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Engineering News Record (ENR)

2015 Surety Section (7/6/2015) 

2014 Surety Section (6/30/2014)

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2013 Surety Supplement (7/2/2013)

2012 Surety Supplement (6/24/2012)

2011 Surety Market Report (6/27/2011)

ENR News Feed:


Offshore Wind Has Come to the U.S.; EPCs Can Help It Gain MomentumOpen in a New Window

Offshore wind energy could add 4.2 million megawatts to the generating capacity of the U.S., according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, but the U.S. market has stalled almost completely, hindered by regulatory uncertainties, political opposition, litigation and a lack of available financing.


WSP Global Expands Again, with Planned Design Firm Buy in CanadaOpen in a New Window

While still integrating the 2014 purchase of US giant Parsons Brinckerhoff, Montreal-based designer offsets oil-and-gas impacts with $320M buy of Ontario-based MMM Group


Sureties Take Over Projects of Texas DesconOpen in a New Window

The Texas contractor was building a water plant expansion and schools across the state.


Work on Hospital Project Resumes Following Fatal Scaffold CollapseOpen in a New Window

Investigations are continuing into an accident that killed one worker and injured seven others in Rio Rancho, N.M.


Consortium Gets Greenlight to Move Forward on London Mega-SewerOpen in a New Window

The $6.6-billion project will begin construction in 2016.


Military Services Moving Toward Net Zero, When It Makes SenseOpen in a New Window

DOD services are taking a more holistic approach to resiliency and energy and water efficiency, officials say.


Funding Shortfall Threatens Construction of MOX Fuels Plant, DOE Report SaysOpen in a New Window

Analysis released by outside group cites gap of hundreds of millions of dollars, and says there are “no obvious silver bullets” to reduce the nuclear fuel plant's costs.


Design Competition Winners Share Ideas for Saving Louisiana CoastOpen in a New Window

Proposals will be used to inform management scheme for Lower Mississippi River, state authorities say.


Obama Announces Actions To Spur Renewable and Efficiency ProjectsOpen in a New Window

Actions include significant DOE Commitment to support innovative technologies.


Lane Construction Partners for SuccessOpen in a New Window

Transportation contractor expands through P3, power projects


Pile-Driving and Poor Soils Prompt Indiana I-65 ShutdownOpen in a New Window

Pile-driving adjacent to an Interstate 65 bridge near Lafayette, Ind., appears to have started a subterranean chain reaction that left one of the structure’s riverbank piers skewed out of alignment, forcing a 37-mile closure of the northbound lanes that could extend into mid-September.


Into the Deep End of the Pool: The Making of an EngineerOpen in a New Window

Starting his career at Lev Zetlin Associates, Charles Thornton and his young colleagues went to work on unusual buildings for the 1964 World's Fair. It was sink or swim.


Top 250 International Contractors: Uncertainty Clouds MarketOpen in a New Window

Falling oil prices, political turmoil and economic disruptions from Europe to China have international firms worried; but work continued on projects such as Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia.


Seismic Engineer Develops 'Showcase' for IsolatorsOpen in a New Window

Steven Tipping is developing and engineering what is likely the world’s smallest seismically isolated structure. The 7,500-sq-ft building in Berkeley about a half-mile from California’s Hayward fault is an investment property as well as an office expansion.


PulseOpen in a New Window

news of upcoming projects


A Monumental Makeover for the St. Louis ArchOpen in a New Window

Many public and private partners worked to fund and build a long-awaited link between the St. Louis Arch and the city’s downtown.


Guide Coming To Aid With Model Code for Existing Concrete BuildingsOpen in a New Window

American Concrete Institute to publish guide to its model code for the evaluation and rehabilitation of existing concrete buildings


Product Snapshot: Light Tower and Walk-Behind TrowelOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a light tower from Terex and a walk-behind trowel from Atlas Copco.


