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December 19, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Price of San Diego trolley project jumps by more than half to $1.7B
    The estimated cost for an 11-mile extension of a trolley line in San Diego has jumped by nearly half a billion dollars -- from $1.24 billion two years ago to $1.7 billion now. The increase can be attributed to the addition of a new station, rail bridge, parking and trolley cars that were not part of the original plan. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and finish in 2018, depending on the approval of the project's final environmental report. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • First phase of $800M maglev-rail plan in Fla. gets approval
    The first phase of an $800 million plan to build a magnetic-levitation train in Florida has been approved by the MetroPlan Orlando Board. The phase involves construction of 14.9 miles of track and would cost about $315 million. The line will run from Orlando International Airport to the Orange County Convention Center and include four stops. Business Insider (12/17), RT&S online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Economic Update 
  • Economists anticipate more construction jobs in 2013
    A rebound in construction spending is creating more jobs, but builders are finding a shortage of qualified applicants. "Spending is getting better, and yet employment is not," said Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America. About 250,000 construction-related jobs will be generated next year, Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi says. Bloomberg (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fed predicts more jobs but no drop in unemployment rate
    A paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco warns that the U.S. unemployment rate might stop falling even though the economy is improving and more people are finding jobs. Jobless statistics are likely to remain flat as the improving economy lures people who stopped looking for work back to the job hunt, at which point they are again counted as unemployed, the paper says. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Are biomimicry, geomimicry keys to developing eco-cement?
    In the race to cut carbon emissions, the development of eco-cements is an important step toward creating a more sustainable building material. This article describes how the use of biomimicry and geomimcry can help make eco-friendly cement and concrete in the future. "The production of carbon-negative cement and building materials is one of the most attractive and forceful of these industrial ecological initiatives, because it addresses the problem directly and can be scaled to the required dimensions," writes John Mathews, professor of strategic management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia. (Australia) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  Association News 
  • Oil Spill Prevention, Clean-up and Reporting: What Federal EPA Requires
    Regardless of the type of work you do, any jobsite or facility that stores "oil" of any type in drums or tanks must adhere to EPA’s SPCC (Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure) program requirements -- or risk being fined. Register for AGC’s 90-minute webinar on Jan. 8, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. EPA’s SPCC Technical Team Leader will review requirements and how to implement compliant procedures and plans to reduce the occurrence of spills and discuss the most common errors and violations. Failure to comply with EPA’s SPCC (Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure) requirements can cost you $37,500 per day per violation! Register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook
    Thank you to the many members that have already completed AGC and Computer Guidance’s 2013 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook survey. And if you haven’t yet completed the survey, please take a few minutes to complete it now. Your answers will help us craft a legislative, policy and education program better tailored to meet the needs of your firms. And because we know your time is valuable and your input is crucial, everyone that completes a survey will have the opportunity to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. We plan to compile survey responses and, with the help of our chief economist, Ken Simonson, other AGC staff and the Computer Guidance team, prepare an analysis of the results to be released to the media and members later this month. Take the survey now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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