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10/17/2014Construction Crane Topples Along Katy Freeway in Houston

Oct. 17--A construction crane tipped over at a building site Friday along westbound Interstate 10 in west Houston. The incident occurred about 1:10 p.m. at 11800 Katy Freeway near Kirkwood in the Energy Corridor, according to the Houston Police Department. Police said it was uncertain if anyone was on the crane at the time it tipped over. Officials with the Houston Fire Department said no ...
10/20/2014Austin, Texas To Seek Fed. Funding for Light Rail Project

Oct. 20-- Austinites who vote for the city's rail-and-roads proposition will be making a $50 million bet. A safe bet, rail officials insist. But one in which the payout could be less -- or take longer -- than officials hope. City officials estimate it will cost at least $50 million, and perhaps as much as $70 million, to do the environmental study, detailed engineering and design, and other ...
10/17/2014AECOM Finalizes $6B Acquisition of URS

Oct. 17--Los Angeles engineering design firm Aecom Technology Corp. finalized its acquisition of rival URS Corp. Friday, completing a $6-billion deal that makes it the largest publicly traded company in Los Angeles. The two California construction and engineering giants announced the deal in July. Both companies have experience managing and designing major infrastructure projects in Southern ...
10/19/2014Smaller Wind Projects Planned in Hawaii Include a Giant Kite

Oct. 19--The public profile of the wind energy issue has dropped lower on the viewscreen in the last six years since the adoption of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, in which it played a starring role. That, say the experts, is because declines in production costs have favored solar installations, which have faced less community opposition than proposals for wind turbines. However, there ...
10/19/2014Houston School Districts Hit Tax Caps as They Borrow for Construction

Oct. 19--When state lawmakers slashed education funding three years ago, many school districts had to lean even more on local taxpayers to pay for a growing list of construction needs. Legislators later restored much of the money, but didn't include funds to pay off new debt taken on to build schools. Now three dozen school districts that racked up debt and raised taxes for new facilities -- ...
10/17/2014Apartments Pushed Up U.S. Homebuilding in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding. Housing starts rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million homes, the Commerce Department said Friday. Almost all of the gains came from apartment construction — a volatile category — which increased 18.5 percent after plunging in ...
10/17/2014Office-Building Developers Pushing Proposals in Pittsburgh

Oct. 17--Almost overnight, it seems, developers are stepping forward with bold proposals for big, new office projects in or near Downtown. Alco Parking President Merrill Stabile announced a plan Oct. 8 to build two 11-story office towers and a 1,227-space parking garage in a lot he owns behind PNC Park. The next day, Raleigh, N.C.-based Highwoods Properties unveiled a proposal to erect a ...
10/17/2014SkyRise Tower Gets Early OK for $9M from Miami-Dade County

Oct. 17--Miami-Dade County commissioners on Thursday endorsed using property taxes to fund about $30 million in development subsidies for a series of for-profit projects, including $9 million for the planned SkyRise Miami observation tower on the city waterfront. With heated words for Mayor Carlos Gimenez, members of the commission's economic-development committee rejected Gimenez's ...
10/16/2014Pipeline Projects Compete to Supply N.Y. Power Plant Converting From Coal to Gas

Oct. 16--With the planned conversion of the Dunkirk power plant from coal to natural gas, two companies are competing for the right to build a pipeline that would supply the generating station with its new source of fuel. Both National Fuel Gas Co. and an affiliate of the power plant's owner, NRG Energy, have filed competing plans with the state Public Service Commission to build 16-inch ...
10/16/2014$575M Renovation Project at Wrigley Field in Full Swing

CHICAGO (AP) — Construction equipment is starting to take big bites out of Wrigley Field's exterior outfield walls. The demolition of the famous bleachers at the historic ballpark in Chicago is part of a project to build a large electronic sign and six other outfield signs. Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Thursday that the affected walls won't be rebuilt for several weeks. He says the ...
10/15/2014Site Work Begins on Notre Dame's $400M Campus Crossroads Project

Oct. 15--SOUTH BEND -- The Fighting Irish home football season doesn't end until Nov. 22, but site preparation work has started around Notre Dame Stadium for the $400 million Campus Crossroads project. The areas immediately east and west of the football stadium are now surrounded by fences. Large trees are being removed and heavy equipment is being used to move dirt and break up concrete ...
10/15/2014AREVA To Build Brazil's Largest Biomass Plant

Under the scope of the contract, AREVA will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for Campo Grande, a plant composed of three 50 MW modules and fuelled with woody biomass. The plant's connection to the national electric grid is scheduled for mid 2017. "Awarded as part of the first biomass plant project undertaken in Brazil in recent years, this success illustrates BOLT ...
10/16/2014$200M Hawaii Condo Project Breaks Ground

Oct. 16--Construction equipment is starting up Thursday to begin building the Collection, the latest condominium tower to rise in Kakaako. The project's developer, Alexander & Baldwin Inc., held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday on the site once occupied by a CompUSA store to thank everyone helping the roughly $200 million tower get off the ground, including government officials, contractors ...
10/16/2014In Escalating Land Dispute, China Villagers Burn Construction Workers to Death

