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Tata, ThyssenKrupp Announce Merger Plan

Two major global steelmakers announced Wednesday that they plan to combine their flat steel businesses into a joint venture unit that they say will ship 21 million tons of product each year.


ASRC Acquires US Coatings Inc.

In a move to expand its construction, maintenance and repair operating group, ASRC Industrial Services has acquired US Coatings Inc., a marine specialty coatings company based in Alabama.


$3B Gas Pipeline Construction Begins

Energy firm Williams Partners announced earlier this week that construction is underway on the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline in central and eastern Pennsylvania, which the company sa...


AkzoNobel Announces De Vries as CFO

After an announcement earlier this month detailing changes in management, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) has named its new chief financial officer: Maarten de Vries.


Funds Increase Stake in Clariant, Target Merger

A holding company seeking to prevent the pending merger between specialty chemical companies Clariant and Huntsman International LLC has increased its stake in the Swiss company, but Clarian...


Evonik Opens New Silicones Plant in China

German specialty chemicals company Evonik opened a new plant in Shanghai, China, earlier this month.


Obituary: Angus Wurtele, Valspar CEO

C. Angus Wurtele, the CEO who built Minnesota Paints Inc. into Valspar over his 36-year career at the company, passed away earlier this month at age 83.


Boston's Largest Bridge Ready for Rehab

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is preparing for its second major renovation of Boston’s Tobin Bridge in less than a decade, a project that will involve work over the next thr...


Getting to Know the ‘Bridge Brothers’: Anthony

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. Thi...


Gordie Howe Bridge CEO Reportedly Out

New reports indicate that the CEO of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Canadian Crown Corporation overseeing the Gordie Howe International Bridge project on the Detroit River, has be...


UK Offshore Wind Rates Drop Below Nuclear

A drop in the cost of energy generated by offshore wind farms in the U.K. is leading some in the country to rethink the future of other power technologies, including new nuclear facilities.


U.S. Awards More Border Wall Contracts

A week after awarding the first contracts for concrete prototypes of the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week the ...


Biofouling Treatment Initiative Announced

A new endeavor to protect marine ecosystems from invasive aquatic species through biofouling has been approved for preparation.


Mexico Begins to Gauge Quake Damage

A deadly 8.1-magnitude earthquake that hit the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday has left extensive damage to infrastructure in its wake.


Vancouver Bridge Project Put on Hold

A multibillion-dollar bridge project planned for Vancouver is on hold as officials in British Columbia look at whether all options for the replacement of the George Massey Tunnel have been p...


AkzoNobel Announces Management Changes

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced changes in management personnel and structure, including the official appointment of CEO Thierry Vanlancker to its Board of Manag...


MARAD Issues Small Shipyard Grants

In a move aimed at investing in small shipyards and strengthening their competitiveness, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $9.8 million in gra...


Canada OKs Ambassador Bridge Replacement

Even as planning continues for the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canadian officials have reportedly approved a plan for a new privately owned Ambassa...


Dow-DuPont Merger Complete

The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont officially completed their merger last week, creating a new company that will now divide into three separate businesses.


PPG Finalizes Last Fiberglass Sale

PPG Industries has finalized the sale of its last remaining fiberglass business, the company announced Tuesday, leaving the manufacturer to concentrate solely on coatings.


AkzoNobel Finalizes Disa Acquisition

AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Monday (Sept. 4) that it has finalized its acquisition of Disa Technology (Limoges, France), a leader in aerospace technical marking systems.


Court Upholds Damages Over Bridge Job Delays

A Michigan appeals court ruled last week that nearly $2 million in damages issued to a bridge-painting firm over delays on a 2008 job are appropriate, despite the contractor’s contention tha...


First Border Wall Contracts Awarded

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, announced Thursday (Aug. 31) that it has awarded four contracts for the construction of prototype concr...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States.


Citizens Look to Water Tower to Beef Up Tourism

A rusting water tower in one western New York town has become the focus of a whopper of an effort on the part of a group of citizens, who would like to see the tank repainted—to resemble a h...


Massive New Firth of Forth Span Opens

After years of construction and more recent weather-related delays, the Queensferry Crossing is open as of 2 a.m. Wednesday, connecting Scotland’s Edinburgh and Fife.


New Timelapse Depicts Oroville Progress

California's Department of Water Resources recently released a series of new timelapse videos showing the progress that's been made on the reconstruction of the spillway at the Oroville Dam.


ALDOT Moves Forward with Mobile Bridge

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced Monday (Aug. 28) that it is moving forward with plans for a new Mobile River bridge that could cost upwards of $1 billion, and the agency i...


Contractors Sought for ID Wastewater Work

The City of Caldwell is seeking contractors for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant filter building at the existing Caldwell Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Caldwell,...


Caltrans Stresses Rail Future

The California Department of Transportation last week released a new report on the state of rail transportation in that state, measuring the economic impact of both freight and passenger rai...


Big Sur Bridge Rollout Installation Begins

New steel girders were launched via rollers at the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, early last week, setting the stage for the completion of the bridge replacement project.


Boring Company Receives Permit to Tunnel

Hawthorne, California, authorities have approved the first test tunnel for Elon Musk’s electric vehicles, which will extend two miles westward, starting from SpaceX headquarters.


Contractors Sought for 4-Tank Rehab in MD

Saint Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission is seeking contractors for the coating of four existing water tanks located in California, Maryland.


Court Rejects FERC Pipeline Approval

A panel of federal judges ruled Tuesday to order a new review of a 685-mile, three-part natural gas pipeline expansion project that was approved in early 2016 by the Federal Energy Regulator...


Contractor Participation Highlights New Industy Event

Some of the largest painting contractors in the U.S. will participate in Technology Publishing’s inaugural Contractor Connect event November 8-10 in Point Clear, Alabama, at the historic Gra...


Bay Bridge Pier Implosions Loom

The last vestiges of the old eastern span of San Francisco’s famed Bay Bridge will be disappearing over a series of weekend blasts this fall, according to the California Department of Transp...


Getting to Know the 'Bridge Brothers': Damon

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. Our first ...


12 Transportation Projects Make AASHTO Award Finals

A major bridge project on the Ohio River and an accelerated bridge replacement in Little Rock are among the 12 finalists in this year’s edition of America’s Transportation Awards, presented ...


Forth Bridge Honored with UNESCO Plaque

Scotland’s Forth Bridge, an engineering marvel opened in 1890, is now officially commemorated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site via a plaque dedicated Sunday.


New Tappan Zee Span Set to Open

The first span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge—now known as the Mario Cuomo Bridge—will open Friday, marking a major milestone in the $4 billion project, under construction since 2013.


Texas Firm Moves Forward on Bullet Train

High-speed rail company Texas Central last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the mayor of Houston to move forward with a plan for a bullet train that would connect that city wit...


State DOTs Halt Construction for Eclipse

In light of the predicted solar eclipse today, states in the pathway of totality are taking precautionary measures to both help the flow of traffic and keep road workers safe.


Floating Bridge Design Sets Sail

A futuristic floating bridge may sail the local waters of the Mongolian city of Ordos, according to plans recently revealed by architect Margot Krasojevic.


AkzoNobel Reaches Agreement with Elliott Advisers

Paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with hedge fund Elliott Advisors, bringing at least a temporary end to the dispute over the Du...


Trump Speeds Federal Reviews, Kills Flood Rule

President Donald J. Trump introduced a new executive order Tuesday, streamlining the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects and effectively overturning Obama...


JPCL Establishes Industry 'Monopoly'

There's a new "Monopoly" in the coatings industry, but it's not one the Federal Trade Commission will need to investigate.


Axalta Acquires UK Thermoplastic Firm

Axalta Coating Systems announced Monday that it has acquired Plascoat Systems Limited, a Farnham, England-based supplier of thermoplastic powder coatings.


Chesapeake Tunnel Expansion Breaks Ground

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will soon undergo yet another expansion with the addition of two more underwater lanes.


German Firm Unveils New Take on Water Tank

A German architecture firm known for its unorthodox designs is taking on water—in the form of a multipurpose tower in the city of Heidelberg that will both store water for heating and serve ...


Andeavor Building $225M Pipeline in TX

Andeavor Corp., based in San Antonio, is set to build a $225 million pipeline across west Texas.


$260M Garden Bridge Plan Crumbles

More than three months after London Mayor Sadiq Khan pulled his support from the foundering Garden Bridge project, the River Thames plan is officially dead in the water.


Dow-DuPont Merger Close Date Set

A close date of Aug. 31 was been set for the merger between two chemical-industry giants, as the companies say all necessary regulatory approvals have been made.


$441 Million DC Bridge Design Unveiled

Residents of Washington D.C. have gotten their first look at what the new Frederick Douglass Bridge will look like when it opens, and a timeline for the project, the largest ever taken on by...


New Tall Turbines Highlight Drive for Size

Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa announced Tuesday that it has successfully installed the tallest wind turbines in Asia, at a wind farm in Thailand, underscoring an industry trend toward lar...


Concrete Research Takes a Butt Out of Pollution

To address one of the most chronic pollution issues and add an extra punch to pavement, researchers based out of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have experimented with adding an unu...


Defense Deparment Issues Corrosion Awards

As part of the DoD-Allied Nations Corrosion Conference, which wrapped up Thursday (Aug. 10), the U.S. Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office has announced its 2017 award...


Contractors Sought for Viaduct Replacement

The Maryland Transportation Authority is seeking contractors for the replacement of the Canton Viaduct, located in Baltimore.


Federal FASTLANE Grants Announced

A number of bridge replacements, rail projects and port enhancements around the country will be getting a boost from the U.S. Department of Transportation courtesy of its FASTLANE grants pro...


Port Arthur Floodwall Requires Repairs

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas’ Jefferson County Drainage District 7 are working to repair a damaged floodwall that could leave the city of Port Arthur vulnerable ...


Enbridge Launches Pipeline Replacement

Canadian energy giant Enbridge Inc. has begun construction on a $6.5 billion project that will replace more than 1,000 miles of its Line 3, a crude oil pipeline that the company says is at r...


DoD Corrosion Conference Commences

The U.S. Department of Defense’s DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference officially kicked off Monday, and continues through Thursday at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex...


Delaware Bridge Gets Innovative Materials Grant

Ultra-high-performance concrete will be used in the overlay for a deficient bridge in Delaware, an "innovative" material usage that has netted the project a $275,000 federal grant.


Senate May Move Alone on Infrastructure

New reports indicate that a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators may attempt to pass their own infrastructure bill this fall if none materializes from the White House, where the matter has seem...


Engineers Lay Blame on Oroville Management

A recently issued report from a group of engineers takes a scathing view on the root causes of this year’s concrete problem at California’s Oroville Dam, asserting that the structure was “ma...


Keystone XL Firm Undecided on Pipeline Future

The company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline has signaled that the project is still up in the air, and a final call on its execution won’t come until later this year.


Huntsman TiO2 Spinoff Launches IPO

Global chemical firm Huntsman International LLC announced last week that subsidiary company Venator Materials PLC has launched its initial public offering and will be listed on the New York ...


Documentary Sheds Light on Bridge Painters’ Lives

A new documentary looking at the lives of the men and women who paint America’s bridges illuminates both the importance of their work and the bonds that connect them as a team.


Art Adorns City's Utility Poles

Springfield, Missouri, has seen a profusion of artfully painted poles, and more are on the way, according to KSMU Radio.


4MG Tank Recoat Awarded in MI

An award of $646,100 has been made by the City of Ann Arbor for the South Industrial Tank recoat. L&T Painting of Clinton Township will oversee the cleaning and coating of the existing 4 mil...


Owner Sentenced in Bridge Payroll Scheme

The owner of a Pennsylvania bridge-painting firm has been sentenced to probation and a monetary fine in relation to a payroll scheme on a federally funded bridge project in Philadelphia.


RPM Reports Fourth Quarter, Year-End Results

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), the parent company of paints and coatings firms including Carboline and Tremco, reported record net sales in the fourth quarter of its 2017 fiscal year...


SSPC, Industry Investors Partner with Saudi Arabia

With the support of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority recently signed 13 Statements of Intent with a group of local and i...


Hyperloop One Pod Prototype Unveiled

The unfolding story of the ultrafast Hyperloop transport system has a new chapter: A full-scale prototype of a passenger pod has been revealed.


Seattle's 'Bertha' Comes Apart

Four years after its boring job began and three months after it was finally complete, Seattle’s “Bertha” tunnel-borer is almost completely disassembled, and the Washington State Department o...


Dow Polyurethanes Opens Center in Romania

The Dow Chemical Company recently announced the opening of a new polyurethanes service center in Romania.


Breaking: AkzoNobel's Buchner Steps Down

Global paint and coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Wednesday morning (July 19) that CEO Ton Büchner has stepped down immediately, citing health reasons.


Obituary: Charlie Simmons, Puget Sound Shipyard

Charlie Simmons, who rose to a number of leadership positions at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and worked closely with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to help bring new methods, stand...


Hedge Fund Questions Chemical Merger

The pending merger between chemical firms Huntsman International LLC (The Woodlands, Texas) and Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is being questioned by shareholders of the Swiss company.


Union, Shipyard Agree to Contract

Union workers at United States’ largest shipyard voted Thursday to approve a new contract, increasing wages and pensions and keeping health care costs for workers in check, but closing the c...


Oroville Job Expedited to Meet Deadline

The contractor leading efforts to demolish and rebuild two spillways that experienced failures earlier this year at California’s Oroville Dam is attempting to speed up work and accomplish mo...


San Diego Shipyard Braces for 300 Layoffs

Another round of layoffs is coming at a major American shipyard owned by BAE Systems, this time on the West Coast.


Contractors Sought for FL Bridge Restoration

The City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Public Works is seeking contractors for the restoration of the North East First Street Bridge located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


NPS Maritime Heritage Grants Fund Ship Preservation

Projects involving lead paint abatement and hull and deck preservation on some historic vessels are among the awardees of this year's Maritime Heritage Grants, from the U.S. National Park Se...


Queen Mary to Get New Coat of Paint

A 1930s ocean liner docked in California will be getting a paint job for the first time in 15 years, months after a report called the corrosion-riddled vessel's future into question.


Hong Kong Megaproject Reaches Milestone

The massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project reached a milestone last week, as the construction of the world’s longest and deepest underwater tunnel wrapped up.


Roman Concrete Could Be Key for Seawalls

Ancient technology may be what helps prevent future damage for coastal cities, according to experts in concrete.


NJ Woman Sentenced in Bridge Job Pass-Through

A New Jersey woman has been sentenced for using her business to commit fraud on a bridge project.


