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03/25/2015VA Hospital Construction Chief Retires Amid Investigation Into Denver Hospital

DENVER (AP) — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said. Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. In a written statement, the VA said problems at the hospital under construction in the Denver suburb of ...
03/25/2015French Construction Firm Denies Claim of Forced Labor on Qatar Project

PARIS: French construction giant Vinci vigorously denied allegations it had violated the rights of migrant workers helping to build stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and said it would sue the human rights group Sherpa over its claims. Paris-based Sherpa said it had asked the public prosecutor of Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, to investigate its findings that Vinci's Construction Grand ...
03/24/2015Victims of Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse Worked for Three Different Companies

March 24--RALEIGH -- Authorities have identified the employers of the men killed and injured in a scaffolding collapse on Monday at a construction site in downtown Raleigh. Two of the men who died worked for Juba Aluminum Products Co., and one worked for KEA Contracting Inc. of Raleigh, according to N.C. Department of Labor spokesman Neal O'Briant, citing "preliminary information." The ...
03/25/201514 Workers Killed in Scaffolding Collapse in Central Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — At least 14 people were killed and 28 others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in central Vietnam. Deputy police chief in Ha Tinh province, Bui Dinh Quang, said Thursday that all the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors hired to work on a seaport breakwater project. He said it was not known if any other workers were trapped in the rubble. ...
03/25/2015Japan Uses Funds for Fighting Climate Change for Coal Plants in India, Bangladesh

MUTTAGI, India (AP) — Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found. The AP reported in December that Japan had counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who ...
03/25/2015Pittsburgh City Planners Demand Changes to New U.S. Steel HQ Design

March 25--The Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved plans Tuesday for a U.S. Steel headquarters on the former Civic Arena site -- with a series of conditions and criticisms. Among the conditions, final designs for the headquarters must be reviewed and approved by Zoning Administrator Corey Layman before a building permit can be issued. Commissioners demanded improvements. "There is nothing ...
03/25/2015Water Officials Approve Recycled Water Project at New Apple Campus

March 25--SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara Valley Water District board Tuesday night approved a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay and make Apple's futuristic new campus a little bit greener. During a Tuesday evening meeting, the board was considering whether to give a final stamp of approval to a project that would pump more reclaimed water in ...
03/24/2015Gravel Truck Topples During Construction, Crushing Pregnant Woman

March 24--MARTINEZ -- State and local investigators on Tuesday tried to determine how and why a dump truck carrying gravel toppled over and crushed a car in an adjacent driveway Monday, killing a 32-year-old pregnant woman whose 4-year-old daughter was standing nearby. Some neighbors were angered to see work continuing Tuesday morning along Shell Avenue just west of Pine Street into the ...
03/23/2015MTA Awards $236.5M Contract for Repairs to Queens Midtown Tunnel in NYC

March 23--The MTA moved to award a $236.5 million contract to bring the Queens Midtown Tunnel back to its condition before Superstorm Sandy struck New York. The MTA's bridges and tunnels committee voted to have Judlau Contracting handle the repair work set to begin this summer. "The Queens Midtown Tunnel is a vital part of the transportation network for the entire Metropolitan area, and by ...
03/24/2015Jordan, Russia Sign $10B Deal on Nuclear Power Plant

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan signed a $10 billion deal with Russia on Tuesday to build the kingdom's first nuclear power plant, with two 1,000-megawatt reactors in the country's north. The deal, signed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, caps efforts of the energy-poor kingdom to attain energy sufficiency and reduce imports. Jordan lacks any local energy sources and imports 96 percent of its ...
03/24/2015MGM Breaks Ground on $800M Casino in Western Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. Hundreds attended the ceremony held on a cold but sunny day in front of an old school the casino plans to raze to make way for a parking lot. The groundbreaking ...
03/24/2015Japan Govt Audit: Millions of Dollars Wasted in Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. A Board of Audit report describes various expensive machines and untested measures that ended in failure. It also ...
03/24/2015Officials Break Ground on $440M Civic Arena Redevelopment Project in Pittsburgh

March 24--The official start of the $440 million Lower Hill District project marks an opportunity for the city to "fix the mistakes" of past city leaders and restore homes and businesses that were lost more than half a century ago, officials said Monday. Mayor Bill Peduto said Pittsburgh's leaders in the 1950s had a "strange, different ... way" of breathing life into the Lower Hill and the ...
03/24/2015Duke Energy to Fight $25.1M Coal-Ash Fine

