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January 2, 2013
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  • $2.8B Miss. power plant project challenged by risks
    The Mississippi Power Co., a Southern Co. subsidiary, faces several risks in building its $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant in Kemper County, Miss., according to this piece. Among the risks discussed in the article are cost overruns, the possibility that the new coal-to-gas technology may not work, and the fact that the company may not be able to recoup overruns through rate increases. Engineers at Burns & Roe tasked with monitoring the plant's construction say the cost could rise to $3.1 billion, and completion could be extended from May 2014 to November 2014. Engineering News-Record/The Associated Press (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. convention authority plans 2 hotels in South Boston
    The Boston Redevelopment Authority has received a Notice of Project Change from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority related to the construction of two hotels in South Boston. The two hotels will add 250 rooms each to the area's supply, will dedicate 26,300 square feet for retail space on the hotels' ground floors, and will provide a parking garage to accommodate 1,350 vehicles. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • NYC advances plan to build world's largest Ferris wheel
    A plan to build a 625-foot-tall amusement ride on Staten Island in New York City advances despite the challenges created by Superstorm Sandy. The "world's largest Ferris wheel" will be designed to "withstand sustained winds up to 129 mph, far stronger than Sandy's." The nearly $500 million project, which includes construction of an outlet mall and hotel, is expected to create 1,200 construction jobs. Yahoo/The Associated Press (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Exposed concrete a sustainable feature of BREEAM building in U.K.
    The largest commercial structure in Manchester, England, called One Angel Square, is the highest scoring outstanding building for the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method in the U.K. The building was built to achieve "a 50% reduction in energy consumption, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions, and a 30% savings in operational costs." Among its sustainable features are the use of exposed concrete that will act like a "thermal sponge," along with systems for rainwater harvesting, recycling and heat recovery. Inhabitat (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
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