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January 17, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Report: Global infrastructure needs $57 trillion over 17 years
    About $57 trillion needs to be spent on infrastructure across the globe in the next 17 years, according to McKinsey Global Institute. A report the group released says countries could save $1 trillion a year by "selecting projects more systematically and delivering them more efficiently; making the most of existing airports, roads and ports; and managing demand by using tools such as road pricing and water metering." Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stalled $1.8B N.J. mall project could restart this month
    Work on the long-stalled former Meadowlands Xanadu mall project in New Jersey could restart this month, according to various state officials. The $1.8 billion project, renamed the American Dream Meadowlands mall, is expected to create more than 9,000 construction jobs and 10,000 project-related jobs. "In the short term, the construction industry desperately needs jobs, and that project would provide a major infusion of dollars from salary, wages, income," said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. "It’s sorely needed in that regard." The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. Pulaski Skyway to be restored for $1B
    The Pulaski Skyway bridge in New Jersey is an 80-year-old, 3.5-mile-long, arch-truss bridge that is on the National Historic Register. The bridge has received millions of dollars in repairs over the years but will now undergo a complete restoration for about $1 billion. Construction is scheduled to start after next year's Super Bowl and will last for two years. (Hackensack, N.J.) (free registration) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas has more than $1B in downtown development
    Construction projects worth $754 million were completed in Las Vegas in 2012, and $355 million worth are currently under way, according to the city's Economic and Urban Development Department. This year, several projects should be completed, including the $100 million renovation of the former Lady Luck Hotel & Casino and Zappo's $40 million upgrading of the former Las Vegas City Hall. TravelPulse (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Group: Failing infrastructure has a "cascading impact" on U.S. economy
    Failure to spend an additional $157 billion between now and 2020 to upgrade U.S. infrastructure, including surface transportation, aviation, waterways, the electrical grid and sewers, could lead to losses of more than $3.1 trillion in gross domestic product and $1.1 trillion in total trade, according to the "Failure to Act" report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It could also mean a loss of 3.5 million jobs, the report noted. Bloomberg (1/15), Reuters (1/15), Business Insider (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Siemens' UAE HQ: A commitment to sustainability
    Siemens' headquarters in Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates is almost finished and is expected to earn LEED-Platinum certification for maximizing its daylighting, reducing water and energy consumption and keeping solar gain to a minimum. The firm's commitment to sustainability was recognized recently at the Zayed Future Energy Prize award ceremony. Inhabitat (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • "Leadership" and "management" aren't synonyms
    People often confuse the two concepts, but management and leadership are qualitatively different things, John Kotter writes. Management allows an organization to execute effectively, whereas leadership allows a company to take advantage of new opportunities. "[T]hey serve different, yet essential, functions. We need superb management. And we need more superb leadership," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • OSHA and making a safety difference
    While some companies are critical of the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration publishes the names of employers that violate safety standards before they've been proven guilty, the agency does it to encourage others to adopt safety rules, according to David Michaels, assistant secretry of labor for occupational safety and health. Michaels notes that more companies are paying more attention to safety. All tools the agency uses have one point to hammer home: "Change what you're doing in the workplace in a way that makes a big difference and that will really reduce injury and illness," said Michaels. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Guide for Precast Concrete Wall Panels (533R-11)
    This guide presents recommendations for precast concrete wall panels. It should be used with ACI 318, "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete." This guide discusses the basic principles of design, tolerances, and materials, as well as fabrication, installation, quality requirements, and testing. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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