Construction Safety Bills

New York City’s Housing Committee has approved six pieces of 21 construction-related safety proposals in the wake of an increase in construction site deaths. The committee, however, tabled a...


Russian Scientists Develop Nanostructured Concrete

A professor and graduate student at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University have developed several building blocks for construction based on nanostructured concrete.


Officials Disagree on Canadian Lumber Tax Impact

Last week the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it would begin imposing an import tax on Canadian softwood lumber, averaging about 20 percent. The move comes after an investigation on Ca...


Revamp of CO Construction Defects Law a Go

Developers and homeowners alike are seeing a glimmer of hope in Denver after the Colorado state House passed a bill that would give the two sides the right to work out any defect problems on...


California Bridge Project Rolling Along

A bridge that was washed out by violent flood waters in California's Big Sur region in February will be replaced over the summer, and you might say engineers expect everything to roll along ...


OSHA Fines Companies for Collapse That Killed 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied $200,000 worth of fines Monday in relation to a December 2016 building collapse in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that left a person trap...


Texas Building Achieves LEED Designation

The Tarrant County Precinct 1 Administration Building in Fort Worth, Texas, which underwent a $5 million refurbishment that concluded in November 2016, received special recognition from the ...


WI Governor Rejects Labor Agreement Rules

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the latest in a slew of government officials moving to block mandated project labor agreements. On Monday (April 17) Walker signed Act 3 into law, which ensure...


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Work Kicks Off

A ceremony Thursday marked the start of work on the long-planned suicide-deterrent net that will hang from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with the intention of stopping potential jumpers...


$500M Condo High-Rises Planned for Downtown Denver

Seizing upon a perceived lack of condominiums in Denver, a Miami developer put forward a proposal last week to build two condo high-rises in the city.


Throwing Shade: Boston Mayor Pushes for New Tower

Officials in Boston have begun pushing for the construction of a proposed 775-foot tower in Winthrop Square. Their opposition? The state’s shade laws.


Ruling on Electronic Recordkeeping Mandate Stalled

A ruling in the case in which industry groups, including Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, challenge the Department of Labor on its new elect...


CA Official Charged in Bid-Rigging Scheme

Federal prosecutors have charged a former high-ranking official in California's Veterans Affairs department and seven others after an investigation of alleged bid-rigging on public construct...


Bloomberg Launches Smart City Certification

Two years after its inception, Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities program announced an initiative that will direct cities on how to use data to improve their smart infrastructure.


Judge Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Ruling

A federal judge has announced that he won’t rule on a case challenging the federal government’s new electronic recordkeeping rule until after July 1, the deadline for many employers to submi...


Philly Museum Begins Gehry's Nearly $200M Renovation

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has begun “unclogging its arteries” with the recent groundbreaking of the Core Project—a $196 million plan that will add a grand total of 90,000 square feet to...


NYC Firms Accused of Cheating 40 Subs Out of $10M

At least 40 subcontractors who worked on 34 construction projects in New York City were bilked out of $9.6 million they were owed, authorities alleged Wednesday (April 5).


Stadium's Roof Issues May Push Third Delay

The opening of Atlanta’s $1.5 billion, LEED Platinum designed, Mercedes-Benz Stadium could be delayed for a third time because of the project’s one-of-a-kind retractable roof, officials say.


Tilting Tower Suit Seeks Fix

The Millennium Tower (San Francisco) saga continues with the largest legal action yet; the sinking and tilting building’s homeowners association is suing the developer and others for more th...


Giant Bridge will Dive Under Sea

A massive sea bridge that includes a 4-mile stretch of tunnel is still on target to meet its deadlines, officials say, despite numerous logistic and construction setbacks.


TX Bridge to be Longest Cable-Stayed in US

Initial construction activities have begun on what will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in the United States upon its completion in 2020.


Bid Accepted for Offshore NC Wind Farm

Avangrid Inc. has won the right to develop an offshore wind farm off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with a $9 million bid to the federal government.


Arizona Gets First Prefab Bridge

The Arizona Department of Transportation made history last week when it built and opened the state’s first prefabricated bridge.


Museum Renovators Uncover Hidden Murals

Workers at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Museum Building in St. Louis have recently discovered historic murals hidden in the barrel-vaulted ceilings, reports relate.


Tall Order: First 3-D-Printed Skyscraper Confirmed

Dubai-based and Silicon Valley-born construction firm Cazza Technologies has announced plans to build the world’s first 3-D-printed skyscraper.


Asbestos Complicates Oroville Dam Cleanup

Naturally occurring asbestos has been found in the air and in rock formations near the damaged Oroville Dam main spillway.


Massive Blaze Hits Construction Site

A residential building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina, was destroyed and nine nearby structures were damaged when a massive five-alarm fire ignited and tore through the city's...


Lawmakers Revive Timber Bill

A controversial bill meant to bolster research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. has been reintroduced.


Costly US School Construction Gets 'D' Grade

The American Society of Civil Engineers released its Infrastructure Report Card earlier this month and, while much of the focus within the 16 categories it grades has been on subjects like t...


FHWA to Study Augmented Reality in Construction

Reality might be getting an upgrade in the construction industry. The Federal Highway Administration is researching augmented reality, an immersive technology that allows a user to see virtu...


Startup Introduces Cement Alternative

Upping the recycled materials is the key to what engineers from the University of Arizona say is a lighter, stronger and less expensive alternative to Portland cement.


Transit Projects Take Time to ‘Pay Back’ Carbon

It’s common sense that, on the face of things, mass transit is more eco-friendly than a model in which individuals all drive their own cars wherever they need to go. But how much does the ac...


AASHTO Updates Movable Bridge Manual

The second edition of the “Movable Bridge Inspection, Evaluation, and Maintenance Manual” is now available from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.


Workers Fired After Skipping to Protest

More than 100 protestors in the United States lost their jobs last month after taking part in the “Day Without Immigrants” demonstration, including at least 70 employees in the construction ...


Concrete Alternative Spurs Startup

Engineers from the University of Arizona say their new development, Acrete, is a lighter, stronger and less expensive alternative to Portland cement.


Apartment Builders Unearth Historic Coffins

The jobsite of a future 10-story apartment complex in Philadelphia’s Old City has been transformed into an archaeological dig.


More Rust on Golden Gate as Projects Advance

Bridge officials have added surface plates to the laundry list of projects slated for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


Major Phase of 'Big Lift' in Halifax Complete

A big part of the “Big Lift” in Halifax is complete, marking a temporary end to weekend closures and putting the project into the homestretch.


Crane on Massive Bridge Job Floats Away

A floating construction crane broke away from its moorings during a burst of wind early Wednesday at a Seattle bridge construction site, running aground in shallow water without causing any ...


Report Released on Sydney Metro Crack

Although the crack that plagued progress in Australia’s Sydney Metro Project last September is gone, a recently released failure assessment has shed light on what went wrong with a section o...


Hudson Tunnel Construction to Take 7 Years

New York City could see construction last for seven years for the installation of the Hudson Tunnel, officials said Tuesday at a community presentation.


Fire Destroys Nearly Complete Complex

A new luxury apartment complex in New Albany, Indiana, that was set to start housing residents within the next month is now undergoing demolition after flames ripped through the building on ...


Report Analyzes Reducing Construction Risk

A recent industry analysis found that construction risk has fluctuated since the recession with 75 percent of building owners and contractors experiencing a dispute or claim in the last five...


Boston to Consider Harbor Barrier

The city of Boston is considering a permanent solution to combat climate change and its accompanying rise in tide and rainfall levels. The billion-dollar fix might come in the form of a sea ...


Architects Weigh in on Immigration

Immigration policies aimed at deportation and closing the nation's doors can impact the design and building industry, U.S. architects say.


Pay Scheme Results in $3.2M Fine

A New Jersey-based contractor with ties to several New York City public projects faces $3.2 million in fines for underpaying dozens of immigrant workers, authorities have announced.


Report Tackles Worker Health Issues

Nearly a third of construction workers lack health insurance despite half experiencing at least one doctor-diagnosed health condition, according to a recent report.


GCP Touts New 'Primer-less' Air Barrier

GCP Applied Technologies has launched a new take on the traditional air barrier membrane.


$227M Settlement in Philly Building Collapse

In a settlement reached last week, $227 million will be paid to family members of the seven people who died and 12 who were injured in the June 5, 2013, building collapse in downtown Philade...


Feds: Owner Paid $1M in Bribes for Jobs

An Atlanta-based construction executive has admitted to bribing city officials in order to obtain lucrative business deals on high-profile public projects.


Developers Reimagine a Chicago Landmark

One of the world’s tallest buildings and an icon in Chicago’s skyline will undergo a $500 million transformation, developers have announced.


Adhesives Formulated for ‘Tough’ Jobs

Construction product manufacturer DAP (Baltimore) has released a new line of construction adhesives, reportedly formulated for tough jobs including the installation of subfloors, drywall, he...


NYC Construction Bills Spark Debate

New legislation in New York City has the construction industry divided, and a new state report reveals what regulators call "alarming trends" related to worker fatalities.


AIA Forecast: Construction Up, Industrial Lags

Industrial facility construction won't be getting the same boost that commercial building will see in 2017, according to one major industry group.


Liquid Moisture Barrier Debuts

An Illinois manufacturer of products to protect buildings from moisture infiltration has introduced a new single-component, vapor-permeable, thin-film liquid membrane for new construction an...


AIA Posts Healthy Outlook for Construction

Retail, office and hotel construction is forecast to dominate the building recovery in 2017. However, industrial construction is projected to see almost no increase.


Safety Bills Divide Workers in New York

A set of 21 bills aimed at increasing construction jobsite safety and a report revealing a crisis in rising construction fatalities in New York are fueling debate in the construction industr...


Boston to Spend $1B on School Projects

Boston is looking to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to repair and replace its aging schools.


Worker Falls to Death at World Cup Venue

Authorities are investigating the falling death of a 40-year-old British worker on a World Cup stadium project in Qatar on Thursday (Jan. 19).


Garden Bridge: 'Not a Sure Thing'

Plans to build the most expensive pedestrian bridge in the world are up in the air, according to various reports.


London’s Planned Garden Bridge in Jeopardy

A proposed pedestrian bridge in London that would serve as a “floating park” over the River Thames is in jeopardy, according to reports, and even if it isn’t built, it could come at consider...


US Construction Industry Hiring in 2017

A new sampling of opinion in the U.S. construction industry indicates that most American contractors are prepared to add staff in the coming year.


Construction Outlook Positive for 2017

Nearly three quarters of American construction companies plan to increase headcounts in 2017, according to a survey released this week.


China to Ease Israel’s Labor Woes

China has agreed to send up to 20,000 construction workers to Israel to help alleviate the country’s labor shortage.


US Construction Spending Hits 10-Year High

Bolstered by street and highway work, nonresidential construction was up nearly 5 percent in November, helping to move U.S. construction spending to numbers not seen in a decade, new federal...


Owner Fined for Razing Historic Building

A “catastrophic decision” to demolish a 200-year-old historic property in England has resulted in a £20,000 ($24,318 USD) court fine for a U.K. man.


World’s Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic

A remote, mountainous region of China is now home to the world’s highest bridge, which opened to traffic Dec. 30.


Builder Spending Surges to 10-Year High

Investment in both private and public construction sectors helped propel U.S. construction spending to its highest level in 10 years, according to new federal data.


Operator Faces Charges in CA Crane Fall

The crane operator on a California bridge construction site where two workers were killed in 2014 now faces charges of manslaughter and occupational safety violations in relation to the inci...


Contractor Fined $10K for Manslaughter

A New York general contractor convicted of manslaughter last June has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine after refusing to obey the original sentence imposed, authorities relate.


Tunnel Linking Europe, Asia Opens

More than four years after construction began, the Eurasia Tunnel, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul underneath the Bosphorus Strait, has opened to vehicle traffic.


Weather Tracker Detects Lightning Hazards

A new “all-in-one weather device” was developed by a weather technology startup with the goal of keeping construction and mining crews safer when working outdoors.


OSHA: Making Safety Data Public

As federal workplace safety regulators issue a final rule clarifying an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of injuries and illnesses, the United States De...


Cleveland to Consider Arena Upgrades

The Cleveland Cavaliers, along with city and Cuyahoga County officials, are hoping to score approval of a $140 million renovation of its downtown Cleveland digs, authorities recently announc...


Fire Hits NYU Hospital Construction Site

A rooftop area of a hospital building that is currently under construction was the site of a fire that sent black smoke billowing over Manhattan Wednesday (Dec. 14).


Life of the Dance Party: A Cement Mixer

Usually, when a party is a “mixer,” it just means people get to mingle and meet new friends. But a French artist recently proved that a cement mixer can be the center of attention—if you dre...


School Focuses on Concrete, Manager Training

Middle Tennessee State University is focusing on training managers and skilled laborers in the construction industry.


Budget Stopgap Delays FAST Act Hikes

An increase in federal funding that was slated as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act is on hold through late April as part of a budget stopgap passed in the eleventh hou...


Contractor Sought in Nigeria Church Collapse

Dozens of worshippers were killed Saturday (Dec. 10) when a church in Nigeria collapsed during a large ceremony, and local officials quickly ordered the arrest of the contractor who had rece...


New Tappan Zee Reaches New Heights

Now in its fourth year of construction, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, aka the New NY Bridge, continues to reach major milestones in its path to completion, and certain elements of its superstru...


Brazil Eyes World Cup Stadium Bid Rigging

Two years after Brazil hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, regulators in that country say a “cartel” of large construction contractors colluded to fix bids and inflate contracts for the ...


Unpermitted Work Eyed in Oakland Blaze

Authorities in Oakland, CA, are investigating possible building code violations related to the fire that claimed at least 36 lives Friday night (Dec. 2).


UK ‘Blacklist’ Investigation Not Over

Months after contractors agreed to pay millions in settlements related to the case, the U.K. government is reopening the file on the alleged blacklisting of thousands of construction workers...


Former Building Inspector Faces Prison

Prosecutors have accused a former New York City Department of Buildings inspector and the owner of a local construction business of conspiracy to commit extortion.


Building Blocks Break Bridge Record

Steel, concrete, wood … plastic blocks? When it comes to bridge construction, LEGO bricks aren’t usually counted among the standard building materials. A London professional association for ...


Repeat Fall Hazards Net $137K Fine

An Ohio highway construction company is facing $137,000 in federal fines for alleged repeat safety violations related to fall protection on highway bridges.


Former Chinese Diplomats Face Charges

Federal prosecutors in New York have charged two former Chinese diplomats in a six-year scheme involving forced construction work.


Industry Supports Trump on Infrastructure

With the contentious 2016 election behind them, U.S. transportation associations are looking ahead to what the future holds for infrastructure and other construction projects under President...


Construction Forecast Predicts Lift for 2017

Public works construction, along with most U.S. building sectors, can expect to see a boost in business in the coming year, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 bi...


New Shaming Signs for Building Owners

San Francisco’s Department of Building Insepction is on a renewed mission to convince property owners to retrofit their buildings to make them safe during powerful earthquakes.


Library in Queens Set to Sparkle

The new Hunters Point Community Library in the New York City borough of Queens celebrated a milestone recently, when the builders of the steel-and-concrete structure celebrated its topping-o...


Report: Construction Industry to Hit $713B

Most U.S. building sectors will enjoy modest growth in 2017, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 billion year ahead.


OSHA Retaliation Rule Postponed Again

Implementation of a controversial new rule regarding workplace health and retaliation has again been postponed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


OSHA Further Delays Anti-Retaliation Measures

Employers will get yet another reprieve in anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s controversial “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnes...


