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January 31, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Renovation of Denver transit hub is 70% complete
    Source: KMGH-TV
    Renovation of the historic Union Station in Denver is 70% complete, according to the Regional Transportation District. Work on the Grand Hall is progressing and hotel rooms are being constructed. The work is part of a larger project that will build new light-rail lines and an underground bus depot. Eventually, Amtrak, light rail and commuter trains will connect here. Currently, there is a $2 billion shortfall in funding. KMGH-TV (Denver) (1/30), The Denver Post (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • $407M rehab of NYC's Alexander Hamilton Bridge presents challenges
    The Alexander Hamilton Bridge, a 1,485-foot-long steel-arch span that carries eight lanes of traffic over the Harlem River in New York City, is undergoing a complex rehab. This piece discusses how designers and builders met the challenges posed by the project and explains how various value-engineering solutions have allowed them to save costs. The project is slated for a December completion, and the renovated bridge is expected to last for 75 years. Engineering News-Record (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Report: Who's using BIM and why?
    Nearly 75% of architectural, engineering and contracting firms now use BIM, according to a McGraw-Hill Construction. That's up from only 28% in 2007. While the number of people with five or more years experience with BIM has increased, the number of those with just one or two years experience has declined. Even though most firms see a positive return on investment with BIM, the fact that fewer young people have experience with it "may affect the industry for years to come," writes Tom Sawyer. Engineering News-Record (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Several tools, techniques improve jobsite safety
    The use of different tools to improve jobsite safety has helped contractors reduce the number of injuries in the past decade, according to this piece. Many companies use statistics from agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that track recordable injuries, as well as other benchmarks. They also use technology along with behavior modification. For instance, at PCL Enterprises in Denver, workers are encouraged to help colleagues adopt and follow safety practices. Engineering News-Record (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Transportation advocates want funding champion to replace LaHood
    The resignation of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has caused a flurry of speculation about who will take his place. A name mentioned frequently is "Mr. Transportation" Jim Oberstar, a former Democratic congressman from Minnesota. Transportation advocates and unions are urging President Barack Obama to find a replacement who will be a champion of transportation funding. "I think it's important that the next secretary comes in with a primary strategy in mind to figure out a way to fund our transportation system's needs," said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/29), The Hill/Transportation blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Last chance to save $200: Register for AGC’s Annual Convention today
    Today is the last chance you will have to register for AGC’s 94th Annual Convention with the early-bird rate and save up to $200. This year, the AGC Annual Convention and Constructor Expo -- March 6-9, in Palm Springs, Calif. -- is the ideal opportunity to see what AGC can do for you and your business, as well as to learn from industry peers and experts on how they are overcoming today’s challenges. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to build your connections, grow your business, and get involved. Register today and save! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Better manage your prequalification data and process with new iSqFt prequalification tool
    Working in conjunction with AGC of America, iSqFt has introduced a free online prequalification management application to all AGC members. Through this online application, you will be able to send prequalification requests to vendors in your database, allow vendors to send information back to you via the online form, and track and manage responses. Learn more about this great new tool by signing up for an informational webinar being held on Friday, Feb. 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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