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March 15, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • 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
  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
  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. (Australia) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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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