Construction’s Contribution to Economy Increases in 30 States in 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The value added by the private construction industry as a percentage of gross domestic product increased in 30 states and decreased in only six in 2015, according to a report recently released by Associated Builders and Contractors. Nationally, construction’s direct contribution to GDP increased by 0.1 percent to 3.9 percent from 2014 to 2015. Construction accounted the highest percentage of state GDP in North Dakota, with of 7.6 percent in 2015, compared to a low of 3.1 percent in Connecticut and New York. Six states—Arizona, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oregon, West Virginia and Wyoming—saw a decrease in construction’s … Read more

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Gramercy District Development is Underway

22 Capital Partners has chosen the project team for its more than $500-million development “Gramercy District,” a smart city project located just outside of Washington, D.C. The firm has put together a team capable of implementing the vision of a marriage between technology and real estate development to create a smart city of the future. Tishman Construction unit of AECOM will team up with TRINITY Group Construction. DVA Architects will design the Gramercy District campus. This smart city will include a combination of outdoor plazas and public spaces where consumers can seamlessly interact with all of the businesses. Greystar Corporation … Read more

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Build With Strength: Wrigley Field Stands Test of Time

CHICAGO, Ill. – Build With Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, continued the efforts to inform Chicago, Illinois’ design, build and code communities by releasing a new infographic highlighting a true icon of American strength and durability – the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field. Opened in 1914 along Addison Street on Chicago’s north side, Wrigley Field, aka The Friendly Confines, a phrase made popular by legendary Hall of Famer Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks, is one of the oldest Major League Baseball stadiums, second to only Boston’s Fenway Park. The stadium, consisting of 45,200 cubic feet of concrete … Read more

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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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