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March 15, 2013
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  • Initial proposals received for $3.6B airport project in NYC
    Five prequalifying bids have been submitted to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the $3.6 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport's central terminal. The project, which includes construction of a new terminal and infrastructure, is expected to begin in early 2014. The Port Authority is reviewing the bids. Reuters (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wacker raises investment in Tenn. polysilicon plant to $2B
    Wacker Chemical has increased its investment for its plant under construction in Tennessee by $200 million, bringing the total investment up to $2 billion. Roughly 1,000 construction workers are on site building the massive facility that will produce more than 20,000 metric tons of polysilicon -- an essential component in making solar panels -- per year. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Technology & Trends  
 
  • Higher building-material prices challenge contractors
    An analysis of federal data by the Associated General Contractors of America shows that the cost of building materials rose in February and was up for 2013 compared with 2012. "For the second month in a row, contractors endured outsized price hikes ... In addition, soaring diesel prices mean contractors are paying more for fuel they buy and, via fuel surcharges, for the thousands of deliveries of materials and equipment required for construction projects," Chief Economist Ken Simonson said. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Sustainability & Green Building  
 
  • USGBC launches assessment tools for green-building investors
    In response to the growing popularity of green building projects, the U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled two assessment tools that aim to aid investors in assessing the "sustainability and environmental friendliness" of real estate projects. The Green Building Information Gateway was released last fall, and the Green Real Estate Index will make its debut this fall. DesignBuildSource.com.au (Australia) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Leadership & HR  
  • How successful executives manage their time
    The best executives know how to organize their time into large chunks so they can make progress on big projects, Eric Barker writes, citing a book by management expert Peter Drucker. "If you're just doing what comes in, you're on the treadmill, not making a difference," Barker writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Confusion, violation of SOP led to cracks in pontoons
    Two state engineers in Washington who didn't follow standard operating procedures are being blamed for the cracks in the concrete pontoons to be used for the State Route 520 floating bridge. In addition, an internal analysis of the cracking issue found that "a poorly implemented project-delivery process that combined design-build and conventional design-bid-build created confusion that opened the door to faulty design work." Engineering News-Record (3/14), KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 2013 Manual of Concrete Practice now available
    ACI's 2013 Manual of Concrete Practice is the most comprehensive concrete reference set available. It contains all of the widely used ACI concrete and masonry code requirements, specifications, guides, and reports. Additionally, it includes information about code requirements, deflection, cracking, durability problems, temperature control, nondestructive testing and hundreds of other topics. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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