With a new year comes a new round of project completions, or at least the meeting of project milestones. From factories to mass timber buildings, the focus in 2021 will encompass a wide variety of construction undertakings as contractors fight to overcome the economic uncertainties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are a few of the projects that Construction Dive editors will be closely watching in 2021:
In the summer of 2020, electric car and battery manufacturer Tesla started construction on a new $1.1 billion facility outside Austin, Texas, where it will build its new Cybertruck vehicle and also produce electric batteries. The 2,000-acre property, which was previously slated to be the site of a massive, mixed-use project with 12,000 residential units, is located near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and could be complete as early as May.
According to other media reports, drone flyovers have revealed that construction on multiple buildings within the Tesla complex seems to be occurring simultaneously, which differs from the phased approach the company took with its gigafactory project in Nevada.
The Tesla project is part of a wave of businesses relocating to Texas, Austin in particular. A friendly business environment and low taxes paved the way for approximately 30 new business relocations in 2020 alone, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce. In fact, the steel supplier that Tesla plans to use for the manufacturing of its Cybertruck is also building a new $1.7 billion plant in Sinton, Texas, about 180 miles away.
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