Parks, Schools, Hospitals, Civic Buildings

Pricey retrofit proposed for sinking Millennium Tower in SF

San Francisco Chronicle » Engineers have proposed an unconventional solution to the Millennium Tower’s tilting troubles: drilling piles down to bedrock to stabilize one side of the 58-story condo high-rise and then letting the other side continue to sink until the building straightens itself. But it won’t come cheap.

2018-04-16T14:42:27-08:00April 14th, 2018|California, Urban|

For NTSB investigators piecing together FIU bridge collapse, ‘evidence tells the story’

Miami Herald » Investigators have preserved large sections of the bridge, storing them in a Florida Department of Transportation warehouse. They’ve also sent core samples of concrete pulled from the debris for testing and plan to examine tensioning cables, which were being adjusted by a worker when the bridge fell.

2018-04-16T15:47:34-08:00April 13th, 2018|Design-Build, Florida, Pedestrian Bridge|

Feds award $212 million to help California recover from 2017 wildfires

The Press Democrat » California’s long-term recovery from last year’s devastating wildfires is getting a $212 million boost from the federal government, housing officials announced Tuesday. The grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help disaster-affected counties in the state rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure.

2018-04-18T09:09:44-08:00April 10th, 2018|California, Federal Programs, Trump & Infrastructure, Urban|

FEMA: $50B still needed to rebuild Puerto Rico

The Associated Press » The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $50 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and warned that the U.S. territory is not ready for another disaster. Brock Long said his agency aims to make the island’s roads, homes, bridges and electrical grid as strong as possible but noted that the next hurricane season starts June 1

2018-04-09T11:44:01-08:00April 6th, 2018|Puerto Rico, Roads, Urban, Water|

Builders, engineers defend accelerated bridge construction

Roads & Bridges » Due to the collapse of a newly installed pedestrian bridge built with accelerated bridge construction (ABC) methods at FIU, questions have been raised regarding the construction methods done on the bridge. Experienced professionals within the ABC realm are weighing in on their perspective of the incident as it relates to accelerated construction methods.

2018-04-09T10:30:46-08:00April 3rd, 2018|Bridges, General Interest, Pedestrian Bridge, U.S. News|

Experts Dissect FIU bridge collapse, but can’t identify cause

Miami Herald » In the two weeks since the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction at Florida International University, engineers the world over have obsessively dissected photos, scrutinized video clips and picked over preliminary plans for the singular structure in search of the mysterious and elusive breaking point.

2018-04-03T11:59:11-08:00March 30th, 2018|Design-Build, Florida, Pedestrian Bridge|
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