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08/05/2015 St. Louis Voters Reject $180M Bond Issue For Infrastructure Improvements1
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Aug.

05–ST. LOUIS — A proposed $180 million bond issue failed at the polls on Tuesday with voters rejecting a city plan to improve its infrastructure. The proposition received 61 percent of the vote, just shy of the required 66 percent.

The failure dealt a blow to city officials hoping to buy more fire trucks, improve police equipment, and redevelop land in north St. Louis for a federal spy …

08/05/2015 Columbia, S.C., to Use $62M in Bonds for Infrastructure Upgrades2
State (Columbia, SC)
Aug.

05–Columbia will issue more than $62 million in bonds to help pay for some $67 million in infrastructure and parking projects needed to move forward with the Bull Street development. With construction well underway on the new Columbia Fireflies’ minor league baseball stadium and work poised to begin on a retail and office building along the first-base line, the city is on deck to finance …

08/06/2015 Egypt Unveils Suez Canal Extension With Pomp-filled Ceremony3
Associated Press
ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) With much pomp and fanfare, Egypt on Thursday unveiled a major extension of the Suez Canal billed by its patron, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as a historic achievement needed to boost the country’s ailing economy after years of unrest. El-Sissi, wearing his ceremonious military uniform and trademark dark sunglasses on a sweltering August day, flew to the site aboard a …

08/07/2015 Texas Tech Plans New $77M Experimental Sciences Building4
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX)
Aug.

07–A first stage design budget of $2.21 million was approved by the facilities committee of the Texas Tech University Board of Regents on Thursday, the first step in building a new $77 million experimental sciences building. The entire Board of Regents will vote on the facilities committees recommendations on Friday morning.

Funding for the 150-square-foot experimental sciences building, …

08/04/2015 Tampa Electric to Build 25MW Solar Plant at Big Bend Power Station5
Tampa Tribune (FL)
Aug.

04–APOLLO BEACH — Tampa Electric Company announced plans Tuesday to build a massive solar array next to its Big Bend Power Station — a project expected to produce enough electricity to power 3,500 homes. The project will dwarf TECO’s other solar arrays, including one now under construction atop a parking garage at Tampa International Airport. That project will produce 2 megawatts of …

08/06/2015 SNC-Lavalin Q2 Profit Falls, Cites Weak Infrastructure Construction Segment6
Canadian Press DataFile
MONTREAL SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) says it had a reduced $26.5 million profit for its shareholders in the second quarter, as its investments provided a smaller contribution and it lost money in part of its main engineering and construction business. The profit was down 17 per cent from $32 million a year earlier, as contributions from concessions fell to $45 million from $78.9 million …

08/06/2015 Five Execs of Brazil Construction Firm OAS Sentenced Over Petrobras Scandal7
EFE Ingles
Brasilia, Aug 6 (EFE).- A Brazilian judge has sentenced five former executives of construction firm OAS to between four and 16 years in prison for their role in a massive corruption scheme centered on state-controlled oil company Petrobras, officials said.OAS’ former president, Jose Aldemario Pinheiro, and another of the company’s ex-executives, Agenor Medeiros, each received prison terms of …

08/04/2015 EPA: Vancouver Oil Terminal Plan Doesn’t Pass Muster8
Columbian (Vancouver, WA)
Aug.

04–A plan to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver does not comply with the federal Clean Water Act, and should not be granted a key permit until its impacts are fully addressed, according to a letter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent to the U.S.

Army Corps of Engineers last week. The Corps is considering whether to grant its blessing to the proposal by …

08/15/2015 Fla. DOT Invests in Development of Unmanned Marine Vehicles for Bridge Inspections9
Journal of Transportation
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Transportation — The task of inspecting and maintaining Florida’s extensive network of approximately 11,450 bridges is arduous, especially since so many of the state’s bridges span rivers, canals and saltwater areas.

Researchers in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University have received a one year, …

08/05/2015 Court Delivers Major Blow For Oregon LNG Project On Columbia River10
Global Data Point
According to ruling, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a valid legal right to use this property to deposit dredge spoils at the proposed terminal site . Unless the Army Corps is willing to forfeit the easement, Oregon LNG cannot build the proposed terminal. “The Corps vigorously defended this lawsuit to protect a valuable public property right and the court got it right,” said Miles …

08/04/2015 British Team Looks to Harness Wind Power With Kite-based System11
Guardian (UK)
Oh wow! Look at that, it s really hoofing some power out now, beams Bill Hampton, looking up at his outsize kite as it swoops over a wheat field on the Essex coast. The purple prototype is, Hampton hopes, a step towards his vision of scores of huge kites flying over the sea in formation and generating clean, affordable electricity.