Hedge Fund Sues AkzoNobel Over Chair

An activist hedge fund has filed a new suit in an effort to oust the supervisory board chair of coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel in the wake of the Amsterdam firm’s denial of a months-long me...


Musk's Boring Company Begins Boring

Ever the eccentric, Elon Musk—CEO of SpaceX and Tesla—is, in fact, boring.


Mackinac Pipeline Assessment Released

A series of public meetings will allow debate over Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 liquid pipeline in the wake of a new assessment of the line’s future, released by the Michigan Pipeline Safety Adv...


AkzoNobel Announces Double Acquisition

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced the acquisition of one coatings firm and an agreement to acquire a second.


Massive Floating LNG Platform Leaves Shipyard

It’s the world’s largest offshore structure, it’s built to withstand a Category 5 cyclone, and right now, Royal Dutch Shell’s Prelude FLNG platform is on its way to its permanent home, off t...


Trump to Nominate Glick to FERC

President Trump announced his intended third nomination for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week.


Engineers Lauded for Corrosion Breakthroughs

A team of U.S. Navy scientists will be traveling to the Pentagon to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work.


I-74 Bridge Project Kicks off in Iowa

Representatives of the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation held a groundbreaking ceremony June 26 for the new I-74 River Bridge over the Mississippi, a $400 million project nearl...


1.5MG Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Charter Township of Waterford is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the existing Cass Lake Tank, located in Waterford, Michigan. The 1.5 million gallon toroellipse elevated wa...


AISC Announces New Bridge Division VP

The American Institute of Steel Construction announced its new vice president of bridges along with two other promotions late last week.


Construction Begins on 4-Mile FL Bridge

A $398 million bridge construction project is newly underway in Florida, with pile-driving having begun earlier this month, and a visit from Gov. Rick Scott officially kicking off work Monda...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday or Tuesday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, July 3, or Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday in the United States.


Europe Conditionally OKs Evonik Silica Buy

The European Commission has granted its approval to Evonik’s $630 million acquisition of Huber Silica, but the green light comes with conditions.


NY State Passes 'Buy American' Steel Rule

New York’s state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed last week on a new law giving preference to American-made steel on big state projects—but stopping short of the strict buy-American ...


Rolls-Royce Invests $19M In Marine Paint Shop

An international engine manufacturer recently announced its latest sizable investment, a new marine paint shop.


Great Lakes Offshore Wind Farm Plan Progresses

The consortium behind a planned offshore wind farm for Lake Erie near Cleveland is working on securing suppliers for the construction and installation of the array, which would be the first ...


DoD Figures to Keynote Corrosion Conference

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office will look to strengthen ties with other nations’ military and academic corrosion specialists at its 2017 DoD-Allied Nat...


Dry Spring Speeds Oroville Repairs

After a record-setting rainy season, California’s dry, hot spring has helped expedite repairs to Oroville Dam’s damaged concrete spillway, but even as work moves forward, some in the state a...


Brewery Crafts Sustainable Wastewater Plan

Wastewater facilities are often filled with unpleasant materials, but a plant in the works in Oregon will primarily carry a much more welcome substance: beer. Or at least, beer byproducts.


Ex-Valspar CEO Joins Building Materials Firm

Weeks after The Sherwin-Williams Company completed its acquisition of Valspar Corp., an Illinois building materials company announced that former Valspar CEO Gary Hendrickson will be joining...


Executive Order Expands Apprentice Program

President Donald J. Trump last week issued an executive order aimed at expanding federal apprenticeship programs, increasing funding for apprenticeships to $200 million while loosening restr...


SSPC Announces Board Election Results

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2017 Board of Governors election, adding one new member to the board and recognizing the re-election of another.


PPG Opens New Russia Coatings Facility

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) last week announced the opening of its newest paint and coatings facility, in Lipetsk, Russia.


Judge Orders New DAPL Review

A federal judge ruled last week that the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline must be revisited.


Enbridge Line 5 Passes Pressure Test

A controversial liquid pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan has passed a series of pressure tests, according to its operator.


TransCanada to Invest $1.5B in Pipelines

One of Canada’s largest pipeline operators has announced plans to spend $1.5 billion to expand its natural gas pipeline network in that country over the next four years.


New Bayonne Clearance Certified

The U.S. Coast Guard has certified the clearance of the newly raised Bayonne Bridge, marking a new milestone for the “Raise the Roadway” project on the span, between New Jersey and Staten Is...


IL Orders Roadwork Shutdown

The Illinois Department of Transportation has given contractors notice that all projects will be brought to a halt at the end of this month, assuming the state’s current budget impasse isn’t...


Date Set for Moroun Challenge to Howe Bridge

A Detroit billionaire’s latest appeal to stop the construction of an international bridge now has a court date.


Student Engineers Launch Concrete Canoes

Traditionally, canoes have been made from materials like tree bark, reeds or canvas; more contemporary versions are often made from lightweight composites and plastics. Then, there’s the mat...


PA Bridge Rehabilitation Job Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a project in the amount of $20,173,000 for the rehabilitation of the South 10th Street Bridge, located in Pittsburgh, to American Br...


Corrosion Plagues Historic Naval Ship

An iconic US battleship is facing an uncertain future because of corrosion.


Flint Crisis Sparks Manslaughter Charges

Five Michigan officials, including the head of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in a case related to the Flint drinki...


City, University Team Up on Manhole Corrosion

Hundreds of concrete manhole shafts in a Texas city will soon be evaluated to determine which most need protection from corrosion, and a team from the University of Texas is lending its expe...


Cable-Stayed Span Replaces NY-NJ Bridge

Staten Island’s $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge project has hit a milestone, as the first of two spans that will replace the 89-year-old original bridge, spanning the Arthur Kill, opened Sunday...


Superstore Showcases Products, Information

Technology Publishing Co., the publisher of PaintSquare News and JPCL, has introduced a new way for coatings-industry businesses to connect with potential customers and supply crucial...


WI Water Tower Goes PG-13

Travelers near one Wisconsin town were for a short time greeted by the word “sex” emblazoned in huge letters on the town’s water tower in what amounted to a paint job gone awry that left to...


Water Works Expo Kicks Off Sunday

The American Water Works Association opens its 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition (known as ACE17) Sunday in Philadelphia.


Global Group Offers Updated Market Report

The ChemQuest Group Inc. and the International Paint and Printing Ink Council have partnered on the fifth edition of their Global Market Analysis for the Paint & Coatings Industry (2015-2020...


Stratolaunch Unveils World's Largest Airplane

Stratolaunch—the private spaceflight company of Microsoft founder Paul Allen—teamed up with Scaled Composites to finally pull the world’s largest airplane from its hangar in Mojave, Californ...


130 Laid Off at BAE Norfolk Shipyard

Just weeks after letting 50 employees go, BAE Systems announced 130 more layoffs at its Norfolk shipyard, with more expected before the end of June.


Webinar Explains SSPC Trainthepainter

The new SSPC Trainthepainter training platform will be the topic of a free webinar presented Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT).


European Nations Make Offshore Wind Pledge

Three European countries pledged Tuesday to work to increase the world’s offshore wind capacity fivefold in the next 13 years.


PPG to Sell Mexico Plasterboard Unit

PPG Industries has announced the sale of its Plaka plasterboard and cement-board business to Knauf International GmbH, the second divestment of a non-coatings unit by the company in as many ...


AkzoNobel Opens Coatings Facility in Brazil

In a move designed to make it—as AkzoNobel puts it—“more agile” in responding to local customer needs and regional market demands, the Dutch firm has opened a Performance Coatings facility i...


Sojourn Through Concrete Costs Teen $10K

A teenage motorist will be billed $10,000 to repair damages caused when he drove his car into freshly poured concerte on a Nebraska road.


PPG Withdraws AkzoNobel Bid

PPG Industries has dropped its monthslong bid to merge with Dutch rival AkzoNobel, the company said Thursday.


Valspar Q2 Sales Up on Eve of Merger

With its acquisition by The Sherwin-Williams Company looming, Valspar Corp. issued its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday, indicating that sales were up more than 3.5 percent in compar...


Chicago Contractor Wins 1MG Tank Recoat

An award of $954,700 has been made by the City of Elgin to Era Valdivia Contractors Inc., of Chicago, for the cleaning and recoating of the Randall Road Water Tower.


US Names Chief Offshore Regulator

A former Louisiana lieutenant governor and state utility regulator has been named head of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the agency that oversees offshore drilling.


CA Shipyard Shuttered Amid Dispute

The Port of San Francisco is seeking new operators to assume ownership of a once-thriving business at the West Coast’s largest shipyard, as a squabble between two factions threatens to shutt...


Sherwin-Valspar Deal Set to Close June 1

U.S. and Canadian regulators have given their approval to the merger between two of the largest paints and coatings manufacturers in the world, paving the way for the close of the deal this ...


OH Bridge Showcases New Steel Method

A new bridge in Muskingum County, Ohio, isn’t just making life easier for residents of the town of Roseville; it’s setting a precedent when it comes to the construction of a newly developed ...


Polymer Giant Covestro Appoints Steilemann as CEO

German polymer company Covestro (Leverkeusen) announced that Markus Steilemann has been appointed as the firm's next CEO.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 29.


Trump Infrastructure Plan Fleshed Out in Budget

President Donald J. Trump’s newly released budget proposal includes a closer look at the administration's infrastructure plan, which involves increased spending at the federal level that the...


'Flying Bum' Takes Flight Again

The world’s largest aircraft currently in operation—a massive, blimp-like craft known as Airlander 10—took off again this month for its first flight since taking a crash-landing on a test fl...


Bridge Firm Suspended Over Fraud Allegation

The Federal Highway Administration announced Monday that it has suspended a New Castle, Pennsylvania, bridge-painting firm and its owner, who faces charges in relation to an alleged payroll ...


Musk Touts 'Boring' Idea for Tunnel Transport

Business magnate Elon Musk reiterated his plan to construct tunnels under cities for the purpose of using high-speed electric sleds to allow vehicles to circumvent nettlesome traffic.


SSPC Accepting Structure Awards Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is accepting nominations for its 2017-18 Structure Awards, honoring excellence in protective coatings projects.


Endangered Hawk Blocks CA Bridge Repair

Construction on a Bay Area bridge ground to a halt this week after crews discovered a protected species of hawk nesting in nearby trees.


Lab Develops ‘4-D Printing’ for Structures

While 3-D printing takes a more prominent role in the building of structures, a team of Swiss researchers is looking even further—to what they call “4-D printing.”


PennDOT Seeks Bridge Bids

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Elizabeth Bridge, located in Allegheny County.


$1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan ‘Weeks’ Away

President Donald J. Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan is just weeks from being unveiled, according to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and it will reportedly include $...


AkzoNobel Shareholders Apply Pressure

In the wake of AkzoNobel's third rejection of a merger proposal from rival PPG Industries, some shareholders of the Dutch coatings firm are continuing to use their clout—and the courts—to tr...


Data Reports Offer Bridge Market Insight

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare News and JPCL, is offering a new product designed to help give those in the bridge-painting industry a bird’s-eye view of agency and contr...


Three-of-a-Kind Bridges Get Triple Rehab

Pittsburgh’s “Three Sisters” bridges are a landmark in the city: The triad of adjacent, identical structures are the only set of their kind in the United States. And, as Allegheny County off...


Winning Miami Bridge Design Fosters Dissent

A Florida State Department of Transportation panel followed 90 minutes of ardent, sometimes contentious public input by choosing a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate...


ND Oil Production Up as DAPL Service Nears

Oil production in North Dakota has seen a slight uptick during the early months of 2017 after last year’s lagging numbers, with a noticeable jump in rig count as operators prepare to put the...


App Offers Updated Marine Coatings Data

AkzoNobel last week launched its International mobile app, which the Dutch coatings manufacturer says will provide convenient data access to marine coatings customers.


Legislators Question CA Agency Over Oroville

California legislators and other officials took aim at the state’s Department of Water Resources in a hearing Thursday on the topic of Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the country, which was...


Container Ship Refashioned into Luxury Vessel

A cargo ship is no small purchase as it is, but one marine company is taking the previously humble-if-pricey container ship to new, and even pricier, heights.


State, Feds Respond to Nuclear Site Incident

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced that the Department of Energy will launch an investigation into what went wrong at the Hanford Nuclear Site, where a tunnel housing contaminated ...


PPG: AkzoNobel Proposal Still Alive

PPG Industries issued a new statement Wednesday in response to Dutch coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel’s rejection of its third merger proposal, reiterating that the Pittsburgh-based firm stil...


AkzoNobel Rejects Third PPG Proposal

After two weeks of deliberation and one meeting with PPG Industries, Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel announced Monday morning that it has rejected the Pittsburgh-based coatings giant’s third propo...


Floating Bridge Gets Engineering Accolade

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s SR 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle, the centerpiece of a project that has had its share of missteps, has received validation from the engin...


Trump Floats Idea of Raising Federal Gas Tax

President Donald J. Trump said othat he was considering raising the federal tax on gasoline, and using the new revenue for his infrastructure package.


Largest Shipyard in U.S. Names New Leader

Newport News Shipbuilding, the largest shipyard in the United States, has announced that Jennifer Boykin will take the helm as its president effective July 1.


Projects in the Running for Elevation Awards

PaintSquare sister publication Durability + Design is still accepting nomninations for its inaugural Elevation Awards, honoring commercial coatings projects from the past year, and in the co...


Injection-Well Rates Eyed in 2016 OK Quake

A group of seismologists says in a new report that disposal wells, particularly variable-rate wells, likely led to last September’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Pawnee, Oklahoma, the strong...


Bids Sought for MI Tank Coating Job

The City of Ann Arbor is seeking contractors to coat the South Industrial Tank, a 4-million-gallon ground storage tank located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


SSPC Standard Review Deadline Nears

Those interested in participating in a review of a newly revised standard on thermal spray coatings still have time, but the deadline for feedback is drawing near.


Bayonne Bridge Milestone Moved Up

The Bayonne Bridge “Raise the Roadway” project is approaching a crucial milestone, and according to officials, the job is ahead of schedule—at least, ahead of its most recent revised schedul...


Gordie Howe Bridge Phase Two Prep Begins

Detroit’s proposed Gordie Howe International Bridge will be under construction by summer 2018, and the last contracts for the preparation of the Canadian side of the span have been issued, a...


Industry Books, Data Available in TPC Store

A number of publications and informational tools for individuals and companies in the coatings industry are available with the click of a mouse via the TPC Store, a service of PaintSquare Ne...


Shell, UK College Open Corrosion Lab

A new academic center at Imperial College London will focus on corrosion—a big problem that the Shell-Imperial Advanced Interfacial Materials Science Centre hopes to take on at the smallest ...


