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04/16/2014Australia Approves Plans for $2.4B Airport in Sydney

SYDNEY: Australia has approved a $2.4 billion project to build a long-awaited second airport for Sydney, likely boosting near-term investment and jobs in a bet the city's air travel demand will grow enough to justify a surge in terminal capacity. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the plan yesterday, saying he expects work to begin in 2016.
04/17/2014Memorial Hermann To Begin $650M Hospital Expansion in Houston

April 17--A growing patient load and an expected drop in government health care funding for the poor, the elderly and the uninsured persuaded Memorial Hermann Health System to commit $650 million to renovate and expand its flagship hospital in the Texas Medical Center beginning this summer, officials said Wednesday. "We have to step up while we still can," president and CEO Dan Wolterman said, ...
04/15/2014Transportation Secretary visits Ohio River Bridges Project

April 15--LOUISVILLE -- Using the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project as a backdrop, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged Congress to pass a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal he and President Barack Obama plan to submit later this month. Foxx joined Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., and state and local ...
04/15/2014Jamaica Grants License for Natural Gas Powerplant Project

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday. Phillip Paulwell said Energy World International is to supply 381 megawatts of natural gas-fired generating capacity for Jamaica's power grid. He called the project a "game changer" for the tropical ...
04/16/2014Elected Officials Call for Outside Review of Bay Bridge Corrosion

April 16--Elected officials called for an independent review of corrosion inside the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They said their concerns stemmed from a Sacramento Bee investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a supposedly protected chamber where the new span's main suspension cable is attached. The corrosion -- confirmed by lab testing -- affects ...
04/15/2014Hennepin County Medical Center Plans $191M Expansion to Downtown Minneapolis Campus

April 15--Hennepin County Medical Center is planning a $191 million expansion at its downtown Minneapolis campus -- a project that should help simplify the hospital's sprawling footprint. The new 322,000-square-foot building will be located across from the Emergency Department, and feature primary- and specialty-care clinics, as well as outpatient surgery facilities. Currently, these ...
04/15/2014Construction of Hong Kong-China High-Speed Rail Link Delayed

Construction of a railway project linking Hong Kong and mainland China's high-speed railway network will be delayed after torrential rain flooded construction sites, the project operator said Tuesday. "The completion of the project by 2015 is no longer achievable," project director Chew Tai Chong told reporters. The HK$60 billion (US$7.7 billion) project to link Hong Kong with China's ...
04/16/2014Conn. Prepares for $400M I-84 Widening Project in Waterbury

April 16--WATERBURY -- Work may begin this year on a $400 million project to widen I-84 at the infamous bottleneck just east of downtown, part of an ambitious five-year plan for highway and bridge improvements across the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday. At a press conference at a park-and-ride lot along the busy interstate, Malloy and members of Connecticut's Congressional ...
04/15/2014Metro Recommends $927M Contract with Skanska/Traylor for Downtown L.A. Rail Project

April 15--A nearly $1-billion contract to build a downtown subway that would close one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's rail network should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction, according to a Metro report published Tuesday. The recommendation comes even though the firms were not the lowest bidders. In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan ...
04/15/2014Infrastructure Crisis Building Along U.S.-Mexico Border in N.M.

April 15--Editor's note: This is the last in a four-part series on the economic explosion along New Mexico's southern border. SANTA TERESA -- The Santa Teresa industrial zone in southern New Mexico may be the victim of its own success as infrastructure there reaches a choke point. Commercial activity at the border industrial parks is booming as trade activity with Mexico's "maquila" assembly ...
04/15/2014Concrete Cracks Put Kink in Minneapolis-St. Paul Light Rail Project

April 15--With just two months to go before light-rail trains begin rumbling down the Green Line connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis, construction work on the nearly $1 billion project was supposed to be complete. The key words here: supposed to be. On Monday, crews blocked off Vandalia Street at University Avenue to begin the unexpected task of tearing up and replacing damaged concrete panels ...
04/14/2014Vt. Couple Gets $1.3M in Wind Turbine Settlement

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million. In announcing they had agreed to settle a lawsuit over a boundary dispute filed against them by GMP, Don and Shirley ...
04/14/2014Babcock & Wilcox Scales Back Its Small Nuclear Reactor Program

April 14--Charlotte-based Babcock & Wilcox said Monday it will scale back its mPower small modular nuclear reactor program after being unable to attract needed investors or contracts. The president of its mPower subsidiary, Christofer Mowry, left the company as of Sunday, B&W said in a securities filing. Mowry was terminated "without cause," the filing said. William Fox III will replace him. ...
04/15/2014With Highway Trust Fund Running Low, Congress Is Giving States the Transportation Blues

