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March 11, 2013
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  • Deck is placed on San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
    California's San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project reached a major milestone when crews spent nine hours on Saturday placing 1,220 cubic yards of concrete for the final deck section of the eastern span of the bridge. The new bridge, "designed to withstand the strongest possible ground motion involved with a seismic event within a 1,500 year period," is slated to open to traffic in September. KTVU-TV (Oakland, Calif.) (3/9), KPIX-TV (San Francisco) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Multibillion-dollar energy projects at risk from lack of skilled workers
    A scarcity of engineers and construction laborers is jeopardizing the progress of U.S. oil and natural gas projects worth $100 billion, according to this article. This could lead to a 100% increase in labor costs by 2020 as shale projects continue to multiply, according to NES Global and Piper Morgan Associates. "The cost of labor is being bid up, and that's a problem for our competitiveness," said Peter Robertson, Deloitte LLP's independent senior adviser. Bloomberg (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Solar power project in Nev. could use 86K y3 of concrete
    Construction of the Crescent Dunes solar power tower in Tonopah, Nev., is using 9,100 cubic yards of concrete and will be the world's highest building of its kind when completed, said Crescent Dunes' site manager Brian Painter. Aside from the power tower, the project's 10,300 heliostats would use an estimated 77,250 cubic yards of concrete -- based on rough calculations done by Chris Clarke -- for a total of 86,350 cubic yards. KCET-TV (Los Angeles) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prefab construction gains popularity for building projects in NYC
    Modular construction is becoming more popular among architecture, engineering and construction firms doing projects in New York City. Among the projects that helped boost its appeal is Forest City Ratner's Altantic Yards. Prefabrication used to be looked down on, "but there has been a sea change, and now there is much less of a distinction over whether a building has been assembled off-site or on-site," said David Burney, commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Coiled skyscraper is wrapped in vertical gardens
    The Agora Garden, a 90-degree twisted skyscraper wrapped in vertical gardens designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, is being built in Taipei, Taiwan. The structure, "inspired by two encircling hands clasped together and the helical structure of DNA," will feature nanotechnologies, wide planted balconies and a rainwater capture system. It will also have a solar roof to produce energy, and low E glass to reduce excess solar gain and avert thermal loss. Inhabitat (3/10), World Architecture News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How to lead when things are clear as mud
    Uncertain and confusing times are the real test of a CEO's leadership ability, writes Scott Eblin. It's important to communicate clearly, to be honest about known unknowns and to avoid disconnecting when the going gets tough. "In the absence of clear and relevant communications from you and with you, people are going to fill the vacuum with stuff they're making up. You don't want that. Stay engaged," Eblin advises. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Transportation budget is trimmed in House resolution
    A continuing resolution measure that would cut $785 million from the U.S. transportation budget has been approved in the House of Representatives as part of a funding resolution for fiscal 2013. The measure goes against funding requirements set forth by MAP-21. The resolution offers more flexibility to military and veterans programs to counter the sequester's automatic cuts. The measure drew criticism in the Senate, which is under pressure to accept the bill in order to prevent a potential government shutdown. StreetsBlog.org/Washington, D.C. (3/8), Roll Call (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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