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January 4, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • House T&I panel to focus on "strengthening" transportation
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will "focus on strengthening America’s national transportation network to make us more efficient, more competitive and more prosperous," said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., the panel's new chairman. The committee's agenda will focus on passing new bills to fund waterways and rail programs. Shuster also said that getting ready for reauthorization of surface transportation programs "will be a priority of the committee." The Hill/Transportation blog (1/3), Roll Call (free content) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • $3.5B Baha Mar project in Bahamas is well under way
    The $3.5 billion Baha Mar casino resort project in Nassau, Bahamas, is forging ahead. The gambling resort, which is slated to open in 2014, includes four hotels, 307 luxury private villas, retail and dining space, a golf course and a 100,000-square-foot gaming floor. Roads leading to the resort are also being redeveloped. Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Update 
  • 2013 could be year of the cranes in Miami
    It appears that Miami's hurting construction sector is on the rebound. Some projects, such as the $1.05 billion Brickell CityCentre, are already under way, and others, including a $412 million mixed-use development, are set to break ground this year. "We’re going to see a lot of cranes popping up in the first and second quarter, and a year from now, we’re going to see cranes all over the skyline," said Tom Murphy Jr., chairman and CEO of Coastal Construction. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Pros and cons of using lightweight concrete for projects
    "Despite the moisture-related challenges that lightweight concrete poses, properly designed and constructed lightweight concrete floor slabs offer a number of efficiencies over normal-weight concrete slabs that project teams should consider," write four engineers. In this piece, they look at some of the problems with using the material, but also explain why it can be better than normal-weight slabs.
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  • Experts: Expect green-building expansion globally in 2013
    Green building in the U.S. is expected to rebound this year, after Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects represented 20% of all new put-in-place construction in 2012, experts say. The greatest expansion of green building will be in retrofits, they predict. Other expected trends in green building for 2013 include automation of building management through the cloud, greater use of solar power, growing awareness of freshwater supply problems, the increasing presence of zero-net-energy buildings, and an acceleration of green building in places such as China, Singapore, the EU and Brazil. Sustainable Industries (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Construction spending slips in November but rises from year-ago level
    Construction spending dipped from October to November, but resolution of the uncertainty regarding federal taxes for 2013 should unleash more private construction investment, according to an analysis of new federal data released by AGC. Association officials warned, however, that unresolved issues about federal construction spending, including storm relief for northeastern states, will hold down public construction spending. "Preliminary data from the Census Bureau for November shows overall construction spending slipped 0.3% from October's total after seven months of steady gains," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "The more significant comparison, however, is with year-ago levels, and the November report shows a respectable 7.7% gain over the past 12 months." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Just in time for the holidays -- AGC Members can save $500 on a new Dodge Ram truck
    AGC is pleased to announce a new Membership Discount Program with Chrysler, offering AGC Members a special $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of a new 2012 or 2013 Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge. Visit for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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