Court Issues Split Decision on PA Bridge Bids

A panel of federal judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that while the Delaware River Port Authority was remiss in rejecting a bridge-painting bid from contractor A...


Another FERC Commissioner to Resign

Another member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced that she will step down from her post, leaving the possibility that the board could be left with only one member.


London Mayor Scraps Plan For Garden Bridge

London's controversial Garden Bridge project is all but dead: Mayor Sadiq Khan has scrapped the controversial plan for the span across the River Thames, saying on Friday (April 28) he would ...


SSPC Creates Two New Advisory Boards

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is establishing two new advisory councils, to support the association’s mission in the Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions.


Elevation Awards Early-Bird Deadline Nears

The early-bird deadline to nominate outstanding commercial and architectural coatings-related projects for the Durability + Design Elevation Awards is rapidly approaching: In order to save 5...


Water Tower Paint Job Causes Public Flap

The controversy over the painting of a new city slogan on a Sacramento, California, water tower continues to roil, as an online petition to revert to the old phrase has garnered more than 3,...


Trump Expected to Initiate Offshore Action

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order today (April 28) that will roll back limitations on offshore drilling that were put into place by the administration of Barac...


Painters’ Union Holds Day to Give Back

Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades took time to give back to their communities throughout the U.S. and Canada last weekend as part of the union’s Community Day ...


SSPC Scholarship Deadline Nears

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is once again accepting applications for its annual scholarships, for students attending universities in the U.S. or Canada.


California Bridge Project Rolling Along

A bridge that was washed out by violent flood waters in California's Big Sur region in February will be replaced over the summer, and you might say engineers expect everything to roll along ...


SSPC 2018 Abstracts Due May 1

Your chance to have your presentation included in the SSPC 2018 agenda is drawing to a close, as abstracts to be considered for the conference must be submitted by Monday, May 1.


Polymer Firm, UN Team Up for Environmental Contest

German polymer company Covestro and the United Nations Environment Program announced Monday that they have teamed up to launch the “Young Champions of the Earth” sustainability competition.


Long-Delayed UK Nuclear Project May Face Strike

Just weeks after the first concrete was poured on the site of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, in Somerset, England, a labor disagreement is threatening to stop work on the 1...


Toronto Rail Cars Need Urgent Corrosion Fix

The cars on one Toronto light metro line will be getting some TLC to address considerable corrosion in the 30-year-old fleet.


New Bridge Benefits Bats

You can’t say the new bridge being built in County Galway, Ireland, is for the birds. It is, in fact, entirely for the bats.


WV Bridge Coating Job Out for Bid

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the cleaning and coating of the Phil G. McDonald Memorial Bridge, located in Raleigh County, West Virginia.


Kansai Acquires European Coatings Firm

Paints and coatings company Kansai recently announced that it completed its acquisition of Helios Group, a coatings company headquartered in Kolicevo, Slovenia.


CA Awards $274M Contract for Dam Repairs

Repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam in California will cost more than $275 million, according to the contract awarded to a major American infrastructure contractor.


Atlanta Interstate Closes After Buckling

Just weeks after a fire destroyed an interstate highway overpass in Atlanta, another roadway challenge hit the city Monday when I-20 buckled suddenly, sending a motorcyclist flying.


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Work Kicks Off

A ceremony Thursday marked the start of work on the long-planned suicide-deterrent net that will hang from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with the intention of stopping potential jumpers...


Garden Bridge Trust Disputes Report's Findings

The squabble over the feasibility of London’s troubled Garden Bridge project continued Thursday (April 13), as a member of the charity behind the span disputed a call for it to be scrapped.


Newsletter Schedule Alert: Friday, April 14

PaintSquare News will not publish a daily newsletter Friday, April 14, in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.


Hempel Catalogs 2016 Challenges in Report

After what Hempel Group described as a “landmark” year financially in 2015, the Kongens Lyngby, Denmark-based global coatings company announced a plan to accelerate its “Journey to Excellenc...


FHWA Releases $768M in Emergency Funds

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released more than $768 million in funds for emergency work on highways and bridges damaged by storms and catastrophic events, in what it says is on...


Bremm Named BASF Coatings President

A company veteran will be taking the helm as president of the Coatings division of chemical company BASF.


Industrial Sales Strong in RPM Q3

Strong industrial segment sales and growth helped to bouy RPM International Inc., parent company of brands including Carboline and Stonhard, in a 2017 third quarter that saw sales slightly u...


PPG Makes Public Appeal to AkzoNobel

The ongoing courtship between the world's largest coatings company and its biggest competitor took another very public turn this week as PPG Industries issued an open invitation to AkzoNobel...


Seattle’s Giant Borer Breaks Through

After nearly four years (with a few delays along the way), "Bertha," Seattle’s giant tunnel-borer, has broken through to the other side, completing its 9,270-foot journey under the city.


FL City Seeks Bids for Double Tank Rehab

The City of Ormond Beach is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of two existing water tanks located in Ormond Beach, Florida.


Construction Begins on First Hyperloop Capsule

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is one step closer to making the newest mode of transportation a reality after announcing late last month that it has begun construction on the world’s ...


NACE Honors Corrosion Pros

This year’s NACE International Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo, held March 26-30 in New Orleans, saw a number of corrosion-control and coatings professionals honored for their contributio...


Array of Information Offered at Corrosion 2017

This year's NACE International Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo took place in New Orleans from March 26-30 and featured a robust lineup of technical and research sessions, as well as infor...


MI Lawmaker Targets Underwater Pipeline

A liquid pipeline under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac is again under fire, this time from a state legislator whose new bill would require a third-party evaluation of lines running under the...


Highlights Include Poster Sessions, Other Awards

In addition to the NACE International Association Awards, presented Wednesday evening at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, other awards were presented during the conference, includi...


Cities, States Move to Bar Border Builders

While contractors are lining up for a chance to take part in the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, some state and local officials are hoping to use their clout to ma...


TX Bridge to be Longest Cable-Stayed in US

Initial construction activities have begun on what will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in the United States upon its completion in 2020.


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

A rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose violations—including wage and hour laws, health and safety rules and civil rights protections—was str...


NJ Bridgegate Figures Face Prison

A former high-ranking official in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a former staffer of the New Jersey governor's office have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the ...


AkzoNobel Unveils Energy Plan, Pursues Split

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced a plan to be completely carbon-neutral by 2050, moving to 100 percent renewable sources of energy.


Hayes to Helm Combined Brand-Safway Firm

Days after announcing their intent to merge, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services and Safway Group have announced that current Safway chief executive Bill Hayes will be president and CEO o...


Iron Workers Introduce Maternity Leave

A union that represents workers in bridge construction and other building trades is looking to make paid maternity leave standard practice in an industry that often eschews the benefit.


US Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

President Donald J. Trump’s administration officially reversed his predecessor’s decision on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, allowing the 1,179-mile oil pipeline to m...


Marine Staffing Agency Owner Pleads Guilty

A Texas man who owned a staffing service for industrial and marine businesses has pleaded guilty to failing to pay about $18 million in taxes, according to the Department of Justice.


Firm Unveils Pipe Inspection Robot

A new amphibious robot may be the next tool in the war on corrosion and other problems with America’s aging water pipelines.


NACE to Offer Activities Outside of Conference

NACE International’s Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo will have more than just technical sessions and workshops in New Orleans; there will also be plenty of opportunities to let loose, and...


AkzoNobel Turns Down PPG’s Second Offer

For the second time in as many weeks, Dutch coatings firm AkzoNobel has declined what it called an “unsolicited proposal” from PPG Industries, the world’s largest coatings manufacturer.


Arizona Gets First Prefab Bridge

The Arizona Department of Transportation made history last week when it built and opened the state’s first prefabricated bridge.


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Deal Delayed

The Sherwin-Williams Company and The Valspar Corporation announced in a joint news release Tuesday that they have extended the termination date of their merger agreement from March 21 to Jun...


AZ Flooring Firm Opens New Hub

Industrial and commercial flooring and concrete coating firm Arizona Polymer Flooring has opened a new headquarters in Phoenix, to serve as an international hub, and host research, manufactu...


Trump Budget Cuts Transportation Funding

The budget proposal put forth last week by President Donald J. Trump would see the federal government taking a step back in its funding of transportation projects, leading some to question h...


Brand, Safway Announce Merger

Two major providers of services related to blasting, painting and corrosion protection announced Monday that they will be merging.


Turkey Plans Longest Suspension Bridge

Turkey is moving forward with plans to build what would become the world’s longest suspension bridge, to be built by a consortium of South Korean and Turkish companies in the city of Canakka...


SSPC Inks Deal for Malaysia Training

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced Friday that it has signed an agreement with the Institute of Materials, Malaysia to provide SSPC training in Malaysia.


Audit Alleges Holes in Oregon DOT's System

A recently released audit indicates that the Oregon Department of Transportation could be leaving itself open to artificial inflation on the part of the contractors it employs.


Containing the Center of the Huey P. Long

Containing blasting work on a bridge is hard enough; containing blasting work to the middle of a bridge is truly a challenge. That's what Intech Contracting learned when, in 2016, the compan...


Containment by Design

Patti Seitz spent years as an architectural engineer working on buildings before she discovered that she finds designing containment and platforms for projects including bridge and water tan...


FHWA to Study Augmented Reality in Construction

Reality might be getting an upgrade in the construction industry. The Federal Highway Administration is researching augmented reality, an immersive technology that allows a user to see virtu...


Judge Denies Bridge Owner’s Challenge

Billionaire bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun seems to have lost another bid to block the construction of the proposed Gordie Howe International Bridge, between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario...


Transit Projects Take Time to ‘Pay Back’ Carbon

It’s common sense that, on the face of things, mass transit is more eco-friendly than a model in which individuals all drive their own cars wherever they need to go. But how much does the ac...


Engineers Give US Infrastructure a D+

With infrastructure investment on the docket for discussion in Washington, the American Society of Civil Engineers has released its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, and the U.S. is passing—b...


Reports: Trump to Nominate 3 to FERC

President Donald J. Trump is expected to nominate three new members to the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee, potentially restarting business for the federal panel, which regulates interst...


Australian Group Announces Corrosion Seminars

The Australasian Corrosion Association has unveiled its spring 2017 slate of technical seminars and training courses to help boost corrosion and coatings education in Australia, New Zealand,...


SSPC Seeks Papers for 2018 Conference

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has issued a call for papers for its 2018 conference, to be held Jan. 15-18, 2018, in New Orleans.


AkzoNobel Rejects $22B PPG Proposal

Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel said Thursday that it is reviewing its options to separate its Specialty Chemicals business after rejecting outright an offer from PPG Indus...


Residents: Bayonne Bridge Raining Debris

The $1.3 billion Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project has resulted in some unintended consequences for nearby residents, according to reports: debris, including tools, wood and conc...


Mackinac Bridge Painting Job Awarded

The Michigan Department of Transportation has awarded a project for cleaning and recoating structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge to Seaway Painting LLC, of Livonia, Michigan.


Congress Votes to Pull 'Blacklist' Rule

A rule that would have required increased scrutiny on the labor and environmental records of companies seeking big federal contracts is one step closer to being dead in the water, after a vo...


Judge: Guam Shipyard Workers May Sue

A group of shipyard workers laid off suddenly when Guam Shipyard lost a military contract in 2013 will get to proceed with a class-action suit against the shipyard, after a judge gave the cl...


Coatings Sales Up for Valspar in Q1

Sales in the coatings segment, including coil and wood coatings, jumped in the first quarter of 2017 for Valspar, helping to boost the company, which posted an overall sales increase, accord...


TPC Store Offers SSPC Publications

Books and resources published by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings are now being offered for sale via the TPC Store, the online retail site of Technology Publishing Co., the parent c...


‘US Made’ Won’t Apply to Keystone XL

Weeks after President Donald J. Trump issued presidential memos inviting TransCanada to re-apply for approval for its Keystone XL pipeline project and calling on pipeline companies to use U....


Joint Standard Addresses Corrosion Planning

A new standard addressing the process of corrosion prevention and control planning is the result of a collaborative effort between the United States Department of Defense, SSPC: The Society ...


ChemQuest Hires Floor Coverings Expert

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. has announced the addition of Stephen Chase to its team, as senior consultant.


Trump Speaks to Newport News Shipbuilders

President Donald J. Trump visited Newport News Shipbuilding Thursday, speaking on the deck of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford to a group of more than a thousand shipbuilders and sailors.


US Seeks Contractors for Border Wall

The federal government has begun the process of soliciting contractors for the design and construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, a pillar of President Donald J. ...


Report Released on Sydney Metro Crack

Although the crack that plagued progress in Australia’s Sydney Metro Project last September is gone, a recently released failure assessment has shed light on what went wrong with a section o...


SSPC Seeks Board Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is currently seeking nominations for two positions on its Board of Governors.


Commission: Garden Bridge Trust Acted Properly

The organization behind London’s controversial Garden Bridge project is in the clear, at least in terms of its business practices, as a government regulator has issued a report indicating th...


Davis-Bacon Wage Provisions Face Challenges

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and currently under consideration by the Environment and Public Works Committee would remove prevailing wage restrictions from many transportation projec...


Trump Orders Examination of Regulations

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order Friday (Feb. 24) that establishes task forces within executive departments to identify regulations that might be ripe for repeal or modifi...


Hudson Tunnel Construction to Take 7 Years

New York City could see construction last for seven years for the installation of the Hudson Tunnel, officials said Tuesday at a community presentation.


SSPC: 2017 Conference Participants Up

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has revealed that SSPC 2017, held Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Tampa, Florida, posted positive numbers in terms of registrations and exhibit booths.


AkzoNobel Announces Protective Coatings Hire

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has named coatings industry veteran Steven Feldman to be its Business Director, Protective Coatings North America.


Pruitt Begins Tenure as EPA Head

Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indicating in his first address to employees and the nation that he would follow President Donald J...


1.5MG Tank Rehab Out for Bid in MD

Anne Arundel County is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the existing 1.5 million gallon Linthicum storage tank, located in Annapolis, Maryland.


New Report Calculates Congestion’s Cost

Traffic congestion isn’t just an annoyance; it’s a big economic drain, according to a new report from a transportation analytics firm.


Boston to Consider Harbor Barrier

The city of Boston is considering a permanent solution to combat climate change and its accompanying rise in tide and rainfall levels. The billion-dollar fix might come in the form of a sea ...


Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge Opens to Traffic

A $1.3 billion project on a bridge between New Jersey and New York’s Staten Island borough has reached a milestone, as traffic began flowing on the Bayonne Bridge Monday.


