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February 8, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • Video of NYC's 3 giant transit expansion projects
    This piece provides updates on three of the biggest transit projects in New York City: the East Side Access project, the Second Avenue Subway project and the No. 7 subway line extension. The projects together are worth about $15 billion and could be completed in 2019. "These are vital projects, and they'll reinforce the infrastructure of the city," says Mitchell Moss, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle)/The Associated Press (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • National HSR blueprint to cost $500B, says LaHood
    The U.S. High Speed Rail Association recently unveiled a proposed map for a 17,000-mile nationwide high-speed rail system. The four-stage project, which would cost about $500 billion to build, could connect 80% of the country's population within a 25-year period, said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The project would "revitalize our economy, reactivate our manufacturing sector, create millions of jobs, end our oil dependency, reduce congestion, and cut our carbon footprint by epic proportions," according to USHSR. International Business Times (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 finalists vie for $975M Minn. Vikings stadium contract
    Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction and the team of Hunt Construction and Kraus-Anderson are the two finalists vying to build the $975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. "We've got two great candidates and either one could do the job and deliver the project that we need," said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president for stadium development. The winning bidder will be announced next week because the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority needs more information before the decision is made, according to Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of authority. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 teams shortlisted for $330M Cleveland bridge project
    Three teams are in the running to design, build and finance the approximately $330 million eastbound Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland. The Ohio Department of Transportation said it is considering: Kokosing Construction Co. with Michael Baker Jr. as designer; Walsh Construction with designer HDR Engineering; and Trumbull Corp., The Great Lakes Construction Co. and The Ruhlin Co. with designer URS Corporation. This will be the first time in ODOT history to implement public-private partnership approach for a transportation project. The Journal of Commerce (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Design of L.A.’s new $1B skyscraper unveiled
    Korean Airlines has unveiled the design for a 73-story $1 billion hotel and office tower to be constructed in downtown Los Angeles. The building will include a "sky lobby" on the 70th floor, an infinity pool on the 73rd. There will be 900 guest rooms, 30 floors of offices and three ground level floors for retail and restaurants. The glass-clad skyscraper is expected to be finished in 2017. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • U.S. jobless claims tick down; consumer confidence improves
    The slow hiring pattern in the U.S. continued last week as reflected in a small decline in the number of Americans filing initial claims for jobless benefits. Consumer confidence, however, picked up during the week for the first uptick since higher payroll taxes came into effect at the beginning of the year, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. CNNMoney (2/7), Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Higher-ed institutions leading the way to sustainability
    Several hundred U.S. colleges and universities have said they want to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. Corporations and business can learn from their experiences because they face the same challenges and goals in pursuit of sustainability goals as the schools do, writes Georges Dyer. Dyer explains how Arizona State University overcame the sustainability challenges through cultural transformation. Blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Unlikely allies: Chamber, labor work on immigration reform
    The Chamber of Commerce and labor unions have teamed up to advocate for immigration reform and propose changes to the current guest-worker program. Unions suggest that a panel of experts could use economic data to determine the number of guest workers needed. That number would change as the economy changes. However, the Chamber is skeptical, saying a panel would be "unwieldy" and slow. Both groups do see a need to devise a way in which undocumented workers could gain citizenship. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Federal Government Contractor: Ethics & Compliance Programs -- Second Edition
    A meaningful Ethics and Compliance Program can help prevent potential issues of non-compliance. Combining checklists, forms, tables, and business ethics training materials, this publication will help contractors appreciate the grounds for an alleged violation of the expected standards of business conduct and ethics and to develop, implement, and document an effective Ethics and Compliance Program. Order it here, or visit the AGC Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC of America’s Constructor magazine team launches Constructor Marketplace
    AGC of America’s Constructor magazine team, headed by Naylor, LLC, has launched its Constructor Marketplace. The marketplace is an online buyers’ guide for information about construction vendors, products and services. Information on AGC service and supply firms is listed by category -- in order to make sure your listing is accurate and up to date, please take a few seconds to review your listing. Should you need to update your company’s information, please contact Pam Dissel at Constructor’s Online Buyer’s Guide (Constructor Marketplace) is brought to you by Constructor, the magazine of The Associated General Contractors of America. This Buyers’ Guide is not the AGC Online Member Directory. To access the AGC Member Directory, please visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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