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May 9, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • FHA says no to $3.5B loan request for CRC bridge project
    A $1 billion loan request for the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing bridge project has been turned down by the Federal Highway Administration because legislators in Oregon and Washington state failed to allocate the $450 million each that they needed to in their 2012 budgets. Without state funding to back the project, the FHA can't legally provide funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. "If we don’t get the state money, we’re dead," said Steve Siegel, a CRC financial consultant, who said 2013 will be a critical year if the project is to move ahead. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AEG debuts "fly-through" video for proposed $1.4B Farmers Field
    A "fly-through" video released by AEG, developer of the $1.4 billion Farmers Field in Los Angeles, provides a preview of a new football stadium, renovated convention center and a transformed plaza as well as an aerial overview of the area. AEG submitted its environmental impact report last month for the project. If approved by city officials, construction could begin by March 2013. blog (5/8), The Huffington Post (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. Senate approves its version of $975M Vikings stadium bill
    The Minnesota Senate advanced the $975 million Vikings stadium bill by a 38-20 vote on Tuesday but raised the team's ante for the project by $25 million. Earlier this week, the House approved an overhauled proposal that upped the team's contribution by $105 million. A conference committee will reconcile the differences between the two bills and present a revised bill for a final vote. Google/The Associated Press (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Update 
  • Construction unemployment drops to 14.5% in April
    The industry's unemployment rate dropped to a four-year low in April, shrinking to 14.5%, according to an AGC analysis. Still, growing more jobs in the construction sector is hampered by budget cuts and the lack of long-term surface transportation funding, said AGC officials. "Instead of hiring workers for desperately needed improvements to the nation's transportation network, contractors must wait to see if lawmakers pass more than a short-term, no-increase highway and transit bill," said Stephen Sandherr, AGC's CEO., D.C. (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • New trends: Laser scanning as an accessory for BIM
    More building information modeling users, such as the California Department of Transportation, are integrating laser scanning with BIM because the scanning allows for faster and more accurate measurements in digital-terrain models. Two prominent Caltrans projects using scanning and BIM are the Presidio Parkway project and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge seismic-safety initiative. Constructech (free registration) (5/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Demand for energy-efficient building retrofits could soar in U.S.
    The demand for energy-efficient building retrofits could soar in the U.S. as the country's skyscrapers begin to deteriorate, according to Dave Bartlett, who heads IBM's smarter building initiative. Bartlett says that retrofit projects need to see buildings as living organisms in which systems are coordinated. "We're at this tipping point" in the retrofit market, Bartlett said. "It's going to take off." Reuters (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1B "ghost town" to be built in New Mexico to test new tech
    A $1 billion smart city will be built in New Mexico to test the latest next-generation technology. The city will be modeled after a real one in South Carolina, complete with old and new commercial buildings, highways and functioning houses but without people. Researchers will use the city to examine the effect of technologies such as intelligent traffic systems and wireless networks on existing infrastructure. The project will create about 3,500 jobs in the design, construction and operational stages. Google/The Associated Press (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Transportation conferees pledge bipartisanship, compromise
    The first meeting of the House-Senate conference committee began with its members promising to find a compromise to pass a long-term transportation funding bill that would create millions of jobs and enhance the safety of their constituents by repairing America's deteriorating roads and bridges. Key issues to be decided include the duration and cost of the funding bill, Keystone pipeline language and funding for mass transit. The Hill/Transportation blog (5/8), Reuters (5/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Pledge now to have a drug- and alcohol-free construction workplace
    The Associated General Contractors of America is teaming up with four other construction-related groups to form the Construction Coalition for a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace. The coalition’s mission is to create a drug- and alcohol-free construction industry by providing companies and organizations with the resources necessary to implement drug- and alcohol-free policies into their business practices. The coalition is urging construction-related firms and organizations to sign an online pledge signifying they will create and maintain a workplace free from substance abuse. Please visit the website for more information about the coalition, education materials, state-by-state policies for substance abuse testing and to sign the pledge. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Basic Bond Book -- Second Edition
    This publication introduces contract surety bonds to those entering the construction and surety industries. The 48-page guide includes detailed information on types of surety bonds, what surety companies look for in a contractor, bond claims, common misconceptions about surety bonds and much more. Order it from the AGC store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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