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04/20/2014Fracking Foes Cringe as Unions Back Drilling Boom

PITTSBURGH (AP) — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as ...
04/18/2014Judge Strikes Down Part of Minn. Renewable Energy Law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that part of a Minnesota law designed to promote the use of renewable energy is unconstitutional because it attempts to control business that takes place outside state borders — and she barred Minnesota officials from enforcing it. The ruling was a victory for North Dakota officials and representatives of that state's coal industry, who sued ...
04/20/2014Construction Begins on Saudi Arabia's 1-km-Tall Kingdom Tower

Saudi Arabia is to begin constructing what it plans to become the world's tallest tower, with a whopping $1.23 billion being shelled out to stunt Dubai's Burj Khalifa by almost 600 feet. Standing a massive one kilometer-high, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah will require 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel, according to the Saudi Gazette . Overlooking the Red Sea, the ...
04/19/2014Houston-area Health-Care Construction Takes Off

April 19--Health systems and providers, including local giants Memorial Hermann and Methodist, are spending more than $1 billion to expand and construct hospitals and medical services in Houston and its suburbs, signaling that concerns over the economy and health care reform have subsided. Last week, Memorial Hermann announced the biggest project to date, a $650 million plan to renovate its ...
04/19/2014Construction Jobs Growing Fast in California

April 19--The healthier housing market and a slew of city towers going up are brightening job prospects for construction workers in California. Employment in commercial and residential construction grew by 2,400 in March, according to Labor Department data analyzed by the Assn. of General Contractors. Since March 2013, the state's construction workforce has grown by 37,100, or 5.9%, nearly ...
04/20/2014Construction Frenzy in Beirut Alters City Skyline

BEIRUT (AP) — One by one, the old traditional houses of Beirut are vanishing as luxury towers sprout up on every corner, altering the city's skyline almost beyond recognition amid an ongoing construction frenzy seemingly immune to tensions from the civil war raging next door. Lebanon's enchanting Ottoman and colonial French-style buildings once represented Beirut's rich history, withstanding ...
04/18/2014U.S. Delays Review of Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. The State Department didn't say how much longer agencies will have to weigh in but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska ...
04/18/2014Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City, No Major Damage Reported

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter ...
04/16/2014Miron Construction To Pay $4M to Settle Overbilling Claims

April 16--Miron Construction Co. Inc., one of the state's largest construction firms, will pay $4 million, change some of its accounting practices and operate with oversight from an independent monitor in order to resolve an FBI investigation into allegations that the company overbilled public school districts, documents released Tuesday show. The "non-prosecution agreement" was signed in ...
04/17/2014Minnesota Power Seeks Regulatory Approval for 350-Mile Transmission Line

April 17--Minnesota Power, the biggest utility in northern Minnesota, on Wednesday formally started the regulatory process to build a 350-mile power line that could cost up to $650 million, a project so big it has its own name -- the Great Northern Transmission Line. The line has been under development by the Duluth-based utility since 2012 after striking an innovative deal with Manitoba Hydro ...
04/16/2014Amtrak Considers Replacement for 108-Year-Old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge

April 16--Officials with Amtrak are seeking the public's input as they begin a three-year study regarding the refurbishment -- or replacement -- of their 108-year-old railroad bridge across the Susquehanna River between Harford and Cecil counties. Planing for the project will take at least three more years, the railroad says, so no final decisions have been made about future construction. ...
04/16/2014Northwestern Mutual Selects General Contractor for $450M Milwaukee Office Tower

April 16--Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt Inc. have been chosen to serve as general contractor for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s planned 32-story lakefront tower, putting companies with strong local ties at the center of one of Milwaukee's most important projects, the insurer said Wednesday. Northwestern Mutual said it vetted a broad range of contractors with the expertise and ...
04/16/2014Australia Approves Plans for $2.4B Airport in Sydney

SYDNEY: Australia has approved a $2.4 billion project to build a long-awaited second airport for Sydney, likely boosting near-term investment and jobs in a bet the city's air travel demand will grow enough to justify a surge in terminal capacity. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the plan yesterday, saying he expects work to begin in 2016.
04/17/2014Memorial Hermann To Begin $650M Hospital Expansion in Houston

