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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:

Kiewit-Turner Sets Deal to Finish Work on VA HospitalOpen in a New Window

Under the terms of a pact whose details still must be finalized, the VA will take advice from the Corp and Kiewit-Turner will work on a cost-reimbursable basis.


Obama Plan to Restore Ties to Cuba Could Spur Equipment ExportsOpen in a New Window

Plan includes more exports of building materials for private housing.


Senate Passes Tax 'Extenders' But Not Terrorism-Insurance BillOpen in a New Window

Tax bill includes breaks for renewable energy projects and capital-goods purchases.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Antwerp Freight Tunnel Has Twin Bore Beneath the River ScheldtOpen in a New Window

Although Belgium has more than 1,000 kilometers of railroad tracks, Europe’s second largest port in Antwerp moves only 8% of its throughput by rail. To help increase train use, the country’s railroad infrastructure manager Infrabel N.V. has just completed the nation’s longest freight tunnel linking the port’s two halves on either side of the River Scheldt.


Mammoth Lock Takes Shape in BelgiumOpen in a New Window

Ship access capacity to the Antwerp’s Waasland Canal complex in Belgium will be more than doubled by construction of the world’s largest volume ship lock at the Deurganck dock. With a budget exceeding £500 million, the lock on the River Scheldt’s left bank—500 meters long, 68 m wide and 17.8 m deep—is due to start operations in spring 2016.


Maryland Firm to Pay $2M to Settle Contract Fraud AllegationsOpen in a New Window

Forrester Construction payment resolves federal criminal probe of alleged fraud on Washington, D.C., projects.


Rentals Rising in ChinaOpen in a New Window

Softening construction demand is forcing Chinese construction firms to gradually shed their traditional preference for owning equipment.


Global Practices Vary Greatly in Use of Migrant Construction WorkersOpen in a New Window

Activists are escalating concerns about global labor exploitation on big projects, such as this estimated $27-billion cultural resort getting under way in the United Arab Emirates.


Workers Strike Chinese Firms in Namibia Over Job Hazards and Benefits InequalityOpen in a New Window

Workers claim they lack social security protections and are denied transportation allowances enjoyed by their Chinese counterparts.


Saint-Gobain's Planned Acquisition of Sika Shakes Up Building Materials MarketOpen in a New Window

Acquisition roils Sika management team which says it was not informed of deal ahead of time.


Global Cost-Project Consultant Rider Levett Bucknall Won't Replace UK Division CEOOpen in a New Window

In shift, a six-person board now will lead the firm's 400-person operation in Britain; M&As change executive roles at several AEC firms


Chinese Contractor To Build Major New Rail Line in NigeriaOpen in a New Window

Chinese contractor to build new rail line in Nigeria.


Product Snapshot: Pipe-Fusion Machine and Light TowerOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a pipe-fusion machine from McElroy Manufacturing and a light tower from Terex.


How A Construction Leader Came to Be: Col. G.W. Goethals and the Panama CanalOpen in a New Window

As the Panama Canal expansion heads to the finish line, a Corps of Engineers veteran commander reflects on the project leadership example set a century ago.


Global Drilling Contractor Layne Christenson Hopeful New CEO Leads to a Better 2015Open in a New Window

Chief Michael Caliel replaces one who resigned in June, following tough second-quarter results.


MWH Engineer Expat Sues His Now Former Employer Over Family Saga in QatarOpen in a New Window

Employee challenges firm's risk-prevention steps, but an international employment attorney says the situation was tough to 'predict on the front end.'


Rising Cement Demand in East Africa Draws European ManufacturersOpen in a New Window

Despite its associated energy costs and the availability of cheap imports from China and Pakistan, demand for cement in East Africa has continued to rise. The need to increase cement production to feed the region's booming construction industry dominated discussions at a workshop meeting of East African cement producers and German cement-equipment manufacturers in Nairobi, Kenya on November 20.


Former Louis Berger CEO Pleads Guilty to Overbilling ChargeOpen in a New Window

Derish Wolff's fate has been unclear since his former company settled the potential charges against it in late 2010.


