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December 14, 2012
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  • Expert sees delays for new Plant Vogtle reactors
    The $14 billion expansion of a nuclear power plant in Georgia will be delayed by more than a year, which could increase construction costs, according to a report from nuclear engineer William Jacobs. Southern Co. has already postponed the startup dates of the new units at Plant Vogtle by several months. Even if costs increase, the plant will still be economically viable, said Buzz Miller, Southern's executive vice president of nuclear development. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.)/The Associated Press (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Work on $957M Central Corridor project in Minn. nears completion
    Mild weather and lessons learned from 2011 work has helped the $957 million Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project in Minnesota between Minneapolis and St. Paul get ahead of its construction schedule. The project, which is more than 80% complete, is expected to be operational by 2014. "Reaching the end of the hardest part of Central Corridor construction is cause for reflection and a little celebration," said Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh. Minnesota Public Radio (12/12), RT&S online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Mini waterfront city" planned for D.C.
    A 27-acre "mini waterfront city" in the southwest part of Washington, D.C., is being planned by a joint venture that includes Madison Marquette and PN Hoffman. The "city," dubbed The Wharf, will consist of more than 1,300 residential units and nearly 1 million square feet of space for three hotels, offices, retail, entertainment and dining areas. The developers are seeking $1.5 billion in financing and hope to break ground next year. American City Business Journals/Washington, D.C./WBJ Breaking Ground blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • What will 2013 hold for the construction industry?
    This piece asks various industry experts about the key issues faced by the AEC sector in 2012 and what they expect in 2013. Among the concerns discussed are highway construction, residential and multifamily construction, unemployment, material costs and the economy in general. Overall, "[L]ook for a 20% increase in residential construction, which also includes a brighter outlook for multifamily homes," said Ed Sullivan, chief economist at the Portland Cement Association. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Year in review: 10 important construction projects
    Construction Digital names its top 10 construction projects that will have a wide impact. Green energy and sustainable construction projects in the U.S. claimed the top spot in the rankings. "Globally praised for its industry innovation and colossal construction projects, it is high time America reclaimed the envy of the world," writes Stanley Jackson. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 7 communities earn EPA's Smart Growth award
    The transformation of a downtown corridor in Lancaster, Calif., into a busy commercial and residential district made Lancaster one of the seven communities recognized with a Smart Growth award from the Environmental Protection Agency. The awards are given to "recognize exceptional approaches to development that protect the environment, encourage economic vitality, and enhance quality of life." (12/13), The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • 5 reasons bosses shouldn't try to be perfect
    Perfectionism isn't a desirable trait in business leaders, writes Henna Inam. The best leaders are comfortable in their own skin and recognize, and even embrace, their flaws to develop an authentic and credible leadership style, Inam argues. "They learn to ease their desire to 'be perfect' based on some kind of external standard in favor of 'being powerful' in an authentic way," she writes. The Glass Hammer blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • $105B MAP-21 bill ignites hope for public transport projects
    The passage of the $105 billion Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21, last summer is expected to provide some funding for surface transportation projects next year, particularly for transit development. Groups such as the American Public Transportation Association are closely monitoring the enactment and anticipated effect of MAP-21. "The new law is transformative in many ways," said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. Progressive Railroading (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 2012 Manual of Concrete Practice now available
    The 2012 Manual of Concrete Practice (MCP) contains 220 ACI committee standards and reports. The MCP is the most comprehensive concrete reference set available. It contains all of the widely used ACI concrete and masonry code requirements, specifications, guides and reports. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adhesive Anchor Installation Online CEU Program
    ACI is offering a flexible and convenient way to learn about adhesive anchors through its newest online CEU program, titled "Adhesive Anchor Installation." The resources introduced in this program are intended to provide an introduction to adhesive anchor installation, what constitutes an adhesive anchor, installation requirements for adhesive anchors, adhesive curing, and applications for use. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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