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March 13, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • $2B Seattle tunnel update: Pit for "Bertha" almost ready
    The launch pit and underground vault are almost set for "Bertha," the world's largest single-bore drill that will dig the Highway 99 tunnel in Seattle. A concrete floor is being poured to support the machine and huge cranes are being assembled to move the pieces of the borer into the pit. The machine is being shipped from Japan and is expected to arrive this month. The $2  billion tunnel is slated to open to traffic at the beginning of 2016. The Seattle Times (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. Tollway to spend $922M for 2013 capital upgrades
    The Illinois Tollway will invest $922 million for capital improvements in 2013, with construction expected to start this spring. Among the planned projects are new ramps at the interchange of Interstates 294 and 57; the $2.2 billion reconstruction and widening of Interstate 90; and the $3.4 billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project. Rockford Register Star (Ill.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. governor previews post-Sandy rebuilding plan
    Of the $1.83 billion in post-Sandy, federal recovery aid for New Jersey, half will be spent to assist homeowners and business owners whose properties were damaged during the hurricane. Some of the money will be used to provide grants and loans for eligible residents for flood mitigation, resettlement, rebuilding and construction of new housing units, which is expected to create thousands of jobs. The Philadelphia Inquirer/Christie Chronicles blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete pour for S.C. nuclear plant's basemat completed
    Crews have finished the 51.5-hour continuous concrete pour for the basemat of the new V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina. The milestone signifies the start of official construction of the country's "first new reactor in 30 years," according to this article. The project currently employs 1,550 workers, and the number will peak to 3,000 over the next three to four years. (3/12), World Nuclear News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Work continues on Abu Dhabi's sustainable Masdar City
    Now home to a campus for 120 students, Masdar City is again at work building a "futuristic environmentally friendly" city in Abu Dhabi. Global financial conditions have pushed the anticipated completion date back to 2025. The Masdar Institute for Science and Technology has completed its second construction phase, and buildings for General Electric and Siemens are being planned. "[T]he challenge is not to have Masdar or several Masdars, but to have the traditional infrastructure change and transform, and actual cities transform," said Laurence Tubiana of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. Deutsche Welle (Germany) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seattle 3D model provides example to build sustainable projects
    The continued use and expansion of the three-dimensional model of the city of Seattle has evolved into a model for sustainable development, this article notes. The model of the city leverages many modeling and design tools, including Autodesk's AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil3D, in addition to GIS, laser data and images of exterior structures. "As traditional BIM has done for individual buildings, comprehensive 3D city modeling can now do for the larger urban landscape," Tom Schueneman writes. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Ariz. transportation pros focus on alternative funding
    In the next five years, the state of Arizona will lose $350 million in transportation funding due to declining revenues. Seeking solutions to this concern, the Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America held a meeting to brainstorm on ways to increase transportation funding. Other groups and state agencies are doing the same. Maintaining state transportation infrastructure is "like a car. If you don’t invest in that vehicle, it will break down later," said Department of Transportation Planning Director Scott Omer. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (tiered subscription model) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • March/April issue of Constructor magazine now available
    Introducing AGC’s 2013 President Paul Diederich
    The digital edition of the March/April issue of Constructor magazine is now available. This issue includes a feature story on AGC’s 2013 President Paul Diederich, president of Industrial Builders in Fargo, N.D., and how Diederich has grown up with AGC and a passion for advancing the industry. This issue also includes a preview of the 2012 Annual Report from AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr, a look at the recently launched Constructor Marketplace, and a fascinating look at off-site modular construction and how it is improving the safety and quality of projects today. You can read Constructor on your desktop, tablet or smartphone and stay in the know. The digital edition contains the same articles, images and ads as the printed copy in a convenient format that mimics the print version. To stay up to speed on industry and association news, be sure to follow Constructor on Twitter and subscribe to Constructor Monthly. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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