Two years ago a big celebration was held in Texas when the $60 million, 18,000 seat high school stadium was inaugurated. Now the Eagle stadium faces a major dilemma as the building might need to be torn down to fix concrete problems. Since then, major concrete cracks, identified as consequences of shrinkage problems, cannot be fixed easily leaving authorities with apparently no other option than to demolish the building. The cracks are far more than tolerable, so other options such as patching and overlays will cause additional maintenance costs and problems. The shrinkage problems can be due to numerous reasons including but not limited to improper concrete mixing, inappropriate concrete placement and other related issues. The stadium is the fourth largest high school stadium in Texas.
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Today, the New York area was shaken as two buildings have collapsed following an explosion that was felt miles away. The reasons for this accident have not been established yet as this is an going event. At least two buildings located near East 114th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem have collapsed.
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American wind generating resources reached nearly 4% of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year. Over the last years wind resources have been accounted for 30% of all new generating capacity and in some states it can exceed almost 25% of total electricity production. Wind power generated is consider the fifth largest electricity source in the U.S., according to the latest data from the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA)
. That is enough to power the equivalent of 15.5 million American homes, which is equivalent of all the residential households in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, and Ohio combined.
Miami-Dade county is likely to implement a new program that will require to hire local residents that will account for at least 50% of the total workforce at construction sites. The new regulation is to be implemented for contracts over $1 million. At this time the regulation is not mandatory but will likely form part of an important factor during request for proposals
and bid submissions. The 'Residents First' policy is not new and may counties across the nation and other jurisdictions have established similar requirements to decrease the unemployment rate as the construction industry continues to struggle. At the Miami Port Tunnel project, a $309 million construction project, local residents make up more than 80 percent of the workers.