Site Prep

The Wilmington, N.C., metro area, situated in both New Hanover and Pender counties, experienced significant growth over the past decade, experiencing a 15.5 percent rise in population from 2010 to 2018, ranking 49th in the nation. "They're the fastest growing counties in the state," stated Alex Stewart, resident engineer of Division 3 of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

After years of planning, the University of Idaho has finally broken ground on a dedicated basketball arena. Scheduled for completion in 2021, the 62,000-sq.-ft. Idaho Central Credit Union Arena will be the new home for Vandals' basketball, regional tournaments, lectures, as well as "small and mid-size" events, other cultural and special events, concerts and conventions, said Guy Esser, project architect of the University.

Rudolph Libbe Inc., of the Rudolph Libbe Group, has made solid progress on the construction of the multi-million dollar, 82,500-sq. ft. combined headquarters, manufacturing facility and warehouse building for U.S. COEXCELL in Maumee, Ohio. The work started last May and will be completed in early 2020.

A $6 billion project known as Lincoln Yards will transform a former industrial site in Chicago's North Branch Corridor into a mixed-use community that includes new and improved infrastructure and transportation, businesses and residences, parks and open spaces.

Construction of a new open-air stadium that will serve as an investment in Birmingham's future is finally underway in north central Alabama. Protective Stadium, a $174 million undertaking, is located on an 18-acre site adjacent to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) north of I-59/20 downtown.

Designed to serve as an elegant landmark, the new Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago, Ind., will alleviate traffic congestion and enhance transport connectivity in northwestern Indiana when it opens in 2020. The 6,200-ft. bridge will stand at the same height above Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal as the original bridge, with 9-ft.

As part of a larger vision, Alabama construction crews are working on a project that will completely change the landscape of U.S. Highway 31 in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. Renovations to Wald Park include two new swimming pools, tennis courts and green space, as well as upgrades to ball fields, a dog park and the addition of Miracle Fields — the first parks and recreation space in the city created to accommodate children with special needs.

Currently under construction just outside Las Vegas, MSG Sphere at The Venetian will serve as a state-of-the-art entertainment venue when it makes its highly anticipated debut. Crews in Paradise, Nev., are making steady progress on the spectacular, multi-million dollar structure, which was designed using cutting-edge technologies to revolutionize entertainment.

Phase 2 of the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) First Coast Expressway project (FCE) is underway and expected to be delivered in mid-2025. Back in March, crews from Sacyr Construction USA LLC first began working on the north segment of the job, a $229 million contract that is being funded by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise.

Peak construction will begin within the next month at the $1.6 billion Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A. Inc. (MTMUS) facility in Huntsville, Ala., (Limestone County). At that time, up to 2,500 workers will be on site and 70 percent of those workers will be from the state of Alabama.

Two yellow masts peek high above the jam-packed city streets of Brooklyn, N.Y. While it was not obvious to passersby, Urban Foundation/Engineering was using two Bauer BG drilling rigs from Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) to literally conquer an underground boulder field in preparation for a 25-story residential building known as 18 Sixth Avenue.