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10/22/2014AGC Survey: Construction Companies Struggle to Find Skilled Workers

Oct. 22--Ninety percent of Kansas construction contractors reported they are having a hard time filling skilled jobs, according to an industry survey released Wednesday. In the survey from Associated General Contractors, the companies said they are having particular difficulty finding project managers, engineers, welders/pipefitters, plumbers and carpenters. AGC economist Ken Simonson said in ...
10/22/2014Mass. Awards Subway Car Contract to Chinese Firm

BOSTON (AP) — A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the "T," the nation's oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China's human rights record as well as complaints from competitors that the company's winning bid was unrealistically low. The Massachusetts Department of ...
10/22/2014All Aboard Florida Cleared to Move Forward With $1.75B Funding Plan

Oct. 22--All Aboard Florida is clear to pursue $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to pay for its Miami to Orlando passenger rail project following two county commission votes Tuesday -- one a slam dunk, a second that took more than two hours and attracted speakers from Miami to Cocoa. The Miami-Dade and Brevard county commissions both agreed to increase caps on the amount of private activity ...
10/21/2014N.M. Lawmakers Consider Road Project to Spaceport America

Oct. 21--LAS CRUCES -- The first phase of an improved southern road to Spaceport America is slated to be under construction in the summer of next year, county officials told state lawmakers here Monday. The road proposal, vetted by the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee, is still being reviewed by the Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency responsible for much of the land ...
10/22/2014Bakersfield, Calif. City Council To Consider $91.5M Beltway Project

Oct. 22--Nine years after former Congressman Bill Thomas secured $630 million in federal earmarks for area roads, the Bakersfield City Council will consider spending more than $91.5 million at once Wednesday, on the largest single project in its roads program's history. The City Council will consider awarding a nearly $81.9 million construction contract to Security Paving Company for a ...
10/22/2014Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay Unveils Rooftop Solar Array

Oct. 22--It wasn't the average Las Vegas rooftop party. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was the special guest at a rooftop event to unveil Mandalay Bay's new, first-of-its kind solar installation on the Strip. The solar array, built by NRG Energy, has 21,324 panels and will supply electricity to 20 percent of the resort's operations. Construction started on the solar array in August and finished ...
10/20/2014Renewable Energy Growth Drives Development of Large-Scale Batteries

Oct. 20--At Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster County, the secret ingredient in its ice cream is wind. Along with conventionally derived power used to make its sweet treats, the dairy is the sole customer of a nearby wind farm, built in 2010, that provides 25 percent of its electricity. "That's honestly all we need," said company spokeswoman Andrea Nikolaus. Relying on wind for bigger operations, ...
10/21/2014Blackstone Group Creates Renewable Energy Firm

The Blackstone Group will partner on a new push to develop utility scale wind and solar power projects in North America. Blackstone is teaming up with Matthew Roseblum, the founder and CEO at Solops, to create Onyx Renewable Partners. The company will develop, finance, construct and operate renewable energy projects. It will operate as an affiliate of Fisterra Energy, a Blackstone company. ...
10/20/2014Geothermal Power Industry Lost Steam But May Be Poised for Comeback in Calif.

Oct. 20--Geothermal power was once king of California's renewable energy. So many companies were clamoring to transform steam into electricity that they sucked the world's largest geyser field dry. But the industry's shortsightedness -- and its slowness to innovate -- left geothermal floundering for three decades in the shadows of the solar and wind energy juggernauts. Now, industry leaders ...
10/20/2014Chinese-led Consortium Sole Bidder for Mexico High-Speed Rail Project

Potential project brings added global recognition for high-speed credentials A Chinese-led consortium has become the sole bidder to build a high-speed passenger railway line connecting Mexico City and the central city of Queretaro, according to an announcement by Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation. Queretaro is the center of Mexico's aerospace industry, and the government ...
10/21/2014Schenectady's $15M Amtrak Station Upgrades Begin

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — Work has begun on a $15 million project that will replace the Amtrak station in Schenectady and alleviate delays for passenger trains. The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (http://bit.ly/1opybAT ) that construction crews have started work on a new platform that will allow for a second track to be built between Albany and Schenectady. The extra track will be used by ...
10/21/2014Palm Beach County, Fla. Supports Building $135M Baseball Stadium

Oct. 21--Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday agreed to pursue building a $135 million baseball stadium to lure two new spring training teams, despite concerns about the public cost. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have proposed moving to Palm Beach County for spring training if the county will build a new baseball stadium and training facility that they could share. But where ...
10/18/2014Industrial Construction Market Booms in Baltimore

Oct. 18--Work will begin Monday on a massive new warehouse in Aberdeen for which the developer has not signed a tenant. The 571,000-square-foot project at the Perryman Logistics Center is one of six new buildings Chesapeake Real Estate Group has in the works, representing 1.5 million square feet and more than $120 million in investment. Of those six, three are being built without tenants. "We ...
10/20/2014Echoing Biden's Criticism, Gov. Cuomo Presses for Better N.Y. Airports

