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06/02/2015Facebook To Build Third Data Center in Central Iowa

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Facebook is building another data center in central Iowa. The company announced Tuesday it will begin constructing a third data center this summer at its campus in Altoona. The first two facilities, located in the same complex, are designed to store computer servers. Facebook began serving traffic from its first data center in Altoona in November 2014. A second data center ...
06/02/2015Okla. DOT Scrambles to Repair Biggest Flooding and Road Damage in State History

June 02--The rainiest month in Oklahoma history has left unprecedented highway flooding and damage, state Transportation Department officials said Monday. Twenty-nine state and federal highways and bridges remain closed, with southeastern Oklahoma the hardest hit area by far. Some are still covered by water, their condition unknown. Others are dry but have major cracks, washouts or are covered ...
06/03/2015Mo. Regulators May Block Wind Power Transmission Line Project

June 03--Missouri regulators appear poised to scuttle a transmission line that backers say would transmit thousands of megawatts of wind power from the Kansas plains to homes and businesses farther east. The so-called "Grain Belt Express" transmission line is one of several proposed by independent transmission developer Clean Line Energy, of Houston. It has already won regulatory approval in ...
06/01/2015Work To Begin This Summer on New 6th Street Viaduct in L.A.

June 01--No one expected the squiggle. In a room crowded with weary engineers, designers and executives, architect Michael Maltzan had grown frustrated with the debate. For hours, he had been arguing to build a bridge that was more than just a link between two disparate parts of the city, but no one understood him. So he stood up, grabbed a red pen and drew a long looping line on an easel pad. ...
06/02/2015As Calif. Drought Worsens, Experts Urge Water Reforms, Infrastructure Upgrades

June 02--As mandatory water restrictions took effect Monday across California, a panel of experts called upon the drought-plagued state to upgrade its water infrastructure and reform its antiquated water rights system. "The reservoirs we built in California over the 20th century were designed for a climate with extensive snowpack, and frequent wet periods," said Juliet Christian-Smith, a ...
06/02/2015Southern Co. Casts Blame at Builders for Plant Vogtle Delay

ATLANTA (AP) — Southern Co. has an emerging message when discussing its over-budget nuclear plant in Georgia: It's not our fault. The cost of building two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle has grown since the project was first approved years ago. Early on, company officials assured regulators the project was on-time and on-budget. On Tuesday, they pointed the finger at their designer and ...
06/01/2015$1.7B Miami Worldcenter Project Seeks Another Government Approval

June 01--The developers of the Miami Worldcenter are headed for yet another crucial government vote. And once again, they'll be dogged by critics who say the $1.7 billion complex does little to improve the surrounding community despite receiving a bounty of public assistance. On Tuesday, companies tied to the Miami Worldcenter Associates and The Forbes Company will seek Miami-Dade County ...
05/31/2015Aging Conn. Rail Bridges Need Repairs, Replacement

May 31--Metro-North commuters know what to expect when the 118-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk fails to close after boats pass underneath -- long hours stuck on a train waiting for repairs. A federal Northeast Corridor advisory commission says the Walk Bridge, and three other 100-year-old rail spans in Westport, Greenwich and between Stratford and Milford, are seriously deteriorated and in ...
05/29/2015Google Resubmits Plans to Mountain View, Calif., for HQ Expansion Project

May 29--MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Pulling out a trump card it was sitting on for years, Google has found another way to construct the canopied, utopian campus that caught the world's attention -- and then was nixed by the city -- earlier this year. The search engine giant on Friday filed plans at Mountain View City Hall for a translucent domed building that would rise several stories near the company's ...
05/31/2015$12.4M Repair Project Starts on Miami's Venetian Causeway Bridge

May 31--It's time to say goodbye to scenic runs, bike rides and drives across the historic Venetian Causeway -- for at least nine months. After midnight Monday, the westernmost stretch of the 90-year-old structure -- specifically, 730 feet of weakened bridge closest to Miami currently patched by metal plates -- will be closed and replaced during the $12.4 million project that will seal off ...
05/31/2015Sun Returns to Texas, Revealing Flood Damage Across State

DALLAS (AP) — Most of Texas was set to get its first period of extended sunshine in weeks, allowing surging rivers to recede as emergency-management officials turn their attention to cleanup efforts in such places as Houston, where damage estimates top $45 million. Parts of the state were finally beginning to rebuild on Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made Texas a place of ...
05/31/2015Latest Manhattan Crane Accident Injures 10 With Falling Debris

NEW YORK (AP) — A massive air-conditioning unit being lifted by a crane to the top of a Manhattan office building broke free Sunday, fell 28 stories and landed in the middle of Madison Avenue, injuring 10 people, officials said. Two were construction workers, while the others were pedestrians and occupants of passing cars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. All were struck by debris that caused minor ...
05/29/2015Ground Broken on $2B Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sacramento

