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BIM Integration Congress Takes Place in August

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- BIM and VDC experts from construction, designer and owners companies across North America, including Balfour Beatty, Sutter Health, McCarthy Building Companies, AECOM, VEGA Architecture, the California High-Speed Rail Authority and many more will converge in San Francisco, California Aug. 26-27 for the BIM Integration Congress.

Construction Spending in May Reaches Highest Level Since 2008

Construction spending climbed in May to the highest level since October 2008, according to a recent analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that those spending gains could be at risk unless all levels of government strengthen programs to develop the construction workforce.

Turner Construction Company Project Recognized as Sports Facility of the Year

The Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, has been named sports facility of the year by 2015 Sports Business Awards.

The project team — led by a Turner-Devcon joint venture — used a Design-Build approach to accelerate the construction process and deliver on a promise to turn over the stadium in time for the 49ers’ first 2014 preseason game – a mere two years after the start of schematic designs.

Skanska Renovates, Expands Tampa International Airport

Skanska has signed a supplemental contract to renovate and expand the Tampa International Airport Main Terminal building in Tampa, Florida. The contract is worth $60 million.

Sluggish U.S. Construction Industry Shows No Signs of Momentum

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Rider Levett Bucknall reports that the mainland U.S. construction industry continued its slow growth forward in the last quarter, with no signs of gaining momentum. The report also states that activity for construction put-in-place increased just 1.7 percent above June 2014 figures while the unemployment rate for construction laborers increased during the same period, falling to 7.5 percent in April 2015. The firm reported its findings in its newly released Second Quarter 2015 USA Construction Cost Report.

AGC Reports on Construction Employment May Year-Over-Year

Construction employment expanded in 205 metro areas, declined in 101 and was stagnant in 52 between May 2014 and May 2015, according to a new analysis of federal employment data recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted even though the majority of metro areas are still adding construction jobs, the number of gainers has decreased to the lowest level since April 2013.

Clark's LA Courthouse Team Unveils 'Floating' Cube

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Clark's Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse project team achieved a major milestone last month, completing the 'let-down' of the building. The design-build team, which includes architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has been planning for this milestone since the 'floating cube' structure was conceived three years ago.

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