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  • Construction begins on new fuel pipeline at Southwest Asia base

    03/22/2010 6:25:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 188+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol, USAF
    /22/2010 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Construction on a new 2.7-mile pipeline to bolster ground refueling operations for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing began March 17 at a non-disclosed base here. The $5.7 million project calls for the construction of an above-ground 8-inch carbon steel pipeline from the existing tanker truck offload facility to the bulk storage fuels area operated by the 380th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight staff. Capt. Timothy Frank, from the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron who helped coordinate the project, said it was awarded with 2009 military construction supplemental funds. This pipeline improvement is the...
  • Construction Unemployment Rate Hits 27.1% as Another 64,000 Construction Workers Lost Jobs in 2/2010

    03/15/2010 5:12:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 45 replies · 1,075+ views
    The construction unemployment rate jumped to 27.1% and construction employment dropped to a 14-year low as another 64,000 construction workers lost jobs in February, according to federal employment figures released recently. The industry's job losses in February were consistent with the prior six months and not mainly attributable to exceptionally bad weather, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. Simonson added that construction unemployment is at the highest level recorded since the federal government began making the data available in 1976. And he noted that non-residential construction experienced significantly more job...
  • 1,600 housing units in east Jerusalem approved

    03/09/2010 8:56:22 AM PST · by anotherview · 16 replies · 243+ views
    Yediot Ahranot (YNet) ^ | 9 March 2010 | Ronen Medzini
    1,600 housing units in east J'lem approved Interior Ministry's District Committee for Planning and Construction approves expansion in Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, located beyond Green Line while US Vice President Joe Biden in Jerusalem to promote peace talks with Palestinians. Ministry source says timing coincidental Ronen Medzini Published: 03.09.10, 18:13 / Israel News US Vice President Joe Biden is in the region to reignite the peace process, but the Interior Ministry seems unmoved by the political statements made and on Tuesday approved the addition of 1,600 housing units in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, which is located beyond the...
  • Construction ahead: Trees hauled from White House

    02/21/2010 11:02:41 AM PST · by NohSpinZone · 56 replies · 2,031+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 20, 2010 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- On an otherwise quiet Saturday at the White House, there was quite a sight along the driveway: the careful unearthing of two trees to make way for some construction underneath the front lawn. People walking along Pennsylvania Avenue saw two enormous cranes stationed just outside the West Wing. One crane lifted away a sugar maple tree that had been planted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. And then a large linden tree, planted by the National Park Service in 1979, was also hauled out of the ground.
  • Construction Industry Opposes Obama Pro-Union Order

    02/12/2010 3:36:25 AM PST · by Man50D · 8 replies · 643+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 12, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    A federal commission has yet to enact a year-old executive order that President Barack Obama thinks will avoid labor unrest but one that critics say discriminates against non-union companies and non-union workers in federal contracting. The construction industry, one of the hardest hit industries from the economic downturn, is speaking out against enactment of the executive order. While unemployment is 9.7 percent nationwide, it is 18.7 percent in the construction industry. Brett McMahon, vice president of the Miller & Long concrete construction firm in Bethesda, Md., said the company is anxious over what will happen if the executive order is...
  • Unemployed Construction Workers Trained For "Green Jobs"

    01/23/2010 7:51:26 AM PST · by Son House · 39 replies · 1,116+ views
    KESQ News Channel 3 ^ | Jan 20, 2010 | By Nathan Baca
    PALM SPRINGS - Unemployed construction workers may be able to get some new jobs fixing windmills and solar panels. College of the Desert opened their new energy training center Wednesday morning. This lonely building near Gene Autry south of Interstate 10 is the future of the Desert's energy industry. Somebody has to train the workers who will fix the increasing numbers of windmills and solar panels here. The College of the Desert is stepping in, opening new classrooms paid by federal stimulus dollars. Larry McLaughlin with College of the Desert says, "East of us in Riverside County, there's going to...
  • RED HORSE Airmen construct new facilities