Senate Passes DOD Bill Capping Design-Build Short ListsOpen in a New Window

The president is expected to sign the bill into law.


Commercial Drone Flight Condoned, for SomeOpen in a New Window

FAA gives out five new commercial drone permits, some to construction sector companies, bringing total permits to 13.


Data Updates to U.S. Infrastructure Report-Card AppOpen in a New Window

The ASCE updates its infrastructure report card app with new data, design and success stories.


Around the World With Ron DeFeoOpen in a New Window

Five minutes with the chairman and CEO of Terex Corp.


City Scoop: HarrisburgOpen in a New Window

Data Rich Data from Dodge Data & Analytics


Nanotech Center Raises the Curtain on ResearchOpen in a New Window

University of Pennsylvania team embraces openness for high-precision laboratories that are typically hidden from view.


ENR Honors 2014 Best Projects in the MidAtlanticOpen in a New Window

Independent jury honors 29 projects in 17 categories.


Meet The JuryOpen in a New Window

ENR MidAtlantic’s Jury for Best Projects 2014


People: MidAtlanticOpen in a New Window

Updates about construction professionals in ENR’s MidAtlantic region


Tidewater Joint Use LibraryOpen in a New Window

Higher Education/Research: Award of Merit


University of Maryland Physical Sciences ComplexOpen in a New Window

Higher Education/Research: Award of Merit


William H Gross Stamp GalleryOpen in a New Window

Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Award of Merit


Dunbar Senior High SchoolOpen in a New Window

Best K-12 Education Project


Agnes Irwin School: Dining and Athletic FacilityOpen in a New Window

K-12 Education: Award of Merit


Pedestrian Mall Improvements ProjectOpen in a New Window

Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development: Award of Merit


AAMC HeadquartersOpen in a New Window

Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Developments:Award of Merit


Dahlgren Chapel, Georgetown UniversityOpen in a New Window

Best Renovation/Restoration Project


Wonder Bread BuildingOpen in a New Window

Renovation/Restoration: Award of Merit


The OronocoOpen in a New Window

Renovation/Restoration: Award of Merit


Marriott Marquis Convention Center HotelOpen in a New Window

Best Residential/Hospitality Project


Paseo VerdeOpen in a New Window

Residential/Hospitality: Award of Merit


GWU Science & Engineering HallOpen in a New Window

Specialty Contracting: Award of Merit


Pegula Ice ArenaOpen in a New Window

Best Sports/Entertainment Project


Rolls-Royce Advanced Airfoil Machining FacilityOpen in a New Window

Manufacturing: Award of Merit


Twin Vehicular Tunnels Beneath Norfolk Southern RailroadOpen in a New Window

Best Safety Project and Best Small Project (under $10 million)


Senate Approves Overhaul of Multiemployer-Pension PoliciesOpen in a New Window

Construction unions divided over measure, which allows pension plans in "critical" condition to cut members' vested benefits.


Senate Approves $1.1-Trillion FY15 Spending BillOpen in a New Window

Bill, which holds highway, Corps civil, EPA water, GSA new buildings funding at or near 2014 levels through Sept. 30, now goes to Obama for his signature.


NLRB Issues Rule to Accelerate Union ElectionsOpen in a New Window

Employer and construction industry groups plan to challenge the rule in court.


Work on Southern Gas Corridor Begins With South Caucasus Pipeline ExpansionOpen in a New Window

Construction has begun on Southern Gas Corridor


CityCenterDCOpen in a New Window

Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Development Project


1700 New York AvenueOpen in a New Window

Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Developments: Award of Merit


Boeing Center South, Chinook H-47 Focus Factory Conversion ProgramOpen in a New Window

Best Manufacturing Project


David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations CenterOpen in a New Window

