Most Clicked AGC SmartBrief Stories


1. Photo: Massive crawler crane gets green flag for work at Daytona

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

"Big Red," the 490-foot Manitowoc 2250 Crawler Crane put in place at Daytona International Speedway, will help facilitate a $400 million remodeling effort at the speedway. The contractor, Barton Malow, will use the crane to begin demolishing the iconic tower at the racetrack. The crane will remove 30 individual sections of the steel tower, which weigh a total of 1,000 gross tons. Daytona Beach News-Journal (Fla.), The (03/21)


2. Founder of Clark Construction passes away at 87

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

A. James Clark, who was known as the "King of Concrete," died last week at the age of 87. He turned his small construction company, Clark Construction, into a personal fortune worth $1.6 billion and was responsible for building many of the largest structures in the Washington, D.C., area, where the company was based. Forbes (03/21) Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (03/20) American City Business Journals (03/21)


3. VA construction head resigns amid huge cost overruns

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Glenn Haggstrom, principal executive director of the Veterans Affairs Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, who helped manage construction of the controversial VA medical hospital in Aurora, Colo., has resigned abruptly. Haggstrom received tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses despite $2 billion in cost overruns on several VA construction projects. San Diego Union-Tribune (03/25) Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (03/25)


4. Workers appear to have hit gas line, causing explosion in NYC

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Construction workers at a restaurant in New York City appear to have hit a gas line, causing a massive explosion and fire that led to the collapse of three buildings and injuries to at least 19 people. "The initial impact appears to have been caused by plumbing and gas work that was occurring inside 121 Second Avenue," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. Con Edison had inspected the work just an hour earlier and deemed it faulty. WNBC-TV (New York) (03/27) Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (03/27) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/26)


5. Renderings: Slim tower to contain a parks, outdoor theater

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

A 700-foot-tall residential tower with a footprint of only 50 feet by 54 feet in New York City will feature 65 apartments, built-in parks and an outdoor theater. Interior columns will be eliminated, and the structural system -- in "a thin steel diagrid with a concrete core" -- will be moved to the building's perimeter. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017, but no official date for the start of construction has been set. Bloomberg (03/25)


6. $2B Calif. hospital tops off

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

A 30-foot-long, 3,400-pound beam was put into place, marking the topping off of the $2 billion hospital at Stanford Health Care in California. The general contractor is a joint venture between Clark Construction and McCarthy Building Cos. Construction of the 824,000-square-foot structure is expected to be completed in 2017. American City Business Journals (03/24)


7. Egypt floats idea to build vast new capital city from scratch

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The Egyptian government wants to transform a 270-square-mile section of desert near Cairo into a thriving "smart city" that would be four times the size of Washington, D.C., house more than 5 million people and serve as the country's new capital. The projected cost for the initial phase of the seven-year project comes in at $45 billion, although one real-estate expert predicts the entire project could cost up to $300 billion. CNBC (03/23)


8. Video: 1,000th construction worker arrives at site of Md.'s $1.2B casino

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and others celebrated the arrival of the 1,000th construction worker on site at a $1.2 billion MGM National Harbor casino in Prince George's County. The project is expected eventually to create 2,000 construction jobs. The project broke ground last year, but MGM company officials say they were too busy at the time to mark the occasion. Baltimore Sun, The (03/25) Republic (Columbus, Ind.), The (03/25)


9. 14-story building shaft generates power

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

A 14-story vertical shaft through which nothing but air moves is being used to generate electricity in an Omaha, Neb., apartment building. The shaft takes advantage of the natural movement and interchange of warm and cooler air to spin the blades of a turbine. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (03/23)


10. 2 stadium proposals compete to bring the NFL back to L.A.

AGC SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Two separate stadium projects in Los Angeles are progressing. Stan Kroenke, the owner of the St. Louis Rams, wants to build a stadium that can house two NFL teams. The Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers have a separate plan for a joint venture near Los Angeles in Carson and recently gained the support of select groups. Tulsa World (Okla.) (03/21) Denver Post, The (03/22)




Sign up for AGC SmartBrief



Designed specifically for contractors and construction executives like you, AGC SmartBrief is a FREE e-mail newsletter delivered 4x/week. It provides the latest need-to-know news and industry information that maximizes your time, giving you an edge over your competition. Learn more