    01/22/2010 4:40:01 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Airman 1st Class Allison M. Boehm, USAF
    1/21/2010 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- The 557th Expeditionary Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron of Engineers recently constructed three buildings outside of Joint Base Balad in two months in support of the responsible drawdown of U.S. servicemembers from Iraq. The team of 26 RED HORSE Airmen constructed a badging office that will be used by U.S security forces along with Ugandan security, a security station that will serve both U.S. military and Iraqi police and a medical training facility that will be used by U.S. military and Iraqi civilians. The effort was geared toward helping build...
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    01/15/2010 3:32:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 1 replies · 218+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 15, 2010 | Howard Richman, Raymond Richman, and Jesse Richman
    The economic news for January has been dominated by disappointing employment news released on January 8 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total non-farm payroll employment edged down by 85,000 in December from November, led by a loss of 57,000 construction jobs and 27,000 manufacturing jobs. Public dissatisfaction with the Obama administration's handling of the economy has been following employment levels down. A few days later, on January 12, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that the trade deficit rose 9.7 percent in November. The media ignored the relationship of the trade deficits to the lost manufacturing jobs.
  • U.S. Soldiers Assist Iraqi Construction Projects

    01/08/2010 3:48:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 213+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Brian Johnson, USA
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 8, 2010 – Because their work contributes to reconstruction efforts, generates business and promotes growth, local contractors are a key component of the rebuilding process in Iraq. Army 1st Lt. Adam Stickley, right, holds up a tile for Army Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Markel to photograph during construction of new rooms by local contractors at a school west of Baghdad Jan. 4, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Johnson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. And, U.S. soldiers assigned to the 16th Engineer Brigade’s survey and design team offer Iraqi contractors quality-control and assurance measures that ensure...
  • The Price Of Construction Materials Is About To Soar

    01/08/2010 7:43:12 AM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 1,397+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 1-8-2010 | Daily Wealth
    The Price Of Construction Materials Is About To Soar Commodities / Investing 2010 Jan 08, 2010 - 01:46 AM By: DailyWealth Tom Dyson writes: If you want to know what's going on in the economy, you need to watch the price of lumber... Housing is the most important asset class in America. When house prices fall, banks fail, consumers cut back, unemployment rises, and the economy collapses. But when house prices are strong, the economy rebounds. In other words, the U.S. real estate market is the main pivot in the whole economic mess we're in right now. If you can...
  • Last minute Healthcare Amendment addition singles out Construction Firms.

    12/24/2009 6:39:26 AM PST · by formy3children · 103 replies · 2,898+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 24, 2009 | Rivkela Brodsky
    <p>U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., apparently persuaded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to add a provision to force construction businesses of five or more employees to provide insurance coverage or face hefty fines.</p>
  • Toll Bros. loses $111 million in Q4, but sees hope [construction]

    12/03/2009 9:29:10 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 7 replies · 388+ views
    one news now ^ | Dec. 3, 2009 | unattributed
    Toll Brothers Inc. lost $111.4 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, but the luxury homebuilder is seeing signs of a turnaround in the housing market. Toll Brothers Inc. lost $111.4 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, but the luxury homebuilder is seeing signs of a turnaround in the housing market. The company's loss of 68 cents a share was largely due to continued write downs on the value of its land holdings and staff reductions. Excluding those charges, the builder almost broke even. In the year-ago quarter, which included a larger amount of write downs, Toll lost $78.8 million, or...
  • Farm Income Collapse Will Weaken Construction Recovery in the Plains States

    11/25/2009 9:36:59 AM PST · by FromLori · 10 replies · 593+ views
    Reed Construction ^ | 11/14/09 | Jim Haughey
    After soaring in 2007 and again in 2008, farm income has plunged in 2009 with little improvement expected in the next few years. A 30% drop in 2009 farm income is projected by the US Agriculture Department. Except for recession in 2002, this will drop the constant dollar value of farm income back to the level of the early 1980s when the farm crisis was headline news. The relatively strong economies and construction markets in the plains states in the last few years were due largely to soaring farm income. But these states are at a high risk of lagging...
  • China State Construction nets $100m US subway deal

