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Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up : May 9, 2018

Wed May 09, 2018 - National Edition
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Was your week a little busy? No worries! Here is a recap of the most popular stories from our website over the past week:

Project Unites FDOT, National Park Service

The Everglades National Park is looking to provide additional freshwater sources within the swamp waters in order to improve the ecological conditions in the park itself and in the central Everglades. Having begun the project in August 2016 and planning on completion in December 2018, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and National Park Service will be completing the construction of two new bridges and making several roadway improvements. These changes will allow increased freshwater to flow from the L-29 canal into the Park.

Time-Lapse Footage Shows Construction Of State's Tallest Tower

For New Jersey's soon-to-be tallest tower at a staggering 889 feet, only a time-lapse video could do the construction process justice. Under development by China Overseas America, the new tower will be 79 floors tall when completed in 2019 and house 781 condos across 79 floors. It is located just blocks from the now-tallest tower in New Jersey, the Goldman Sachs building, which measures in at 781 feet tall.

Churchill Downs Completes $32M Renovations Ahead Of Derby Day

Last weekend, the Kentucky Derby was hosted in a newly renovated Churchill Downs. Renovations included an additional 1,800 seats, new suites, more parking, and a new grandstand. Phase two of the renovation project was slated to begin on Monday, May 7, after the completion of this year's Derby weekend. The entire project budget is estimated to cost approximately $70 million.

Recycling Is Key At Stadium Demolition Site

How does a huge demolition project meet their goal of 70% waste being recycled? Tony Flores, Manager of the CSU Facilities, undertook the project of allocating the various resources to find a second home for these materials. As a result, the steel will be sent to metal recyclers. Concrete will be crushed by rock-crushers to be used in construction jobs throughout the local area. Old turf will be repurposed for patchwork in other fields, and the plastic from stadium seats will be melted down and reused. Finally, the scoreboard will be used in another stadium.

Top Five Tech To Make Construction Easier

A technology-driven safety revolution is coming that will make current health and safety concerns on construction sites a thing of the past. How exactly is technology improving safety conditions? Robotics are increasing manpower on construction sites. Technology is helping reduce the amount of hearing issues caused on job sites by lowering the noise output from loud machines. Mobile apps are helping workers ensure that their ladders and climbing equipment are at their optimal condition for safety. New vibration-busting technology is helping construction workers avoid hand-arm vibration syndrome, which can cause numbness, tingling, and loss of nerve sensitivity.

Green Concrete Could Be Industry Game-Changer

New environmentally-friendly concrete that was recently created in the U.K. is stronger than traditional concrete and is also more elastic, more water-resistant, and a better conductor of electricity. It's touted as an "absolute game-changer." One of the major advantages of this electrically conducting, stronger concrete is that it could eventually be used on roads to help melt snow and ice in harsh winter conditions.

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