DuPont family heir changing his golf club into a family friendly athletic club.

Ben DuPont and Don Wirth, longtime members of the DuPont Country Club, plan to increase the club’s membership, currently 1,750 members down from 5,000 in 2004, by investing $18 Million in more family friendly facilities.   Plans include construction of a 15,000 sf fitness facility and indoor golf driving range, three all-season swimming pools along with associated site improvements within the 525 acre property.  See project details.

DuPont and Wirth expect their venture to be profitable by catering to today’s families, who look to spend more time together.  One of the options they are considering – reducing the par 3 course from 18 holes to 12. According to WHYY News

Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed by 2020.

Scientists develop regenerating bio-concrete using solid-state fermentation

Scientists at the University of Waikato in New Zealand have developed a protocol called solid-state fermentation that uses nanobiotechnology to make a concrete that regenerates itself to repair cracks as they develop. Researchers around the world have been working on the same thing, but Waikato researchers Dr.

Source: Scientists develop regenerating bio-concrete using solid-state fermentation

USDOT Federal Highway Administration announces $1B in Emergency Relief for road and bridge repairs.

The emergency relief program reimburses eligible expenses for damages caused by natural disasters or other emergency situations.  More than one quarter of the funds will be used to repair damages caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  In all, 32 states, several US territories and Federal Land Management Agencies will receive funds to help pay for the reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges.  Read more at US DOT

Steel and aluminum tariffs raise more questions than answers for domestic suppliers

Over the past 90 days, the price of steel that Dallas-based DFW Grating buys from domestic mills to fabricate bar and plate grating has nearly doubled. C. Scott Netherton, DFW Grating’s Vice President of Business Development, added that steel distributors are scaling back their inventories unless they are sure they have a buyer. “We’re not happy with the current situation,” said Netherton, meaning the uncertainty surrounding tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports that have rattled the U.S. market, where prices on some products had been rising since late last year.

Read the full article from Building Design + Construction: Steel and aluminum tariffs raise more questions than answers for domestic suppliers

The White House wants Public Private Partnerships to invest in infrastructure. The House tax bill could undermine that.

The Administration’s stated goal of $1 trillion dollar investment in US infrastructure relies on a $200 billion boost from the private sector.  The tax bill that passed in the House last week could undermine that objective by taking away a deduction on tax-exempt private activity bonds.

Find more details in The Hill report.