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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:

Jurisdictional Dispute: Which Trade Installs Solar Panels?Open in a New Window

An argument broke out over installation at a San Mateo, Calif. school project despite a union project labor agreement.


U.S. DOT Clears $1.3B TIFIA Loan for Dulles Rail LineOpen in a New Window

Loan will help finance 11.4-mi. extension of recently opened Silver Line in northern Virginia.


Uncivil Engineering? Landmark Study Explores What Pushes Women to Leave the FieldOpen in a New Window

National Science Foundation-funded analysis by University of Wisconsin organizational behavior researchers cites cultural barriers that are not just womens' issues.


Walsh Construction Crew Rescues Kayakers In DangerOpen in a New Window

Two people are pulled from rushing waters in a coordinated effort.


As Expansion Continues, Panama Canal Turns 100Open in a New Window

$5.2-billion expansion runs late, but 100 years can't be stopped.


Trimble Steps Into Facilities Management With Manhattan Software AcquisitionOpen in a New Window

Expanding its applications for spatial modeling past the construction phase of the building lifecycle, Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., announced August 19 that it will acquire London-based Manhattan Software, a maker of facilities-management and real-estate-management software.


The Skeptical Approach to Innovative ProductsOpen in a New Window

How can you spot ‘innovations’ which are best avoided when you don’t have depth in a particular field? The following are a series of questions you can ask quickly and easily with the help of Google.


Pulse : Global Project News From Dodge InternaitonalOpen in a New Window

Project bids, propsals awards and contracts from McGraw Hill Construction Dodge International.


U.S., Private Sector Commit Billions to African Electric PowerOpen in a New Window

Leaders from Africa and U.S. meet in Washington to discuss plan for expanding power to more African businesses and homes.


Rosatom Nuclear Construction Portfolio Threatened by Sanctions Against RussiaOpen in a New Window

“The packages Rosatom can put together the ones in Finland and Hungary are hard for commercial vendors to rival because Rosatom has such strong financial backing from the federal government,” says Edward Kee, analyst for National Economic Research Associates.


Bored of the Rings: Alice Goes Underground In New ZealandOpen in a New Window

$1.2-billion project features a unique independent culvert gantry system.


Diverse Interests Hail $7.5-Billion Calif. Water Bond MeasureOpen in a New Window

Construction officials say measure has broad support in the state.


New Blooms for China's Latin America Construction RomanceOpen in a New Window

Latin American countries play host to China's construction ambitions.


Douglas G. Price, 87, Led Australian Designer Formed from ’60s-Era Hydropower MegaprojectOpen in a New Window

The first CEO of Melbourne-based Snowy Mountains Engineering Co. (SMEC), died on July 10.


Mount Polley Dam Failure Raises Bar for Pebble Mine BackersOpen in a New Window

Pebble Mine would be 10 times bigger than Mount Polley, with proportionately larger tailings impoundments.


Construction Firms Struggle To Mitigate CounterfeitsOpen in a New Window

Large-scale projects are victims of fake goods, but few firms have taken steps to mitigate the threat.


Canadians Evaluating Damages From Massive Tailings Pond FailureOpen in a New Window

Imperial Mines has set aside $100 million in bonds to cover cleanup costs and ceased operations at the Mount Polley mine.


Product Snapshot: Wheel Excavator and Folding Auto-Load KnifeOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a wheeled excavator from Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas and an auto-loading folding knife from DeWalt.


U.S. Green Building Council and HOK Create Model for Sustainable Building in HaitiOpen in a New Window

U.S. Green Building Council and HOK design children's center as a model for sustainable buildings in post-earthquake Haiti.


Record-Setting Viaduct Nears Completion in SpainOpen in a New Window

The project is part of the high-speed Madrid-Extremadura railway line linking Madrid to the sea ports of Portugal, one of several public works projects that constituted a massive infrastructure overhaul initiated in Spain 25 years ago.


BL Harbert Picked for $153.5M U.S. Embassy Job in JordanOpen in a New Window

State Dept. also selects SOM to design embassy complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Ennead Architects to design embassy in Ankara.


The Top 100 Green Buildings ContractorsOpen in a New Window

Changes in LEED standards will give contractors more responsibilities


Dodge Momentum Index falls 4.4% in July.Open in a New Window

But figure is still 16.5% higher than a year ago.


Lessons from a Bid Protest in New OrleansOpen in a New Window

Bid protests, despite the costs and delays they can impose, help to correct flawed selections, as the recent competition for a New Orleans airport terminal showed.


Pulse: Project Tips From McGraw Hill Construction DodgeOpen in a New Window

Pulse for ENR August 18, 2014 issue.