Condo Construction Accident Kills 1

Federal workplace safety regulators have opened an investigation after one person was killed and several others were injured Wednesday (Oct. 19) evening when building materials rained from t...


NYC Site Safety Backlog Questioned

The president of a safety-management company in New York City says a lack of site safety managers is slowing construction in that city—and he’s pointing the finger at the city’s Department o...


Detroit Fines Arena Builders

Several contractors working on the new $627.5-million National Hockey League arena development in downtown Detroit have failed to follow a local hiring mandate, costing them at least $500,00...


Dubai Breaks Ground on Record Tower

Seeking to maintain its spot in the sky-high record books, Dubai has started construction this week on what promises to be “the world’s tallest building when completed in 2020,” according to...


17 Killed in China Building Collapse

Four buildings in a city in eastern China collapsed early Monday (Oct. 10), killing at least 17, according to reports from the scene.


Building Under Construction Falls, Kills 2

At least two people were killed and several others injured after a multi-story residential building under construction collapsed early Wednesday (Oct. 5) afternoon in Bengaluru, India, raisi...


Construction Spending Remains Flat

U.S. construction spending was down ever so slightly in August, according to new data released by the Department of Commerce, which also revised its July numbers to reflect a slight downward...


End in Sight for NJ Work Freeze

Nearly three months after all nonessential road, bridge and transit projects were halted in New Jersey, the state’s governor and political leaders have reached an agreement on how to repleni...


Condo Builder, Subs Settle $36M Dispute

After six years of litigation, a large Southeastern U.S. builder and more than a dozen of its subcontractors have agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a construction defect lawsuit involvin...


House Attempts to Stall Overtime Rule

With the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule set to be enacted in just two months, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week intended to delay its start by six mon...


Overtime Rule Outrage: New Bill, Lawsuits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday (Sept. 29) to stall the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule for six months—the latest volley in the dispute over the rule that aim...


Penn Station to Get Revamp

New York City's main intercity railroad station is scheduled for a redesign.


Cuomo Launches Penn Station Overhaul

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled plans to revamp New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, a project reportedly under consideration for more than two decades.


Feds Intervene in Defective Rebar Suit

The U.S. government has decided to join in a whistleblower lawsuit claiming a global supplier to the nuclear power industry defrauded the government.


Feds: Project Manager Stole $2.7M

A former project manager with one of the largest construction companies in Indiana has been accused of bilking the business out of $2.7 million, according to authorities.


Video Shows Stadium Voyage

From the demolition of the Metrodome to the home-opener at the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings' new $1.1 billion stadium, a 32-month-long voyage has now been condensed into thre...


Audit Details Problem-Plagued Hospital

Department of Veterans Affairs leaders have been accused of “gross mismanagement” when it comes to federal oversight of a $1.7 billion VA hospital in Aurora, CO, according to a new audit.


French Firm Touts Passive ‘Lego Homes’

A French company looking to make homebuilding quick, easy and eco-friendly has begun to expand internationally, building what some are calling a “real-life Lego home” in Spain.


Contractors Face Hiring Woes

More than two-thirds of contractors in the United States are reporting difficulty filling hourly craft positions—which represent the bulk of the construction workforce—including painters and...


Lawmakers Demand Answers for Project Costs

The budget-busted Veterans Affairs hospital construction project outside of Denver has once again been thrust into the national spotlight.


Institute Honors Specification Experts

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) bestowed a number of awards and honors upon leaders in the construction industry during a ceremony held Thursday (Sept. 8) at CONSTRUCT 2016 &...


Former City Engineer Faces Prison

A former California city engineer faces nearly 14 years in prison for allegedly embezzling more than $500,000 over a three-year period.


Officials Probe Deadly Garage Collapse

The collapse of an under-construction four-story underground parking garage near a medical center in Tel Aviv, Israel, remained under investigation Tuesday (Sept. 6).


Contractors: Qualified Workers Scarce

Contractors throughout the United States are having a tough time finding qualified craft workers, leading to a recent decrease in employment in the construction industry, a new survey sugges...


Monitor Alerts Crews to Jobsite Risks

From noise levels to airborne particulates and UV rays, a new workplace monitoring tool aims to help reduce health risks from worksite exposures.


CA Weighs New Builder Disclosure Rules

California legislators are looking to increase regulations on contractors and balcony construction, specifically, in the wake of the June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed six ...


Footage Captures Tappan Zee Progress

Three years into what is considered to be one of the largest bridge construction projects in New York history, the New York State Thruway Authority has released a video chronicling progress ...


Longest Glass Bridge Opens

A new bridge in China’s Hunan Provice has quite a view—if you look straight down.


New Concrete Showcases Flexibility

A new kind of concrete developed by researchers in Singapore is, according to its discoverers, stronger, more reliable, and ... bendable.


FEMA Floats Flood-Resilient Construction Rules

As central Louisiana continues to recover from last week's devastating floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communitie...


Sinking Tower Sparks Suit

A resident of San Francisco’s pricey Millennium Tower condos has filed suit over the 58-story building’s documented sinking and tilting.


Tool Automates Jobsite Safety Monitoring

A new technology developed in the U.K. could change the way onsite worker safety is handled, automating some monitoring jobs and alerting workers and safety managers if something is amiss.


Rules Proposed for Building in Flood Areas

A week after recent historic flooding hit central Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communities “higher and stro...


DOL Calls for NM Wage Data

As part of its ongoing survey by state, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is calling for participation in its wage determination survey of construction projects wit...


Scaffold Collapse Kills 1

A construction worker died Monday (Aug. 22) after falling from collapsing scaffolding at a building expansion project in Las Vegas, reports relate.


OSHA Cites Firms Over KY Crane Collapse

A Kentucky construction firm is facing more than $20,000 in proposed fines in the wake of a crane collapse on a bridge project in February.


Tool Predicts Fatal Construction Mishaps

The Construction Industry Institute is touting a new tool for predicting, and reducing the risk of, deadly accidents in the construction industry.


Miami Scaffold Fall Claims Worker’s Life

A construction worker in Florida died Wednesday (Aug. 17) of injuries sustained when the scaffolding he was working from collapsed, according to local media reports.


Campaign Promotes Building with Concrete

As some campaign to broaden the use of materials like wood in commercial and residential building, an industry group is touting the benefits of an old standby: concrete.


NYC Supertall Moves Forward After Suit

Plans for a new skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan are moving forward after spending nearly a year in legal limbo.


Crane Hits World Trade Window

Three World Trade Center, currently under construction, suffered only minor damage Thursday night (Aug. 11) when a construction crane hit the building.


Feds Say 7 Duped $350M from Government

A federal grand jury in Columbia, SC, has charged seven people with cheating the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars in a construction fraud scheme.


Two Firms to Pay $2.4M in Wage Probe

A New England construction concern and a related company have been ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million in back wages and damages to almost 500 employees for misclassifying them as independent...


Trump's Huge Plan for Infrastructure Spending

Almost nine months after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her proposed $275 billion infrastructure spending plan, Republican nominee Donald Trump announced he would...


California Luxury Condo Tower Sinking

It’s only eight years old, and home to some very wealthy and noted San Franciscans—and the Millennium Tower, sources say, is sinking faster than was ever anticipated.


UK, US Construction Spending Lags

Uncertainty stemming from June’s vote to leave the European Union may play into lagging numbers in the U.K. construction industry in July, while brand new numbers on American construction in...


$500 Million Supports Transportation Projects

Highway improvements, modernization of port terminals, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, and rail projects are among 40 of the transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly ...


Design Standards Spark Suit

An Indiana city’s attempt at standardizing architecture within its limits has sparked a lawsuit—the outcome of which could have far-reaching implications, reports say.


Two Firms Face Fall Citations

Two New York contractors are facing more than $110,000 in proposed federal fines for allegedly putting workers at risk on a construction project in Manhattan, authorities say.


Floor Collapse in India; 9 Dead

Nine workers were killed after a 13-story residential building under construction partially collapsed Friday (July 29) morning in Pune, India, reports said.


Guilty Plea in Sorority House Scam

A South Carolina attorney behind an effort to construct a 40,000-square-foot, $14 million sorority house at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has admitted to submitting false invoices,...


Lift Falls 18 Stories, Kills 8

Eight people were killed when the construction elevator they were in dropped 18 stories in eastern China, according to reports.


Architect Accused of Copying Mansion Design

A federal lawsuit accuses a New Jersey architecture firm and New York couple of accessing copyrighted drawings of a New York mansion and planning a replica close by without the original home...


NY Firm Sentenced in Fatal Trench Case

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ordered a construction company to fund public service announcements on worker safety as punishment in a manslaughter case; however, attorneys for the comp...


$249K in Safety Fines Upheld for NY Firm

More than three years after the original inspection, a judge upheld nearly $250,000 in fines for a New York contractor accused of putting workers in danger of serious falls at a midtown Manh...


Architect, Builder Suicide Rates High

According to a new report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction workers and architects appear in the top five on an unfortunate list: occupations with t...


Building Turkey’s Longest Bridge

One of the world’s newest, longest bridges owes a large part of its existence to a Luxembourg-based steel manufacturer, and its ongoing health to a pair of Danish and German engineering firm...


5 Injured in Floor Collapse

Federal safety regulators are investigating a partial floor collapse at a Florida hotel construction project that injured five workers Tuesday (June 28) morning.


Casino, Builder Settle Defect Case

A five-year lawsuit over allegations of shoddy work at a casino project in Colusa, CA, has ended in a $20 million settlement.


Bone Buildings of the Future

Buildings of the future could one day be constructed using artificial bone and eggshell.


Dry Rot Shutters Zoo Building

An iconic 55-year-old entrance to a California zoo will be repaired after dry rot was discovered in roof beams.


Contractor Association Seeks Support

The Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee approved proposed House Bill 1952 Tuesday (June 14), which authorizes a 1:1 ratio for all of the state’s apprenticeship programs for employe...


Stadium Worker Death Spurs Fines

Minnesota workplace health and safety regulators have levied fines against the contractor and a subcontractor who helped build the new professional football stadium in Minneapolis.


Adding a Dimension to Project Planning

During big construction projects, it’s not uncommon to use 3-D modeling to work out the kinks before the actual work begins. But some researchers in Canada want to account for more than just...


5 Firms Cited at Student Housing Project

Five contractors face a total of $115,200 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to falls and other safety hazards at a troubled student housing construction project in Lincoln, NE.


Contractor Convicted in NYC Pit Collapse

A New York construction company was convicted Friday on a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a worker in a trench collapse in Manhattan last year.


‘Big 3’ Shipyards Get State Aid

Following several consecutive quarters of extreme financial losses, the Korean government is stepping in to assist the world’s three largest shipbuilders.


Assessing Project Disputes

While the cost and time devoted to resolving construction disputes is rising in some parts of the world, the United States stands out as the only global region achieving a decrease in those ...


Study Finds Costs, Causes of Disputes

Construction disputes in North America are taking less time and money to resolve, a new study suggests.


Tower Bridge to Get a Facelift

One of the world’s most recognizable bridges is getting some much-needed work, and London drivers will be finding a detour for a few months while it does.


Construction Spending Plunges

After a strong March, new federal data shows that U.S. construction spending fell 1.8 percent in April—the largest drop since January 2011.


Belgians Brew Up Pipeline for Beer

Beer transportation probably isn’t a city infrastructure priority, unless you’re talking about Milwaukee—or a historic Belgian town.


Collapse Injures 7 on Hydro Site

Authorities are investigating a concrete collapse that injured seven workers early Monday (May 30), in Labrador, Canada, the latest in a series of issues facing the Muskrat Falls hydropower ...


Rio Breaks Contract with Olympic Builder

With just weeks before the Summer Olympic Games start on Aug. 5, Rio de Janeiro authorities have cancelled a contract with the contractor in charge of building a major venue, reports say.


Possible Burial Ground Halts Pipeline

The Bakken pipeline, which would run from oil fields in North Dakota to southern Illinois, may be facing a setback in Iowa, where its proposed route runs through what some American Indian tr...


'Concrete Cancer' Meets Its Match

Researchers have discovered a new concrete formulation that could take advantage of recycled glass, without being susceptible to the deterioration-causing chemical reaction known as "concret...


Dubai 3-D Prints First Office Building

Dubai, working to establish itself as a global hub for 3-D printing, unveiled what it called the world’s first 3-D printed office building this week.


Scientists Find Cure for Concrete Cancer

In a recent study, Canadian researchers reported the ability to calm a chemical reaction that has traditionally caused glass-fed concrete to weaken, expand and crack, a reaction known as “co...


Turbine Breaks Records

A Des Moines-based energy provider claims it has built the largest land-based wind turbine in the United States. It is celebrating this feat by sharing the video footage, aerial photography ...


Tesla Suit Exposes Labor Issues

A new paint shop for a Tesla Motors factory expansion is at the center of a controversy over whether the contractors responsible for its construction were grossly underpaid.


Concrete Contractor Settles 1 WTC Case

New York and New Jersey officials have agreed to hand over $12.3 million to settle an ongoing dispute with a One World Trade Center contractor, according to various reports.


Paint Shop Builder Sues Tesla

A worker brought in from overseas to help construct a high-volume paint shop for Tesla Motors in Fremont, CA, reports he was paid as little as $5 per hour without overtime.


Will Overtime Rule Hurt or Help Workers?

While the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule implementing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations governing who is exempt from overtime, construction ...


Industry Groups Slam Overtime Rule

Construction industry groups argue that the new overtime wage rule aimed at increasing wages for middle-income Americans will actually do the opposite.


Design Demand ‘Modest,’ AIA Says

As thousands of architects, designers, business leaders and representatives converge this week in Philadelphia for the annual American Institute of Architects’ convention, the organization r...


7 Killed in Wall Collapse

Seven construction workers were killed Saturday (May 14) evening at a five-story mall project under construction in Guntur, India.


Seattle Borer Drills Past Viaduct

Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine, made its way under Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct faster than expected, limiting road closures last week and moving the tunneling project cl...


Public, Private Groups Focus on Resilience

The White House this week announced new public and private measures to boost community resilience at its Conference on Resilient Building Codes.


Final UK Blacklist Cases Settled

Eight contractors implicated in a blacklisting scheme in the U.K. will pay a total of £75 million (about $108.2 million) in compensation and legal fees, according to media reports.


Mudslide Envelops Hydro Construction Site

Hundreds of rescuers assembled to search for the missing after a landslide swept through a hydropower plant construction site in southeast China.


Contractor Pays $682K for Unpaid Overtime

A Texas contractor has paid $682,318 in back wages to 161 employees to resolve allegations the company did not pay the workers overtime wages, according to federal officials.


Construction Numbers, Labor Demand Up

As Census Bureau numbers show the U.S. construction industry continuing to grow (including a big leap in road construction), one industry group is pointing out the need for more qualified wo...


Construction Spending Up, Labor Warning

New federal data suggests that the U.S. construction industry is continuing along the path to recovery, while industry officials warn that more qualified workers are needed to meet rising de...


Bill Aims to Spur Wood Building Boom

A new bipartisan bill aims to accelerate research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S.


New NY Bridge Builders Tout Safety Record

New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, billed as the largest bridge and highway infrastructure project in North America, is also reported to be one of the safest construction vent...


Spanish Workers Uncover Priceless Coins

There’s no telling what you might uncover at the site of an excavation, but rarely is a construction find as cool as what some workers in Spain found: more than 1,300 pounds of Roman coins d...


Baby Saved, Dozens Die in Collapse

A baby has been found alive and safe amid the ruins of a collapsed multifamily residential building in Nairobi, Kenya, but the number of victims has topped 21 and is expected to rise.


