The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From an update on Vancouver International Airport’s $7 billion infrastructure program to a deep dive into the impact of COVID-19 on populous US cities, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
Construction Reaches Completion on Las Vegas Raiders Stadium
The $2 billion build of the Raiders Stadium has finally crossed the finish line after nearly 3 years of construction. The stadium accommodates 65,000 sports goers and comes with an onslaught of impressive features such as a translucent roof, a natural turf field that can move inside and outside of the playing space, and even a nightclub. Check out this web-series from the Raiders to learn more about how the stadium was built from the ground up.
$7 Billion Vancouver Airport Project Canceled Due to COVID-19
The Vancouver Airport Authority recently announced that due to the global pandemic, it would be halting its CORE Program, a $7 billion effort that aimed to upgrade the airport’s infrastructure. Due to the sharp decrease in commercial fliers, the authority ultimately had to make the “difficult but necessary decision” to put a stop to the program says Tamara Vrooman, authority President and CEO.
What Construction Tech Job is Most In-Demand?
Hear from Brian Krause, Vice President of the Virtual Design and Construction team at Bethesda, Maryland-based Clark Construction Group, to get his perspective on what construction technology jobs are most meaningful in the industry today. For Krause and other tech-savvy managers, the people that are really making an impact are those willing to get behind construction’s emerging technology stack. Read more here.
Queensland to Fund a $42 Million Training Package to Boost Construction
Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), an industry-funded educational institute based out of Milton, Australia, has announced a new $42 million workforce training package to help the construction industry recover from the fallout of the pandemic. Compared to the previous year, the package has increased by 14% and will focus specifically on three special program areas: apprentices, small business, and mental health.
August Sees an Increase of 16,000 US Construction Jobs
Concentrated primarily in the housing sector, construction employment increased by 16,000 jobs in the month of August, according to the AGC. Unfortunately, the infrastructure and nonresidential building construction sector lost 11,000 jobs, likely related to the recent proliferation of project cancellations across the nation.
Where BIM Stands Today
AEC Business sat down with Professor Martin Fischer of Stanford University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department last week to talk about how the construction industry has dealt with a number of practical challenges in applying BIM to the modern built environment. Check out the captivating conversation here.
Is the Pandemic Emptying Out America’s Cities?
If you have an extra moment, check out this feature from Curbed that discusses the impact of COVID on populous cities. While some reports suggest the pandemic may be pushing people out of cities and into the suburbs, there isn’t any real empirical evidence to support such a trend. According to the data, it’s just not happening.
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