Sep 8th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure by Kristin Gordon

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is rapidly running out of disaster relief funding as Hurricane Irma hits Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and heads toward Florida. It was first reported by Bloomberg that the federal response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has quickly depleted FEMA’s disaster relief fund, which dropped by $2.14 […]

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Aug 11th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

Continued advancements in technology and funding are steadily making the airport experience much more efficient and pleasurable. Before technology can occur, funding must be available, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been busy this year approving grants through their Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for transportation facilities ready to take on big and small projects. […]

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Aug 9th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

Nearly $79 million in the latest round of Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants will benefit rail projects. U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao notified House and Senate authorizing committees of 10 projects selected by the agency for grants. Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the USDOT has proposed the funding […]

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Aug 4th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

Does the U.S. ever emulate or keep track of transportation initiatives taking place in other countries? According to David Glessner, public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the agency has hosted over 1,800 international visitors since 1994. “TxDOT receives international visitors for one-day visits, and sometimes engineers or engineering students for more […]

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Jul 28th 2017 | Posted in Water by Kristin Gordon

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently approved $1,052,915,000 in financial assistance from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program. The funding will be distributed to 10 project sponsors across the state.  $677,120,000 to the North Texas Municipal Water District (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, and Rockwall counties) for a water supply project;  […]

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Jul 21st 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure by Kristin Gordon

In May, voters throughout Texas decided on the outcome of thousands of projects and more than $8.3 billion worth of bond funding when they went to the polls. Around eighty-five local entities called for bond elections. Now, other governmental entities are considering additional bond packages. School districts, hospital districts, cities, counties, community colleges, special districts and more have until Aug. 21 […]

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Jun 28th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Ron Kim

 Arizona– The Arizona State Transportation Board approved the five-year, $260 million per year construction program proposed by the Arizona Department of Transportation that aims to increase the capacity of the major commerce corridors by investing in new and pre-existing infrastructure around the state. Major projects detailed in the construction program include widening various interstates, state […]

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Jun 28th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure, Vertical by Ron Kim

Nevada– On June 15, an estimated 1,300 people gathered at the Green Valley Ranch Resort to learn about the estimated $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed football stadium being built for the Oakland Raiders when they relocate to Las Vegas for the 2020 National Football League season. Details about the Las Vegas stadium project were shared and […]

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Jun 28th 2017 | Posted in Legislation/Policy, Transportation by Kristin Gordon

Two bills that were introduced June 21 and 22 provide very different outcomes for the future of aviation in the United States. Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster, introduced a six-year draft House bill called the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (AIRR Act), a revised version from […]

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Jun 21st 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure, P3/PPP, Vertical by Ron Kim

Florida– Orange County officials have been discussing the expansion of the Orange County Convention Center since 2014. The county hired a Missouri-based architecture company to conduct a feasibility study and recommendations included a parking garage, shuttle system and better connector between the North and South concourse. Expanding the 2.1 million square foot exhibition floor space […]

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May 24th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure by Kristin Gordon

May 15-19 was Infrastructure Week and several events were held in communities throughout the country to support building for a better America and to elevate the importance of infrastructure and the impact it has on everyone who uses transportation, water, energy, ports, public buildings and more. Over the course of five days, state governors signed […]

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May 17th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure by Kristin Gordon
Image of one of the many sinkholes developing with aging infrastructure

A hole in the ground can be a bad thing for rolling wheels and moving feet. These burrows, potholes, divots, manholes, ground tunnels and ditches could cause issues if they are overlooked, but when the Earth suddenly gives way and a large land-mass collapses, the level of danger and damage can be much more detrimental […]

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May 5th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is best known for its roadways. Motorists traveling around Texas are likely to run across TxDOT employees refurbishing or building long stretches of road to improve our main source of transportation throughout the state. But did you know that TxDOT also handles railways and another mode of transportation that […]

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May 3rd 2017 | Posted in Vertical by Government Contracting Pipeline
Photo by Steve Baker is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Indiana- Judges of the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts announced that civil and criminal courts will be relocated from the Indianapolis City-County Building to a proposed Criminal Justice Complex on the southside of the city. The County’s Circuit and Superior Courts are planning to build a more effective, efficient, and reformative court system that allows the […]

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Apr 26th 2017 | Posted in Energy by Kristin Gordon
Photo illustrating examples of renewable energy projects

In 2016, about 4.08 trillion kilowatthours of electricity were generated at utility-scale facilities in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. About 65 percent of this electricity generation was from fossil fuels – coal, natural gas, petroleum, and other gases. About 20 percent was from nuclear energy and 15 percent was sourced […]

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Mar 22nd 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure by Kristin Gordon

Bridges provide drivers with a safe passage over water, roadways, train tracks and other obstacles using materials such as wood, steel, iron, concrete, cement and more. But building or fixing one of these connections can be time consuming and costly. This month Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons announced that over the course of a week […]

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Mar 15th 2017 | Posted in Vertical by Kristin Gordon

Is it our responsibility to save the environment for future generations? Most of us make small efforts each day or go to great extremes to keep the Earth healthy. When did we become so green-minded? In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced Energy Star as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and […]

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Mar 8th 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

In February the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released new data showing that Americans are driving more than ever before. In 2016, drivers in cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs put a record 3.22 trillion miles on the nation’s roads, up 2.8 percent from 3.1 trillion miles in 2015. The data also shows that it’s the fifth […]

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Feb 17th 2017 | Posted in Infrastructure by Kristin Gordon

In the months leading up to the presidential election, the soon-to-be-elected Donald Trump shared that he planned to inject $1 trillion into the nation’s ailing roads, bridges and airports. Soon after President Trump moved into the White House, Senate Democrats released a $1 trillion infrastructure ten-year plan to fix roads, bridges, broadband networks, VA hospitals […]

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Feb 8th 2017 | Posted in Energy by Kristin Gordon

Did viewers notice if the Patriots and the Falcons were well-lit when they took the field Feb. 5? Houston boasted that the field at NRG Stadium was illuminated exclusively by 65,000 light-emitting diode (LED) lights for Super Bowl LI. The stadium’s media relations team shared that the new lighting system uses 337 kilowatts when at […]

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Feb 1st 2017 | Posted in Transportation by Kristin Gordon

In September of 2016, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy, which provides regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicle development. While autonomous technologies have been rapidly advancing in recent years, regulatory laws had not kept pace.  This policy resolves the regulatory uncertainty […]

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