Monday, June 26, 2017

ARTBA Reports: Federal Airport Construction Program Funding Only Meeting 50% of Identified Needs, New Analysis Find

$32 Billion in Project Improvements Required over Next 5 Years, Airports Say

A new analysis of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data finds that current airport construction funding levels are only half of what is necessary to make safety improvements and help reduce runway congestion.

The analysis, conducted by American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, comes as the U.S. House and Senate are expected to debate legislation to reauthorize the FAA and the nation’s aviation programs.

The FAA awarded $3.29 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants to U.S. states and territories in 2016, ARTBA’s analysis shows. Airports used 68 percent of those funds—$2.26 billion—for infrastructure investments. This included the construction, rehabilitation, expansion or improvement of taxiways, aprons, runways and airport access roads.

Grants were awarded to 1,398 airports in 2016, accounting for 41 percent of the nearly 3,400 airports that are eligible for AIP funding. These airports have identified a total of about $6.5 billion annually—or $32.4 billion over the next five years—for projects that could be eligible for AIP grants, according to FAA. Current AIP funding will only cover half of the cost of all potential projects.

“These types of projects and other airport infrastructure needs can be addressed by increasing Airport Improvement Program investment—which has be held flat for the past six years—and increasing or lifting the cap on the passenger facility charge,” Black says. “We think both are needed and needed now.”

States receiving the most grants in 2016 included:

California ($262M)

Texas ($243.8M)

Alaska ($215M)

Illinois ($179.6M)

Florida ($178.4M)

New York ($130M)

Georgia ($94M)

Colorado ($79.6M)

Louisiana ($77.7M)

Missouri ($77.7M)Grants ranged between $15,000 and $36 million, averaging $1.86 million per project. About one-third were for $1 million or more. The largest 2016 AIP grant was $36 million to improve the runway safety area at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Other major airports using AIP grants for runway construction and rehabilitation included: Chicago O’Hare International (ORD), Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) and Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW).

Historically, primary airports receive most of the AIP funding, accounting for 69 percent of the value of grants in 2016. Projects were also funded at general aviation (20 percent), reliever (7 percent) and commercial service airports (4 percent).

Major airports that have identified AIP eligible projects over the next five years are:  Chicago O’Hare International (ORD, $741M)

George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH, $626M)

Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT, $511M)

Tampa International (TPA, $477M)

LaGuardia (LGA, $436M)

Los Angeles International (LAX, $389M)

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL, $381M)

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI, $357M)

Philadelphia International (PHL, $323M)

San Diego International (SAN, $313M) ARTBA has compiled a state-by-state breakdown of AIP grants and funding needs by airport. It’s available at
Established in 1902, ARTBA represents the U.S. transportation design and construction industry in the Nation’s Capital

Free Printable: Just Keep Swimming

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Hey Remodelaholic readers! It’s Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic with a fresh new FREE printable graphic for the summer season. Memorial Day has officially come and gone, and now days are getting longer, nights are getting shorter and the weather is getting warmer – much, much warmer. Do you know what that means? Pool season is in full effect.

After being cooped up all winter, the family certainly loves to get outside in the summertime. For me this means lazy days sitting pool-side while reading a good book and basking in the summer sun.

Inspired by summer water adventures, this month’s FREE printable features a fun quote from the movie Finding Nemo. I took design cues from vintage pool signs and advertisements to bring you a bright, colorful print that is perfect for summer. I can just picture it hanging in a cute little lake house or as pool-side decor. However, since I don’t have either a lake house or a pool in my budget just yet (#futuregoals), I plan to use my print as a fun, summery reminder to “just keep swimming” towards my goals.

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Like usual, you’re all set up with several standard frame sizes (8×10, 5×7 and 4×6). Simply download the PDF, click print, and trim it out to fit your favorite frame.

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Be sure to check back next month for another FREE printable graphic. If you missed my previous graphics, you can always find all of them here alongside home mockups, mood boards, and other decor inspiration.

When I’m not writing at Remodelaholic, you can also find me at my blog AD Aesthetic. There I have joined forces with my friend, Ashley to bring you more freebies, mockups, inspiration and other design related fun. Be sure to visit us at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Until next time,

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table with Faux Metal Base

Hey Remodelaholics, I’m so glad to be popping in today to share all of the details for building this DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table. You can find me blogging on the regular over at This Mamas Dance– where I tackle DIY’s, builds, and design projects.DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 13 This Mamas Dance

This coffee table has been on my to do list for far too long, and I am so happy I finally got the supplies rounded up to put it together.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 15 This Mamas DanceI am sure you have seen the steel base coffee tables in all of the furniture stores- I decided to try a hack using 2×2 cedar balusters intended for deck rails, and the entire base came in at about $20. It’s amazing how some matte black spray paint made this look like steel. I wanted the table top to be the star, so I chose chunky reclaimed 2×12’s. These boards didn’t look like much, but with a good cleaning and a coat of mineral oil they are simply stunning. We were able to salvage these from a reno project, but if you can’t get your hands on authentic reclaimed wood you can always recreate the look with some deck boards, nails and a hammer- add a few layers of stain, and voila! I’ve got an entire tutorial on getting a reclaimed wood look with new boards over on my blog which you can check out here.

