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January 25, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • $26B upgrade to aging D.C. transit system proposed
    The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority wants to build two rail tunnels as part of a $26 billion plan to upgrade the Washington, D.C., area's transit system over the next 30 years. The plan includes an overhaul of the system’s electrical grid, construction of pedestrian corridors and improvement of existing infrastructure. "Now is the time for the region -- with Metro in the lead -- to begin talking about projects that make the most sense for making long-term investments," Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said. The Washington Post (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • Video: JPMorgan's Weisdorf on private investments in infrastructure
    Source: Bloomberg Television
    In this interview, Mark Weisdorf, chief executive officer of infrastructure investing for JPMorgan Asset Management, discusses why more private investors are looking to fund infrastructure projects. "Infrastructure provides growing cash flows with low volatility that generates returns, which are greater than what's available in the fixed income sector," said Weisdorf. Bloomberg Television (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Event tackles high-tech tools, ideas in transportation sector
    The adoption of modern technology tools and concepts in the transportation industry was a hot topic during the recent Transportation Research Board's 92nd annual meeting. Several sessions dealt with MAP-21, which leverages the use of innovative construction data for improved efficiency, reliability and safety in the movement of people and freight. Engineering News-Record (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NREL and energy efficiency: A successful venture others emulate
    Although private-sector obstacles to net-zero energy buildings exist, lessons can be learned from what the Research Support Facility at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado is doing. RSF, constructed for the same price as a far less energy-efficient building, is a net-zero building that uses rooftop photovoltaics. This article details how the building's success has inspired cities, states and private companies to develop similar projects. CleanTechnica (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • $50.5B Sandy aid bill awaits Senate vote
    Contractors and officials from New York, New Jersey and other states damaged by superstorm Sandy are awaiting a Senate vote on the $50.5 billion recovery aid bill passed by the House this month. "I'm hopeful ... the Senate will act expeditiously to move this [bill] along," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Passage of the bill would create construction jobs and begin the rebuilding process. Engineering News-Record (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC to host webinar on the Affordable Care Act
    HR professionals cannot make tough company decisions regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) alone. As a result, many are guiding construction company owners and executives through the decision-making process to minimize the impact of the ACA on business operations. AGC's upcoming webinar series, The Affordable Care Act: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Your Construction Business, will provide those with a seat at the table the information necessary to make critical business decisions that will affect the company for years to come. The webinars will be held on Feb. 5, 7 and 12. Each webinar will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Registration for all three days is just $99 for AGC members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Better manage your prequalification data and process with new iSqFt prequalification tool
    Working in conjunction with AGC of America, iSqFt has introduced a free online prequalification management application to all AGC members. Through this online application, you will be able to send prequalification requests to vendors in your database, allow vendors to send information back to you via the online form, and track and manage responses. Learn more about this great new tool by signing up for one of two informational webinars being held on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET and Friday, Feb. 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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