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January 14, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Multibillion-dollar project envisioned for N.Y. coliseum site
    The New York Islanders will leave the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Nassau County, N.Y., in 2015, and some are making plans for the "decaying" arena and its nearly 77 acres of concrete. Developers envision turning it into a biotech complex with health care, biosciences and sports medicine offices for startups and established companies. Don Monti, one of the developers, estimates it would take between $2 billion and $3 billion to develop the project. The Wall Street Journal (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 

  • N.C. city in a "highway building boom"
    Charlotte, N.C., is forging ahead with plans to transform its highways, with more than $3 billion in projects under way or planned. Projects include the conversion of a carpool lane on I-77 into a toll lane, which is part of a $550 million project, and completion of Interstate 485 at a cost of $150 million. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction begins on Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando, Fla.
    Workers have broken ground on Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. Loews Hotels & Resorts and Universal Parks & Resorts will jointly own the hotel through their affiliates. The property, which will have 900 regular rooms and 900 suites is scheduled to open in 2014. TravelPulse (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Update 
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • GSA's Green Proving Ground program pushes energy efficiency
    The General Services Administration manages a federal buildings' portfolio of almost 10,000 assets, and the agency sees technological advances as key to energy efficiency and cost savings. For this reason, the Green Proving Ground program was developed, and it "leverages GSA's own real estate portfolio as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging building technologies and practices to save energy, water and reduce operational costs," said Eleni Reed, chief greening officer at GSA. AOL Government (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Several names appear as potential successor if LaHood leaves
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is not listed in President Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet, and it is unclear whether he will stay on. Several names have emerged as his potential successor. Among the likely candidates are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire; former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; former Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio; former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; former Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn.; and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The Hill/Transportation blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama administration to propose broad changes to immigration
    A comprehensive measure on immigration reform could soon be introduced by President Barack Obama and Democratic members of the Senate, according to senior administration officials. The bill is expected to put forth a legal process by which undocumented residents could become citizens through a series of payments and taxes. It would also mandate that the legal status of all new hires be verified. The measure could be unveiled in the State of the Union Address next month, officials said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/12), The Wall Street Journal (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC to host webinar on the Affordable Care Act
    HR professionals cannot make tough company decisions regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) alone. As a result, many are guiding construction company owners and executives through the decision-making process to minimize the impact of the ACA on business operations. AGC's upcoming webinar series, The Affordable Care Act: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Your Construction Business, will provide those with a seat at the table the information necessary to make critical business decisions that will affect the company for years to come. The webinars will be held on Feb. 5, 7 and 12. Each webinar will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Registration for all three days is just $99 for AGC members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC, Computer Guidance to host members-only conference call to release 2013 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook
    AGC of America and Computer Guidance Inc. will host a members-only conference call on Monday, Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m. ET to release the results of the 2013 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. The Outlook, which is based on responses from over 1,300 AGC member firms from across the country, provides in-depth analysis of market trends, hiring patterns and equipment purchasing plans for the industry for 2013. AGC Chief Executive Officer Stephen E. Sandherr, Chief Economist Ken Simonson and Computer Guidance President and CEO Roger Kirk will lead the call. Simply dial 888-218-0223 to participate in the Jan. 14 members-only call. No passcode is necessary. For more information, please contact Brian Turmail at or 703-837-5310. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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