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Citizens, taxpayers, infrastructure contractors watch to see if there will actually be regulatory reform in Washington!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Lifting regulations on the construction industry

Here’s a question to ponder. Does American industry have reason to complain? AGC officials blame decades of federal regulatory failures for construction contractors’ inability to hire new employees, remain competitive and to update and help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. The regulatory restrictions, they say, create barriers that are harmful for industry, for American taxpayers and for the nation’s infrastructure and economy. They may be right!

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Higher costs, more disasters looming with absence of infrastructure spending

Friday, April 21st, 2017
An aerial view of the damaged Oroville Dam spillway as the California Department of Water Resources gradually reduced the outflow from the spillway from 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to zero on February 27, 2017. The reduction allows work to begin to remove debris at the spillway’s base and reduce water surface elevation in the diversion pool. Photo taken February 27, 2017.

Infrastructure failures are always costly, dangerous and often disastrous. They are occurring all too often these days and are simply symptomatic of the overall state of the country’s infrastructure…Although the year is young, 2017 has already brought numerous major infrastructures failures in many of the states. California has been hit particularly hard by damages from winter storms, mudslides and floods. Officials estimate that repair of storm damages to the state’s roads, highways and bridges will cost $860 million.

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Interested in upcoming opportunities? Best not to overlook thousands resulting from bond elections

Friday, March 31st, 2017
School Bus

General contractors, engineers, technology, security and architectural firms watch school bond elections carefully because the bond packages represent upcoming opportunities worth billions of dollars. One must wonder why thousands of other types of firms are not watching bond elections as diligently also…Here are just a few examples of school bond issues that were either recently approved or are up for approval in May of this year.

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A Natural Solution to Infrastructure Challenges

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
ASLA Green Roof

Infrastructure, a word that likely invokes images of bridges and roads, essential components of our nation’s infrastructure that we see every day. From cracks to potholes, we can easily judge the state of our bridges and roads. However, so much of our critical infrastructure is not visible to the eye and takes the shape of tunnels and pipes. These types of infrastructure that transport water to people across the country are also often inadequate or nearing the end of its useful life.

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Public-private partnerships – happening even in small cities, rural areas of the country

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Countryside on US 9 north of Red Hook, NY, USA, by Daniel Cooke - Original: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_9_north_of_Red_Hook,_NY.jpg

…there’s not much news about P3s in smaller cities or in rural areas. That is about to change. As public officials in less populated parts of the country lament that the projects they need to launch are not large enough to capture the attention of investors or experienced contracting partners, some of their counterparts are forging ahead.

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Wind Replaces Water as the Biggest Source of Renewable Energy in the USA

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Wind Replaces Water

Renewable energy is always a topic of interest for anyone concerned about the future of our planet, and some interesting news has emerged recently. According to the American Wind Energy Association, in 2016, for the very first time, the wind industry produced more power than hydroelectric sources.

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Making America’s infrastructure great again will take lots of time and money

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

In the months leading up to the presidential election, Donald Trump announced that, if elected, he would incentivize $1 trillion into the nation’s ailing infrastructure. Citizens, taxpayers, public officials and contractors have been waiting to see if that would really happen or not. President Trump recently announced that he had selected private-sector P3 expert David James “DJ” Gribbin to serve as his special assistant for infrastructure. It was a big announcement and one that caused people to ask…will it really happen? Maybe so!

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Millions of jobs are in infrastructure repair, but will we create them?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Construction Worker

Now, our infrastructure needs another upgrade, and an entire sector of workers who haven’t recovered from the recession need jobs. Infrastructure repair can create those jobs. It has happened before, but will it happen again? And when the dust has settled, will America be satisfied with the results?

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Airport modernization – next big wave of infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Tom Bradley Terminal, by Prayitno on Flickr - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Operational inefficiencies, passenger congestion, limited retail, access in and out of terminals and the negative passenger experience found in almost every U.S. airport is the result of outdated design, increasingly high demand, a lack of funding investment and a tendency to reject the concept of collaborating with private-sector experts. That, however, is changing.

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6 Things to Do to Curb Crane Accidents at Construction Worksites

Monday, January 30th, 2017
crane

Construction sites have stringent safety protocols in place to prevent adverse events and accidents. Even with all the precautions and preventive procedures, fatal injury rate for the industry is quite high. This can be attributed to a number of reasons ranging from oversight on part of site managers to malfunctioning equipment. Another probable cause is the sheer size of the industry where at any given day more than 6.5 million people are at work at work sites numbering an approximate 252,000.

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