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March 12, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • Slide show: Tour of U.K.'s $22B Crossrail project
    Five massive tunnel-boring machines are at work underneath the streets of London to build the $22 billion Crossrail line, the largest construction project in Europe. The job calls for a 73-mile rail line and eight underground stations. This article includes a slide show giving a glimpse of the project's progress from various vantage points. The Huffington Post/U.K. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Merchants Salutes Gene Lilly Surety Bonds Inc. of Nebraska
The Merchants Bonding Company™ Leaderboard Program salutes Gene Lilly Surety Bonds of Lincoln for attaining the Masters Tour of surety professionals. Merchants salutes the best of the best each year. Congratulations to Bob Cirone, Jim King & Jake Buss for their surety savvy and partnership for growth in 2012. Connect with Merchants and Gene Lilly here.
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Pontoons to be retrofitted for $4.13B Seattle bridge project
    Due to the design flaw that caused cracks in the first concrete pontoons built for Seattle's new State Route 520 floating bridge, all pontoons under construction, and those already built, will need to undergo new "transverse post-tensioning for end walls and bolt beams," according to this article. The revisions could delay completion of the $4.13 billion project and eat into the $250 million contingency fund. The cost of the repairs is unclear. Engineering News-Record (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif.'s $333M transport funding budget includes rail projects
    An estimated $100 million will be allocated for rail projects in California as part of a $333 million funding program to develop the state's transportation network. Among the 91 projects are the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority's grade separation plan involving BNSF and Union Pacific's tracks. "Investing in our transportation infrastructure creates a better future for all Californians," said Malcolm Dougherty, state transportation department director. RT&S online (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • Construction sector "heading in the right direction"
    Last month, the construction sector added 48,000 jobs, and a survey by AGC and Computer Guidance shows that more firms intend to hire than lay off staff. "While the outlook for the construction industry appears to be heading in the right direction for 2013, many firms are still grappling with significant economic headwinds," said AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr. "With luck and a lot of work, the hard-hit construction industry should be larger, healthier, more technologically savvy and more profitable by the end of 2013 than it is today." TED Magazine (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthcare sector plans to spend on new, renovated buildings
    New construction and renovation of medical facilities are among the healthcare industry's priorities for their capital expenditure plans this year, according to a recent poll by HealthLeaders. Among 125 respondents, 47% are planning renovation projects and 26% expect to build new facilities. Investment plans aim to improve business operations and increase safety by making buildings more capable of withstanding natural disasters. HealthLeaders Media (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Report: Green buildings offer a wide range of benefits
    Green buildings can offer benefits to a wide array of stakeholders throughout their life cycle, according to a report released by the World Green Building Council. "From risk mitigation across a building portfolio and city-wide economic benefits, to the improved health and well-being of individual building occupants, the business case for green building will continue to evolve as markets mature," said Jane Henley, CEO of WorldGBC. Daily Commercial News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Will N.J. governor OK PLAs for post-Sandy rebuilding?
    Union officials are pressuring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a professed opponent of project labor agreements, to approve legislation that pushes for the use of PLAs as part of the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Sandy. "As we begin the process of recovering from the unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, we have to make sure that it is New Jersey workers who are doing the rebuilding," said Sen. Donald Norcross. The measure seeks to expand the types of projects covered by an existing PLA law "to include highways, bridges, pumping stations and water/sewer treatment plants." National Legal and Policy Center (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Flatiron Construction Corp. honored for performing some of the industry’s best charitable work in 2012
    Firestone, Colo.-based Flatiron Construction Corp. was honored for its efforts to build three much-needed footbridges in Nicaragua as part of the Bridges to Prosperity program. As a result, the construction firm was one of eight organizations nationwide to win the AGC in the Community Award from the charitable arm of the Associated General Contractors of America, AGC Charities, Inc. "Completing great construction projects improves cities and towns, but giving back to the community improves people’s lives," said Jim Clemens, chairman emeritus of Philadelphia, Pa.-based Clemens Construction Co. and the chairman of AGC Charities. "These award winners represent the noblest our industry has to offer." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2012 AGC Annual Report now available
    We are very excited to let you know that AGC’s 2012 Annual Report is now available -- both on our website and in digital format. The Annual Report gives all of us the opportunity to look back at everything we – our association, our chapters, and our members -- have accomplished over the past year. And as we face what is certain to be a challenging year, it gives us a reason to be proud and a reason to continue to push ahead. The theme of this year’s Annual Report is Opening Doors. This theme speaks to our purpose as your association. As the only association representing the entire commercial construction industry, we work on a wide range of issues; but however wide that range, our intent remains the same: to open doors for you, our members. Be sure to also check out this short video for an even closer look at how AGC is opening doors for its members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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