‘Blacklisted’ Construction Workers Settle

More than 400 construction workers and union members who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects have settled an ongoing High Court case involving major UK builders.


Olympic Games Run-up Claims 11 Workers

As the world awaits the 2016 Olympic Games kickoff in Rio de Janeiro this summer, Brazil’s preparations have claimed 11 lives.


Construction Machines Clash in China

For some, settling workplace disputes involves calm, but heated verbal exchanges. For others, they consist of climbing into a piece of heavy construction machinery and using it as a weapon.


Police Probe Cause of Japan Beam Drop

Area police are looking into potential safety management issues at the site of a fatal construction accident in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture.


Report Questions Builders' Labor Worries

Construction industry groups have incessantly sounded alarms that the biggest challenge facing the recovering housing market is a lack of skilled labor; however, a new report seems to questi...


EPA, NYC Set Sites for Gowanus Tanks

The City of New York and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached a tentative agreement regarding the construction of two sewage and storm water tanks to be built as part of the...


Taxes Weigh Heavily on Construction

While tax expenditures vary by industry, construction appears to bear the highest business tax burden, according to a recent report from the White House and the Department of the Treasury.


Family Receives $18M for Bridge Death

A jury awarded $17.72 million to the family of the worker who drowned during bridge construction on the Baylor University campus in 2014.


Wet Concrete Falls Off Building, Hits Car

A woman’s car window was shattered Thursday (April 14) when a portion of wet concrete fell from a construction site in downtown Jersey City, NJ, according to various news reports.


Winds Blamed in Deadly Crane Collapse

A construction crane collapse that killed 18 workers in China remains under investigation.


Waterproofing Market to Hit $9.5B by 2022

The global demand for waterproofing membrane is expected to reach $9.5 billion by 2022, a new market forecast suggests


Asbestos Violations Spur EPA, OSHA Bills

Federal authorities are cracking down on asbestos hazards at commercial and multi-residential building projects.


Agreement Reached for Red Sea Bridge

Two nations have consented to build a historic bridge connecting not only their two countries but also two continents.


Reports: Construction Pulse Is Strong

From spending to jobs, all signs point to a strengthening construction market. Two recent federal reports showing a sharp rise in construction employment and a solid increase in construction...


Construction Jobs, Spending See Growth

“The demand for construction is robust and well-balanced among residential, private non-residential and public segments,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contrac...


San Diego Chargers State Plans for Stadium

A new plan to build a $1 billion stadium to host the Chargers football team as well as an $800,000 convention center in downtown San Diego is afoot.


Buildings at Risk Due to Induced Quakes

The threat of damaging earthquakes in the Central U.S. is similar to that in tremblor-heavy California, a new government report suggests.


OSHA Updates PPE Requirements

Federal officials have published a final rule to align their eye and face protection rules with other current safety standards.


USGS Studies ‘Induced’ Seismic Activity

For the first time, maps showing the potential for earthquakes as a result of human activity, not just natural movements, have been released by the scientific agency responsible for studying...


Trial Begins in Bridge Worker's Death

The trial concerning the alleged wrongful death of a worker who drowned in early 2014 during construction of a bridge on the Baylor University campus was set to open Tuesday (March 29), a lo...


UK Firm to Acquire Hexion Coatings Unit

British chemical company Synthomer says it will acquire the performance adhesives and coatings business of Ohio-based Hexion.


Transit Project Uncovers Historic Road

Construction workers in Canada found they had dug back in time while preparing a site for the region’s light rail transit project.


Fatal Collapse Spurs Fraud Charges

A company previously indicted on criminal charges related to a construction site fatality in New York City is now facing fraud charges concerning workers and salaries.


Partial Building Collapse Hits School Bus

Authorities in Philadelphia are investigating what caused a building under demolition to partially collapse Thursday (March 17) striking a tree, street lamp and school bus.


Work Halts After WWII Devices Unearthed

Work on a £90 million ($126 million) luxury multi-family residential project in Liverpool, England, remained halted Wednesday (March 16) after several World War II devices were discovered at...


Sky-High Skyline Planned for London

Construction activity in London is forecast to reach new heights, with more than 400 tall buildings currently in the pipeline, a new report reveals.


Repeat Fall Hazards Result in $92K Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators have imposed a $92,400 fine against an Alabama contractor with a history of safety citations for alleged fall hazards.


Architect Survey Sees Gender, Race Gap

Most female architects in the U.S. feel that there remains a gender gap in the industry, but males in the profession are divided on the issue, a new report shows.


Honoring Women in Construction Trades

With a mission of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), has designated March 6-12 as the time to celebrate w...


Architect Gets Prison in Deadly Collapse

A Japanese architect will spend eight months in prison in connection with a fatal grocery store parking garage collapse in 2011.


Safety Fines to Surge in NYC

Construction workers and building professionals in New York City will see increased oversight and harsher penalties for skirting safety regulations in the coming months.


Bill to Rein in VA Construction Control

After a $1 billion botched Veterans’ Affairs’ hospital project in Denver, the U.S. House of Representatives has moved forward with a plan to take away some of the agency’s construction autho...


President Requests $1.4B for U.S. Buildings

The nation’s largest landlord will be able to put nearly $1.4 billion in funds toward federal building developments and other projects under President Barack Obama’s 2017 budget proposal.


Arrests Follow Collapse of Taiwan Building

The developers of a collapsed two-decade-old apartment building in Taiwan have been taken into custody as questions regarding construction materials used within the structure have surfaced.


Grace Spins Off Construction Unit

Global building chemicals and materials supplier W. R. Grace & Co. has completed a separation into two independent, publicly traded companies: W. R. Grace & Co. and GCP Applied Technologies ...


Ancient Bones Found at Construction Site

Big football players usually roam a university’s gridiron on Saturday afternoons. But construction crews recently found the remains of some much larger—and mostly extinct—creatures while wor...


Father-Daughter Team Face Fraud Case

A New York-based father and daughter construction team are facing up to 15 years behind bars for allegedly cheating nearly a dozen subcontractors and a client out of more than $780,000.


Convicted Architect Makes Sentencing Deal

A Virginia architect who was found guilty of using inside information to obtain contracts at a VA hospital in Ohio has made a sentencing deal with prosecutors to avoid further charges.


Construction Jobs Rise Throughout 2015

Most states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs last year, while states that support energy production and concern about worker shortages continued to be the dark spots in t...


Fall Leads to Willful, Serious Violations

A Texas flooring company faces more than $66,000 in federal fines after a worker fell from a balcony at a commercial construction site, according to health and safety authorities.


New OSHA Training Cards Coming

More secure completion cards for Occupational Safety and Health Administration volunteer safety classes will be in place by the end of next month.


Cracking Found in New Rail Bridge Spans

Two of 24 pre-cast concrete spans that will carry an elevated train for Australia’s largest public transportation project have cracked less than a year after they were installed.


OSHA to Launch New Training Cards

In a move aimed at reducing fraud and improving efficiency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is rolling out more durable and secure completion cards for its 10-hour and 30-h...


World’s First ‘Droneport’ Breaks Ground

Fleets of flying robots may soon be landing and taking off from the first commercial airport designed specifically for drones.


Building the World’s First ‘Droneport’

They fly through the skies. They must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). And if the aircraft is issued an airworthiness certificate, a pilot certificate is require...


U.S. Hotel Construction Up in 2016

A recent report indicates that U.S. business travelers could have thousands of new choices in places to stay by the end of this year.


Judge Sentences Two for Fatal Collapse

Finding one defendant remorseful and another disregarding public safety, a judge in Philadelphia sentenced two men accused of killing people when they caused a city building to collapse.


PPG Launches Metal Coatings Series

A new metal coatings series that aims to protect rooftop HVAC systems on commercial buildings is now available through PPG Industries.


Recovery, Challenges Ahead in Construction

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Coatings Series Aims to Protect Metal

PPG Industries has introduced a two-component polyester polyurethane enamel coatings series that the company says provides corrosion resistance when applied directly to metal or over primer-...


Construction Outlook Mixed for 2016

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Trench Death Leads to Willful Citations

A northcentral Pennsylvania company faces $140,000 in fines after a worker was killed in a trench during a bridge renovation project last summer.


OSHA: Plaster Workers Exposed to Falls

An Ohio plaster and masonry contractor faces more than $131,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to fall hazards at two inspection sites earlier this year.


Report Tells Tale of Two Hospitals

A new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis aims to show what happens when a construction project managed exclusively by the federal government is sized up against one managed ...


NY Builder Agrees to Pay Out $20M

One of New York City’s largest building firms, Tishman Construction Corp., has admitted to employing fraudulent billing practices to cheat its project clients out of more than $5 million dol...


Denver Airport Hotel Takes Flight

A new time-lapse video of the recently completed $580 million hotel construction project at Denver International Airport captures three years of work in about 90 seconds.


Major NYC Builder Admits Fraud

Tishman Construction Corp.—the firm behind One World Trade Center and the Plaza Hotel projects—has admitted to overbilling clients more than $5 million over the last decade, federal authorit...


SUV Crosses Bridge Made of Paper

Land Rover’s Range Rover bills itself as one of the most luxurious off-road SUVs on the market—capable of delivering “performance in varying terrain or conditions.”


NYC: Former Citibank Leader Took Bribes

Four people and two corporations have pleaded guilty to engaging in a pay-to-play scheme in the New York City construction industry, the New York County District Attorney’s office announced.


Rio Olympic Buildings Make Progress

With just 250 days until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, construction on several of the Brazilian venues that will host the summer games have been completed.


Study: Millennials Key in Construction

A new study suggests that millennials might help close the gap on the shortage of available construction workers.


1M-Pound Bridge Slides in Place

Crews in Michigan took advantage of the slide-in bridge construction (SIBC) technique to build a new bridge on the M-100 in Potterville with only one weekend’s worth of road closure.


‘Ark’ Theme Park to Teach Creationism

Families looking for a Biblical-based vacation experience might consider a new theme park that teaches lessons on creationism—and is prepared for a major flood.


Permits Strong in Mixed Housing Report

More single-family home construction permits were issued in October than in any month in the past eight years, according to new home construction data released Wednesday (Nov. 18).


Suits Filed in Deadly Balcony Collapse

Managers of an apartment building in Berkeley, CA, knew mushrooms were growing in a rotten apartment deck weeks before it collapsed and killed six students, according to lawsuits filed Thurs...


Kitten Saved From Concrete, Paint

After spending at least two days in a construction dumpster, a kitten in North Dakota is lucky to have some of her nine lives left.


Construction Adds Most Jobs Since 2009

The construction industry in the U.S. has reason to celebrate after an October jobs report showed a robust increase in its workforce last month.


Dozens Die in Pakistan Factory Collapse

At least 23 people have died after a factory in Pakistan that was undergoing renovation work collapsed Wednesday (Nov. 4) night.


Light Bar Made for Hazardous Areas

Nemalux LED Lighting has introduced an industrial light bar series that the company says can be used in hazardous or wet locations.


Firm Examines Global Coatings Use

A market research company that specializes in polymer and chemical industries has released its findings on the global consumption of coatings, adhesives, sealants and inks (CASI) for 2014.


Lights Made To Be Explosion-Proof

Rapid Prep is offering an explosion-proof light that the company says is suitable for hazardous and wet locations.


Canadian Project ‘Raises the Roof’

A 10-story condominium building is taking shape in Montreal without the use of cranes or scaffolding.


Building Demolition Turns Deadly

A partial building collapse in Midtown Manhattan has left one worker dead and another seriously injured.


Nuclear Giant Takes on Construction

Leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is expanding its global offerings through the acquisition of ...


Economists: Housing Market Improving

U.S. builders are expected to break ground on 1.33 million units in 2016 and hit 1.56 million units in 2017, a new forecast suggests.


School Contractor Charged with Bribery

The owner of a New York-based construction company faces seven years in prison for allegedly offering thousands of dollars in bribes to a public school official.


Four Cited Following Bridge Fatality

Four companies have been fined nearly $87,000 for putting employees at risk during a bridge renovation project that turned fatal when part of the bridge collapsed and killed a family driving...


Firm Apologizes for Tilting Condos

A Japanese construction supply company has apologized for supplying faulty pilings for a major condominium complex that is tilting just 10 years after it was built.


Multifamily Surge Drives Housing Data

U.S. builders broke ground on more residential projects last month than they have in nearly eight years, new government data suggests.


Contractor Guilty in Philly Collapse

A jury in Philadelphia has convicted a contractor of involuntary manslaughter in a 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 13.


Construction Site Water Tank Ruptures

A mother and her two children were among drivers who escaped with only minor injuries after a water tank at a hospital construction site in Australia ruptured and sent a wall of water rushin...


Construction Bridge Falls on Highway

At least two people are dead and more than 20 others are injured after a temporary bridge near a Johannesburg, South Africa, construction site collapsed onto a highway.


Construction Market Good, Data Says

Even amid worker shortages, two new reports shine a bright light on the U.S. construction environment based on September figures.


Highway Construction Worker Hit, Killed

One highway construction worker died and another was injured critically after a driver hit them in an Interstate 94 work zone during the early hours of Sunday (Oct. 11) morning.


Reports: Strong Pulse for Construction

From credit risk to construction spending, all signs point to a strengthening U.S. construction industry.


UK Contractors Apologize for Blacklist

Eight of the biggest construction firms in the U.K. have issued an “unprecedented” apology to thousands of workers who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects.


Federal Contracts' Minimum Wage Raised

Contractors working on applicable projects for the federal government will see a boost in their paychecks at the start of next year, when the annual minimum wage increase for goes into effec...


OSHA Sets Target for Final Silica Rule

A final rule limiting workplace exposure to silica could be published as soon as January 2017, according to reports.


Federal Contractor Wages Going Up

Construction workers who perform work as contractors or subcontractors of the federal government are about to get a raise in their minimum wage.


Drop in Immigration Fuels Labor Shortage

A new report suggests that an immigration slowdown is contributing to the rising cost of construction and widespread labor shortages in the industry.


App Teaches Kids About Construction

A concrete company has launched a game app that it hopes will steer kids toward careers in construction.


Drones Build Sturdy Rope Bridge

A Swiss research team has found a way to build a rope bridge using drones.


Murder Trial in Collapse Set to Begin

More than two years after a downtown Philadelphia building collapse killed six people, the demolition contractor connected to the incident will stand trial for murder.


Construction Boss Jailed for Tax Fraud

A New York construction company owner has been sentenced to prison for running a nearly $3.8 million payroll tax fraud scheme through his Yonkers-based business.


New NY Bridge Rises above Water

Work on the $4 billion new Tappan Zee Bridge, also known as the New NY Bridge, hit the halfway mark in construction earlier this month.


GBI Seeks Input on Green Standard

The non-profit developer of the Green Globes rating system is inviting the public to comment on its latest draft green building standard.


LBJ Project Opens Early, Irks Drivers

The largest public-private (P3) project in Texas has opened three months ahead of schedule, but drivers in the Dallas area are complaining about the rise in toll lanes as a result of it.


Suit Filed in Delayed Hospital Project

One of the largest construction management companies in the United States has been sued and kicked off of a $300 million delayed hospital project in Santa Clara County, CA.


Court Denies ‘Not an Architect’ Argument

A botched renovation project in the Bahamas has left the designer behind it claiming he is “not a professional.”


Design Hurts Deadline, Sparks Debate

The completion date for the bridge in the St. Croix Crossing project, which will connect Oak Park Heights, MN, and St. Joseph, WI, has been pushed back, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departmen...


States Take Action for Fair Pay

Workplace fraud and fair wages have come under the scrutiny of two state agencies who seek to bolster the economy and protect that states' workforce.