TVA Is Set To Add 700 MW to 2,300 MW of Gas-Fired Generation by 2023Open in a New Window

More coal-fired plant retirements and push for renewables are part of 2015 power supply plan approved by the federal power producer's board on Aug. 21.


Equipment Giant Terex Shakes Up C-Suite After MergerOpen in a New Window

Cranes unit President Tim Ford, speculated to be heir apparent to corporate CEO Ronald DeFeo, has left the company.


Katrina Spawns a Decade of Flood Protection Design and ConstructionOpen in a New Window

Hurricane Katrina kicked off 10 years of flood protection work in lower Louisiana. Is it enough?


Leidos Settles Lawsuits Involving Former Staff MembersOpen in a New Window

The big design consultant recently closed the books on two lawsuits, one involving intellectual property and the other the dismissal of a former division chief.


ASCE Launches New Institute for Pipeline EngineersOpen in a New Window

Institute is Society's 9th semi-autonomous technical institute.


Researchers Use Seismic Sensors To Measure Water Flowing Through GlaciersOpen in a New Window

Timothy Bartholomaus, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin


Hyperloop Company Gets Industry Partners, Announces Five-Mile Test TrackOpen in a New Window

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies recently added AECOM and Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum (a Swiss company that designed the vacuum seal) to its list of partners working for stock in the company. HTT secured land for its proposed five mile test track.


Los Angeles Approves NFL Stadium Design as Possible Home to Two TeamsOpen in a New Window

A $1.7-billion, 65,000-seat stadium in Los Angeles is approved to be the possible future home to both the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.


July Construction Starts Unchanged Over JuneOpen in a New Window

Total construction starts held steady in July, but market overall is up compared to 2014.


Caterpillar Advertising Once Captured Everyday Life in AmericaOpen in a New Window

Throughout the 20th century, Cat built up a brand following by showing how its machines were taking part in America’s infrastructure development.


At the Dawn of Nitroglycerin Explodes a Classic Contract DisputeOpen in a New Window

Walter Shanly finally pierced the Hoosac Mountain on Thanksgiving Day, 1873, after a significant change order that escalated into the courts.


New Ideas, ASHRAE Standard Could Limit Legionnaires’ TollOpen in a New Window

With the recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak apparently under control, the New York City Councils’ newly adopted law requiring building owners to certify, test and clean building cooling towers has set off a flurry of work.


Lots of Animus From Animas SpillOpen in a New Window

Colorado gold-mine blowout generates pointed questions about EPA's program management.


Florida Board Approves Bonds for $2.5-Billion Rail LineOpen in a New Window

Project opponents believe that All Aboard Florida will have difficulty selling the bonds due to the rail line's economics.


Benchmarking IT Survey Lays Out State of Practice and ProspectsOpen in a New Window

gauging technology's implementation by firm type, size and profitability


DOE: Windpower Bounces Back, But Post-2016 Gains UncertainOpen in a New Window

New installations rose 8% last year, after a steep decline in 2013.


Public Works Professionals Stay on the Front LinesOpen in a New Window

Maintaining the nation's infrastructure requires more than driving big yellow trucks.


New Leaders Sworn In at FHWA, GSAOpen in a New Window

Nadeau had been FHWA's No. 2 official; Roth was GSA's deputy administrator.


Private Infrastructure Dollars Still Face HurdlesOpen in a New Window

DOT, other agencies are taking steps to address the problems, but TIFIA hits some bumps.


Pipe Inspection Robot Saves Alaskan Pipeline MillionsOpen in a New Window

A re-purposed smart pigging robot detects anomalies in Alaskan oil pipelines—saving company millions.


Contractor's Former CFO Is Convicted in Four-Year Firm FraudOpen in a New Window

St. Louis-based Paric Construction executive used company funds for numerous personal expenses and inflated his salary to gauge bonuses, said US prosecutors.


EPA Methane Proposal Draws Industry Heat, Environmentalists' PraiseOpen in a New Window

Oil and gas groups say rule duplicates existing requirements, but Obama administration says methane cuts are vital in dealing with climate change.


