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December 31, 2012
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  • Honolulu gets OK to proceed with $5.26B rail project
    Honolulu has received the green light from U.S. 9th Circuit Judge A. Wallace Tashima to proceed with construction of its $5.26 billion rail project. However, the city cannot begin work on the project's phase four until it reconsiders options to the planned downtown routes. "The judge's ruling allows us to complete the remaining work requested by the court, while keeping the project on schedule ... Oahu residents can look forward to seeing their rail system fully operational in 2019 as planned," said Dan Grabauskas, executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Honolulu Star-Advertiser (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $5B worth of projects to change Boston skyline
    Twenty-two projects worth $1.6 billion were started this year in Boston, while 37 more -- worth $3.4 billion -- have been approved, according to Mayor Tom Menino's office. This slide show profiles seven of the largest projects, including the $350 million state-of-the-art Longwood Center research facility, the $625 mixed-use Millennium Tower and the $500 million global headquarters of New Balance. BostInno (Boston) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. nuke plant's $5B-plus repair tab has ripple effects
    Duke Energy and its subsidiary Progress Energy must decide whether to shut down the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida or spend $3.5 billion to repair a "botched" maintenance project and hundreds of millions more to buy energy from other sources. Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited -- the company that insures all 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. -- has only $3.6 billion to cover claims. That means other nuclear facilities and projects could be affected -- as could rate payers across America. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Report: BIPV to become a $2.4B market by 2017
    A new Pike Research report forecasts that the market for building-integrated photovoltaic technology is expected to boom in the next few years, moving from $606 million this year to $2.4 billion in 2017. BIPVs are ultra-thin solar panels, some of which can "printed right onto building materials" such as walls, roof shingles, windows and steel roofs. GigaOm (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Pressure mounts for Congress to pass Sandy aid bill
    House and Senate lawmakers face increasing pressure to pass legislation to fund reconstruction and other expenses resulting from superstorm Sandy. A $60.4 billion funding plan recently won Senate approval, but House Republicans want to cut the amount to roughly $27 billion. Projects such as transit and community development are the focus of the Senate proposal to help New York, New Jersey and other storm-ravaged states. The Hill (12/30), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/28), Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Perciasepe, McGinty among candidates to succeed Jackson at EPA
    Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe is considered a potential replacement for Administrator Lisa Jackson. Other options include the agency's air-pollution chief, Gina McCarthy, California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols and Kathleen McGinty, who has held top environmental jobs in Pennsylvania and for former President Bill Clinton. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/27), National Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Understanding Adhesive Anchors: Behavior, Materials, Installation, Design CD-ROM (SP-283)
    This CD-ROM contains 18 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored jointly by Committee 355 & 503 at the ACI 2010 Spring Convention in Chicago. The objective of the papers is to provide a reference document and give a better understanding of the performance, capability, and reliability of adhesive anchors installed in concrete. The papers present the design, installation, qualification, and inspection requirements. Other papers discuss the characteristics of sustained load behavior and other specific anchor installation and qualification considerations. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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