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December 17, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Crane mishap will delay completion of NYC tower
    The crane mishap at the 90-story One57 residential tower under construction in New York City will delay completion by as much as two months. "We think there’s going to be a delay in terms of being able to take the crane off the building," said Gary Barnett, president of Extell Development Co. Replacing the damaged boom could take until the end of the first quarter, Barnett said. Bloomberg (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Utah completes 2 key road projects worth $2.46B
    The $1.73 billion project to rebuild 24 miles of Utah's Interstate 15 and replace asphalt with concrete has been finished. Also finished is the first phase of the $730 million Mountain View Corridor. It's like "we have delivered the World Series and ... the Super Bowl all in one day," said John Njord, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. DOT launches RAMP to expedite its construction program
    The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a new program dubbed Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships or RAMP. "Efficient and effective use of public money is at the core of this effort," said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. "The program doesn’t solve the state’s long-term transportation needs, but it does accelerate many projects that might otherwise have had to sit longer." American City Business Journals/Denver (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Green Building 
  • 2 net-zero buildings offer insight into possibilities
    Two presentations about net-zero-energy buildings led Raksha Vasudevan to focus on how understanding ways the buildings were designed could shape how we view building sustainable communities. Life-cycle analysis comes into play, as does integrated design, plug-load issues and the potential of passive design. CitiesSpeak blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Survey: Federal contracting turns into a "high-risk business"
    Federal contracting is becoming a "high-risk business" because more government agencies are requiring fixed-price contracts due to tighter budgets, consulting firm Grant Thornton said after conducting a survey of federal contractors. "We certainly are in a different economic time right now than we have been in the last many years," said Mary Davie, acting commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. "That’s reflected in contracts and the budget and changes we’re making in how we spend our money." NextGov (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Fiscal cliff" talks reportedly produce some progress
    President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, remain far apart, but there are signs of movement in their "fiscal cliff" talks. Boehner indicated support for a tax increase on people with incomes of more than $1 million and a total of $1 trillion in new revenue over the next decade. In return for $1 trillion of spending cuts, Boehner backed an increase in the debt limit that would put the issue on the back burner for a year. Google/The Associated Press (12/16), Reuters (12/17), Bloomberg (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AGC webinar: Stormwater Compliance -- New Templates to Help Contractors Keep Effective Documentation
    If your company wants to stay in compliance with the myriad of new and forthcoming stormwater runoff requirements, you need an effective document management system. All stormwater permitting authorities require a site-specific Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan as well as documentation of inspections, findings, and maintenance and repair of all BMPs. In the case of an audit or incident, government enforcers will want to see written proof of your compliance. This webinar will take place on Dec. 18 at 2:00 pm ET. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC members, save on ConsensusDocs
    ConsensusDocs are the only standard contracts written by a coalition of 35 leading construction industry organizations, including AGC. AGC members receive a 20 percent discount on all ConsensusDosc’ products. Simply use Partner Code "AGC" and Promotion Code "100" when prompted during the checkout process at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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