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March 26, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Paris will have 124 miles of new metro lines under $39B plan
    The French government has announced a $39 billion plan to construct 124 miles of "new metro lines and 72 stations in and around Paris by 2030." One part of the project involves construction of a nearly five-mile tunnel "to connect the east of Paris to its west," said David Petreco, project head for SNCF, France's national railway firm. Among those in the construction industry that could benefit from the project are builders such as Bouygues SA, Eiffage SA and Vinci SA. Bloomberg (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bulk of construction for $1.5B project in Ore. to be done in 2013
    A large portion of construction work on the $1.5 billion light-rail project in Oregon will be done this year, according to TriMet. The 7.3-mile Orange line will run across the Willamette River and connect Portland State University to Southeast Portland and other points. This article provides updates on the project and outlines future construction plans for the line scheduled to open by September 2015. The Oregonian (Portland) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $486M worth of road, bridge projects to begin in Ill.
    More than 200 road and bridge projects worth $486 million are slated to begin soon in Illinois. The projects will be funded mostly by the state's $31 billion public-works program. Included in the program are removal and reconstruction of bridges and rebuilding an interchange. "All of this puts people to work and lays a foundation for future economic growth," said Gov. Pat Quinn. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • Construction industry faces deficit in skilled workers
    The economic downturn forced many construction workers to find jobs in other industries; others simply retired. Now, as the industry is seeing more strength, contractors in the U.S. are concerned about whether they can find the skilled workers they need. "If the industry continues to add jobs, it won't be long before contractors in some parts of the country are scrambling to find enough skilled workers to meet demand," said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America. (U.K.) (3/25), Mother Jones (03/20), KTAR-AM/KTAR-FM (Phoenix) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Technology helps AEC firms document "green" building
    As the interest in sustainable building grows, so too does the need for help to manage the documentation that invariably accompanies a project. For instance, SCS Global Services and GreenWizard are partnering on a solution to provide companies with a better way to locate and procure certified materials for LEED projects. Others are working together to "provide environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development." Constructech (free registration) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Unobtrusive structures could bring more functionality to urban parks
    Getting urban dwellers to make better and more frequent use of their limited green spaces is the objective of the London-based company Invisible Works, which envisions using "biomimetic" infrastructure to unobtrusively bring things such as shows, screenings and restaurants into parks. "We’re really saying that people need to be able to use this space, and people are living in a technologically developed city. How do we integrate these two things together without harming the environment but enhancing it?" said project director Ed Shuster. FastCoExist (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • EPA establishes panel to assess fracking impact report
    The Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board has established a panel of 31 experts and academics to help assess the agency's report about hydraulic fracturing's potential effects on drinking water. "We have worked to ensure that the study process be open and transparent throughout, and the SAB panel is another example of our approach of openness and scientific rigor," said Bob Perciasepe, the agency's acting administrator. The Hill/RegWatch blog (3/25), ICIS News (U.K.) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Webinar: Key contracting issues for Owner & Design Professional agreements
    This webinar, being held Wednesday, March 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, will compare key provisions in AIA & ConsensusDocs contracts. Three prominent industry attorneys will analyze key provisions for every Owner and Design Professional agreement. Topics include: project date, copyrights, indemnification, consultants and dispute resolution. Learn more, and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't miss the 2013 Federal Contractors Conference
    April 23 to 25 || Washington, D.C.
    With many of the federal budget battles scheduled before April, the dust will likely settle to allow federal agencies to plan for construction projects over the next year. Do you want to know what projects survived those battles? Which ones did not? Do you want to know how the procurement process will be adjusted? Will there be more multiple award contracts? At the 2013 AGC Federal Contractors Conference, attendees will hear the answers to these questions and many more directly from over 20 federal agencies. To learn more, please visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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