I used that technique for the industrial pipe shelves in our colorful kids bathroom which you can find here on Remodelaholic.

Now that we have gone over some options for the top…

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How to Build a Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table with Faux Metal Base

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Let’s get building! For this project you will need the following:

DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 1 This Mamas DanceSupply List

  • 8 – 2×2 48″ Cedar Balusters
  • 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Reclaimed Wood (between 1 and 2 inches thick)
  • Matte Black Spray Paint
  • Wood Filler

Tool List

  • Drill
  • Pocket Hole Jig and Bit (for drilling out pocket holes) 
  • Chop Saw
  • Sand Paper
  • Clamps

Building the Base

DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 8 This Mamas DanceThe finished dimensions for your table base will greatly depend on the room it will be sitting in. I wanted a rather large table. The finished dimensions of the top are about 33″ wide by 50″ long. You will also want to take into account the reclaimed wood you are using, so that you don’t have to rip your boards down. Once I determined the size of the top I settled on a base that measures approximately 47 1/2″ by 31 1/2″. Standard coffee table height is between 16 and 18″. Mine comes in just above 18″.

Step 1: Measure and Cut

To create the same sized table the cut list is as follows

  • 4-2×2’s @ 16 3/8″ (vertical corners)
  • 4-2×2’s @ 28 3/4″ (horizontal top and bottom ends)
  • 4- 2×2’s @ 45 1/2″ (horizontal top and bottom interior rails)
  • 3- 2×12’s cut at 53′ (for the table top)

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Step 2: Build End Legs

Assemble the leg ends by building a rectangle with 2-16 3/8″ pieces and 2- 28 3/4″ pieces. First clamp the 2×2 down and drill pocket holes into the 28 3/4″ pieces. Assemble the end legs using wood glue on the ends and 2 1/2″ pocket screws. Make sure your pocket holes face the inside of the coffee table base.DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 4 This Mamas DanceDIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 5 This Mamas DanceDIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 6 This Mamas Dance

Once you have assembled one end leg you will duplicate the process.

Step 3: Attach End Legs using Horizontal Top and Bottom Rails 

For this step clamps come in very handy! I love using clamps, especially because I am often working solo on these types of projects. 

Drill a set of pocket holes on each 45 1/2″ 2×2. Attach the horizontal rails in the same manner you did the previous pieces, using glue and pocket screws To conceal your pocket holes you can place one set of holes so they will be directly under the table top, and one set of holes so that they will be facing the ground. DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 7 This Mamas Dance

Step 4: Fill Holes and Paint the Base

Fill all holes with wood filler and allow to dry completely. Gently sand the entire base, then apply two coats of matte black spray paint.

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Assemble the Top

DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 14 This Mamas DanceTo assemble the top I drilled pocket holes along both sides of my centre board. Apply wood glue to the seams, and fastened using pocket screws. We recently purchased some massive clamps, but if you don’t have clamps just grab someone to help apply pressure to the board while you screw it in so that you get a nice tight seal.DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 10 This Mamas Dance

Once your top is assembled it is time to attach it to the base of the table. Simply pre drill holes along the top rails of the base, and screw into the table top from the bottom. It is very important that you pre-drill these holes to prevent splitting. I put 4 holes along the 2 long sides, and 2 holes along the short ends.DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 17 This Mamas Dance

As mentioned I just gave my boards a good cleaning, then applied a coat of mineral oil to the tops and sides. Here are the boards prior to oiling:DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 11 This Mamas DanceDIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 19 This Mamas Dance

And the same boards with a coat of oil. The intensity of the oil will fade over time, but I wanted to make sure the wood was protected from spills. I’m glad I did seal it, as I spilled a cup of coffee all over the surface just before I grabbed these photos- but it wiped up without issue.DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 16 This Mamas DanceFeature DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 21 This Mamas DanceDIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 18 This Mamas DanceDIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table 12 This Mamas Dance

I love that this table can work with a variety of styles- from transitional to modern and everything in between. I’m also pretty happy with my “steel base” hack- and that I was able to build this table for about $20 as we had the old boards in our wood pile. Of course, if you need to purchase wood for the top it will come in a bit higher, but it will still cost much less than purchasing something from a furniture retailer.

I hope you enjoyed this project. If you try building this we’d love to see the finished project on facebook, or tag us on instagram using #imaremodelaholic.