No Cars Allowed on Portland Bridge

If you’re jogging, walking, cycling, on a bus or the city’s light rail transit system and expect to cross the Portland’s newest bridge, you’re in luck. But if you’re expecting to drive acros...


Watch Detroit Transform Live

A mega-construction project that aims to once again transform Detroit into a thriving metropolis is underway.


Labor Shortage Challenges Contractors

At a time when the construction industry is seeing an influx in demand, many companies—including those in the building, infrastructure, highway, federal/heavy and utility fields—appear to be...


Cause Probed in Fatal Crane Collapse

The cause of a construction crane collapse that killed more than 100 people in Mecca remained under investigation Monday (Sept. 14).


Skilled Workers in Short Supply

Nearly 90 percent of U.S. construction companies report difficulty in filling key craft and salaried jobs as construction demand rises across the country, according to an industry survey.


States Recover $6.9M for Pay Violations

Two New England states are taking a stance and cracking down on employers who violate the state and federal labor wage laws.


Companies Face Construction Site Fines

The federal agency in charge of worker safety has cited two construction companies a combined $88,000 for exposing their employees to excavation hazards on a multi-employer work site.


Construction Spending Hits 7-Year High

U.S. construction spending in July reached levels not seen in more than seven years, according to new federal data.


Uneven Job Growth in U.S. Construction

The U.S. construction industry appears caught between divergent economic trends that aid employment in some areas and hinder it in others, according to Associated General Contractors of Amer...


Dallas Bridge Arch Topped

The first of two arches has just been completed on Dallas’s Margaret McDermott Bridge, part of the $798-million Dallas Horseshoe project that seeks to reduce traffic and enhance accessibilit...


U.S. Construction Job Picture Mixed

A new analysis shows uneven job growth in the U.S. construction sector.


CMU, Volvo Seek Road Site Safety

Safety on road construction sites is a major concern, so two industry leaders partnered to come up with a solution that uses situational awareness of equipment operators and the surface work...


2nd Guilty Plea in Housing Scam

A Florida contractor has pleaded guilty to his role in a $36 million low-income housing scheme.


Marketing Mission: ‘Born to Build’

An 85-year-old Chicago-based concrete company has rolled out a marketing campaign designed to “celebrate and honor” the American construction workforce.


Architect Guilty of Charges in VA Case

A federal jury has found a Virginia architect guilty of bribing the former director of the Veterans Affairs medical centers in Dayton and Cleveland, OH, in exchange for confidential details ...


Mentors Groom Future Workforce

A workforce development organization dedicated to leading young people to careers in architecture, construction and engineering is anticipating a boost in enrollment for its mentorship progr...


Construction Workers at Risk for COPD

Respiratory health among construction workers is the focus of new research by Duke University and the Center for Construction Research.


‘Ribbon’ Hotel OK’d Amid Controversy

Bucking the recommendation of its own planning commission, the City of Edinburgh has approved a development that has become known as the “ribbon” hotel.


Agencies Probe Fatal Trench Collapse

State and federal agencies are running separate investigations following the death of a government employee who was crushed by falling dirt while he was working in a wastewater culvert.


Robot Prints Houses One Wall at a Time

Billed as the world’s biggest free-form 3D printer, the machine can build walls like the body builds bones, is "prettier" than previous attempts at printing 10 houses in one day and is “more...


‘Reckless Gamble’ Leads to Jail Time

Choosing to defy a "stop work" order on a Milpitas, CA, job site has led to prison sentences for two California construction company agents, according to authorities.


Weather Study to Aid Building Design

What may be the longest-range weather forecast ever predicted will be used to help building designers better create structures that are able to withstand Mother Nature’s fluctuating changes.


Charges Filed in Fatal Pit Collapse

Two construction supervisors and their employers have been charged in connection with a trench collapse that killed a 22-year-old worker this spring at a retail project site in New York.


Bosses Get 2 Years in Cave-in Death

The owner and project manager of a California construction company will spend two years behind bars in connection with the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas, according to authori...


All Eyes on Road Fund Extension

Florida transportation officials are trying to identify which projects they need, and which they can live without. In Indiana, the state’s Department of Transportation is looking at out how ...


Worker Shortage Threatens Growth

Optimism is high as construction spending levels rose strongly in June compared to the past year, but the outlook is tempered by concerns over a lack of skilled workers in key areas, which m...


Group Studies Solar House Efficiency

Imagine a house so efficient it can produce 60 percent of its own power and cost its owner nearly nothing out of pocket every year.


Trench Collapse Nets $424K Fine

A Texas construction company that specializes in infrastructure faces more than $420,000 in fines for 16 citations it received when a trench collapsed on one of its workers earlier this year...


Spending on the Rise; Workers Needed

U.S. construction spending inched up in June to an annualized rate of $1.06 trillion, up 12 percent from year ago levels, according to newly released Census Bureau data.


Offshore Plan Soaks Big 3 Shipbuilders

A venture into offshore projects led to a bad turn for the world’s three largest shipbuilders—Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and Samsung Heavy Industr...


OSHA: Fall Victim Denied Safety Gear

A Texas-based construction company faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal fines after a temporary worker fell 12 feet through a roof and was hospitalized with severe injuries.


Drones Report for Construction Job Duty

A growing number of U.S. construction companies are looking to fly drones around their jobsites to get a better look at progress and perform inspections.


Drones Seeing Use in Infrastructure

Those who see what might appear to be a UFO buzzing around a bridge probably can skip calling the Federal Aviation Administration.


Bridge Collapse Leads to $14K Fine

An Ohio-based construction company with long-standing state contracts has been fined for a fatal bridge collapse earlier this year.


Historic Hotel Disappears into Dust

A one-minute drone video shows how quickly 200 pounds of dynamite imploded the historic Park Avenue Hotel in Detroit.


Interior Coating Designed to Stop Odors

Sto Corp. has released an interior coating product formulated to eliminate indoor odors.


Artist Sees Recycled Beauty in Trash

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--Sometimes one man’s pile of scrap wood is another man’s “Happy Mountain.”


Could Plastic Roads Replace Asphalt?

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--A city known for its openness to innovation could become the trial center for a plastic road that someday may replace asphalt.


Barracks Collapse in Russia; 23 Perish

OMSK, SIBERIA--Officials are searching for what caused a four-story military barracks to collapse Sunday (July 12) evening, killing 23 people and injuring at least 19 others in south-central...


Study: Construction Beefs Lengthen

AMSTERDAM--Locking horns over a construction project? Talking it through may take longer than heavier-handed approaches, but should cost less in the long run.


Study: Construction Dispute Costs Drop

AMSTERDAM--Unlike many other parts of the world, construction disputes in North America are taking longer to resolve but costing less in the end, a new study suggests.


Laying Down 1,000 Bricks an Hour

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--The Emperor Hadrian sure could have used the bricklayer Hadrian.


Drone's Eye Sees the Beauty of a Bridge

DALLAS--Lest we forget the true engineering marvel of bridges, dams and other mega-projects, TravelByDrone.com Texas is here with some artful reminders.


Paris OKs 1st Skyscraper in 40 Years

PARIS--It took two votes, including one in private, but the French capital is about to get its first skyscraper in four decades.


GC Pleads to Bribery over Code Fines

NEWARK, NJ--A general contractor from New Jersey has admitted bribing a local inspector in an attempt to avoid nearly $9 million in fines for fire-code violations.


False Credentials Lead to Settlement

HARTFORD, CT--An engineering firm will pay $390,000 for allegedly failing to verify the background of an unqualified employee it hired before that employee worked on state and federal transp...


Planning a Home Way Away from Home

WASHINGTON--Deep space, once popularly deemed "The Final Frontier," is now the next big residential market, according to NASA.


Mission: Design Housing for Deep Space

WASHINGTON--Outside-the-box thinkers are invited to participate in a new design competition that is out of this world.


Bad Pour Halts Forth Bridge Work

FIRTH OF FORTH, SCOTLAND--A marine traffic jam that slowed barge delivery of concrete is being blamed for a botched pour that burst pipes and halted work on the £1.4 billion Forth Road Bridg...


BYU Brings Down Iconic Building

PROVO, UT--Brigham Young University has said goodbye to a campus landmark in memorable fashion.


Portable Light Made for Worksites

KEMP, TX--A new compact work-site fixture has been designed to offer high-power illumination with minimal set-up.


Fines, Violations End in Felony Plea

VANCOUVER, WA--A driveway paver with a mountain of unpaid fines for everything from child labor to licensing violations has now pleaded guilty to a felony charge.


Quadpod is Made to Maneuver

KEMP, TX--Larson Electronics has introduced a compact work-site fixture designed to provide high-power illumination with minimal set-up.


City Contract Chief Headed for Prison

INDIANAPOLIS--A municipal contracting official whose kickback-larded ways cost his city almost a half-million dollars will serve nearly five years in prison for the scheme.


City Official Gets Jail for Kickbacks

INDIANAPOLIS--A former Indiana city official will spend more than four years behind bars for siphoning off more than $400,000 in kickbacks from the operators of a concrete company on public-...


Man Held in $100M L.A. Arson

LOS ANGELES--A 56-year-old city resident has pleaded not guilty to torching a high-rise under construction last December, igniting an explosion that left more than $100 million in damage.


L.A. Man Held in $100M Blaze

LOS ANGELES--Authorities have charged a 56-year-old man with setting a massive blaze last December that destroyed an apartment complex under construction, damaged nearby buildings, and close...


Watch 1WTC Construction in 2 Minutes

NEW YORK CITY—It took One World Trade Center—the tallest building in the U.S.—11 years to rise to into its place in New York City’s iconic skyline.


Overpass Worker Crushed by Lift

WILKINSBURG, PA—A federal investigation continues into the death of a construction worker who was fatally crushed on a busway overpass rehabilitation project near Pittsburgh.


CT Limits Construction Litigation

HARTFORD, CT—Ten years is enough time to identify and sue over construction and design defects on public projects in Connecticut, the state has determined.


Owner, Manager Guilty in Cave-in Death

MILPITAS, CA—A California jury has convicted a construction company owner and project manager for causing the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas.


CT Sets Limit on Construction Suits

HARTFORD, CT—Contractors and designers who work on public construction projects will no longer face an unlimited risk of litigation, under a new law in Connecticut.


Tackling a Disturbing, Deadly Trend

NEW YORK CITY—U.S. Air Force veteran Christian Ginesi survived a tour in Afghanistan before dying a month into a construction job.


NYC Tackles Deadly Construction Toll

NEW YORK CITY—Fatal construction accidents in New York City are on the rise, drawing calls for action to stem the tide.


Outlook: Construction to ‘Disappoint’

CHICAGO—The good news: Roads and bridges will see greater investment than other nonresidential sectors in the years ahead. The bad news: That's not saying much. And it will still be far less...


Restoration Reveals Historic Tiles

PALO ALTO, CA—Entombed by layers of mortar, paint and wax, a pair of 90-year-old decorative tiles has emerged during a building restoration project, according to reports.


Study: Worker Safety 'Alarming' in NYC

NEW YORK CITY—Poorly regulated, unsafe construction sites in New York have become a "disturbing" trend that merits greater federal inspections and fines, a new report contends.


Probe Underway after Watergate Collapse

Washington, DC—Authorities are still working to determine what caused an underground parking garage to collapse at the well-known Watergate complex.


IN Scraps Base Wage on Public Works

INDIANAPOLIS—Declaring "victory for Hoosier taxpayers," Indiana has repealed an 80-year-old mechanism that established minimum wages for major public construction projects.


IN Repeals Minimum Construction Wages

INDIANAPOLIS—Lawmakers in Indiana have approved a controversial measure to eliminate 80-year-old boards that set base wages for major public construction projects.


U.S.: Sealant Runoff Kills Aquatic Life

RESTON, VA—Confirming 10 years of earlier research, new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey report toxic effects on aquatic life in the runoff from pavement sealcoated with coal tar.


Researcher: Build Safety on Openness

BOSTON—Construction sites are filled with dangers that change constantly, so why isn't that high-stakes ebb and flow passed to the crews at risk?


New Rule Guides Safety in Tight Spaces

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. construction workers who labor in attics, crawl spaces, pits, boilers and other confined spaces will have new protections as of Aug. 3, under a new federal rule.


Showtime Delayed for Hollywood Towers

LOS ANGELES—A pair of mixed-use skyscrapers will have to wait a while longer for their big premiere in the heart of Hollywood, according to local reports.


U.S. Earthquake Risks on the Rise

SAN FRANCISCO—Nearly half the population of the United States is living in earthquake-prone zones and long-term building losses from tremors average $4.5 billion per year.


Chinese Crew Makes an Egg-Citing Find

HEYUAN, CHINA—This is no yolk: Construction workers in China have accidentally unearthed dozens of fossilized dinosaur eggs, including 19 that are fully intact.


Road Workers Free Dangling Toddler

SINGAPORE—Two migrant construction workers are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a toddler dangling by her head from the balcony of a second-floor apartment in Singapore.


Suspended Firm Seeks Alternate Route

NEW HAVEN, CT—Doctored payrolls on several federally funded projects have made a Connecticut construction company ineligible for future work, but the fines proposed have prompted a proposal ...


Road Repairs Unearth 43 Dinosaur Eggs

HEYUAN, CHINA—A road crew in southern China was working at a construction site when they discovered 43 dinosaur egg fossils.


OSHA Turns to Cell Tower Safety

WASHINGTON, DC—The rising death toll from maintenance and construction of communications towers is drawing new attention from federal health and safety regulators.


Curtain-Wall Exec to Lead Subs

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Dallas native Letitia "Tish" Haley Barker, president of Haley-Greer Inc., has been elected president of the American Subcontractors Association for 2015-16.


MO Highway Work Draws $750K Fine

LENEXA, KS—Missouri transportation officials will mount a statewide compliance program and pay a $750,000 fine to settle alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act at two road constructi...


Apple Shifts Stance on Felony Offenders

CUPERTINO, CA—Saying it "may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance,” the world's richest company has reversed course on a controversial policy that had blocked some construct...


Hard Hats Get Religious Challenge

HARRISBURG, PA—What is more important: worker safety or freedom of religious expression? Dueling federal regulations can't seem to decide, and one lawmaker is calling for clarification.


Apple Reverses Ban on Offenders

CUPERTINO, CA—Construction workers with recent felonies on their records may now be able to help build Apple Inc.’s $5 billion campus in California.


Apple Bars Offenders from Construction

The world's largest company, led by a gay chief executive vocal about discrimination, is suddenly on the defensive over its decision to bar convicted felons from construction work on its $5 ...


Apple Bans Felons from HQ Construction

Worker advocates are turning up the heat on Apple in the wake of the tech giant's decision to bar convicted felons from construction work on its new campus in California.


Landowners Sued for Pipeline Surveys

Do pipeline companies have the right to access a homeowner's property for their corporate purposes? Several of them think so and have gone to court to prove it.


Worker Awarded $64.5M in Collapse

"Nearly cut in half" when a building fell on him, a former Florida construction worker has been awarded more than $64 million in damages by three different companies.


FL Plans New Squeeze on Defect Suits

How long should builders be on the hook for latent construction defects that later cause failures in their infrastructure, buildings and homes?


FL May Cut Builder Lawsuits Again

A new bill in Florida seeks to further tighten the time that building owners would have to sue builders, developers and other contractors over construction defects.


China Challenged on Steel Dumping, Lead

Churning out half of the Earth's steel under little oversight, Chinese manufacturers are flooding the globe with substandard, lead-heavy products that threaten both end projects and the mark...


Arkansas Worker Killed in 11-Foot Fall

A 29-year-old steel erector has died after falling just 11 feet from a beam he was bolting into place on a job site in Little Rock, AR.