May 29--An array of influential federal, state and local leaders gathered on a patch of dirt at a sewage plant in Elk Grove on Thursday to break ground on the biggest public works project in Sacramento County history. Officials kicked off a $2 billion expansion of the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, which serves more than 416,000 homes and businesses in Sacramento County and ...
05/30/2015Flooding Causes Massive Damage to Texas Roads, Bridges

May 30--Just east of Cleburne, a hole nearly big enough to swallow a car has opened up on County Road 704C, the result of raging flood waters that left the inner workings of a culvert and storm drainage pipe exposed. In Central Texas, officials along the Blanco River are scurrying to rebuild two heavily-traveled bridges -- one destroyed, the other severely damaged. State officials say the ...
05/30/2015Work Begins on $132M Highway Interchange Project in Akron, Ohio

May 30--The first big building has come down for a new $132 million highway interchange planned at South Broadway and South Main Street in downtown Akron. The state this week tore down the former home of ACS (Advanced Computer Systems), a 40,000-square-foot building in a high-profile block near Interstate 76 and 77. ACS, which sells and services computers, and offers business consulting, moved ...
05/30/2015Calif. Drought Brings Tighter Building Codes to Cut Turf Use

May 30--Sprawling green lawns around new homes, businesses and schools in California will be a thing of the past under new state building codes approved Friday. The California Building Standards Commission cut the amount of water many landscapes can use by more than 20% and effectively forced developers to plant less turf and more drought-friendly foliage. It's the latest of myriad recent ...
05/30/2015Diplomatic Impasse Over China's Island-building Project Shows No Sign of Easing

SINGAPORE (AP) — China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit Saturday as the standoff in the Asia-Pacific region shows few signs of abating. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and other officials sharply condemned the artificial island-building, but provided no details on what ...
05/29/2015Ark. Gov. OKs $87M Infrastructure Bond to Lure Proposed Defense Project

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Legislation that Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law Friday authorizes an $87 million incentive package to help lure a major defense project to Arkansas. The governor called legislators back to Little Rock for a special session that wrapped up Thursday, listing the potential incentive package as the top agenda item. The incentive proposal calls for issuing bonds if ...
05/29/2015Minn. Regulators Give Green Light to $250M Solar Project

May 29--The biggest solar power project in Minnesota won approval Thursday from state regulators. The $250 million Aurora Solar Project by Edina-based Geronimo Energy calls for the installation of ground-mounted solar panels at 21 mostly rural sites from Chisago County north of the Twin Cities to Waseca in southeast Minnesota. Geronimo plans to finish the project in 2016 and sell the power to ...
05/27/2015Feds Order Pipeline Operator to Finish Oil Spill Cleanup in Calif.

GOLETA, California (AP) — Two federal agencies issued an order Wednesday to ensure that Plains All American Pipeline finishes the cleanup of what they call the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard issued the joint Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude on land, at the shoreline and in the ocean, to ...
05/27/2015Opponents of Proposed LNG Terminal Pressure Ore. Gov. to Reject Project

May 27--In the decade-long fight over proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals in Oregon, the state leader who has said the least may now matter most: Gov. Kate Brown. The state's stand on such projects could be a make-or-break proposition for the developers of Oregon LNG in Warrenton and Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay. Brown is the third governor to deal with the LNG ...
05/27/2015NYC Approves 65-Story Skyscraper Next to Grand Central Terminal

NEW YORK (AP) — City officials cleared the way on Wednesday for construction of a new, 65-story Manhattan skyscraper after the developer made an unusual tradeoff: a promise to make sweeping upgrades to nearby Grand Central Terminal that would allow more rush-hour trains on the subway's busiest lines. New York City Council members unanimously approved a change to zoning law that will allow One ...
05/27/2015New Building Codes Reduce Hurricane Damage Risk in Florida Coastal Construction

MIAMI (AP) — Since eight hurricanes whipped through Florida during back-to-back seasons a decade ago, causing $33 billion in insurance claims, the state's coastal communities have added an additional 1.5 million people and almost a half-million new houses, an Associated Press analysis shows. But experts say the risk of catastrophic destruction hasn't grown along with the new development ...
05/28/2015Team Picked to Build LaGuardia Airport's New Main Terminal

NEW YORK (AP) — The agency that operates New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday selected a team to build a new main terminal. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's board of commissioners voted to select LaGuardia Gateway Partners to replace the airport's aging Terminal B, which dates to 1964. The project includes developer Skanska USA Inc., architecture and engineering company HOK ...
05/27/2015Labor Deal Reached for Site C Hydro Dam Project in British Columbia

VICTORIA — BC Hydro and the province's unionized building trades workers have reached an agreement over the construction of the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam. The deal means union members will work alongside non-union workers and with independent and First Nations contractors. Hydro president Jessica McDonald says the agreement allows labour peace at an open site and takes steps to ...

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