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December 26, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • Slideshow: San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center
    This piece provides a sneak preview of the work being done on San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center. The foundation of the center, which is like a "giant bathtub," is about 65 feet deep and 140 feet wide. Excavation work is being managed by Turner Construction. The center's above-ground portion will serve bus passengers when completed in 2020 and will have circulation areas, retail shops and a rooftop park. San Francisco Chronicle (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • $632.5M Southern Beltway extension planned for Pa.
    A $632.5 million project that includes construction of the second portion of the Southern Beltway in Pennsylvania has been proposed by the state's Turnpike Commission. The 13-mile stretch of toll road would link Route 22 and Interstate 79. Work is slated to begin in 2014 and is expected to last six years. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: $456M Calif. connector project to generate 5,400 jobs
    The proposed 35-mile parkway project that would link California's Elk Grove and El Dorado County is expected to cost about $456 million. The venture could generate 5,400 construction jobs, according to a study by the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority and Sanjay Varshney of the Sacramento Business Review. "It's clear that this project can play a significant role in helping to accelerate the region's economic recovery," said Tom Zlotkowski, executive director of the Capital SouthEast Connector JPA. American City Business Journals/Sacramento, Calif./Melanie Turner blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • AGC: "Fiscal cliff" fears hold back hiring
    Only 20 states and Washington, D.C., added construction jobs in November compared with last year; the other 30 states shed jobs, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. "While construction spending has been rising for over a year, contractors have held down employment levels out of fear that failure in Washington to avoid the 'fiscal cliff' will trigger a recession and cause many projects to be canceled," said Ken Simonson, the AGC's chief economist. "If the nation can get past this unnecessary, self-induced crisis, there should be a strong upswing in construction hiring in 2013." American City Business Journals/Raleigh/Durham, N.C./Triangle BizBlog (12/24), American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Report on NYC buildings' energy efficiency results reveals surprises
    A report that tracks the energy use of New York City's largest buildings has been released. This article provides details about which buildings are achieving higher-than-expected energy efficiency, such as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, as well as those that fail to make the grade, such as the LEED Gold-certified 7 World Trade Center and the MetLife Building. "Some scores will not be flattering, but identifying buildings with the most opportunity to improve is a big part of driving energy savings," said Andrew Burr, a performance expert at the Institute for Market Transformation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Lawmakers are optimistic about passage of Sandy aid bill
    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democratic senators who support legislation seeking $60.4 billion in aid for those affected by Superstorm Sandy said they think they have the votes to clear the bill by the end of this week. The Senate voted to override any move toward a filibuster and will consider 20 additional amendments before a final vote. New York Post (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC Foundation Scholarships help students achieve dreams
    "Aside from pursuing my Bachelor's degree (in Construction Management), I am also working on three minors in Spanish, architecture and business administration. I stay heavily involved with the CM program and strive to give back to the program by participating on one of the school's ASC competition teams as well as taking leadership roles in the extra-curricular student groups. I currently serve as president of the Associated Students of Construction Management and as vice president of our DBIA student chapter. I plan to graduate in the spring of 2013 and hope to begin work in commercial construction and eventually reach my goal of project management. Thanks to you, I am now one step closer to achieving my dreams."

    This excerpt from Washington State University's Nicole Johnson is taken from a thank-you note to the AGC Education and Research Foundation Board of Directors. Nicole is not alone. Of the 111 students awarded scholarships in 2012, the vast majority are active in their AGC student chapters, work construction in the summer and during the school year, and give back to their communities.

    Learn how you can support this effort in 2013.

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  • 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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