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February 19, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
 
  • Proposed Alaskan gas pipeline plan may cost up to $65B
    ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada offered some details about a proposed natural gas pipeline and export project in Alaska, which is expected to cost up to $65 billion. The plan calls for the construction of an 800-mile pipeline in Alaska's North Slope that would have the capacity to ship up to 3.5 billion cubic feet of gas. "We remain committed to responsibly developing the State's considerable resources and will keep you advised of our progress," the companies said in a letter to Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • U.S. water infrastructure repairs becoming "increasingly expensive"
    U.S. cities are facing challenges in funding water infrastructure improvements and are concerned about the affordability of meeting environmental requirements, according to the National League of Cities. Repairs and upgrades of water infrastructure over the next 20 years will require upwards of $650 billion, according to federal estimates. "In our estimation, these investment levels are actually an underestimate given the advancing age of our infrastructure, the burden of unfunded federal regulatory mandates, and factors not yet known as a result of our changing climate," said Michael Sesma, a city council member in Gaithersburg, Md. Reuters (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Update 
  • Income gains in recovering U.S. economy bypass most Americans
    All the income gains from the U.S. economic recovery that began in 2009 have gone, on average, to the upper 1%, according to an analysis by economist Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley. In fact, real incomes for the lower 99% are less than they were at the end of the recession. Saez says this pattern of upward income redistribution is expected to persist. CBS MoneyWatch (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Construction apps advance use of BIM on job sites
    Professionals from the architecture, engineering and construction industry are using more applications custom built for the construction environment, a trend that is expected to continue. For example, Take Box is an app that, when integrated with the "GTeam cloud-based building information modeling collaboration service" of Gehry Technologies, lets users "access, manage, and share critical information like blueprints, CAD ... files, and contracts from the field, all in a secure manner." Constructech (free registration) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Building efficiency trend to provide several benefits
    The growing trend in building energy-efficient buildings has numerous economic and environmental benefits, writes Richard Matthews. From new jobs, cleaner air, and a stronger economy, the benefits of sustainable building will be a key driver for the green construction market as it is projected to reach a market value between $204 billion to $248 billion in the next four years, according to McGraw-Hill's 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook report. TheEnergyCollective.com (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Ore. panel endorses $3.4B Columbia River Crossing
    An Oregon legislative committee voted 14-2 in favor of constructing the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing, which would connect Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash. The approval sends a bill to the Legislature to authorize $450 million in bonds to pay for Oregon's share. Proponents expect Washington lawmakers to match funding, allowing federal appropriations. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Webinar: Design-build lessons learned and how ConsensusDocs can help
    Design-build is commonly used in today’s design and construction industry. Even with several years of common usage, recent court cases involving design-build projects provide valuable lessons. This webinar -- on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET -- will highlight key contract terms and risk allocation concepts such as implied warranty, indemnification (hold harmless), differing site conditions, liquidated damages, reliance on bridging documents and bad owner-provided data. Learn how best practices in contract drafting and administration can help avoid problem projects. The expert panel of speakers will also provide insight on how different standard design-build contracts address these key risk allocation issues. Learn more, and register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 AGC’s 94th Annual Convention and Constructor Expo
    March 6-9 || Palm Springs, Calif.
    Growing your business can be a difficult endeavor ... even in a strong economy. In today’s construction marketplace, with fewer projects to bid on, increased competition from out of market firms, lower margins and higher materials prices, the average contractor faces nightmarish conditions in which to try to keep a business afloat, much less thriving. Very often, the line between success and failure comes down to simply who you know. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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