Oct. 20--Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York airports revitalized to shed their reputations as facilities befitting a "third-world country" -- the phrase Vice President Joe Biden had used to describe LaGuardia. Cuomo Monday joined Biden at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens to announce a competition to create "master plans" for the city's two major airports. "He was right, ...
10/17/2014Eagle Materials Drills Further Into Energy Sector With Fracking Firm Acquisition

DALLAS (AP) — Eagle Materials is moving further into the energy sector by buying a company that sells an ingredient crucial to the hydraulic fracturing techniques now widely used to extract oil and natural gas. The building materials company announced the a $225 million acquisition of CRS Proppants LLC and its subsidiaries, which it said Friday will roughly double its frack sand production and ...
10/17/2014Preliminary Work Begins on Redevelopment of Detroit's Packard Plant Site

Oct. 17--Preliminary work began today on the site of the former Packard plant as a crane and trucks hauled off pieces that presented a safety threat, according to a person overseeing the project. "We have begun safety measures to remove reinforced concrete off the rooftops of several buildings that are hanging and are dangerous to the community," said Kari Smith, the site project manager. ...
10/19/2014China, Russia Mull High-Speed Moscow-Beijing Rail Line

BEIJING, Oct 20 (GCTL) - China and Russia are considering building a high-speed rail line thousands of kilometres from Moscow to Beijing that would cut the journey time from six days on the celebrated Trans-Siberian to two, Chinese media reported Friday. The project would cost more than US$230 billion and be over 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles) long, the Beijing Times reported - more than three ...
10/20/2014MassPort's $310M Plan to Dredge Boston Harbor Faces Criticism

Oct. 20--A $310 million Boston Harbor dredging project designed to attract jumbo containerships could turn into a Big Dig-like disaster with financial returns unable to keep pace with potential ongoing costs, one expert is warning. "Big containerships are probably never going to call on ports like Boston or Philadelphia," said K.C. Conway, a senior market intelligence officer at SunTrust Bank ...
10/20/2014UN Experts: Detroit Should Restore Water to Poor

DETROIT (AP) — United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as "a man-made perfect storm" Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, Detroit's officials said the two lawyers' actions and conclusions were agenda-driven and not based on "facts" about the city's ...
10/19/2014Aging Upper Mich. Power Plant's Fate Will Cost Region Millions

Oct. 19--Michigan's entire Upper Peninsula is facing an energy crisis. To ensure a stable power supply, a regional electrical power grid authority has ordered Wisconsin-based We Energies to keep running the nearly 60-year-old, coal-fired Presque Isle Power Plant it operates -- but wants to close -- near Marquette. And that's causing chaos. It has triggered a more than $8-million-per-month cost ...
10/20/2014Judge To Rule Against Ameren in Case Over 480-mile Transmission Line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge said Monday that he will rule against a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. in a legal fight over whether it needs state regulators' permission to build a high-voltage power line across northern Missouri. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said he's inclined to reject Ameren's request for a declaration that the Missouri Public Service Commission has no authority over ...
10/17/2014Construction Crane Topples Along Katy Freeway in Houston

Oct. 17--A construction crane tipped over at a building site Friday along westbound Interstate 10 in west Houston. The incident occurred about 1:10 p.m. at 11800 Katy Freeway near Kirkwood in the Energy Corridor, according to the Houston Police Department. Police said it was uncertain if anyone was on the crane at the time it tipped over. Officials with the Houston Fire Department said no ...
10/20/2014Austin, Texas To Seek Fed. Funding for Light Rail Project

Oct. 20-- Austinites who vote for the city's rail-and-roads proposition will be making a $50 million bet. A safe bet, rail officials insist. But one in which the payout could be less -- or take longer -- than officials hope. City officials estimate it will cost at least $50 million, and perhaps as much as $70 million, to do the environmental study, detailed engineering and design, and other ...
10/17/2014AECOM Finalizes $6B Acquisition of URS

Oct. 17--Los Angeles engineering design firm Aecom Technology Corp. finalized its acquisition of rival URS Corp. Friday, completing a $6-billion deal that makes it the largest publicly traded company in Los Angeles. The two California construction and engineering giants announced the deal in July. Both companies have experience managing and designing major infrastructure projects in Southern ...
10/19/2014Smaller Wind Projects Planned in Hawaii Include a Giant Kite

Oct. 19--The public profile of the wind energy issue has dropped lower on the viewscreen in the last six years since the adoption of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, in which it played a starring role. That, say the experts, is because declines in production costs have favored solar installations, which have faced less community opposition than proposals for wind turbines. However, there ...

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