Feds Urge New Controls in Paving Work

After a decade of research, federal health and safety officials have announced recommendations to curb exposure to respirable crystalline silica for workers involved in asphalt pavement mill...


Employers Face PPE Rule Updates

Updating its requirements to align with other current safety standards, federal officials are proposing revisions to their eye and face protection rule.


Chinese Accused of Dumping Bad Steel

Saudi Arabia's largest producer of coated steel is accusing Chinese competitors of flooding Saudi projects with unsafe products, due to lack of oversight by the Chinese government.


OSHA Eyes Update to PPE Rules

Construction workers, shipyard workers and others on hazardous jobsites will be better protected from eye and face injuries under new revisions to personal protective equipment requirements,...


Gas Tumble Brings Savings in Materials

The plummeting energy prices of recent months have had a welcome ripple effect on the U.S. construction industry, where many materials costs have been steadily flat or on the decline.


Architectural First Blooms in Berkeley

An undulating, airy, precision-engineered pavilion is showing the architectural community the future of 3D-printed structures.


Flurry of Defects Follows Building Boom

The condo boom in New York City’s burgeoning Brooklyn borough is apparently bringing a boomlet in construction defects with it.


Accidents Add Income Insult to Injury

If you shatter your leg (or worse) in a fall from a scaffold, who is going to shoulder the six-figure medical bills? And fill the income gap while you recover?


Construction Employment Levels to Surge

U.S. contractors, start your engines: Construction employment is set to shift into high gear, growing 29 percent by 2022, compared to just 11 percent in all other industries, according to a ...


OSHA: Accidents Add Inequity to Injury

The financial hit caused by workplace injuries may be as devastating as the physical one, with rising expenses and declining income that persist for years, a new federal report finds.


Construction Material Costs Drop

Prices for construction materials are steadily declining, which comes as welcome news for many contractors and their clients.


NV Reins in Lawsuits Against Builders

Taking action against what it calls a business-killing litigation climate, Nevada has overhauled its "construction defects" law to clamp down on suits against builders.


Bridge Contractor Cited in Teen's Death

A 16-year-old worker who was directed to stand in a crane hazard area without a hardhat was too young to be on the job that took his life, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration h...


NV Tightens Construction Defect Law

Nevada has become the first U.S. state to overhaul its construction defects law to reduce the number of homeowner lawsuits brought against builders.


DOT Debars ‘Disadvantaged’ Millionaire

With an estimated net worth in excess of $13 million, Cindy Taylor Stewart and her company don't fit anyone's definition of disadvantaged—including Uncle Sam's.


Worker Killed on Arena Roof Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a New York construction worker who was crushed by steel beams Tuesday (Feb. 24) while installing a green roof at the Barclays Center Arena in Brook...


Fine Set in Church Building Collapse

A UK contractor who used the wrong bolts to secure a two-story portable church building where children were playing is being held liable in the incident.


$1.6M Suit Caps 400-Question Project

A Maryland contractor that completed a $14 million, award-winning fire station in Charlottesville, VA, has filed a $1.6 million lawsuit against the city, alleging hundreds of points of confu...


Labor Plays Ball to Get Stadium

Union construction crews have agreed to work around the clock without overtime to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis if the project goes forward.


Unions Ok 24-Hour Stadium Construction

Construction unions in St. Louis have agreed to work around the clock, five days a week, without overtime to build a new NFL stadium for the St. Louis Rams if the team and league bless the d...


Rooftops Go Down Swinging to the Cubs

Construction will continue on the $375 million renovation of Chicago's Wrigley Field, despite plans to install large rooftop signs that may put neighboring establishments out of business, a ...


New Design Contest Digs Below

A UK competition is looking for a few good bunkers, spy lairs and more.


Construction Toys Build on Girl Appeal

Is there enough room in the super-hot pink-and-purple world of girls' construction toys for another entrant?


Worker Survives 30-Foot Fall

Ropes, pulleys and an aerial ladder were used to pull a Colorado construction worker to safety after he fell 30 feet to the bottom of a building under construction in Hudson.


GSA Seeks Billions for U.S. Buildings

Agency buildings, courthouses, ports and other government-owned structures would receive funding for much-needed construction and repair projects under President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Bud...


Thermal Spacers Fill Envelope Gaps

Metal buildings can make code with a continuous insulation system that includes new SNS Thermal Spacers from Sealed "N" Safe, the Utah manufacturer says.


3D Printing Pops Out Apartment, Villa

A Chinese engineering firm is claiming two firsts in the global race to master 3D-printed construction: the first mansion and the tallest building.


Commercial Market Comes Roaring Back

If you build schools, hotels, hospitals or offices, 2015 and 2016 are your years, according to a new U.S. construction forecast that heralds a long-awaited comeback in the institutional and ...


The Dutch Roll Out a Better Road

Training, and treating, paving crews as professionals could be the startlingly simple answer to dramatically stronger roads, according to new research being put to the test throughout the Ne...


Scratching Off 5M Reasons to Smile

Santa brought Kevin Buchanan more than he realized on Christmas Day. The construction worker had stopped at the gym, then for breakfast, and finally at his local convenience store to try his...


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


U.S., UK Construction Hiring to Surge

New forecasts on both sides of the Atlantic put construction job seekers in the driver's seat this year, with projects on the upswing and many firms planning to expand.


Towers Top Out at Record Rates

It's a tall world after all—taller than ever, in fact, with record numbers of vertiginous structures topping out in 2014 and many more ahead.


L.A. to Weigh Mandatory Quakeproofing

Apparently dissatisfied with voluntary efforts, Los Angeles officials are drafting an ordinance that would mandate seismic retrofits for thousands of vulnerable buildings, according to repor...


2014 Crowned 'Tallest' Year

The world's cities are getting taller—much, much taller—with record numbers of neck-stretching skyscrapers recently completed across the globe, and many more on the way.


Falling Pipe Stalls Work on NYC Tower

Construction on the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere faced a temporary delay last week after an eight-foot pipe fell 81 stories to the Manhattan street below.


Contractor Lends Blight-Busting Hand

Few people resolve to demolish more in the New Year, but for contractor Jim Kissick, it's a resolution that he can keep, while helping out his community.


Online Service Parts Center Launches

Building professionals can now access a single website to order parts for their projects.


Trench Fatality Preventable, OSHA Says

A North Carolina contractor faces a $123,200 fine for what authorities called the preventable death of a 22-year-old worker in a trench at Fort Bragg, NC.


EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Company Takes Down Buildings, for Free

Donated time, manpower and machinery are being used to help rid Kansas City, MO, of hundreds of abandoned and dilapidated buildings.


Fines Levied in Dorm Project Death

Federal safety authorities have fined four contractors involved in a Florida State University dorm construction project where a worker was killed last July.


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

The general contractor on a floating bridge project is facing $170,500 in proposed penalties after a 13,000-pound weight broke loose from a tower crane and fell in Aberdeen, WA.


Industry Executives Feel a Pay Pinch

U.S. construction and engineering may be bouncing back, but one surprising player is not feeling the love: the boss.


Housing Official, Crony Get Prison Term

The former director of a New Mexico city housing authority and his accomplice will each spend over a year in prison for stealing more than $100,000 in federal funds.


Construction Hails Coal-Ash Rule

Calling it "good news for taxpayers," builders and contractors are cheering a federal decision not to regulate fly ash and other coal waste as hazardous materials.


EPA Deems Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

In a decision widely viewed as a victory for the coal industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a final rule that classifies coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as solid—n...


Construction Leaders See Drop in Pay

Despite the “bright future” of the construction and engineering industry, those at the helm are making less money, a new report says.


Feds Offer FBI Building in Trade

Developers with dreams of owning prime Pennsylvania Avenue real estate in Washington D.C., listen up.


Dow Develops Novel Polymer for EIFS

A dry mix with the performance of wet-formulated products is the boast of Dow Construction Chemicals' new redispersible polymer powder for formulations of EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish Sy...


U.S. Construction Sees a Happy New Year

If you build it in 2015, they will come—and live, learn, heal or work in it, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $612 billion year ahead.


Construction Surge Seen for 2015

U.S. public-works projects will rebound and manufacturing plant construction will remain strong amid a generally robust year for construction starts, according to a major new industry foreca...


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

Burns, amputations, fractures and other serious injuries darkened the work day for three million U.S. private-sector employees in 2013, the government reports.


35 'Resilient' Cities Set to Rebuild

Determined to save their infrastructure, strengthen structures, fix transit systems and meet other shared challenges, 35 cities from Chicago to Chennai, India, have been tapped for a global ...


Seeking the Key to the Emerald Kitty

The explanation may be more confusing than the original mystery. But the answer to "what turned the Bulgarian cat green?" appears to be: paint.


Arson Weighed in L.A. Apartment Blaze

A massive overnight blaze in downtown Los Angeles has destroyed an apartment complex under construction, damaging nearby buildings and closing parts of two major highways.


WI Pilot to Have Drivers Seeing Orange

What road marking color do motorists see best? Traditional yellow and white, or maybe something else? That's the question that Wisconsin is putting to the test.


Construction Workers: Look, Don't Talk

Passing a construction site? Please do not talk to, ogle or whistle at the workers, a new survey says.


U.S. Approves New Northeast Pipeline

Federal regulators have given the go-ahead to a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline project that would tap natural-gas production in Pennsylvania to serve customers in New York and New England.


Revealing Bum Raps and 'Bum-Cracks'

Forever maligned as sexual harassers of women walking by, construction workers now say they are tired of being treated like sex objects. Sort of.


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

The contractor on a Canadian subway project has been fined $400,000 after pleading guilty to violating safety measures in the death of one worker and permanent injury of another.


PA Taps Chinese to Fund I-95 Project

Leveraging an immigration program that rewards wealthy foreign investors with U.S. visas, Pennsylvania is reaching into pockets overseas to fund much of a $420 million project to link I-95 w...


Major Concrete Standard Gets Overhaul

Capping nearly a decade in development, the American Concrete Institute has updated its seminal structural concrete standard, now organized from an engineer's perspective.


Concrete Design Standard Reissued

The American Concrete Institute has released an updated structural concrete standard, reworked for the modern design and construction professional.


Grand Jury Calls MWBE Fraud Rampant

Government contracting programs set aside for firms run by women and non-whites are riddled with criminal conduct that has diverted millions of dollars over many years, a New York grand jury...


Coal Ash Decision Hits Home Stretch

So, are ash, slag and other coal combustion waste products hazardous or not?


Coal Ash Rule Goes to the Wire

Four and a half years after it was proposed and one year after a federal judge demanded a decision, a rule to determine the disposal fate of coal waste has—theoretically—reached its last sto...


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

Hours after a worker was killed in a bridge collapse at Wake Technical Community College, the same span in a similar bridge gave way there.


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

A bridge pour for a new pedestrian bridge at a North Carolina community college went fatally awry when the center span collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring four others.


Contractor Gets 9 Years for Fraud

An Ohio-based construction company owner will serve nine years in prison and repay millions in restitution for his role in one of the largest credit-union failures in American history.


New Mammoth Slab Awaits Record Nuke

Work to house what will be the world's largest nuclear fusion machine has begun.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


Falling Tape Measure Kills Worker

A New Jersey construction worker was struck and killed by a one-pound tape measure that fell some 400 feet at a nearly completed apartment project in Jersey City.


New Tool Belt Designed to Spin

A New York forensic photographer-firefighter has developed a tool belt that allows wearers to rotate their tools and gear 360 degrees for safety, comfort and versatility.


NIOSH Trumpets Ways to 'Buy Quiet'

Construction work is not just dangerous; it's deafening, warn health officials, who are sounding an alarm to save what's left of workers' hearing.


Program to Prevent Worker Hearing Loss

Nearly half of all construction workers suffer hearing loss—a permanent, but preventable illness—according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


PA Awards 558-Bridge Project

And the winner of an $899 million design-build contract to replace 558 Pennsylvania bridges in three years is... Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, comprised of the Plenary Group, The Walsh Gr...


Suits Halt Modular Record Breaker

Work on what would be the world’s tallest modular building has ceased amid bitter litigation between its contractor and developer.


Study: Painters, Trades in Demand

A good painter is hard to find, America's employers report. So are other tradespeople and professional positions across the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Associated...


Design Executive Charged in VA Case

A Virginia design firm mogul is facing 23 charges in a federal corruption case involving construction contracts at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country.


Survey Finds Craft Worker Shortage

Most U.S. construction companies are reporting difficulty in filling openings for key craft workers, including painters, a new survey finds.


Ike Memorial Clears Last Design Hurdle

After languishing 15 years on the drawing boards, a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower has an approved design.


Ike Memorial Clears Planning Panels

Despite scathing criticism, a controversial design for a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will go forward with approval from two key agencies.


Construction Shows New Roles the Money

Pay scales throughout construction and engineering are comfortably back on the rise, but the power positions in those industries are shifting dramatically, a new report says.


Job, Pay Trends Signal a New Normal

All boats are rising with the post-recession tide, but they are not rising equally—and the construction and engineering rock stars of tomorrow will be different from those of yesteryear, a n...


Top Budget-Busting Projects Named

What do the Montreal Olympic Stadium, Sydney Opera House and Hubble Telescope have in common?


Workbook Knows the Score on Safety

Preventing job-site accidents requires drilling into indicators that can flag hazards long before an incident occurs, according to a new workbook designed to help employers do just that.


Wanted: Tall Wood Building Pioneers

A new $2 million federal contest aims to identify architecturally and commercially viable wood products for tall building construction.


Planning Panel Likes Ike Memorial

Stalled for years in controversy, a design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has finally taken a critical step forward.


Job Boom Spurs Calls for More Training

U.S. construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just seven percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year, a new analysis shows.


Equipment Made for Concrete Projects

From vibration and leveling to finishing and cutting, Chicago Pneumatic has introduced a portfolio of concrete equipment products designed for small and large projects.


New Hoist Boasts 1-Ton Capacity

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has unveiled a traction hoist with increased load capacity for heavy construction and industrial installation and maintenance.


Free Workbook Promotes Safety at Work

A new workbook aimed at evaluating and improving safety on the job has been published.


OSHA Defers Crane Operator Rule

U.S. crane operators will get a three-year reprieve on certification requirements that had been set to take effect this fall, federal regulators have announced.


Award Winners Tackle Resource Issues

A concept addressing water scarcity in Las Vegas and a compostable structure set for New York City were among the top winners of a design competition showcasing the latest in resource effici...


OSHA Adds 3 Years for Crane Rule

Federal safety officials are giving employers an extra three years to make sure crane operators are competent to operate the equipment safely.


Construction Jobs Notch 6-Year High

A new analysis shows a strengthening U.S. construction sector and some of the most promising figures seen in years, but many of the nation’s firms are still reporting hiring shortages.


Construction Deaths Back on the Rise

After six years of steady decline, U.S. construction fatalities rose by 8.7 percent in 2012, according to a new analysis of Department of Labor data.


Worker, 86, Survives Building Collapse

One worker was hospitalized, but others escaped injury Monday (Sept. 29) when the roof and walls of a marine storage building under construction collapsed in Maine.


Stadium Gets its Own Highlights Film

From an empty lot, the new $1.2 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers took shape over 29 long months—an odyssey now neatly condensed into two minutes.


Schools Worldwide Make it a Green Day

From San Diego to Singapore, they came by the thousands to paint, plant, clean, clear, build, renovate, weed, recycle, learn, design and teach their way to safer, healthier, more efficient s...


A Pipeline Good for What Ales This Town

An unusual pipeline project is brewing underneath the historic Belgian city of Bruges, where government officials have raised a glass in approval.