BEIJING (AP) — Villagers in a bitter standoff with a property developer in rural southwestern China detained several construction workers and burned four of them to death in a scuffle that left eight people dead, authorities said Thursday. The incident in Yunnan province was one of the most violent land conflicts in recent years to strike the country's vast rural hinterland, casting a ...
10/16/2014Minneapolis Seeks Proposals for 'Iconic' High-Rise for Nicollet Hotel Block

Oct. 16--City officials are seeking proposals to remake a downtown Minneapolis block that has served as little more than a parking lot for decades. The city-owned block north of the Central Library along Nicollet Mall was once home to the Nicollet Hotel, which towered over the city's now-razed Gateway District. The hotel was demolished in 1991. In its place, the city will accept nothing ...
10/16/2014Miami-Dade Mayor Scraps Grant Plan in Favor of Money for SkyRise, Miami Wilds Projects

Oct. 16--Miami-Dade residents could pay more property taxes to help build the new SkyRise Miami observation tower on Biscayne Bay and a 20th Century Fox theme park at Zoo Miami under a new proposal by Mayor Carlos Gimenez that marks a sharp change in course on economic-development grants. The mayor revealed his bid to subsidize the high-profile, for-profit projects Wednesday afternoon while ...
10/15/2014Thailand Plans to Build One of World's Tallest Skyscrapers

BANGKOK (AP) — Higher than a bird, almost as high as some planes. It's Super Tower. And it's coming to Bangkok. A Thai property developer has announced plans to build a skyscraper in the Thai capital that will be among the 10 tallest buildings in the world when it is completed in 2019. The 125-floor tower will rise 615 meters (2,018 feet) and include a luxury hotel, offices and an observation ...
10/14/2014NJ Gov. Christie OKs Transportation Funds for for Glimmer Glass Bridge Repairs

Oct. 14--MANASQUAN -- Monmouth County will get $1.6 million in state transportation grant money to pay the repair bill for the Glimmer Glass Bridge, the Christie administration announced. The cable-lift bascule bridge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was damaged on Aug. 7 when officials said an overweight truck crossed the bridge and fractured the bridge's timber deck. ...
10/16/2014Ga. Road Construction Will Increase as More Transportation Tax Projects Begin

Oct. 16--Augusta's lengthy list of roads under construction will get longer when bids are received and reviewed in the next two months for an additional eight projects funded by the 1 percent transportation tax. Augusta Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said roadwork across the city will increase in the final months of the year and throughout next year. Following a timeline for the voter-approved ...
10/11/201425 Years After Loma Prieta: Bay Area Infrastructure Is Safer, But Still on Shaky Ground

Oct. 11--If the Loma Prieta earthquake happened today, Buck Helm might have survived his Nimitz Freeway commute to watch his two youngest children grow up. Donna Marsden could have finished fixing up her Victorian home. Delores Stewart could have cheered on her beloved Oakland A's. Twenty-five years later, the freeways and bridges that collapsed have been rebuilt to stand up to a quake even ...
10/13/2014Beijing Approves Plans to Build $3.2B Universal Theme Park

The Chinese government has approved the development of a world-class Universal theme park in Beijing, insiders said on Monday. The overall investment in the Universal Beijing theme park will be more than 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion). It will be jointly owned by Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co Ltd. (BSH Investment), a consortium of four state-owned companies, and Universal ...
10/14/2014Construction Set to Start on Condo Project Downtown Austin, Texas

Oct. 14--Downtown Austin is about to see its fifth-tallest building break ground. The 39-story tower is planned for the northeast corner of Fifth and West streets, where the building that housed the Texas Press Association sits. Demolition on that building will start later this month to make way for the new tower, which will bring 154 new luxury condos to market when it opens in the fall of ...
10/14/2014Va. Gov. McAuliffe Pitches "All-of-the-Above" Energy Plan

Oct. 14--RICHMOND -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe pitched his all-of-the-above energy plan Tuesday to a joint gathering of business leaders and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, and he won applause at several points for a promised turn toward conservation and renewable energy. But outside about 30 protestors felt that turn isn't nearly sharp enough. The governor's support for a planned new ...
10/13/2014$4B Plastic Factory Planned in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A $4 billion factory is planned in North Dakota that will convert natural gas liquids into plastic, company and state officials said. William Gilliam, the chief executive officer of Badlands NGL LLC, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Sen. John Hoeven announced the project Monday at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Dalrymple said the project would be the largest private investment ...
10/07/2014Panasonic To Invest Heavily in Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory

Oct. 07--Panasonic will invest "tens of billions of yen" -- hundreds of millions of dollars -- in Tesla's Nevada gigafactory, according to a statement made by Panasonic's CEO at a trade show in Japan. The gigafactory will produce lithium-ion batteries for Tesla's electric cars and stationary storage devices. "Our initial investment amount in the factory will be tens of billions of yen," said ...

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