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08/29/2014Napa County Requests Federal Disaster Relief, Estimates $362M in Quake Damages

Aug. 29--Napa County officials Thursday requested federal disaster aid in the wake of Sunday's earthquake and placed damage estimates at $362 million in building, infrastructure and economic losses. The Napa County Board of Supervisors made the request, which must be be approved by the Obama administration before federal aid reaches Napa. The county's Emergency Operations Center calculated the ...
08/29/2014EPA Says Calif.'s Proposed Delta Water Tunnel Would Harm Environment

Aug. 29--In a sharp rebuke of state plans for a massive water tunnel system in Northern California, federal environmental officials say that the project would violate pollution standards and could worsen conditions for imperiled fish species. The comments by the regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency echo concerns that have dogged the proposal to change the way Northern ...
08/29/2014Construction Halted on Modular Tower Near Barclays Center in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — A contractor has halted construction on a prefabricated residential high-rise near Brooklyn's Barclays Center and the Atlantic Terminal train yards. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/1C8djBA ) Skanska stopped work at the site on Tuesday and closed down its prefabrication hub at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday. The newspaper says the Swedish construction firm and ...
08/28/2014N.C. Paving Firm's CEO Pleads Guilty to Minority Contractor Fraud

Aug. 28--The president of a paving company accused of defrauding state and federal governments on $87 million in contracts for road projects pleaded guilty Thursday morning. Carl "Drew" Boggs, president and CEO of Boggs Paving Inc. of Monroe, entered his guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer shortly after 10 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Charlotte. Boggs and four employees ...
08/27/2014Mayor of Berlin to Quit Amid Row Over Delayed Airport Construction

Berlin's mayor, Klaus Wowereit, has announced he is to step down after more than a decade in office, amid an ongoing row over the construction of Berlin's new airport. Wowereit, who was the first high-profile German politician to declare his homosexuality and who reinvented Berlin as "poor but sexy", said yesterday that he was leaving in response to speculation about his future from within his ...
08/28/2014Red Wings Arena Project Starts Recruiting Detroit Contractors

Aug. 28--Detroit's planned arena district development took a step closer to reality today as the Ilitch Holdings team began briefing Detroit-based contractors on how they can participate in the project. Working with the City of Detroit, the Ilitch family's Olympia Development has set a goal of using 30% Detroit-based firms as contractors for the arena district and hiring 51% of construction ...
08/27/2014High-Speed Rail Gaining Momentum in Texas

Aug. 27--DALLAS -- The number of Texas cities that could be served by high-speed rail is growing quickly and now includes Bryan-College Station, an area best known as the home of Texas A&M University that was bypassed by the interstate highway system. High-speed-rail advocates stepped up their efforts Wednesday to bring bullet trains to Texas as early as 2021. A commission set up to oversee a ...
08/28/2014$400M Notre Dame Stadium Project To Begin in November

Aug. 28--SOUTH BEND -- The University of Notre Dame will begin construction in late November on Campus Crossroads, the $400 million project that will add three academic buildings onto Notre Dame Stadium and premium seating to the famous 84-year-old football stadium. The 800,000-square-foot project will take approximately 33 months, with completion expected in summer 2017. The final home ...
08/28/2014Wash. State Court Ruling a Blow to Planned Kirkland Waterfront Project

Aug. 28--An apartment project proposed for the Kirkland waterfront by a Tibetan monk-turned-developer must include fewer than half of the units initially proposed, after a ruling this week by the state Court of Appeals. The decision by the three-judge panel reverses an earlier ruling that allowed Lobsang Dargey to build Potala Village, according to Kirkland zoning standards in place when the ...
08/28/2014Binghamton Univ. Building $70M Energy Research Hub

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A $70 million research hub for the development of energy-efficient technologies is under construction at Binghamton University. Ground was broken Wednesday on the university's 114,000-square-foot Smart Energy Research and Development Facility, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs. The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports (http://press.sn/1vSuhiQ ) that the ...
08/28/2014Georgia Power Sees "Challenges" in Keeping to Plant Vogtle Construction Schedule

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face "challenges" sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future. The Southern Co. subsidiary and its co-owners are building two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, southeast of Augusta. That plant and a sister ...
08/27/2014Three Years After Hurricane Irene, New Vt. State Office Complex Rising

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Three years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene made most of the state office complex in Waterbury unusable, its replacement is rising out of what was a sodden mess that reeked of the nearby Winooski River. An 86,000-square-foot office building is being constructed above the level of any expected flooding, and many of the historic buildings that are being preserved ...
08/27/2014Thousands of California's Brick Buildings Face Quake Danger

