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March 5, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Work begins on first phase of NYC residential development project
    Construction has begun on the first phase of the Hunter's Point South project, a massive residential development in the Long Island City area of New York City. The first phase will feature two high-rise residential buildings designed to withstand surges stronger than Superstorm Sandy's, along with a 1,100-seat school and a five-acre waterfront park. The project is expected to have a total of 5,000 residential units and 11 acres of waterfront parkland when it reaches completion. The Epoch Times (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Survey: Most construction firms expect to build green by 2015
    Construction firms across the world expect 60% of their projects to be environmentally friendly by 2015, according to the SmartMarket Report of McGraw-Hill Construction. About 51% of the respondents expect most of their work to be green in 2015, up from 28% who reported the same in 2013 and up from 13% in 2008. The reason driving green building shifted from "doing the right thing" in 2008 to client and market demand in 2012, the report stated. Environmental Leader (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Rep. Upton remains concerned about Keystone XL approval prospects
    TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline could still fail to secure approval from the U.S. unless Congress takes action, said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Last week, a draft State Department report found that the project would have only a minimal impact on the environment. "We fear the delays have allowed the opposition to grow so out-of-control that congressional action is still necessary to get the pipeline built," Upton said. United Press International (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • National construction charity group begins renovations to Palm Springs’ Angel View
    Construction charity organization AGC Charities, Inc., began work this week on renovations to the main facility of a Palm Springs area group that supports children and adults with disabilities as part of its annual Operation Opening Doors event. Dozens of contractors are donating time, expertise and money to make a series of improvements to the headquarters of Angel View. "We are using our skills to make life a little easier and a lot more accessible for people with disabilities," said Jim Clemens, chairman of Ocean City, N.J.-based Clemens Construction Co. and the chairman of AGC Charities. "Our members are committed to building a better quality of life for the Coachella Valley’s disabled community." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 National Work Zone Awareness Survey
    AGC annually participates in National Work Zone Awareness Week to highlight the danger to construction workers of motorists not obeying speed limits or not staying alert in highway work zones. This year's National Work Zone Awareness Week will take place April 15-19 with the theme "Work Zone Safety: We’re All In This Together." To get a better handle on the impact of vehicle crashes at AGC member work sites, we have prepared this survey and will release the results as part of the week’s events. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey before Monday, March 25. We appreciate your input. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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