The Nature Conservancy: Finding a Sustainable Bottom Line in NatureOpen in a New Window

Wise Water Resource Development Seen As Economic Driver


Commerce, AIA Plan November Trade Mission to MideastOpen in a New Window

Trip includes stops in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which have huge plans for new buildings of many types.


VA Overhaul Includes Some Funds to Upgrade FacilitiesOpen in a New Window

The measure provides $16 billion to add staff and upgrade infrastructure.


Protesters Target EPA Proposal on Powerplant Carbon EmissionsOpen in a New Window

Twelve states file lawsuit challenging the draft rule.


Product Snapshot: Dewatering Pump and Anti-Vibration HammerOpen in a New Window

This week we look at some dewatering pumps from Atlas Copco and anti-vibration hammers from Stanley.


Top Green Design FirmsOpen in a New Window

Sustainable design pushes the boundaries.


BIM Management Platform Unifi Does Desktop Search in the CloudOpen in a New Window

A new cloud-based building information modeling management service runs Google-like algorithms to search digital assets.


Revenue Rebounds for the 2014 Top 200 Environmental FirmsOpen in a New Window

Stronger global needs and the accelerating energy sector help environmental services companies recover from last year’s list downturn.


Niche Products Emerge to Reduce Bird DeathsOpen in a New Window

Many window products on the market claim to reduce bird collisions, but only a few try to preserve the clear-glass appearance.


Bird Stewards Rally Forces Against Killer FacadesOpen in a New Window

Tests beginning to develop bird-friendly glass standard after Minnesota nixes call for fritted glass on stadium under construction in Minneapolis.


Lawsuit Cites Tilt-Wall Connection That Failed in Joplin, Mo., TwisterOpen in a New Window

Eight people died when Joplin, Mo., roof collapsed in 2011 tornado.


Toledo Drinking Water Crisis Draws Attention to National IssueOpen in a New Window

Water crisis in Toledo puts spotlight on a national problem.


CII Identifies Attributes Most Related to Project SuccessOpen in a New Window

Working relationships and team dynamics have emerged as the leading variables affecting the cost and schedule of industrial project, research shows.


Weeks Marine Finds Green NicheOpen in a New Window

Marine contractor is finding new opportunities onshore in coastal resiliency building and offshore in clean energy.


Three National Contractors Leave Creditors and Employees Stranded in LiquidationsOpen in a New Window

Observers worry about trends set in Chapter 7 filings of Lakeshore Toltest, Truland Group and Lamar Construction


Skanska CEO Change Announced; 360 Architecture Senior Principals To Join HOK in Buyout PlanOpen in a New Window

HDR elevates Laurie Roden to president and chief operating officer of its construction subsidiary.


Human Error Caused Superstorm Sandy Crane Failure, Expert SaysOpen in a New Window

New book on crane accidents says workers tied down the Sandy crane, preventing it from weathervaning.


Synthetic Hoist Rope Is 80% Lighter Than SteelOpen in a New Window

Manitowoc has teamed with Samson Rope to create the first-ever synthetic hoist rope for mobile cranes.


Ebola Halts Some Construction Projects in West AfricaOpen in a New Window

Some expats are evacuated from affected countries, but most owners and contractors are boosting safety procedures and monitoring the vitus's spread.


Arcadis Mum on Decision to Counter Japanese Offer For UK Consultant HyderOpen in a New Window

Balfour Beatty, meanwhile, rejects second offer from U.K. peer Carillion to pursue acquisition talks.


Jacobs-Led Group To Manage Design of New Chesapeake Bay TunnelOpen in a New Window

Planned design-build crossing parallel to existing Virginia tunnel follows an unsuccessful P3 proposal.


Tesla Inches Closer To Selecting Site for 'Gigafactory'Open in a New Window

Tesla inched closer to selecting a site outside of Reno, Nev., for its $4 to $5 billion factory to produce lithium batteries for electric vehicles on Thursday, confirming a 600-acre site has undergone some pre-construction work, but fell short of committing to the site over unidentified candidates in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.


PG&E Faces New Criminal Charges for San Bruno Pipeline FireOpen in a New Window

New criminal charges filed against a California utility over the 2010 San Bruno pipeline fire could add $1.5 billion in fines.


Development Dollars Help Skanska SoarOpen in a New Window

By investing in commercial and infrastructure development, ENR MidAtlantic's Contractor of the Year has significantly enhanced its presence in the region.


Life in the Express Lanes on the D.C. Area I-95 ProjectOpen in a New Window

Expedited construction aims to improve traffic flow through one of metropolitan Washington’s most congested corridors.


City Scoop: RichmondOpen in a New Window

Rich data about the Richmond market from McGraw Hill Research & Analytics


People: MidAtlanticOpen in a New Window

Updates about construction professionals in the mid-Atlantic region.