AECOM-URS Settles DOE Site Whistleblower Suit in $4-Million PactOpen in a New Window

Hanford engineering manager Walter Tamosaitis wins vindication in five-year fight over termination, safety risks at now-halted nuclear waste treatment plant.


Summer Camp Links Middle School Girls to Future in EngineeringOpen in a New Window

Las Vegas-based students gained access to older grads and practitioners to gain insight on the field and its learning and career paths.


Stantec Executive Art Hadnett Joins HNTB as Unit PresidentOpen in a New Window

Maryland transportation veteran Lisa Choplin joins DBIA in executive role; former ENR regional publisher Seth Horowitz joins NY area subcontractor


Chinese Equipment Makers Struggle With Slumping EconomyOpen in a New Window

The Chinese yuan tumbled 3.8% after Chinese officials announced they were devaluing their currency on August 12, and further drops are expected. But for Chinese exporters, including those dealing in construction equipment, these currency shifts may help them compete on price in the global market.


Ex-Leaders of Contractors Rudolph & Sletten and E.E. Cruz, and designer Hardesty & Hanover DieOpen in a New Window

John Rudolph and Ed Cruz led family firms; Dick Christie was a recognized bridge engineer


Hill International Holds Off Activist Investor Push For NowOpen in a New Window

CM firm shareholders defeat push by activists for board seats and sale to boost stock.


Little-Noticed Lawsuit Seeks Overtime Pay For Non-Craft Project StaffOpen in a New Window

The Obama administration seeks changes in overtime pay rules, and an unusual 2013 lawsuit shows that staff other than craft workers could seek enforcement.


What Countries Stand as Strongest Supply-Chain Links?Open in a New Window

FM Global’s resiliency index shows which countries could be the weak link in a supply chain.


Egypt Inaugurates Expanded Suez Canal, Meets One Year DeadlineOpen in a New Window

Suez Canal expansion project completed within tight timeframe of one year.


Offshore From Fukushima, A Wind Turbine RisesOpen in a New Window

A Japanese consortium has installed what it says is the world's largest offshore wind turbine to date at a wind farm under construction near the 2011 disaster site


Work on Egypt's Cancer-Care Campus Set To Begin by Year-EndOpen in a New Window

Work set to begin by the end of the year on a nine-million-sq-ft cancer care campus near Cairo.


Draft Facility Smart-Grid Standard Issued for Public CommentOpen in a New Window

Facility Smart Grid Information Model draft standard issued for public review


Product Snapshot: Pipelayer and TelecrawlerOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a pipelayer from Caterpillar and a telecrawler crane from Link-Belt.


Construction Jobless Rate Improves in July to 5.5%Open in a New Window

Job gains in residential, heavy-civil work offset losses in nonresidential sector.


World Bank OKs Loan Guarantees for Ghana Gas ProjectOpen in a New Window

Bank to provide a record $700 million in guarantees for $4-billion Eni-Vitol Sankofa project.


Hackathon Project Turned Public Transit App Simplifies Route PlanningOpen in a New Window

Remix is an app that can deliver forward-looking plans of public transportation bus routes, including total cost, number of buses and bus lines.


American Concrete Institute's Falconer Dies at 59Open in a New Window

Daniel W. Falconer, the American Concrete Institute's managing director for engineering, dies at age 59


Tel Aviv Aims To Build a $500-Million Green Roof Over Busy Urban HighwayOpen in a New Window

Sixty-acre urban park would cover Ayalon Freeway and allow more residential building downtown.


Egyptian Solar-Power Growth Boosts PV-Panel SectorOpen in a New Window

Burgeoning demand for energy on the African continent is stimulating the photovoltaic panel manufacturing sector.


In New York, a 21st Century State of MindOpen in a New Window

From a solar panel factory in Buffalo to a green manufacturing facility in Brooklyn, New York State is funding projects to position the state to compete in a technological age.


