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December 31, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • $5B worth of projects to change Boston skyline
    Twenty-two projects worth $1.6 billion were started this year in Boston, while 37 more -- worth $3.4 billion -- have been approved, according to Mayor Tom Menino's office. This slide show profiles seven of the largest projects, including the $350 million state-of-the-art Longwood Center research facility, the $625 mixed-use Millennium Tower and the $500 million global headquarters of New Balance. BostInno (Boston) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Fla. nuke plant's $5B-plus repair tab has ripple effects
    Duke Energy and its subsidiary Progress Energy must decide whether to shut down the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida or spend $3.5 billion to repair a "botched" maintenance project and buy energy from other sources. Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited -- the company that insures all 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. -- has only $3.6 billion to cover claims. That means other nuke facilities and projects could be affected -- as could rate payers across America. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction update: Seattle's $1.8B light-rail tunnel project
    Work continues on the $1.8 billion light-rail tunnel between the University of Washington and downtown Seattle. Crews have excavated and crushed 28,000 truckloads of dirt and rock so far. The tunnel has been completely excavated and wall panels have been installed using high-precision lasers and computers. Crews will start placing trail rails in March. KIRO-TV (Seattle) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Update 
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Report: BIPV to become a $2.4B market by 2017
    A new Pike Research report forecasts that the market for building-integrated photovoltaic technology is expected to boom in the next few years, moving from $606 million this year to $2.4 billion in 2017. BIPVs are ultra-thin solar panels, some of which can "printed right onto building materials" such as walls, roof shingles, windows and steel roofs. GigaOm (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Pressure mounts for Congress to pass Sandy aid bill
    House and Senate lawmakers face increasing pressure to pass legislation to fund reconstruction and other expenses resulting from superstorm Sandy. A $60.4 billion funding plan recently won Senate approval, but House Republicans want to cut the amount to roughly $27 billion. Projects such as transit and community development are the focus of the Senate proposal to help New York, New Jersey and other storm-ravaged states. The Hill (12/30), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/28), Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • A better way to contract
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  • 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 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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