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Engineering News Record (ENR)

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:

'Intrapreneurship' Can Boost Implementation of New IdeasOpen in a New Window

The idea of intrepreneurship—entrepreneurship within big corporations—resonated with attendees at ENR FutureTech, held in San Francisco March 16-17.


China Lifts Ban on Nuclear Powerplants, Resumes Ambitious Construction ProgramOpen in a New Window

The government plans to take the number of nuclear power plants from 22 at present to 75 in just about five years.


India's Ruling Party Moves Forward on '100 Smart Cities' PlanOpen in a New Window

Urbanization drives movement for new, sustainable cities in India


White House Sets Targets for Paris Climate TalksOpen in a New Window

GOP lawmakers blast plan but environmental groups and their Capitol Hill allies praise it.


China Fears New Sri Lankan Government Could Alter Port Project in ColomboOpen in a New Window

Chinese contractor CCCC fears that the Colombo port project will be reopened to international contractors.


AISC Calls for Steel Suppliers To Implement Electronic PurchasingOpen in a New Window

AISC calls for structural steel suppliers to join its electronic steel purchasing initiative, called steelXML.


The World's Largest Roller-Compacted Concrete DamsOpen in a New Window

The world's largest roller-compacted concrete dams, ranked by the volume of roller-compacted concrete.


Lafarge-Holcim Merger Imperiled as Major Shareholders Reject DealOpen in a New Window

A $44 billion merger between French-based Lafarge and Swiss-based Holcim to create the world's largest cement manufacturer received a shock on March 29 as Holcim's second-largest shareholder objected to the terms of the deal.


A $3.1-Billion Berths Project Sets Sail In AfricaOpen in a New Window

Chinese firms building billions worth of transport work for three countries.


Judge Hands Down Jail Sentence for Chubb Bond FraudOpen in a New Window

The judge also ordered payment of $1.9 million in restitution to contractors.


Email Newsletter Launch: ENR Energy Is For YouOpen in a New Window

Welcome to the launch of the ENR Energy newsletter.


Product Snapshot: Pipe-Fusion Machine and Motor GraderOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a pipe-fusion machine from McElroy Manufacturing and a Motor Grader from Komatsu Americas.


Africa Road Projects To Drive Demand for AsphaltOpen in a New Window

Market prospects prompt France's Rubis to acquire Eres, a leading asphalt company in West Africa.


Parliament Report Says UK Government Has Not Justified High-Speed-Rail InvestmentOpen in a New Window

Planned $74-billion investment won't benefits cities other than London, says House of Lords economic committee.


Israel and Jordan Sign Pact To Build $1B Pilot 'Red-Dead' CanalOpen in a New Window

Project is a prototype for a $10-billion scheme the bank said in 2013 was feasible; countries will share water supplies; tenders are set to come out by year end.


Petrobras Pay-To-Play Probe Makes Room for Global FirmsOpen in a New Window

The kickback and bid-rigging scandal opens up new opportunities for contractors as others are blacklisted from future work.


White House Wants Agencies To Shrink Real Estate PortfolioOpen in a New Window

OMB memo calls for square-footage cut starting in fiscal 2016, but no specific targets.


DOE, Senators Look for Solution on Radioactive Waste StorageOpen in a New Window

Nuclear industry advocates say the lack of a permanent repository could hinder construction of new nuclear plants.


Skanska: Modular Hospital Story Missed the MarkOpen in a New Window

Skanska USA Building’s Joey Hatch says ENR’s story was misleading concerning recent developments in a lawsuit involving NBBJ and a prior lawsuit involving others involved in the project


Dramatic Drop in Fuel Prices Starts to Ripple Through CostsOpen in a New Window

The largest decline in fuel prices may not have as big of an impact as you think.


Firms Feel the Drop in OilOpen in a New Window

Drilling work slows in key regions, downstream projects continue and contractors readjust.


ABC Names Gregory E. Sizemore VP for Safety and WorkforceOpen in a New Window

HAKS hires former NY state transport official as president


Abba Lichtenstein, 92, Was Bridge Engineering GuruOpen in a New Window

Designer helped develop key national load-rating and inspection standards


Up North in Alaska, a Development ShowdownOpen in a New Window

?Alaska's governor squares off against contractors and lawmakers over controversial and costly mega-projects.