Top Contractors Realize Gradual Revenue GainsOpen in a New Window

Although some market sectors, like multi-unit residential, are improving, most contractors see total revenues below precession levels.


Alternative Wind Turbine Technology Makes Big ClaimsOpen in a New Window

A non-traditional wind turbine company claims its ducted wind turbine system harnesses six times the energy of traditional wind turbines.


Amid Controversy, Rail Projects Move Forward in Virginia, MarylandOpen in a New Window

As Virginia's Silver Line hits second phase, Maryland's Purple Line faces foes.


Broken Water Line Required Complex Triage in L.A.Open in a New Window

As crews work to repair damage from the flood, some speculate that the city's aging water infrastructure could lead to more problems in the future.


Israeli Contractor Teams With New York CM on Brooklyn Warehouse Condo RehabOpen in a New Window

The $33-million renovation in the city's Dumbo historic district, would be the first U.S. joint venture for Israel's Danya Cebus Construction; firm is partnered with Manhattan-based Hudson Meridian Construction.


Controversial Individual Surety Files for Bankruptcy ProtectionOpen in a New Window

Edmund C. Scarborough's bankruptcy filing provides a snapshot of his financial dealings, amounts owed to creditors and his personal property.


Pulse: Project News From McGraw-Hill Construction's DodgeOpen in a New Window

Bids, contracts awards and proposals from McGraw Hill Construction's Dodge.


Creating Our LegacyOpen in a New Window

If we don’t keep pushing the envelope and advancing the conversation, in 30 years BIM will be our ONLY innovation.


Beleaguered $4.9B Atlantic Yards Sports Village Renamed 'Pacific Park Brooklyn'Open in a New Window

22-Acre Atlantic Yards Renamed Pacific Park Brooklyn


Cambridge, Mass., Joins the Ranks of Cities Requiring Building Energy-Use DisclosureOpen in a New Window

Cambridge, Mass., adopts building energy use disclosure law.


Bay Area Cities To Spend $1.5 Billion for Sewer UpgradesOpen in a New Window

Upgrades to sewer systems will prevent discharges of raw sewage into San Francisco Bay.


Ready-Mix-Concrete Expert and Advocate Richard Gaynor, 83, Dies in JulyOpen in a New Window

Ready-mix trade group executive was often tapped for expert opinion on concrete technical issues.


EPA Deputy Chief Bob Perciasepe Departs Agency To Lead Climate-Change Think TankOpen in a New Window

Bechtel elevates Brendan Bechtel to president and COO, fifth generation of the family to move into the C-suite


Chicago Landmark Architect Donald Carlson Dead at 84Open in a New Window

Detailed-oriented designer had key design roles on original McCormick Place convention center and O'Hare International Airport


'Purple Line' Bidders Accuse L.A. Metro of Flawed Evaluation ProcessOpen in a New Window

Some bidders say price was not properly evaluated in L.A. Metro's best-value contract for the $1.6-billion Westside Purple Line extension project.


U.S. Charges Steel Erector With Fraud on World Trade Center WorkOpen in a New Window

The charges against Larry Davis, owner of DCM Erectors, revolve around the use of an MBE and WBE on the tower and train station.


Senate Approves House's $10.8B Trust-Fund PatchOpen in a New Window

Action sends bill to President Obama for his expected signature, averting a slowdown in federal highway aid.


Product Snapshot: Safety Glasses and Natural-Gas-Powered TrucksOpen in a New Window

This week we look at some safety glasses from Gateway Safety and CNG and LNG engine options from Freightliner Trucks.


Construction Jobless Rate Dips Again in July, Industry Adds 22K JobsOpen in a New Window

Specialty trade contractors sector led the July jobs gains, adding 13,900.


Pennsylvania Utility Proposes 725-Mile Transmission Line for Shale-Gas PowerOpen in a New Window

PPL's line, set to extend to New Jersey and New York and into Maryland, could involve $4 to $6 billion in constuction.


Obama Directs Federal Contractors To List Labor ViolationsOpen in a New Window

Worker advocates praise action, but contractor groups threaten legal and legislative challenges.


A New Big UK Purchase Deal Proceeds as Another EndsOpen in a New Window

Design firm Hyder Consulting is sold to Dutch-based ARCADIS, but contractors Balfour Beatty and Carillion end just-announced merger talks


New Technology Installed To Improve Nuclear-Facility SafetyOpen in a New Window

New Spent Fuel Pool instrumentation systems—that meet post-Fukushima standards—installed in US nuclear facilities.


Contractors Groups Praise New U.S. Job Training LawOpen in a New Window

Law will make it easier for more union, and non-union, employers to create and participate in craft apprenticeship programs.