Newsletter Schedule Alert: Monday, Feb. 20

PaintSquare News will not be published Monday, Feb. 20, as the offices of PaintSquare parent company Technology Publishing Co. will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.


Historic DC Bridge’s $250M Rehab Plan Set

A historic Washington D.C. structure is one step closer to an overhaul, as the National Park Service has selected a rehabilitation plan for the Arlington Memorial Bridge, and is moving on to...


AkzoNobel Reveals 2016 Financials

Currency translation and price/mix effects took a toll on 2016 revenues for global coating company AkzoNobel, according to the company's latest financial report.


Chemical Company Deal Progresses

A $2.69 billion deal between two specialty chemical companies is moving forward after shareholders of the business that's being acquired gave the merger the green light.


CA Dam Situation Spawns Evacuations

The waters in California’s Lake Oroville continue to threaten nearby homes and infrastructure as the Oroville Dam’s main spillway remains in limited use, and an emergency spillway is also li...


Firm Develops ‘Modular’ Wastewater System

A Dutch company has put its new system of modular tanks for wastewater treatment into real-world use for the first time, and is experimenting with constructing the units with self-healing co...


$2.7B Bridge Moves Forward in BC

A multibillion-dollar bridge project near Vancouver will move forward, after an environmental review requested by local officials was waived by the Canadian government.


Concrete Collapses at CA Dam Spillway

The tallest dam in the United States is subject to close monitoring after engineers discovered major concrete erosion in its spillway—just as heavy rains set in.


Paint BidTracker Unveils Improvements

Paint BidTracker, the premier project lead and market intelligence service for the paint and coatings industry, will soon debut a new look and an improved data platform.


Army Corps Gives Dakota Access Green Light

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday (Feb. 7) that it would approve an easement that will allow the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile underground pipeline that ...


Shipyards Excused from Hiring Freeze

Naval shipyards are among the federal entities that are exempt from the 90-day hiring freeze put into place by President Donald J. Trump, according to the Department of Defense.


Program Explores Workplace Diversity

This year’s Women in Coatings session at SSPC 2017, which closed Thursday (Feb. 2) in Tampa, looked beyond the role of women in the industry’s workforce to also explore the skills and attrib...


US Construction Jobs On the Rise

According to new government numbers, the construction industry in the United States added 36,000 jobs, and saw an increase in pay for workers, in January, though jobs on civil engineering pr...


Learning Opportunities Abound at SSPC

SSPC 2017, the annual conference of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, concluded Thursday, Feb. 2, as the final technical sessions took place and the exhibit hall opened to attendees...


Chao Confirmed as Transportation Secretary

The U.S. Senate voted 93-6 last week to confirm Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation, giving its approval to a longtime public servant and political figure who first served in the Depa...


NYC Construction Bills Spark Debate

New legislation in New York City has the construction industry divided, and a new state report reveals what regulators call "alarming trends" related to worker fatalities.


AIA Forecast: Construction Up, Industrial Lags

Industrial facility construction won't be getting the same boost that commercial building will see in 2017, according to one major industry group.


Tiny Bird, Big Bridge

They say a butterfly flapping its wings can affect the course of a hurricane halfway across the globe, but in California, some bridge contractors have witnessed firsthand the major consequen...


FERC Shakeup Threatens Pipeline Schedules

The resignation of a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, effective Friday (Feb. 3), has left natural gas pipeline project teams scrambling for approvals before what could be ...


$20M+ Bridge Rehab Job Up for Bid

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors interested in the rehabilitation of the South Tenth Street Bridge located in Pittsburgh.


JPCL, SSPC Select Top Titles

As SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings opened its SSPC 2017 conference Monday (Jan. 30) in Tampa, the association and protective and marine coatings publication JPCL took the op...


SSPC Honors Industry Service

During the annual Awards Luncheon program, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings not only recognizes the best coatings projects completed over the previous year but also takes the opport...


SSPC Names Top Structures of 2016

A classic roller coaster, spillway gates, and a space agency building are among eight coatings projects recognized with SSPC Structure Awards ceremony on Monday (Jan. 30).


SSPC Exhibits Open for Business

SSPC, the Society for Protective Coatings, kicked off the exhibition portion of its annual conference Tuesday with a reception bringing together 143 exhibitors showcasing the latest in coati...


FL Bridge Drops Concrete for Composites

A bridge set to open later this year in Florida will be a testing ground for composite building materials that could change the way construction and maintenance of bridges is carried out.


Infrastructure Ideas Fly in Washington

The first full week of President Donald J. Trump’s administration included a $1 trillion infrastructure bill proposal from Democrats and the leak of two lists of potential administration inf...


ChemQuest Adds Tech Expert

Dr. Sudhir Hublikar has been hired by The ChemQuest Group Inc. to fill the role of Technology and Innovations Director, bringing expertise in coatings and chemical technology, the company re...


President's Welcome

It is my great honor to personally invite you to join me, other members and the SSPC staff for the SSPC 2017 conference and exhibition at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida from J...


Talk One on One with 140+ Suppliers

More than 140 exhibitors are slated to have a presence on the SSPC 2017 Exhibit Floor in Tampa, giving you the opportunity to talk directly to suppliers of abrasives, coating materials, appl...


Trump Revives Keystone XL Pipeline

President Donald Trump revived the possibility that the Keystone XL pipeline could be built across the central United States when he reversed the Obama administration’s rejection of the oil ...


Bids Requested to Paint 2.5MG Water Tank

The City of Fernley, NV, is seeking contractors for the cleaning and recoating of its Northeast Water Storage Tank.


PPG Names Morales CFO

Paints and coatings manufacturer PPG has announced that Vincent J. Morales will become its senior vice president and chief financial officer starting March 1.


Oil and Gas Industry to Spend More in 2017

Big new oil and gas projects will double worldwide in 2017 as companies increase their spending, according to one global consulting firm.


Restructuring, Currency Affect PPG Q4

Sales and net income were both down in the fourth quarter of 2016 for paints and coatings manufacturer PPG, owing largely to unfavorable currency rates and charges related to restructuring, ...


Kansas Influent Building Contract Awarded

The City of Lawrence recently awarded a project for the cleaning and recoating of an existing influent building and bio solids pump system located in Lawrence, Kansas, to Gray & Company Inc....


US Tightens Oil Pipeline Safety Rules

Federal regulators have announced new rules to improve oil pipeline safety, increasing requirements related to testing and internal inspections in an effort to prevent pipeline breaches and ...


FTA Updates Grant Awardee Guidelines

The U.S. government agency overseeing federal aid for public transit projects has issued a newly revised document to help those who have been awarded grants to understand their responsibilit...


RPM Acquires Raw Materials Firm

RPM International, parent corporation of a number of industrial and architectural paints and coatings companies, has acquired specialty chemical raw materials manufacturer Arnette Polymers L...


Feds Unveil Website on Worker Classification

The United States Department of Labor has launched a new website to help employers and workers know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor—and the consequences if w...


London’s Planned Garden Bridge in Jeopardy

A proposed pedestrian bridge in London that would serve as a “floating park” over the River Thames is in jeopardy, according to reports, and even if it isn’t built, it could come at consider...


US Construction Industry Hiring in 2017

A new sampling of opinion in the U.S. construction industry indicates that most American contractors are prepared to add staff in the coming year.


Province OKs Pipeline Expansion Plan

A major oil pipeline expansion is one step closer to reality in western Canada, after getting approval Wednesday from the province of British Columbia.


DE Bridge to Get New Protection from Ships

A $460 million capital improvement project being undertaken by the Delaware River and Bay Authority includes a project that will develop a new ship collision protection system for the twin s...


Bridge Refuses to Yield to Demolition

At a time when many are worried about the condition of American bridges, it’s reassuring to see that some spans, like California’s Antlers Bridge, refuse to fall—even under controlled demoli...


Bridge Owner Sues to Stop Gordie Howe

The owners of a major bridge on the U.S.-Canada border have filed a new lawsuit in an attempt to stop the construction of a new bridge nearby.


Structural Lessons from the Sponge

Those who design structures, from buildings to bridges, may be on the verge of learning some important lessons from none other than the orange puffball sea sponge.


Trump, Navy Chart Fleet Expansion

The U.S. Navy and President-elect Donald J. Trump are both looking to expanding the country’s fleet, at a rate not seen since the Cold War.


NY Governor Unveils $10B Airport Overhaul

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $10 billion renovation to one of the United States’ busiest airports, in an effort to keep up with major improvement projects at airports in big cit...


Posters Reveal State Project Capital Data

State expenditures and major coating projects on the horizon are featured in a set of informational wall posters being offered by Paint BidTracker for 2017.


US Construction Spending Hits 10-Year High

Bolstered by street and highway work, nonresidential construction was up nearly 5 percent in November, helping to move U.S. construction spending to numbers not seen in a decade, new federal...


Connect with PaintSquare on Social Media

Social media users can now keep up with coatings industry news and insights in more ways, as PaintSquare and its partner publications have expanded their presence on social media.


RPM Reports Increased Sales in Q2

RPM International Inc. (Medina, OH), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, saw a 3 percent increase in sales in the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal...


Delay Forecast for Infrastructure Plan

The infrastructure plan promised by President-elect Donald J. Trump likely won’t come to fruition during his first 100 days in office, Congressional leaders say—but figuring out how to pay f...


1MG Tank Coating Job Up for Bid

The City of Elgin is seeking contractors interested in the cleaning and recoating of the Randall Road Water Tower located in the Illinois town.


World’s Highest Bridge Opens to Traffic

A remote, mountainous region of China is now home to the world’s highest bridge, which opened to traffic Dec. 30.


Tunnel Linking Europe, Asia Opens

More than four years after construction began, the Eurasia Tunnel, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul underneath the Bosphorus Strait, has opened to vehicle traffic.


Boeing Launches SC Paint Operations

With the completion of a new 360,000-square-foot paint facility, Boeing South Carolina announced that its North Charleston, SC, production campus will no longer have to fly the 787-10 Dreaml...


Golden Gate ‘Suicide Net’ Contract Awarded

After years of discussion, the contract for a suicide-deterrent net to be added to San Francisco’s landmark Golden Gate Bridge has been awarded, and construction is set to begin in 2017.


China Plans ‘Vanishing’ Bridges

When it comes to their size and placement alone, bridges are usually pretty hard to miss. But a trio of new bridges planned in China are actually intended to create the illusion of becoming ...


Upcoming Holiday Schedule, Features

As 2016 comes to a close, PaintSquare Daily News will be wrapping up its regular daily news coverage for the year and getting the annual “best of” issues ready.


From Water Tower to ‘Ultimate Beach House’

Most people don’t think “water tower” when they’re planning a vacation, but for those in the know, one of the most desirable beach house rentals in Orange County, CA, is just that.


Eiffel Tower Strike Tied to Paint Concerns

An upcoming paint job appears to be at the center of a strike that has kept the landmark Eiffel Tower closed to the public for two days.


Congress OKs Water Infrastructure Bill

The U.S. Congress has passed water infrastructure legislation that includes provisions to fund emergency repairs to the drinking water system in Flint, MI, and to perform work that will impr...


Bids Invited for Mackinac Bridge

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking contractors interested in cleaning and recoating the Mackinac Bridge’s north tower, located in Mackinac County, MI.


Budget Stopgap Delays FAST Act Hikes

An increase in federal funding that was slated as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act is on hold through late April as part of a budget stopgap passed in the eleventh hou...


Veteran Shares USS Arizona Corrosion Findings

Among this past weekend’s activities commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, university researchers were on deck to share their findings regarding corrosion and lon...


Unused Highway Proposed as Memorial

It’s not unusual to see a stretch of highway named to commemorate a fallen hero or town celebrity or a bridge named to memorialize an event or public figure. To make a monument of a stretch ...


ARTBA Predicts 2017 Transportation Growth

A new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association predicts some growth in the transportation construction market in 2017, fueled by both increased highway work and mo...


New Tappan Zee Reaches New Heights

Now in its fourth year of construction, the new Tappan Zee Bridge, aka the New NY Bridge, continues to reach major milestones in its path to completion, and certain elements of its superstru...


App Made to Help Report Wage Theft

A new tool to combat wage theft and labor exploitation among immigrant workers was introduced last month by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, New York-based day labor wo...


LA Metro to Pay I-405 Contractor $300M

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority will pay nearly $300 million more to the contractor on a highway-widening project that took five years and already cost more than twice its ori...


Cemex Sheds Concrete Pipe Arm for $500M

Mexican multinational building materials company Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. announced an approved sales agreement between one of its United States subsidiaries and what is said to be the largest m...


Halt to Overtime Rule Comes Under Appeal

Stakeholders on both sides of the controversial new overtime-pay rule that would make overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers continue to hash out its future in the court system.


Canada Approves $5B Pipeline Expansion

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the expansion plan for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Tuesday, clearing the way for the company to expand the oil pipeline’s capacity...


Trump Picks Elaine Chao for DOT Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has named former labor secretary Elaine Chao as his choice to head the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Treatment Plant System Up for Bid

King County, WA, is seeking contractors interested in performing modifications and painting at the West Point Treatment Plant, located in Seattle.


Contractors Settle Hanford Suit for $125M

Two contractors have agreed to pay $125 million to settle a whistleblower suit over their work at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state, including claims that one used taxpayer money ...


Golden Gate Repainting Put Off, Report Says

San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is long overdue for a paint job, according to Bay Area media outlets, which note that the span’s main cable housing hasn’t gotten a wholesale recoat...


Parsing Out Trump's Infrastructure Plan

Nearly three weeks into the presidential transition process, President-elect Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan has shown itself to be a popular idea, but perhaps not an easy one...


No Newsletters Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare News will not be published on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Seattle Builds ‘Earthquake-Proof’ Bridge

A bridge being built in Seattle will be the first large-scale application of a new set of structural materials that will be “earthquake-proof,” bending and flexing in the event of a quake, t...


Reader Alert: Thanksgiving Schedule

PaintSquare News will not publish new issues on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25.


US Bridge Report: Deficiency on the Rise

An annual look at the condition and safety of American bridges shows that more are in questionable condition than were last year—and funding is still on state bridge engineers’ minds as thei...


Building Blocks Break Bridge Record

Steel, concrete, wood … plastic blocks? When it comes to bridge construction, LEGO bricks aren’t usually counted among the standard building materials. A London professional association for ...


Hyperloop One Touts Seamless Transportation

The Dubai-to-Abu Dhabi Hyperloop track that architectural and design group Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) teased late last month is coming together in a way that makes the seemingly futuristic tr...


Architects Deconstruct Trump’s Border Wall

With the election last week of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency, architects and builders are beginning to speculate on the nature of one of Trump’s signature campaign promises...