Populist Architect Michael Graves, 80, Was Post-Modern PioneerOpen in a New Window

Graves delighted through design—from buildings to teapots.


Construction Groups Fight Proposal to Slash Federal Gas TaxOpen in a New Window

Industry warns “devolution” plan could mean sharp hikes in states’ fuels taxes.


Construction Week: Dodge Starts Rise in February; Three Killed in Raleigh Scaffold CollapseOpen in a New Window

The start of a $3-billion energy project in Texas pumps up the nonresidential starts.


Scope, Schedule Pose Challenges On Ohio River Bridges ProjectOpen in a New Window

Weather and expanded retrofit plan pushing extra manpower and shifts for design-build contractor.


?New AGC President Says Future Depends on a Safe WorkforceOpen in a New Window

The chairman of Linbeck talks about the hard choices in enforcing safety practices, the need to empower foremen and the search for craft leaders.


Covering Risks in Design-BuildOpen in a New Window

Contractors should beware of standard forms of agreement with language that may create a fiduciary responsibility to an owner in a design-build contract.


Industry Market Confidence Hits Record HighOpen in a New Window

The construction market has enjoyed steady growth for several years. Most industry executives believe this growth will continue through 2016. But one sector that has been leading the recovery, petroleum, has suddenly hit a roadblock as plummeting oil prices have resulted in project postponements.


The VA's Aurora Hospital Project: How Did Things Get So Bad?Open in a New Window

The department is scrambling to provide answers about the $1.73-billion price tag for its replacement hospital in Colorado.


Contractors Enlist Laser Scanners to Verify As-BuiltsOpen in a New Window

Reality capture aids contractors at all stages of project life cycle, from capturing existing conditions to validating work.


Mind-Bender In Upper ManhattanOpen in a New Window

Southern portion of 15-story building has wild geometry, little repetition, architectural concrete and cantilevered and sloped floors.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, bids, awards and proposals from Dodge.


Asphalt Prices Begin To Decline In Short TermOpen in a New Window

Long-term needs may inevitably drive costs up again, say experts.


Product Snapshot: Trench Roller and Mobile Telescopic CraneOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a trench roller from American Pneumatic Tools and a rough-terrain crane from Manitowoc.


Former Bechtel VP Sentenced in Federal Kickback CaseOpen in a New Window

Elgawhary pleaded guilty in December to mail fraud and money laundering related to Egyptian power contracts.


Diesel Fuel Prices Bottom OutOpen in a New Window

Nationwide fuel prices inched up in February but are still 41% lower than last year.


GOP and Industry Gear Up to Fight Fracking RuleOpen in a New Window

Interior Secretary says regulations are needed to provide necessary environmental safeguards.


Georgia Tech Research Conjures Platinum Lab ProjectOpen in a New Window

The latest laboratory facility at the Georgia Institute of Technology re-sets the university’s standard for collaborative research projects.


Related Group's Approach Drives South Florida Residential BoomOpen in a New Window

Related Group of Florida is ENR Southeast’s Owner of the Year


Obituary: A. James Clark, 87, Set Course for Building Giant's TransformationOpen in a New Window

Executive who led Clark Group's growth into a $4.5-billion Washington, D.C. fixture and national competitor, also shared his $1.4-bilion fortune.


Obama Order Calls for More Greenhouse Gas CutsOpen in a New Window

Federal contractors also agree to do their part in reducing GHG emissions.


Construction Week: Dodge Starts Rise; Work to Restart on Modular Tower in BrooklynOpen in a New Window

Strong energy sector pushes up market.


Marrying Construction Program Control Software and ProcessesOpen in a New Window

Countless news reports litter the media with tales of counties and cities facing significant cost overruns for a wide variety of initiatives. Program and project leaders are often finding themselves caught between a gargantuan rock and extremely hard place. But there is a solution.


Military Engineers' Construction Camps: Learn Alot, Have Fun and Wear Great T-Shirts!Open in a New Window

SAME one-week summer programs for high-school students at US service academies are now signing up recruits.


Arizona Gets OK for Regional Freeway, Its First Major P3 ProjectOpen in a New Window

?The state of Arizona last week announced Federal Highway Administration approval to proceed with plans for the state’s first major public-private-partnership project, the $1.9 billion Loop 202/South Mountain freeway


Highway 99 Tunnel Builder Rescued in Seattle at LastOpen in a New Window

Bertha must undergo repairs before resuming work on the delayed project to replace Alaskan Way Viaduct.


