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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 ...
04/11/2014Designs Unveiled for Newest Inner Harbor Tower

April 11--Designs for the next Inner Harbor skyscraper -- a 43-story tower sheathed in reflective blue glass on the site of the former McCormick & Co. factory -- met with praise Thursday at the first presentation to the city. Plans call for a three-level building at 414 Light Street that rises to nearly 500 feet at its tallest point and is capped by a small triangle. The structure, swollen ...
04/10/2014Construction Halted at Tower Jobsite in Austin as Officials Investigate Worker's Injury

April 10--Construction work has been halted at a downtown site while a worker who was crushed by an elevator on Wednesday continues to be treated at the University Medical Center Brackenridge. It was the second injury reported since late March at the construction site where the 29-story Colorado Tower is being built, 303 Colorado St. The injured man, who is in his 30s, was initially admitted ...
04/13/2014Harmon Tower Drama Set To End As DIsmantling Start Nears

April 13--LAS VEGAS -- One by one, the grand old dames of the Strip outlived their charms -- the Dunes, Stardust and Aladdin -- and down they came, thanks to some well-rigged dynamite, in a booming flash of bravado and showmanship that became this city's staple -- the implosion. But not the Harmon. The troubled hotel and condominium tower once envisioned as an anchor to the gleaming CityCenter ...
04/11/2014Conflict Led to Architect's Departure From Milwaukee Art Museum Project

April 11--When he was asked to design a new building for the Milwaukee Art Museum, Jim Shields talked about steering clear of the "pitched battle" between the architectural heavyweights on the lakefront -- the expressive vocabulary of Santiago Calatrava and the sober design of Eero Saarinen. He may not have expected a pitched battle of his own. Shields, one of Milwaukee's most celebrated ...
04/11/2014Everglades Restoration Project Clears Hurdle

April 11--Water managers took a crucial step Thursday in redefining the methods and mechanics of Everglades restoration by committing financial support to a suite of projects that target the massive ecosystem's ailing core. The $1.9 million Central Everglades Planning Project, known as CEPP, is far smaller than the grand vision Congress adopted 14 years ago at five times the cost. Instead, it ...
04/10/2014Engineer Sues Contractors Over Beam Collapse at Perez Art Museum Miami

April 10--The new Perez Art Museum Miami is fighting a lawsuit that alleges two of its contractors failed to keep several five- to 10-ton concrete beams from collapsing during construction. The lawsuit, which engineering firm Arup USA filed this week in Florida's 11th Judicial Circuit Court, seeks nearly $7 million that Arup claims it is owed from PAMM and Florida-based contractors John ...
04/10/2014Majority of Red Wings Arena Construction Jobs to Go to Detroiters

April 10--Just over half of the estimated 5,500 construction jobs being created by the Detroit Red Wings' new arena project will go to Detroit residents under a plan approved Wednesday by Detroit's Downtown Development Authority. The DDA approved a recommendation from Olympia Development, the private entity of the Ilitch family that owns the Red Wings, to hire a joint-venture construction ...
04/08/2014Sandy-Recovery Firm's Expanded Role Draws Lawmaker Questions

April 08--TRENTON -- New Jersey lawmakers on Monday questioned a top Christie administration official on why a firm with a checkered past in post-Katrina recovery appears to have taken on an expanded role in the state's response to Hurricane Sandy. The state Department of Community Affairs entered into an agreement Jan. 31 with Virginia-based ICF International for the firm to take over some ...
04/09/2014Columbia, S.C., Votes to Build Minor-League Baseball Stadium

April 09--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- By the slimmest of margins, Columbia City Council decided Tuesday night to authorize a management contract for a city-owned baseball stadium in the yet-to-be-built Bull Street neighborhood downtown. The 4-3 vote to hire Hardball Capital of Atlanta to bring a minor-league team to Columbia and to operate the stadium is the first step toward spending $29 million in ...

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