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December 27, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • Dallas: A decade of redevelopment worth over $2.3B
    Over the past decade, more than $2.3 billion has been invested in various projects in Dallas, and this piece looks at some of those projects. "We don't have any old boarded-up buildings anymore," said John Crawford, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas. Connecting various parts of the city has played a major role, and that has made transportation infrastructure a key factor in Dallas' coming of age. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/22) 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 
  • Wash. DOT: Pontoons will last 75 years despite design flaws
    An analysis of several concrete pontoons built for Seattle's new State Route 520 bridge shows that they still meet structural requirements, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. "[W]e have been very thorough in our investigation and study of this question about the omitted hook bars in three of the first six pontoons built in the Aberdeen casting basin," said SR 520 Program Director Julie Meredith. "We now have confirmation that the structural integrity of the pontoons is sound." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • Analysts: Companies to invest more than $1.5B in Las Vegas market
    Companies will invest at least $1.5 billion in Las Vegas' gaming real estate market within the next two years as a result of the financing and upgrades of properties on the Strip, according to gaming industry analysts and brokers at Colliers International Gaming Group. Among the projects mentioned in this article are the $500 million renovation of the Sahara, the $750 million makeover of the Imperial Palace to be known as the Quad, and the Linq and Skyvue projects under construction. Las Vegas Review-Journal (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Calif. "net-zero" building to be America's biggest, says developer
    The 13-floor La Jolla Commons II office tower in San Diego will be the biggest "net-zero" energy building in the U.S. when it's completed in 2014, according to real estate firm Hines, which is developing the project along with J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Bloom Energy cells will be used and will convert methane from wastewater plants and landfills into electricity. "Our next step is to adapt what we have learned and apply it to an existing urban prophecy in a less temperate environment," said Gary Holtzer, Hines' global sustainability officer. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Washington readies final effort to avert "fiscal cliff"
    With President Barack Obama and members of the Senate headed back to Washington, D.C., political leaders are preparing to make a final attempt at averting the "fiscal cliff" that economists say could send the U.S. economy back into recession. In a sign that there may be a way to break the standoff, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, head of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, urged the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority, to offer a proposal that could restart movement toward a budget compromise. Reuters (12/26), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/26), Bloomberg (12/26), The Hill/On The Money blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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
  • AGC Safety and Health Conference
    Jan. 16-18 || Tampa, Fla.
    Construction safety and health is vital for the success of the industry. Join more than 150 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both a national and a local level, assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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