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04/25/2015Disaster Experts Gathered in Nepal a Week Ago to Ready for Possible Earthquake

Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming. Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a repeat of the 1934 temblor that leveled this city. They knew they were racing the clock, but they ...
04/23/2015Study Links Fracking, Earthquakes in Central and Eastern U.S.

April 23--For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a map of earthquakes thought to be triggered by human activity in the eastern and central United States. Oklahoma is by far the worst-hit state recently, according to the USGS study released Thursday. The state last year had more earthquakes magnitude 3 or higher than California, part of a huge increase recorded in recent ...
04/24/2015Hydro-Quebec To Build 250-Mile Transmission Line

MONTREAL - Quebecers will welcome the construction of a new 400-kilometre Hydro-Quebec transmission line even though there's still some opposition to the project, Premier Philippe Couillard said Friday. The new 735-kilovolt power line will go from the Lac-Saint-Jean region, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City, to Montreal. ''It's been 20 years since the last time we built such a line," ...
04/24/2015NYU To Compensate Thousands of Migrant Construction Workers on Abu Dhabi Campus

New York University (NYU) has pledged to compensate thousands of migrant workers who built its new campus in Abu Dhabi after an investigation found that roughly a third were excluded from safeguards intended to stop them from being abused and exploited. About 10,000 people were not covered by the university’s labour guidelines, which were meant to protect them from exploitative conditions ...
04/26/2015French Govt Investigating Vinci Construction Over Qatar Forced Labor Claims

A major French construction company is under investigation after claims it used forced labour for buildings for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Paris government announced at the weekend there was enough evidence for it to open a preliminary inquiry into Vinci Construction. The move follows a complaint by the non-governmental organisation Sherpa. The investigation will centre on whether Vinci ...
04/24/2015Cal Poly Plans More than $1B in New Projects

April 24--Cal Poly's plan for the next 20 years calls for an ambitious rethinking of the campus that would expand north, reroute cars out of the core and add thousands of new living units for students, faculty and staff. In addition, the university wants to add a hotel and conference center, create space for Greek houses and clubs, and explore the idea of year-round instruction by expanding ...
04/24/2015Alliant Energy Proposes $750M Gas-fired Power Plant in Wis.

April 24--Alliant Energy Corp. on Friday asked state regulators to approve a natural gas-fueled power plant in Beloit that it said will help provide its customers with cleaner power than the coal plants it's shutting down. The Madison-based energy company, which first announced the project last fall, said the power plant is expected to cost $750 million. It's the first new power plant ...
04/24/2015Builder of Winnipeg Football Stadium Defends Work, Says Project Was Underfunded

WINNIPEG — The construction company that built Winnipeg's new football stadium is standing behind its work. The CEO of Stuart Olson Dominion says his company is not to blame for alleged drainage issues and other problems at Investors Group Field. David LeMay says stadium owner Triple B and the provincial government did not give the builder enough time or money. Triple B is suing the ...
04/25/2015Developer Bidding to Build Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel Is Disqualified

April 25--One of two developers bidding to build the Miami Beach Convention Center headquarter hotel has been disqualified from the process. In a letter sent Tuesday, the city notified Chicago-based Oxford Capital Group that its bid was disqualified because the proposal called for using public money and it did not include financial details on rent to be paid to the city. Oxford had teamed with ...
04/26/2015Katmandu's Poorly Constructed Buildings Worsen Quake Outcome

April 26--An exploding urban population that led to taller and often poorly constructed buildings, along with an unusually hazardous combination of geological conditions, had for years prompted warnings from scientists that the Katmandu Valley of Nepal was a seismic time bomb waiting to go off. Saturday morning, it did. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake and a magnitude 6.6 aftershock toppled ...
04/24/2015Brazil, Bolivia Negotiating Construction of Hydroelectric Dam Along Border

Sao Paulo, Apr 24 (EFE).- Brazil and Bolivia are negotiating the construction of a bi-national hydroelectric dam on Bolivia's side of the Madeira River, Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Eduardo Braga said.The plans for a hydroelectric power station "make strategic sense" considering the projected boost it would give to the countries' economic growth and power output, financial daily Valor ...
04/21/2015Workers at NYC Heating and Plumbing Contractors Get Back Wages, Damages

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 300 former and current employees at four plumbing and heating contractors in Queens will share $1.4 million in back wages and damages as part of a settlement between the company owners and the federal Department of Labor. The Labor Department had accused the companies, all owned by the same three people, of not paying proper overtime and not keeping proper records. ...
04/24/2015S.C. Republicans Question Cost Projections for MOX Plant

April 24--Three Republican members of Congress from South Carolina on Thursday disputed the most recent $47.5 billion cost estimate to complete building and operating the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site. Rep. Joe Wilson and Sens. Lind­sey Graham and Tim Scott said in a statement that the independent assessment prepared for Congress by Aerospace Corp. has ...
04/23/2015Transportation Sec.: Band-Aid Approach to Infrastructure Can't Continue