    11/24/2009 7:06:47 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 5 replies · 501+ views
    China Daily ^ | November 24, 2009 | Liu YiYu
    China State Construction Engineering Corp, the largest contractor in China, has bagged a subway ventilation project worth about $100 million in New York's Manhattan area, marking the construction giant's third order in the United States'infrastructure space this year. The contract was given to China Construction American Co, a subsidiary, the Wall Street Journal quoted a source as saying. "The new project, along with the $410-million Hamilton Bridge project and a $1.7-billion entertainmet project it won earlier this year signals China State Construction's ambition to tap the American construction market," said Li Zhirui, an industry analyst at First Capital Securities.
  • China State Construction nets $100 million US subway deal

    11/23/2009 6:34:43 PM PST · by Mr. Jeeves · 25 replies · 1,238+ views
    AsiaLynx.com (ChinaDaily.com) ^ | 11/23/2009 | Liu Yiyu
    China State Construction Engineering Corp, the largest contractor in China, has bagged a subway ventilation project worth about $100 million in New York’s Manhattan area, marking the construction giant’s third order in the United States’ infrastructure space this year. The contract was given to China Construction American Co, a subsidiary, the Wall Street Journal quoted a source as saying. “The new project, along with the $410-million Hamilton Bridge project and a $1.7-billion entertainment project it won earlier this year, signals China State Construction’s ambition to tap the American construction market,” said Li Zhirui, an industry analyst at First Capital Securities....
  • US should seek rebate for Baghdad embassy work, report finds

    10/23/2009 12:51:40 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 506+ views
    AP ^ | 23 Oct 2009
    The State Department’s internal watchdog called yesterday for officials to demand a rebate of more than $132 million from a company that built the massive US Embassy in Baghdad to make up for shoddy work. In a report, the department’s inspector general said First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting Co. should be required to pay back roughly a quarter of the $470 million it was awarded to build the sprawling embassy. More than $730 million was spent on the embassy - the largest US diplomatic mission in the world. The report also took issue with the State Department’s oversight of work...
  • Insurers dropping Chinese drywall policies

    10/15/2009 10:50:33 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 17 replies · 1,207+ views
    AP via Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 10-15-2009 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—James and Maria Ivory's dreams of a relaxing retirement on Florida's Gulf Coast were put on hold when they discovered their new home had been built with Chinese drywall that emits sulfuric fumes and corrodes pipes. It got worse when they asked their insurer for help—and not only was their claim denied, but they've been told their entire policy won't be renewed. Thousands of homeowners nationwide who bought new houses constructed from the defective building materials are finding their hopes dashed, their lives in limbo. And experts warn that cases like the Ivorys', in which insurers drop...
  • Roving Tradesmen Stuck in Vegas

    09/27/2009 9:40:37 AM PDT · by Saije · 13 replies · 810+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/26/2009 | Alexandra Burzon
    Over the past 25 years, Larry Valdez has worked as an electrician in Grand Junction, Colo.; Duluth, Minn.; Salem, Ore.; and more than a dozen other places. A skilled tradesman with a union card, he could always hop from one job to the next, building a mall, a power plant or a microchip factory. Five years ago, he landed in Las Vegas as developers were breaking ground on a series of lavish hotels and casinos on the Strip. Thousands of carpenters, ironworkers, electricians, pipefitters and other tradesmen were lured here by the concrete and steel rising from the desert --...
  • Construction Employment declines in 48 states

    09/19/2009 4:37:17 PM PDT · by Military family member · 20 replies · 708+ views
    The Journal of Business ^ | Sept 19, 2009 | AGC
    Construction employment saw significant declines in all but two states this August compared to last year according to an analysis of new state-by-state employment figures released today by the federal government. The analysis, conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, however did show that the number of states gaining construction jobs increased slightly in August compared to July 2009.
  • Construction Loans Falter, a Bad Omen for Banks

