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January 11, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • Alternative contracting methods used for $1.3B Ore. bridge program
    Construction of the Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge -- the largest component of the Oregon Transportation Department's $1.3 billion statewide bridge repair and replacement program -- is using the construction manager/general contractor method for project delivery. This article explains the importance of collaboration when using CM/GC, and details the benefits, including accelerated delivery without losing control of project costs, writes Tim Dodson. Hamilton Construction will be the contractor, and OBEC Consulting Engineers will do the design and engineering. CE News (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • $250M racino relocation in Ohio will create 800-1,000 jobs
    Work has begun to ready a site in Ohio for Penn National Gaming's racino. The gaming company, which plans to relocate its Beulah Park racetrack to Austintown, has not yet received approval from the state racing commission. Penn National will spend about $250 million to complete the transfer and will create 800 to 1,000 construction jobs, according to Norm Nelms, vice president of design and construction for the company. The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video: Calif.'s Devil's Slide Bypass to open in Q1 2013
    Source: KNTV-TV
    Workers are putting the finishing touches on California's Devil's Slide Bypass tunnels, which will open to traffic in the first quarter of this year. This article includes a video that takes viewers through the 4,200-foot twin tunnels, which have "just about every state-of-the-art safety system that is available," according to Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus. KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Operator of collapsed crane has license suspended by NYC
    The man who was running the crane that collapsed at a construction site in New York City on Wednesday has had his crane operator license suspended by the city's Department of Buildings. The crane's 170-foot-long boom collapsed when it was lifting a load that weighed nearly 24,000 pounds, more than twice its rated capacity, resulting in the injury of seven workers. Yahoo/The Associated Press (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • States, cities anticipate growth in hiring, construction
    State and local governments still face fiscal challenges. However, they are expected to hire new employees in 2013, and to spend about 1.8% more on construction this year, according to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. "The bloodletting on the state and local government level has finally passed," says Jim Diffley, chief U.S. regional economist for IHS Global Insight. "They’re no longer subtracting from growth." Bloomberg Businessweek (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • BIM-, GIS-experienced firms could benefit from MAP-21
    Firms that are knowledgeable in both geographic information systems and building information modeling technologies and can deliver projects efficiently could benefit from the $105 billion Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21, Jeffrey Yoders writes. "BIM, LIDAR, and GIS projects will be funded much more easily by the federal government than non-modeled, non-mapped projects," Yoders notes. CE News (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Slide show: Winning entries in ENR's 2012 construction-photo contest
    The winning photos of Engineering News Record's 2012, The Year in Construction Photo Contest are featured in a slide show in this article. Of the 1,564 entries submitted, more than two dozen were selected as evidence of the photographers' "forethought, preparation and their deep respect and admiration for the people and processes of the construction world," the ENR editors/judges said. David Lloyd's photo of the San Diego Regional Beach Sand Project in San Diego was chosen as the winner of the contest. Engineering News-Record (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy efficiency in the classroom: Living the green dream
    Sprout Space prefabricated modular classrooms developed by architectural firm Perkins + Will will be featured at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., in March as the firm's "first working prototype" for the museum's Green Schools exhibit. The classrooms are made from materials chosen to deliver the highest quality of indoor air quality and feature "integrated rainwater collection, photovoltaic roof panels, LED lighting coupled with lighting controls, efficient heating and cooling systems." Inhabitat (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  Association News 
  • AGC, Computer Guidance to host members-only conference call to release 2013 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook
    AGC of America and Computer Guidance Inc. will host a members-only conference call on Monday, Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m. ET to release the results of the 2013 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. The Outlook, which is based on responses from over 1,300 AGC member firms from across the country, provides in-depth analysis of market trends, hiring patterns and equipment purchasing plans for the industry for 2013. AGC Chief Executive Officer Stephen E. Sandherr, Chief Economist Ken Simonson and Computer Guidance President and CEO Roger Kirk will lead the call. Simply dial 888-218-0223 to participate in the Jan. 14 members-only call. No passcode is necessary. For more information, please contact Brian Turmail at or 703-837-5310. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Just in time for the holidays -- AGC Members can save $500 on a new Dodge Ram truck
    AGC is pleased to announce a new Membership Discount Program with Chrysler, offering AGC Members a special $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of a new 2012 or 2013 Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge. Visit for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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