Concrete Slab Crushes Worker in NYC

A New Jersey construction worker was fatally crushed this week by a concrete slab while working on a New York City project being built by a budget hotel developer with a history of building ...


New Award Honors Firms that Give Back

Transportation, construction and safety firms that roll up their sleeves on behalf of their communities are eligible for new recognition of their service.


Developer Gets 8 Years for Hit-Man Plan

His lawyer called it an "offhand comment," but the FBI heard Daniel Dvorkin’s secretly recorded conversations another way: as a clear plan have a hit man murder a creditor owed $8.2 million....


‘Angels’ Aid Construction Victims

When lives and livelihoods are shattered by serious construction accidents, a group of angels is there to help.


Construction Angels are Here to Help

Accidents strike construction job sites in a heartbeat—and, all too often, with fatal consequences.


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

Deaths of Hispanic workers surged, and construction fatalities remained stubbornly unchanged in a new report that otherwise bore good news for U.S. workplace safety.


U.S. Sees Decline in Worker Deaths

With the notable exception of Latino workers, fatal work injuries in the United States dipped slightly in 2013, according to new preliminary data released by the Department of Labor.


Unpermitted Work Shutters Bridge Site

A staging area for New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project has been shut down after an environmental group reported construction underway without proper permitting.


Saga’s Toll: 5 Years, $1.6M+, 1 Apology

A Pennsylvania construction contractor once reviled by prosecutors as "despicable" and falsely accused of felony theft from a church has finally cleared his name and settled the five-year ca...


Young Architects Deliver Class Project

Architecture students at the University of Kansas are building some major real-world experience while improving their school’s look and space.


Ike Memorial Plan Slims Down

The celebrity architect behind the controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has scaled down his much-criticized design, removing several massive ornamental structures and opening up the v...


Schools Go to the Head of the Class

Old factories reborn as 21st-century learning hubs, holistic schools designed for healthier children, and day care befitting the children of "future Nobel Laureates" are among the newly crow...


Lowe’s to Pay $1.6M for Size Errors

In its third civil settlement in five months, Lowe's Home Centers LLC is resolving claims that it advertised inaccurate and misleading sizes for its building materials across California.


Gehry Scales Down Ike Memorial

Two towering metal tapestries and two massive columns have disappeared in a newly revised design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near the National Mall.


UK Construction Giant Strikes a Deal

Balfour Beatty has announced the sale of consulting arm Parsons Brinckerhoff to Montreal-based WSP Global Inc. for £820 million ($1.35 billion USD).


Ceiling Market Sports High Hopes

Rebounding nonresidential construction will fuel a $2.5 billion annual market for ceiling products both fancy and functional by 2018, according to a new report.


Thin Workforce Overshadows Optimism

Construction employment has expanded in two-thirds of U.S. metro areas, and spending is at a five-year high—a boom that may be squandered if the industry cannot fill its ranks, a leading con...


Napa Quake Damage Could Top $4B

Damage estimates continue to mount in Northern California more than a week after 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Napa Valley region.


Ike Memorial Panned as ‘5-Star Folly’

After 15 years, $65 million in appropriations, and not a shovel of dirt turned, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission can add a congressional oversight panel to its growing list of cr...


U.S. Bridge, Highway Contracts Slump

State and local government awards for highway and bridge work have declined by nearly 14 percent in the first half of 2014, compared with the same period last year, a new analysis shows.


Developer Toys with a Smarter Brick

What looks and connects like a LEGO, but is reportedly strong enough to use for real-life bridge construction?


Smart Brick Has a Leg Up on LEGO

Lighter, tighter, stronger buildings could be on the way if a LEGO look-alike brick receives funding for full-scale production.


Panel Blasts Ike Memorial Cost, Snafus

After lavishing $41 million over a period longer than World War II, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission has nothing to show, and much to answer for, its congressional overseers say.


U.S. Firms Eyeing Middle East Boom

Aiming to tap a trillion-dollar pipeline of megaprojects, the American Institute of Architects is developing its first trade mission to the Middle East.


Architectural Billings Hit 7-Year High

Billings at U.S. architecture firms rose in July to their highest level since 2007, according to the American Institute of Architects.


Builders Slam U.S. Silica Proposal

A federal plan to slash silica exposure in the workplace will cost about $3.9 billion—nearly eight times the government’s estimate, the construction industry contends.


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


AIA Plans First Middle Eastern Mission

Shopping U.S. architectural, construction and engineering talent to one of the world's wealthiest regions, the American Institute of Architects is planning its first trade mission to the Mid...


Demolition Ordered to Restore Skyline

Istanbul will recapture its old, majestic look, now that the government has ordered the demolition of new skyscrapers that sully the city’s historic views.


Bridge Shaken, Not Stirred, in Mega Sim

A gigantic bridge model has survived a tremendous amount of seismic shaking—the equivalent of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake—without collapsing.


5 Women in Architecture to be Honored

As women continue to expand their presence in architecture, a new award will recognize five at the top of their field.


Skeletons Give Workers a Lift

A shipyard in South Korea is testing exoskeletons that could radically increase a worker’s ability to lift heavy objects.


Industry Warms to Icy Challenge

Boasting bigger buckets than surely were contemplated, the construction industry is embracing the summer's coolest craze-for-a-cause: the Ice Bucket Challenge, to benefit amyotrophic lateral...


Buildings Meet Healthy Skepticism

Green building is a fixture of our times, but the correlation between buildings and occupant health has proved a tougher sell—especially among the influential medical community, according to...


Engineering Project Finalists Named

From a complex rail crossing to a research station floating on a block of ice, five projects have been selected as finalists for the American Society of Civil Engineers' most prestigious awa...


Contract Corruption Puts Kin in Prison

The Texas mayor who once boasted about the "barter system" for his town’s contract awards (“You know, my back is itching. Scratch it”) is headed to prison, along with his father and brothers...


Construction Mega-Merger Runs Aground

The ink was barely dry on a $5 billion proposal to merge two global construction giants when one called the deal off.


High-Stakes Decision is No Simple Call

Choosing a project delivery system for bridge or tunnel construction can be a multimillion-dollar decision. So which one is best?


Suit Demands Overhaul of NYC Pavement

Thousands of broken, blocked and missing curb cuts and sidewalks are illegally denying public access to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, according to a new federal class-action suit by ...


Project Systems: 1 Size Doesn’t Fit All

Design-build may dominate the buzz in construction project delivery, but it is not the "best" system. Then again, neither are its chief alternatives: traditional design-bid-build and the les...


UK Construction Giant Nixes Merger

Balfour Beatty has shut down merger talks with Carillion only one week after announcing the possible £3 billion ($5 billion USD) deal, citing disagreement over the terms.


On a Journey to Build and Serve

A California construction expert with a global humanitarian mission is giving new meaning to the name “journeyman.”


Congress OKs 11th-Hour Highway Bill

With backs to the wall and less than three hours to act, the U.S. Congress agreed Thursday night to put a 10-month, $10.8 billion Band-Aid on the near-empty federal fund that pays for highwa...


Suit by Disabled Seeks Safer NYC Walks

Calling "nearly all" of New York City's sidewalks "dangerous and difficult" for more than 600,000 people with disabilities, an advocacy group has launched a federal class action to make thos...


4M Pounds Zip into Place

Blink, and you might have missed the recent replacement of two Connecticut highway bridges.


To Europe, with LEGO Love

The architectural geniuses of Europe have gifted mankind with the world's greatest glass, stone and marble masterpieces, but there is one medium they have missed: LEGO bricks. Now, an Italia...


Drywall to Make a Global Splash

Having survived a global recession and now gaining favor in developing countries, the global drywall market is in for a robust run in the next several years, a new forecast shows.


Global Protective Coatings Surge Seen

Riding a wave of "remarkable growth,” the global protective coatings market is in for some boom years, boosted by spiking end-user demand and a push for environmentally friendly products, a ...


AIA Dampens ’14 Construction Outlook

The infamous winter of 2013-14 is now taking the blame for a reduction in nonresidential construction spending that will affect activity for the rest of the year.


Rural Roads Risking Lives, Livelihoods

“Significant deficiencies and high fatality rates” are exacting a deadly toll on rural U.S. roads and bridges, with crashes and death rates nearly three times higher than on all other roads,...


MT Contractor Gets Prison in Fraud Case

A Montana construction company owner with a checkered past will serve more than eight years in federal prison and pay a multimillion-dollar judgment in a fraud case that spans several states...


8 Companies Cited after Fatality

Eight Texas contractors face $53,480 in combined federal fines after a worker died from a 29-foot fall on a construction site in Canyon Lake, TX.


Takeover Creates Materials Leader

The $2.7 billion merger of two producers of cement, concrete and aggregates has launched a new top dog in U.S. production of heavy building materials, the companies have announced.


Bridge Design Boasts Seismic Stability

Researchers say they have a new design for a bridge framework that will improve earthquake resistance and reduce damage.


Brazil Bridge Collapses, Kills 2

Two people have been killed and at least 22 injured in Brazil in the collapse of an overpass under construction onto a busy roadway.


New Collapse Claims 11 in India

One day after recovery work ended at a building collapse that killed 61 construction workers, another collapse in the same Indian city killed 11 more workers and family members.


Construction Takes to Smokeless Tobacco

U.S. construction workers are lighting up less but dipping far more—a tobacco tradeoff that employers should try to snuff out, health officials are warning.


6 Arrested in Indian Building Collapse

Six builders are under arrest, dozens of construction workers are dead, and others remain missing after the catastrophic collapse of a building under construction in Chennai, India.


FL Home Restorer Gets Prison Term

A Tampa businessman will serve four years in prison for lying about millions of dollars worth of contracts in an effort to defraud investors, authorities say.


3D Printing Takes a Steely Turn

Looking for that structural steel component? Check the printer. A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the...


Report: 6 Ways to Rebuild America

Fresh thinking, modern technology and, of course, money are the tools that could revive America's crumbling infrastructure, according to a new report.


3-D Printed Steel: ‘Whole New Direction’

A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and ...


A Call to Grow Better, Not Just Bigger

All of the advanced materials and energy efficiencies on Earth will help little if they are fed to a development model simply that consumes more and more, some experts are warning.


OSHA Poses $72K in Teen Worker’s Death

An international construction company is facing $72,000 in proposed penalties and numerous violations in the death of a teenage worker who was crushed by an 1,800-pound bridge panel.


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

China has used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century.


OSHA Releases Video Game Safety Tool

Identifying workplace hazards may be as easy as playing a video game.


Venezuela Crunches a New Housing Idea

The key to solving tomorrow’s housing and steel shortages may lie in the junkyards of today, experts in Venezuela are finding.


Patrol Hazards in OSHA Video Game

A new video game can help workers identify safety issues and raise awareness about resources to address hazards in the workplace.


500 Workers to Get $5M Payday

Hundreds of construction workers will receive back pay and fringe benefits for work on a $60 million federally funded project in New York, according to recent settlements.


$5M Settlement to Repay 500 Workers

A New York general contractor will pay nearly $5 million to make good on wages and benefits owed to hundreds of its subcontractors' employees on a federally funded project. about bout 200...


CA May Cut Lead Limits Again

California regulators say they are taking a closer look at 30-year-old standards concerning work-related exposure of lead.


A Building Blitz to Make a Difference

SWAT teams of painters, contractors, engineers, designers, suppliers and other construction professionals are primed to put their skills into service for poor families in Chicago.


Construction Can’t Snuff Out Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use remains a rampant and growing problem in the construction industry, even as cigarette smoking declines, new research shows.


Blitz Build Set to Serve Chicago’s Kids

Architects, engineers and construction professionals are gathering gear and polishing plans for their fourth annual SWAT-team community building project on the eve of AIA’s National Conventi...


CA Eyes Major Lead Level Changes

California regulators are moving closer to slashing lead exposure limits for workers, calling the current standards outdated and harmful to human health.


Project is a Jaw (and Stomach) Dropper

The world’s tallest roller coaster will bookend one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels when the two join a new entertainment megacomplex in taking over the cityscape in Orlando, FL, develo...


Record Coaster to Top $200M Project

A new $200 million indoor entertainment complex in Orlando, FL, will give thrill seekers the chance to ride the world’s tallest roller coaster while spectacularly redrawing the city skyline.


Dig This: Theme Park for Kid Builders

“Heavy equipment” and “family friendly” seldom go together—surely, a disappointment for all those little tykes who love big machines.


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

Two construction workers fell 80 feet to their death when their crane-hoisted basket broke free Friday (May 30) on a bridge project outside of Sacramento, CA.


Digging Into Summer Vacation

If your idea of good clean summer fun includes a spin around the dirt in some monster equipment, New Jersey may have the perfect new theme park for you.


World Cup Run-up Claims 8th Worker

As the world awaits the first kick of the 2014 World Cup in 15 days, Brazil’s preparations for the event have now claimed an eighth life.


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


Sounding a Smart Note in Cincy

CINCINNATI—Attention, architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors who do stupid things: Stay away from Joe Lstiburek. That goes double for the buildings you design and construct. Espec...


Groups Commit to Resilient Building

Leaders of 20 top industry organizations have united to promote resilience in planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques.


Why Build a Bridge Too Far?

He was no engineer, but the kid who looked out over the Tappan Zee Bridge from his bedroom every day knew when something didn't make sense.


Jitters Amid U.S. Job Improvement

Construction unemployment in the U.S. has dived to a seven-year low, sparking another call for increased training to head off labor shortages during the industry's recovery.


Posh ‘Monument of Defects’ to be Razed

Six years after revelations of serious construction defects stopped work, a Las Vegas luxury high-rise will be painstakingly dismantled without ever opening.


Report: Infrastructure Jobs Underplayed

Infrastructure jobs account for 11 percent of U.S. employment, but the typical shovel-ready focus overlooks the much larger workforce needed for long-term operational jobs, a new report says...


Frame Collapse at MN Mall Project

Trusses toppled on top of one another “like dominoes” in a mall addition under construction last week in Minneapolis, drawing attention to the project’s controversial developer.


Construction Employment Notches High

Six million people now work construction in the United States—a five-year high, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.


Unopened Vegas Hotel to be Dismantled

Floor by floor, an unfinished multimillion-dollar hotel riddled with structural defects will come down this year without checking in a single guest, a Nevada judge has ruled.


Billboard Cleans Construction-Zone Air

Peruvian scientists who masterminded a billboard that wrung drinking water from the air have now reimagined the same structure as a massive urban air purifier.


Contractor Arraigned in Worker’s Death

A Michigan builder cited repeatedly by federal safety authorities has pleaded not guilty to a felony criminal charge in the 2012 death of his foreman.


Beauty & the Building Site

In the construction industry, hardhats aren’t worn with high heels, and vests are for safety, not fashion.


Mussels Stall Michigan Pipeline

A $274 million pipeline project in Michigan is facing a massive hurdle of tiny proportions—a two-inch mussel.


Report Ranks Green Building Nations

Canada, China and India have nailed the top three spots in a new ranking of the top 10 countries outside the U.S. that are embracing the LEED movement.


Billboard Lets Workers Breathe Easy

Construction workers in Peru are getting some extra respiratory protection from an unlikely source—a billboard that reportedly sucks pollution from the air.


Contractor Charged in Foreman’s Death

A Michigan builder cited over and over for safety violations has been indicted on a felony criminal charge in the death of an employee in 2012.


Manhole Accident Claims PA Installer

A construction worker was killed after being pinned beneath a concrete manhole form Monday (May 5) in Pennsylvania.


Game Over at Old Atari Landfill

E.T., phone home: An excavation crew and documentary team have unearthed hundreds of your game cartridges from a 300-acre New Mexico landfill.


