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The 111-story Guangzhou CTF Financial Center tower is under construction in Southern China. The building will feature the world’s fastest elevators when it opens in 2016. It will take just 43 seconds in the elevator to reach the 95th floor of the tower, and riders’ ears will not pop along the way.

Spring floods are causing major problems for residents of New Brunswick, Canada. The video below shows a bridge being moved three to six feet by large chucks of ice trying to flow underneath the bridge. The Canadian Broadcasting Company also captured footage of an 87-year-old covered bridge being swept down the Canaan River by the floodwaters.

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Construction on the world’s tallest building, the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to begin this week. The Kingdom Tower will measure 3,280 feet tall once completed and will feature a 98-foot terrace on the 157th floor. The building will measure 568 feet taller than the world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tower is expected to cost $1.23 billion and take five years to construct.

Brazilian officials unveiled their $10.76 billion legacy budget today for the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro. The money will be spent on projects relating to infrastructure, mobility, urbanization, and sports facilities either motivated or accelerated by the games but not directly related to holding the Summer Olympics. The budget is 25% higher than originally planned, but Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes attributes the increase to adding new projects and 6% inflation since 2009.  There have been mounting concerns over Rio’s level of preparedness for the summer games due to the slow rate of progress on construction projects, but the budget announcement is supposed to quell some of the fears about Brazil not being ready in time.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:16

Harmon Tower to be Demolished Floor by Floor

The Harmon Hotel and Condominium Tower was supposed to be the centerpiece of MGM Resorts International’s $8.5 billion CityCenter development. Instead, the building stands unfinished on the Las Vegas, Nevada strip wrapped in a $1 million tarp designed to make the building look functional. All construction work on the inside of the building has been halted since 2008 as legal battles have been fought between the building’s design engineers, contractors, and owner. The Harmon’s $30 million floor-by-floor demolition received approval from a Clark County court in August 2013.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:43

Video: Milton-Madison Bridge Truss Slide

The Milton-Madison Bridge spanning the Ohio River and connecting Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana made history last Thursday, as it became the longest bridge in North America to be slid laterally into place. Workers spent many hours on Thursday sliding the half-mile-long bridge into place from temporary piers adjacent to the permanent piers. The 30 million pound span was pushed 55 feet using steel cables and eight computerized hydraulic jacks.

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn unveiled his six-year, $8.6 billion infrastructure plan to improve roads and bridges throughout the state on Wednesday.  The six-year program allocates $5.82 billion for state highway improvements and $2.77 billion for local transportation. The Governor believes that his plan will “create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.”