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.
A U.S. Dept. of Transportation plan to reshape and rename the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grants has come under fire from senior Senate appropriators.
Source: US DOT Move to Revise TIGER Grants Faces Heat in Senate
A federal lawsuit was filed in March by two truck driving groups – the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Motorists Association. The suit claims that it is unconstitutional for the PA Turnpike to give payments to PennDOT to help pay for non-turnpike projects. Read more at Penn Live.
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
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
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 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.
On July 28, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection awarded AECOM and a team that includes OMA, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, and Matrix New World Engineering the final design contract for a resilience project along the Hudson River.
Source: Risk management takes center stage in new projects around the country
The Transportation Department withdrew the Obama era plan to allow cities to set aside work for local residents on federally funded projects. NYTimes reports.
Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop that would go from New York to Washington DC in 29 mins. NYTimes reports. According to his tweets, the loop would go from “City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city”