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12/21/2014Columbia, S.C., Experiencing $1-Billion Building Boom

Dec. 21--Downtown Columbia is in the middle of a billion-dollar building boom that shows no signs of slowing. A renaissance that began in the early 2000s was stymied when the Great Recession ground development to a halt in 2008. Pent-up demand in an economy that finally has found its footing has led Columbia to its highest-dollar build-out in history. A study by The State newspaper shows ...
12/19/2014Final Design Approved for Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier

Dec. 19--The final design for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge was approved Friday by the district Board of Directors, moving the project closer to reality. "This represents another important step to advance the Golden Gate Bridge suicide deterrent project into construction," said Ewa Bauer, the bridge district's chief engineer. The bridge district's $76 million suicide barrier plan ...
12/20/2014Boston Shuts 106-Year-Old Seaport Pedestrian Bridge Due to Structural Problems

Dec. 20--Structural conditions and "deterioration beyond repair" prompted the city to close the Old Northern Avenue bridge that serves as a pedestrian link between South Boston's Seaport District and the Financial District. An analysis of the 106-year-old truss bridge's load capacity by TranSystems, a transportation consultant hired by the city, found 13 floor beams with a "zero-ton rating" in ...
12/20/2014Construction To Begin Off Scottish Coast on Largest-Ever Tidal Power Project

Construction of the largest planned tidal energy project in the world is expected to begin off the Scottish coast next month, developers have announced. Atlantis, majority owner of the MeyGen project, said it had finalised all of the conditions required to initiate its first drawdown from financiers The Crown Estate and Scottish Enterprise. The project has the potential to power nearly 175,000 ...
12/19/2014N.J. Beach Owner Sues Feds, State Over Dune Restoration Project

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state's shoreline. Jenkinson's Pavilion, one of the state's largest and most popular beaches, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court claiming the project would transform its privately ...
12/19/2014Turner/PCL Awarded $961M Contract for LAX Midfield Concourse

Dec. 19--The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step forward Thursday with approval of the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel. City airport commissioners also initiated preliminary planning and the environmental review for several projects included in the $4-billion ground ...
12/21/2014Miami University Construction Boom Tops $400M

Dec. 21--Miami University's rural Oxford campus has turned into a construction zone during the last five years as officials have renovated or demolished dozens of buildings, all while racking up an unprecedented $679 million worth of debt. This past year capped the busiest construction year yet with more than $182 million worth of projects, including new dorms, dining halls and the Armstrong ...
12/17/2014'Buy American' Provision on Alaska Ferry Terminal Project Is Problem for Canadians

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials, potentially threatening the project. The terminal is on Canadian soil, in British Columbia, but the land is leased to the state of Alaska. Under a 50-year lease signed last year, the state is to rebuild the terminal facilities and docking ...
12/17/2014B.C. Government Approves Construction of $8.8B Dam on Peace River

VICTORIA - The British Columbia government has approved its most expensive mega project with the construction of an $8.8 billion dam on the Peace River that Premier Christy Clark says marks a historic milestone that will be felt for a century. The controversial Site C dam project was immediately denounced by First Nations and environmental groups as "incredibly stupid," and a project "that ...
12/18/2014Two-Speed Labor System in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands. Qatar, on paper at least, has rules that forbid such uncomfortable conditions for its massive workforce of migrant laborers. Yet this is how the government-owned transport company, which the Gulf nation will use to ferry visitors around the 2022 World Cup, has housed some of ...
12/17/2014Chinese Developer Plans 89-Story Chicago Tower Designed by Jeanne Gang

Dec. 17--Chicago officials are expected to announce this week that a Chinese developer is moving ahead with plans for an 89-story riverfront residential and hotel tower, to be designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, according to sources close to the deal. Beijing-based Wanda Group reportedly plans to invest $900 million in the project, which is likely to house an ultra-luxurious hotel, ...
12/18/2014Developer of Massive Worldcenter Project in Miami Pushes For Approval

Dec. 18--On a tight deadline to begin construction of an enormous residential and retail complex near downtown, the developer behind the Miami Worldcenter is pushing aggressively for approval of the first phase of its 27-acre project. Earlier this month, following close to a year of discussion and debate about conceptual designs, Miami's Planning and Zoning Department received a proposed site ...
12/16/2014OSHA's New Reporting Rules Start January 1st