March 24--Duke Energy said Tuesday it will "vigorously contest" a state-record $25.1 million fine for contamination of groundwater at its Sutton power plant in Wilmington. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources fined Duke on March 10. DENR has said it expects to levy more fines as the department investigates coal ash contamination at other plants. "This is a difficult step, but we ...
03/24/2015Probe Into Fatal Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse Could Take Months

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's workplace safety agency is leading an investigation into why a scaffold with several men on it broke free from the facade of a high-rise construction project and killed three workers. The State Department of Labor is receiving help from Raleigh's police and fire departments as it interviews dozens of workers at the Charter Square building under ...
03/20/2015Honolulu Rail Project Will 'Most Likely Exceed' Its Budget, Says Monitor

March 20--The latest report from the independent contractor monitoring Oahu's public rail transit project echoes what rail leaders first acknowledged publicly in December: that despite their public assurances that the project would come in on time and on budget, the effort will "most likely exceed" what it was supposed to cost. And after calling rail officials' "minimal" cost-containment ...
03/20/2015$160M I-95 Rebuild Gets Underway in Penn.

March 20--Motorists on I-95 in Philadelphia will get an additional obstacle starting Monday. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will start a 30-month, $160 million project to rebuild ramps and improve connections at the confluence of I-95, the Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue. The project is the first of three in the works to improve the interchange and to widen and reconstruct ...
03/23/2015Egypt, Ethiopia Sign Pact on Construction of $4.7B Nile River Dam

Cairo: Leaders of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Monday signed a preliminary agreement on a controversial Ethiopian dam being built on the Nile, in a move to defuse a dispute that has soured ties between Cairo and Addis Ababa. In a ceremony held in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and broadcast live on Egyptian television, President Abdul Fattah= Al Sissi of Egypt, his Sudanese counterpart Hassan ...
03/23/2015Central Maine Power Completes $1.4B Power Grid Upgrade

WINDSOR, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power has set the final transmission pole needed to complete a $1.4 billion power grid upgrade. The company celebrated the milestone reached Monday when workers raised the 101-foot tall pole in Windsor. More than 5,000 structures have been installed between Orrington and Elliot since work on the Maine Power Reliability Program began in 2010. It's thought to ...
03/23/2015Three Workers Dead in Scaffolding Collapse at Downtown Raleigh Jobsite

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital. Jeffrey Hammerstein, community outreach chief for Wake County EMS, said three men died and a fourth was seriously injured in the accident at the glass and steel building called Charter Square ...
03/20/2015Fluor Selected as Project Manager for SOCAR Petrochemical Complex in Azerbaijan

Fluor has secured a contract from the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) to provide project management contractor services on its $17bn oil and gas processing and petrochemical complex (OGPC) near Baku, Azerbaijan. Planned to be built 60km south-west of Baku, the proposed OGPC will feature multiple interfaces between process units, utilities and offsite facilities, as well as gas ...
03/20/2015U.S. Tightens Rules for Fracking on Federal Land

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination. A ...
03/23/2015$400M PNC Tower in Pittsburgh Nears Completion

March 23--PNC -- Financial Services Group's $400 million skyscraper in Downtown is nearly 80 percent complete and on track to be finished in the fall, the company said Friday. Mayor Bill Peduto said he welcomes "the addition of their new tower to our celebrated skyline," along with the financial giant's continued investment in Pittsburgh. PNC's Downtown presence includes the 30-story One PNC ...
03/22/2015Japan Opts for Massive, Costly Sea Wall to Fend Off Tsunamis

SENDAI, Japan (AP) — Four years after a towering tsunami ravaged much of Japan's northeastern coast, efforts to fend off future disasters are focusing on a nearly 400-kilometer (250-mile) chain of cement sea walls, at places nearly five stories high. Opponents of the 820 billion yen ($6.8 billion) plan argue that the massive concrete barriers will damage marine ecology and scenery, hinder ...
03/22/2015Construction To Begin Soon on Drone Business Park in N.D.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The roar of mammoth Air Force bombers and tanker planes has long been silenced at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but backers of the nation's first unmanned aircraft business park say the drones are creating a buzz. Construction on the Grand Sky grounds won't likely begin until May, but national and international companies are jockeying for position in the 1.2 ...

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