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February 27, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Pontoon design flaws delay Seattle's SR 520 bridge completion
      
    Source: KCPQ
    The large cracks in the concrete pontoons that will hold up Seattle's new $4.1 billion State Route 520 floating bridge are due to errors and flaws made by the state when approving the design for the bridge, according to state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond. Repairs could cost over $100 million, but that's within the project's $200 million contingency fund. However, the scheduled completion date of December 2014 will be delayed. "I’m hopeful the project will be done within 2015," Hammond said. KCPQ-TV (Seattle) (2/26), KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle)/The Associated Press (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • NYC's 1 WTC tower now more than 1,470 feet tall
    Work continues on the 18-piece concrete rooftop spire for 1 World Trade Center, which is now more than 1,470 feet tall. The completion of the spire will raise the tower's height to 1,776 feet, which could make it the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere if the Council on Tall Buildings decides that the spire is not merely an antenna but an architectural element of the building. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google nears groundbreaking on Bayview campus in Calif.
    Google will soon break ground on a campus near its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. "We are beginning construction on our new Bayview Campus, which is a key to our growth and another sign of our commitment to the area," a Google spokesman said in a statement. The campus will be built on property leased from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and will consist of nine interconnected buildings. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amtrak to spend $120M-$150M for box tunnel in NYC
    Amtrak and Related Cos., have agreed to build an 800-foot long "box tunnel" beneath the site of the Hudson Yards project that will link Manhattan, New York and New Jersey. The tunnel "will serve as a shell for the Manhattan end of the Gateway tunnel Amtrak hopes to build later." Construction will start this summer and will cost an estimated $120 million to $150 million. New York Post (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • Bank lending opens up for Miami condo-construction boom
    The approval of a $160 million loan for a 47-story "ultraluxury" condominium tower in Miami marks a milestone in construction lending because it is the first worth more than $100 million for a condo project since the housing boom. Bank loans for commercial real-estate projects across the U.S. rose to an estimated $1.51 trillion in the last quarter -- up by $14 billion from the previous quarter -- based on data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. "Developers realize the next South Florida condo construction boom is just beginning," said Peter Zalewski, principal of Condo Vultures. The Wall Street Journal (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Translucent concrete panels let light in -- and out
    They've been used in China and have been unveiled, but not yet used, in the U.S. and Canada. Concrete panels from Essroc Italcementi are polished and let light pass through from either side, while being as strong and resistant to cracking as traditional concrete panels. "They’re made with a very clear resin cast in concrete in a kind of honeycomb lattice," said Richard McGrath, director for codes and standards with the Cement Association of Canada. Journal of Commerce (Canada) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 new firms join Better Building Challenge
    Macy’s, Johnson Controls and Sprint have signed up to become part of the Better Buildings Challenge, a launched by President Barack Obama in 2011. The companies hope to cut energy consumption by 20% by 2020 on a combned total of 200 million square feet of space. Macy's is one of the top five users of solar power in the U.S. and has replaced more than 1 million conventional light bulbs with high-efficiency LEDs at its stores as part of its Five-Point Action Plan for sustainability. TriplePundit.com (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Sequestration cuts may slow down post-Sandy reconstruction
    Sequestration cuts that may take effect on Friday, would sharply slow rebuilding from superstorm Sandy in New Jersey, New York and other states. "The sequestration could slow down reviews for permits needed before you can begin reconstruction," said Brian Turmail with the Associated General Contractors of America. He said that potential cuts to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Housing and Urban Development could pose challenges in getting timely approval for reconstruction projects. WNYC-AM/FM (New York Public Radio) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • TECH SHOWCASE presentation at AGC Convention in Palm Springs, Calif.
    Mobile Technology is changing the way construction projects are being built in the field. On March 7, please join the AGC IT Forum Committee at their Annual AGC Convention Technology Showcase which will focus this year on Mobile Apps in Construction. See a live demo of construction focused mobile apps! AGC Construction company presenters from across the country will share why they chose the app they are using, what tablet or smartphone devices the app runs on, and the impact the app has had on their employees, customers and business Each will discuss their company’s mobile device policy including BYOD, device/data security, and the costs of implementation. There will be opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentations. Information on how you can become a part of AGC’s IT Forum and stay abreast of the most effective use of technology in construction will also be discussed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Work like a pro and win: Chrysler Commercial Vehicles contest
    Chrysler Commercial Vehicles is giving away an all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van for their "Work Like a Pro!" contest. To enter, simply tell them why your business needs a new ProMaster, and you could win one of the very first ProMaster vans to roll off the line. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @ChryslerForWork with the hashtag #WorkLikeaPro. Learn more about contest details and enter for your chance to win. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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