Prison to Be Construction Family Affair

The Fraziers, owners of C.E. Frazier Construction Co. Inc. and a variety of long-troubled spinoffs, are all going to jail.


DOT Budget Bill Aims to ‘Grow America’

“Transformative transportation projects” that will save bridges, strengthen roads, extend rail, stabilize funding, improve safety, and employ millions of Americans are the promise of a $302 ...


Construction Family Headed for Prison

The good news for the Frazier family is that they will all be together for the holidays this year. The bad news is, it will be in prison.


$70M GSA Revamp Set for 19 States

The U.S. government will slash a half-million square feet of office space, and relocate an unknown number of employees, in a $70 million consolidation plan that will trigger projects in 19 s...


Razing Wrong House Costs City $62K

The City of Fort Worth, TX, says it will pay a homeowner $62,500 for its role in a case of mistaken demolition.


Feds Plan $70M Office Consolidation

The United States’ largest landlord is planning the mother of all downsizings.


Building Owner to Face Murder Charges

The owner of the Bangladeshi factory building that collapsed one year ago, killing 1,135 workers and injuring 2,500, will face murder charges as the victims try to move on from the tragedy, ...


On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

Engineers and trades workers are racking up the highest death rates in construction—two of many sobering statistics laid out Wednesday (April 23) on the seventh annual Construction Safety Da...


Fine, Monitor Avert Contractor Charges

A major Midwest construction company will pay $4 million and accept independent monitoring of its billing practices to avoid prosecution related to alleged overbilling of public school distr...


MIT Proposes Floating Nuclear Plants

Offshore nuclear plants, anchored in deep water, could be the answer to preventing catastrophic tsunami and earthquake damage like that inflicted on the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi complex in ...


OH River Bridge Slides into History

It traveled only 55 feet, but the journey of a half-mile steel truss from its temporary piers to permanent ones has earned the Milton-Madison Bridge a place in bridge-building history.


Honored Steel Bridges Show their Mettle

The engineering marvel that is the steel bridge—short or long, vehicular or pedestrian, venerable or brand new—showed an array of winning faces in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards Competition, a...


Contractors Act to Avert Labor Pinch

A new plan aims to combat a shortage of skilled construction workers by pushing legislative and regulatory reforms that would make it easier to establish career and technical training progra...


Locking In a New Life for Old Prison

If you have a plan for redeveloping a gigantic, century-old, asbestos- and lead-laden, security-sensitive, historic prison—but not as a prison, or casino, or chemical plant—the U.S. Navy is ...


A Tough Cell: Navy Seeks Prison Rehab

After a unanimous chorus of “thanks but no thanks” from other federal agencies, the U.S. Navy is again shopping a redevelopment opportunity for a century-old prison to the private sector.


GSA Deal: Deeds, Not Dollars, for Work

Trying to purge its books of white-elephant properties, the federal government has hatched a novel offer for construction contractors: provide redevelopment services in exchange for titles t...


Concrete Waterproofer Made for Extremes

A new cold-applied waterproofing compound from W.R. Meadows can suit concrete applications in a variety of settings—horizontal and vertical, interior and exterior, below- and above-grade, in...


Rogue Barges to Cost Team $1M Monthly

One. Two. Three strikes, you’re out—out a million bucks a month, that is. That’s the warning to a construction team on a New York bridge project after its construction barges broke loose on ...


Global Coatings Market: $186B by 2017

Construction, cars, manufacturing—and the billions of painted and coated surfaces they generate—are all on the rebound, driving steady global growth in paint and coatings for the next few ye...


Contractor Liable for Trapped Worker

Confined-space hazards and other serious safety lapses caused a Florida worker to become trapped for hours in a tank of hot tar last September, federal authorities say.


7th Worker Dies at World Cup Project

A 23-year-old construction worker has died after a 26-foot fall at a World Cup 2014 stadium in Brazil—the seventh worker fatality at a tournament site thus far.


Coatings Report Paints Bright Future

Rebounding construction, industrial output and motor vehicle production will all fuel global demand for paint and coatings by more than 5 percent annually in the years ahead, a new forecast ...


Study: Workers Ready to Leave Jobs

Construction, engineering and building employers should step up their game if they want to head off a mass exodus of workers this year, a new survey suggests.


Building Industry on the Move for More

Almost half of building professionals are looking to leave their current positions in search of higher wages and better benefits this year, a new survey suggests.


1 Contract: 5 Years, 500 New Bridges

Pennsylvania officials are inviting four teams to submit proposals for one contract to replace more than 500 bridges in less than five years.


Contractors Get Affirmative Action Rule

U.S. veterans and people with disabilities will increase their numbers in the federal contracting workforce under new affirmative-action rules that took effect this week.


New Contractor Hiring Rules Begin

Federal contractors must now comply with affirmative-action benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, after a legal bid failed to block one of the rules.


Contractor to Pay $928K in SBA Case

A large, 96-year-old Utah-based construction company will pay $928,000 to settle allegations that it fraudulently obtained access to contracts set aside for small businesses, federal authori...


100-Foot Span Slides into Place

Progress on the new $103 million Milton-Madison Bridge project is sliding steadily forward—if, occasionally, in sideways fashion.


Manufacturer Defends Coatings in Fire

A protective-coatings maker is taking strong exception to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report that cites his products as contributors to a devastating 2013 fire at a high-security research...


DOE Seeks Green Building Innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking market-ready technologies to help stanch the annual hemorrhaging of billions of BTUs by the nation's commercial buildings.


Tomorrow’s Workplace Drones On

If you think that yes-man that your boss loves is an annoying drone, you’d better steel yourself for your co-workers of tomorrow.


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

More than two dozen U.S. associations and labor unions are preparing to lean on Congress in a big way to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund before it goes broke.


3M Touts ‘All-Purpose Rescue Solution’

A new controlled-descent rescue device allows for safe, steady descent of workers from heights up to 590 feet, reports distributor 3M.


Contractors Cited for Cave-in Hazards

Federal safety authorities have taken action against two Colorado contractors, alleging serious trenching dangers during an apartment complex renovation project in November.


Coatings Cited in USACE Lab Blaze

Unpermitted welding likely sparked a $10 million blaze that was then fueled by epoxy coatings last summer at a U.S. Army high-security research lab in Maryland, a new report indicates.


‘Intensive’ Silica Hearings Open

The long-smoldering controversy over new silica limits in the workplace found its voice Tuesday (March 18) in Washington, D.C., as public hearings on the federal proposal opened.


Housing Leads Construction Comeback

U.S. construction is off to a roaring start in 2014, with both employment and spending increases notching their highest levels in years, according to an analysis of new government data by th...


Construction Jobs, Spending Hit Highs

It’s shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. construction industry, which is seeing its highest employment rate in nearly five years and its steepest spending increase since 2006, the Asso...


And Now, A Project to Really Move You

Think of it as a mobile home for really, really rich people, who want the changing scenery brought to them.


Tape Helps Skip Workplace Slips

Firmer walking traction wherever you need it is the idea behind a new industrial-grade anti-skid, anti-slip tape by InSite Solutions LLC.


New Leaders for RCMA, BCF, ASA

Industry veterans have been tapped to lead the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, the British Coatings Federation, and the American Subcontractors Association.


Fatal Blast Levels 2 NYC Buildings

A “major explosion” and five-alarm blaze in upper Manhattan on Wednesday reduced two apartment buildings to rubble, killed at least two women, and left numerous others injured or missing, au...


Anti-Slip Tape Adds Safety to Workplace

InSite Solutions LLC has rolled out a new contoured, anti-slip tape to increase traction and improve facility and construction safety.


Worker Dies after 12-Story Fall

Authorities are investigating the death of a 36-year-old construction worker who reportedly fell down an elevator shaft while working at a condo construction site in Quebec.


Termites Teach Tomorrow’s Builders

Need a crew that will work independently, intuitively, quickly and steadily—even when the foreman’s not watching?


Building Plastics Market Powers Up

Global demand for building and construction plastics is poised to grow at a 7 percent annual clip in the coming years, reaching $57.5 billion in 2019, a new market forecast suggests.


Robot Builders Take Tips from Termites

Inspired by the collective intelligence of termites (yes, termites), Harvard University scientists and engineers have developed an autonomous robotic construction crew.


Eyeing New Aid, GSA Drafts Wish List

Critical safety updates in North St. Louis, modernization in Detroit, upgrades to border infrastructure, and renovation of a federal agency landmark will all be on the to-do list if the U.S....


Game of Drones: Tomorrow’s Job Site

Drones, all the rage for everything from missile strikes to package delivery, may soon be keeping an eye on you—if not replacing you—at work.


GC to Pay $126K in 2 Fatal Accidents

A Wisconsin general contractor has agreed to pay $126,000 in federal penalties to resolve safety citations following two fatal crane accidents in mid-2012.


‘Extensive Cracking’ Closes New Stadium

A structural investigation is underway to determine the cause of “pervasive” concrete cracking in a $60 million high school football stadium that has been open less than two years.


Construction Cited in Fatal Gym Cave-in

Flawed design, shoddy construction and inadequate building management are being blamed for the collapse of an auditorium roof that killed 10 people and injured 103 in South Korea.


Cracks Force New TX Stadium to Shutter

An 18-month-old, $60 million high school football stadium near Dallas, TX, has been closed indefinitely while engineers investigate “extensive cracking” discovered in the facility’s concours...


Old Bay Bridge May Find New Purpose

While the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its share of problems, getting rid of the old structure should be a bit easier, if a novel repurposing idea pans out.


House Plan Made of Old Bay Bridge

Pieces of the 77-year-old, 1.97-mile-long eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge may be recycled to build a house.


11 Killed in Hospital Cave-In

A public hospital under construction in Thailand partially collapsed Tuesday (Feb. 25), killing at least 11 construction workers and injuring 16 on their lunch break, according to various re...


Employers Unite against Silica Rule

More than two dozen construction, manufacturing and contractor organizations are calling for the withdrawal of a federal proposal to limit silica exposure in the workplace.


Slim Building Set to Soar in NYC

How do you build the Western hemisphere’s tallest residential tower and keep it pencil slim? With “purity of engineering” and one heck of a backbone, the project’s structural engineer explai...


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


Mammoth Find Slows Project

At first, the crews thought it was a pipe or a tree root. But it looked so much bigger—mammoth, you might say—and so much older.


Ice Age Tusk Found at Construction Site

A fossilized mammoth tusk believed to be between 20,000 and 60,000 years old has delayed construction of a Seattle apartment building.


U.S. Construction Bullish on 2014

Nonresidential construction in the United States is in for a very strong year, even bringing boom-related backlog and hiring challenges, contractors report in an upbeat new survey.


Construction Outlook Sets Record

U.S. commercial and industrial builders woke up on the right side of the economy this year, bullish on their productivity, their prospects, and their growth in the year ahead.


‘Energy Bunker’ Rises from Nazi Roots

Combining a dark page from Germany’s past with the energy of the future, a German developer has transformed a World War II air-raid bunker into a cutting-edge energy facility.


‘Absolutely Huge’ Regs on Tap for 2014

ORLANDO—From the Danger signs it posts to the labs it employs, the U.S. commercial construction industry should gird now for a slew of new major regulatory actions coming this year, an indus...


100K Construction Jobs Slated for Vets

Some 100,000 U.S. veterans are in line for “good-paying” jobs over the next five years, under a new initiative backed by the construction industry.


Powerful 2nd Act for Nazi Bunker

Seventy years after its service to Germany's Third Reich, an air-raid bunker in Hamburg has morphed into an energy plant serving thousands of homes.


Industry Faces ‘Big Regulatory Year’

ORLANDO—Fasten your seatbelts: 2014 will break open a dam of pent-up regulatory action, expert Alison B. Kaelin is warning the paint, coatings and blasting industries.


Diver Death Prompts $300K Fine

Nearly $300,000 in proposed penalties have been levied against a marine construction company in Florida after an untrained worker was killed while diving to do underwater construction work, ...


Construction Blaze Probed

Investigators are searching for the cause of a blaze that ravaged a four-story multi-residential building under construction in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.


Construction Vows 100K Jobs for Vets

A broad coalition of construction employers and associations pledged Monday (Feb. 10) to hire 100,000 U.S. veterans for “good-paying jobs” in the next five years.


Discovery Befitting a Skeleton Crew

A well-preserved skeleton at least 2,000 years old has turned up under a Florida highway, found by construction crews digging a trench for a new water main.


Developer Gets 27 Years in Prison

A former real-estate developer who left neighborhoods riddled with blighted homes and bilked investors out of millions has been sentenced to 27 years in prison, according to federal authorit...


Smart Coatings Market Set to Surge

Forecasters are expecting a “staggering” and sustained across-the-board growth spurt for the global smart coatings industry.


Obama Orders Contractors to Hike Wages

President Obama has launched his promised “year of action” with an Executive Order requiring new federal construction and service contracts to pay workers at least $10.10 per hour.


Navy Seeks Housing That’s Fit to Print

Maybe Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tomorrow’s far-flung Navy bases just might be.


7 Charged in $50M Fraud Scheme

An engineer, loan officer and five other Florida residents are facing decades in prison in an elaborate residential development scheme in North Carolina that defrauded lenders of $49.6 milli...


Wage Hike Ordered for U.S. Contractors

Employees of federal contractors will see an increase in their minimum hourly pay to $10.10, under a new Executive Order signed by President Obama.


UC: 1,500 L.A. Buildings at Quake Risk

More than a thousand Los Angeles schools, homes, commercial properties and their occupants may be at risk if a major temblor rocks the area, according to a newly released list by the Univers...


U.S. Assets Get $9.3B to Spruce Up

U.S. border crossings and thousands of federal buildings will finally receive some long-overdue maintenance and repairs, green-lighted by the release of $9.3 billion in funds under the new a...


D+D 2014 Reveals Marquee Speakers

National experts in building envelope technology, historic preservation, and architectural specifications will headline dozens of renowned building specialists leading presentations at Du...


Navy Plans Bases Hot Off the Press

Tomorrow’s Navy housing may soon be popping out of a printer near you.


2014 Forecast: Brisk, with Jobs Likely

Many construction contractors plan to start hiring again, and most are predicting stability or growth in virtually every major market segment this year, a new survey shows.


GSA Projects Get $9.3B Boost

After years of budget cuts, thousands of federal buildings nationwide will receive much-needed repairs and maintenance in 2014, thanks to a multibillion-dollar infusion from the latest appro...


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Enlisted by the military, tended by the medical field, and built up by the construction industry, smart coatings have a brilliant future.


2013 Housing Starts Notch 6-Year High

After a rollercoaster finish to the year, total U.S. home construction and permits ended 2013 at their highest annual levels since 2007, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Friday (Jan. 17...


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


Broken Bridge to Cost $170M Extra

Design mistakes on a floating bridge megaproject in Washington State are sucking every last cent out of the project’s risk reserve fund, and the state says it will need an additional $170 mi...


Congress Gets Priority Punch List

Energy tax incentives, stronger building codes, and debt relief for students lead the architecture industry's legislative To Do list this year.


Probe of 2 Bridge Deaths Underway

Work is expected to resume this week on an Alabama overpass construction project as investigations continue into the deaths of two workers last week.


Worker Cool-Down Law Begins in CA

Construction employers who scrambled this week to protect their workers from extreme cold must soon protect them from heat dangers like exhaustion or stroke, under a new California law.


Architect Jailed in Fireman’s Death

A German architect who designed and oversaw construction of a luxury residence where a veteran Los Angeles firefighter died in a 2011 blaze has been sentenced to one year in jail after plead...


Now, a Crew You Could Take Home to Mom

No caffeine, no nicotine and no swearing. New Year’s resolutions? Maybe, but they are also the ground rules for construction workers building a new Mormon temple in Philadelphia.


