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MD Bay Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking bids for painting the William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge over the Chesapeake Bay.


DBE Fraud Dogs Federal Projects

Subcontractors willing to peddle their certified "disadvantaged" status to general contractors in exchange for fat public contracts are the targets of several new federal enforcement cases.


Engineer Admits to $700K Bridge Scheme

He stood to make $325,000 in bribes, but now a suspended New Jersey senior engineer faces jail time after admitting that he tried to fraudulently inflate a state-funded bridge repair project...


Bidding Open on 2MG Oregon Water Tank

Contractors have until Jan. 28 to bid on interior and exterior cleaning and coating work on a 2-million-gallon welded steel, ground-level water storage reservoir in Veneta, OR.


Paving Contractor Guilty in Briberies

A politically connected asphalt contractor in New Mexico is contemplating years in prison after his conviction on 27 counts of bribery and fraud involvng $7 million in road contracts.


Plum Job: $23M Bridge Painting Let

They may have grape expectations now, but crews of a Florida industrial painting contractor will probably be dreaming in purple by the time they complete their next big project.


Contractor Guilty in Army Plant Fraud

The construction supervisor, a Coast Guard veteran discharged for sleepwalking, spun tales of black ops, FBI connections, and secret Senate payrolls.


Bids Sought for Bridge over Hudson River

The New York State Thruway Authority is seeking bids for painting and steel repair on the historic Castleton Bridge over the Hudson River.


DBE Owner Cops to Conspiracy Scheme

A Pennsylvania subcontractor has admitted peddling his company as a DBE-certified front for 13 subcontracts on federally funded projects over a two-year period.


Grand Jury Calls MWBE Fraud Rampant

Government contracting programs set aside for firms run by women and non-whites are riddled with criminal conduct that has diverted millions of dollars over many years, a New York grand jury...


$546K Tank Contract Awarded

A Georgia general contractor has been awarded a $546,300 contract for tank and tower cleaning and coating work in Clermont, FL.


WVDOT Announces 3 Bridge Contracts

Three bridge contracts, two for coating and one for rehabilitation, totaling $5.8 million have been awarded by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.


DOT Hit on Contractor Suspension Data

The U.S. Department of Transportation is doing a poor job of managing its system for banned contractors, putting the entire government at risk of contracting with dishonest parties, a new au...


Painting Delay Costs $85K and Counting

Weeks of delays in bridge painting work have already cost a Michigan contractor $85,800, and the tab is growing with each day the work isn't completed.


Delaware Bridge Painting Out for Bid

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) is inviting bids for cleaning and coating the suspended span steel towers on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.


Bids Sought for 2 FL Water Towers

Bids are being accepted for cleaning, coating and repair work on two water storage towers in Clermont, FL.


Bids Sought for Vessel Repairs

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is seeking contractors to repair the M.V. Del Norte Ferry in San Francisco, CA.


$28M Awarded for PA Bridge Painting

A $28 million contract for cleaning, painting and restoring a Pittsburgh bridge has been awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


U.S. Bridge, Highway Contracts Slump

State and local government awards for highway and bridge work have declined by nearly 14 percent in the first half of 2014, compared with the same period last year, a new analysis shows.


Catfish Stall Bridge Replacement Work

Work on a $5.8 million bridge project in Oklahoma has come to a standstill after a change in the bridge's design raised concern with federal officials.


High-Stakes Decision is No Simple Call

Choosing a project delivery system for bridge or tunnel construction can be a multimillion-dollar decision. So which one is best?


USACE Seeks Bids for $10M Dam Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking contractors to clean and paint tainter gates at the Bull Shoals Dam Powerhouse on the White River in Baxter County, AR.


U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

Federal contractors will have to own up to a wide range of labor law violations before receiving future work with the government, under a new order issued by the White House.


Rejected NY Painting Contract Back On

A $4.7 million bridge painting contract rejected by New York State officials is back on, after the Department of Transportation said an independent monitor would watch over the contractor's ...


$7M Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The Alabama Department of Transportation is seeking bids for the rehabilitation, cleaning, and recoating of the historic O’Neal Bridge.


Contractor Settles Fraud Case for $12M

A Chicago construction company will pay $12 million to resolve a former project manager’s complaints that it falsified disadvantaged business requirements on several public projects.


