Editor’s Note

Dear Readers,

Thanks for tuning into our winter edition of American Infrastructure magazine in which we apply an environmental focus on our feature articles.

First up, we have The Javits Convention Center, named after New York Senator Jacob K. Javits. It showcases nearly two million square feet of convention space and recently achieved LEED Silver certification after its renovation. Next is LA Metro, which is completing the final steps in its expansion of the Expo Line, and will add five additional stations that will end in downtown Santa Monica, Calif. We also have the Kelly Butte Water Reservoir project, which will allow Portland to comply with federal rules that will lead to the three Mount Tabor open reservoirs being disconnected from the city’s water system. We are also featuring Route 52 Causeway replacement project in Ocean City, N.J., and U.S. 60 Corridor improvement project in Arizona.

One of my favorite parts of this magazine is the Retrospective feature we run each issue. Let me tell you, I was no history buff in school—in fact, it put me to sleep. However, as an adult I appreciate learning about all that has happened in the past to bring us to where we are today. With this being said, the history of The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington is fascinating. In 1940 (four months after it opened), it collapsed in a 42-mile-per-hour windstorm. Turn to the back of the magazine to see how Washington DOT brought it back to life and its use today.

A big ‘Thank you’ to all of our state and city officials who contributed with us this issue—it’s a pleasure to have you! From the state standpoint, we have a message from Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana. It’s exciting to learn that over the last three years, Indiana has added more than 135,000 jobs and unemployment has dropped from 8.4 percent to 4.4 percent—the lowest rate the state has seen since 2001. We also hear from Charlie Hales, Mayor of the City of Portland, who says the city is leveraging their infrastructure investments creatively to pursue a goal of placemaking. Also sharing with us is Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland, who claims the secret to the city’s success is strategic focus in leveraging their infrastructure assets to establish effective public and private partnerships.

As always, thank you to all of our wonderful contributors and advertisers. And a special thanks to you, the reader, because you keep coming back for more!

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