The test site for Kite Power Solutions (KPS) is an apt one …

08/05/2015 California Oil Spill Might Be Larger Than Projected12
Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) More than two months after oil from a ruptured pipeline fouled California beaches, documents released Wednesday disclosed that the spill might have been far larger than earlier projected. Plains All American Pipeline had estimated that the May 19 break along a corroded section of pipe near Santa Barbara released up to 101,000 gallons of crude. The resulting mess forced a …

08/04/2015 Feds Release Final Environmental Report on All Aboard Florida Project13
Treasure Coast Newspapers (Stuart, FL)
Aug.

04–The long-awaited final environmental impact statement on All Aboard Florida was released Tuesday by the Federal Railroad Administration. It comes on the eve of Wednesday’s meeting of the Florida Development Finance Corp. in Orlando.

It’s there that all Aboard Florida hopes to receive final approval to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to finance the $3 billion project. All Aboard …

08/05/2015 Manslaughter Charges for NYC Contractors in Death of Worker in Trench14
Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) Two construction companies and two supervisors on a Manhattan site were charged with manslaughter and other crimes in the death of a worker who was crushed this year, authorities said Wednesday in announcing a task force that will investigate misconduct in the booming building industry. District Attorney Cyrus R.

Vance Jr., the New York Police Department and the city’s …

08/04/2015 Feds Charge Miami Housing Developer Over Alleged Kickback Scheme15
Miami Herald (FL)
Aug.

04–The Miami-based Carlisle Development Group, once the state’s biggest developer of affordable housing, had a reputation for building some of South Florida’s finest low-income apartments — including a tower in the historic black neighborhood of Overtown with after-school care and computer labs. What no one knew was that its once-lauded leaders, principals Matthew Greer and Lloyd …

08/04/2015 $700M Nat. Gas-fired Power Plant Proposed in Rhode Island16
Providence Journal (RI)
Aug.

04–Invenergy says its proposed $700-million natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville would be the most efficient generator of electricity that burns fossil fuels in New England. The plan to build the huge facility — dubbed the Clear River Energy Center — will be formally announced Tuesday at a news conference with Governor Raimondo and Michael Polsky, chief executive of …

08/03/2015 Univ. of Wash.

To Spend $37M on Nanofabrication Lab Expansion17
Seattle Times (WA)
Aug.

03–A University of Washington lab inhabiting much of the bottom floor of Fluke Hall is a picture of yellow-lit precision. Workers in giant, white clean outfits resembling space suits, or maybe quarantine garb, control large metal machines under yellow light that makes the room act essentially like a big dark room. Huge machines are creating teeny tiny computer chips and sensors, some …

08/05/2015 New EPA Rules Favor Renewables as SolarCity Construction Continues in Buffalo, N.Y.18
Buffalo News (NY)
Aug.

05–The sun was shining on SolarCity’s “topping off” ceremony on Tuesday, as workers secured a specially marked steel beam at the top of the South Buffalo complex. If the weather was just right for the occasion, so is the legislative climate for the Buffalo Niagara region to make a push into the solar energy industry. President Barack Obama’s mandate, issued Monday, requiring even steeper …

07/28/2015 Construction Worker Dies from Injuries Suffered During a Fall at Logan Airport19
EHS Today
The July 24 death of 54-year-old Lawrence O Leary, of Seymour, Conn., due to injuries he sustained on July 10 after falling 40 feet while working on a Logan Airport (Boston) parking garage underscores the dangers of fall hazards, according to the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH). O Leary is the second ironworker to die from injuries at a Massachusetts …

08/05/2015 Caltrans, Contractor Face Pollution Fines in Antlers Bridge Project20
Record Searchlight (Redding, CA)
Aug.