    09/06/2009 12:54:11 PM PDT · by BGHater · 19 replies · 1,503+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 04 Sep 2009 | Floyd Norris
    EVEN as the economy may be starting to recover, banks across the country are confronting a worsening outlook for their construction loans, an area that boomed for much of the decade. Reports filed by banks with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation indicate that at the end of June about one-sixth of all construction loans were in trouble. With more than half a trillion dollars in such loans outstanding, that represents a source of major losses for banks. Construction loans were highly attractive in recent years for many banks, particularly smaller ones without a national presence. One reason was that other...
  • Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label

    08/31/2009 10:29:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 688+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 30, 2009 | Mireya Navarro
    The Federal Building in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, features an extensive use of natural light to illuminate offices and a white roof to reflect heat. It has LEED certification, the country’s most recognized seal of approval for green buildings. But the building is hardly a model of energy efficiency. According to an environmental assessment last year, it did not score high enough to qualify for the Energy Star label granted by the Environmental Protection Agency, which ranks buildings after looking at a year’s worth of utility bills. The building’s cooling system, a major gas guzzler, was one culprit. Another was its...
  • Construction That Fueled Growth in the Sun Belt Slows

    08/28/2009 9:27:46 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 3 replies · 286+ views
    NYTimes.com ^ | 8/27/09 | JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF
    For years, business boomed at Gilberto Preciado’s home-furnishings store in a working-class neighborhood near downtown Phoenix. But on a recent afternoon his showroom was deserted. Other businesses in his strip mall have been shutting down at a brisk clip. With a big grocery store nearby gone already, the parking lot was an empty field of asphalt baking in the sun. “You stand out there a couple of hours and you hear crickets,” Mr. Preciado said.
  • Construction employment continues to slide

    08/21/2009 9:43:05 AM PDT · by Military family member · 5 replies · 385+ views
    The Journal of Business ^ | Aug. 21, 2009 | AGC
    ARLINGTON, VA – Few states were immune from construction employment declines this July based on an analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. That analysis found that 47 states saw declines in construction employment, while only two states saw increases and one saw no change in construction employment between July 2008 and July 2009. “There aren’t a lot of places construction workers can turn to avoid the steep layoffs sweeping the construction industry right now,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Sadly, construction workers are feeling the full impact of...
  • Cash for Clunkers is robbing the construction industry

    08/05/2009 5:00:11 PM PDT · by bigbob · 8 replies · 565+ views
    Costructionomics ^ | 8/4/09 | John Poole
    Cash for Clunkers is robbing the construction industry It looks like the "Cash for Clunkers" bill has been a huge success. A bill that was intended to stay in effect for many months, burned through a $1 billion budget within weeks. It looks like they hit the jackpot - at least until their money ran out. So with a program this is fantastically successful for whatever it is trying to achieve, the logical choice would be to add more money to the bucket and "ride 'er till she bucks ya". But where do we get this money you ask? It...
  • Deutsche Bank: Construction Loan Defaults Coming

    08/05/2009 11:05:06 AM PDT · by FromLori · 9 replies · 482+ views
    Ritzholtz ^ | 8/5/09
    Interesting piece from Deutsche Bank on rapidly deteriorating Construction loans. DB predicts that “construction loans will be the epicenter of bank loan problems” • By far the riskiest type of loan product in bank portfolios; • Substantial portion represents loans to homebuilders; • Market currently penalizing properties with vacancy issues extremely severely; • Newly constructed (or only partially constructed) properties are the poster children for vacancy problems in CRE; • Values of most newly constructed properties are down massively; • Expect extremely high default rates and extremely high loss severity rates, both likely to be in excess of 50%; •...
  • 400 Australian police arrest Islamic extremists planning to 'kill as many soldiers as possible'

