Excessive emphasis on reducing costs and increasing efficiency will come at the expense of your employees, says Randy Wall, P.E., M.ASCE, who advises firms on how to create success-focused cultures. Make your firm more profitable. Read Wall's advice in the latest edition of ASCE Member Voices.
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Autonomous vehicles will affect the engineering approach to roadway design, says Michael Babusci of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic. Babusci recommends that state departments of transportation be prepared for the changes autonomous vehicles will bring.
The much-anticipated $2.26 billion Transbay Transit Center, which features a 5.4-acre rooftop public park, has opened in San Francisco. It includes approximately 1.2 million square feet over six levels and was completed after 20 years of planning and almost 10 years of construction.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled that construction on the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline must stop until the project's ongoing permitting issues are resolved. The ruling comes after the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals vacated permits granted by the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Construction will begin soon on a four-year, $370 million project to rework the Interstate 635/Texas State Highway 121 interchange in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. NorthGate Constructors, the lead contractor, has consulted with the Federal Aviation Administration and DFW to ensure construction lights will not distract aircraft on the runways.
A mixed-use concept is being proposed for the former AstraZeneca site in Wilmington, Del., which, if approved, could start development within three years. The project would include about 1 million square feet of office space and roughly 200,000 square feet of restaurants and shops.
The Nevada Department of Transportation is taking another look at a $200 million project that would feature reconstruction of the Interstate 15 Tropicana interchange. Officials want to look at the design of a planned HOV exit ramp and find a way to accommodate a pedestrian bridge from the Las Vegas Strip to the future Las Vegas Raiders football stadium.
Anne Ellis, a former AECOM vice president, says surprises always occur during a project, and every member of the team must anticipate those from the beginning. While technology is an important tool that can improve construction, it should not be implemented for the sake of it, she says.
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