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12/14/2017

Brookhaven, Ga., and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta reached an agreement for the construction of a $1.3 billion, 446-bed hospital with a physical plant and support buildings. The hospital and city agreed to $45 million in infrastructure improvements, and the project should be completed in 2026.

12/14/2017

The Trump administration wants to increase spending on border wall construction to $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2019, according to a report released by Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee based on information from a whistleblower. The amount exceeds the original budget request by $700 million, and some of that would be attained through reductions in other border-protection spending.

12/14/2017

The University of Houston is leading a group of seven universities in Texas, Florida and Louisiana that will study flood mitigation, hurricane modeling and public policy related to hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. Researchers say more understanding is needed about the impacts of changing weather patterns on infrastructure.

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12/14/2017

A consortium between Dragados USA and CCA Civil won a $1.8 billion contract from New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand the Long Island Rail Road. Work involves adding a third track to a 10-mile section.

12/14/2017

Spending on augmented and virtual reality could reach $9.1 billion this year and climb to $17.8 billion in 2018, according to International Data Corp. IDC says consumers will account for much of the increase, but the commercial sector is expected to account for more than 85% of the spending by 2021.

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12/14/2017

As Houston demonstrated recently, the consequences of flooding can be devastating, endangering lives and damaging property. A new case study for ASCE's Natural Hazards Review will help you better understand the potential risks so you can improve flood-protection measures. Learn how the authors address the problem of effective management, focusing on reducing flood risks and increasing flood protection, free for a limited time, courtesy of ASCE Library. Also see more free urban flooding references in ASCE Library's special limited-time collection.

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12/14/2017

The Trump administration is signaling that it will move forward with a $1 trillion infrastructure plan next year, and the White House says the plan still uses $800 billion in private investment. Some people are advocating for federal investment of more than $200 billion even as it's unclear how the government will find even that much.

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12/14/2017

Construction has started on a 500-acre, mixed-use development in Omaha, Neb. The project, valued at more than $1 billion, will include retail, restaurant, office and residential space and be pedestrian-friendly with walking trails and open space.

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12/14/2017

Facebook has spent more than $1 billion on a data center in rural Oregon and plans to spend "hundreds of millions" to expand the facility with two more centers. The project will employ hundreds of construction workers, bringing jobs to an area that's still recovering from the loss of major businesses.

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12/14/2017

Technology companies are struggling to find enough housing in Silicon Valley, so Google and several developers are building a massive-mixed use project with up to 9,850 new residences and office space. California's Mountain View City Council approved the project, but a timeline isn't yet available.