    08/04/2009 3:35:51 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 1,273+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 4, 2009 | Richard Shears
    Hundreds of police swooped on suspected terrorists in Melbourne early today amid fears suicide attacks were about to be launched on army bases in Australia. Police from around the country were quietly moved to Melbourne before launching their raids on homes in at least seven suburbs. Several men of Somali and Lebanese backgrounds were arrested and were expected to appear in court later on terrorism-related charges. Plot uncovered: A hooded terror suspect is driven to Melbourne police headquarters this morning Police sources said it would be claimed the men were planning to attack a barracks in western Sydney and other...
  • Leaders Discuss Provincial Construction

    07/20/2009 5:08:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 173+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Meg Murray, USMC
    AL ASAD AIR BASE — The governor of Anbar province, Qasim al-Fahadawi, and the chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council, Dr. Jassim al-Halbusi, traveled here to meet with leaders of Multi National Force – West, July 16. In a conference room where photographs of the peaceful 2009 Anbar provincial elections hang, MNF-W leaders spoke of a topic that has long been one of the main focuses of the Marines’ mission in Iraq: reconstruction and development. Col. Robert Lanham, the MNF-W assistant chief of staff for civil-military operations, explained that the purpose of the meeting was to provide a summary of...
  • Washington reiterates opposition to east J'lem construction

    07/20/2009 4:08:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 388+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/20/09 | HERB KEINON, REBECCA ANNA STOIL AND AP
    State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley confirmed Monday that a new housing development in east Jerusalem had been a topic of conversation last week during a meeting between senior US diplomats and Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren. Crowley said US opposition to construction in east Jerusalem and settlements in the West Bank had not changed. "We have made our views known to Israel," he told reporters. "Our views are not new either: that this kind of construction is the type ... of issue that should be subject to permanent-status negotiations."
  • Lennar Confirms Bad Drywall in Homes

    07/13/2009 11:20:34 AM PDT · by BGHater · 14 replies · 830+ views
    WSJ ^ | 13 July 2009 | JAMES R. HAGERTY
    Lennar Corp. has identified 400 homes in Florida that have confirmed problems with defective Chinese drywall, and it has set aside $39.8 million to repair the homes, the Miami-based home builder said in a securities filing Friday. The figures are as of May 31, Lennar said. Complaints about odors and corrosion linked to defective drywall have been increasing for months. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a letter to four U.S. Senators last week that it has received more than 600 complaints related to the drywall issue from 21 states and the District of Columbia. Most of the...
  • Cracked Houses: What the Boom Built

    07/01/2009 8:16:43 AM PDT · by BGHater · 42 replies · 1,549+ views
    WSJ ^ | 01 July 2009 | M.P. McQueen
    Robert and Kay Lynn lay in bed shortly after closing on their new home in the Blue Oaks subdivision in Rancho Murieta, Calif., abutting an 18-hole golf course. They were listening to the “pop, pop, pop” of what they thought were acorns falling onto the roof. The Lynns soon realized those were not acorns dropping on the roof. “Little did we know it was the house cracking,” says Mrs. Lynn, 67 years old. Mr. Lynn, 68, says they bought the property in 2002 for $357,000 as a weekend home and an investment. The stucco house was moving and shifting, with...
  • Democrats’ Cap-and-Trade Bill Creates ‘Retrofit’ Policy for Homes and Businesses

    07/01/2009 3:49:39 AM PDT · by Man50D · 43 replies · 4,237+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | July 1, 2009 | Matt Cover
    The 1,400-page cap-and-trade legislation pushed through by House Democrats contains a new federal policy that residential, commercial, and government buildings be retrofitted to increase energy efficiency, leaving it up to the states to figure out exactly how to do that. This means that homeowners, for example, could be required to retrofit their homes to meet federal “green” guidelines in order to sell their homes, if the cap-and-trade bill becomes law. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, directs the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and implement a national policy for residential and commercial buildings. The...
  • Entire New 13-story building tips over in Shanghai

