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It’s no secret the construction industry is a constantly evolving and moving. The short of it?—it’s tough to keep up. 

Well here at RSMeans, we spend some time each week trying to stay current on what’s buzzing in construction, keeping our finger on the pulse. Here are a few articles from across the web we found particularly interesting and worth talking about.

New Surfaces Absorb Rain, Helping Property Owners, Drivers and Environment – from Government Technology

The thunderstorm had flooded Hagan Street so deeply that passing cars were pushing wakes onto the sidewalk next to Parkway Bakery and Tavern. But owner Jay Nix wasn’t upset. It just provided another opportunity to brag about the 100-car, rain-absorbing, parking lot he installed last year. It was dry. “Its performance has been awesome,” Nix said. “When you consider how much more expensive the alternatives were — concrete and asphalt — and the harm they cause to the drainage system and the lake, this was really the way to go.” Read more…

Sightlines Introduces Suite of Environmental Sustainability Solutions for College Campuses – from Yahoo Finance

Sightlines, a Gordian company, and a leader in facilities intelligence and analysis for higher education institutions, today announced the launch of a new suite of services to help colleges and universities develop, execute and report on their environmental sustainability programs. Sightlines’ sustainability solutions build on the company’s expertise in facilities benchmarking and metrics, while effectively responding to the growing emphasis placed on campus sustainability initiatives at higher education institutions. Read more…

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in the U.S. – May 2016 – from ConstructConnect

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. in May 2016. There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when jobsite work actually gets underway. And, as showcase projects, they highlight geographically where major construction projects are proceeding. Read more… 

What 'Space Archaeology' Can Teach Us about Megacities, Past and Present – from CityLab

Satellite imagery and lasers are generating stunning new finds at sites like Angkor and Petra.Earlier this month, archaeologists announced new finds at the site of Angkor in Cambodia—the medieval temple complex that includes the famed Angkor Wat. Researchers have discovered vast networks of cities surrounding the complex that would have been in their heyday in the 12th century. The largest of these cities may even rival the contemporary capital of Phnom Penh in size. Read more…

18 Incredible Facts about Elon Musk's Gigafactory – Tech Insider

Elon Musk has lofty ambitions for Tesla during the next few years. By the end of 2017, the company aims to begin production of its more affordable Model 3. And by 2020 it plans to ramp up production to build as many as one million vehicles per year, an ambitious goal considering the company only produced a little more than 50,000 vehicles in 2015. For any of this to be possible, though, Tesla must first complete its Gigafactory, a giant battery plant appropriately located on Electric Avenue in Sparks, Nevada. Read more…