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ENR Midwest Watch List 2015
The trends, issues and players shaping regional activity this year.

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2014 Watch List
The issues and firms in play in the coming year.

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03/27/15 Northwestern University Readies for Launch of $220-M Sports Complex

Permit request submitted to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
03/25/15 ODOT to Spend $2.4B on Projects This Year

Plans include agency's first P3 project.
03/20/15 Suburban Chicago High School Set for $100-M Overhaul

Project to be undertaken over three summers and two school years.
03/19/15 Demand for Design Services Dips in Midwest

AIA index shows modest decline in February.
02/26/15 Caterpillar's $250-Million Global Headquarters Takes Shape

Construction is expected to take the better part of a decade to build the entire campus.
02/19/15 'Engineering Mistake' May Have Led to Fatal Ohio Ramp Collapse, Contractor Says

Documents indicate alterations to demolition plans prior to collapse.
02/16/15 Wis. Gov. Wants to Debt-finance $1.3 billion in Transportation Projects

Proposed cuts in university construction would help lower cap on borrowing.
02/16/15 Ill. Takes Lead Among LEED-certified States

State ranked first for second-consecutive year.
01/29/15 Ill. Added 20,000 Construction Jobs in December

Increase fourth largest among U.S. states.
01/27/15 Demand for Design Services Rises in Midwest

Key index shows rebound after November slide.
01/22/15 Ill. Gov. Reauthorizes More Than $1B in Tollway Projects

Other planned road projects remain on hold.
01/21/15 Cincinnati Ramp Collapse Kills Construction Worker, Injures Driver

Crews were preparing to demolish ramp when collapse occurred.
12/29/14 41-Story Tower Latest to Fuel Chicago Apartment Boom

Similar activity occurring in metro areas across the Midwest.
12/26/14 Demand for Design Services Declines in Midwest

Declines occurred in all regions in November
12/23/14 Chicago Commission Greenlights 67-Story Residential Tower

Second downtown high-rise to be announced in a week.
12/22/14 Ill. Construction Industry Extends Hiring Streak

State among top five job gainers in November.
11/26/14 Contract Awarded for $164M Chicago Arena

Revised scheme brings project closer in line with budget.
11/25/14 Ill. Sees Strong Gains in Construction Employment

State trailed only Florida, Texas and California in October.
11/21/14 Milwaukee Mayor Maps Out Plan to Keep Streetcar Project Moving

TIF financing would cover costs of relocating utilities for the $123.9-million project.
11/19/14 Midwest Backlogs Point to Continuing Growth in Region

Backlogs grew by nearly 13% in quarter-over-quarter comparisons.
10/30/14 Construction Employment Rises in Metro Areas Across Region

Stronger showing raises concerns about labor shortages.
10/29/14 Iowa Loses $1.4B Plant Project to Illinois

Undertaking will bring up to 2,000 construction jobs to central Illinois.
10/24/14 $255M Chicago-Moline Rail Line Under Way

Initial phase focusing on suburban rail yard.
10/22/14 Indy's Angie's Adds $40M Expansion to Its List

Plans include renovations to a former manufacturing facility.
09/30/14 Despite Lawsuit, Work Begins on $575M Makeover of Wrigley Field

Initial phase focuses on seating, signage.
09/23/14 Residential Tower to Complete Development of Chicago's Block 37

Prominent parcel has been underutilized for decades.
09/22/14 Ill. Among Top Gainers in Construction Employment in August

Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin also see gains.
09/18/14 WBE Firm Selected to Design Indy Office Tower

Completed tower to house as many as 400 employees
08/29/14 Insurance Giant Breaks Ground on $450M Milwaukee Tower

The 1.1-million-sq-ft facility will stand among city's tallest structures.
08/27/14 Midwest Construction Backlogs Hit 18-Month High

Energy and industrial sectors should lead to improving conditions.
08/13/14 Ill., Ind. See Construction Employment Gains Amid 'Choppy' Recovery

Other Midwest states see declines in month-to-month comparisons.
07/29/14 Design Team Selected For Chicago's George Lucas Museum

Chinese firm will design the building, a Chicago firm its landscaping.
07/23/14 Ill. Gov. Signs $1.1B Bill For Road Repairs

Program will create more than 14,000 jobs.
07/15/14 Hotel Developer Sought for Chicago's Navy Pier

Pier operator seeking to make venue a year-round attraction.
07/11/14 Chicago Landmarks Commission Approves Larger Renovation Plan for Wrigley Field

$575-million plan includes more signage, commercial uses, than earlier scheme.
06/19/14 Midwest's Construction Backlogs Trail Other Regions

Poorly performing metro markets among the reasons, ABC says.
06/18/14 Indy Tunnel Worker's Death Ruled an Accident

Worker sustained a head injury while working on project.
06/16/14 Construction Worker Dies on Indy Deep Tunnel Project

Cause of death under investigation.
05/28/14 Cubs Unveil Updated Plans for Wrigley Field Renovations

Plans will add an additional $75 million to half-a-billion-dollar project.
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