April 17--A growing patient load and an expected drop in government health care funding for the poor, the elderly and the uninsured persuaded Memorial Hermann Health System to commit $650 million to renovate and expand its flagship hospital in the Texas Medical Center beginning this summer, officials said Wednesday. "We have to step up while we still can," president and CEO Dan Wolterman said, ...
04/15/2014Transportation Secretary visits Ohio River Bridges Project

April 15--LOUISVILLE -- Using the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project as a backdrop, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urged Congress to pass a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal he and President Barack Obama plan to submit later this month. Foxx joined Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., and state and local ...
04/15/2014Jamaica Grants License for Natural Gas Powerplant Project

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Hong Kong-based company has been granted a license for what would be a major new power project in Jamaica, the Caribbean island's energy minister announced Tuesday. Phillip Paulwell said Energy World International is to supply 381 megawatts of natural gas-fired generating capacity for Jamaica's power grid. He called the project a "game changer" for the tropical ...
04/16/2014Elected Officials Call for Outside Review of Bay Bridge Corrosion

April 16--Elected officials called for an independent review of corrosion inside the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They said their concerns stemmed from a Sacramento Bee investigation published Sunday that identified rust inside a supposedly protected chamber where the new span's main suspension cable is attached. The corrosion -- confirmed by lab testing -- affects ...
04/15/2014Hennepin County Medical Center Plans $191M Expansion to Downtown Minneapolis Campus

April 15--Hennepin County Medical Center is planning a $191 million expansion at its downtown Minneapolis campus -- a project that should help simplify the hospital's sprawling footprint. The new 322,000-square-foot building will be located across from the Emergency Department, and feature primary- and specialty-care clinics, as well as outpatient surgery facilities. Currently, these ...
04/15/2014Construction of Hong Kong-China High-Speed Rail Link Delayed

Construction of a railway project linking Hong Kong and mainland China's high-speed railway network will be delayed after torrential rain flooded construction sites, the project operator said Tuesday. "The completion of the project by 2015 is no longer achievable," project director Chew Tai Chong told reporters. The HK$60 billion (US$7.7 billion) project to link Hong Kong with China's ...
04/16/2014Conn. Prepares for $400M I-84 Widening Project in Waterbury

April 16--WATERBURY -- Work may begin this year on a $400 million project to widen I-84 at the infamous bottleneck just east of downtown, part of an ambitious five-year plan for highway and bridge improvements across the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday. At a press conference at a park-and-ride lot along the busy interstate, Malloy and members of Connecticut's Congressional ...
04/15/2014Metro Recommends $927M Contract with Skanska/Traylor for Downtown L.A. Rail Project

April 15--A nearly $1-billion contract to build a downtown subway that would close one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's rail network should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction, according to a Metro report published Tuesday. The recommendation comes even though the firms were not the lowest bidders. In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan ...
04/15/2014Infrastructure Crisis Building Along U.S.-Mexico Border in N.M.

April 15--Editor's note: This is the last in a four-part series on the economic explosion along New Mexico's southern border. SANTA TERESA -- The Santa Teresa industrial zone in southern New Mexico may be the victim of its own success as infrastructure there reaches a choke point. Commercial activity at the border industrial parks is booming as trade activity with Mexico's "maquila" assembly ...
04/15/2014Concrete Cracks Put Kink in Minneapolis-St. Paul Light Rail Project

April 15--With just two months to go before light-rail trains begin rumbling down the Green Line connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis, construction work on the nearly $1 billion project was supposed to be complete. The key words here: supposed to be. On Monday, crews blocked off Vandalia Street at University Avenue to begin the unexpected task of tearing up and replacing damaged concrete panels ...
04/14/2014Vt. Couple Gets $1.3M in Wind Turbine Settlement

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million. In announcing they had agreed to settle a lawsuit over a boundary dispute filed against them by GMP, Don and Shirley ...
04/14/2014Babcock & Wilcox Scales Back Its Small Nuclear Reactor Program

April 14--Charlotte-based Babcock & Wilcox said Monday it will scale back its mPower small modular nuclear reactor program after being unable to attract needed investors or contracts. The president of its mPower subsidiary, Christofer Mowry, left the company as of Sunday, B&W said in a securities filing. Mowry was terminated "without cause," the filing said. William Fox III will replace him. ...

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