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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.

AEC TECH NEWS: New small drone rule takes effect on August 29

The new small drone rule for non-hobbyists becomes effective on August 29. Under the new rule — also known as Part 107 — the person flying a drone must have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate.

ARTBA opposes FHWA greenhouse gas measurement proposal

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) challenged the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) proposal to measure greenhouse gas emissions from new transportation projects. The proposal is part of larger performance measures required under the 2012 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) surface transportation reauthorization law.

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