FLSmidth, a Danish engineering services provider, has secured a contract worth over €100m for the construction of cement plantin North Africa.
Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has started construction on the Rattlesnake Wind Project in Texas, US after getting notice to proceed (NTP) from Goldwind Americas.
Canadian Solar has secured $97M in debt financing from Prudential Capital Group for its 92MWp IS-42 solar power project near Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Armada Hoffler Properties has partnered with Spandrel Development Partners to build new purpose-built student apartments in downtown Charleston [pictured], South Carolina.
High Point University (HPU), based in North Carolina, US, is set to proceed with the construction of a $100M facility that will feature a basketball arena, a conference centre and a boutique hotel.
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has broken ground on Charlotte Area Transit System’s (CATS) second phase of the CityLYNX Gold Line Streetcar system in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Flatiron Constructors has been awarded a $145.3M contract by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to design and build a new bridge at Rodanthe in North Carolina, US.
Renewable energy development company Carbon Cycle Energy (C2e) has broken ground on its $100M utility-scale biogas facility in North Carolina, US.
Balfour Beatty Construction has been selected by Holder Properties to construct phase 1 of the new Blackbaud corporate campus in Charleston, South Carolina.
Work is set to commence on a potash mine project in North Yorkshire after Sirius Minerals secured £1bn in funding for the first stage of the project.
The Fallon Company has been selected master developer by the Horizon Development Properties (HDP) for the redevelopment of the Strawn Cottages site in North Carolina.
Campus Apartments, a US-based student accommodation provider, has unveiled three new student housing projects comprising over 1,700 beds in Tennessee, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Michelin North America is set to construct a $270M new distribution centre near Spartanburg, South Carolina.
A team comprising a Flatiron Constructors/Blythe Development Company joint venture and HDR Engineering has been awarded a $99.2M contract for the reconstruction of a 1.9km stretch of motorway in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Spring Ridge Constructors (SRC) has been selected as the lead contractor by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for a $5bn natural gas transmission pipeline project in the US.
Medical University of South Carolina has broken ground on the $385M Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion in South Carolina.The 10-storey project will include paediatric procedural-surgical capacities, including rooms for bronchoscopy, endoscopy, surgery and interventional radiology.The development will include a dedicated floor for the care of children with cancer and a comprehensive paediatric heart centre.It will also feature two obstetrical operating rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with 82 private rooms, and an advanced fetal care centre.Medical University of South Carolina’s president David Cole said: “We awarded degrees to more students than ever before, and are on pace to bring in more than $250M in sponsored research funding.”The development is scheduled to open in 2019.
The European and Indian construction machinery markets have shown growth this year, while other regions have seen a slow-down, according to Germany’s engineering association the VDMA.Latest research from the Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery arm of the VDMA suggests that the machinery sector has grown in regions including France, Germany and India. The Middle East and North America, on the other hand, have registered drops in machinery sales, in addition to the weak markets of Latin America, Africa and parts of Asia. After five years of recession, China still hasn’t recovered from a loss of an accumulated 80% of its volume, says the report.The research also anticipates a drop in the global construction machinery sales due to regional developments, even though German manufacturers are set to register a slight turnover increase of 3%.Johann Sailer, VDMA chairman, said: “This is primarily due to the strong European market.”However, growth might not be equal for all manufacturers, added Sailer: “Depending on where a company’s focuses lie individual results could still be on the negative side.”Building material machinery updateThe report from the VDMA also examines the building material plant and machinery business.The sector is subject to less instability than the construction machinery sector. Nevertheless, manufacturers depend on long-term stable growth markets and these are deficient at the moment — due to the Russian market breakdown. Only Central Europe, India and North America are rated as satisfactory.Overcapacities also present a challenge for manufacturers. When it comes to this, the sector automatically thinks about China, says the association.“We don’t expect suppliers from China to flood the market with their equipment but the trend is clear – when domestic markets are weak companies shift to export markets,” said Sailer.In addition, political and economic uncertainties are present in many sectors. “We don’t want to just keep talking about crises and many current issues do not even have a direct impact on the construction sector. But obviously, news of this kind always affect the investment climate among our customers,” said Sailer.Overall, the VDMA concluded that “the construction equipment and building material machinery industry is indeed a growth sector”.
Mercedes-Benz Vans has started construction of a new $500M plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.The new plant is an expansion of the existing 409,000sq ft van assembly site, which will cover around an additional 112,000sq m along with a 260,000sq m marshalling yard for finished vehicles.Mercedes-Benz Vans’ head of operations Frank Klein said: "Our new Sprinter plant is a big leap into the future of production at Mercedes-Benz Vans. "We are combining all of our global expertise and experience in this plant. In doing so, we make it one of the most advanced facilities in North America. The plant will meet the highest standards in quality, based on our globally standardized production system — from the first vehicle that rolls off the assembly line."The facility is scheduled to commence production before the end of the decade and create 1,300 jobs in the region.
CSX is set to build a new $160M intermodal terminal in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.The terminal, known as Carolina Connector, will transfer containerised cargo between trains and trucks and will initially process more than 260,000 containers annually,North Carolina’s governor Pat McCrory said: “This historic project is part of our 25-year vision for transportation because it facilitates efficient and cost-effective movement of goods, which is critical for job creation and economic growth.“The Carolina Connector will be a game-changer for our state’s economy, supporting North Carolina’s agriculture, ports and position as the Southeast’s No. 1 state for manufacturing jobs.”During construction, the project is expected to create 300 short-term jobs in engineering, technical services and construction. The terminal is expected to open in 2020 and create 1,500 jobs throughout North Carolina as a result of its operations.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead to a $250M wind farm project in Hettinger and Stark Counties, North Dakota.The Brady II Wind Energy Center will have a capacity of about 150MW and will comprise up to 72 wind turbines that are expected to be located in Hettinger County. Underground electrical collection systems and cables are expected to be located in Stark County.The project will cover an area of about 17,762 acres in northern Hettinger County and nearly 2,554 acres in Stark County. Permanent structures are expected to cover an area of about 74 acres during operation.Commissioner Brian Kalk said: “Each wind project is unique in some way and the Commission continues to work through issues within our jurisdiction to find the best solution for each project and at the same time respecting the role of the counties in the process.“As wind projects continue to come before us, we are committed to continue working with the Association of Counties to plan ahead for all types of energy development.” The new facility will be located adjacent to the southern boundary of the 150MW first Brady Wind project that secured the Commission’s approval last month. It will feature up to 87 turbines in Stark County.