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The latest news and announcements from the world of North American construction – contracts, projects, products and more!

Scanning the road ahead
News 1GSSI, the world’s leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, has revealed PaveScan® RDM 2.0 – an innovative asphalt density assessment tool that provides accurate real-time measurements to ensure pavement life and quality.

GSSI unveiled PaveScan® RDM 2.0 for the US and Canada at the Transportation Research Board 2020 Conference in January. PaveScan 2.0 incorporates a new sensor design built specifically for the extremes of the asphalt paving environment, foldable deployment arms with high-visibility for work site safety and has a warm-up time of under one minute when ambient temperature is over 70°F.

PaveScan RDM is ideal for uncovering problems that occur during the paving process, including poor uniformity and significant variations in density. By avoiding these problems, PaveScan RDM helps avoid such premature failures as road raveling, cracking, and deterioration along joints.

 

Contracts totaling $148m
Granite Inliner, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Granite, with one of the most comprehensive service portfolios in the piping infrastructure renewal industry, has been awarded five sewer renewal contracts totaling approximately $148 million by the City of Chicago. These contracts will be booked into Granite’s third quarter 2020 backlog.

“This project marks our fourteenth year partnering with the City of Chicago since the inception of this sewer renewal program,” said Granite Inliner Regional Vice President Denise McClanahan. “Granite Inliner takes pride in knowing that our work is helping to protect the city’s essential infrastructure and uphold our commitment to sustainable development.”

The five contracts, City of Chicago Sewer Lining Term Agreements Area 1 - 5, are part of a multi-year program to renew Chicago’s aging sewer system. Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining extends the life of hydraulically adequate sewers at lower cost than excavating and replacing sewers in the streets and is less disruptive to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during construction.

Granite Inliner will be responsible for the CIPP lining of 10-inch to 60-inch diameter sewers, structure rehabilitation and sewer repairs for a total of 575,000 lineal feet. Liner Products, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Granite, will supply all CIPP materials.

The project is funded by the City of Chicago and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020 and be complete in summer 2022 with an optional one-year extension.

New university building
News 2Kinsley Construction, Inc. recently began construction on the new three-story, 21,000-square-foot Allied Health Building at Penn State’s Mont Alto campus. With an increased need for qualified healthcare professionals, this facility will elevate the university’s nursing, physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant programs.

Designed by Hord Coplan Macht, the facility offers:

  • Two high-fidelity labs
  • Nursing simulation labs
  • A multi-purpose room with overhead viewing
  • A daily living lab where physical therapy and occupational therapy students learn to assist patients with their daily lives
  • A pediatrics and wellness clinic
  • A hand therapy and rehabilitation clinic
  • A physical therapy auxiliary lab
  • A neuro-orthopedic lab
  • Office and support space throughout

After 16 months of preconstruction services as the Construction Manager, Kinsley began on-site construction the first week in August with a scheduled completion date during the fall of 2021.

Working together
Bluebeam, leading developer of solutions and services that set the standard for architecture, engineering and construction professionals worldwide has revealed the newest version of Revu, its flagship project efficiency and collaboration solution. Revu 20 delivers greater flexibility and control with improved user and content management capabilities and streamlines communication with new enhancements designed to increase accuracy and save time.

“When we think of ‘teamwork’ on a construction project, we think about removing barriers through technology while unlocking the inherent potential of a group of diverse project partners,” said Bluebeam CEO Jon Elliott. “When teams have the right solutions in place to work together seamlessly across distances and time zones, all of the investments an organization makes in training, management and process development can be realized through clear and measurable improvements in quality, accuracy and efficiency. Revu 20 delivers improved communication management capabilities and productivity improvements that are designed to maximize an organisation’s investments across the board.”

Revu 20 introduces new communication features that are designed to boost productivity and enable more successful project delivery, improved user and content management capabilities to provide greater flexibility and control, and enhancements to the powerful annotation tools in Revu that improve project data management when reviewing, commenting, annotating, tracking and managing project documents.

New building for Thunderbird
News 3After nearly becoming a business school that went out of business only five years ago, Thunderbird is now an international b-school thriving in the pandemic in spite of half of its students coming from outside the US. This remarkable turnaround story remains untold outside Arizona.

Thunderbird now has a modern, sustainable building under construction in Phoenix. The desert-friendly five-story building will cover 110,000 square feet and include the Global Forum, providing adaptable, multi-purpose event space and an LED globe that connects all members of the School’s global network via live social media updates; an Innovation Lab, serving as the hub of experiential activity for students with offerings such as a VR/AR technology-enhanced Language Lab; Global Heritage Lounges celebrating various regions and the school’s history, and on the roof, the Pub — an icon from Thunderbird’s early days.

The school launched in 1946 at a decommissioned US Army airfield in Glendale that had been used to train pilots from around the world during World War II. In 2014, Thunderbird officially became part of ASU, and in 2018, moved from the sprawling Glendale campus to temporary quarters in Downtown Phoenix, America’s fifth-largest and fastest-growing city.

Thunderbird Global Headquarters plans to celebrate its grand opening in the fall of 2021.

A live video stream of construction and a virtual video flythrough of the building’s features are at https://t-birdconnect.com/page/new-campus-updates.

Restoration of historic building
Cintec North America’s reinforcement anchors are providing stability and support during the revitalization of Canada’s most renowned concert venue, Massey Hall.

As Massey Hall marks its 125th anniversary, a century and a quarter of Canadian history has been stripped bare to be massively restored, not only to recapture the hall’s original sound, but to make sure it will serve audiences for generations to come.

Cintec™ reinforcement anchors can stabilize and strengthen an unreinforced masonry structure without the need for external and internal steel bracing, making them ideal for historical buildings, masonry bridges, monument repair, high rise buildings, retaining walls and harbor walls. Cintec reinforcement anchors also withstand freeze-thaw cycles without shrinkage or loss of strength, limiting the threat of Toronto, Ontario weather to the historic structure.

A simple, easy-to-use system with fast installation and minimal cleanup, the specific reinforcement and anchoring system used for Massey Hall is custom-designed for the project, as are all Cintec projects.

Merger unites leaders
Ecobot, the developer of transformative environmental data reporting software, has acquired the wetland delineation software platform WetForm.

This acquisition will solidify Ecobot as the preeminent software provider in the space. Through its acquisition, WetForm customers will have full access to the Ecobot platform: a submeter-accurate wetland app which includes enhanced Esri ArcGIS mapping technology, and a cloud-based project management and delivery dashboard. Patrick Murphy, WetForm’s founder, will join the Ecobot team as senior wetland scientist. “It is satisfying to know that WetForm values and features will influence and migrate to Ecobot,” says Patrick. “It is also exciting that the GIS features of Ecobot will exceed WetForm’s capabilities, providing a better overall benefit to hard-working field personnel. This merger takes the past and propels it well into the future.”

 

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