Infrastructure Crash Course for RailroadsOpen in a New Window

Spate of oil-train derailments in U.S. and Canada provokes calls for better track maintenance, safer cars, more oversight.


Architects Oppose Senate Energy-Efficiency BillOpen in a New Window

Measure would repeal 2007 requirement to phase out fossil fuels in new federal buildings and renovations.


Industry Seeks FY16 Spending Boost for Corps Civil WorksOpen in a New Window

Waterways and port groups favor higher appropriations from Harbor Maintenance and Inland Waterways Trust Funds.


ARTBA Puts Gas Tax-Rebate Plan on the TableOpen in a New Window

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association on March 12 proposed boosting the federal gasoline and diesel taxes by 15¢ per gallon.


Crossrail Station Site Requires Bare-Bones WorkOpen in a New Window

Archaeologists begin extracting human remains from site of a new station as part of London’s $22-billion project.


How to Improve Post-Disaster Engineering Inspection ReportsOpen in a New Window

There is a shortage of engineers with the experience needed to perform investigations about the causes of damage.


Architect and 2015 Pritzker Prize Winner Frei Otto, Tensile Structure Pioneer, Dies at 89Open in a New Window

Otto’s innovative lightweight tents in Montreal and Munich are his two most well-known projects.


DBIA Outlines Sector-Specific Best PracticesOpen in a New Window

Market ‘drill-downs’ supplement universal best practices released last year


$1.5-Billion Light Rail Line Takes Shape In LAOpen in a New Window

Design-build helped expedite Expo route, officials say.


Big Pipe PlansOpen in a New Window

Despite crashing oil prices and veto of Keystone XL pipeline, developers are proceeding with billions of dollars of pipeline work.


Sasol Ethane Cracker Job Starts Despite Gas-to-Liquids DelayOpen in a New Window

Sasol proceeds with $8.1-billion Louisiana project after mothballing bigger adjacent procet in January.


Innovations Featured in Oregon Bridge ReplacementOpen in a New Window

Sellwood project uses prefabrication and nitrogen-cooled concrete.


U.S. Spends Big for Outsourced Worker Services, But Contractor Workforce Size Is Still a MysteryOpen in a New Window

Congressional Budget Office data analysis of last decade can't determine the number of contracted employees.


Skills Shortage Challenges New Zealand Earthquake RebuildOpen in a New Window

Facing worker competition in a booming national economy, government and industry try new regional training approaches and inducements like free ski passes.


Solar-Powered Electric Utility Lights Up Communities in AfghanistanOpen in a New Window

Renewable community energy solution leverages technology to leap-frog traditional electrification models.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Project news from Dodge Data and Analytics.


Product Snapshot: Pipe Beveller and Concrete Floor GrinderOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a portable pipe beveller from Ridgid and a concrete floor grinder from Scanmaskin.


Meet This Year's Best of the Best Projects JudgesOpen in a New Window

Meet the 2014 Best of the Best Projects judges


Best K-12 Education ProjectOpen in a New Window

The project took 10 months from groundbreaking to completion.


Manufacturing: Boeing Center South, Chinook H-47 Focus Factory ConversionOpen in a New Window

The five-year program transformed the company's historic 85-year-old industrial helicopter production complex through several major capital improvement projects.


Highway, Bridge: I-5 Willamette River BridgeOpen in a New Window

Bridge is Oregon’s largest single-arch span.


Higher Education & Specialty Contracting: Florida Polytechnic University Innovation Science & TechOpen in a New Window

Innovation Science &Technology Building came in on time and on budget despite the many challenges of the design of Santiago Calatrava.


Clemson Renewables Research Center is ENR Editors' Choice for Best of the Best 2014Open in a New Window

The project team overcame huge engineering and construction challenges in building the world’s first testing facility of its kind.


Landscape/Urban Development: The Crest at Galvez PlazaOpen in a New Window

Urban revitalization project incorporated metal structure with unusual engineering and execution.


Sports, Entertainment: Hatfield-Dowlin ComplexOpen in a New Window

Team takes to field to resolve site issues


Interior, Tenant Improvement: Carter’s Inc.Open in a New Window

An 11-story interior fit-out was accomplished in just 20 weeks.