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements. Anthony Foxx kicked off an eight-state bus trip ...
04/14/2014China's Eco-Cities Project Rolls Out Green Dream in Ghost Towns, But Critics Object

Wang Lin needed a change. The crushing air pollution and gridlock traffic in his hometown Hangu, an industrial district in China's northern metropolis Tianjin, made him anxious and sometimes sick. Then he heard of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City. Promotional materials claimed the pounds 24bn development, a joint venture of the Chinese and Singaporean governments, was to be a "model for ...
04/15/2014Bechtel Hiring of Ex-Ambassador Who Helped It Win $1B Kosovo Road Deal Irks EU Officials

A former US ambassador to Kosovo who lobbied for the construction of a $1bn road through the war-torn country has been employed by the American construction giant that secured the lucrative contract. Christopher Dell, a career diplomat nominated by Barack Obama to represent the US in Pristina, has been employed by the Bechtel Corporation after he helped the firm win the contract to build a ...
04/11/2014Northern Haiti Port To Be Expanded After U.S. Fails to Get Investors for New Facility

April 11--After months of unsuccessfully trying to get private investors to cough up millions of dollars for the construction of a new, multimillion dollar port in northeastern Haiti, the U.S. government is scratching its plans and will instead revamp the existing port in the city of Cap-Haitien. "The private sector was markedly unenthusiastic about investing in a new port," said a U.S. ...
04/11/2014China-based Investment Firm Proposes Two-Tower Hotel-Condo Complex for Downtown Tacoma, Wash.

April 11--City officials will ask Tacoma City Council approval Tuesday to begin negotiations with a Chinese-owned development company that seeks to build a twin-towered retail, hotel and condominium complex on a city parcel adjacent to Tacoma's convention center. The proposal by Yareton Investment and Management LLC calls for construction of a 300-room luxury hotel, 150 condominium units, a ...
04/12/2014Ethiopian Panel Slams Environmentalist NGO's Report on Dam Project

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (AFP File Photo) By Jake Lippincott On Sunday the Grand Ethiopian Dam Project (GERD) Panel of Experts slammed a 31 March report issued by the International Rivers Network (IRN), titled "GERD Panel of Experts Report: Big Questions Remain". The IRN piece was a response to a leaked GERD Panel of Experts report on the expected environmental consequences of ...
04/10/2014Dayton-Springfield Area in Ohio To Undergo $300M in Road Construction

April 10--The Dayton-Springfield region will undergo 100 highway construction projects this year costing more than $300 million, about double the spending of a typical year and at least 20 more projects than usual, Ohio Department of Transportation officials said Thursday. Around Dayton, the most ambitious highway construction season in years will center on three new projects in addition to ...
04/14/2014Merced County, Calif. OKs Dos Palos Solar Project

April 14--The Board of Supervisors approved a small solar photovoltaic project that will span 11 acres of farmland in the Dos Palos area. The project will spread across two parcels on the east side of San Juan Road and about 550 feet north of Highway 152, according to county documents. County supervisors last week unanimously approved the project's conditional use permit. About 7,560 ...
04/13/2014Special Report: The Needless Death of Richard Laco, and What It Tells Us about Britain's Perilous Building Sites

The Francis Crick Institute, swiftly rising from a vast building site behind the British Library, next to London's St Pancras station, will be the biggest laboratory in Europe, a glittering "jewel in the crown" of UK medical research, according to ministers. Keen to share in the project's glory, on Radio 4's Today programme last week the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, even acknowledged that ...
04/12/2014Rebounding Construction Industry in Wis. Looks to Apprentices to Fill Void

April 12--JANESVILLE -- Paul Wesling and Nick Tibbott work in different fields, but they are examples of a growing trend in the Wisconsin construction industry. Both are apprentices, filling positions employers and industry observers say are critical to an industry sector that's growing and in need of skilled workers. It wasn't all that long ago when Wisconsin contractors were suffering the ...
04/13/2014Alaska Senate Votes in Favor of Knik Arm Bridge Project

April 13--JUNEAU -- The Alaska Senate voiced strong support for the Knik Arm bridge Saturday, passing a bill that would put the fate of the $900 million-plus project in the hands of federal highway officials. After accepting two of three Democratic amendments -- itself an unusual occurrence -- the Senate passed the bridge bill 16-4. The measure, approved by the House last year as House Bill ...
04/13/2014New Bay Bridge Shows Signs of Rust in Critical Areas

April 13--Some of the most vulnerable and integral cable sections and rods on the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting. The bridge suspension span and iconic tower rely on an unusual design: A single cable, comprising 137 steel strands, loops over the tower and under the bridge to hold it up. That cable is secured on the eastern edge of the span, inside chambers ...

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