Brooklyn Bridge Rehab $300M Over Budget

The renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge, originally predicted to wrap up in 2014 and cost $508 million, has yet to be completed—and now looks like it will cost more than $800 million.


NY Firm Wins $11.6M Bridge Contract

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has awarded a contract for the protective coating and steel rehabilitation of the Mount Hope Bridge located in Bristol, RI, to Piasecki Steel C...


Industry Supports Trump on Infrastructure

With the contentious 2016 election behind them, U.S. transportation associations are looking ahead to what the future holds for infrastructure and other construction projects under President...


Trump’s Election Could Revive Keystone XL

The Keystone XL Pipeline, effectively quashed by President Barack Obama last year, could be back in play under the incoming administration of President-Elect Donald J. Trump.


Utah Arch Tunnels to Get Shotcrete Revamp

A pair of historic rock tunnels that serve as an entryway to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah are getting a $2.5 million makeover, including the replacement of a layer of shotcrete inside ...


RPM Buys Industrial Tape Maker

Multinational holding company RPM International Inc., which owns subsidiaries that manufacture and market high-performance coatings, sealants and specialty chemicals, is adding an industrial...


Canada Floats $35B Infrastructure Bank Plan

An infrastructure bank that would combine government and private investment dollars for big road, transit and energy projects is part of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan for the...


Partners Debut Mobile Inspection Tool

Pavia Systems (Seattle), a software company specializing in technology for the transportation infrastructure industry has partnered with construction engineering firm Jacobs (Pasadena, CA) t...


First Full ‘Biobridge’ Opens to Foot Traffic

The campus of a Dutch university reportedly boasts the world’s first “biobridge,” a span built to test and exhibit the potential of building with more environmentally friendly construction m...


Hyperloop: Future of Transportation?

Road, rail, air or Hyperloop? What many see as the next generation of high-speed, long-distance transportation options may be one step closer to becoming a reality.


Construction Forecast Predicts Lift for 2017

Public works construction, along with most U.S. building sectors, can expect to see a boost in business in the coming year, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 bi...


Border Wall Goes Pink

One recurring architectural theme of the current U.S. election cycle has been Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s vision for a wide-ranging border wall, stretching across the country’s bo...


Judge Delays Contractor 'Blacklist' Rule

A new rule that would put federal contractors under much closer scrutiny was delayed by a preliminary injunction from a federal judge in Texas Tuesday (Oct. 25), the day it was scheduled to ...


Cracks Plague Sydney Metro Project

A multibillion-dollar metro rail extension in Australia’s largest city is facing a second major setback, as one of the precast concrete spans for the “Skytrain” rail bridge has cracked, the ...


Winery, Turnpike at Odds Over Logo

“We are from New Jersey and proud of it!” reads the website for Old York Cellars’ What Exit Wines line. But the winery, in Ringoes, NJ, isn’t getting the same level of love back from its sta...


Bids Due for Bridge Recoat

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the cleaning and painting of the Commodore Hull Bridge, located between Derby and Shelton, CT.


Canadian Oil Pipelines Limiting Exports

A new Canadian government report says the country’s oil pipeline infrastructure is lacking, limiting oil exports and leading oil companies to rely on rail transport.


Blasted Bridge Stays Strong

When you want to bring a bridge down fast, strategically placed explosives can get the job done in a matter of seconds. Usually.


Groups Press Candidates on Infrastructure

A group of industry organizations has asked the two major-party presidential nominees to keep long-term infrastructure solutions as part of their presidential plans.


Contractor Defaults, Bridge Job Restarts

Replacing a lane of defective concrete is among the jobs to be taken on by a crediting agency after the lead contractor on a major project on the International Bridge in Michigan went into d...


Review Proceeds on Dow-Dupont Merger

The proposed merger between chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont is moving forward again, as an investigation by European regulators reopens after missing paperwork caused a w...


End in Sight for NJ Work Freeze

Nearly three months after all nonessential road, bridge and transit projects were halted in New Jersey, the state’s governor and political leaders have reached an agreement on how to repleni...


House Attempts to Stall Overtime Rule

With the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule set to be enacted in just two months, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week intended to delay its start by six mon...


Tesla Denies Paint Shop Bottleneck Report

Growing electric automaker Tesla is denying reports that its paint shop could be the source of a bottleneck that could slow its expanding production capacity.


Guzzler Introduces New Vacuum Truck

A new vacuum truck from Guzzler Manufacturing (Streator, IL) is made to clean up and recover solids, dry bulk powders, liquids, slurries and thick sludge, according to the company.


Town Loses Water Tower to Planning Error

An Alberta, Canada, town is losing its signature water tower, all because of a planning mistake.


Cuomo Launches Penn Station Overhaul

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled plans to revamp New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, a project reportedly under consideration for more than two decades.


Feds Intervene in Defective Rebar Suit

The U.S. government has decided to join in a whistleblower lawsuit claiming a global supplier to the nuclear power industry defrauded the government.


Foundation Releases Road Spending Ratings

South Carolina and South Dakota get top marks in a new report on the cost-effectiveness of highway systems in the 50 states, released by a well-known think tank.


Kew Gardens Interchange Up for Recoat

Contractors interested in the cleaning and recoating of the Kew Gardens Interchange located in Queens County, NY, are urged to bid on a project held by the New York State Department of Trans...


PaintSquare Site Maintenance This Weekend

Attention readers: Our website will be undergoing scheduled maintenance beginning at 8 p.m. ET Friday (Sept. 23) to 8 p.m. ET Sunday (Sept. 25).


Support for Tolls, Mileage Fees Grows

A recent survey of American drivers suggests that most support the idea of tolls if they’ll help ease congestion and limit drive times.


Alert: PaintSquare Planned Maintenance

Readers of PaintSquare News attempting to access content on the website may experience a period of server unavailability this weekend.


Bridge Up for Clean, Recoat

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is requesting bids to clean and recoat a historic bridge in the state's West Feliciana Parish.


Group Names Best Transportation Projects

Several bridge projects are vying for recognition as the best transportation project in the United States in the 2016 America's Transportation Awards competition.


SSPC 2017 Poster Sessions Deadline Nears

Approximately six weeks remain to submit poster session proposals for the SSPC 2017 international protective coatings conference and exhibition.


Senate Passes Bill to Fund Flint Fixes

A $9 billion water infrastructure bill passed the U.S. Senate late last week, with hundreds of millions allocated for improvements to systems in Flint, MI, and other cities with potentially ...


Dow, DuPont Deal Hits Regulatory Snag

The proposed merger of two chemical giants has hit a roadblock as the European Union’s antitrust authority halted its review of the transaction, citing missing information.


Mini Bay Bridge Comes to Town

San Francisco loves its new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge so much, it seems, that the city will be building a duplicate smaller version as part of its new downtown transit center and neig...


Clariant Grows Oil-Chemicals Portfolio

In an effort to expand the footprint of its North American oil-chemicals business, a Swiss chemical maker plans to acquire two Texas-based firms that specialize in oilfield production chemic...


Report: Marine Newbuild at 20-Year Low

This year’s marine newbuilding numbers are likely to be at their lowest level in two decades, according to the Baltic and International Maritime Council.


Contractors Face Hiring Woes

More than two-thirds of contractors in the United States are reporting difficulty filling hourly craft positions—which represent the bulk of the construction workforce—including painters and...


Canadian Officials Air Bridge Concerns

Canadian officials have raised questions about the structural integrity of a privately owned span that’s touted as the busiest commercial point of entry between the United States and Canada....


More Injection Wells Halted After OK Quake

A Labor Day weekend earthquake in Oklahoma that was originally reported at magnitude 5.6 was upgraded late last week to a record 5.8, prompting the closure of a total of 54 wastewater inject...


Pump Replacement with Tank Coating Work

A Florida city is seeking contractors to replace a deep injection well pump located in Palm Bay, FL, which includes the cleaning and painting of associated components.


Pipeline Giant Forms in $28B Deal

The announced merger of two major pipeline companies promises to create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, with an estimated market value of $127 billion.


Valspar Q3 Numbers Mixed

Coil and wood coatings fueled volume growth in the third quarter for Valspar Corp., though foreign currency translation contributed to a slight dip in sales for the manufacturer as it prepar...


130-Ton Beams Drop onto Railroad Tracks

Work came to a halt on an Oregon railroad overpass last week when two concrete beams, weighing 130 tons apiece, collapsed onto railroad tracks the new structure was intended to cross.


Directory to Make E-Construction Connections

Pavia Systems, a software company specializing in technology for the transportation infrastructure industry, has launched a construction industry resource database.


PA Bridge Bid Spurs Suit

A bridge-painting firm from Baltimore is suing a government agency that it says wrongly passed it over in favor of another contractor.


Paint Disposal, Project Procedures at Issue

The Texas Department of Transportation is facing scrutiny on two fronts this month: improper paint disposal in one of its districts and a state audit suggesting that its design-build program...


Footage Captures Tappan Zee Progress

Three years into what is considered to be one of the largest bridge construction projects in New York history, the New York State Thruway Authority has released a video chronicling progress ...


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From corrosion protection to access equipment, a selection of new titles in the free PaintSquare Pro Video Series can help you stay on top of a variety of important industry topics.


Tube Curves Get Concrete Solution

Researchers and concrete suppliers in the U.K. have come up with what looks to be a solution to a longstanding problem: a durable method of supporting curved stretches of track on the London...


Engineers Study Bridge Failure

Members of the civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have published a new evaluation of the events that led to a 2013 bridge collapse in Washington stat...


Feds Order Stricter Contractor Reporting

Starting in October, contractors hoping to land jobs with the U.S. federal government will have additional hurdles to jump, as the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order goes into effe...


Longest Glass Bridge Opens

A new bridge in China’s Hunan Provice has quite a view—if you look straight down.


FEMA Floats Flood-Resilient Construction Rules

As central Louisiana continues to recover from last week's devastating floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communitie...


DOL Calls for NM Wage Data

As part of its ongoing survey by state, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is calling for participation in its wage determination survey of construction projects wit...


Report: CA Roads Impact Drivers' Wallets

Bridge and road conditions in California are estimated to cost the state’s drivers as much as $53.6 billion a year, according to a national transportation research group.


OSHA Cites Firms Over KY Crane Collapse

A Kentucky construction firm is facing more than $20,000 in proposed fines in the wake of a crane collapse on a bridge project in February.


‘Bendable Concrete’ to Speed Roadwork

Researchers in Singapore have created a form of concrete they say is not only stronger and more durable, but which should also reduce the time needed for roadwork by more than half.


NJ Transportation Work Stoppage Rolls On

More than six weeks after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered a shutdown of state road and bridge projects, he is asking state officials to free up funds for emergency road and rail w...


UK Goes Offshore for Massive Wind Farm

Government officials in the United Kingdom have given the green light on planning for what would be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.


5MG Water Tank Rehab Out for Bid in GA

The City of Dalton is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Castle Heights North Water Tank located in Dalton, GA. The contractor will oversee the cleaning and coating of the 5-m...


Jury Convicts Steel Contractor of WTC Fraud

The CEO of a New York City steel erection company faces up to 40 years in prison for illegally using a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contrac...


Feds Say 7 Duped $350M from Government

A federal grand jury in Columbia, SC, has charged seven people with cheating the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars in a construction fraud scheme.


Mount Hope Bridge Up for Recoat

Contractors interested in performing protective coating and steel rehabilitation of the Mount Hope Bridge located in Jamestown, RI, are invited to bid on a project held by the Rhode Island T...


US Voters Register Infrastructure Concerns

Nearly half of registered U.S. voters believe the country’s infrastructure has gotten worse over the last five years, according to a recent poll conducted by the Association of Equipment Man...


Historic Ship Rehab Proves Unfeasible

An American luxury cruise line made headlines in February with its plans to renovate and return to service the 1950s-era ocean liner that captured the trans-Atlantic speed record on its maid...


SCDOT Workers Face Corruption Charges

A South Carolina grand jury has indicted three former state transportation department officials on corruption charges for activities that reach back approximately seven years, according to m...


‘Straddling Bus’ Doubles Up on Travel Lanes

When it comes to improving transportation infrastructure, relieving traffic congestion is often a top consideration.


Trump's Huge Plan for Infrastructure Spending

Almost nine months after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her proposed $275 billion infrastructure spending plan, Republican nominee Donald Trump announced he would...


Women Excel in Today’s Coatings Industry

Once considered a male-dominated field, times have certainly changed for the coatings industry. Over recent decades, female coatings professionals have made inroads into the field and establ...


Steel Monitor Captures Latest Market Data

A new series of reports detailing current steel trade flows involving the world’s top importing and exporting countries has been announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce.


$500 Million Supports Transportation Projects

Highway improvements, modernization of port terminals, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, and rail projects are among 40 of the transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly ...


Inspection RFQ Deadline Nears

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) as part of its biannual “Indefinite Deliverable” coating inspection contract process.


Olympic Rings Inspire Bridge for the Games

When it comes to construction for the 2022 Winter Olympics, host city Beijing is keeping to the theme, even with a new bridge.


The Newest Paving Trend: Unpaving?

Paving can be a big expense for governments, and some are strapped for infrastructure funding these days. Enter a novel approach: unpaving.


This Tunnel-Bridge Combo Will Float

How do you solve the problem of building a crossing where traditional engineering methods pose a problem? Transportation officials in Norway are considering the world’s first floating submer...


Reuse Makes for a Shipshape Pavilion

A rusted ship’s hull has found new life as an art exhibit and meditation space at South Korea's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA).


Don’t Poo-Poo This Roadway of the Future

Could the future of highways come from the humblest beginnings down on the farm?


Global Resins Merger Set to Advance

A deal between global resins manufacturers Allnex and Nuplex is moving forward, with shareholders from Nuplex approving a deal that would merge the two companies.


NJ Shutdown Week 1: 1,700 Jobs, $41M

As the shutdown of road, bridge and rail work continues into its second week in New Jersey, a trade association representing the U.S. transportation design and construction industry has iden...


Golden Gate Suicide Net Bids Come in High

Officials say plans for a “suicide barrier” on the Golden Gate Bridge will go on, but the process may have hit a snag when the lowest bid for its construction came in at nearly twice the exp...


KS Wastewater Plant Project Out for Bid

The City of Lawrence is seeking contractors interested in the cleaning and recoating of existing surfaces at an existing wastewater treatment plant located in Lawrence, KS.


ThyssenKrupp, Tata Steel Talk Merger

German industry giant ThyssenKrupp has confirmed that it is in talks with India-based Tata Steel about a possible merger, leading to speculation that Europe’s steel market may be set to furt...


