The University of Washington (UW) in the US has broken ground on the $100m Health Sciences Education Building.
Canada’s Kineticor Resource has secured financing to fund the construction of CAD1.5bn ($1.2bn) Cascade Power Project in Edson, Alberta.
Wood Partners, a US-based real estate developer, has broken ground on Alta Southern Highlands, a new luxury residential community in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Texas A&M University System in the US has broken ground on the $546m multi-use, multi-phase development, Innovation Plaza.
The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center has received Board of Trustees approval to construct a $1.8bn hospital tower in Columbus, Ohio.
The Government of Alberta in Canada and TransPod have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the development of TransPod's 1,000kmph hyperloop transportation system to connect the cities of Edmonton and Calgary. The MOU allows TransPod, the startup that is building the TransPod system, to initiate the process of attracting private investment for the multi-billion-dollar project. The TransPod transportation system is being developed to carry passengers and cargo in a low-pressure tube environment at 1,000kmph. The fossil-fuel-free, fully-electric system is touted to be a new generation of ultra-high-speed ground transportation that is being developed for construction around the world. As part of the MOU, Alberta will support TransPod in undertaking further study on the feasibility of developing its technology in the province, share transportation information that may assist the company, work with TransPod’s officials to identify suitable land that can facilitate a safe track testing and take part in discussions with potential investors. Alberta Minister of Transportation Ric McIver said: “By supporting TransPod’s feasibility study, Alberta Transportation will provide important information contributing to the research, development, testing, and construction of a full inter-city TransPod line between Edmonton and Calgary.” TransPod said that the government has not committed any financing to the project, which will be executed in phases: feasibility study (2020-2022), research and development phase (2020-2024), test track construction and high-speed tests (2022-2027) and construction of a full inter-city line between Edmonton and Calgary (to begin in 2025). The project is expected to create up to 38,000 jobs over 10 years and reduce carbon emissions of Alberta by up to 300,000 tonnes annually. TransPod co-founder and CEO Sebastien Gendron said: “Alberta’s leadership mindset and partnership with TransPod firmly places it at the cutting edge of transportation innovation. “Through this strategic agreement that secures the province’s economic future without having to commit any taxpayer dollars, the Government of Alberta is investing in improving growth and quality of life in the region.”
Real estate developer Wood Partners has broken ground on Alta Raintree, a new luxury residential community in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Pattern Energy Group announced that it has secured financing to begin construction on the 105MW Phoenix solar project in Fannin County, Texas.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in the US has awarded a $403.5m contract to SCR Constructors for the mainline construction of $2.3bn South Coast Rail project.
EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EDIH) has secured a contract from the Government of Nova Scotia to design, build, finance and maintain the Bayers Lake Community Outpatient Centre in Halifax, Canada, which is part of the QEII New Generation project.
Dutch multinational public company Fugro has been awarded a contract by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in the US to provide site characterisation services in support of a $250m highway improvement project near Dallas.
Sound Transit, a public transit agency in Seattle, Washington, has completed the civil construction works on the East Link Bellevue tunnel to connect the East Main and Bellevue Downtown stations.
Real estate development company Matter Real Estate Group has commenced construction on the $400m UnCommons, a mixed-use development at Interstate 215 and Durango Drive in southwest Las Vegas, US.
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, a manufacturing company for biologics, has held a virtual ground-breaking ceremony, signaling the beginning of construction work on its Advanced Therapies Innovation Center in the city of College Station, Texas.
Canadian Solar’s subsidiary Recurrent Energy has broken ground on the 144MW Pflugerville solar plant located in Travis County in the US state of Texas.
South Coast Rail Constructors, a joint venture between Tutor Perini (TPC) and Middlesex Corporation, has been named as the apparent low bidder for the $403m rail expansion project in Massachusetts, US.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a division of Henkel, has broken ground on a new production area for UV-curable acrylic pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) at its Salisbury site in the state of North Carolina.
Ask Real Estate and BAM Construction have been selected by UK-based housing association Home Group to build a new head office in Newcastle city centre.
The San Diego State University (SDSU) in the California, US, has broken ground on the Mission Valley stadium project, as part of the university’s campus expansion plan.
Great Plains Manufacturing (GPM), a US-based subsidiary of Japanese tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer Kubota, is set to build a new JPY5.6bn ($53m) plant for the production of compact track loaders (CTLs) in Salina, Kansas.