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December 3, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • $1.5B plan outlined to fix deficient sewer system in Fla. county
    Florida's Miami-Dade County has proposed a $1.5 billion, 15-year plan to reconstruct its aging sewage-treatment plants, pipes and pump stations in a bid to avoid a federal lawsuit and heavy fines for violating the Clean Water Act. The plan includes replacement or repair of a portion of the 7,500-mile network of sewer lines and a $555 million rebuilding of a wastewater-treatment plant on Virginia Key. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cracks in concrete pontoons on Seattle floating bridge mapped
    Divers and engineers have mapped cracks found in Pontoon W, one of six concrete pontoons for the SR 520 floating bridge in Seattle that were exposed to incorrect drying temperatures. Although half the cracks are wider than 0.006 inch -- the Washington state Department of Transportation standard -- John Reilly, chairman of the project's expert-review committee, is not concerned. "Once you seal it, it's stable," Reilly said. The Seattle Times (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. hospital's $250M expansion project advances
    Skanska USA and its joint venture partner Gates Construction have been awarded an approximately $144 million construction contract to expand Lee Memorial Health System’s Golisano Children’s Hospital in Florida. The $250 million project will add a 292,000-square-foot building to the complex and is slated for completion by 2016. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts offer financial, legal advice to firms planning expansion
    Construction firms that plan to expand beyond their usual geographical markets should be well-informed to avoid certain financial and legal risks of doing business in other states, according to experts. "I strongly recommend you use many resources around you to gather information and conduct research about operating in a new geographic location, especially one that's in a different state or country," said Dan Sielicki, Baker Concrete Construction's director of risk management. "The financial result of a mistake could be expensive." Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Worker killed as hillside gives way at Ind. road building site
    A worker was killed at a job site on the Hoosier Heartland Corridor road project in Indiana on Friday. Crews were building abutments when a hillside collapsed, burying an employee of T.J. Lambrecht Construction, a subcontractor for Walsh Construction. The incident is under investigation, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation, and work at the site along the new Indiana highway 26 in Carroll County is suspended until further notice. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Calif. gets $2.75B to green its schools, public buildings
    California will have $550 million a year until 2018 -- a total of $2.75 billion -- to fund green-improvement projects at its schools and public buildings thanks to voters who passed Proposition 39. Upgrades are aimed at energy efficiency and include weatherization, replacement of leaking windows and adding insulation. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tell us how the "fiscal cliff" proposals will affect your construction company
    Congress and the president are working to craft budgetary and fiscal legislation designed to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Such legislation would prevent across-the-board tax increases, address expired and expiring tax provisions and avoid sequestration. If they fail to act, the tax increases will hit all brackets. We are asking for your guidance as we work to weigh the various proposals that are likely to emerge as Congress and the president work to address this pending "fiscal cliff." To that end, please complete this short survey by Tuesday, Dec. 4. Your feedback is much appreciated. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OSHA Standards for Construction (OSHA 29 CFR)
    Compliance in the construction industry is made easier with this comprehensive 29 CFR 1926 book. Included you will find the 1903 regulations on inspections, citations, and proposed penalties; the 1904 regulations on recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses; pertinent 1910 general industry regulations; and every 1926 construction industry regulation. Place your order at the AGC Store of visit the safety section. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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