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December 6, 2012
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  • 3 design options for new Tappan Zee Bridge unveiled
    New York has released three designs for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement that "resemble two pairs of tuning forks, a regatta, and a cream-colored version of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge." Price estimates for them range between $3.14 billion and $4 billion, less than the estimated $5 billion. The state’s advisory committee has recommended the least expensive option, produced by Tappan Zee Constructors, led by Fluor Corp. It's the one that looks like the tuning forks. The state's Thruway Authority will vote on the proposed designs at a Dec. 17 meeting. Bloomberg (12/5), Reuters (12/5), The Journal News (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, N.Y.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Harmon tower litigation becomes 2 distinct cases
    The Harmon Tower litigation mess will now spread into 2014. The unpaid invoice portion of the case is scheduled for June 2013, and the construction-defect case is set for January 2014. Meanwhile, CityCenter is likely to continue its appeal involving the sites it tested in the 26-story, $275 million empty building. (Las Vegas) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Support for Keystone XL project remains strong, group says
    Support for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline still outweighs opposition to the project, the American Petroleum Institute said. "It's a $7 billion infrastructure crossing five states that will mean 20,000 new jobs, including work in the building and construction trades, which are suffering from 12% unemployment," said Cindy Schild, downstream operations manager for refining and oil sands at API. Oil & Gas Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Technology & Trends  
  • ACI offers feedback on additional coursework for engineers
    The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations' current coursework on prestressed and post-tensioned concrete topics should be modified to offer better understanding of concrete work to practitioners, according to the American Concrete Institute's Faculty Network. ACI's proposal is one of many suggestions on how to improve the curriculum of the NCSEA, which has been constantly requesting feedback for coursework development. STRUCTURE magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Sustainability & Green Building  
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

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  Policy Watch  
  • Geithner is "absolutely" prepared to go over "fiscal cliff"
    Source: CNBC
    If Republicans won't go along with higher tax rates for America's wealthiest 2%, the Obama administration is ready to let the "fiscal cliff" automatically take effect at year-end, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said. "There's very broad support out there for not just extending these tax cuts for 98% of Americans, but for an agreement that has rates going up with tax reforms that limit deductions alongside a set of substantial long-term savings on the spending side," he said. CNBC (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Pawlenty puts voice to GOP's "fiscal cliff" frustration
    "You can't corner people so totally and so badly that they have no way out," said Tim Pawlenty, president and CEO of Financial Services Roundtable and a former Minnesota governor and Republican presidential candidate, speaking of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. The dealing continues as President Barack Obama insists on tax increases and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, decides whether to break with his party or dig in his heels. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Guide for Precast Concrete Wall Panels (533R-11)
    This guide presents recommendations for precast concrete wall panels. It should be used with ACI 318, "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete." This guide discusses the basic principles of design, tolerances, and materials, as well as fabrication, installation, quality requirements, and testing. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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