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Florida Rules Changes Could Be Setback for Design-Build
Design-Build Done Right
For years, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has been considered a leader in the implementation of design-build best practices. Few states have the broad design-build authority that FDOT possesses or have been as aggressive in using the delivery method. However, proposed changes to the Florida Administrative Code (FAC) Chapter 14-91 are likely to tarnish the state’s reputation as a design-build leader.
Midterm Elections Change Transportation Debate
The Democrats might have lost their leader on the panel with Rahall’s defeat — not to mention water panel ranking member Bishop also going down — but Republicans had lost four of their top ten members (five overall) before a single vote was cast yesterday. Add Southerland to the list, and six Republicans currently on the panel won’t be back next year. That’s 18 percent of the GOP roster that’s essentially lame ducks — and perhaps free to vote their conscience should a big infrastructure bill come up for a vote.
After GOP's Election Wins, Construction Officials See Hope for Infrastructure Bills
As Republicans' wave of Election Day victories propelled them to control of the Senate and an increased House majority, construction industry officials hold out hope for bipartisan infrastructure bills in the new Congress, especially a new surface-transportation measure, and also see encouraging signs for energy legislation.
When Our Transportation is Stronger, Our Military is Stronger
Blog by Secretary Foxx via U.S. Department of Transportation
When our transportation system is not as efficient as it needs to be, we don't just calculate the cost in congestion on our roadways. We must also measure it by our inability to get essential supplies to our armed forces overseas. The ability to move the food, equipment, and supplies our forces need to do their jobs and safely return home is a critical requirement for our nation’s transportation system.
New $42-Million Storm-Resilient Building Unveiled at South Beach Psychiatric Center in Ocean Breeze
Staten Island Advance
The new $42 million Central Services Building on the low-lying campus of South Beach Psychiatric Center (SBPC) in Ocean Breeze was unveiled Thursday morning, replacing critical infrastructure that was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy's powerful storm surge two years ago.
Moving Forward with America's High-Speed Rail Projects
A nationwide roll-out of high-speed rail may never materialize in the United States, but that hasn't stopped local plans from moving forward at their own pace. The past few weeks have brought intriguing—and in some cases, very encouraging—updates on bullet train projects in California, Texas, and the Northeast. Let's check in on the latest.
Study Says Upgrading Infrastructure Could Reduce Flood Damage
The severe flooding that devastated a wide swath of Colorado last year might have been less destructive if the bridges, roads and other infrastructure had been upgraded or modernized, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver.
Q+A: Five Questions with Skanska's Chief Sustainability Officer Beth Heider
Recently, New York–based project contractor and developer Skanska USA announced that it has become a charter member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a nonprofit organization designed to develop and maintain Envision, a sustainability rating system for civil infrastructure projects. We caught up with Skanska's chief sustainability officer Beth Heider, AIA, at Greenbuild happening this week in New Orleans to discuss the new rating system, upcoming trends in the industry, and the business case for green buildings.
Pankow Foundation Charts Ambitious Research Goals for High-Strength Rebar
The Charles Pankow Foundation is about to begin a nearly $27- million fund-raising campaign to support unprecedented research in high-strength reinforcing steel. The goal of the five-year research program is to simplify and speed reinforced-concrete construction by easing rebar congestion. The program would provide the scientific basis for the first major overhaul of the concrete building standard in 50 years.
Agua Nueva Earns Industry Excellence Awards
Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department’s (RWRD) Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility (ANWRF) has been selected by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as the recipient of the “ENR Southwest 2014 Best Projects Award” in the Water/Environment category.
R.R. Simmons Captures DBIA Design-Build Project Award for LifeLink Headquarters
Tampa Bay Newswire
The Florida chapter of the Design/Build Institute of America recently recognized the new LifeLink Corporate Office as the best Design/Build office project for 2014. This marks the fifth consecutive win by the Tampa-based Design/Build firm of R.R. Simmons.
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