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January 7, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • A look at 10 transportation projects in the D.C. region
    The Washington Post released its list of the top 10 transportation projects to watch this year in the Washington, D.C., region. It includes the potential completion of the first phase of work on the Dulles Metrorail project; construction of three spans of the 11th Street Bridge over the Anacostia River; and the finishing touches on the reconstruction and widening of Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River. The Washington Post (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Neb. agency issues environmental report for Keystone XL project
    TransCanada's proposed new route for its Keystone XL pipeline steers clear of environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska, according to a report from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The report now heads to the office of Gov. Dave Heineman for review. A separate review of the project is being performed by the U.S. State Department, which is expected to release a draft environmental review. Rigzone/Dow Jones Newswires (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.D. oil boom spurs hotel construction
    North Dakota's hotel-development pipeline continues to expand in an effort to meet the population boom caused by the state's flourishing oil industry. Short- and long-term budget properties are thriving as they accommodate oil workers in need of temporary lodging. Economy and midscale properties "can be built quickly and are aligned with the daily commute an employee is making. It doesn't mean that nicer luxury hotels won't be built later, but what you'll see out there now are midscale and economy hotels," said Bruce Ford, a senior vice president for Lodging Econometrics. Hotel Interactive (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Update 
  • Construction industry will grow modestly, economists say
    Several key markers of growth in the construction industry, including the 30,000 jobs added in December, could be attributed to an improving economy, but economists are cautious about calling it a rebound. Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, and several other economists said they expect modest growth for the industry in 2013. The Washington Post (1/4), CoStar Group (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Turner software links construction docs for easy access
    Terriann Nohilly, a procurement engineer with Turner Construction, along with an intern have changed the way some of Turner's employees use technology. They created a Web interface called "Linked" that lets users intuitively access blueprints, memos, work schedules and other information relevant to a project using a tablet. "As we move the construction industry into the 20th, let alone the 21st century, what has been really tremendous is getting people the correct information with obviously relative ease ... in a timely way," Nohilly said. San Diego Union-Tribune (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biomimicry could provide "fresh solutions" post-Sandy
    Biomimicry principles could offer "fresh architectural solutions" for coastal areas susceptible to flooding, according to this piece. "The notion is that the next generation of waterfront designs could draw inspiration from the intricate ways that plants and animals have adapted to their situations over hundreds of millions of years," Sarah Amandolare writes. "Nature is a dynamic entity, and we should be trying to design our buildings, our landscape and our cities to recognize that," said Thomas Knittel, a biomimicry specialist at architecture firm HOK. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Construction sector adds 30,000 jobs between November and December
    Construction employers added 30,000 jobs in December while the industry’s unemployment rate hit 13.5%, according to an analysis of new federal data released by AGC of America. Association officials noted that the monthly increase was the largest in nearly two years, driven primarily by increases in private sector demand for construction. "Resurgent demand for new housing construction and modest growth in private commercial construction are helping create some new construction jobs," said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. "Now that the threat of the fiscal cliff has been, temporarily, relieved, construction employment should continue to slowly rise in 2013." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • January/February issue of Constructor magazine now available
    Be sure to check out the digital edition today
    The new year brings a fantastic new issue of Constructor magazine -- it’s packed full of great content, including a feature article on women in construction who are quickly changing the face of the industry, as well as an industry outlook for 2013, an article on top business trends for the new year, and a lot of buzz about building information modeling (BIM). This issue really has something for everyone. You can read Constructor on your desktop, tablet or smartphone and stay in the know. The digital edition contains the same articles, images and ads as the printed copy in a convenient format that mimics the print version. To stay up to speed on industry and association news, be sure to follow Constructor on Twitter and subscribe to Constructor Monthly. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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