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December 20, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • No shovels at Atlantic Yards groundbreaking in NYC
    No shovels were in sight at the groundbreaking ceremony for Atlantic Yards' first prefabricated tower in New York City. Instead, officials posed inside one of the 930 prefabricated pieces that will be used to create "the world's tallest modular tower." Use of the prefab pieces is expected to cut construction waste by an estimated 70% to 90%. FCRC and Skanska USA have created a new company, FC + Skanska Modular LLC, a partnership that aims to make prefab construction and housing more affordable. GlobeSt.com (12/18), New York Post (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Honolulu rail project to get $1.55B in federal funding
    Honolulu's $5.1 billion rail project is guaranteed $1.55 billion in federal funds. The project, which includes construction of a 20-mile rail line and 21 stations, is expected to generate tens of thousands of construction jobs. "The Honolulu rail transit project, the first of its kind in the state, will bring new transit options to the growing region and create a modern transportation system that is built to last for future generations," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. RT&S online (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plans advance for Boston's $200M Lovejoy Wharf project
    The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved plan revisions for the stalled $200 million Lovejoy Wharf project. The 2.1-acre property will now be used for offices instead of residences, as previously planned. "The project will transform this dilapidated wharf into a fully restored, fully activated, landscaped open space ... complete with seasonal market activities, retail vendors, seating, dining, performance space, temporary recreational boat dockage and public water transportation facilities," according to Peter Spellios, senior vice president at Beal Cos. who is developing the project along with The Related Cos. Patch.com/Charlestown, Mass. (12/17), Boston Herald (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  Innovation & Green Building 
  Policy Watch 
  • Survey shows public support for infrastructure rebuilding
    A majority of Americans want the U.S. infrastructure to be rebuilt and modernized, according to a survey conducted for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers by Clarus Research Group. The survey also indicates 64% of respondents believe "when government doesn't have enough available tax dollars to fund infrastructure improvements, public-private partnerships and private investment should be used as part of a financing solution" -- unless that would include tolls or user fees. The Hill/Transportation blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC of America‚Äôs 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 are 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 PamD@naylor.com. 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 www.agc.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ConsensusDocs collaborates with iSqFt to offer an online prequalification management application to increase industry efficiency
    In collaboration with ConsensusDocs, iSqFt has launched a new online platform designed to make the prequalification process for contractors and subcontractors seeking new work more efficient. The new application, which will also help manage information for prequalified companies, incorporates the ConsensusDocs 721 Subcontractor Prequalification Statement. The new platform will use the ConsensusDocs 721 document, which provides general contractors a better, easier way to prequalify their subcontractors with a best practice, standardized form. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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