    07/01/2009 1:39:39 AM PDT · by Cronos · 23 replies · 1,993+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 30 Jun 2009 | Dan Nosowitz
    This past Saturday, an entire apartment building in Shanghai collapsed. To be fair, the building was under construction and thus unoccupied, but it's still a minor miracle that there was only one fatality. Sounds like there was a problem with some nearby flood prevention walls at the Dianpu River, but there's no hard evidence as to why this huge building simply fell over. Anyway, here are some sweet pictures of the architectural carnage. [Cellar.org via Twitter] Read More: Architecture, Building falls over, Shanghai, Apartment, China, Dianpu river, fail, buildings, collapse
  • Foster to ease Mecca pilgrims’ progress

    05/09/2009 10:19:22 PM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 393+ views
    Times Online ^ | May 10, 2009 | Chris Gourlay
    THE mountain is to move for Muhammad. Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid are involved in plans to transform the landscape around Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, to make way for a high-rise metropolis complete with high-speed rail link for pilgrims. Architectural designs being considered by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia could see the mosque at the heart of the city expanded fivefold to hold 5m worshippers in one go. However, much of the land around the historic site, including ancient mountains, is likely to be flattened to accommodate seven-star hotels and towering blocks of luxury flats. Critics believe the 20-year redevelopment...
  • Construction Crews in Southern Afghanistan Prepare for Troop Increase (ESSAYONS)

    05/06/2009 6:07:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 322+ views
    KABUL, May 6, 2009 – Expansion efforts are well under way in southern Afghanistan, where most of the 21,000 troops deploying to the country this summer will be concentrated. Marines from the 371st Wing Support Command, Forward Operating Base Leatherneck, Afghanistan, lay matting to construct a helicopter landing pad, May 1, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Kanessa R. Trent   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Leaders at every level are working around the clock to ensure basic infrastructure is in place to continue receiving troops in Kandahar before sending them out to the forward operating bases,...
  • Paterson’s Labor Order Gives a Boost to Unions (card check for state contractors)

    05/03/2009 8:11:43 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 853+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 3, 2009 | Nicholas Confessore
    Gov. David A. Paterson has issued an order making it easier for labor unions to organize thousands of workers at some of New York’s largest new hotel and convention center projects, including hotels in Niagara Falls and at the Belmont Park racetrack in Nassau County and the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The directive, which was signed on April 24 and issued on Friday, will require the operators of projects that receive assistance like loans, tax breaks or property leases from state agencies or public authorities to obtain “labor peace” agreements with unions seeking to...
  • Iraqi Army, U.S. Soldiers on Road to Brighter Future

    04/28/2009 6:07:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 255+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Jason Frisco, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER — Outfitted with 1,000 sandbags, 4-by-4 pieces of lumber and a one-inch piece of plywood, a group of motivated Soldiers repaired a section of a main road here recently. The 41st Iraqi Army Brigade and members of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, 'Black Dragons' refurbished the road, referred to as Route Phoenix. Route Phoenix is a gateway for units to travel safely. It also has a drain pipe to irrigate crops in the area from a nearby river. Soldiers have been establishing security check points around the area due to the increased road traffic...
  • Still no rush to hire construction workers (where are the shovel-ready projects to stimulate ?)

    04/24/2009 8:33:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 586+ views
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 4/24/2009 | Ed Morrisey
    In his Earth Day speech on Wednesday, Barack Obama claimed that Porkulus and its tax breaks for weatherization and residential energy efficiency had set off a “rush” to hire construction workers to make homes more energy efficient. Yesterday, his Labor Department begged to differ. They adjusted the numbers announced earlier this month on jobless claims upward, past analysts’ expectations, and the analysts predicted that unemployment would rise for the next 12 months into double digits: ----------------------------------------------------- Worse-than-expected news on unemployment and home sales Thursday dampened optimism that a broad economic recovery might be near. Many analysts don’t expect the housing...
  • Metal prices level off, signs of easing in construction: BDO