$500K Paid for Unwanted Bridge Designs

A famous architect was paid a half-million dollars for unsolicited design ideas for two large bridge projects, a new report says.


$28M Awarded for Bridge Painting

A $28,638,941 contract has been awarded to Certified Coatings Co. of Fairfield, CA, for cleaning and painting operations on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the California Department of Trans...


Rogue Barges to Cost Team $1M Monthly

One. Two. Three strikes, you’re out—out a million bucks a month, that is. That’s the warning to a construction team on a New York bridge project after its construction barges broke loose on ...


Texas Water Tank Contract Awarded

N.G. Painting LP, of Kerrville, TX, will paint and repair an 8.5 million gallon water storage tank in Cedar Hill, TX, the Trinity River Authority of Texas announced.


Fashioning a Fix for Medieval Bridge

Bridges are the new black in Italy, where fashion-funded infrastructure projects are becoming a more common, if not controversial, way to boost cash-strapped public funds.


NY Shuts Down Bridge Painting Contract

New York State officials have rejected a $4.7 million contract to paint 13 bridges, citing “serious concerns” about the state transportation agency's chosen contractor.


Public Voting on New Bridge Color

The 46-year-old Jimmie Davis Bridge is due for a new paint job, and the choice of hue has been put to Louisiana's citizens.


$3M+ Dam Project Open for Bidding

The City of Tacoma, WA, is accepting bids for cleaning and coating penstocks, vent stacks and spillway gates—a project estimated at more than $3 million.


Bids Sought for 5 Florida Tanks

The City of St. Petersburg, FL, is seeking bids for the cleaning, repair, and recoating of four existing elevated water storage tanks and one surge tank.


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

A construction company will pay over $2 million to settle allegations that it skimped on the amount of concrete and asphalt used in paving projects around Philadelphia, then overbilled for t...


$22M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

A $21,874,935 contract for the second phase of painting on the Huey P. Long Bridge has been awarded to Abhe and Svoboda of Prior Lake, MN, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Deve...


Now, a Crew You Could Take Home to Mom

No caffeine, no nicotine and no swearing. New Year’s resolutions? Maybe, but they are also the ground rules for construction workers building a new Mormon temple in Philadelphia.


Bids Invited for 5.5-Mile CA Bridge

Estimated at almost $50 million, the California Department of Transportation is seeking bids for the painting of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.


Bids Requested for GA Tank Painting

Athens-Clarke County (GA) officials are soliciting bids for cleaning and recoating the elevated city water tank in Athens, GA.


Low Bidders Sue MnDOT over Award

The losing bidders for a $100 million interstate highway construction project in Minnesota have asked the state's Court of Appeals to review the bidding process for the award, which went to ...


Bids Open for Dam Refurbishment

The Toledo Bend Project Joint Operation is soliciting bids for the refurbishment of four tainter gates at the Toledo Bend Dam.


KY Signs Safety Plan with Bridge GC

Kentucky officials have announced an agreement with general contractor Walsh Construction Co. to step up worker safety on the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, but Indiana—Kentucky's ...


Bids Invited for $5M+ Bridge Painting

The Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking contractors with SSPC-QP 1 and QP 2 certification to clean and paint the Francis Scott Key Bridge over Curtis Bay in Baltimore, MD.


Bids Sought for Water Tower Painting

The City of Winter Haven, FL, is seeking proposals from contractors to clean, blast and recoat a 150,000-gallon elevated water storage tank.


Painter Dispute Wipes Smile From Tower

An unfinished paint job has erased the beloved signature smile from the water tower of a New Jersey Shore town and plastered a big, fat frown on the faces of its 895 residents.


$4.7M Awarded for PA Bridge Rehab

A Pennsylvania painting contractor has received a $4.7 million contract to rehabilitate the 81-year-old Citizens Bridge in Kittanning, PA.


Corruption to Cost Engineering Firm $1M

A once-powerful, now-ruined New Jersey engineering firm with a major portfolio of public and commercial projects will pay $1 million to settle criminal charges that it illegally funneled hun...


Bids Invited for Water Tank Contract

The City of Ludington, MI, is accepting bids for a full-service, 10-year tank maintenance and asset program for the Brye Road water storage tank.