Aug. 27--Three decades after some California cities began requiring old brick buildings to be seismically retrofitted, thousands across the state still have not been strengthened and are in danger of collapse during a major earthquake. Many are in some of California's poorest cities, where officials have chosen not to require property owners to make the upgrades. Seismic experts are ...
08/27/2014California Officials Delay Massive Delta Water Tunnel Project

Aug. 27--Plans for two huge water diversion tunnels in the Delta are being delayed, state officials announced Wednesday, because the plans need more work. Nancy Vogel, spokeswoman for the California Department of Water Resources, said the delay in the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan was triggered by public comments submitted on the draft environmental impact report. The comments ...
08/27/2014Xcel Defends Handling of Monticello Nuclear Plant Upgrade

Aug. 27--Top executives of Xcel Energy said Tuesday that the utility acted reasonably during the costly, five-year rebuilding of its Monticello nuclear power plant -- and that customers, not investors, should pay for it. The project to extend the life of the 1970s-era plant and to boost its output was successfully completed last year. Now, utilities regulators are investigating why the price ...
08/27/2014Tucson Officials Consider Developer's Plans for $100M Mixed-Use Project

Aug. 27--After a controversial scoring process, the Rio Nuevo board decided to open negotiations with the developer of a proposed $100 million project that promises to transform a barren 8ƒ-acre parcel into a western downtown gateway. The board voted, 5-1, to enter into negotiations with Allan Norville, manager of Nor-Generations, for the company to purchase and develop Rio Nuevo land behind ...
08/26/2014Coalfields Expressway Project Set To Be W.Va.'s First P3

Aug. 26--The Coalfields Expressway could soon be the first project to benefit from a public-private partnership. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday plans to advertise for a Request for Qualifications for the project, a multi-lane highway that, when complete, will connect Interstates 64 and 77 at Beckley and U.S. 23 near Grundy. The partnership will fund the completion of a 3.3-mile section ...
08/26/2014All Aboard Florida Rail Project Nears Construction in Palm Beach County

Aug. 26--All Aboard Florida is prepping for construction on its express passenger train service to Orlando, assembling new steel track at a staging area in Boca Raton and finishing designs for railroad crossings that will allow for quiet zones. The new track is the first sign from the Coral Gables-based company that work is imminent on the initial phase of the $2.5 billion project, which ...
08/26/2014Three Firms Selected to Help Clean Up Radioactive Water at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan picked three overseas companies Tuesday to participate in a subsidized project to determine the best available technology for separating radioactive tritium from toxic water building up at the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Currently, Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled plant, is test-running a system said to be capable of removing 62 types of ...
08/26/2014Corps Project to Restore N.J.'s Marshes Uses New Method: Spraying Mud

Aug. 26--Saltwater marshes along the Jersey Shore and Delaware Bay, like marshes everywhere, are in trouble. For many reasons, including sea-level rise, they're becoming less marshy and more watery. They're drowning. New Jersey, partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers and conservationists, has begun an $8.2 million pilot project that could not only restore the marshes, but also save money ...
08/27/2014New $8.7M Pedestrian Bridge in the Works for Vikings Stadium

Aug. 27--When the new Vikings stadium opens in 2016, transit officials worry about the proximity of some 65,000 football fans to the light rail station just outside its front door. To alleviate congestion and ensure safety, Metro Transit and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which is overseeing construction of the $1 billion stadium, have proposed a pedestrian bridge spanning Chicago ...
08/25/2014Pa. Politicians Cheer Pittsburgh Airport Gas Drilling Project

IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — The start of natural gas drilling near the Pittsburgh International Airport was cheered Monday by Pennsylvania politicians from both parties. The ceremony to celebrate the recent start of drilling featured remarks by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Democratic County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy and local leaders. Fitzgerald said the vast majority ...
08/26/2014Baltimore City, County Agree to Red Line Light Rail Contributions of $280M

Aug. 26--After months of negotiations with state transportation officials, city and county leaders in Baltimore and Baltimore County announced commitments Tuesday to contribute a combined $280 million in cash and in-kind contributions toward the region's proposed Red Line. The city will provide the bulk of that, $230 million, while the county says it will contribute $50 million. The ...
08/26/2014California Quake Stirs Clamor for Early Warning System

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state's effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under desks, trains to slow down and utility lines to be powered down before the seismic waves reach them. California's ...
08/26/2014Two Firms Drop Out of Bidding for San Joaquin Valley's High-Speed Rail Work

Aug. 26--Two would-be contenders for a contract to design and build the second stretch of a high-speed train line through the San Joaquin Valley have dropped out of the competition, leaving the California High-Speed Rail Authority with three contractors chasing the job. The withdrawal of the two contracting teams potentially reduces the competitive pressure on the remaining firms bidding for ...

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