RPM Acquires NC Bridge Repair Firm

Specialty coatings and sealants giant RPM International has added to its portfolio with the acquisition of Applied Polymerics Inc. & Marketing Associates Inc. (API/MAI), an infrastructure ma...


Building Turkey’s Longest Bridge

One of the world’s newest, longest bridges owes a large part of its existence to a Luxembourg-based steel manufacturer, and its ongoing health to a pair of Danish and German engineering firm...


$3.5B in Transportation Work Halts in NJ

Hundreds of road and bridge projects valued at nearly $3.5 billion have been shut down as of Friday (July 8) as transportation funding in New Jersey threatens to run out by late summer.


Mayflies Plague Bridges

Despite a short life span, mayflies have a reputation for creating havoc on U.S. bridges in the early summer months, and they’re making their presence known to the nation’s drivers once agai...


Interstates Turn 60, Groups Urge Funding

As the U.S. wishes a happy 60th birthday to its interstate highway system, some industry groups say the network of roads looks every bit its age, and then some.


Blasts, Fire Shutter MS Gas Plant

Federal officials are investigating what led to two late-night explosions and the resulting fire at a natural gas processing facility in Pascagoula, MS.


Newsletter Schedule Alert

PaintSquare News will not be published the week of July 4. On Monday, July 4, our offices will be closed in observance of the national Independence Day holiday.


TransCanada Serves U.S. a $15B Bill

After having filed suit against the U.S. government in January, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is now formally seeking $15 billion in damages in response to th...


Bigger Canal Launches for Bigger Ships

Nearly 10 years after construction began, the expanded Panama Canal officially opened to much fanfare Sunday (June 26).


Penn Station May Get a ‘Halo’

A new passenger experience has been proposed for New York City’s iconic Pennsylvania Station, but it’s not going to be in the traditional train cars rolling in and out of the station.


Newsletter Schedule Alert

PaintSquare News will not be published the week of July 4. On Monday, July 4, our offices will be closed in observance of the national Independence Day holiday.


‘Brexit’ Leaves UK Projects in Limbo

Last week’s British vote to leave the European Union had immediate fallout in the markets, but it may also have longer-term effects on infrastructure investment in the U.K.


Rolls-Royce Robotic Ship Plans on Track

A self-driving Rolls-Royce may be a reality in the very near future, but we’re not talking about a luxury car. The British company’s marine division is part of a consortium working on autono...


Owner Convicted in Contract Scheme

A suburban Chicago business owner is facing up to 80 years in prison after a federal jury found her guilty of fraud for her role in a scam involving transit and road construction projects in...


PPG Sells a Fiber Glass Unit

Global paints and coatings maker PPG is divesting itself of its European fiber glass operations, the Fortune 500 company announced Monday (June 20).


Report: Global Infrastructure Underfunded

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute looks at infrastructure spending from a global perspective, and proffers suggestions as to how the industry might bridge the spending gaps tha...


Challenges for Women in Engineering

There's a gap between the share of engineering students who are women and the share of the engineering workforce that is, and new research has a suggestion as to why.


‘Self-Installing’ Innovation

A European construction services group will achieve an industry first with the design, fabrication and installation of five full-size gravity base foundations (GBFs) for a wind farm off the ...


Coast Guard Cadets Analyze Corrosion Rates

A tank barge sank amid rough seas in Long Island Sound on Jan. 24, 1936, carrying 500,000 gallons of heating oil with it to the bottom of the sea.


Will the Streets Be Paved with Panels?

We’re getting used to seeing solar panels on roofs and in solar “farms,” but what if power-harnessing cells were underfoot, or even under our tires? It’s already been tried in the Netherland...


Contractor Association Seeks Support

The Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee approved proposed House Bill 1952 Tuesday (June 14), which authorizes a 1:1 ratio for all of the state’s apprenticeship programs for employe...


IL Contractor Wins $5.3M Bridge Contract

The Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $5,298,650.20 to Keeley & Sons Inc. of East St. Louis, IL, for the renovation of the Joe Page Bridge linking...


Adding a Dimension to Project Planning

During big construction projects, it’s not uncommon to use 3-D modeling to work out the kinks before the actual work begins. But some researchers in Canada want to account for more than just...


JV Secures $2.1B Mexico Pipeline Deal

The North American energy company most often associated with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, recently rejected by the U.S. government, has announced plans to build, own and operate a $2.1 bill...


Flint’s Status with KWA Pipeline Cloudy

The future of the water supply in Flint, MI, hangs in the balance as the consortium of communities that comprise the Karegnondi Water Authority awaits word from Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on t...


‘Big 3’ Shipyards Get State Aid

Following several consecutive quarters of extreme financial losses, the Korean government is stepping in to assist the world’s three largest shipbuilders.


New SSPC Board Members 2016

Two industry leaders have secured open positions on the Board of Governors of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, while two incumbents attained reelection in the association’s 2016 el...


Chemical Giant Reaches Hiring Settlement

A chemical company that manufactures thickeners and other components for paints and coatings has settled with the U.S. government over allegations its hiring practices were discriminatory ag...


Transportation Project Excellence

Seven transportation construction projects in the northeast United States have been recognized as the best of the best.


Assessing Project Disputes

While the cost and time devoted to resolving construction disputes is rising in some parts of the world, the United States stands out as the only global region achieving a decrease in those ...


China, U.S. Spar Over Steel Duties

American steel imports from other countries, especially China, have become a topic of contentious global debate in the weeks since the U.S. announced plans to levy steep duties on companies ...


Paint Firm Recovers from Disaster

Ten months after a fire halted production for a Texas industrial coatings manufacturer, the company reports it is back up to full production on site following a recovery process that enabled...


Swiss Launch Record-Breaking Tunnel

The world’s longest, deepest tunnel opened last week in Switzerland with much fanfare celebrating completion of the mega project’s 17-year construction timeline.


App Supplies Coatings Info

Spray equipment manufacturer Titan (Plymouth, MN) has released a new free smartphone application designed to provide quick answers to busy paint professionals.


Tower Bridge to Get a Facelift

One of the world’s most recognizable bridges is getting some much-needed work, and London drivers will be finding a detour for a few months while it does.


4 Tanks Up for Recoating

The City of Pompano Beach, FL, is seeking contractors for the cleaning and recoating of four prestressed concrete ground storage tanks located at a water treatment plant.


Belgians Brew Up Pipeline for Beer

Beer transportation probably isn’t a city infrastructure priority, unless you’re talking about Milwaukee—or a historic Belgian town.


Possible Burial Ground Halts Pipeline

The Bakken pipeline, which would run from oil fields in North Dakota to southern Illinois, may be facing a setback in Iowa, where its proposed route runs through what some American Indian tr...


Changes Preface Dow, DuPont Merger

A new cast of leaders is shaping up as the merger between The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont comes closer to fruition.


U.S. Issues Anti-Dumping Steel Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce last week announced the conclusion of an investigation into allegations of dumping by five countries in relation to anti-corrosion steel, and issued considera...


The News Takes a Holiday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish Monday, May 30, as we observe the Memorial Day national holiday.


Turbine Breaks Records

A Des Moines-based energy provider claims it has built the largest land-based wind turbine in the United States. It is celebrating this feat by sharing the video footage, aerial photography ...


Oops: New Bridge Is Too Low

Delaware transportation officials spent more than $5 million to construct a new bridge in 2011. Five years later, they are expecting to put another half million dollars into the project to g...


Tesla Suit Exposes Labor Issues

A new paint shop for a Tesla Motors factory expansion is at the center of a controversy over whether the contractors responsible for its construction were grossly underpaid.


Quest Buy Buoys Valspar in Q2

Last year’s acquisition of Quest Specialty Coatings gave Valspar’s auto refinish line a boost in the second quarter of 2016, helping to offset lagging sales in other divisions.


New York Artist Eyes Floating Bridge

Most bridge projects are undertaken with a goal of longevity, but a proposed bridge in one Brooklyn neighborhood is only intended to last one day.


Students to Test Bridge Skills

Four dozen university engineering teams are on deck to compete this weekend in the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction a...


Will Overtime Rule Hurt or Help Workers?

While the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule implementing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations governing who is exempt from overtime, construction ...


Bridge Up for Repair, Overcoat

Contractors interested in performing maintenance, spot-repair and overcoating of the Delaware Memorial Bridge located in New Castle, DE, are urged to bid on an upcoming project through the D...


Seattle Borer Drills Past Viaduct

Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine, made its way under Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct faster than expected, limiting road closures last week and moving the tunneling project cl...


ASCE: Failing Infrastructure Hurts Economy

America’s failure to invest adequately in infrastructure updates comes at a substantial cost to individuals, according to a new report issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers.


DOT Looks at US Rail Bridge Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently conducted an audit of its Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), citing safety concerns related to increasing traffic volume and loads travelin...


Construction Numbers, Labor Demand Up

As Census Bureau numbers show the U.S. construction industry continuing to grow (including a big leap in road construction), one industry group is pointing out the need for more qualified wo...


Spanish Workers Uncover Priceless Coins

There’s no telling what you might uncover at the site of an excavation, but rarely is a construction find as cool as what some workers in Spain found: more than 1,300 pounds of Roman coins d...


EPA Grants NJ, NY, VI Clean Water Funds

Two U.S. states and one territory were awarded federal grants Monday (May 2) to undertake water infrastructure projects, largely involving wastewater systems and drinking water systems.


Bearing Maker Gets 35 Months for Fraud

A Chicago manufacturer who had pleaded guilty to making false statements concerning highway projects and to aggravated identity theft will spend 35 months in behind bars, according to the U....


U.S. Open to Usage Fees to Fund Roads

A majority of Americans now support the use of road usage fees to fund transportation infrastructure work, according to a new survey published by engineering firm HNTB.


CA’s Bay Bridge East Span to Live On

Millions of pounds of steel was used in the construction of the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and as sections of the East Span are slowly demolished, many observers are wonderin...


ACA Elects 2 Officers to Board

Two industry veterans, with a combined 70 years of experience, have been elected by American coatings manufacturers to serve on the industry association’s board of directors.


Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

Six years after a devastating blast in one of its natural gas pipelines, a California utility company is facing a criminal trial.


Grants Help Preserve Historic Structures

Two federal agencies that share a commitment to maritime preservation and education have announced the award of nearly $2.6 million in matching funds to help preserve the sites and objects—f...


Covered Bridge Rehab Out for Bid

The Vermont Agency of Transportation is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Seguin Covered Bridge located in Charlotte, VT.


At-Risk DC Bridge Gets New Support Plan

With time running out to raise funds to award a contract to restore a historic Washington, D.C., bridge, the National Park Service has floated a plan that would keep the crossing open, even ...


EPA, NYC Set Sites for Gowanus Tanks

The City of New York and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached a tentative agreement regarding the construction of two sewage and storm water tanks to be built as part of the...


Taxes Weigh Heavily on Construction

While tax expenditures vary by industry, construction appears to bear the highest business tax burden, according to a recent report from the White House and the Department of the Treasury.


Family Receives $18M for Bridge Death

A jury awarded $17.72 million to the family of the worker who drowned during bridge construction on the Baylor University campus in 2014.


Environmental Efforts Earn Recognition

An Avon, OH-based supplier of specialty additives, resins and pigments has achieved recognition from the state agency tasked with protecting the environment and public health by ensuring com...


US Wind Power Jobs Up 20 Percent in 2016

New project development and construction is driving rapid job growth in U.S. wind power. The industry supported 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016—a 20 percent increase over the previous year,...


AIA: A P3 Remedy for US Infrastructure

No one wants to see another Flint water crisis, but aging water distribution systems are only part of the public infrastructure woes facing states and localities. In 2013, The American Socie...


Industry Leaders Receive Honors at ACS

All-stars of the coatings industry are being recognized this week for their decades of service, innovative ideas and achievements, according to the American Coatings Association.


Agreement Reached for Red Sea Bridge

Two nations have consented to build a historic bridge connecting not only their two countries but also two continents.


US Ports to Create 1.6 Million Jobs

Over the next five years, U.S. seaports and their private-sector partners plan to spend $154.8 billion on port-related infrastructure, according to the latest investment survey by the Americ...


Ship Name Campaign Goes Overboard

When the Natural Environment Research Council invited the public to name its new £200 million ($308 million) polar research ship, to be built by Cammell Laird, it was surely looking for some...


2-Tank Rehab Project Out for Bid in GA

Fulton County, GA, is seeking bids for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the East Bethany Tank #1 and the West Bethany Tank #2, located in Atlanta.


SSPC Scholarship Deadline: April 30

For North American college students, time is running out to apply for scholarships from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Reports: Construction Pulse Is Strong

From spending to jobs, all signs point to a strengthening construction market. Two recent federal reports showing a sharp rise in construction employment and a solid increase in construction...


Merger Targets Water Infrastructure

Engineering, consulting, and design services firm Stantec is planning to extend its worldwide reach in water resources infrastructure with the acquisition of MWH Global Inc.


Boat Design Coasts into First Place

A Houston-based architectural and public art firm came out on top in the recent San Antonio International River Barge Design Competition.


TN Colleges Offer Concrete Degrees

Aspiring concrete industry professionals pursuing an education can now learn the craft via a new partnership between two Tennessee colleges.


Lost Navy Craft Found After 95 Years

The USS Conestoga, missing for 95 years, was found recently in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of San Francisco. The U.S. Navy tugboat disappeared in 19...


English Bridge Design Reflects History

King Arthur’s legendary birthplace is soon to be more reachable after hundreds of years of difficult access.


Deadline Nears for SSPC Board Election

Time is running out to submit your recommendations for nominees to the SSPC Board of Governors. The extended nomination period runs out this week, so the association reminds interested parti...


USGS Studies ‘Induced’ Seismic Activity

For the first time, maps showing the potential for earthquakes as a result of human activity, not just natural movements, have been released by the scientific agency responsible for studying...


Queensferry Crossing Reaches Milestone

Crews working on Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing recently made a massive push toward meeting the $1.35 billion structure’s year-end 2016 completion date.


CA May Get Offshore Floating Turbines

A Seattle project development company looking to capitalize on floating offshore wind opportunities in North America has proposed a target energy site in the waters off California’s coast.


CA Agency Presents 40-Year, $120B Plan

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has issued what it terms a “bold plan to transform transportation.”


OH Contractor Wins $2.3M Bridge Job

A Campbell, OH, contractor has been awarded the contract to clean and paint the bridge that carries US 62 over the Green River in Ohio County, KY.


Transit Project Uncovers Historic Road

Construction workers in Canada found they had dug back in time while preparing a site for the region’s light rail transit project.


