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June 7, 2012
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  Infrastructure Watch 
  • $6.4B Pa. airport-enhancement project to be overseen by CH2M Hill
    A team led by CH2M Hill Cos. will manage the Philadelphia International Airport's $6.4 billion capacity-enhancement project. The scope of work includes construction of support facilities, building a new runway, extending two current runways, expanding a terminal and installing a people-mover system between the terminal and a parking area. CH2M Hill says the project is complex and estimates that it will take 12 to 15 years to complete. Engineering News-Record (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boston's Suffolk Downs: $1B project's vision to create 2,500 jobs
    Renderings for a $1 billion resort casino in East Boston have been unveiled. A curved, 300-room hotel is planned at the Suffolk Downs race track. "We envision an urban oasis," architect David Manfredi said. "A mecca of entertainment, of hospitality, of gaming, restaurants, shops. It is that mix that will make it very special and make it very urban." If residents approve the plan and it gets a license, about 2,500 union construction jobs could be created. WBUR-FM (Boston) (6/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wash.'s lidded overpass project marks construction milestone
    SR 520 bridge  
    Source: KING-TV
    Construction crews have completed installing all 82 concrete girders for the overpass in Medina, Wash. The project is part of the state's $4.65 billion widening and improvement plan for State Route 520. "Seeing that 82nd girder going in at Evergreen Point Road marks a great milestone for the project and really shows the size and shape of the future lidded overpass overlooking Lake Washington," said Brian Dobbins, SR 520 Eastside project construction manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Patch.com/Bellevue, Wash. (6/4), KING-TV (Seattle) (6/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. breaks ground on $200M urban residential towers project
    Ground was broken for two modern towers that will have a total of 464 apartments in Los Angeles. Located near public transit, the $200 million project will include retail and green space and parking for 1,000 vehicles. It's the largest apartment construction project in Los Angeles since before the recession. Inhabitat (6/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Revised Keystone plan uses HDD in wetlands
    TransCanada is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to address ecological concerns related to the construction of its Gulf Coast pipeline project that will pass through some U.S. wetlands along its 480-mile route. The company will lay the pipe under, instead of over, wetlands and use horizontal directional drilling. Planning continues based on a summer construction schedule because "(w)e think we'll be able to meet that goal," says Shawn Howard, TransCanada spokesman. Engineering News-Record (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Report: Using BP fines for Gulf's restoration would create jobs
    Directing BP oil spill fines to Gulf Coast restoration efforts would help generate thousands of jobs in the region, according to a report commissioned by GNO and the Walton Family Foundation. The study comes as some are urging lawmakers to pass the Restore Act, which would allocate 80% of spill fines to restore the environment and economy of Gulf Coast states that were affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The penalties could reach $21.1 billion. FuelFix.com/The Associated Press (6/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Net-zero will change the look, feel of buildings in the future
    Net-zero standards will change the way buildings look in the future, writes Robert L. Price, a Shanghai-based architect. He discusses the use of various evolving technologies that will make it easier for buildings to become energy efficient, such as the use of modeling from the design to construction stages, photovoltaics, wind turbines on rooftops, glazing materials and building skins. WBEZ-FM (Chicago)/The BEZ blog (6/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing the Profession 
  • It's time to vanquish your evil twin
    All bosses have to battle their "evil twin" -- the version of themselves that's perceived by their most disgruntled and least generous employees -- Jill Geisler writes. When you think you're pitching in and helping out, for instance, your workers might see your "evil twin," an interfering micromanager. To vanquish your twin, Geisler explains, it's important to clearly explain your actions, your decisions and the values behind them, even when you think your reasoning and motivations should be obvious. Poynter.org/What Great Bosses Know blog (6/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Environmental Services Field Is Changing
      
    Among the great new articles only at www.asce.org/cemagazine: A new report by the independent analyst firm Verdantix finds that clients want to move beyond simple environmental regulation compliance to companywide solutions that include sustainability and risk management. Discover the details with your member login. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pipelines 2012 to share advice on "doing more with less"
      
    In these times, we are often being asked to get more accomplished with fewer resources. That's why planners of the upcoming Pipelines 2012 conference have adopted the theme Innovations in Design, Construction, Operations and Maintenance: Doing More with Less. Register early for the best deal to attend what's shaping up as a practical, beneficial program befitting the theme. Set aside Aug. 19–22 to come to the classic Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. Visit the conference website regularly for updates, to register and to secure accommodations.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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