Contractors Indicted in 10-Year Fraud

A North Carolina construction company and five individuals have been charged in a massive fraud that allegedly used bogus small-business and disadvantaged-business designations to obtain mor...


Bidding Challenges Focus of New Bills

Two new bills target the barriers that small businesses face in bidding for government contracts.


Yoda Seized in Contractor Fraud

The force was strong with California officials when they nabbed a contractor who pocketed close to $2 million dollars after defrauding the California Department of Transportation.


Power Plant Tank Coating Up for Bid

Bids are invited to clean and recoat two fuel tanks once used for experimental nuclear power, the Nebraska Public Power District has announced.


Bredero Shaw Snags $30M Pipe Deal

ShawCor Ltd. has announced a $30 million contract between its pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, and Statoil Norway to provide coatings for the Edvard Grieg Oil and Utsira High Gas pipelin...


Mega-Bridge Picks Main Coating Supplier

Designed to last 120 years, a monstrous bridge project in China recently announced the coatings supplier for the main portion of work.


Milwaukee Awards $8.6M Bridge Rehab

The City of Milwaukee, WI, has awarded an $8,682,616 contract to Zenith Tech of Waukesha, WI,to rehabilitate the St. Paul Avenue lift bridge over the Milwaukee River.


Navy Engineer Admits $20M Fraud

A former Navy engineer has pleaded guilty to defrauding the U.S. government of up to $20 million over a 12-year period by billing the Navy for work that was never performed.


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

Construction disputes around the world are taking longer and longer to resolve, with increasing project complexity and multinational projects complicating resolutions, a new study reports.


Worms Make $3M Meal of Bridge

Worms are the likely culprits behind $3 million worth of damage that will likely delay a coastal bridge project in southern California by a year.


WA Dam Gate Painting Up for Bid

Industrial painting bids are now being accepted for coating and related work on the Lake Chelan Dam in central Washington.


Historic Bridge Projects Get $3B Boost

Three major bridge projects connecting Staten Island and New Jersey have taken a $3 billion step forward, juiced by new funding approvals from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


$17.5M Ship Museum Work Awarded

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has awarded a $17.5 million contract to Taylor Brothers Marine Construction Co., of Wilmington, NC, for upkeep of the Battleship USS Texas.


‘Pay to Play’ Charges Threaten Projects

The future of some public-works and other major construction projects in the Northeastern U.S. is uncertain following the indictment of a New Jersey engineering firm and seven executives in ...


Project Overruns Laid to Contractors

The general contractor’s “unreasonable” direction of subcontractors on an Air Force repaving project in Guam led to delays that will cost the parties millions of dollars, a federal judge has...


NYC Invites Bridge Inspection Bids

New York City’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is requesting expressions of interest for construction administration and inspection services for repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Brid...


Coating Allegedly Ruined $40M Deal

Shipping container manufacturer Sea Box Inc. has filed suit against the Valspar Corp., accusing the coating maker of supplying defective paint for a $40 million container coating project for...


Driller Pleads Guilty in Gulf Disaster

The world's largest offshore drilling company will pay $400 million in fines and penalties stemming from crimes in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 workers, under an agreem...


Paint BidTracker Celebrates Milestone

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Paint BidTracker marked its 10th anniversary with an afternoon gala at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.


The Price of Ambiguity: $52M

SAN ANTONIO—A picture may be worth a thousand words, but one squishy word in a contract could trigger a bill that could break your company.


$17.6M ‘Big Mac’ Painting Contract Let

Atsalis Bros. Painting Co. has won a contract valued at $17.6 million to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge.


Final Sentence Ends OH Painting Scandal

After spending six years in his native Greece to kick a cocaine addiction, a bridge painter has finally been sentenced in the United States, ending a massive Ohio bribery scam that dates bac...


MD Rebidding $10+M Nice Bridge Project

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept bids Nov. 20 for repairs, cleaning and painting on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge—a contract now valued at $10 million to $15 million.


SC Painter Awarded Historic Project

South Carolina’s Civil War-era Hunting Island Lighthouse will soon be getting an interior facelift.


