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07/26/2014Promises of Easier Nuclear Construction in U.S. Fall Short

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it's not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete with other electricity sources. ...
07/27/2014Calif. State Senator Calls for Criminal Probe of Bay Bridge Construction Problems

July 27--State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and said the release this week of a Senate investigative report will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work at taxpayer expense. DeSaulnier said the investigation for the Transportation ...
07/25/2014Small Sinkholes Near Tower Construction Site in South Korea Draw Concern

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. Plans for the super-high tower first surfaced in 1995 and it took another 15 years to get a green light after the Air Force objected to it as a risk to a ...
07/23/2014$100M Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Downtown Columbia, S.C.

July 23--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 280-unit apartment complex and mixed-use development are planned at a gateway to the Vista on one of Columbia's most prominent pieces of land. Office and retail space, a 680-space parking garage and a free-standing, yet-unnamed hotel are part of the plans for development of the former Kline Iron and Steel Co. site at the corner of Gervais and Huger streets, pending ...
07/25/2014L.A. Metro Picks Skanska-Traylor-Shea to Build First Phase of Westside Subway

July 25--Three construction firms with what officials called a track record of success on Los Angeles County transit projects should build the first phase of the Westside subway, officials said Thursday, despite complaints from a competing bidder that it could do the job for nearly $200 million less. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted 9 to 3 to award the $1.6-billion Purple ...
07/25/2014Judge Removes Final Legal Hurdle for New Sacramento Arena Construction

July 25--A judge today removed the last legal hurdle to the start of construction on the new Sacramento Kings arena, rejecting arena foes' request for an injunction blocking the project. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley affirmed the tentative ruling he made Thursday. Frawley's ruling essentially green-lights the project. The Kings have said they'll begin demolition at Downtown ...
07/25/2014Officials Want to Build $56M 'Disaster City' Near Sacramento for Training

July 25--Saying California's emergency responders need more training to handle major calamities, state and local leaders are pitching plans to build a world-class $56 million training facility in eastern Sacramento County that would pit fire crews against a variety of realistic, pressure-packed simulated disasters. Emergency crews would be required to douse a real 727 jet as it lies in pieces ...
07/24/2014Largest Funding Piece for Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Approved

July 24--The largest chunk of cash toward the landmark suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission board Wednesday. The board will send $27 million toward the $76 million project. Caltrans will contribute $22 million, the state $7 million from Mental Health Services Act funds and the Golden Gate Bridge district $20 million in addition to ...
07/23/2014TEPCO Says It Will Speed Up Underground Ice Wall Project at Crippled Fukushima Nuke Plant

Tokyo, Jul 23 (EFE).- Tokyo Electric Power Company, operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, said Wednesday it will accelerate the process of freezing irradiated water in underground tunnels.TEPCO will thus comply with the requirements of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority, which has expressed concern over the delays in carrying out the work, Japanese state broadcaster ...
07/24/2014Caterpillar 2Q Profit Climbs to $999M, Despite Falling Sales

July 24--Caterpillar Inc. on Thursday reported higher-than-expected second-quarter earnings but sales fell despite a rebound in the building sector. Peoria-based Caterpillar said net income climbed 4 percent to $999 million, or $1.57 per share, up from $960 million, or $1.45 per share, in the year earlier period. Revenue was down 3 percent to $14.2 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.51 ...
07/23/2014Vikings Stadium Glass a Threat to Birds, Audubon Society Says

July 23--The National Audubon Society says the new Minnesota Vikings stadium poses a threat to birds and is asking builders to rethink its glass decisions. Audubon Society officials said Wednesday the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority earlier this month rejected its pleas to use types of glass safer for birds. The nearly $1 billion stadium is under construction in downtown ...
07/23/2014TransCanada: Northern Courier Oil Sands Pipeline Gets Green Light From Regulator

CALGARY - TransCanada Corp. says its $800-million Northern Courier pipeline proposal has been given the green light by the Alberta Energy Regulator. The project is designed to connect Suncor Energy Inc.'s (TSX:SU) planned Fort Hills oilsands mine to a tank farm near Fort McMurray, Alta., 90 kilometres to the south. Northern Courier consists of two pipelines: one to carry bitumen out of Fort ...
07/23/2014Man in Missoula, Mont., Sentenced for Construction Fraud

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $6.5 million in restitution for taking millions of dollars in down payments on steel buildings he never completed. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced Jonathan Lee Oliver, of Missoula, on Tuesday to 100 months in prison. Oliver, 41, pleaded guilty in February to wire ...
07/23/2014Property Taxes Could Pay for Calif.'s $25B Delta Tunnel Project Without Public Vote

July 23--Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes -- and possibly raising them without a vote of the public -- to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown's $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Most property tax hikes require a two-thirds vote, as required under California's landmark Proposition 13, which voters ...
07/23/2014Did Editing Taint Rockefeller Institute Study on NYS Scaffold Law?