Airports/Transit: Award of Merit


Washington Monument Earthquake Repair ProjectOpen in a New Window

Safety: Award of Merit; Best Cultural/Worship Project


Asymmetric Warfare Group Training ComplexOpen in a New Window

Best Government/Public Building Project


J & L Tunnel Design-Build Roof ReconstructionOpen in a New Window

Safety: Award of Merit; Small Projects (Under $10 Million): Award of Merit


University of Virginia, Alderman Road Residence Halls, Phases II, III and IVOpen in a New Window

Safety: Award of Merit


Tidewater Community College New Student CenterOpen in a New Window

Higher Education/Research: Award of Merit


Bloom Energy's Red Lion CenterOpen in a New Window

Best Energy/Industrial Project


PinnacleHealth West Shore HospitalOpen in a New Window

Health Care: Award of Merit


Federal Ruling Halts Construction of Massive VA Hospital near DenverOpen in a New Window

Ruling says veterans' agency design is not buildable for Kiewit-Turner joint venture and contract is breached; shutdown threatens 1,400 jobs.


Center for the Arts at Virginia TechOpen in a New Window

Higher Education/Research: Award of Merit


Fixed Crossing Under Way on Atlantic CoastOpen in a New Window

A 1,050-m-long third crossing over the Panama Canal has a 530-m-long main span that will be the longest in the world for a four-lane concrete cable-stayed structure when completed in 2016.


$5.25-Billion Panama Canal Expansion Program Moves Into the Final LegOpen in a New Window

Contractor prepares to install the ‘brain’ and ‘nervous system’ that will allow the gates to move and the locks to be flooded.


Keystone Backers Patient, Awaiting Action From New CongressOpen in a New Window

Backers expect the new Republican majority to approve the final segment of an $8-billion pipeline segment from Alberta through a connection in Nebraska.


Canal Lockmaster's House To Be Restored on National MallOpen in a New Window

A project to rescue a dilapidated, 178-year-old house on the edge of Washington, D.C.'s National Mall won a $1-million grant on Dec. 9 from American Express.


Construction Week: Dodge Starts Recede 4% in Oct.; Miami Wastewater Program AdvancesOpen in a New Window

Former Bechtel executive pleads guilty to kickback scheme.


Construction Players and Health Regulatory Agency Pilot Real-Time Paperless Plan ReviewOpen in a New Window

OSHPD pilots real-time digital plan review on two Sutter Health hospital projects totaling $2.7billion.


Gatlinburg, Tenn., Veolia Dropped From 2011 Treatment Plant Fatality LawsuitOpen in a New Window

Families of twoworkers killed in wastewater treatment plant wall collapse seek $17 million in damages foreach victim.


Autodesk Expands Offer of Free Design Software for Education WorldwideOpen in a New Window

Annual gathering of software users at Autodesk University brings promises of offerings to improve collaboration, fabrication and production, as well as workforce development in the coming year


Autodesk Leaders Expound About Future Thinking for Designing And MakingOpen in a New Window

Leaders of design software vendor Autodesk talk about forming, holding and acting on future-thinking to guide product development.


House-Passed Tax 'Extenders' Bill Aids Multiemployer Pension Plans, Renewable EnergyOpen in a New Window

Measure has one-year extension for provisions affecting ailing multiemployer plans.


Tricky 150 N. Riverside Site Inspires Riverside OperationsOpen in a New Window

$500-million development along the Chicago River is hemmed in on all sides, has no lay down or storage area and is slowed by active railroad tracks slicing through it.


At Bauma China, Soggy Times for MachineryOpen in a New Window

As rains soaked last month's exhibition, uncertainty hovered over global equipment markets.


GAO Study Finds Little State and Federal Environmental Review Clash on Highway JobsOpen in a New Window

Only four of 18 states duplicated US rules, says the report.


NBBJ Turns to Former Corbis Images Exec Juli Cook as Next COOOpen in a New Window

Digital content firm veteran also held management roles at Sotheby's; also featured, Beavers cite four for construction achievement.


African-American Builder Herman Russell, 83, Was Industry Success StoryOpen in a New Window

Contractor honed a construction empire in Atlanta and nationally through perseverence and effective networking.


Global Desalination Firm IDE Technologies Seeks To Shed Israeli OwnershipOpen in a New Window

Company takes steps to boost market potential in booming Middle East region.