Federal Contractors Feel New Heat

Suspension and debarment of “bad actor” federal contractors has soared in the wake of stepped-up enforcement efforts in the trillion-dollar program, according to a new report.


SC Seeks Bids for Historic Lighthouse

Bids are being invited for cleaning and recoating work on South Carolina’s Hunting Island Lighthouse, one of the state’s most distinctive landmarks.


$5+M Dam Gate Painting Up for Bid

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting bids for refurbishing and painting of the tainter gates on the Norfork Dam in Little Rock, AR—a contract estimated at $5 million to $10 million.


USAF Seeks Bids for Hangar Coating

The U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command is inviting bids for applying coatings to two hangar floors at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri—a surface area of more than 33,000 square feet and...


Painter’s Dad Admits Steering Contract

A city official faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting that he had his staff create dummy bids to steer a municipal painting contract to his son, a commercial painting contractor.


BAE to Build 2 Platform Supply Vessels

Marine transportation provider GulfMark Americas Inc. has selected BAE Systems’ shipyard in Mobile, AL, to build two new platform supply vessels to serve offshore drilling operations.


Roof Coating Bids Sought for HI Plant

Honolulu County, on Oahu, HI, is inviting bids for reroofing the Kailua Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.


OR Awards $9.3M Tunnel Rehab Project

An Oregon contractor has been awarded a $9.3 million contract for repair, cleaning and recoating of the Salt Creek Falls Tunnel and four half viaducts.


Bredero Shaw Wins $100M Coating Project

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating company, has received a contract valued at more than $100 million from McDermott Australia Pty. Ltd. to provide pipeline coatings and related p...


Bids Sought to Rehab Milwaukee Bridge

The City of Milwaukee is inviting bids for rehabilitation of the aging Pleasant Street Lift Bridge over the Milwaukee River.


Engineering Bids Sought for Bridge Work

Multnomah County, OR, is seeking engineering services to provide a comprehensive coatings analysis, structural assessment and other evaluations for a forthcoming rehabilitation of the landma...


Contractor to Pay $56M in 10-Year Fraud

One of the world’s largest contractors will pay more than $56 million and see an executive in prison in settling a decade-long fraud case involving overbilling and misrepresentation of minor...


Cautious Outlook on Federal Contracts

“What makes us unique?” Businesses that want a piece of tomorrow’s shrinking federal contract pie need to develop a good answer to that question today, construction management consultant FMI...


Bridge Contractor Guilty In $136M DBE Scam

The former CEO of a Pennsylvania company that made and installed concrete bridge beams is facing decades in prison after his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges involving a massive Di...


Bids Invited for MN River Bridge Work

Hennepin County (MN) will accept bids April 3 for repairs, cleaning and coating work on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis at Nicollet Island.


Boeing Lands a Royal Paint Job

Boeing subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has been awarded a three-year contract to perform aircraft surface finishing services for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft flee...


Coast Guard Contracts for Vessel Work

The U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command, Atlantic, has awarded a $315,700 contract to Wepfer Marine Inc., of Memphis, TN, for drydock repairs aboard two vessels.


Bids Sought for $3 Million Tank Rehab

The Anchorage (AK) Water and Wastewater Utility is inviting bids for painting and other improvements at the city’s Reservoir 4—a contract estimated at up to $3 million.


Bids Sought for $5M+ Bridge Rehab

The Maryland Transportation Authority will accept bids March 21 for repairs, cleaning and painting on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge—a contract valued at $5 million to $10 million.


Bredero Shaw Lands $400+M Coating Job

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating contractor, has signed a contract worth more than $400 million to provide coatings and related products and services for the gas export pipelin...


HI Seeks Bidders for $7M Bridge Rehab

Hawaii County, HI, will accept bids Feb. 23 for a structural steel makeover of the Reed’s Island Bridge, a project estimated at up to $7 million.


Bids Sought for Spillway Gate Painting

The Tarrant Regional Water District will accept bids Feb. 8 for Phase II painting and refurbishing work on the Richland Chamber Reservoir Spillway Gates in Fort Worth, TX.


For Subs, Fine Print Gets Friendlier

Thousands of subcontractors in Texas, Alabama, California and Iowa are among those reaping major gains in laws and contracts nationwide, thanks to changes in multiple states in 2011, the Ame...


