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1. Labor unions agree to no overtime pay to build $985M St. Louis stadium

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

St. Louis hopes to build a stadium worth up to $985 million in a bid to keep the National Football League's St. Louis Rams in the city. Labor unions have reached an agreement to forgo overtime pay if construction goes around the clock five days a week, a move that could reduce the cost by $45 million. The project will create about 1,500 construction jobs and "result in 3.4 million work hours." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (02/20) Kansas City Star (Mo.), The (02/19)

2. Videos: Construction progressing at $2.3B Ohio River bridge

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Construction on the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, a nearly half-mile span that crosses over the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky, began in 2013 and should be complete in 2016. Now, two two-minute videos show work that has been accomplished. By the project's finish, 50,00 cubic yards of concrete will have been used. Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model), The (02/23)

3. $2.4B aluminum mill to be built in La.

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

American Specialty Alloys says it will construct a $2.4 billion aluminum mill in Louisiana to serve the aerospace and automotive industries. Yates Construction will be the general contractor on the project, which is expected to create 2,000 construction jobs. Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), The (02/21)

4. $430M in nursing home construction planned in Fla.

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Plans are underway to build 22 new nursing homes and expand 11 others in Florida after a ban prohibiting their construction was lifted. In total, the work is estimated to be worth about $430 million. The projects are expected to create hundreds of construction jobs. American City Business Journals (02/23)

5. Keystone XL pipeline in limbo after Obama's veto

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

A bill backed by Republicans clearing the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast was vetoed by President Barack Obama. A decision on whether to approve the project should be made only after the State Department has completed its review of the proposal, Obama said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Republicans will try to override the veto. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (02/24) (02/24) Reuters (02/24)

6. Photos: Fire shows evolution of safety measures in tower construction

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

A fire broke out at the 86-story Dubai Torch building in the United Arab Emirates over the weekend, but there were no injuries -- thanks to safety measures designed by architects since 9/11. Most newer tall structures are now compartmentalized to contain fires and even provide for sheltering in place. Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Freedom Tower in New York, two other skyscrapers, both contain specific safety features based on concerns raised after the terrorist attacks. Independent (London) (tiered subscription model), The (02/21) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (02/20)

7. $4.8B in new construction planned in Calif.'s Oakland metro area

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

The Oakland metro area in California will likely see a 42% increase in construction this year compared with last year, according to construction research firm CMD. This would put spending on construction at about $4.8 billion, and much of that will go toward multifamily building. San Francisco is also likely to see about an 18% increase in construction spending over last year. American City Business Journals (02/25)

8. Photos: A look inside the U.K.'s Crossrail project

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Construction is proceeding on the Crossrail project, Europe's largest infrastructure project, which will add 73 miles of track and 26 miles of tunnels. Photos take you into the project, which uses eight tunnel-boring machines. About 10,000 people are employed on the project at 40 job sites. Gizmag (02/20)

9. Largest refrigerated warehouse in North America under construction

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

A 455,000-square-foot building under construction in Richland, Wash., will house three 104,000-square-foot freezers and become the largest refrigerated warehouse in North America. Each year, roughly 2 billion pounds of food will pass through the $115 million building. Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, Wash.) (02/23) KULR-TV (Billings, Mont.) (02/23)

10. $2B stadium in L.A. county gets council's OK

AGC SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

A $2 billion stadium will be built in Los Angeles County after the Inglewood City Council unanimously approved its construction. The 80,000-seat stadium will potentially make way for the St. Louis Rams to move to the Los Angeles area. The vote packaged the stadium into a previously approved plan to redevelop a site to include office, retail and residential space, and gets around the need for an environmental review. KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV (Los Angeles) (02/24) (02/25) Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (02/24)

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