Oil Slump Leads to U.S. Steel Layoffs

U.S. Steel, the largest American integrated steel producer, has said it will temporarily idle two of its plants and lay off 750 of workers in the coming weeks.


Award Calls for Best in Transportation

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are seeking outstanding transportation infrastructure projects or programs for it...


Merger to Form Energy Pipeline Giant

The company known for the controversial Keystone Pipeline project, which sought to carry crude oil from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. and on to the Gulf of Mexico, has a...


‘Fire-Breathing’ Bridge Wins ASCE Honor

A bridge designed to be an “aesthetic centerpiece” as well as a practical river crossing was one of six project finalists recognized for outstanding achievement by the association representi...


Converting Carbon Emissions into Concrete

In a process they call “carbon upcycling,” a group of University of California, Los Angeles, researchers is working on a way to recapture and repurpose industrial carbon emissions into poten...


Norway to Invest $1B in ‘Super-Cycleways’

In an effort to reduce its residents’ reliance on cars, one Scandinavian country is aiming to spend nearly $1 billion to build a new network of highways … for bikes only.


What Will the Future of Infrastructure Be?

A trade association for equipment manufacturers is inviting entries in its contest to collect innovative ideas for overhauling America’s crumbling infrastructure.


81K Acres Targeted for Energy ‘Milestone’

The federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources issued an announcement concerning the U.S. wind energy sector Wednesday (March 1...


CA May Choose Between Water and Rail

A movement is afoot in California that seeks to divert funds intended for the state’s high speed rail plans to water infrastructure projects instead.


SSPC Papers, Posters Deadlines Near

Deadlines are nearing for the submission of SSPC presentation proposals for the society’s 2017 conference.


DOT Promotes Project Funding Sources

The U.S. Department of Transportation has made known two potential sources of funding for infrastructure projects across the country.


CA ‘Bullet Train’ Wins Judge’s Ruling

Long in the works, California’s high-speed rail project has gotten the green light to proceed as planned following a state superior court judge’s dismissal of a five-year-old lawsuit intende...


Firm Brings New Meaning to ‘Blowing up a Bridge’

You’ll find a lot of photos of bridges on social media channels, including those that are awe-inspiring, under construction, being imploded or historically significant.


UT Firm Wins Reservoir Lining Contract

Corrio Construction of Salt Lake City has been awarded a contract by the city for the repair and interior lining of the Perry’s Hollow Reservoir.


Exec Gets 19 Years in Kickback Scheme

The former president of Brazil’s largest construction company is the latest official to be sentenced in the ongoing investigation into corruption at the country’s state-run oil company.


Bridge Builders Serve Those in Need

A group of bridge professionals will travel to Panama next month to donate their time and skills to build a footbridge serving an isolated area of the country.


Construction Jobs Picture Mixed, AGC Says

As spending grows in nonresidential construction, data shows employment growth in that sector to be lagging, suggesting contractors are having a hard time finding qualified workers, a new re...


Honoring Women in Construction Trades

With a mission of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), has designated March 6-12 as the time to celebrate w...


EPA Funds Student, Small Biz Innovation

The Environmental Protection Agency is working with students and small businesses around the country to support green building technologies, innovative technologies that protect the environm...


Execs Admit to Roles in Contract Scheme

Two former employees of a New Jersey engineering, environmental and energy consulting firm face prison time and thousands in restitution after conceding their participation in a $1 million c...


NY Transit Center Opens to Mixed Reviews

The new World Trade Center Transportation Hub has a lot of roles to fill—from serving as a symbol of the city’s rebirth to a daily commuter facility—but it is also drawing criticism from an ...


Seattle Tunnel Status: On Again

Six weeks after a sinkhole halted excavation of the new State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle, the design-build firm in charge of digging the underground portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replac...


USDOT Opens Funding for the FASTLANE

Applications are now being accepted for federal funding available through a new program included in the recently passed Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.


DOT Backs Island Infrastructure Plans

Federal transportation officials are committed to supporting and improving infrastructure projects in Puerto Rico.


Coast Guard Considers MI ‘Twin’ Bridge

Billionaire bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun is pushing forward with plans to build a replacement span for his privately owned 86-year-old Ambassador Bridge, even as planning is well under...


IDOT Seeks Bids on Lift Bridge Work

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking contractors interested in the renovation of the Joe Page Bridge linking Calhoun and Greene County, IL.


Hungry Mice Bring Down Tunnel Project

There are a lot of reasons repairs to a city’s infrastructure may be delayed, but hungry rodents are rarely the cause.


USDOT: $500M for Transportation Projects

The United States Department of Transportation is accepting applications for funding targeted at U.S. surface transportation projects through its TIGER competitive grant program.


MoDot May Have the Bridge for You

Anyone need a bridge? The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) currently has seven bridges that are free to a good home.


Firms Owe $1.33M in DBE Bridge Scheme

Three Pennsylvania contractors have avoided jail time for their roles in a 16-year disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud scheme involving hundreds of state bridge projects.


Caltrans, Builder Look to Arbitration

When it comes to expenses from construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, both the state transportation agency and the primary contractor feel they have money coming to them.


$98.1B Slated for FY2017 USDOT Work

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has shared detailed information on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s budget for fiscal year 2017 in a series of recent statements.


East Span Bids Slow Farewell to Truss

The Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge has been the subject of much attention—winning awards, under scrutiny for leakage and corrosion, and for its artistic lighting system, and now eyes are t...


‘America’s Flagship’ May Sail Again

Renowned for having captured the trans-Atlantic speed record on its maiden voyage, the SS United States, although out of commission for the past 46 years, may set sail once again thanks to a...


Heavy Construction Jobs Set to Rise

Declines in heavy and civil engineering construction are expected to turn around in 2016 in response to the long-term transportation bill, according to the Associated General Contractors of ...


AkzoNobel Reports Record FY2015

Multinational paints, coatings and chemicals company AkzoNobel reported record performance for 2015, having successfully delivered on the year’s financial targets while recognizing significa...


Bidding Opens for Water Tank Recoat

Contractors are being sought by Owensboro Municipal Utilities for mechanical modifications and recoating of the Parrish Avenue Water Tank located in Owensboro, KY.


Form, Function Fuel Power Plant Plans

Two Danish architecture firms recently revealed their winning design concept for the world's largest waste-to-energy power plant scheduled for construction in Shenzhen, China.


$23.9B to Go into Hudson Rail Project

Although it had been reluctant to do so, Amtrak has released cost projections and a timetable of events for the Gateway program, a massive underground infrastructure project meant to double ...


O’Hare Lands $1.3B Infrastructure Deal

The City of Chicago has reached an agreement with two major airlines on a $1.3 billion infrastructure plan that includes construction of a sixth runway at O’Hare International Airport, deici...


Hempel to Shed Blome International

Global protective coatings supplier Hempel announced Tuesday (Feb. 2) that it is selling off its interests in Blome International, a U.S.-based corrosion control products manufacturer it acq...


New Bridge Plan Replaces L.A. River Icon

Architect Michael Maltzan’s new “Ribbon of Light” bridge has big shoes to fill to become a new Los Angeles landmark.


$6.5B in Losses Lead to Steep BP Layoffs

While announcing a loss of $6.5 billion in the 2015 fiscal year—said to be the largest annual loss in its history—British oil and gas company BP has revealed plans to lay off 7,000 employees...


Grossman Honored for Durability Work

In recognition of his decades of work in weatherability and durability testing, Q-Lab President Doug Grossman was named the latest recipient of the prestigious Warren Ketola Memorial Award, ...


SSPC Seeks Candidates to Join Board

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is requesting nominations for its Board of Governors in two categories, the association announced Friday (Jan. 29).


Folding Blades to Protect Giant Turbines

As part of its work for the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories has developed an innovation in wind turbine blades intended to help protect them in harsh offshore environ...


Dutch Group Rethinks Wind Infrastructure

Despite the many wind farms that dot the landscape on land and offshore, the classic wind turbine isn’t the only structure that can turn wind into energy, according to the Dutch.


EPA Allots $182M for CA Water Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $182 million in funding available for California to invest in projects that will improve local drinking water and wastewater infrastructur...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Strong 2015

Sherwin-Williams' new president and CEO delivered a "gratifying" full-year and fourth quarter earnings report released Thursday (Jan. 28).


Executive Promotions Underway at PPG

PPG Industries has announced several new leadership appointments, including senior vice presidents in three divisions, as well as the retirement of the current senior vice president, automot...


Firm Proposes New Efficient Ship Design

Global oil and natural gas firm BG Group set out to rethink the design of liquid natural gas (LNG) transport ships, and in the process developed what it calls the “LNG ship of the future.”


Bridge Work Could Dry Niagara Falls

With a gushing flow visited by millions each year, it seems nothing could shut off the splash of Niagara Falls—except maybe bridge construction.


Finalists Named for US-Canada Bridge

Plans to construct the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, ON, are moving closer to fruition after the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) selected three teams ...


FHWA Seeks Your Worksite Innovations

Only a few days are left to participate in submitting topics for the next round of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Every Day Counts initiative.


Mayors Say Roads, Transit Top Tasks

Infrastructure tops the list of concerns reported by 89 mayors representing cities across the United States, according to a recent report from Boston University.


Steel Fallout Felt Throughout Europe

Following in the footsteps of other European steelmakers in crisis, the world’s largest steel producer has said it is idling one of its plants in Spain.


Women in Coatings Share Strategy, Support

Industrial coatings work is no longer a male-dominated field, and SSPC’s Women in Coatings Program is actively working to continue to grow the industry’s culture as one where gender is no lo...


Cracking Found in New Rail Bridge Spans

Two of 24 pre-cast concrete spans that will carry an elevated train for Australia’s largest public transportation project have cracked less than a year after they were installed.


Sinkhole Delays Seattle Tunnel Project

Following a lengthy repair period, Bertha went back into service at the end of December, getting the underground portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project going forward again, P...


SSPC Celebrates the Best of 2015

Complex industrial coatings products, outstanding aesthetic merit and excellence in craftsmanship were among those coatings projects recognized with SSPC Structure Awards ceremony on Monday ...


Yeager Bridge Up for Recoat

The West Virginia Parkways Authority is seeking contractors interested in recoating the Southbound Yeager Bridge in Kanawha County. The project involves cleaning and spot-coating 110,000 squ...


JPCL Awards Top Papers of 2015

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings launched the SSPC 2016 Featuring GreenCOAT conference Monday (Jan. 18) in San Antonio, TX. The event kicked off with its annual Awards Luncheon, hon...


Hyperloop Test Track to Break Ground

Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop transportation system appears poised to give the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s bullet train some competition for delivering the fastest ride from nort...


Axalta Celebrates 150-Year History

Global coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems is celebrating 150 years in the industry this year.


Building the World’s First ‘Droneport’

They fly through the skies. They must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). And if the aircraft is issued an airworthiness certificate, a pilot certificate is require...


EPA Assesses Wastewater Infrastructure

A recent survey by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s wastewater infrastructure over the next five years...


Firm Tapped for US High-Speed Rail Build

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has identified the likely contract winner for the next construction phase of the first high-speed rail (HSR) system in the United States.


Seattle Tunnel Project Drills Ahead

Just over two years after breaking down in its first days of digging, “Bertha,” the tunnel boring machine excavating


Science Crafts Concrete for Life on Mars

As NASA sets its sites on developing the resources to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, some scientists are looking ahead to the next phase—the technologies astronauts will need to one day l...


Westinghouse Picks Engineer for Nuclear Jobs

Irving, TX-based engineering construction company Fluor Corporation won two subcontracts giving it workforce


Offshore Fabricator Pays $20M for Shipyard

Known as a manufacturer of specialized structures and vessels used in the oil, gas and marine industries


Recovery, Challenges Ahead in Construction

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Turning Waste into Eco-friendly Concrete

Seeking to develop a cheaper, more environmentally friendly form of concrete, a team of


The Sweet Sound of … Concrete?

Many music lovers prize old-school records as providing the ultimate listening experience. But would


Grants Available for Small US Shipyards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) is making funding available in support


Keystone XL Owners Sue US Government

The Canadian company that expected the U.S. to approve a portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline has filed one of the largest trade appeals ever brought against the federal government, accor...


3M Sues over Alleged Patent Infringement

Global manufacturing giant 3M, headquartered in St. Paul, MN, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit


Bids Requested to Paint Water Tower

The City of Tracy is seeking contractors interested in the repainting of a steel water tower located in the California town.


PaintSquare News Publisher Taps New CEO

Brion D. Palmer, a media executive with 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, has been selected as the new


Implosion Opens Path for New Bridge

Pittsburgh, known by many as the City of Bridges for the sheer number it contains, said farewell to one 94-year-old structure


Dryline Project to Protect NYC from Floods

With just a little more than a year away before it must begin construction, the City of New York is about to embark upon one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country to help kee...


Enjoy the New PaintSquare Daily News

Welcome to 2016 and the new PaintSquare Daily News. Our new look not only offers a fresh face, but also increased usability and additional functionality—in desktop and responsive mobile form...


RIDOT Brings Striping Work In-House

In an effort to reduce costs and improve process efficiency, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently announced plans to consolidate its roadway pavement markings opera...


PaintSquare News Gets Revamp for 2016

Watch your inboxes in the new year for a fresh take on PaintSquare News—we will launch 2016 with a new clean, responsive newsletter design geared to professionals on the go.


Las Vegas Highway Project Moves Forward

A Colorado-based project management firm has been named the lead designer of the largest highway construction project in Nevada’s history.


Architect’s Bridges to Spur City Growth

Spanish neofuturist architect and structural engineer Santiago Calatrava has been commissioned to design a trio of bridges in the rapidly growing city of Huashan, China.


Will LNG Exports Boost Shipbuilding?

Shipyards in the United States could see a major boost in newbuilding orders if a congressional mandate goes forward requiring all liquid natural gas (LNG) exports to be transported on U.S.-...


OH Contractor Nets $53M Bridge Job

An award of more than $53 million has been made by the California Department of Transportation to Liberty Maintenance Inc., of Youngstown, OH, for the cleaning and recoating of the San Mateo...


NY Builder Agrees to Pay Out $20M

One of New York City’s largest building firms, Tishman Construction Corp., has admitted to employing fraudulent billing practices to cheat its project clients out of more than $5 million dol...


Architect Rethinks Water Tower’s Form

Water towers tend to be readily recognizable as what they are and for the purpose they serve. One Belgian architect, however, decided to seek out an alternative to the traditional utilitaria...


Coatings Courses for Military, DoD Use

From corrosion prevention to chemical agent resistance, coatings professionals will have the opportunity to delve into a range of topics specific to military and Department of Defense applic...