05–LAKEHEAD, California — The California Department of Transportation and its contractor on the Antlers Bridge project in Lakehead have agreed to pay $80,000 each for polluting Lake Shasta. The fines were proposed after tons of sediment, fuel and other materials spilled into the lake over a two-year period, according to the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency, which negotiated a …

08/03/2015 Track Construction Begins on New Haven-Springfield Commuter Rail Line21
Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts, began Monday, and commuters will be bused along the route for the next year. The project will boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a day south of Hartford and 12 north of Hartford. About $435 million is available, said John …

08/04/2015 California Is Ahead of the Game as Obama Releases Clean Power Plan22
Los Angeles Times (CA)
Aug.

04–President Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants over the next 15 years will force states to address climate change by pushing them to act more like California. The Clean Power Plan announced Monday poses significant challenges for states that rely on coal-fired power plants for much of their electricity, but complying with the rules will be a breeze for California. …

08/02/2015 Canadian Hydropower Seen as Solution to High Energy Prices in Northeastern U.S.23
Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec’s rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation’s highest power costs.

But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. In review or under construction are five large-scale hydropower proposals that could …

08/03/2015 Construction Worker Dies After Bee Attack at Calif. Jobsite24
Associated Press
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) A fire chief says a worker has died after being stung by bees that swarmed a Southern California construction site.

Riverside Battalion Chief Tony Perna says three construction workers were stung Monday morning when a contractor was grading a parking lot. Perna says the grader struck an underground sprinkler control vault that housed a bee hive. Workers say the bees …

08/03/2015 States’ Carbon Targets Shift in Final Obama Climate Change Plan25
Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. (AP) Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants. Obama’s plan, which would reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, was met with dismay by leaders in some of those states who had supported the original proposal in …

References

  1. ^ St.

    Louis Voters Reject $180M Bond Issue For Infrastructure Improvements (enr.construction.com)

  2. ^ Columbia, S.C., to Use $62M in Bonds for Infrastructure Upgrades (enr.construction.com)
  3. ^ Egypt Unveils Suez Canal Extension With Pomp-filled Ceremony (enr.construction.com)
  4. ^ Texas Tech Plans New $77M Experimental Sciences Building (enr.construction.com)
  5. ^ Tampa Electric to Build 25MW Solar Plant at Big Bend Power Station (enr.construction.com)
  6. ^ SNC-Lavalin Q2 Profit Falls, Cites Weak Infrastructure Construction Segment (enr.construction.com)
  7. ^ Five Execs of Brazil Construction Firm OAS Sentenced Over Petrobras Scandal (enr.construction.com)
  8. ^ EPA: Vancouver Oil Terminal Plan Doesn’t Pass Muster (enr.construction.com)
  9. ^ Fla. DOT Invests in Development of Unmanned Marine Vehicles for Bridge Inspections (enr.construction.com)
  10. ^ Court Delivers Major Blow For Oregon LNG Project On Columbia River (enr.construction.com)
  11. ^ British Team Looks to Harness Wind Power With Kite-based System (enr.construction.com)
  12. ^ California Oil Spill Might Be Larger Than Projected (enr.construction.com)
  13. ^ Feds Release Final Environmental Report on All Aboard Florida Project (enr.construction.com)
  14. ^ Manslaughter Charges for NYC Contractors in Death of Worker in Trench (enr.construction.com)
  15. ^ Feds Charge Miami Housing Developer Over Alleged Kickback Scheme (enr.construction.com)
  16. ^ $700M Nat. Gas-fired Power Plant Proposed in Rhode Island (enr.construction.com)
  17. ^ Univ.

    of Wash.

    To Spend $37M on Nanofabrication Lab Expansion (enr.construction.com)

  18. ^ New EPA Rules Favor Renewables as SolarCity Construction Continues in Buffalo, N.Y. (enr.construction.com)
  19. ^ Construction Worker Dies from Injuries Suffered During a Fall at Logan Airport (enr.construction.com)
  20. ^ Caltrans, Contractor Face Pollution Fines in Antlers Bridge Project (enr.construction.com)
  21. ^ Track Construction Begins on New Haven-Springfield Commuter Rail Line (enr.construction.com)
  22. ^ California Is Ahead of the Game as Obama Releases Clean Power Plan (enr.construction.com)
  23. ^ Canadian Hydropower Seen as Solution to High Energy Prices in Northeastern U.S. (enr.construction.com)
  24. ^ Construction Worker Dies After Bee Attack at Calif.

    Jobsite (enr.construction.com)

  25. ^ States’ Carbon Targets Shift in Final Obama Climate Change Plan (enr.construction.com)

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