Seattle Sound Transit ULink Project Advances, On Budget and Ahead of ScheduleOpen in a New Window

With a year to go on Sound Transit's $2-billion ULink project, contractors and on time and under budget.


Weston Solutions Refocuses on RiskOpen in a New Window

Environmental service firms will stick to core niches and geographies after a design-build building project in Taiwan went awry in 2013.


Despite a Rough June, Starts Are Up 23% for the YearOpen in a New Window

New construction starts in June dropped 15% from the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.


Bullitt Foundation Entrains Energies on Urban HabitatsOpen in a New Window

The 52,000-sq-ft Bullitt Center, considered the greenest building in the world, is a tangible representation of the way Denis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation’s president and CEO since 1992, has altered the course of the environmental group.


Seattle's Living Building Pilot Program Could Spark Energy RetrofitsOpen in a New Window

Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program, a 2009 city ordinance created to remove regulatory and other impediments to the development of ultra-green buildings, would likely never have seen the light of day if not for Denis Hayes, president and CEO of the nonprofit Bullitt Foundation.


Denis Hayes Shines Rays of Hope on More-Sustainable Cities and Solar Power's FutureOpen in a New Window

Environmental visionary Denis Hayes, after developing the world’s greenest building, resets his sights on rebooting his 1970s crusade for solar power proliferation.


Improving DBE Programs: How To End The AbusesOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s disadvantaged business enterprise program was designed to support the development and growth of legitimate DBEs. But the way the program is currently written, interpreted and administered actually defeats those purposes and undermines the goal.


Ironworker Dies in Fall at Logan AirportOpen in a New Window

Third-generation union ironworker Lawrence O’Leary, 54, died on July 25, following injuries from a fall at a Logan International Airport construction site two weeks earlier, officials reported.


Kiewit's Quick-Fix Scheme Swaps Out Nashville SpansOpen in a New Window

Kiewit Infrastructure Group beat the clock for a second time, as it demolished and replaced an Interstate 40 bridge in Nashville in less than 58 hours, using accelerated bridge construction to minimize traffic impact in a heavily traveled area.


The 2015 Top 200 Environmental Firms Push On Amid Global Market ChallengesOpen in a New Window

But companies seek new approaches to boost and protect both natural resources and their bottom lines.


First Offshore US Wind Farm Installs Turbine FoundationOpen in a New Window

Five-turbine project is progressing to become the nation's first offshore wind farm, say officials.


User-Developed Applications and API Releases at Tech ConferenceOpen in a New Window

During the Bluebeam eXtreme user conference in Los Angeles, July 29- 31, amid announcements and presentations, two construction workers stole the show with an application they developed that aims to eradicate paper-based thinking from construction.


Design Professionals Must Embrace Virtual Design and Construction to Improve Their Profession and PrOpen in a New Window

Having an integrated project design and construction team can spell the difference between having a project that ends successfully and on schedule and having a project that’s mired in change orders, cost overruns, and even litigation


The Top 100 Green Building Contractors Seek Longer-Term ImpactsOpen in a New Window

Construction firms are looking to broaden sustainability impacts and benefits on clients' employees and bottom lines.


The Top 100 Green Design Firms Search For The Next Green ThingOpen in a New Window

Has sustainable design hit a plateau? Companies seek out new approaches as they await implementation of LEED v. 4.


California Offers $10-Million Grant for Electric Vehicle Charging StationsOpen in a New Window

By 2020, up to 1 million zero-emission vehicles will be able to recharge along the entire length of the state.


EPA's Final Clean Power Plan Gives States More FlexibilityOpen in a New Window

Some construction groups say plan will cost jobs and affect the reliability of the electric grid, but others say that the technologies exist to help states comply.


A 21st Century State of MindOpen in a New Window

State building programs are aiding New York’s transformation into a 21st Century economy.


