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November 2, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • AGC's Sandherr named a top influencer by The Hill
    Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, has been called a "name to know," by The Hill newspaper. "The contracting industry is counting on Sandherr to impress upon lawmakers the need to end the uncertainty of the 'fiscal cliff' and sequestration," The Hill says. The Hill (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Lights, work back on at NYC's 1WTC
    Generators have turned the lights back on at New York City's 1 World Trade Center after it was blacked out by superstorm Sandy. Water that poured in from the Hudson River during the storm has been pumped out, allowing construction crews to return to work. Bloomberg (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Harriet" begins boring $1B PortMiami tunnel’s second leg
    Harriet, the $45 million, German-made boring machine, has started drilling the second tunnel of the $1 billion PortMiami project. Work on the tunnel’s second leg is slated to be finished in April, said Chris Hodgkins, Miami Access Tunnel vice president. The entire twin-tunnel project is scheduled for completion in May 2014. The Miami Herald (free registration) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Economic Update 
  • Construction sector adds 17,000 jobs in October
    Non-farm payrolls in October increased by 171,000. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9%. The construction sector added 17,000 jobs, and the only sector that saw a decrease in jobs was government. The number of jobs added in September was revised -- up to 148,000 from the original 114,000. ABC News (11/2), Bloomberg Businessweek (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Smart infrastructure: A solution to U.S. infrastructure woes
    The addition of smart technology to vehicles, roads and bridges could help solve America's deteriorating infrastructure instead of the "patch and repair" system now used, writes Noelle Knell. "The return on investment from smart infrastructure is significant," said Scott Belcher, president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. "You get a higher rate of return on a lot of technology deployments than you do on new asphalt." GovTech.com (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3-D printed bricks, tomorrow's building blocks?
    Brian Peters, co-founder of the Design Lab Workshop in the Netherlands, has created economical, interlocking bricks using a three-dimensional printer. He attached an extrusion head to the printer and used a "liquid slipcast earthenware recipe." Peters said the bricks can be made from cement, concrete or other materials. Architizer.com (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Construction spending hits 3-year high in September
    Construction spending in September climbed to a nearly three-year high at an annualized rate of $852 billion, as increased spending on houses, apartments and private nonresidential projects outweighed a continuing downturn in public construction, according to an analysis of new federal data released by AGC of America. Association officials said they expect both the public and private trends to continue despite the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • November/December issue of Constructor Magazine now available online
    The November/December edition of Constructor Magazine is now available! Features include the global impact of the Panama Canal expansion, a tablet-on-the-job-site tutorial, and an in-depth preview of AGC's upcoming 2013 Annual Convention in Palm Springs, Calif. Visit www.constructormagazine.com to check out the digital edition today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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