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January 8, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Timing is ripe for Keystone XL pipeline's approval
    The timing is right for President Barack Obama to clear TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline as the U.S. continues to deal with high unemployment and a weak economy, according to the editorial board of Oil & Gas Journal. While there are environmental risks associated with the pipeline, its construction is expected to generate jobs and its operation is seen to strengthen energy security and the economies of both the U.S. and Canada. The benefits outweigh contentions against the project, the editorial board argues. Oil & Gas Journal (subscription required) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1B Fla. Power & Light project nears completion
    Source: Florida Today
    Work on Florida Power & Light Co.'s $1 billion Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center in Port St. John, Fla., is nearly finished. Walls that blocked construction work have been removed, and a 10-foot-high border wall is expected to be completed by the end of February. The facility upgrade project will allow the plant to reduce fuel consumption by 33% per megawatt of power create and cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 50%. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Work advances on final segment of Ga.'s $500M Fall Line Freeway
    The Georgia Department of Transportation has confirmed that the final nine-mile segment of the Fall Line Freeway will be finished by late 2015 after it authorized contracts for the project's completion. The four-lane, 215-mile freeway is a $500 million project that was started 24 years ago. It will connect the cities of Columbus, Macon and Augusta, Ga. Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Slide show: 10 of the tallest broadcasting towers in the world
    The slide show in this piece features 10 of the world's tallest freestanding towers. It includes Japan's 2,080-foot-tall Tokyo Skytree; China's 1,969-foot-tall 2 Canton Tower; and Canada's 1,815 ft)-foot-tall CN Tower. Each was built to enhance broadcast transmissions and most also have observation decks and restaurants. Engineering News-Record (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Domed roof of N.Y. college stadium to help collect rainwater
    A 10-foot-wide gutter rings the fabric roof of the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University in New York. It has three dozen drains that funnel about 13% of the stormwater runoff into four giant tanks suspended from the stadium's upper bleachers. The harvested water will be used to flush toilets in the stadium's restrooms. The school is also looking into using additional runoff for irrigation. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New material helps strengthen older buildings against quakes
    A "glass fiber plastic fabric material" developed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany could reinforce old buildings to make them resistant to earthquake damage. The material can be applied to external stone or brick walls and is expected to provide a cost-efficient and effective method to retrofit older buildings, said Moritz Urban, the product's co-developer. "Thanks to the reinforcement, collapsing of walls due to earthquakes can be delayed and, in the ideal case, be avoided completely," Urban added. Mashable/Geekosystem (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Calif. rail project gets $135M grant from USDOT
    A $270 million light-rail expansion project in Sacramento, Calif., will receive a $135 million federal grant from the Transportation Department. The 4.3-mile project will extend the city's Blue Line network and create an estimated 1,000 jobs over a two-year period, according to Sacramento Regional Transit. "Extending the Blue Line will improve access to the area's major employers and encourage new retail and residential development in specially zoned areas," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The Hill/Transportation blog (1/7), (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • TODAY -- 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 today, 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
  • 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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