-Miss Ash

How To Build A Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table With A Faux Metal Base | beginner-friendly building tutorial | pocket hole jig | spray paint

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Topcon introduces new 10-inch touchscreen display for construction machine control

Topcon Machine Control

Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of the latest addition to its longstanding line of touchscreen control boxes for construction machine automation — the GX-75. With its 10-inch touch screen, the system is designed to offer a large and easy-to-use display for operators.

“The GX-75 is the largest touchscreen display for Topcon construction machine control ever available,” said Kris Maas, director of construction product management. “Its 10-inch, bright, rugged and sunlight-readable screen allows operators in the cab to see more of the project file, at once, in practically any weather condition.

“It is also a perfect system for operators using the Sitelink3D monitoring and management service to instantly communicate job site progress to the office in real time, as well as quickly receive updated plans and job files,” he said.

The Topcon is currently available for use with dozer, motor grader and excavator machine control systems. It comes with a standard lock connector used with previous Topcon control boxes, allowing for backward compatibility.

“The display also includes LED light bars that allow operators to easily see where they are in relation to grade with just a glance,” said Maas.

The GX-75 includes an adjustable mounting backpack designed to provide versatility — whether an operator prefers to view project information on the left, right or center of the cab.

Additional features include integrated virus protection, and easily-accessible USB ports for saving and downloading job files.

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Wells Fargo Reports: Leading Index Climbs Higher in May

The Leading Economic Index (LEI) continued its upward march in May, consistent with our expectations for a continued moderate expansion. The coincident and lagging indices were both modestly higher as well.

Everyone is Lending a Hand

  • The LEI increased 0.3 percent in May, marking its ninth consecutive month recording a gain. Eight of the components added to the topline figure, while only one subtracted from it.
  • Building permits was the only component that weighed on the index, shaving off 0.15 percentage points from the topline figure. This is consistent with housing starts data for May, in which both single-family and multifamily starts declined.

Expectations Continue to Propel Index Higher

  • The interest rate spread component was, once again, the largest contributor to the index in May, adding 0.16 percentage points. Consumer expectations added an additional 0.08 percentage points—sentiment remains optimistic.
  • ISM new orders provided a 0.08 percentage point boost to the index, an indication that the gap between “soft” and “hard” data may be narrowing, if only slightly.

Get This Look: Fixer Upper Chip 2.0 Living Room

If you’re a fan of the hit show Fixer Upper, you likely fell in love with the Chip 2.0 house as soon as you laid eyes on it! I love virtually every space in the home. Last fall, I shared how to achieve the look of the kitchen and dining room in this home, and today we’re going to share with you all the details on the Fixer Upper Chip 2.0 living room!

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What’s not to love when you see this gorgeous before and after! Can you even believe this transformation?!
Chip 2.0 Living Room Before & After

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The new living room is such a cozy and warm space!

Chip 2.0 Living Room

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How to Get the Look: Fixer Upper Chip 2.0 Living Room

Do you love the look as well, but don’t know where to start in your own home? We’ve got some easy to follow tips and have rounded up some nearly identical items from this space so you can recreate the look in your living room!


This room feels cozy and homey because of the warm tones sprinkled throughout. From the natural wood mantle to the hardwood floors to the bench in the entryway, this space exudes warmth! Add in some warm-toned leather chairs and the space instantly feels at home.


In order to keep the wood tones from falling flat, you need to layer in some texture. This comes in the form of the shaggy rug, the rock fireplace, the birch logs in a wire basket, and many of the textiles. The room instantly feels more cozy because of these elements!


Greenery adds so much more life to a room. Whether fresh, faux or in the form of a printed botanical, the room instantly feels much more complete with these lively accents. In this instance, Joanna used faux fern stems to add both color and texture to this living room.


This step can be as expensive or inexpensive as you wish.  But the most important thing is that you add in artwork that means something to you and your family. If you have a favorite travel image, convert it to black and white and head to your local printer to convert it to a large engineering print at your local Staples or another printer (this can usually be done for under $10). Or, source somewhere like Minted, for really affordable and beautiful large-scale artwork!

Below, we’ve rounded up similar or identical pieces that Joanna used to create this gorgeous living room. Click any of the images below to learn more about each item!


Click any of the images below (double-tap on mobile) to learn more about each item below and to re-create the same look in your own home!

Which Fixer Upper space is your favorite? Are there any you would love to see us recreate? Let us know in comments!

More Get The Look Fixer Upper Posts:

How to Get The Look of the Fixer Upper Graham House Kitchen And Dining. Loving the modern farmhouse vibe in this beautiful white kitchen with green island and black and wood accents.

Get the look of the Fixer Upper Hot Sauce House Formal Living Room. A beautiful neutral family room with lots of texture, linen, and boho pillows mixed with wood beams, white walls, stucco fireplace and round brass mirror. Love the slightly Italian vibe.

Fixer Upper Cargo Ship House Kitchen

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