Green Building


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    How climate change is hitting highways

    Resilience is a key consideration for road builders amid a slew of new environmental conditions, said a Federal Highway Administration official at the recent 2024 NIBS conference in Washington, D.C.

    By June 4, 2024
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    The top 10 residential builders of 2024

    Even with high interest rates, most of the country’s top home builders have held steady or improved their closing numbers, according to Builder magazine’s annual ranking.

    By Mary Salmonsen • May 29, 2024
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    Turner goes all in on EV tech for carbon reduction

    The New York City-based contractor has committed to making its vehicle fleet electric by 2028 while piloting low-emission equipment on various projects.

    By May 22, 2024
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    Facing expensive climate threats, NYC’s transit system unveils a resilience plan

    The $6 billion effort is meant to address rising sea levels, more intense storms and extreme heat events that will impact subways, buses and commuter trains. 

    By Dan Zukowski • April 30, 2024
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    Opinion

    Greenwashing lawsuits could be headed for construction

    Here’s how contractors can protect themselves from being accused of making erroneous environmental claims.

    By Garrett Gibson • April 22, 2024
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    Retrieved from King County Wastewater Treatment Division on April 11, 2024
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    Seattle area investing $10B in wastewater infrastructure

    King County, Washington, is planning a slew of resilience and clean water upgrades over the next decade, bolstered by new EPA loan financing.

    By April 15, 2024
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    DOT releases $830M for resilience projects

    The goal is to bolster the country’s transportation systems against the extreme weather impacts of climate change.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Project Wins

    Jacobs wins $45M Miami wastewater contract

    The Dallas-based company continues to add water infrastructure projects to its backlog, a key sector of focus according to its most recent earnings call.

    By April 11, 2024
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    KPF designs NYC’s first all-electric academic research lab building at Columbia University

    The building will exceed New York City’s Local Law 97 greenhouse gas emissions rules, despite increased ventilation requirements, the architecture firm says.

    By Joe Burns • April 10, 2024
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    Project Milestones

    Balfour Beatty gives 109-year-old Coca-Cola plant a modern facelift

    The builder leveraged technology to access plans in real time, as it transformed the century-old bottling facility in Atlanta into a mixed-use space.

    By March 29, 2024
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    Low-carbon cement factory nabs Energy Department funds

    Sublime Systems will build the new plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

    By March 28, 2024
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    Project Wins

    Clark Builders wins $91M British Columbia school build

    The contractor’s parent firm Turner Construction said the new school will feature a geo-exchange HVAC system and incorporate mass timber elements.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Mass timber producer debuts construction services division

    Mercer Mass Timber doesn’t intend to compete with large general contractors, but instead wants to offer an option for first-time users of the alternative building method.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Skanska rolls out electric compactor on Los Angeles Purple Line job

    After testing an electric excavator on the $9.5 billion project in February, the contractor deployed the electric compaction roller this month.

    By March 19, 2024
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    Q&A

    Think holistically about infrastructure, ASCE’s new president urges

    Marsia Geldert-Murphey is passionate about structures that will stand up to climate change and serve the next generation.

    By March 5, 2024
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    Climate risk planning portal from Argonne National Lab gets new features

    The platform uses one of the world's largest supercomputers to model climate change hazards for vulnerable populations and infrastructure.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Feb. 27, 2024
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    Q&A

    Biology background shapes Jacobs exec’s approach to construction

    Chrissy Thom leads the contractor’s Americas East division in developing advanced AI products, digital twins, new commercial models and other innovative solutions.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    The image by Wally Gobetz is licensed under CC BY 2.0
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    AECOM Q1 revenue, profits up as backlog dips

    CEO Troy Rudd cited strength in water, resilience and other infrastructure markets, but the firm pulled two previously announced deals from its development pipeline.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Project Wins

    Flatiron wins $350M in resiliency projects

    The Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Port Arthur, Texas, infrastructure upgrades will help protect against flooding and storm surges.

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    PortMiami Cruise Terminal F. Photo credit to Smith Aerial.

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    How roof retrofits enable adaptive reuse

    Metal roofs, known for efficiency and durability, are now driving a trend in retrofitting older buildings for renewed longevity.

    Feb. 5, 2024
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    FHWA offers $729M for storm-damaged infrastructure

    The funds will help states rebuild roads and bridges following natural disasters and extreme weather.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
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    Q&A

    AP exec sees growth in office conversion market

    Adolfson & Peterson’s Will Pender says the firm is seeing a record demand for projects that transform vacant workspaces into housing.

    By Jan. 22, 2024
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    Swinerton to pay $2.3M fine over alleged Clean Water Act violations

    The San Francisco builder’s penalties stemmed from allegedly failing to use proper stormwater controls and conduct regular inspections across four solar farm sites in three states.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    Project Wins

    Holder Construction gets $1.9B Arizona data center job

    The city of Mesa has experienced a surge in data construction due in part to a lack of natural disasters, low utility costs and business-friendly environment.

    By Jan. 10, 2024
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    This year’s top tech stories

    From ChatGPT to robots and contech funding, here are the topics that were most popular with our readers.

    By Dec. 20, 2023