    04/20/2009 5:12:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies · 370+ views
    Platts ^ | 20 Apr 2009 | Platts Metals Week
    The first quarter of 2009 saw the decline in the price of metals ease off from the dramatic falls seen in the last three months of 2008, according to BDO Stoy Hayward's Construction Commodities Index on Monday. The price construction firms paid for aluminium, copper, lead, tin and zinc in Q1 all fell at a much lower rate than the price paid in Q4 2008, the public accounting firm said in its report, adding that the only exception was steel, which declined at 1.5 times the rate it did last year. Richard Kelly, head of construction, at BDO Stoy Hayward...
  • Fla. to Test Air in Homes With Chinese Drywall

    04/19/2009 1:44:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies · 1,394+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, April 18, 2009 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    Officials in Florida will soon begin air quality tests in homes to determine whether fumes emitted from Chinese-made drywall can make people sick, the state Health Department said Friday. Agency spokesman Doc Kokol said the tests, which he hopes will begin in several weeks, are complex and have never been done before. "This is new science, nobody has tested drywall like this," he said. An Associated Press review of shipping records found more than 540 million pounds of plasterboard was imported from China between 2004 and 2008 to meet U.S. demand during the national housing boom. Hundreds of people nationwide...
  • Next-Generation Navy Destroyer Set for Construction in Maine

    04/17/2009 4:05:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 718+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 17, 2009 – A recent agreement among the Defense Department, the Navy and shipbuilders will enable more efficient construction of the next-generation destroyer at one shipyard instead of two, a senior Defense Department official announced here today. The “swap” agreement calls for three DDG-1000 destroyers to be built at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, John J. Young Jr., undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters at the Pentagon. Work on the DDG-1000 destroyers previously was to be split between General Dynamics’ Bath Works and Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls Shipyard in Mississippi, Young said. As part...
  • You can't blow these [straw-bale] homes down

    04/11/2009 9:50:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies · 4,685+ views
    The National Post ^ | September 6, 2008
    Your next home could be growing in a farm field this summer. Energy-efficient straw bale houses, once considered a fad, are going mainstream, thanks in no small part to skyrocketing heating costs. Those that own them swear by them, contractors can't keep up with the demand, and even municipal building permit approvers, cautious by nature, have gotten with the program. Best of all, straw is a readily renewable resource. Straw is the dry stalks of harvested wheat, barley and other cereal plants. Tightly baled and used for exterior walls, straw is a strong, nontoxic building material with great durability: Straw...
  • Florida to get first solar-powered city

    04/09/2009 4:42:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 757+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 9, 2009 | Ayesha Rascoe
    A Florida utility and a real estate developer are aiming to bring the country's first solar-powered city to the Sunshine State. FPL Group Inc's utility Florida Power & Light is working with the realty group Kitson & Partners to construct what the utility says will be the world's largest photovoltaic solar plant in a planned, environmentally friendly city near Fort Myers in southwestern Florida. Called Babcock Ranch, the city will aim to build 19,500 houses and about 6 million square feet of retail, light industrial, and office space when it is completed, the developers said. The entire project is expected...
  • Iraqi Facility Engineer Team Controls Combat Outpost Construction

    04/07/2009 4:33:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 239+ views
    COB SPEICHER — As a sign of increasing Iraqi participation in infrastructure and facility construction projects, the U.S. Air Force Facility Engineer Team (FET) recently led the way for an Iraqi FET to take over base engineering design and construction management here. “We are transitioning the efforts here to provide a more active role for Iraqis in infrastructure projects,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer Kilbourn, commander, FET-1, Joint Base Balad (JBB). “This initiative gives engineers more experience, and allows them to train their own laborers, so when Coalition forces leave the country, they will be able to tackle their own problems.”...
  • Iraqi MoH Pays for Hospital Construction