Collapse of Contractor Lakeshore TolTest Corp. Leaves a Messy TrailOpen in a New Window

Firm that had more than half a billion in global work now faces legal action from thousands of creditors, former executives and the U.S. Justice Dept.


Crash Lawsuit Seeks to Blame Runway ContractorOpen in a New Window

Insurer Old Republic sues contractor over Macon airport runway despite probe that ruled that pilot was coming in for landing too fast.


White House Report Urges Climate-Change Action, Projects Rising CostOpen in a New Window

A new report from the White House's Council of Economic Advisers projects an increase in the cost to mitigate climate change if no action is taken.


Nigeria and Tanzania Moving Forward with Fertilizer ProjectsOpen in a New Window

Nigeria and Tanzania hope to capitalize on abundance of natural gas with new fertilizer plants.


Tanzania Won't Build Highway Through National ParkOpen in a New Window

The project has been permanently blocked, but Tanzanian government says highway program will not be abandoned.


Lebanese Firm Overcomes Bid Protest Over $490-Million Pipeline in KenyaOpen in a New Window

The 450-kilometer, 20-in.-dia pipeline will link East Africa's trade gateway of Mombasa to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.


Looking To Reverse Recent Trend, India Unveils 2014-15 BudgetOpen in a New Window

The budget has set determined goals with allocation for 8,500 km of roads, 16 new ports, 100 smart cities and industrial corridors


California Clears Path for Funding To Get High-Speed Rail Back on TrackOpen in a New Window

Industrial polluters will help underwrite a 20-year funding commitment to pay for an ambitious high-speed rail system.


The 10 Longest Urban Metro Transit Systems in the WorldOpen in a New Window

See a slide show of design and construction highlights of major urban rail networks.


Manitowoc Gains Edge in Sany Patent CaseOpen in a New Window

The U.S. International Trade Commission made an initial ruling that Sany violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act by infringing on one of Manitowoc's crawler-crane patents and misappropriating trade secrets.


Big South Africa Workers' Strike Settlement Ends Month of Construction Sector DisruptionOpen in a New Window

Walkout over wages and terms by 200,000 manufacturing workers had halted materials shipments to key power plant sites.


AECOM Announces Deal To Buy Hunt ConstructionOpen in a New Window

No price to buy privately-held Hunt was disclosed, but industry sources say it is an estimated $100-million transaction.


Pulse: Project News From McGraw-Hill Construction's DodgeOpen in a New Window

Contracts, awards, bids and proposals from Dodge.


Product Snapshot: Breaker Attachments and Crimp ToolOpen in a New Window

This week we look at a new hydraulic breaker attachment from Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas and a crimp tool from Platinum Tools.


Israeli-Palestinian Tension Takes Toll on Regional Infrastructure and Construction SectorsOpen in a New Window

Israeli shelling knocks out Gaza's only power plant, while an Israeli security firm proposes a 70-km border tunnel with high-tech sensors to detect Hamas infiltration.


Vermont PSB Halts Natural-Gas Line Pending Utility's Soil Management PlanOpen in a New Window

Some 50 pipeline opponents held a “fish-in” outside the Vermont Public Service Board in Montpelier to protest alleged bait-and-switch tactics.


Obituary: Norberto Odebrecht, 93, Made His Last Name a Brazilian InstitutionOpen in a New Window

The founder (seated right) of what became global contracting and industrial giant Odebrecht S.A. was a dedicated philanthropist in Brazil but faced recent controversy in building its soccer World Cup facilities.


Planned Projects Could Add 1.6 Million Barrels Per Day to Africa's Refining CapacityOpen in a New Window

Contracts for billions of facilities in Nigeria, Uganda, Algeria, South Africa have been awarded


Truland Group Units File For Bankruptcy ProtectionOpen in a New Window

The country's 10th largest electrical contractor shuts down, files for protection from creditors and strands projects and workers.


UK Contractors Balfour Beatty and Carillion Are in Merger TalksOpen in a New Window

The firms would have to decide whether to link by Aug. 21.


White House Unveils $10B Rural Infrastructure FundOpen in a New Window

New fund aims to help finance projects in water, wastewater-treatment, electricity generation and transmission sectors.


'Extreme' Attention to Artwork on Harvard Museum ProjectOpen in a New Window

As Harvard University’s estimated $350-million renovation and expansion of its art museums nears completion, construction project teams are breathing easy after some complex maneuvers.


Report Says Unified Approach Needed To Prepare for Coastal DisastersOpen in a New Window

National Research Council study calls for proactive approach to coastal disaster protection.


Letter to the Editor: Design-Build vs. AWPOpen in a New Window

A writer questions why ENR's story on Advance Work Packaging didn't mention Design-Build.


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