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February 28, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • First phase of Las Vegas Convention Center redo is approved
    A $150 million plan to renovate the Las Vegas Global Business District was approved Tuesday. It is part of a $2.5 billion plan to overhaul the district that includes the Las Vegas Convention Center. Plans call for wireless connectivity throughout the center, a transportation hub, restaurants and casual eateries, outdoor space, retailers and a wellness center. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Makeover of Las Vegas' Sahara Hotel to create 1,600 jobs
    The former Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas is undergoing a $415 million makeover and will emerge as the SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino. The project will create 1,600 construction jobs and work should be complete in the fall of 2014. "Hopefully, it spurs some development," said Justin Michaels with the Strip Gun Club. "It's more construction jobs, more money going into the payroll taxes, the property taxes, so it would be a benefit to the community as a whole." KLAS-TV (Las Vegas) (2/28), Honolulu Star-Advertiser (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tallest CSP tower in the world is under construction in Nev.
    The world's tallest concentrating solar power tower, with a height of 640 feet, is under construction at SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes in Nevada. "The tower’s foundation has 900,000 pounds of steel reinforcing rods and 4,800 cubic yards of concrete and the tower has 800,000 pounds of rebar and 4,300 cubic yards of concrete," said Crescent Dunes Site Manager Brian Painter. The project is expected to be operational by the end of the year. Greentech Media (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • 3D printing adds a fourth dimension
    So-called 4D printing takes 3D printing a step further, enabling individual chunks of material to assemble themselves intelligently into any form desired. The new technology from Skylar Tibbits activates individual strands of material that in turn guide themselves into the prescribed shapes. The process also has the advantage of enabling the objects to be self-adapting after their creation. (U.K.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Senators propose to create fund for transportation projects
    Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., have introduced the American Infrastructure Investment Fund Act of 2013 that would create a fund specifically geared toward transportation projects. It would be funded with $5 billion a year for two years. "This bill would establish a creative new way to leverage federal funding and increase investment in projects that will expand rail capacity, like the Gateway Tunnel, and projects that will modernize our ports and other infrastructure to meet the growing demands of the 21st century," Lautenberg said. The Journal of Commerce (2/27),, D.C. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawmakers urge Kerry to ensure approval of Keystone XL project
    Secretary of State John Kerry should guarantee that the Obama administration maintains its schedule for a decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, a bipartisan group of senators said. "We believe that you and the president should remain committed to reaching a decision within the first quarter of this year," the lawmakers said. San Antonio Express-News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • California charity selected for next Operation Opening Doors project: Learn how you can help
    AGC Charities has selected Palm Springs, Calif., charity Angel View for its next Operation Opening Doors project. The group provides a host of services for local disabled children. AGC Charities, with the leadership of Hensel Phelps Construction, will renovate the facilities' outdoor therapy area, improve access to the facility and replace aging and damaged doors and wainscoting. AGC Charities is looking for volunteers, supplies and donations. Visit and watch this video to learn more about the project and how you can help. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 AGC’s 94th Annual Convention and Constructor Expo
    March 6-9 || Palm Springs, Calif.
    Growing your business can be a difficult endeavor ... even in a strong economy. In today’s construction marketplace, with fewer projects to bid on, increased competition from out of market firms, lower margins and higher materials prices, the average contractor faces nightmarish conditions in which to try to keep their businesses afloat, much less thriving. Very often, the line between success and failure comes down to simply who you know. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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