July 23--ALBANY -- The leader of a business group opposed to New York's Scaffold Law offered edits to an academic analysis of its impact on construction costs and worker injuries -- an $82,800 study that was funded by the same group. Tom Stebbins, the leader of the state Lawsuit Reform Alliance, and officials at SUNY's Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government insist that their ...
07/22/2014Plans To Rebuild Haiti Capital Displace Families

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The broad avenues in the Haitian government's promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass. The new ministry buildings are sleek and modern but retain some of the neo-classical architecture of the former structures lost to natural disaster. This is the grand, dreamlike vision of central Port-au-Prince ...
07/23/2014First Solar To Build 370-MW Photovoltaic Project in Chile

The Renewable Energy Center at Chile's Energy Ministry said that the plant will be located at Parque Sol del Desierto in Northern Chile's Antofagasta region. In June 2014, First Solar has applied for environmental permits to construct the $823m power project. According to the ministry, Chile's renewable energy capacity until June 2014 was 1,710MW, or 8.7% of total installed capacity.
07/22/2014Giant Brazilian Aquarium Coming Together at Kansas City Engineering Firm

July 22--The third biggest aquarium on the planet is coming together in Kansas City at A. Zahner Co. Zahner is designing and building the exterior forms and surfaces for an elaborate ocean-based aquarium in Fortaleza, Brazil. The Aquario Ceara is set to open in 2015. Zahner's fabrication shops are making the aluminum support frame and aluminum skin plates that cover it. These pieces will ship ...
07/23/2014Ill. Gov. Quinn Signs $1.1B Transportation Bill

July 23--DECATUR -- Decatur's roadways remain on track for a summer face-lift. On Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed House Bill 3794 that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects across Illinois, including the Decatur area. The bill will deliver more than 210 projects and create a projected 14,300 jobs. Some of the projects already have started. Included in the list of investments is $27.8 ...
07/21/2014Five Years Later, Pittsburgh's Bureau of Building Inspection Still Not Computerized

July 21--Pittsburgh's Bureau of Building Inspection has been working to install a software system since 2009 that would allow people to apply and pay for permits online, but it has still not been fully installed, and the bureau continues to operate largely on pen and paper while paying for the unused software. The Bureau of Building Inspection is responsible for reviewing, approving and ...
07/22/2014N.D. Saltwater Spill Cleanup Could Take Years

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The site where an underground pipeline leaked 1 million gallons of saltwater into the North Dakota badlands earlier this month could take years to clean up, an official of Native American tribes involved in the cleanup said Monday. "One of the timelines I've heard — and I haven't been able to verify it yet — we're expecting at least three years," said Claryca Mandan, the ...
07/21/2014Plans Approved for $900M LAX Terminal With Gates for Wide-Body Aircraft

July 21--The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport continued Monday with the approval of a new $900 million terminal that will add gates for wide-body aircraft and help eliminate a major inconvenience for travelers. Airport commissioners unanimously approved construction of the northern half of a midfield concourse west of the Bradley International Terminal, which is undergoing ...
07/22/2014Seventh Death Blamed on 2013 Philly Building Collapse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a truck driver who died of heart disease weeks after he survived a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday linking his death to the catastrophe. Danny C. Johnson, 59, spent an hour buried in the rubble last year and suffered a mild heart attack at the scene, the lawsuit said. The event exacerbated his pre-existing heart ...
07/21/2014Oil-By-Rail Boom Fuels Growth, Concerns at Port of Albany

July 21--The summer party was in full swing at Ezra Prentice Homes, with the adults grilling hot dogs and burgers, the music thumping and kids playing basketball. Only a few yards away, on the other side of a flimsy chain-link fence, were what residents saw as uninvited interlopers -- jet-black oil tanker rail cars, lined up by the dozens in a rail yard at the Port of Albany. Mary Alston, who ...
07/22/2014Court Ruling Gives Boost to Ill. 'Clean Coal' Project

July 22--State regulators have the right to force Illinois consumers to purchase electricity from a proposed "clean coal" facility for the next 20 years in order to help fund the $1.6 billion federal project, according to an appellate court decision handed down Tuesday. The 2-1 decision could represent a potential leap forward for the federal FutureGen 2.0 project, which has been stalled ...

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