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February 7, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • $4.8B modernization plan for L.A. airport advances
    The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners has approved the conceptual plans and final environmental impact statement for modernization work at Los Angeles International Airport. The estimated $4.76 billion project includes construction of a new taxiway, terminal additions, a transportation center, new parking areas, and possibly, links to a light-rail station. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • $1.65B clean-coal project in Ill. moves to next phase
    A $1.65 billion FutureGen 2.0 clean-coal project in Illinois will advance to the design stage after it received approval from the Department of Energy. The project's storage capacity is estimated to reach more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide per year. "This groundbreaking project will help pave the way for other cleaner and more sustainable advanced coal-burning power plants," according to the DOE. The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • U.S. CBO sees smaller deficit, growing economy
    Depending on what the U.S. Congress does on the economic front, the Congressional Budget Office projects a budget deficit this year of $845 billion, or 5.3% of GDP. However, the national debt is expected to remain at a historically high level of 76% of GDP, or $12.2 trillion, while GDP itself is forecast to grow 1.4% in 2013. U.S. News & World Report (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • 2030 forecast: A technology-driven building industry
    By 2030, technological advances such as building information modeling, three-dimensional printing and assembly-type building materials will facilitate project completion by 50%, according to this article. "Increased precision, energy performance, and sustainable construction will result, with better quality control and much less job-site waste" that will make construction more similar to a manufacturing process, writes Phillip Bernstein. Engineering News-Record (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Holistic approach could produce more sustainable buildings
    A holistic approach to building is needed, writes engineer Dino Green. Because buildings are a major energy hog, we need to build green, but at the same time provide structures that enhance people's life style, he says. In this piece, Green looks at some solutions such as the elimination of "energy waste" and an adoption of a "greener lifestyle" that would integrate with energy-efficient structures. Green Building Elements (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy Watch 
  • LaHood: "Think outside the box" on funding transportation
    Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the next secretary should push Congress toward considering new funding mechanisms for transportation. "The next decisions that will be made by this Congress, by this administration, will have to be bold if we're going to continue our efforts to fix up our roads, keep our highways in a state of good repair, to fix up unsafe bridges," LaHood said. "We need a bold plan, and a bold way to fund it." The Hill/Transportation blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC’s Data DIGest
    Data DIGest is your source for the latest economic news relevant to the construction industry with commentary and analysis from AGC’s Chief Economist, Ken Simonson. It brings you actionable information to stay ahead of the curve on issues such as materials, prices, construction employment, and state-by-state construction trends. Subscribe at www.agc.org/datadigest. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Parts 1, 5 & 6
    This publication is a must-have for contractors involved in highway construction. The Federal Highway Administration has revised the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Parts 1, 5 and 6 Temporary Traffic Control, and you are required to know about and meet these specifications. This manual will help you meet those requirements. Purchase it here, or visit the AGC Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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