Northeastern to build state-of-the-art science and engineering complex
- Scheduled for completion in fall 2016
- 220,000 square feet, 6 stories
- Colleges of Science, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Computer and Information Science
- In place of surface parking lot on Columbus Avenue
After much deliberation about whether they should vote on the Mohegan Sun casino proposal for the Revere side of the Suffolk Downs racetrack, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission did not make a decision on the plan, vowing to come back next week with a ruling.
Ludlow became the 1st surrounding community to sign a mitigation agreement with MGM Resorts International for its proposed Springfield casino after members of the town Select Board endorsed the pact at Tuesday’s meeting.
Three states of matter
Boston has the second largest waste water treatment plant in the world
Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant — Boston, USA. Capacity: 1.27 billion gallons per day. Owner: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). Driven by a federal court order in 1986 to end the discharge of 500 million gallons of poorly treated wastewater a year into Boston Harbor, the MWRA launched an 11-year, $3.6 billion program to upgrade treatment for the greater Boston area. ICF Kaiser Engineers provided construction management. Three pump stations bring the influent, which flows through grit chambers and then is routed to 48 primary treatment clarifiers. Secondary treatment is accomplished using both gravity treatment and an oxygen-activated sludge system, handled by twelve 140-ft tall, 90-ft dia egg-shaped sewage sludge digesters, the largest digesters in North America at that time. The methane produced by digestion is fed to a generator, producing 3MW of electricity. The sludge is dried further and processed into fertilizer pellets. 75 tons per day of the pellets are produced, and sold to blenders of agricultural fertilizers, landscapers, and golf courses. Following primary and secondary treatment, the wastewater undergoes disinfection to kill bacteria, first mixing it with sodium hypochlorite, followed by adding sodium bisulfite to dechlorinate the water so that the discharge will not threaten marine organisms. The plant includes both a five-mile-long, 14-ft dia underwater tunnel bringing influent from the Nut Island primary treatment plant, and a 9.5-mile long, 24-ft dia outfall tunnel to deposit the treated effluent into Massachusetts Bay. The plant handles sewage from 2.5 million people in 43 communities in the greater Boston area.
Grand Canyon filled with clouds
Building Permits in U.S. Jump to Five-Year High
Building permits climbed in October to the highest level in more than five years, signaling the U.S. residential real-estate market will strengthen in 2014.
The data indicated multifamily units are poised to lead the advance in homebuilding in coming months as construction companies look past higher borrowing costs and proceed with larger projects.
(Article source http://bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-26/building-permits-in-u-s-jump-to-five-year-high.html)
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50-foot circle of ice found spinning in North Dakota river