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Chattanooga Seating Systems Expands Chattanooga, Tennessee, Manufacturing Center

. The company plans to create 190 jobs in Hamilton County. A joint venture of Magna Seating and Hollingsworth Logistics, Chattanooga Seating Systems manufactures and supplies seats for vehicles assembled at Volkswagen Chattanooga. With this expansion, the company will be updating the facility to make room for new equipment. Chattanooga Seating will also be adding additional space to the facility by utilizing an unoccupied building near its current facility. “On this expansion project we have been fortunate to work with many talented and committed people at the state and local level who understand our business and help achieve common goals,” Hollingsworth Logistics CEO Stephen Barr said. “We are pleased to be able to bring additional jobs and investment to the Chattanooga community, and we look forward to continued success in the service of our customer, Volkswagen.” “Tennessee employs more in the automotive sector than any other state in the Southeast and...
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Best Buy Chooses San Marcos, Texas, For E-Commerce Operations

Related Research Best Buy, a leading provider of technology products, services and solutions, has selected a 20,000 square foot building for an e-commerce sales operation at 900 Bugg Lane in San Marcos, Texas . “We’re pleased to have reached an agreement to bring this e-commerce sales operation to the City of San Marcos and Hays County,” said Best Buy spokesman Shane Kitzman. “Not only will it provide local jobs, but this partnership will also benefit the City, County and Best Buy.” According to the Greater San Marcos Partnership, the pre-existing building on Bugg Lame has been vacant since Fall 2014. After the 2015 Memorial Day flood, San Marcos-based Grande Communications occupied the site for a brief time due to flood damage to their existing facility. As a result of Grande’s temporary location, the building was upgraded with state of the art infrastructure that met the needs of Best...
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Contractor Enjoys Dramatic Growth by Giving Its Level Best

  The founders of Sunnyvale-based Level 10 Construction set some rather ambitious goals for their new company when it debuted in September 2011. Though the Bay Area’s post-recession construction boom was only just finding momentum, a revenue target of $500 million within the first five years seemed achievable to the firm. Another objective was to make an immediate impression on prospective clients by establishing an across-the-board reputation for consistent performance at the upper end of the conceptual “1 to 10” rating scale—the inspiration for the firm’s name. Not yet four years old, Level 10 has done all that, and more. Having eclipsed its original revenue target by nearly $123 million last year, Level 10 says it is on track to reach $750 million in 2015, thanks in part to high-profile projects such as the $540-million, 802-ft-tall 181 Fremont residential and office tower in San Francisco; the $578-million Moffett Place mixed-use campus...
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First P3 Roadway in California Earns a Green Rating

California’s first public-private partnership for road construction used a temporary bypass and creative scheduling to speed up replacement of a 70-year-old seismically vulnerable access to San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The $1-billion project peaked last month when a tightly orchestrated, three-day closure made way for traffic to move onto a new permanent roadway after seven years of phased construction. The 1.5-mile section of Highway 101, known as Doyle Drive, built in 1936, carries 100,000 cars a day and serves as the main route following the bay shore from the north coast through Presidio Park, a former military base, and into San Francisco. The new transition, also known as Presidio Parkway, includes an elevated interchange from the bridge toll plaza, two sets of tunnels and two sets of elevated viaducts. The California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans), San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and the Federal Highway Administration worked with the Golden...
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Red Hot Markets Fuel Opportunities for Largest Contractors

Contractors continue to be optimistic, with solid backlogs in multiple marketsectors driving a hunt for top talent among firms
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Officials Float New Bay Delta Water Conveyance Plan



The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Dept. of Water Resources (CWR) offered additional detail to their revised plan to build a $15-billion water conveyance system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Officials released a revised draft environmental-impact report and statement   for the new plan, known as California WaterFix. Designed to eliminate the difficulty of obtaining a 50-year permit both to perform habitat restoration and to construct the new water intake system, the two elements have now been split into separate efforts. Photos courtesy of California Natural Resources Agency Engineering revisions include elimination of two concrete-lined sedimentation basins, to be replaced by earthen bays (above). The preferred plan includes three pumping plants (below). ----- Advertising ----- Critics were quick to dismiss the revisions as “misguided.” Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA), who is also an engineer, said that he “will continue to oppose any proposal that fails to protect the health of the...
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Deadly Berkeley Balcony Collapse Prompts Code Changes


The city of Berkeley has implemented a host of new construction ordinances intended to prevent future balcony collapses like the one that killed six young people and injured seven more on June 16. Photo by AP A worker inspects the remaining wood of a balcony that collapsed in June due to dry rot. ----- Advertising ----- According to a report released June 23 by city's Building and Safety staff, the structural collapse of the fourth-floor cantilevered balcony occurred because "the deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall appeared to be severely dry-rotted." City inspectors, along with structural engineers from Miyamoto International and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., observed at the accident scene that the joists had completely sheared off approximately 16 to 20 inches from the exterior building face, and they found a torn Bituthene membrane hanging over the joist ends. The five-story, 176-unit Library Gardens apartment building where the...
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Kleinfelder CEO Talks Risk Transfer, Infrastructure Needs



Photo courtesy of Kleinfelder President & CEO Bill Siegel Photo courtesy of Kleinfelder Kleinfelder provided engineering services for the Carlsbad Desalination Plant in San Diego. ----- Advertising ----- Kleinfelder is a California success story. Since its founding in the City of Stockton in 1961 by Jim Kleinfelder, the engineering, architecture, and science consulting firm has grown from a small single office into a global company with 69 locations around the world and nearly 2,000 employee-owners. This year the company, now headquartered in San Diego, was ranked No. 43 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) 2015 Top 500 Design Firms list.   ENR California recently spoke with Bill Siegel, Kleinfelder president and CEO, to discuss the company's California work, current trends in construction engineering, and the outlook for the industry.  ENR California: How is business for Kleinfelder in California? Bill Siegel: Overall we are doing well in California, but we are finding some uneven...
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Transportation Hub Will Be a Safe Haven

A crane on a trestle lifts an architectural steel assembly, including a 9-ft-tall cast node, into place along the perimeter of the $4.5-billion Transbay Transit Center, which is taking shape in seismically active San Francisco. The node picks, followed by more steel tubes that link to form a four-and-a-half-block-long exoskeleton, is repeated more than 300 times. The lateral-load-resisting system will allow immediate reoccupancy of the 1,425-ft x 171-ft "groundscraper" after the "Big One." The architect for the five-level bus-and-rail hub calls the 304 expressed custom nodes, which weigh from 2 tons to 23 tons each, robust and muscular. "We are trying not to let them look light or delicate because they are anything but [that]," says designer Fred Clarke, senior principal with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCPA). Designated an essential facility by the city, the four-and-a-half-block hub must be available for "immediate occupancy after what we're calling a 975-year earthquake," says...
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