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03/31/2015Hunt Construction to Build $135M Baseball Complex in West Palm Beach, Fla.

March 31--The company that built Marlins Park in Miami and the new Chicago Cubs Cactus League stadium in Arizona will be in charge of building the spring training home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals south of 45th Street. Hunt Construction was named construction manager of the $135 million baseball project Monday, beating out four other companies after a day of interviews with a ...
03/31/2015NYC Blast Probe Highlights Problem of Stealing Gas

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect another round of gas-pipe tampering caused a fiery explosion at the same building, killing two people, injuring nearly two dozen and ...
03/30/2015New $1.5B Round of Levee Work Planned for Sacramento River

March 30--A massive new round of levee improvements is ahead for Sacramento over the next decade, this time focusing primarily on the Sacramento River south of downtown. The work is estimated to cost nearly $1.5 billion and will be concentrated on levees adjoining Land Park, Greenhaven, the Pocket and Little Pocket neighborhoods. The proposed work includes building deeper seepage walls inside ...
03/31/2015Sasol Begins Construction of $8B Petrochem Complex Near Lake Charles, La.

This phase calls for building a new ethane cracker and six chemical manufacturing plants near the company's existing facilities in Westlake. According to Sasol, the ethane cracker plant is being built at a cost of around $8.1bn. The company is spending an additional $800m on land acquisition and infrastructure and utility improvements at the site. Expected to be operational in 2018, the ethane ...
03/31/2015Ind. Senate Panel Considers Repeal of State Construction Wage Law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers proposed changes Tuesday to a GOP-backed bill that would repeal the law that sets wages for public construction projects, though opponents say those efforts aren't enough to offset potential damage to the state's construction industry. Members of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee are considering a measure to eliminate the decades-old Common ...
03/31/2015Protesters Block Telescope Construction on Hawaii's Mauna Kea

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Protesters blocked a road this week as part of a push to prevent construction of a giant telescope near the top of a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians. More than 50 protesters formed a roadblock Monday that stopped about 15 vehicles carrying workers up Mauna Kea on the Big Island, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald newspaper in Hilo reported (http://ow.ly/L2He7 ). Some see ...
03/28/2015As Texas State Buildings Crumble, Repair Price Grows to $1B

March 28--FORT WORTH -- An unimposing three-story building off Interstate 20 in Fort Worth could soon be at the heart of budget discussions in the Texas Legislature. The Fort Worth State Office Building is one of more than 100 facilities in Texas that house state agencies and need long-deferred repairs with a collective price tag of about $1 billion. Some problems are easy to see: holes and ...
03/30/2015Miss. Senate Passes Bill To Sell $200M in Bonds to Fix State's Bridges

March 30--JACKSON -- The Senate passed legislation Sunday to issue $200 million in bonds to try to deal with the more than 3,050 substandard bridges on state highways across the state. The House must vote on the proposal by today to adhere to constitutional deadlines. The House originally had wanted to issue $400 million in bonds to deal with the bridges, but the agreement reached over the ...
03/30/2015Former Sri Lanka President's Pet Projects Under Review

March 30--REPORTING FROM HAMBANTOTA, Sri. LANKA -- This remote coastal scrubland, a haven for wild elephants and migratory birds that is several hours away from the nearest city, seems like an odd place to attempt to create a major commercial hub. Yet such was the whim of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a local son who, thanks to Chinese loans, poured immense sums into pet projects during ...
03/30/2015In Seattle, Mammoet Begins Slow, Careful Lift of TBM Bertha's Cutter From Pit

March 30--UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. Monday -- Mammoet has started to hoist the front end of tunnel machine Bertha, according to a state news advisory just before 1 p.m. It will take an hour or two before the top of the 57.3- foot-diameter cutterhead will be visible to news photographers. The giant machine was resting on the bottom of a temporary repair vault, some 120 feet deep. Earlier Monday, the ...
03/28/2015Thom Mayne's Design for 1,250-ft Tower in the Swiss Alps Draws Ire

