FERC gives environmental nod to planned LNG project | Feds create obstacle for Gateway project funding | $400M N.Y. casino expansion gets construction manager
March 18, 2019
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FERC gives environmental nod to planned LNG project
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has concerns about potential environmental harm from the construction of a liquefied natural gas export terminal by Texas LNG, but it says those problems could be mitigated, according to an environmental review. FERC is not expected to issue a final decision on a permit until June.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/15) 
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Infrastructure & Project Focus
Feds create obstacle for Gateway project funding
The Federal Transit Administration has rated the Gateway rail project in New York City a medium-low priority, which makes the project ineligible for Capital Investment Grants. The federal Department of Transportation is calling for a greater financial commitment from New York and New Jersey, while some state legislators are saying the rating is politically motivated.
The Associated Press (3/15),  NJ Advance Media (Morristown, N.J.) (3/15) 
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$400M N.Y. casino expansion gets construction manager
A $400 million expansion is underway at the Resorts World Casino New York City, and Plaza Construction has been hired as the construction manager for the second phase of the project, which will include a 10-story hotel. The work is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs.
Construction Dive (3/14) 
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$2B trolley expansion underway in Calif.
An 11-mile trolley line expansion under construction in California is expected to be completed in 2021. The $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension will add trolley service from downtown San Diego's Santa Fe Depot to University City.
KUSI-TV (San Diego) (3/17) 
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Economic Update
Commercial Construction Index falls to 72; labor concerns persist
The Commercial Construction Index fell to 72 for the first quarter of 2019, with confidence in new business experiencing a 5-point drop and a number of contractors expressing concern about their ability to attract young workers. Seventy percent of the companies polled have trouble meeting deadlines due to the ongoing labor shortage.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce (3/14),  Architectural Digest online (3/14),  Contractor Magazine (3/14) 
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Milwaukee sees $5B construction boom
Milwaukee has $5 billion in construction projects either planned, recently completed or underway ahead of its hosting duties for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Two of the largest are the $524 million Milwaukee Bucks basketball arena and the $450 million, 32-story Northwestern Mutual tower.
Construction Dive (3/15),  Concord Monitor (N.H.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (3/11) 
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Innovation & Technology
Modular construction catches on in Calif.
Hotels under development in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, Calif., reflect a growing national trend toward modular construction, which offers greater speed and cost-effectiveness than traditional methods. Both projects are led by Marriott International and use modular units fabricated by Guerdon Modular and Prefab Logic, and the Santa Rosa hotel will feature a first story made of concrete.
North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (3/14) 
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Speed, safety, cost savings drive use of ABC
Accelerated bridge construction is becoming a more common tool for contractors because it speeds up overall construction times, saves money and improves safety. ABC can be tackled in various ways, including prefabricated bridge elements, bridge slides and bridge moves.
Equipment World (3/15) 
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Policy Watch
Atlanta's first DOT proposed
Atlanta's first DOT proposed
Bottoms (Riccardo Savi/Getty Images)
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms plans to establish the city's first Department of Transportation, which will work closely with the city's Public Works Department. Councilman Andre Dickens, who proposed the idea a few years ago, will present legislation to City Council this week to authorize the DOT's creation.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (3/14) 
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Association News
Construction employment increases in 275 out of 358 metro areas from January 2018 to January 2019; 39 areas experience construction job losses
Construction employment grew in 275, or 76%, of 358 metro areas between January 2018 and January 2019, declined in 39 (11%) and was unchanged in 44, according to analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said demand for construction in most parts of the country appears to be outstripping the supply of qualified workers to hire. Read the full release.
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