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New York MTA joins NACTO

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North America’s largest transit agency, announced that it has joined NACTO as its first transit agency member.

Build with Strength: Wrigley Field stands test of time

Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), continued the efforts to inform Chicago’s design, build and code communities by releasing a new infographic highlighting a true icon of American strength and durability — the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field.

Construction complete at FedEx Ground Distribution Hub

Dewberry helped design the recently completed FedEx Ground facility in the northwest corner of Ocala, Fla. The firm performed due diligence, site/civil engineering, surveying and mapping, environmental services, permitting, construction administration, and landscape architecture design.

July construction starts slip 2 percent

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $586.3 billion, new construction starts in July fell 2% from the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. A steep drop by electric utilities pulled down the nonbuilding construction sector, which in turn contributed to the slight decline for total construction starts.

Successful test validates composite timber-concrete tower concept

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Oregon State University, with support from the Softwood Lumber Board, developed a comprehensive physical testing program that, to date, has included nearly 20 tests of varying sizes and configurations. On August 8, the successful test of the final full-scale specimen provided strong evidence that the timber-concrete composite system can satisfy code requirements and compete with traditional construction methods.

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