New Laws Offer Subs Happier New Year

Subcontractors will see faster pay in California, less risk in Texas, new worker authorization procedures in Alabama, and other shifts in the 2012 legal landscape, under new state laws that ...


Contractors Face 15 Years in Wage Theft

A New Jersey husband-and-wife contracting team has been indicted on charges of swindling employees out of nearly $200,000 in unpaid wages and benefits, then trying to paper over the alleged ...


Bredero Shaw Inks $45M Coating Deal

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating company, has signed a $45+ million contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to provide corrosion protection and concrete weight coating for the B...


Bids Invited for Power Plant Painting

The City of Burbank, CA, will accept bids Nov. 10 for coating and related work on the Magnolia Power Project (MPP), which opened in 2005.


2 Companies Land $100M In Pipe Coating, Liner Contracts

Global pipeline coating and lining activity is surging, pumping out more than $100 million in contracts in just the last few days.


Contractor Bill Targets Slow Pay, Bid Shopping

The federal government is taking aim at two of subcontracting’s most loathed business practices: slow payments to, and the improper substitution of, subcontractors on federal projects.


60-Day Delay to Cost Contractor $60K

An Arkansas design-build contractor is facing a $60,000 fine for missing a project deadline by 60 days.


$5M Gulf Pipeline Coating Jobs Awarded

The Bayou Companies LLC has been awarded contracts totaling approximately $5 million to provide corrosion coating for two major pipeline projects in the Gulf of Mexico, parent company Insitu...


$9M Suit Targets Contractor, Coating

Improper coatings application and other problems are at the heart of a $9 million dispute over a ruptured water pipeline in Naples, FL.


Subcontractors Make Gains on Retainage

Subcontractors in Colorado and Alabama have scored victories in the industry’s nationwide push to minimize or eliminate the loathed practice of retainage.


Long Awarded $273K Coating Repair Job

Long Painting Company, of Kent, WA, has been awarded a $273,798 contract to repair damaged coatings on steel outlet piping at Shadehill Dam southwest of Lemmon, SD.


Public Entity Must Pay Sub, Court Says

Government entities cannot duck a subcontractor’s payment claim by pleading either lack of funds or sovereign immunity, the Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled.


Webinar IDs Coating Contract Pitfalls

Coating contracts, which can carry make-or-break liability for contracting companies, will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


2 Indicted, $19.6M Fine Set In NY Public Works Scam

Two contractors face 40 years in prison and construction giant Skanska will pay a $19.6 million fine in a federal corruption probe into the abuse of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs)...


Vernon To Present Webinar on Coating Contracts

L. Skip Vernon, who holds both a law degree and SSPC certification as a Protective Coatings Specialist, will present the SSPC/JPCL Education Series Webinar, “Introduction to Common Co...


Innovative Coating Solutions to Restore Rearing Ponds

The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Region, awarded a contract of $27,040 to Innovative Coating Solutions, Inc. (Vancouver, WA) to recoat the interior of (2) rearing ponds at the Quina...


Public Entities Held Liable for Full Project Disclosure

Public entities "may be required to provide extra compensation" to a contractor if they withhold facts that would affect the contractor's project bid or performance, the California Supreme C...


Caltrans Awards Bridge Coating Contract to Murphy Industrial Coatings

Murphy Industrial Coatings, Inc. of Signal Hill, CA, was recently awarded a contract of $894,800 by the California Department of Transportation to clean and recoat existing structural steel ...


Paint BidTracker Introduces Bid Research Tool

Paint BidTracker, a construction reporting service designed for contractors, design professionals, and material suppliers within the high-performance protective and marine coatings industry,...


University of Illinois Awards Stadium Waterproofing Bid

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded a contract of $825,000 to Grunloh Construction of Effingham, IL, to perform waterproofing application and concrete repair work at Memor...


US to Crack Down on Contractor Taxes

Facing a $5 billion unpaid tax debt by contractors, the Obama administration will review the tax status of all of its contractors and ban future contracts to any delinquent company.


PDCA Floats Close-Out Standard

The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) is inviting public comment on its "Recommended Protocol for Job Close-Out of Painting and Decorating Projects (P20-09)."


 
 
   

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