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08/27/2015Subcontractor in Vikings Stadium Fatality Had Nine Safety Violations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The subcontractor involved in a fatal accident at the Minnesota Vikings stadium construction site has received nine citations for worksite safety violations in the past five years, according to public records. A Berwald Roofing Co. employee was killed Wednesday when he fell about 50 feet at the U.S. Bank Stadium construction site in Minneapolis. Another worker was injured. ...
08/26/2015Vote on Los Angeles 2024 Olympics Bid Delayed Amid Questions Over Cost

Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston's 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles projected that they could stage events from Santa Monica Beach to the Hollywood Hills and bank a $161 million surplus. Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, is viewed as the likely replacement for Boston's failed bid because ...
08/27/2015Fraud Investigation Halts $190M Tower Project in Seattle, Endangers Light-Rail Station

Aug. 27--Construction on Path America's $190 million Potala Tower in downtown Seattle ground to a halt Wednesday, two days after a court temporarily froze the firm's assets amid a federal fraud investigation. Meanwhile, a long-awaited redevelopment project near the Othello light-rail station in Seattle's Rainier Valley, on land a Path affiliate is buying from the Seattle Housing Authority, ...
08/27/2015Judge: Obama Administration Water Rule Should Be Halted

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states halting the U.S. Environmental Protection ...
08/27/2015$25M in Construction Contracts for New Red Wings Arena in Detroit OK'd

Aug. 27--The public body that will own the new Red Wings arena approved more than $25 million in construction contracts Wednesday. Companies headquartered in Detroit will perform more than $7.6 million worth of the work the Detroit Downtown Development Authority approved Wednesday. Detroit-based businesses, which are headquartered elsewhere but have offices in the city, got $838,109 of the ...
08/27/2015Vikings Stadium Construction Resumes After Fatal Fall

Aug. 27--Work on U.S. Bank Stadium resumed Thursday in Minneapolis after a fatal accident halted construction the day before. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working with Mortenson Construction, the project's lead contractor, to investigate the cause of the accident, which killed one worker and injured another, according to a statement issued Thursday morning by ...
08/27/2015Las Vegas' McCarran Airport Plans New Gate Construction

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas plans to double the number of international gates at McCarran International Airport with the expectation that foreign travel to the destination will climb as officials seek out prized direct flights, particularly with Asia. McCarran International Airport director Rosemary Vassiliadis said Thursday that construction to convert part of an existing link between its D ...
08/26/2015Investigation: EPA, State Missed Potential for Mine Blowout

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Despite prior warnings that dangerous levels of toxic water were building inside a Colorado mine, federal and state regulators mistakenly concluded the pressure was not high enough to cause an accident, an investigation released Wednesday found. The pressure blew, however, when a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency team started excavation and cleanup work at the site, ...
08/26/2015Obama Foundation Begins Search for Presidential Library Architect

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's foundation has started the process of choosing an architect to design his presidential library. The foundation said Wednesday it has invited firms to submit their qualifications to design the Obama Presidential Center, which will be located in one of two sites on Chicago's South Side. The center will house Obama's presidential archives and an interactive ...
08/25/2015Flooding Damages TBM in Doha Metro Project in Qatar

Doha's rising water table and increasing sea water intrusion are becoming increasingly problematic to Qatar's major infrastructure projects in the capital and other areas of the country, it has been found. Qatar Rail was forced to halt tunnelling works on Doha Metro's Red Line due to flooding last month, after contractors on the north tunnel reported damage to their tunnel boring machine. ...
08/26/2015Insurers Sue to Pass the Buck on $143M Bill for Fix to TBM Bertha

Aug. 26--Insurance companies are suing to get off the hook for an anticipated $143 million in repair costs for stuck tunnel-boring machine Bertha, claiming the machine's design was inadequate from the start. The price cited in the lawsuit, filed last week in New York City, far exceeds the machine's roughly $80 million price when built, and offers the first glimpse of the real cost to get ...
08/25/2015Aging N.Y. Coal-fired Power Plant To Close, and Another May Follow

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An energy company filed an application with the New York Public Service Commission on Tuesday to close an aging coal-fired power plant by next March, and said it's placing on hold its $150 million project to transition from coal to natural gas at another plant because of a federal lawsuit filed by a competitor. David Gaier, spokesman for NRG Energy, said the company filed ...
08/25/2015City of Miami, Tower Project Developer Head to Mediation

Aug. 25--The developer planning a polarizing billboard and observation tower in Miami will look to a mediator to persuade city planners to process stalled permit applications for large digital signs that would flash over Interstate 395 and the downtown skyline. In what may be a precursor to litigation, Miami Big Block filed a claim Friday under Florida's Land Use and Environmental Dispute ...
08/26/2015One Worker Dead, One Injured in Fall From Roof at Vikings Stadium