April 23--Lawmakers in Washington tend to define success "as last year's budget number," said Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx during a visit Wednesday to Pittsburgh. This, he said, is not enough to repair and improve the nation's aging infrastructure. "Congress has used a variety of duct tape and chewing gum over these six years to patch together additional money just to keep the ...
04/24/2015Ill. Tollway Ends Deal That Guaranteed Union Labor on Projects

April 24--The Illinois Tollway board Thursday voted to scrap a 20-year-old agreement that requires contractors to use union workers on construction projects in exchange for assurances against strikes, slowdowns or walkouts. By a 6-3 vote -- a rare show of disagreement -- Illinois State Toll Highway Authority directors ended the so-called Multi-Project Labor Agreement. The agreement required ...
04/23/2015Philadelphia Ironworkers Union Agent Gets Eight Years in Prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A top official at an ironworkers' union was sentenced on Thursday to eight years in prison in what federal prosecutors say was a campaign of violence and intimidation to coerce building contractors into hiring his workers over non-union competition. Edward Sweeney, a former business agent of Ironworkers Local 401, received the sentence after he admitted a role in two ...
04/23/2015Caterpillar's Earnings Up in 1Q, Beat Wall Street Forecasts

Caterpillar's earnings soared more than 20 percent in the first quarter, even though revenue slipped, and the construction and mining equipment maker hiked its 2015 earnings forecast well above most expectations. The company's profit for the quarter that ended March 31 included a pre-tax gain of $120 million from the sale of its remaining interest in a logistics business. The company also saw ...
04/22/2015Shortage of Skilled Workers May Hamper U.K. Construction Projects

Shortages of skilled construction workers in Britain could put the brakes on housing developments and delay complex infrastructure projects, surveyors have warned. Almost two-thirds of firms told a survey by trade body RICS that labour shortages were a serious issue as they looked ahead to what most said would be another strong year for the construction industry. The warning comes after more ...
04/23/2015Study: Savannah River Site MOX Program Could Cost $51B

April 23--The first of two studies evaluating alternatives to the Savannah River Site's MOX program estimates that the program will cost about $51 billion to complete, with estimated completion in 2044. The full study has not been released, but instead is for "official use" only. However, the Union of Concerned Scientists obtained a summary of the study, which was conducted by Aerospace -- a ...
04/23/2015TxDOT Plans $6B Project To Remake I-45 in Downtown Houston

April 23--A massive reconstruction of Interstate 45 through most of Houston would topple one of downtown's most frustrating barriers -- the Pierce Elevated -- and move the freeway east of the central business district. That's just one of the major changes Texas Department of Transportation officials included in the $6 billion-plus plan to be unveiled Thursday. It would make I-45 practically ...
04/22/2015One-Third of Wash. State Urban Highways in Poor Shape, Report Says

April 22--Maintenance has been shortchanged so long that urban highways in Washington state are becoming worse than in other states, a new analysis says. Some 34 percent are in poor condition, as are 22 percent of the state's rural highways, said Rocky Moretti, researcher for the industry-supported group TRIP in Washington, D.C., whose report was released Tuesday at tripnet.org. Moretti gave a ...
04/21/2015NRC: CB&I Dropped Part for V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant, Covered It Up

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal regulators proposed an $11,200 fine Tuesday against Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. because its workers dropped a prefabricated section for a new nuclear power plant in South Carolina and then tried to cover it up, officials said. The accident happened March 1, 2013, at the CB&I manufacturing plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The facility makes prefabricated parts for two ...
04/22/2015Duke Energy Ramps Up Construction at Three Solar Facilities in N.C.

April 22--Duke Energy is ramping up construction at three of its North Carolina solar facilities and expects to employ more than 900 workers by midyear, at the peak of construction. The three facilities are in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties, the company said in a statement Wednesday, and they're expected to be in service by the end of the year. The construction efforts are part of Duke ...
04/21/2015San Jose, Calif., Facing Shortage of Building Inspectors During Construction Boom

April 21--SAN JOSE -- A shortage of city building inspectors is causing cramps for developers, and has officials looking to get more competitive, salary-wise, as fast as possible to ease a bottleneck during a construction boom. "Competition is fierce in the private sector as they continue to build projects like BART and spaceship campuses throughout the Valley," said Mayor Sam Liccardo, who is ...
04/22/2015Topeka Unveils $29.5M Levee Upgrade Plan

Topeka leaders on Tuesday unveiled a $29.5 million plan to improve the city's levee system, which they say would allow for development of riverside recreational facilities and other venues. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which assessed Topeka's levees and made recommendations for improvements, has earmarked $2 million for the first phase of the work -- tackling 10 miles of levee along the ...

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