Product Snapshot: Bauma China ShowcaseOpen in a New Window

This week we look at some of the new machines on display at Bauma China 2015.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Supertower Architect Paul Katz Dies at Age 57Open in a New Window

President of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, he worked on some of the world’s tallest buildings


Ex-Bechtel VP Pleads Guilty to Federal Kickback ChargesOpen in a New Window

Former manager of Bechtel joint venture with Egyptian electric-power company admits taking $5.2 million in kickbacks, DOJ says.


House OKs Bill to Limit DOD Design-Build Short ListsOpen in a New Window

The measure, which also bars DOD design-build reverse auctions, moves to the Senate, where it is expected to pass soon.


Construction Nov. Jobless Rate Up, But Workforce Grows by 20,000Open in a New Window

Industry adds 20,000 jobs in November, led mostly by gains in residential sector.


Chinese Producers Hope 2015 Brings Better TimesOpen in a New Window

Five Minutes with Su ZiMeng, Secretary General of the China Construction Machinery Association.


As Hydropower Grows in China, So Does Seismic ThreatOpen in a New Window

Two earthquakes this year that struck China’s southwest Yunnan province are stirring up concerns that the seismic zone may be becoming more active.


Massachusetts DOT Agrees to Pay Contractor's Big Dig Claim After 15-Year BattleOpen in a New Window

End of dispute over added cost for unforeseen site conditions and design changes will result in $88-million payment to Tutor Perini-Kiewit-Cashman joint venture.


UK's Balfour Beatty Is Set to Sell P3 AssetsOpen in a New Window

Contractor aims to boost bottom-line value in shedding UK and US privatized military housing and highway holdings


Obama's Immigration Actions May Complicate I-9 Form AuditsOpen in a New Window

If enforcement actions against employers involving form I-9 increased under the Obama Administration's new planned executive actions, employer compliance could become more complicated and risky.


Pulse: Project News From DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, and bid proposals from Dodge.


Turner Rolls Out Early Payment Program for SubcontractorsOpen in a New Window

Developed with Textura, contractors may now opt for accelerated payments in exchange for a small fee to improve cash flow.


Maryland Asks High Court To Overturn Ruling It Says Impedes Its Power-Supply ManagementOpen in a New Window

State disagrees with appellate court decision that requires utilities there to support new 725-MW power plant


ThyssenKrupp Developing Cable-Free, Maglev Elevator SystemOpen in a New Window

ThyssenKrupp's new elevator system will be able to travel horizontally as well as vertically.


High Court Hears Arguments in Agency Authority CaseOpen in a New Window

Case examines extent of government's authority to issue rules without public input.


Product Snapshot: Skid-Steer Loader and Crane Outrigger PadsOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a skid-steer loader from Bobcat and a crane outrigger pad transport system from DICA.


Developers Find Fault as CGS Releases L.A. Seismic MapsOpen in a New Window

The final maps create off-limits zones for new construction, and as an alternative could drive owners to retrofit existing buildings.


Israel Relaxes Quotas on Palestinian Construction WorkersOpen in a New Window

Government also restores freer flow of materials to Gaza Strip to rebuild facilities damaged in summer hostilities.


Linked Amec Foster Wheeler Now is $8 Billion Oil and Gas Sector PlayerOpen in a New Window

UK-based megafirm realigins executives as it views new global potential


Speakers Upbeat About Future at ENR’s Western Water SummitOpen in a New Window

Despite historic drought, utilities and engineering firms finding solution to meet future demands.


EPA Proposes To Tighten Smog StandardOpen in a New Window

Proposal to cut ground-level ozone limit to 65 or 70 ppb, from 75, draws environmentalists' praise and industry criticism.


Why Nuclear Plants Need Data-Centric Configuration ManagementOpen in a New Window

Even as other process industries realize significant benefits when they move from primarily document-centric asset management systems to data-centric systems, the nuclear power industry has yet to make the change. At least one study suggests it is time to do so.


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