March 28--Release a rendering of a very tall, very shiny glass tower looming over an idyllic mountain village and the Internet goes bananas. That's what happened earlier this week when Morphosis Architects of Los Angeles released its design renderings for a new luxury hotel in Vals, a low-key spa town in the Swiss Alps. The design, conceived by Morphosis founder Thom Mayne, would check in at a ...
03/30/2015Federal Funding in Short Supply for Rural Water Projects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running out of water. The lifeline, however, might not reach the region for more than a decade, even though officials say some areas don't have that long before wells dry up. The slow ...
03/28/2015Brazil Joins Beijing-backed Infrastructure Investment Bank

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil says it has accepted China's invitation to join a Beijing-backed international infrastructure bank. A short statement emailed by the presidential office on Saturday says the Brazilian government "accepted China's invitation to participate in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member." "Brazil is very interested to be part of this initiative aimed at ...
03/27/2015With Big Projects, Ethiopia Shedding Famine Stereotype

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look. "The airport we are planning to build is going to be huge. Very huge," Tewodros said one recent afternoon as he examined project plans in his office in Addis Ababa. "It will be one of the biggest ...
03/27/2015Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in U.S. Broadband Infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places. Because Internet service is largely unregulated by the federal government ...
03/30/2015Choreographed Lift in Seattle To Shift TBM Bertha's Cutter to Repair Site

March 30--Early this week, that red tower along the Seattle waterfront will lift a 4-million-pound piece of tunnel machine Bertha and lay it on the surface, cutter face down. The operation is expected to take up to 16 hours, state tunnel administrators say. Safety is paramount. A major failure of cables or the tower beams could damage the deep access vault around Bertha or jeopardize the ...
03/28/2015Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play for Green Money

The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity. Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company's pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the plants do not ...
03/27/2015Gov. Brown Signs $1B Water Plan for Dry California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. "This funding is just one piece of a much larger effort to help those most impacted by the drought and prepare the state for an uncertain future," Brown, a ...
03/27/2015Two People Unaccounted for After Apparent NYC Gas Explosion

NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters on Friday used high-powered water towers to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were still unaccounted for. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Authorities ...
03/26/2015Labor, Developers Reach Deal on Proposed NFL Stadium Near L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Labor leaders announced Thursday that they have resolved a dispute with developers that threatened to delay construction of a proposed 80,000-seat stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for an NFL team. Earlier this month, labor leaders became alarmed after concluding that certain jobs connected to the nearly $2 billion project backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan ...
03/25/2015Balfour Beatty Earnings Loss Widens on Construction Writedown

LONDON (Alliance News) - Balfour Beatty PLC Wednesday reported a wider loss for 2014 as it booked another writedown against its struggling construction business, and it moved further to shore up its balance sheet by scrapping its dividend as Chief Executive Leo Quinn admitted it will take another two years to turn the business around. The construction and infrastructure investments company ...
03/26/2015Low Rate on TIFIA Loan To Speed Construction of Orlando's Wekiva Parkway

March 26--Metro Orlando's road-building agency is speeding work on the Wekiva Parkway because it bagged what appears to be an historically low, long-term interest rate of 1.23 percent on a $194 million loan from the federal government. "The Wekiva Parkway has been a priority for our region for a long time. This extremely low interest loan will save our customers over $250 million in interest ...
03/25/2015Texas House Panel Approves $3.1B in Bonds for Campus Construction Projects

March 25--A Texas House panel approved a plan Wednesday to authorize $3.1 billion in bonds for construction and renovation projects at more than 50 public universities, colleges and health science centers. House Bill 100 includes $80 million to renovate Robert A. Welch Hall, a chemistry building at the University of Texas; $63 million to build an engineering and sciences building at Texas ...
03/26/2015TxDOT: Truck Driver in Salado Bridge Collapse Ignored Signs

March 26--2:15 p.m. update: The truck that hit an overpass in Salado on Thursday morning, causing several beams to fall on vehicles traveling on Interstate 35, was too tall to clear the bridge. "The truck driver ignored signs that we had that would have indicated that the truck was too tall," said Veronica Beyer, a spokeswoman for TxDOT. 2 p.m. update: Traffic around where bridge beams fell ...
03/26/2015Injuries Reported in NYC Fire, Building Collapse

NEW YORK (AP) — An apartment building on fire near New York University collapsed on Thursday, two nearby buildings began burning and several people were injured, firefighters said. Orange flames and black smoke billowed from the facade and roof of the five-story building in Manhattan, near several NYU buildings and the Washington Square Park area. Flames were spreading to other buildings. ...

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