Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced Aug. 13 that construction of Car Free Lanes on 7th Street NW and M Street SE will begin Aug. 17, weather permitting. According to DDOT Director Jeff Marootian, the project is part of a year-long effort to improve bus performance and safety throughout the District, thus fulfilling a commitment of D.C.

Scientists first came up with the idea of using superconducting magnets to levitate a train car above a concrete guideway to dramatically increase both its speed and power. These electromagnets are cooled to extreme temperatures during use, which greatly boosts the power of the magnetic field.

Salem-based Carter Machinery, a Caterpillar Inc. dealer, announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Baltimore-based Alban Tractor Co. Inc. effective Feb. 4, 2020. In connection with the acquisition, Carter Machinery will become the Cat dealer in an expanded service territory that will now include Northern Virginia; Washington D.C.; Maryland; and Delaware.

The first Potain MDT 809 in the United States is deployed on a job site in Washington D.C. Launched at bauma 2019, the new Potain crane has been purchased by the Owings Mills, Md.-based construction company Schuster Concrete Construction (Schuster) and is helping to build the "City Ridge" development, which is a project that will transform the former Fannie Mae headquarters into an urban village.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is nearing the end of a full platform reconstruction and major station improvements to the six Blue and Yellow Metrorail line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Stations involved are Braddock Road, King Street-Old Town, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield.

Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia were under a flash flood emergency issue on July 8, as heavy rains reported as a month's worth in approximately an hour caused flooding. In the city of Baltimore, Md., a 12-in. main on Howard Street near Pratt Street ruptured early July 8.

At the end of November in Washington, D.C., Children's National Health System began work on a historical renovation construction project that will result in a pediatric research and innovation campus with a focus on pediatric medicine. The new Children's National Research and Innovation Campus is located on the campus of the historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in Washington, D.C.

A 247-room Holiday Inn Express hotel will break ground in Washington, D.C.'s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Birchington LLC, owned by Habte Sequar, closed on a construction loan from Atlanta-based Stonehill Strategic Capital to commence construction on the $93 million project.

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P. (HFF) has secured joint venture equity and construction financing totaling $191.8 million for the development of Phase I of Bryant Street, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development in northeast Washington, D.C. HFF worked on behalf of the developer, MRP Realty, to arrange a $59.8 million joint venture equity partnership with FRP Development Corp.

No surprise: running neck-deep inside a building that moves up to 800 tons of construction and demolition debris (C&D) every day is going to be tough on a machine. Just ask Sun Services, a C&D recycling facility serving communities in the Beltway region of Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C.

The Federal Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation made available on April 17 a 505-page draft version of an environmental assessment for the proposed Washington D.C., to Baltimore Loop Project — the first step in a joint federal-state review of what the U.S.