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September 10, 2012
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  Infrastructure Watch 
  • N.Y. requests $2.9B federal loan for new Tappan Zee Bridge
    Last year, New York state applied for a $2 billion federal loan to build a replacement for the Tappan Zee bridge. It didn't get the money. This year, it's applying for $2.9 billion. That amount, combined with a $2.7 billion bond issue, could pay for the bridge construction. "Given the importance of the bridge to the economy of the region, we are asking for the maximum we can possibly receive with the hope that we will get the most support possible," said Tom Madison, executive director of the New York Thruway Authority. Crain's New York Business (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pontoons for Seattle's floating bridge crack -- again
    Last month, cracks were found in two concrete pontoons that were to be used for Seattle's State Route 520 floating bridge. They were repaired with epoxy and resin, and later were floated out to Lake Washington -- where more cracks were found. State engineers say they're not concerned. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • U.S. school building repairs could cost as much as $300 billion
    Every five years, school districts in New York state conduct Building Condition Surveys to determine the state of their school buildings. In the Rochester area, the Pittsford Central School District says it needs $84 million for upgrades and repairs; the Gates Chili Central School District needs $146 million; and Monroe County needs $1 billion. The National Education Association says it would cost more than $300 billion to repair and modernize schools across the country. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Green building moves beyond environmental issues
    Green building is evolving to the point where technology, design, environmental, social and economic elements now make a holistic model that provides the industry "greater incentive to go green," Tim Moore writes. "Green development no longer simply represents an environmentally friendly label, but instead constitutes a new technology that has the capability to create larger profit margins for real estate," said Richard Gollis of the Concord Group, a real estate advisory firm. (Australia) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing the Profession 
  • Modest moves that make leaders great
    One of the unrecognized traits of great leaders is a willingness to accept the blame for mistakes and apologize, Jeff Haden writes. "When something goes wrong, great leaders don't use the royal 'we,' " Haden writes. "They take full responsibility. Publicly, they say, 'I.' Then they use 'I' one more time when they say to their employees, 'I really need your help.' " Great leaders set an example in little ways, such as the CEO who picks up trash as he tours a manufacturing facility, he writes. Inc. online/Owners' Manual blog (free registration) (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Learn how you can use ASCE's Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 to steer your Section, Branch, Institute or Institute chapter into the future, while enhancing your and your fellow members' careers, in a free, new eLearning webinar coming in September. "Build Your Future with Civil Engineering's Vision 2025" will help you and your peers rise to a new level of leadership and professionalism. Vision 2025 calls for civil engineers to be entrusted by society to achieve a sustainable world and raise the global quality of life. Webinar instructors Mark W. Woodson, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE, and Blaine D. Leonard, P.E., D.GE., Pres.10.ASCE, will show you how to achieve that level of trust. Set aside an hour on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. ET for this highly beneficial session -- register at the course page LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: New Steel Arch, Stress Ribbon Bridge Opens
    ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online  

    A newly dedicated pedestrian bridge in Fort Worth, Texas, that combines a steel deck arch with a stress "ribbon" is the first of its kind in North America. See the unusual combination and find more fascinating, topical articles at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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