Construction on a $2 billion light-rail line connecting Los Angeles International Airport to L.A.'s Crenshaw area is about five months behind, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The 8.5-mile line is about 86% finished, but electrical work has slowed the timeline.
Oglethorpe Power says a cost cap or other safeguards against overruns must be put in place before it will continue working on the Plant Vogtle nuclear power expansion project, now estimated at about $27 billion. Georgia Southern and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia own stakes in the project and have stated a willingness to continue construction without a cap.
Water tests on the Cape Fear River revealed no elevated levels of arsenic, lead, selenium or other toxic coal ash metals, Duke Energy says. Hurricane Florence caused a dam in Wilmington, N.C., to break, releasing 400,000 tons of coal ash into the river.
A joint venture between Mortenson Construction and Messer Construction Co. is expected to be awarded a $167.5 million construction manager contract for a $275 million Major League Soccer stadium in Nashville, and construction is expected to begin in 2019. A local coalition urged the Nashville Metro Council to use unionized contractors to ensure proper wages, skill levels and safety practices.
The Orange County Transportation Authority awarded Walsh Construction a $220.5 million contract to build a 4.15-mile streetcar connecting Santa Ana and Garden Grove, Calif. The project is estimated to cost $407.76 million, and construction is expected to begin later this year.
To help address the workforce shortage in the construction industry, the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America began a social media outreach campaign and helped create a two-week program to teach educators about construction. The Associated General Contractors of Virginia is working with the state to bring added opportunities for vocational learning to community colleges.
A 10-story, luxury residential tower with more than 100 units is being planned west of the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco, Texas. It's being developed by the company behind the 40-acre, $700 million Gate development, which already features two apartment complexes and will eventually be home to about 20 buildings.
The TreePhilly program in Philadelphia will expand thanks to more than $8 million in funding over three years from TD Bank, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the city of Philadelphia and the state. The program provides free trees to Philadelphia neighborhoods that are lacking in tree cover.
The Topeka Zoo in Kansas will open Kay's Garden, a Japanese garden in 2020 with a koi pond, walkways and an events center. The zoo also plans to build stormwater-management infrastructure and a new parking area.
Nonprofit organizations just starting out need to build relationships within their communities, write Ramona Sudbeck and Michael Bradley with Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Recreation and Park Administration. "Creating a network of community relations and community engagement will promote and develop positive benefits, such as community partnerships, name recognition and continued growth -- all in cost-effective and sustainable ways," they write.