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December 20, 2012
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  • Honolulu rail project to get $1.55B in federal funding
    Honolulu's $5.1 billion rail transit project is guaranteed $1.55 billion in federal funds. The project, which includes construction of a 20-mile rail line and 21 stations, is expected to generate tens of thousands of construction jobs. "The Honolulu rail transit project, the first of its kind in the state, will bring new transit options to the growing region and create a modern transportation system that is built to last for future generations," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. RT&S online (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Price of San Diego trolley project jumps by more than half to $1.7B
    The estimated cost for an 11-mile extension of a trolley line in San Diego has jumped by nearly half a billion dollars -- from $1.24 billion two years ago to $1.7 billion now. The increase can be attributed to the addition of a new station, rail bridge, parking and trolley cars that were not part of the original plan. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and finish in 2018, depending on the approval of the project's final environmental report. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Economists anticipate more construction jobs in 2013
    A rebound in construction spending is creating more jobs, but builders are finding a shortage of qualified applicants. "Spending is getting better, and yet employment is not," said Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America. About 250,000 construction-related jobs will be generated next year, Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi says. Bloomberg (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • China to develop sustainable city
    A 120-million-square-foot urban development in China will be home to 180,000 residents and is designed with sustainability in mind. The Meixi Lake project will feature neighborhood clusters, parks, mountains, lakes and canals. "We can combine water transport with localized energy production, cluster neighborhood centers, advanced flood prevention and water management, and urban agriculture," said James von Klemperer, a principal at Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, who will work on the project along with engineering firm Arup. "Meixi is an experiment in future city planning and building." DesignBuildSource.com.au (Australia) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Habits that can help you control your fate
      
    Big Think
    The world isn't predetermined, but neither is a land of chaos ruled by blind luck, says Tony Tjan, managing partner for Cue Ball Capital, in this Big Think video. The right approaches to optimistic thinking and relationship-building can help stack the odds in your favor. "You'll find yourself less contrived, you'll probably find yourself being more authentic, you'll probably feel that you have greater openness," Tjan says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Policy Watch  
  • Survey shows public support for infrastructure rebuilding
    A majority of Americans want the U.S. infrastructure to be rebuilt and modernized, according to a survey conducted for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers by Clarus Research Group. The survey also indicates 64% of respondents believe "when government doesn't have enough available tax dollars to fund infrastructure improvements, public-private partnerships and private investment should be used as part of a financing solution" -- unless that would include tolls or user fees. The Hill/Transportation blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 303R-12: Guide to Cast-in-Place Architectural Concrete Practice
    This guide presents recommendations for producing cast-in-place architectural concrete. The importance of specified materials, forming, concrete placement, curing, additional treatment, inspection, and their effect on the appearance of the finished product are discussed. Architectural concrete requires special construction techniques, materials, and requirements that are unique to each project. The specific recommendations and information presented in this guide should be used accordingly. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."
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