Western Specialty Contractors Completes Historic Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary Project

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – When the main cell house building at the historic Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco, California, was constructed in 1910-1912, prison workers mixed salt water from the surrounding San Francisco Bay and brick rubble in the concrete support beams. Coupled with the island’s extreme weather conditions, the large, cast-in-place concrete support beams in the original citadel and basement shower room areas that support the main cellblock structures began to deteriorate and fail, posing major structural damage to the historic building. The citadel was part of the original structure and dates back to the Civil War era. … Read more

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Demolition Begins On Site of Future Emory Sports Medicine Complex

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. – Earlier this week, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Emory Healthcare began demolition on the future site of the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, their 90,000-square foot state-of-the-art training and sports medicine center. Due to the hazard of filming on the construction area, footage was compiled and can be seen and downloaded here: https://ESMC_Demolition_B-Roll The privately funded complex is being designed by HOK. Construction and management firm H.J. Russell & Company, in association with Legends Project Development, are serving as the project management team for the project and Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors was recently selected to serve … Read more

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Architecture Billings Index Moderates Slightly, Remains Positive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Architecture Billings Index was positive in July for the sixth consecutive month, and tenth out of the last twelve months as demand across all project types continued to increase. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9-12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects reported the July ABI score was 51.5, down from the mark of 52.6 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index … Read more

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SAIA Announces New Executive Committee, Board Members

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Scaffold & Access Industry Association has announced the 2016-18 executive committee. Each of the elected members brings a unique perspective, personality and vision for the association. The new board was officially inducted at the Presidents Gala Dinner during SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition this past July. The SAIA Board elected the following individuals to a two-year term, beginning Aug. 1, 2016 and expiring July 31, 2018: Paula Manning, SAIA President, Executive Vice President and part-owner, Century Elevators Manning has been a member of SAIA since 1998. A 5th generation Texan, Manning has a clear vision … Read more

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