Construction Week: Momentum Index Slows; N.C. Transportation Bond Take ShapeOpen in a New Window

Companies CMD and iSqFt To Merge


Construction Spending Up Slightly in June But Soars From 2014Open in a New Window

Commerce Dept. reports volume up a tiny 0.2% from May, but gains 12% from June 2014 total.


Obama Signs 3-Month Transport Stopgap, Senate Also Passes 6-Year BillOpen in a New Window

Short-term bill averts highway funds cutoff; six-year measure raises hopes that the House will produce similar plan in the fall.


New Orleans Stops, Abruptly Resumes $145-Million Prison ProjectOpen in a New Window

The opening of New Orleans’ $145-million prison has been delayed multiple times, most recently due to an order from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration to halt construction.


PSEG Awards Estimated $900M Maryland Power Plant Job to SNC-LavalinOpen in a New Window

Canadian design-builder should execute project profitably, says analyst.


Milwaukee Brings Telematics to Power Tools With 'One Key' SystemOpen in a New Window

The next time you need a little extra power out of your cordless drill, you could just take out your smartphone and dial it in.


Dutch Water Wizards Go With the FlowsOpen in a New Window

Royal HaskoningDHV and Chairman Erik Oostwegel set sights to expand firm's water engineering expertise at home to emerging economies and new design sectors worldwide.


Rapid Repairs Performed After Partial Bridge CollapseOpen in a New Window

The Federal Highway Administration provided $2 million in emergency-relief funds to repair a California bridge that partially collapsed after the foundation washed away under an abutment.


Top 225 International Design Firms: Ups and Downs in the Global MarketOpen in a New Window

Global design markets are facing headwinds from political turmoil, falling oil prices and economic uncertainties


Report Highlights Agencies' Challenges in Building GreenOpen in a New Window

Report finds most agencies are using third-party green building certification systems, but that they are still facing challenges in meeting all federal requirements.


House Approves Bill to Continue Coal Ash RecyclingOpen in a New Window

Construction groups say "hazardous" designation supported by environmental advocates would be the death-knell of coal ash recycling.


Wide-Ranging Energy Bills Come into Focus in House, SenateOpen in a New Window

Bills have critics on both sides of aisle, but lawmakers say bills represent areas of "common ground."


Tax 'Extenders" Could See Floor Action This FallOpen in a New Window

Despite desire for comprehensive tax reform, lawmakers say another short-term extension package is necessary.


Dry Rot Is Suspected in California Stairway CollapseOpen in a New Window

The 280-unit complex in Folsom was issued permits in 2014 and 2015 to repair dry rot on stairways, including the one that failed on July 3.


Experts Say You Can't Inspect Your Way to SafetyOpen in a New Window

Contractors with strong safety cultures enjoy more than just significantly lower injury rates.


Holograms Add New Dimension to ConstructionOpen in a New Window

The print produces a precisely detailed holograph that is viewable from all angles without the need for special glasses or other equipment often associated with 3D technologies.


Technical Schools Compete With Traditional CollegesOpen in a New Window

A growing number of young people are bypassing four-year colleges and opting for trade schools and apprenticeships.


Little Known About Cause of Tradeco Texas Road Project DefaultsOpen in a New Window

Weeks after defaulting on five Texas road projects, the root causes remain unclear about hy Tradeco is off the jobs.


Brundage-Bone Maintains Its EdgeOpen in a New Window

After a rocky few years, the largest U.S. concrete pumping firm now focuses on expanding current markets while pursuing greenfield opportunities and acquisitions.


Bridge Inspector Not Shy About Faked CredentialsOpen in a New Window

Were there hints that a bridge inspector with a faked college degree wasn't telling the truth?


Make Cybersecurity One of Your Engineering and Design GoalsOpen in a New Window

The energy sector was targeted in a third of the 245 cyberattacks on industrial control systems that a U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security team responded to in 2014.


Bahamian Government Blocks Resort Developer's U.S. BankruptcyOpen in a New Window

The Bahamian government is seeking to take control over the resort developer's bankruptcy proceedings.


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