Bridge, Tunnel Work Top 2014 Outlook

The new year should ring in increased spending on transportation infrastructure, including “record levels” of bridge and tunnel construction spending, a new analysis says.


Contractors Cited in Texas A&M Collapse

Federal safety officials have levied $46,800 in proposed fines against two Texas-based contractors after a building under construction at Texas A&M University collapsed last June, injuring f...


Ex-Official’s House Hits the Skids

A former San Francisco building official’s house undergoing an unpopular major renovation tumbled down the city’s hilly terrain this week.


Major Violators Win Federal Contracts

Billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded contracts are being “routinely paid to companies that are putting the livelihoods and the lives of workers at risk,” concludes a new study released by ...


Housing Recovery: Starts Jump 22%

U.S. builders broke ground on more homes in November than they had in more than five years, as builder confidence and employment also surged.


3M Updates Fit, Comfort in New Eyewear

New protective eyewear from 3M self-adjusts for a comfortable and secure fit, the company says.


Architect, School Chiefs Get Prison

A Georgia school construction corruption case has ended with prison sentences for two former school district officials and an architect, according to prosecutors.


Across the Industry, All Shook Up

Sometimes, we wonder if infrastructure and construction are just day jobs for crews waiting for Hollywood to discover them.


Feds: Lead Risk for Painters Persists

Lead exposure on the job remains a significant health threat in painting and blasting, despite decades of improvement among other occupations and the general public, a new federal study repo...


San Fran Probes Google’s Bay Building

The frigid depths of San Francisco Bay have not kept Google's mystery construction project there out of hot water.


CPWR Unveils Free Toolbox Talk Series

From aerial lifts to workplace stress, employers now have 52 free, new ready-to-use Toolbox Talk modules to make 2014 safer for workers, courtesy of CPWR: The Center for Construction Researc...


CDC Finds High Lead Levels in Painters

Lead is not dead as a threat to painters, and occupational exposures are still putting that profession at elevated risk, despite decades of improvement elsewhere, a new federal study reports...


Google’s Barge Project Investigated

Once shrouded in secrecy, Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay is now wrapped in red tape as officials investigate the odd project's construction.


Construction Gains, But Will it Last?

The rollercoaster ride of U.S. construction spending has climbed to a four-and-a-half-year high, but the progress of individual sectors remains mixed, keeping builders cautious about the fut...


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

One construction worker has died and two others are injured, one critically, after a retaining wall they were using to practice concrete work collapsed in upstate New York, authorities said....


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

An “unusual surge” in public construction unexpectedly pushed total U.S. construction spending in October to its highest level in more than four years, the Associated General Contractors of ...


From CPWR, 52 Weeks of Worker Safety

A leading construction safety organization has a free holiday gift for the industry: a year’s worth of ready-to-use materials to educate workers about daily jobsite dangers.


3d DOD Audit Rips USACE on Afghan Work

For the third time in 18 months, the Department of Defense is reporting serious lapses in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' oversight of multimillion-dollar construction projects in Afghanis...


Affirmative-Action Plan Sparks Suit

A Labor Department proposal that would require federal contractors to meet newly established hiring quotas for people with disabilities has wound up in court.


Corps of Engineers Hit on $37M Base

Lack of supervision and quality assurance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has yielded $37.6 million in military construction projects in Afghanistan that do not meet federal standards, D...


Concrete Maker Blamed in Ash Engulfment

Federal safety authorities are holding a major Midwestern ready mix producer responsible for the death of a plant operator who was buried in a storage silo full of fly ash.


Labor Squeeze Seen Amid Robust Growth

A banner year is in store for U.S. construction and engineering firms—if they can find enough skilled labor to support the boom, new reports advise.


Contractors Sue to Block Hiring Rule

U.S. open-shop construction contractors have gone to court to stop a new federal affirmative-action proposal aimed at increasing hiring of people with disabilities.


Contractor Faces 6 Murder Charges

The contractor in charge of a building demolition project that ended up killing six people in Philadelphia has been charged with murder, according to prosecutors.


Endangered Mussels Halt Dam Work

Delayed for years by lack of funding, a project to replace a failing dam in Michigan has now been halted indefinitely by the discovery of endangered mussels at the site.


Construction Boom Faces Labor Bust

U.S. construction and engineering may be facing the best and worst of times, as a near-trillion-dollar industry forecast collides with widespread employer reports of a skilled labor shortage...


Scores Perish in Supermarket Collapse

At least 50 people were confirmed dead and hundreds were trapped when the roof of a crowded supermarket collapsed during the afternoon rush hour in the Latvian capital of Riga.


Critter Bridges Drive Taxpayers Batty

Q: Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? A: He was holding out for his own bridge. And who can blame him, when the public is shelling out right and left to safeguard his furry road-crossing...


Home Restorer Admits Securities Fraud

A former executive of a publicly traded Louisiana-based construction and restoration company has admitted to lying about millions of dollars’ worth of contracts in an effort to defraud inves...


Owner Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging

With his bribery attempts recorded by a project manager, the former owner of a New Jersey heavy construction and paving company is now looking at 20 years in prison for bid-rigging.


Green School Effort Goes Global

A worldwide network of schools that are designed, built, operate and teach green is the driving vision of the new Global Coalition for Green Schools, launched Tuesday (Nov. 19).


Self-Cleaners Lead Smart Coating Surge

Paints and coatings that resist water, bacteria and other elements will clean up the lion's share of a global smart coatings market that is set to grow eight-fold in the next five years, a n...


2 Contractors Cited in Philly Collapse

Federal authorities have proposed nearly $400,000 in fines against two contractors responsible for demolishing a downtown Philadelphia building that collapsed onto a thrift store in June, ki...


Building Community Aids Typhoon Relief

Humanitarian building and architecture organizations are assisting in the global effort to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has ravaged the central Philippines and claimed thousands of l...


Infrastructure Cripples Typhoon Relief

Buckled and smashed infrastructure across the central Philippines is hampering the global effort to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate and homeless survivors of deadly Typhoon Haiyan. ...


1WTC Crowned Tallest Building in U.S.

New York’s new One World Trade Center skyscraper has been officially crowned North America’s tallest building, displacing Chicago’s Willis Tower (the former Sears Tower) of its bragging righ...


Smart Coatings to Hit $3B by 2018

The global smart coatings market is expected to reach $3 billion in 2018, experiencing exponential growth as industries opt for quality and performance over price, a new report predicts.


Boston Bridge Replaced in One Weekend

A bridge replacement project outside of Boston that normally would have taken close to three years to complete was done in less than three days, state transportation officials announced.


Insulation Contractor Admits $1M Fraud

A convicted felon who ran four contracting companies in Connecticut may be headed back to federal prison after pleading guilty in a million-dollar fraud scheme.


Pipeline Crew Unearths Dinosaur Fossil

A construction worker clearing the way for a Canadian pipeline made a rare discovery—a massive dinosaur fossil—when he accidentally cut into it with a backhoe.


Teen Worker Falls from MN I-90 Bridge

A 19-year-old construction worker has been critically injured in a 45-foot fall from a $187.5 million bridge construction project into a cofferdam, authorities say.


Study: Construction Fraud ‘Endemic'

From graft to theft to shortcuts, fraud of every flavor is draining the global construction industry of hundreds of billlions of dollars each year, a new report warns.


Homebuilding to Hit 60.9M Units in 2017

Housing construction is forecast to surge over the next several years, especially in developing countries where the demand will be fueled by increased rural-to-urban migration, according to ...


Construction Fraud Tab: $860B

Money laundering, bid rigging, bribery and other types of fraud are now bleeding the global construction industry of about $860 billion a year—a tab that could nearly double by 2025, a new r...


Hotel Project Death Spurs Fines

The July death of a worker on a hotel project has resulted in $21,560 in proposed federal fines for a Boston-area contractor with a history of safety, health and wage violations.


Building Jobs, Spending Keep Growing

U.S. construction unemployment hit a six-year low in September, on the heels of a four-year high in project spending the month before, the federal government reported.


‘Questions’ Revive Probe of Worker’s Death

Why did experienced elevator mechanic Donald White not move out of the way when he knew that an elevator was coming at him?


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

U.S. construction spending in August reached levels not seen in more than four years, driven by a booming residential sector, according to new federal data.


CA Reopens Probe of 1st Stadium Death

California labor officials are taking a rare second look at the first of two construction deaths that occurred this year at the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium.


Tech Tool Connects Project Team

A New York company has unveiled communications technology that allows each member of a construction project team—owners, architects and contractors—to share detailed, real-time updates on th...


Silica Rulemaker Seeks Financial Info

In what is believed to be a first, federal regulators are requesting financial disclosures by parties who plan to submit information or comments on a controversial proposal to limit worker e...


GC, 5 Subs Fined on Power Plant Project

From shaky scaffolding to lead-paint hazards, more than 30 jobsite violations have landed six contractors from five states in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Social Software Unites Project Team

Constant, real-time collaboration—bolstered by photos, videos, diagrams and documents—with every member of a construction project team is the promise of a new communication tool developed by...


OSHA Seeks Money Trail in Silica Debate

Individuals and organizations who want to comment on a federal proposal to limit silica exposure are being asked to disclose their funding sources and any conflicts of interest—reportedly a ...


L.A. Sues over Crumbling $240M Runway

The City of Los Angeles has filed suit against four construction firms that built a $240 million airport runway that is deteriorating and “unfit” after just six years.


Metal Builders Show Their Mettle

An Arizona college, Illinois medical center, New York fireboat facility and Texas headquarters are among a dozen structures nationwide showcasing excellence in metal construction products an...


Building Scientist to Keynote D+D 2014

Building-science expert Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, will deliver the keynote address at D+D 2014, the first Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, next yea...


Report Warns of L.A. Building Collapses

From factories to residential high-rises, more than 1,000 older concrete buildings across the Los Angeles skyline are in danger of collapse should a major earthquake hit the area, according ...


Low Bidders Sue MnDOT over Award

The losing bidders for a $100 million interstate highway construction project in Minnesota have asked the state's Court of Appeals to review the bidding process for the award, which went to ...


Employers Ask Delay on Silica Rule

A federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica has been in the works for years, but construction employers say they still need more time to review it.


Contractor Blames Worker Buried Alive

An employee who was buried alive at an apartment project in May failed to exercise ordinary care for his own safety, leading to the accident that claimed his life, according to court documen...


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


Report: World Cup Push Risks Workers

Workers' safety and lives are being sacrificed to Qatar's dash to build infrastructure and venues in time for the 2022 World Cup, an international labor group charges.


Rail Crew Finds Skulls Under London

Crews working on a rail project in London are wearing two hats these days—those of construction worker and archaeologist—after discovering about 20 ancient skulls in the sediment of a histor...


Worker Abuse Alleged at World Cup Site

As Qatar races to construct projects needed to host the world’s most popular sports tournament in 2022, the small Gulf state faces disturbing allegations regarding its treatment of millions ...


Skyscraper Awards Toast the Tops

The world’s best new skyscrapers look a lot like the late, great Marilyn Monroe—and not the blonde part.


Father, Son Builders Held in Collapse

Authorities in Mumbra, India, have arrested two builders of a doomed residential complex that collapsed Saturday (Sept. 21), killing three—the region's sixth fatal building collapse in six m...


Pyramids Harness the Power of Protein

Want to increase productivity on the jobsite? Consider placing a catering order for some meat …and lots of it.


Adhesive Mixer Death Draws $200K Fine

Calling the gruesome death of a temporary worker “completely preventable,” California authorities have slapped a leading industrial adhesives maker with a list of safety citations and a $200...


Nature’s Novelties: Top 10 Building Materials

Insulation made from fungus and sheep’s wool, toxin-trapping drywall, bacteria-boosted bricks and other novel building materials are the new Top 10 finalists of the first-ever Cradle to Crad...


Henkel Fined $200K in Worker's Death

The death of a 26-year-old temporary worker who became entangled in an industrial adhesives mixer has drawn multiple serious and willful violations from health and safety authorities.


Developers Still Dodging Unlucky 13

Smirk, they might, but New York City's developers are not taking any chances with triskaidekaphobic buyers.


Construction Firms See Worker Shortage

Despite an industry jobless rate still stuck above 9 percent, most construction employers across the United States are reporting trouble finding qualified employees at every level.


2 Demolitions, 2 Workers Killed

Federal and state safety authorities are investigating a pair of fatal construction accidents this week at demolition sites in St. Paul, MN, and Swoyersville, PA.


12 Years On, Ground Zero Rises Again

From the spire to the Oculus, construction at the World Trade Center site in New York City is in high gear on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.


Contractors Warn of Worker Deficit

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. construction companies report an insufficient pipeline of qualified craft workers, according to a new study.


U.S. Remapping Storm-Battered Coast

The deadly force of Hurricane Sandy so ravaged the U.S. East Coast in 2012 that much of the region's coastline and coastal waters now need to be remapped from scratch, the federal government...


Sandy Sparks Remap of U.S. East Coast

The $50 billion in wreckage wrought last year by Hurricane Sandy has literally reshaped parts of the U.S. East Coast, prompting the federal government to remap vast sections of coastlines an...


U.S. Paints, Coatings to Top $30.6B

Industrial maintenance and marine coatings in the United States will see slow but steady growth in the wake of a five-year rebound blazed by the architectural ector, according to a new marke...


Employers Unite Against Silica Rule

Construction employers have rushed to mobilize against a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, ensuring a showdown with unions over the controversial measure.


Battle Lines Drawn over Silica Rule

A showdown is quickly shaping up over a new federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, pitting a new group of construction employers against organized labor and safety ...


Building Rebound to Drive Coating Gains

The U.S. paint and coatings market should top $30.6 billion by 2017, led by a strengthening architectural coatings segment, a new market study concludes.


Mayor, Kin Held in ‘Pay to Play’ Scheme

“It’s the barter system .... You know, my back is itching. Scratch it.” Thus did the mayor of Progreso, TX, advise his attorney on how public contracts were dispensed in the town that he, hi...


GSA Told to Review $59M Building Award

Federal auditors are urging the General Services Administration to revisit a contract award for a "top secret" federal building project because the agency failed to explain how it evaluated ...


PA Limits Weight on 1,000 Bridges

Struggling to manage the third-largest number of structurally deficient bridges in the nation, Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation has announced plans to impose new "risk-based weigh...


OSHA Issues Rule to Curb Silica

A decade after its initial report, and two and a half years after submission for a 90-day review, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a proposed rule to limit work...


U.S. Proposes New Silica Limits

Federal regulators have finally released a long-awaited—and certain to be controversial—proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica, widely used in construction, painting and abr...


Construction Hard Hat Detects CO

A hard hat may be the next weapon against carbon monoxide poisoning.


CO Detector Hard Hat Takes Award

A construction hard hat that incorporates a carbon monoxide sensor has won an award for its inventors at Virginia Tech University.


Public Works Construction Growing

Despite a slow economy, the new-construction market is expected to see a slight recovery in 2013, aided by modest growth from large bridge and public works projects, a midyear analysis shows...


Construction Update Sees Fits in Starts

The fitful recovery of the new construction market continues, with strong growth projected for the housing sector, "modest gains" for commercial building and public works, and institutional ...


Manmade Quake to Test Building Safety

Structural engineers from Johns Hopkins University plan to shake a two-story building with seismic forces comparable to those at the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angele...


Job Culture Quells Injury Reports

If you work in construction, is getting hurt just “part of the job?”


Greeks Nab Architect Wanted in Collapse

A British architect wanted in connection with the 2005 collapse of a residential tower in Pakistan that killed 78 people has been arrested in Greece, according to numerous reports.