$24M teaching hotel sought for Montana State University

Montana State University leaders are asking lawmakers to include a $24 million campus hotel for their hospitality program in next year's budget. Money is tight and so is competition from other building proposals, but after agriculture, the tourism and hospitality sector is the engine of Montana's economy. Read the Bozeman Daily Chronicle story here

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JBG Smith plans renovation, rebrand of Northern Virginia complex

JBG Smith Properties has decided to renovate, rebrand and expand a complex in Northern Virginia that is partially leased by Amazon for its HQ2. In the office where Amazon leases space, JBG Smith is proposing to create a new lower-level facade and turn 18,327 square feet into retail or office space. Read The Business Journals story here

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$100M indoor water park planned in Atlantic City, N.J.

An unnamed indoor water park resort will rise next to the Showboat hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Showboat plans to invest $100 million and is seeking a tax rebate for the project, which is due to break ground in August. Read The Press of Atlantic City story here

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Minnesota malls adapt with mixed-use plans

The owners of shopping centers such as Ridgedale Center and Rosedale Center in Minnesota are transforming the malls into mixed-use developments. Rosedale Center will feature a new boulevard, pedestrian street, green space, entertainment businesses and a possible hotel. Read the Star-Tribune story here

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Seattle hotel use for homeless shows qualified success

Moving occupants of Seattle homeless shelters into vacant hotels to stem the coronavirus spread appears to be working smoothly overall, though some municipalities in the county report problems. Cost of the program and transition to post-pandemic housing remain concerns. Read The Seattle Times story here

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New York to step up pace of major projects

New York is looking to reboot the economy in the New York City region by accelerating work on billions of dollars' worth of infrastructure projects. Read the Engineering News-Record story here

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Delta aims for early finish on LaGuardia work

Delta Air Lines hopes to take advantage of pandemic-reduced traffic at LaGuardia Airport to wind up $3.5 billion in redevelopment work much earlier than a scheduled completion date of 2026. The project, which spans 37 gates and four concourses, could entail tearing down multiple concourses simultaneously. Read the Forbes story here

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Florida picks up pace on I-395 project

The Florida Department of Transportation is accelerating work on the Interstate 395/State Road 836/Interstate 95 design-build project as the coronavirus pandemic keeps traffic down in Miami. As a result, Archer Western-de Moya Joint Venture is about four weeks ahead of schedule on concrete replacement. Read the Miami Today story here

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Stadium near LA on track for NFL preseason

Crews at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, have raised the Oculus videoboard halfway. The videoboard is visible from every seat and should be working when the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints meet during the NFL's preseason. Read the USA Today story here

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Hotel added to Apple’s Austin, Texas, campus plans

Tech giant Apple Inc. has added a new amenity to its $1 billion corporate campus under construction in Northwest Austin—a 192-room hotel. Read the CultureMap story here

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