The Associated Press » San Francisco officials shut down the city’s celebrated new $2.2 billion transit terminal Tuesday after discovering a crack in a support beam under the center’s public roof garden. Coined the “Grand Central of the West,” the Salesforce Transit Center opened in August near the heart of downtown after nearly a decade of construction. It was expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday, and up to 45 million people a year.
Global News Canada » The contract was awarded through a so-called integrated project delivery (IPD) model, believed to be a first in North America. Unlike traditional design-build models, the IPD team brings together the bridge designer/contractor and the bridge’s owner, plus city experts, to develop goals at the project’s outset, share information and accept their responsibilities as equal partners.
Reuters » Italy’s Autostrade, the operator of the bridge that collapsed last month in the port city of Genoa killing 43 people, rejected on Tuesday the findings of a ministerial inquiry that blamed the toll road firm for the disaster. Autostrade said the report did not clarify the causes of the collapse or how it happened.