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December 21, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • Progress report on Maine's $1.4B transmission system project
    Source: WLBZ-TV
    Central Maine Power Co. marked a milestone in its $1.4 billion Maine Power Reliability Program with the completion of its new substation in Lewiston, Maine. "We have 2,700 people working on our system today. This is one of the largest construction projects ever in the state of Maine, and one of the largest transmission projects ever built in New England," said Sara Burns, president and CEO of CMP. WLBZ-TV (Bangor, Maine) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Revisiting some of 2012's infrastructure challenges
    This article highlights some of the "troubled infrastructure" issues of 2012. Among the topics are the Wolf Creek Dam remediation project in Kentucky and Sandy's impact on "an already older and fragile infrastructure." ENR notes, "As the construction and engineering worlds close out 2012, Sandy's aftermath and recovery promises to be a major theme in 2013." Engineering News-Record (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Phase I of $300M project in N.J. could begin in February
    Construction of the first phase of a $300 million arts and transit project by Princeton University in New Jersey could start in February after the planning board approved the undertaking. The work calls for construction of theaters and other cultural facilities, as well as relocation of the Dinky commuter rail station. Citizen group "Save the Dinky" plans to appeal the board's decision. The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • English Channel is proposed site for $63.4B airport hub
    A proposal by Beckett Rankine details a $63.4 billion, four-runway airport for the middle of the English Channel. The airport hub would sit on a man-made island; a rail link would be added to transport people to London in 40 minutes. "The arguments for the construction of a new hub airport in the U.K. are overwhelming, and this proposal offers one option of how to build it," said London Mayor Boris Johnson. The Daily Mail (London) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Biological concrete absorbs atmosphere's CO2
    The research team from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain has developed a new form of biological concrete that soaks up atmospheric carbon dioxide and speeds up the growth of mosses, microalgae and lichens. "The biological concrete acts not only as an insulating material and a thermal regulator, but also as an ornamental alternative," says the team. "The idea is to create a patina in the form of a biological covering or a living painting." TG Daily (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech deal could take buildings' energy efficiency to next level
    The acquisition of Melon Power, a software company, by building analytics firm WegoWise will provide building managers and owners a "simple, user-friendly platform for analyzing the energy use of their property." Because buildings use about 40% of the energy consumed in the U.S., this move could also become important on a national scale. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Former industrial city in France turned into an eco-metropolis
    The efforts of Nantes, France, to reshape itself with an eye toward climate change, transportation, water, and biodiversity have turned it from an industrial and port city into an eco-metropolis with a commitment to address challenges such as urban sprawl and carbon dioxide emissions, according to this article. The city has been designated by the European Union as its "Green Capital" for 2013. The Atlantic Cities (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • The $60B emergency funding question: Who gets what?
    Lawmakers are debating how to allot the $60.4 billion in emergency funding sought by states that suffered damage from superstorm Sandy. The GOP has proposed only $24 billion in emergency aid, which excludes the $13 billion the Democrats want to approve for protection against future storm surges. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has called attempts to reduce aid "miserly, to say the least." Bloomberg Businessweek (12/19), The Huffington Post (12/19), USA Today (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boehner's "fiscal cliff" plan hits a wall in the House
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was forced to abandon his "fiscal cliff" proposal, aimed at extracting more concessions from President Barack Obama, when it became clear there wasn't enough support to pass the measure in the Republican-controlled House. Boehner's inability to produce enough votes for his own plan raises the level of uncertainty about whether Republican leaders and Obama can reach a deal before the year ends. Reuters (12/21), The Washington Post (12/20), USA Today (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC Foundation Scholarships help students achieve dreams
    "Aside from pursuing my Bachelor’s degree (in Construction Management), I am also working on three minors in Spanish, architecture and business administration. I stay heavily involved with the CM program and strive to give back to the program by participating on one of the school’s ASC competition teams as well as taking leadership roles in the extra-curricular student groups. I currently serve as president of the Associated Students of Construction Management and as vice president of our DBIA student chapter. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2013 and hope to begin work in commercial construction and eventually reach my goal of project management. Thanks to you, I am now one step closer to achieving my dreams."

    This excerpt from Washington State University’s Nicole Johnson is taken from a thank-you note to the AGC Education and Research Foundation Board of Directors. Nicole is not alone. Of the 111 students awarded scholarships in 2012, the vast majority are active in their AGC student chapters, work construction in the summer and during the school year, and give back to their communities.

    Learn how you can support this effort in 2013.

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  • Project Delivery Systems for Construction
    Written by AGC contractor members and professional industry practitioners, the newly released Project Delivery Systems for Construction -- Third Edition publication provides detailed information on traditional and alternative project delivery systems. It includes chapters on Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Construction Management At-Risk, Construction Management Agency and Program Management. This book uses real-life examples from actual projects and comes complete with self-tests and case studies to emphasize points covered in the text. To order, visit the AGC Store or buy it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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