Builder Gabriel Gaby Btesh discusses the most innovative infrastructure advancements of 2020.
Many industries would like to see 2020 in the rearview mirror sooner rather than later. However, building expert Gabriel Gaby Btesh explained that 2020 has been a total wash for the construction industry. Numerous advancements have been made to improve infrastructure around the globe.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) acknowledges certain infrastructure advancements that have made major impacts on the industry each year. These can range from innovative ways to treat water to more efficient ways of constructing roads. The year 2020 has seen some major advancements in infrastructure innovation, and Gabriel Gaby Btesh recently highlighted several of them.
“Hawaii is known as a popular laid-back vacation destination, but the state is home to one of the most innovative infrastructure advancements of the year,” Gabriel Gaby Btesh said. “New lava-protecting panels will lower the temperature of roadways that are often affected by the intense heat of lava flows.”
Gabriel Gaby Btesh added that these new panels will help keep roadways more than 100 degrees cooler than they typically are with a lava flow present.
“The small town of Branson, Colo., has also been gaining serious recognition this year,” Gabriel Gaby Btesh said. “It has one of the most advanced water purification systems in the country.”
Gabriel Gaby Btesh explained that Branson, Colo., is home to just 55 residents, yet through crowdsourcing, the town was able to purchase a water purification system from Innovative Water Technologies. This water purification unit harnesses the power of wind and the sun to purify water, which is on track for the state of Colorado’s goal to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.
“The Louisville sewer overflow basin project is another that has been groundbreaking this year,” Gabriel Gaby Btesh said. “This project has transformed the city of Louisville into a more environmentally-friendly metropolis.”
Gabriel Gaby Btesh explained that for years the city of Louisville did not meet the standard set by the Clean Water Act. The city was discharging water in local waterways following major rainstorms. Now, the city is home to a 20-million-gallon storage tank with wash down systems, a pump station, and odor control. Even more, the storage tank sits in Louisville’s Shawnee Park and serves as a walk-out access point that is almost completely concealed by the topography of the park. The city is no longer discharging into local inland waterways, and the new tank is practically invisible.
Gabriel Gaby Btesh explained that the year 2020, is not a complete wash in terms of innovation. Infrastructure has continued to advance despite the hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic.