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November 29, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • N.Y. MTA may sell $4.8B in bonds to repair damaged infrastructure
    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, which manages New York City's mass transit system, proposes to sell bonds worth $4.8 billion to help cover repair expenses after Hurricane Sandy. Initial estimates for storm damage are pegged at $5.02 billion, according to the MTA, and the agency may have to cover $950 million of that cost. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.H. nuke facility to seal ASR-damaged areas if required
    New Hampshire's Seabrook Nuclear Energy Plant is safe, despite having some non-critical areas plagued by alkali-silica reaction, say officials. The containment structure itself is fully intact and unaffected by ASR," said Alan Griffith, communications manager for Seabrook. However, NextEra Energy will seal the ASR-riddled concrete if required to do so by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. New Hampshire Public Radio (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Economic Update 
  • Home-sales data are unexpectedly negative
    A shadow of doubt has been cast over signs of recovery in the housing market, after sales of new homes unexpectedly declined 0.3% in October and September's numbers were revised downward. Nonetheless, noting volatility in new-home sales, "we are not changing our view that a modest recovery in home sales, construction activity and prices is well under way," RDQ Economics' John Ryding and Conrad DeQuadros wrote in a research note. Bloomberg (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Green Building 
  • 3 construction apps that address problems in blueprint, design
    Three iPad applications aim to address difficulties in altering blueprints or in sharing design ideas in the construction industry, according to this article. PlanGrid 2.2 stores the master plan in the cloud and lets users view, share and annotate blueprints that can be synced automatically. FormIt allows sharing of ideas in the early design process and supports a BIM workflow, while Océ Publisher from lets you print wide format documents through a Wi-Fi connection. Constructech (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microdesk sees 5 technology trends for AEC firms in 2013
    The use of building information modeling will be among five technology trends that Microdesk foresees for architecture, engineering and construction companies. "By continuing to leverage the technologies available -- and embracing new technologies -- the industry will set new precedents for what's possible in the design and building of roads, bridges, buildings and America's mass transit systems in 2013," said Microdesk President Michael DeLacey. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vertical garden project brings green to high-density area
    A project that includes a vertical garden, an edible green screen and a rainwater harvesting system is meant to promote biodiversity and sustainability at the University of Washington in Seattle, Kaid Benfield writes. The initiative features two, 10-foot-tall vertical gardens and a 39-foot-tall edible screen with hops and kiwi vines. It will also have two cisterns that will collect rainwater from the roof to be used as irrigation for the plants, Benfield notes. Natural Resources Defense Council/Switchboard blog (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Policy Watch 
  • Anti-bullying bills could hurt construction industry
    Sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace could become easier to prove now that laws are being proposed in more than 20 states to widen the scope of liability. However, for employers, particularly in the construction industry, such legislation "opens the door for juries to deal with sympathetic plaintiffs in [cases] no employer would ever conceive of as bullying. The approach, though well intentioned, is not well thought out," says Champe McCulloch, president of the Maryland chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. Engineering News-Record (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Tell us how the "fiscal cliff" proposals will affect your construction company
    Congress and the president are working to craft budgetary and fiscal legislation designed to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Such legislation would prevent across the board tax increases, address expired and expiring tax provisions and avoid sequestration. If they fail to act, the tax increases will hit all brackets. We are asking for your guidance as we work to weigh the various proposals that are likely to emerge as Congress and the president work to address this pending "fiscal cliff." To that end, please complete this short survey by Tuesday, Dec. 4. Your feedback is much appreciated. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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