A joint venture between Gilbane Building Company and the M+W Group has been named construction manager for the $10 billion Foxconn manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, and construction workers could be hired within 60 days. CH2M Companies and the Sigma Group have been hired for engineering services.
Developers are planning to break ground later this month on the $500 million first phase of a $1 billion mixed-use project situated on 30 acres in the San Francisco area. The plan was approved in 2015, but a company involved in the project said the development had to overcome a huge increase in construction costs.
Harvard University wants to build a 36-acre research campus, and the Boston Planning and Development Agency approved the initial plan. The 900,000-square-foot mixed-use project will contain office, laboratory, hotel and conference space, and the university is looking to attract private partners for the project.
The Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved a $542 million expansion at the Tarzana hospital and medical facility, but it must receive approval from council. The project, which could start later this year, is expected to employ over 1,000 construction workers.
Steel prices already have increased 10% since President Donald Trump signed steel and aluminum tariffs, and some in the construction industry are worried about the impact on the industry. "Uncertainty drives people to be very conservative, risk-averse," a construction executive said.
California has a "pre-apprenticeship" program that helps lure people into the construction industry. The goal is to give workers the skills necessary to get a full-time apprenticeship position, and it is particularly aimed at women.
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A joint venture between Mott MacDonald and SNC-Lavalin was awarded a $1 billion contract for pre-construction work at a 7.8-mile rail extension in Seattle. The company will provide services up until a design-build contract is awarded, and the entire project should be completed in 2024.
Chicago wants to build a rail line from downtown to O'Hare International Airport, and it has narrowed the number of potential contractors down to two. Elon Musk's The Boring Co. and O'Hare Xpress LLC are the two firms, and the project is estimated to cost between $1 billion and $3 billion