Health Care: Naval Hospital at Camp PendletonOpen in a New Window

The fast-paced delivery method provides a model for future government health care projects.


FHWA Says Controversial Highway Guardrail Passes Crash TestsOpen in a New Window

Agency says Trinity Industries product can continue to be eligible for federal funding.


VA Averts New Shutdown of Colorado Hospital ProjectOpen in a New Window

VA to transfer $43 million to Denver-area project from others in Seattle and Pittsburgh.


ARTBA Proposes Fuel-Tax Boost With Offsetting RebatesOpen in a New Window

Under the plan, gas and diesel tax would rise 15¢ and motorists would get $90-a-year rebate to offset the hike.


Phillip Washington, Denver Transit Manager, to Take Over L.A. SystemOpen in a New Window

Executive replaces Art Leahy, 66, who was named March 13 to head regional commuter rail line Metrolink.


Caterpillar Is Quick on the UptakeOpen in a New Window

Cat invests in technology startup to bring new business intelligence and benchmarking to construction companies.


Excellence in Safety: Banner Estrella Medical Center AdditionOpen in a New Window

The safety plan implemented for the 279,000-sq-ft, six-story Banner Estrella hospital tower in Phoenix by McCarthy Building Cos. not only established new safety standards that are now used on all of the firm’s projects, but also contributed to zero lost-time injuries and a recordable incident rate of 0.47 during more than 850,000 worker hours.


Buildings/Transportation: San Diego Airport Green Build ExpansionOpen in a New Window

Airport expansion is green, lean and local.


Office, Mixed-Use Project: Novartis East Hanover Campus TransformationOpen in a New Window

Novartis transforms its headquarters campus in 24 months to create a world-class work environment to foster collaboration and innovation.


Renovation, Restoration: Restoration and Redevelopment of Pier AOpen in a New Window

The pier was transformed into tenant space.


Government, Public Buildings: NYC Parks Beach Restoration ModulesOpen in a New Window

The project team designed and deployed 35 steel-framed modular units to replace structures destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.


Residential, Hospitality: Streamsong ResortOpen in a New Window

Situated on an old phosphate mine, this luxury golf, spa and nature retreat was one of the most remote projects in this year’s batch of winners.


Cultural, Worship: The WallisOpen in a New Window

The 500-seat proscenium-arch theater in the heart of Beverly Hills couples modernist-style design to a historic U.S. Post Office.


Water, Environment: Tarrant Regional Water District Richland Chambers WetlandsOpen in a New Window

Using CM-at-risk approach, the team delivered the project on schedule and under budget.


Green Project: Energy Innovation LaboratoryOpen in a New Window

Idaho Falls nuclear energy lab targets LEED Gold, but achieves LEED Platinum.


Subcontractor Default Claim Lands in Sand TrapOpen in a New Window

Does Arch have sound reasons for refusing a $32-million New York beach project payout?


Don Brock, Asphalt Champion, Dies at 76Open in a New Window

Brock had a special knack of boiling down complex ideas into easy-to-understand concepts.


Don Brock, Asphalt Champion, Dies at 76Open in a New Window

Brock had a special knack of boiling down complex ideas into easy-to-understand concepts.


The Complications of Late-Contract TerminationsOpen in a New Window

Two recent terminations by state DOTs at 80% involved claims for sureties to finish the work.


Fight Over Building Heights Puts Los Angeles Construction Projects at RiskOpen in a New Window

Recent legal judgements against developers have fueled community groups to challenge additional projects.


Construction Week: CH2M Hill Wins Alaska LNG Job; Dodge Momentum Index JumpsOpen in a New Window

CSX and EPA agree on cleanup plan for train derailment.


Nashville Officials Unveil Flood PlanOpen in a New Window

Project will include $100 million in improvements.


Groundwater Salinity Rises After Okeechobee Dike FixOpen in a New Window

The saline water is likely the remnant of seawater from millions of years ago, sources say.


Small Project: Caltech KISS Tolman-Bacher CompoundOpen in a New Window

The $4.35-million project transformed a 1920s-era residence into a modern compound


Spanish-U.S.-Israeli Team Is Preferred Bidder for $1B PPP Houston Toll RoadOpen in a New Window

Team, which also includes US and Israeli participants, will seek financing for $1B Harris County project upon contract award.


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