Dec. 16--When a worker is injured on the job, the first priority is his or her safety. Call 911, apply first aid, do whatever is necessary to preserve life and limb. Then, in the aftermath, there's more to do. Most private employers are covered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, and they have reporting and record-keeping obligations. Starting Jan. 1, those requirements will be ...
12/16/201412 Workers Trapped When Tunnel Collapses at Vietnam Hydropower Project Site

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Rescuers drilled a hole through a collapsed tunnel in central Vietnam and were communicating with 12 trapped workers who said they were safe, according to an official Wednesday. The workers became trapped on Tuesday when the tunnel of a hydropower collapsed. Le Duc Long, a local official in Lam Dong province, said rescuers drilled a tube hole through the 36-meter ...
12/17/2014Massive N.M. Wind Project Approaches Next Phase

Dec. 17--The Roosevelt County Wind Ranch project is set to move forward after county commissioners on Tuesday approved a road maintenance and transportation agreement with Roosevelt Wind Project, LLC. The agreement is the final hurdle for the county and with its approval the Industrial Revenue Bonds, totaling $430 million, can be issued and sold to Roosevelt Wind Project affiliate Roosevelt ...
12/17/2014Miami-Dade OKs $9M for SkyRise Miami Project

Dec. 17--Miami-Dade commissioners backed tapping new property taxes to borrow $9 million for SkyRise Miami, a funding plan opposed by the project's hometown mayor. With only three No votes, county support for the planned 1,000-foot observation tower passed by a comfortable margin Tuesday afternoon. The decision marked a comeback for SkyRise developer Jeff Berkowitz, since the spending proposal ...
12/16/2014Watchdog: One-Year Delay Possible at Vogtle Nuke Plant Project

ATLANTA (AP) — Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) is trending almost ...
12/17/2014New York State Will Move to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would defer to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the ...
12/17/2014Duke Energy Building Unneeded Power Plants, Group Claims

Dec. 17--Duke Energy and other utilities in the Southeast are building power plants that aren't needed, gouging consumers, a Durham advocacy group said Tuesday in a federal complaint. NC WARN asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order an investigation of the billions of dollars the group says are being wasted. WARN contends that utilities could buy power from each other instead of ...
12/17/2014Three Contractors Get Prison Terms for Fraud on South Carolina AFB Project

Dec. 17--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Three contractors who worked on construction jobs at Shaw Air Force Base starting in 2006 pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to defrauding the federal government. James Autry Clemens, 60, of Johnston, SC, Larry Baker, 64 of Cameron, SC and Steven Crandell, 59, of Salisburg, NC, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 48 months to 5 months US Attorney Bill ...
12/15/2014Surface Transportation Board: Fed. Law on High-Speed Rail Trumps Calif. Environmental Lawsuits

Dec. 15--A three-member panel of presidential appointees has apparently derailed seven lawsuits challenging the the California High-Speed Rail Authority's approval of its Fresno-Bakersfield bullet-train route. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board, in a ruling issued late Friday, declared on a 2-1 vote that the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, "is categorically preempted" in ...
12/16/2014China Imprisons Businesswoman in Rail Project Graft Case

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Tuesday sentenced a businesswoman linked to China's fallen ex-railway minister to 20 years in prison for bribery and interfering with bids for rail projects. Ding Yuxin, formerly known as Ding Shumiao, illegally helped 23 companies win bidding for 57 projects and personally received 2 billion yuan ($330 million) for her efforts, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate ...
12/16/2014Wash. Gov. Inslee Seeks Carbon Tax to Fund Transportation

MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Overlooking the state Route 520 floating bridge project, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled a proposal he said would address the state's most pressing transportation needs — fixing bridges and roads and boosting the ferry system while cleaning the air and water. Inslee hopes to fund the $12 billion plan with bonds, fees and a carbon charge on the state's ...
12/16/2014Deal Reached Before Trial Over Flawed Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A last-minute settlement avoided trial Tuesday in a massive civil breach-of-contract lawsuit involving casino giant MGM Resorts International and six of seven contractors on a never-opened Las Vegas Strip tower called the Harmon. Several jurors gasped when Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez announced the parties reached an agreement that avoided a trial that ...
12/16/2014L.A. Looks to Protect Water Infrastructure From Earthquakes

Dec. 16--Los Angeles gets 88% of its water from three major aqueducts, flowing from the Colorado River, Owens Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. But as they make their way into the region, the aqueducts cross the San Andreas fault a total of 32 times. Officials have long warned that a massive temblor on the San Andreas could destroy key sections of the aqueducts, cutting off ...

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