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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 ...
10/19/2014Houston School Districts Hit Tax Caps as They Borrow for Construction

Oct. 19--When state lawmakers slashed education funding three years ago, many school districts had to lean even more on local taxpayers to pay for a growing list of construction needs. Legislators later restored much of the money, but didn't include funds to pay off new debt taken on to build schools. Now three dozen school districts that racked up debt and raised taxes for new facilities -- ...
10/17/2014Apartments Pushed Up U.S. Homebuilding in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding. Housing starts rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million homes, the Commerce Department said Friday. Almost all of the gains came from apartment construction — a volatile category — which increased 18.5 percent after plunging in ...
10/17/2014Office-Building Developers Pushing Proposals in Pittsburgh

Oct. 17--Almost overnight, it seems, developers are stepping forward with bold proposals for big, new office projects in or near Downtown. Alco Parking President Merrill Stabile announced a plan Oct. 8 to build two 11-story office towers and a 1,227-space parking garage in a lot he owns behind PNC Park. The next day, Raleigh, N.C.-based Highwoods Properties unveiled a proposal to erect a ...
10/17/2014SkyRise Tower Gets Early OK for $9M from Miami-Dade County

Oct. 17--Miami-Dade County commissioners on Thursday endorsed using property taxes to fund about $30 million in development subsidies for a series of for-profit projects, including $9 million for the planned SkyRise Miami observation tower on the city waterfront. With heated words for Mayor Carlos Gimenez, members of the commission's economic-development committee rejected Gimenez's ...
10/16/2014Pipeline Projects Compete to Supply N.Y. Power Plant Converting From Coal to Gas

Oct. 16--With the planned conversion of the Dunkirk power plant from coal to natural gas, two companies are competing for the right to build a pipeline that would supply the generating station with its new source of fuel. Both National Fuel Gas Co. and an affiliate of the power plant's owner, NRG Energy, have filed competing plans with the state Public Service Commission to build 16-inch ...
10/16/2014$575M Renovation Project at Wrigley Field in Full Swing

CHICAGO (AP) — Construction equipment is starting to take big bites out of Wrigley Field's exterior outfield walls. The demolition of the famous bleachers at the historic ballpark in Chicago is part of a project to build a large electronic sign and six other outfield signs. Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Thursday that the affected walls won't be rebuilt for several weeks. He says the ...
10/15/2014Site Work Begins on Notre Dame's $400M Campus Crossroads Project

Oct. 15--SOUTH BEND -- The Fighting Irish home football season doesn't end until Nov. 22, but site preparation work has started around Notre Dame Stadium for the $400 million Campus Crossroads project. The areas immediately east and west of the football stadium are now surrounded by fences. Large trees are being removed and heavy equipment is being used to move dirt and break up concrete ...
10/15/2014AREVA To Build Brazil's Largest Biomass Plant

Under the scope of the contract, AREVA will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for Campo Grande, a plant composed of three 50 MW modules and fuelled with woody biomass. The plant's connection to the national electric grid is scheduled for mid 2017. "Awarded as part of the first biomass plant project undertaken in Brazil in recent years, this success illustrates BOLT ...
10/16/2014$200M Hawaii Condo Project Breaks Ground

Oct. 16--Construction equipment is starting up Thursday to begin building the Collection, the latest condominium tower to rise in Kakaako. The project's developer, Alexander & Baldwin Inc., held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday on the site once occupied by a CompUSA store to thank everyone helping the roughly $200 million tower get off the ground, including government officials, contractors ...
10/16/2014In Escalating Land Dispute, China Villagers Burn Construction Workers to Death

BEIJING (AP) — Villagers in a bitter standoff with a property developer in rural southwestern China detained several construction workers and burned four of them to death in a scuffle that left eight people dead, authorities said Thursday. The incident in Yunnan province was one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years to strike the country's vast rural hinterland, casting a ...
10/16/2014Minneapolis Seeks Proposals for 'Iconic' High-Rise for Nicollet Hotel Block

Oct. 16--City officials are seeking proposals to remake a downtown Minneapolis block that has served as little more than a parking lot for decades. The city-owned block north of the Central Library along Nicollet Mall was once home to the Nicollet Hotel, which towered over the city's now-razed Gateway District. The hotel was demolished in 1991. In its place, the city will accept nothing ...
10/16/2014Miami-Dade Mayor Scraps Grant Plan in Favor of Money for SkyRise, Miami Wilds Projects

Oct. 16--Miami-Dade residents could pay more property taxes to help build the new SkyRise Miami observation tower on Biscayne Bay and a 20th Century Fox theme park at Zoo Miami under a new proposal by Mayor Carlos Gimenez that marks a sharp change in course on economic-development grants. The mayor revealed his bid to subsidize the high-profile, for-profit projects Wednesday afternoon while ...

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