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November 16, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Natural gas spurs construction projects in Texas
    Chemical plants in Texas are progressing on $15 billion worth of expansions, and the projects will create an estimated 25,000 jobs, mostly in construction, according to Hector Rivero, CEO of the Texas Chemical Council. The plant expansions are designed to help chemical companies keep pace with the surge in natural gas recovered from shale gas reserves. Major projects in the state include Dow Chemical's ethylene cracker and propylene plants at its Freeport complex and Chevron Phillips' 1-hexene plant in Baytown. San Antonio Express-News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Walsh Construction submits winning bid for Ohio River bridge project
    Kentucky has named Walsh Construction the preliminary winner for a contract to build a bridge across the Ohio River from downtown Louisville to Indiana and reconstruct Spaghetti Junction. "We’re happy to be the winner and looking forward to getting started and can’t wait to build the bridge for the people of Louisville," said Walsh project manager Arik Quam. Walsh's bid was the second lowest and promised the earliest completion date. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • AGC reports construction material and input prices
    The cost of construction materials and industry-related inputs increased 2% in the first 10 months of this year, but input prices dropped 0.4% last month compared with September, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. "Although several materials retreated in price last month, prices in the past year have still outpaced the tiny increases in contractors' bids," Chief Economist Ken Simonson said. International Construction online (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Vancouver, B.C., paves roads with recycled plastics
    Vancouver, British Columbia, has developed a warm-mix paving process that converts recycled plastics such as milk jugs and yogurt containers into asphalt. The warm-mix asphalt is expected to help the city reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. "Safety-wise for the workers, it’s a lot better -- and they’re finding added benefits in terms of longer life of the pavement as well, because you’re not heating the material quite as much," said Todd Strynadka of Terus Construction. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: Why green building isn't just about efficiency
    The push to make buildings more efficient has produced structures that feel "oddly inhuman," Hao Ko writes. This is starting to change, however, as developers aim to design buildings that engage the people that live and work in them. "This new generation of tall buildings proves that skyscrapers are not inherently cold and austere. In fact, they can offer an experience of the natural environment within cities that we just couldn’t access without them," Ko writes. FastCoExist (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Leadership change expected for House transportation panel
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to name a new chairman soon, and Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is seen as a likely successor to Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., Tanya Snyder writes. These articles analyze Shuster's leadership style and views on key issues such as road, rail, bike and pedestrian programs. (11/14), (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook
    AGC of America and Computer Guidance are once again preparing the 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook. A key component of that outlet is the information we hope to gather from members like you. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. And because we know your time is valuable and your input is crucial, everyone that completes a survey will be automatically entered into a raffle for two $100 gift cards. Our plan is to spend late November and early December compiling survey responses. We will then work with our chief economist, Ken Simonson, other AGC staff and the Computer Guidance team to prepare an analysis of the results, which we will release to the media and members as early as the second half of December. We appreciate your support. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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