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December 13, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • $3.6B Elgin-O’Hare project in Ill. gets approval
    The Illinois Tollway can start to build the $3.6 billion toll road replacement for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway after receiving approval from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. Work includes extending the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway east, widening it and converting it to a toll road. The project is expected to be completed in the next 12 years. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Defective pontoons to delay completion of 520 bridge project
    Source: KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM
    Leaks and cracks in the first set of concrete pontoons made for the new State Route 520 bridge in Washington state have added a delay to the project. A final fix to the problem has not yet been determined. The 2014 deadline won't be met, but the project could be finished in the summer of 2015. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Filipino billionaire partners with Okada on $2 billion Manila casino
    Robinsons Land Corp., which is controlled by billionaire John Gokongwei, has signed an initial agreement with Kazuo Okada's Universal Entertainment Group for a planned $2 billion casino resort in Manila. The Manila Bay Resorts project will include a casino, hotels, residential spaces and restaurants. According to Universal, the final contract will be signed by the end of January. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $766M mixed-use project in Hawaii could break ground in 2014
    A 14-acre site in Aiea, Hawaii, that once was home to a drive-in movie could become a mixed-use community in the next few years. A proposal by Robertson Properties Group envisions five residential high-rise buildings and spaces devoted to retail and dining at a cost of $766 million. "We finished the EIS, and we still have the zone change to go," said John Manavian, executive vice president of Robertson. KHNL-TV/KGMB-TV (Honolulu) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Lafarge's Thermedia0.6B, a lighter form of concrete
    Thermedia0.6B was developed by Lafarge after four years of research and a three-year test run in France. This piece discusses the product's qualities, in particular, the fact that it is four times lighter than regular concrete. It also "reduces heat loss due to thermal bridging by four times when combined with internal insulation" and "reuses almost 50 times more waste than it generates." Architects' Journal (U.K.) (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Rep. Shuster announces 10 new members of House T&I committee
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will welcome 10 new Republican members, said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. "The addition of these new members complements the skills and knowledge of our existing members, and I look forward to working together on the committee to reform programs and strengthen America's transportation networks to make us more efficient, more competitive, and more prosperous," Shuster said. The Hill/Transportation blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Final call for presentations for AGC’s 2013 Environmental Contractors Conference
    The deadline for submissions is this Saturday, Dec. 15. If your Chapter has had a good experience with a speaker on environmental issues, please let them know about AGC’s 2013 Contractors Environmental Conference: Compliant. Competitive. Cost-Effective. AGC will hold this second national conference June 13-14, 2013, in Arlington, Va. We invite presentation proposals for compelling educational sessions on environmental issues geared towards construction professionals. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook
    AGC of America and Computer Guidance are once again getting ready to begin preparing the 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook. A key component of that outlet is the information we hope to gather from members like you. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. And because we know your time is valuable and your input is crucial, everyone that completes a survey will be automatically entered into a raffle to give away two $100 gift cards. Our plan is to spend late November and early December compiling survey responses.  We will then work with our chief economist, Ken Simonson, other AGC staff and the Computer Guidance team to prepare an analysis of the results, which we will release to the media and members as early as the second half of December. We appreciate your support. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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