    04/04/2009 9:42:52 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Peter Ford, USA
    BAGHDAD — Yarmouk Hospital has undergone many upgrades over the last few years, to include a burn center renovation and new emergency center. “The good thing about all this new construction is, it is being done without U.S. tax dollars,” said Capt. Kenneth Johnson, a brigade surgeon with 1st Infantry Division. “Stimulated by the Coalition Force (CF), the Ministry of Health (MoH) has organized, made a budget and developed a strategy to make these changes in its facilities,” he added. Because the conditions here are improving and the MoH is beginning to take on more of a financial burden, the...
  • Workers to realign casino's out-of-kilter parking garage

    04/03/2009 7:29:52 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 55 replies · 1,334+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 04-03-2009 | Mark Belko
    If the huge parking garage being built behind the Rivers Casino on the North Shore seemed a bit out of kilter recently, your eyes didn't deceive you. Parts of the nine-level garage were found to be leaning by nearly a foot, prompting intervention by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a plan of action by contractors to straighten things out. Despite the problems, OSHA found the garage to be "safe and structurally sound," Acting Area Director Frank Librich said yesterday. "At no time during erection were employees in danger of a building collapse." The agency became involved after...
  • Construction of new homes jumps an unexpected 22%

    03/17/2009 10:15:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies · 1,378+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 17, 2009 | Jeannine Aversa
    Housing construction posted a surprisingly large increase in February, bolstered by strength in all parts of the country except the West. The Commerce Department reported today that construction of new homes and apartments jumped 22.2 percent in February compared with January, pushing total activity to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 583,000 units. Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported that wholesale prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in February as a big drop in food costs offset a second monthly increase in energy prices. While the surge in housing construction was far better than the continued decline economists had expected,...
  • Source: Hillary pledges to halt Jewish construction

    03/04/2009 1:12:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies · 779+ views
    WND ^ | 3/4/09 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today promised to the Palestinian Authority the U.S. will act to halt Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem, a senior PA negotiator told WND. "It was the only issue where she said the U.S. will act," said the PA negotiator, who met with Clinton today in Ramallah along with other Palestinian officials.
  • Union Crane-Safety Teacher Admitted to Oversight Lapses

    02/27/2009 5:34:25 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 462+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 2009 | William K. Rashbaum
    After two fatal tower crane accidents last year, New York City instituted a series of reforms to increase safety and oversight in the construction industry, including requiring a 30-hour class for crane operators and other workers on the safest way to raise and lower a tower crane. But some sessions of the city-mandated class are being taught by a union official who has admitted that he helped unqualified people, including organized crime figures, get into his union, according to sworn testimony and investigative reports. He and other union officials helped some of those men secure licenses to operate smaller cranes...
  • China: Beijing's Olympic building boom becomes a bust (vacant office space: 100mln sq. ft)

    02/23/2009 12:33:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 2,230+ views
    LA Times ^ | 02/22/09 | Barbara Demick
    Beijing's Olympic building boom becomes a bust Many buildings in the city's impressive skyline are empty. By Barbara Demick February 22, 2009 Reporting from Beijing — "Empty," says Jack Rodman, an expert in distressed real estate, as he points from the window of his 40th-floor office toward a silver-skinned prism rising out of the Beijing skyline. "Beautiful building, but not a single tenant. "Completely empty. "Empty." /snip Beijing went through a building boom before the 2008 Summer Olympics that filled a staid communist capital with angular architectural feats that grace the covers of glossy design magazines. /snip By Rodman's calculations,...
  • Iraqi Army Soldiers Secure Road Project

    02/08/2009 11:10:31 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 233+ views
    ALBU HASSAN — The Iraqi Army (IA) provided security while U.S. Engineer Soldiers performed much needed maintenance on a road outside of Albu Hassan, Feb. 3. The road is a shortcut for Iraqi citizens to travel from various villages to bigger cities like Hillah and Karbala. The 9th Engineer Battalion coordinated the project and contacted the IA to provide security for U.S. Soldiers on the ground. IA Soldiers secured the surrounding area while Cpl. Bracy L. Bahm, a heavy construction equipment operator, filled in holes, graded mud and smoothed out the road with a D7 Dozer. “The IA know what...