Aug. 26--One worker was killed and another injured during construction Wednesday morning on the roof at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The workers, from Berwald Roofing, were hurt about 7:45 a.m. on the stadium's north side, said a statement from John Wood, senior vice president for Mortenson Construction. Both were treated at the scene and taken to nearby Hennepin County Medical Center, ...
08/26/2015Construction Halted on Vikings Stadium After Worker Dies in Fall

Aug. 26--All work on the new Vikings stadium was halted Wednesday morning after a construction worker died and another was injured after falling from the roof. The workers, from Berwald Roofing, fell at 7:45 a.m. while on the north side of U.S. Bank Stadium, according to Mortenson Construction. The Minneapolis Fire Department tweeted about 8 a.m. that one person fell into a crevice on the ...
08/24/2015China's Newest Export: Fear About the World's Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is exporting something new to the world economy: Fear. Global investors are quaking over the prospect of a devastating slump in the world's second-biggest economy. And they're fast losing confidence that China's policymakers, seemingly so sure-footed in the past, know how to solve the problem. The worst-case scenario is that a collapsing Chinese economy would derail ...
08/20/2015How Developer Trump Evolved Into More Risk-Averse Brand-Marketer

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump sells himself as a bold empire builder, the kind of businessman who could force through big changes in Washington as president. Yet for all his bravado — "I've done an amazing job," the Republican White House hopeful boasted during his announcement speech — a review of the billionaire's financial filings and recent deals suggests he's no swashbuckler. Trump is ...
08/25/2015Caterpillar To Consolidate Customer Support Division, Plans to Lay Off 475 Workers

Aug. 25--Construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar said on Tuesday that it will lay off about 475 people, including about 300 in the Peoria area. In a statement, the company said it is consolidating several units within its customer services support division. Cuts will affect managers and support staff, among other positions. "While we know today is a very difficult day for employees ...
08/24/2015Driverless Truck Designed To Improve Safety for Road Crews

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Roving construction crews — the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal — are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier. The crash trucks, fitted with a device called a truck-mounted attenuator, have been credited with saving lives. But the workers who drive them ...
08/25/2015Crews Start Moving TBM Bertha's Rebuilt Cutter Drive Back Into Pit

Aug. 25--Tunnel-boring machine Bertha's bulked-up front end is approaching the bottom of a 120-foot deep repair-access pit Tuesday morning, raising contractors' hopes they can dig again by November. The round cutterhead and its drive parts hung overnight from a big red lift tower, some six feet below the lip of the vault, after a successful move on Monday. As of 8 a.m., crews with Dutch ...
08/24/2015Solar, Wind Power Draw Obama Support at Las Vegas Energy Summit

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama brought presidential star power to tout the benefits of solar electricity in Western states during an annual green power conference Monday in Las Vegas hosted by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. The president used a keynote speech to the eighth National Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay resort to endorse continuing development of wind and solar energy. Obama ...
08/24/2015Univ. of Washington May Build Office Tower Over U District Light-Rail Station

Aug. 24--The University of Washington is taking steps toward building an innovative office tower over the new U District light-rail station, a site where some had hoped to develop a public plaza for farmers markets, street fairs and outdoor cafes. The UW doesn't yet have firm plans for the site, according to a spokesman. But signs point toward an office tower up to 240 feet tall, if the city ...
08/24/2015Alaska Gov. To Call for Buyout of TransCanada's Share of LNG Project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker said Monday that he plans to recommend to legislators that the state buy out TransCanada Corp.'s position in the major liquefied natural gas project that Alaska is pursuing. Under an agreement that predates Walker's administration, TransCanada, a Canadian pipeline company, would hold the state's interest in the pipeline and gas treatment plant, with the ...
08/25/2015Los Angeles Projects $161M Surplus in Olympics Bid Proposal

Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anxiety over taxpayer costs helped cripple Boston's 2024 Olympic bid, but organizers in potential stand-in Los Angeles projected Tuesday that they could stage events from Santa Monica Beach to the Hollywood Hills and bank a $161 million surplus. Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, is viewed as the likely replacement for Boston's failed bid ...
08/23/2015Opponents Take Aim at West Coast Crude-by-Rail Projects in the Works

CALGARY — To crude producers hankering for a route to market while pipeline proposals stall, a bevy of crude-by-rail projects planned on the U.S. West Coast may look enticing. But efforts to connect trainloads of crude to refineries and marine terminals in Washington, Oregon and California aren't having an easy time of it either. Big environmental organizations and small community groups have ...

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