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June 1, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Schedule delays to raise cost of Ga.'s $14B Vogtle reactor project
    Nearly eight months behind schedule, Southern Co.'s Vogtle nuclear construction project in Georgia could face further delays due to a design problem and improper rebar installation. The concrete pour for the project will be postponed for three months, according to William Jacobs, an independent construction monitor assigned to the project. A schedule delay could raise the cost of the project, Jacobs noted. Bloomberg (5/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Caltrans to consult with "third-party" experts on Bay Bridge safety
    Caltrans said it would contact outside experts about the safety of the $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California. The bridge’s capacity to withstand a major earthquake was called into question when an investigation revealed reports of possible defects in construction and testing. "We need to make sure the bridge is safe before we open it," said state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier. "It's supposed to be a world-class bridge. It should have world-class oversight." The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Breaking down the tab for NYC's $4.5B subway project
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    Source: CNNMoney
    The first mile-and-a-half of New York City's Second Avenue Subway project will have three stops and cost about $4.5 billion. There will also be a new entrance added to an existing stop. This means each stop costs more than $1 billion, much of which comes from the need for heavy machinery and massive equipment, including tunnel boring machines and hydraulic drillers. The line will eventually run almost the length of Manhattan and could cost as much as $24 billion. CNNMoney (5/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1B in development projects under way in Va. capital
    Already there are about $1 billion worth of projects under construction in Richmond, Va. That amount could nearly double if the Franklin Development Group can negotiate a deal on a 17-acre site in the city. The group plans a $52 billion mixed-use project with 317 apartments, office towers, a hotel and an upscale supermarket. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (6/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Repair work on Montana dam's spillway could cost over $225M
    Montana's Fort Peck Dam spillway was damaged by torrential flooding last year and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates it could cost more than $225 million to repair it. However, the Corps has only $46 million for the repairs. One alternative could be to use $25 million to repair "damaged concrete along the spillway chute and along the 'wing walls' where the structure drains into the Missouri [River]," according to John Daggett, project manager for Fort Peck. A more optimal alternative would build a massive concrete "stilling basin" beneath the spillway. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Quake sensors installed in S.F. tower for improved building design
    Seventy-two seismic instruments called accelerographs were installed in Rincon Hill, a 64-story residential building in San Francisco. The devices, placed at strategic areas on 24 floors of the tower, allow scientists and engineers to detect and measure the building's horizontal and vertical movement. "What we would expect to see in a significant earthquake would be really interesting -- and most important, it would help improve safety standards for future high-rise buildings," said Anthony Shakal of the California Geological Survey. San Francisco Chronicle (5/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can technology create net-zero data centers in the future?
    Building sustainable data centers is one of the goals of HP Labs, and it believes technology, combined with the right building techniques, could result in the construction of energy-efficient data centers. In this piece, David Chernicoff looks at the methodology and integration that could make it happen. ZDNet (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TCC Fly-In calls on Congress to complete action on transportation bill
    Close to 400 members of the Transportation Construction Coalition came to Washington, D.C., this week as part of the 11th Annual TCC Legislative Fly-In to urge Congress to complete action on the transportation reauthorization bill before the current extension expires on June 30. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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