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March 14, 2013
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  • XpressWest'S $5.5B HSR loan request questioned by GOP lawmakers
    A request for a $5.5 billion federal loan for the XpressWest high-speed rail project between Victorville, Calif., and Las Vegas is facing scrutiny from Republican lawmakers in Congress. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say that the Transportation Department should reject the loan due to the project's "costly, wasteful and risky" nature. However, the two overlook the project's benefits as it would relieve road congestion and create 80,000 direct and indirect jobs, said XpressWest CEO Anthony Marnell. (3/13), San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stalled $850M NYC project to break ground in November
    The stalled $850 million Flushing Commons mixed-use project in the New York City borough of Queens will be developed in two phases, with the first phase slated to break ground in November. Phase one will consist of about 350,000 square feet of commercial space, 160 residential units, public open space and a YMCA. Phase two would add 450 residential units, parking and community facility space. The separation into phases could be due to funding issues, waiting to see how the market performs, or other reasons, according to a land-use lawyer. TimesLedger Newspapers (Queens, N.Y.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $767M Honolulu mixed-use project to create 1,000 jobs
    A $767 million mixed-use project is under review by the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. Work includes construction of a 350-foot tower, four smaller buildings and possibly a 150-room hotel. The project, if approved, is expected to generate 1,000 construction jobs annually during its 13-year buildout. Commercial Property Executive (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Light Park: Floating tower propelled by solar energy
    Architects Ting Xu and Yiming Chen of China have developed a concept called Light Park, a skyscraper that uses a helium-filled balloon to enable it to float above ground and solar-powered propellers to help it take off. The idea is to create a "utopian city" free of pollution. The mushroom-shaped skyscraper offers "infrastructure, housing, and commercial and recreational spaces" and "takes the future of urban development to the sky, offering Beijing’s residents a chance to escape the crowded city," writes Lidija Grozdanic. Inhabitat (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & HR  
  • The difference between being the boss and being bossy
    While many dream of becoming the "boss," the word itself can create difficulties in the work environment, writes Tim Lambert. "Using it has the psychological effect of driving a certain type of behaviour. ... [W]hat's needed is a reframing of the relationship between a manager and the people they manage: a relationship based on mutual benefit and interdependence, not hierarchy," he writes. Linked 2 Leadership blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 steps for handling raise requests
    When an employee requests more money because of personal reasons, the manager should make sure the ensuing discussion is focused on business rather than emotions, says Matt Wallaert, founder of GetRaised. Ask the employee to research competitive wages and to outline recent contributions to the company's bottom line, Wallaert says. Inc. online (free registration) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Senate amendment would restore funding for MAP-21
    A continuing resolution passed by the House last week would cut promised transportation funding. However, the Senate's continuing resolution would restore that funding to a full $109 billion over two years. The move has gained praise from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. "The Senate's continuing resolution recognizes that the nation's economic recovery remains dependent on the funding levels envisioned in MAP-21 and now is not the time to deviate from those levels," Executive Director Bud Wright said. Transport Topics (3/13),, D.C. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 408.2R-12: Report on Bond of Steel Reinforcing Bars Under Cyclic Loads
    This report summarizes research on bond strength and behavior of steel reinforcing bars under cyclic loads. The report provides a background to bond problems, discusses the main variables affecting bond performance, and describes bond behavior under cyclic loads. Two general types of cyclic loads are addressed: high-cycle (fatigue) and low-cycle (earthquake and similar). The anchorage behaviors of straight bars, hooked bars, and lap splices are included. Analytical bond models are described, design recommendations are provided for both high- and low-cycle fatigue, and suggestions for further research are given. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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