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December 18, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • N.Y. names JV led by Fluor to build new Tappan Zee Bridge
    A Fluor Enterprises-led team -- called Tappan Zee Constructors and including Granite Construction Northeast, American Bridge Co., and Traylor Bros. -- will design and build the new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River at an estimated cost of $3.142 billion. The design features "two pairs of tapering H-shaped pylons supporting the main span." The team's plan "offers New York toll payers the biggest bang for their buck -- with the best price, shortest construction time, minimal dredging, and can accommodate mass transit in the future," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Engineering News-Record (12/17), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/City Room blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cash-strapped Va. plans $1.4B road with "post-Panamax potential"
    Virginia has plans for a new $1.4 billion toll road in the populous Hampton Roads port area in the southeastern part of the state -- but it would carry only about 5,000 to 6,000 cars a day. Officials from other heavily populated areas wonder why the state, which needed to borrow money from its new-construction fund to fix potholes, would even consider such a road for so few vehicles. Supporters say the road would spur economic development when post-Panamax freight comes to the port. The Washington Post (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1B retractable-roof stadium to house Atlanta Falcons
    The Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Authority have agreed on a framework to build a $1 billion stadium with a retractable roof. This moves the proposal ahead a bit, although there are still detractors as well as proponents. The retractable roof could increase Atlanta's chance to host the Super Bowl. The Marietta Daily Journal (Ga.) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Boston's Castle Square completes Deep Energy Retrofit
    Castle Square Apartments in Boston is a mixed-use complex with townhouses and affordable housing units. It was awarded LEED Platinum certification after 192 residential units underwent a "Deep Energy Retrofit" that is expected to reduce energy use by 72%. The retrofit, which cost more than $8 million, included a "five-inch super insulated shell," an insulated reflective roof, high-efficiency windows and extensive air sealing. Commercial Property Executive (12/16), Inhabitat (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green Globes standard provides flexibility in green buildings
    The Green Globes certification from the nonprofit Green Building Initiative in Portland, Ore., can be an alternative to the LEED rating system, according to this piece. The Lake Nona campus of Valencia College in Florida shifted to Green Globes to be able to use a bipolar-ionization system to treat its indoor air -- something LEED didn't allow. The building achieved three Green Globes, which is similar to achieving a high-level LEED status. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • EPA imposes tougher standards on soot pollution
    The Environmental Protection Agency has approved tougher soot pollution standards for power plants and diesel engines, which were criticized by some lawmakers and industry groups as being too expensive. The rules "impose significant new economic burdens on many communities, hurting workers and their families," said Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., and other lawmakers. The standards "may be just the beginning of a 'regulatory cliff'" including looming greenhouse-gas and smog emission rules, the American Petroleum Institute said. Reuters (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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