One Vancouver Seawall Stands Out

When it comes to infrastructure meant to prevent both flooding and property damage along shorelines, large concrete structures are usually what comes to mind. But one Canadian landscape arch...


Season One Success for US Windfarm

America’s first offshore wind farm just reached another project milestone: wrapping up its initial offshore construction season.


SUV Crosses Bridge Made of Paper

Land Rover’s Range Rover bills itself as one of the most luxurious off-road SUVs on the market—capable of delivering “performance in varying terrain or conditions.”


Hempel Appoints New CFO

One of the world’s top paint and coatings companies has hired a new chief financial officer to fill the vacancy left by the departing incumbent.


SSPC Is on the Move

It’s been a big year for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. Not only did the association celebrate its 65th anniversary and welcome aboard its new executive director, but it also has...


U.S. Bridges: On the Road to Recovery

The overall condition of bridges in the United States is improving, according to a recent study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO); however, some room for improvement remains am...


Get to Know Marine Coating Standards

What do you need to know when specifying coatings for marine environments? What training opportunities are available to keep you up to date on the latest certifications and standards?


JPCL 2016 Survey: Share Your Insight

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing the coatings industry? The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) is preparing the annual forecast feature for its January ...


Oil and Gas Tech on SSPC 2016 Docket

As SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT nears, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is sharing the schedule of conference programming dedicated to work in the oil and gas business.


Contractor Gets $20M for Bribe Reports

A Louisiana jury has agreed with a former bridge contractor and awarded him $20 million after he said a state official tried to bribe him with cash and other gifts and then blacklisted him f...


EPA Invests in State Water Projects

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $165 million dollars to six New England states in support of water projects that safeguard public health and the envir...


Long-Awaited Transportation Bill Passes

Transportation funding advocates, federal agencies and even elected officials might agree that the final passage of a long-term highway bill is a Christmas miracle.


2M-Gallon Tank Lining Job Out for Bid

The Lake Hemet Municipal Water District is seeking SSPC QP1 or QP2 certified contractors interested in the cleaning and relining of the Marshall water storage tank located in Hemet, CA.


Sneak Peek of New MI Bridge Revealed

Residents of Detroit, MI, and Windsor, Ontario, are beginning to look forward to the new Gordie Howe International Bridge as new details of its design are revealed.


Obstacles Delay Bridge Opening 60 Years

Drivers in eastern Pennsylvania waited nearly six decades through a series of setbacks to have a bridge that crossed the Lehigh River and connected a former rust belt city with a coast-to-co...


Charity Offers Transportation in a Can

Creating models such as the Mayflower and the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine, 24 teams of architects and designers focused on transportation for this year’s Canstruction event in the nation’s ca...


Clinton Targets Infrastructure, Jobs

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed some insights into her proposed infrastructure and jobs plans during a campaign event held Sunday (Nov. 29) in Boston.


Unique Walking-Biking Bridge Proposed

A pedestrian-bicycle bridge in east London is expected to become the first draw bridge built across the Thames River in more than 120 years.


Axalta Taps New VP, Division President

Global liquid and powder coating supplier Axalta Coating Systems has appointed a new executive to its leadership team.


Bridge Connects Harbor, Points to Sea

Forget the quintessential statue marking a city’s harbor entrance. Danish designers have come up with an idea that’s more multimodal.


Newsletter Breaks for Thanksgiving

As we prepare for a holiday weekend to celebrate with family and friends, PaintSquare News would like to thank our readers and advertisers.


Tappan Zee Project Gets New Engineer

An engineer with experience in designing long bridge spans in cold weather has been hired to complete the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.


1M-Pound Bridge Slides in Place

Crews in Michigan took advantage of the slide-in bridge construction (SIBC) technique to build a new bridge on the M-100 in Potterville with only one weekend’s worth of road closure.


Hexion Expands Production Capacity

Hexion Inc., based in Columbus, OH, announced Wednesday (Nov. 18) that it is expanding its waterborne epoxy resin production capacity in Tianjin, China.


Contractors Sought to Paint ND Bridge

The North Dakota Department of Transportation is seeking contractors interested in painting the structural steel members of the Grant Marsh Bridge in Burleigh and Morton Counties, ND.


Milan Firm Acquires Lane Industries

Italian infrastructure group Salini Impregilo announced an agreement to acquire U.S.-based construction firm Lane Industries Inc., one of the country’s top federal contractors for roads and ...


Concrete Wind Turbines Pass New Tests

Iowa State University researchers wanted to see how tough their new concrete wind turbines would be under the twisting strain of hydraulic machines.


Bridges Receive Concrete Design Awards

Two bridges recently received honors during the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) first Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards.


Scotland to Have Floating Wind Farm

An international energy company based in Norway has received approval from the Scottish government to build the first floating wind farm in the world.


Contractor Settles DBE Fraud for $2.6M

A New York contracting company has agreed to pay the federal government $2.6 million for violating the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program on a highway bridge project.


Shipyards Provide Lift in U.S. Economy

The U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry plays a significant role in the state of the U.S. economy, according to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Adm...


Officials Shelve ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

Alaska’s infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” actually is not going to go anywhere.


Guide Clarifies P3 Payment Protections

Construction of projects for public use through public-private partnerships (P3) continues to increase at all levels of government, including the state and local levels.


New York AG Investigates Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil is the target of an investigation regarding whether it purposely misled the public and shareholders about climate change and the impact it would have on the oil industry.


Keystone XL: Analysis and Outlook

Just days after North American energy company TransCanada asked the U.S. State Department to suspend review of its permit application, President Obama announced Friday (Nov. 6) that the cons...


DOC Defines Steel Import Duties

Following its investigations into corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan, the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary dete...


House Passes Long-Term Highway Bill

For the first time in nearly a decade, the federal government is close to approving a highway funding bill that will last longer than two years.


Contractor to Pay for EEO Violations

A Massachusetts construction firm accused of misusing equal opportunity programs has reached a settlement in its court case.


Garden Bridge Shows Signs of Life

Despite being classified by many as an unneeded vanity project, London’s controversial Garden Bridge project appears to have gotten a new lease on life.


Hold Requested for Keystone XL Permit

Said to be anticipating a rejection of its application by the Obama administration, the company looking to build the Keystone XL pipeline has asked the U.S. State Department to put its permi...


Study: Global Infrastructure Value

A global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets took a look at the state of infrastructure around the world and assigned each a dollar values as a measuring stick for compa...


Shipyards Eyed in Brazil Graft Scandal

As the official investigation into the graft scandal involving Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras proceeds, three shipyards were revealed to be among those implicated in the scheme.


‘Big 3’ Continue Financial Struggles

Hampered by cancelled orders and delays in construction of offshore facilities, the world’s three largest shipbuilders are tracking to record major financial losses in 2015.


TX Town Seeks River Craft Innovation

The City of San Antonio is launching an international design competition to reinterpret its “river barge” vessels for the city’s upcoming 300th anniversary.


Panels Show Tappan Zee Road Design

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is beginning to look more like a bridge and less like a construction project.


Monster Welcomes Batbridge

The town of Monster, South Holland, Netherlands, has a bridge built with the unique specifications of some specific residents in mind…and it’s not the townspeople.


Bidding Opens for FL Standpipe Rehab

Osceola County Board of County Commissioners is seeking contractors interested in the painting, repair and rehabilitation of an existing standpipe tank located in Kissimmee, FL.


Nuclear Giant Takes on Construction

Leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is expanding its global offerings through the acquisition of ...


Tubes Open Gateway to Rail Relief

It’s a multi-billion-dollar underground infrastructure project that has not officially started yet in part of the country where ailing transportation routes are consuming significant resourc...


House: Highway Help on the Horizon

Faced with an Oct. 29 deadline and with a long-term solution still just out of reach, Congress is expected to pass today (Oct. 27) its 35th short-term transportation funding authorization in...


Survey Digs into Infrastructure Spend

Are U.S. leaders taking the state of American infrastructure seriously? More than 60 percent of Americans say "no," according to a recent survey conducted by AAA.


Self-Healing Concrete Effort Recognized

A company in the United Kingdom is up for a sustainability award for its work in testing self-healing concrete methods.


UK Nabs Major Polar Ship Contract

A U.K. shipyard has been awarded the contract to build a state-of-the-art polar research ship to support the nation’s ocean and climate studies.


Self-Repairing Cities Goal of Project

A university in the United Kingdom is working to develop robots and drones that researchers hope will be able to repair city infrastructure without causing the disruption normally associated...


Firm Invests in 2 Shipyards’ Future

While other area shipyards are undergoing layoffs and facing budget concerns, two Virginia shipyards are about to be purchased by a New York-based investment firm that focuses on “distressed...


Data Predicts Coatings Performance

Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel has launched what it calls the “first ever digital tool” for the shipping industry, it said in an announcement Thursday (Oct. 15).


New Lab Caters to Oil, Gas Industry

Global laboratory-based testing group Exova has opened its first facility in the northeast United States, according to the company’s announcement Monday (Oct. 12).


Construction Market Good, Data Says

Even amid worker shortages, two new reports shine a bright light on the U.S. construction environment based on September figures.


$85M Bridge Rehab Contract Awarded

A Pennsylvania contractor will be performing the rehabilitation of the Liberty Bridge following an award from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Crews Keep the Concrete Moving

Motorists in Utah are catching sight of a new bridge over I-15, but it’s not meant for vehicles, cyclists or even pedestrians, and it’s not a permanent addition.


New Centers Aid in Project Investment

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a new program to support transportation initiatives across the country, from which the American Association of State Highway and Transport...


NJ Bridge-Raising Timeline Extended

Larger containment ships will have to wait longer to navigate the Newark Bay now that construction plans to “Raise the Roadway” of the Bayonne Bridge have been pushed back more than a year.


American Galvanizing Joins Valmont

With business portfolio comprising four primary segments—coatings, engineered infrastructure products and services, utility support structures and irrigation—Valmont Industries is expanding ...


App Built for Asset Management

Carboline and TruQC have joined to form an asset management software program that the companies say helps improve project management systems.


RPM Eyes Solid Growth after ‘Tepid’ Q1

Carboline parent company RPM International Inc. acknowledged unfavorable weather conditions and exchange rates contributed to “tepid results” in the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, wh...


Welsh Galvanized Line Expected to Idle

A hot-dip galvanized coating line in Wales is about to come to a close for economic reasons, according to media reports.


BASF Champions Workplace Diversity

Global chemical manufacturing giant BASF has announced that it has formal goals in place to increase the diversity of its management team in the years ahead.


Axalta Lays a Path for Student Success

Global coatings supplier Axalta Coatings Systems is making an investment in the education of the industry’s future workforce.


Federal Contracts' Minimum Wage Raised

Contractors working on applicable projects for the federal government will see a boost in their paychecks at the start of next year, when the annual minimum wage increase for goes into effec...


Oregon: Bridges Better, Funding Needed

Oregon’s Department of Transportation has released a mixed report about the state of its bridges, but the agency’s report indicates it needs money to prevent both an economic downfall and a ...


Paints and Coatings Market Grows

Among the various paints and coatings segments, the industrial paints and coatings market is predicted to grow the fastest in terms of value, according to Global Paints and Coatings Market S...


FL Contractor Wins $684K Tank Rehab

The City of Cocoa has awarded a contract to rehabilitate and paint an existing 1.5-million-gallon elevated water storage tank.


Two Sentenced in Brazilian Oil Scheme

The former treasurer of Brazil’s ruling party and a former official for the state-run oil company Petrobras have been sentenced for their roles in what authorities have said is the largest c...


Drones Build Sturdy Rope Bridge

A Swiss research team has found a way to build a rope bridge using drones.


Clinton Reveals Opposition, Has Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton revealed her stance on the Keystone XL Pipeline this week, once again bringing to light the debate over the long-running pipeline plan.


White House Seeks Streamlined Process

Responding to the sense that lengthy federal permitting and review activities hamper improvement of the nation’s infrastructure—as well as its global competitiveness—the White House unveiled...


New NY Bridge Rises above Water

Work on the $4 billion new Tappan Zee Bridge, also known as the New NY Bridge, hit the halfway mark in construction earlier this month.


LBJ Project Opens Early, Irks Drivers

The largest public-private (P3) project in Texas has opened three months ahead of schedule, but drivers in the Dallas area are complaining about the rise in toll lanes as a result of it.


Decreased Workload Prompts Downsizing

Citing a drop in available work, Newport News Shipbuilding—the sole builder of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two builders constructing nuclear-powered submarines—laid off 480 salari...


Most Likely to Succeed: Infrastructure

Which of the presidential candidates are likely to be best for the future of the nation’s infrastructure? One market research firm crunched the numbers and came up with a ranking of those pr...


Axalta Names New VP, EMEA President

Axalta Coating Systems has announced the appointment of Matthias Schönberg as Vice President of Axalta and President of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.


Feds Reach Settlement With Utility

The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement with the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) to make major upgrades to its infrastru...


Caltrans Asks for Innovative Thinking

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is looking for a few good ideas.


States Take Action for Fair Pay

Workplace fraud and fair wages have come under the scrutiny of two state agencies who seek to bolster the economy and protect that states' workforce.


No Cars Allowed on Portland Bridge

If you’re jogging, walking, cycling, on a bus or the city’s light rail transit system and expect to cross the Portland’s newest bridge, you’re in luck. But if you’re expecting to drive acros...


Labor Shortage Challenges Contractors

At a time when the construction industry is seeing an influx in demand, many companies—including those in the building, infrastructure, highway, federal/heavy and utility fields—appear to be...


Workers Walk Out in Korean Shipyards

South Korea’s troubled shipyards are dealing with yet another blow: striking workers.


In Memoriam: Dr. Richard W. Drisko

Longtime SSPC writer, editor, consultant and educator Dr. Richard W. Drisko (“Dr. Dick”) passed away late last month (Aug. 28).


DOT: Highway Fund Solvent, Still Urgent

Money for highway projects will last longer than federal transportation officials projected, but the secretary for the Department of Transportation has said that does not make ongoing issues...


Hempel Names New CEO

One of the world’s leading paint and coatings companies has named its new CEO, following a search initiated earlier this year.


Caltrans Seeks Bids For Bridge Repairs

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking contractors interested in performing surface repairs to two bridges in the San Francisco/Oakland region.


Game Allows Unique Bridge Designs

Have you ever thought that using a hot air balloon would be a good component in bridge building? If so, Dry Cactus has a great video game for you.


PPG Completes IVC Acquisition

Coatings giant PPG Industries has formally acquired IVC Industrial Coatings, Inc., the company announced Tuesday (Sep. 1).


Investor Lawsuit Calls Out Pipeline Co.

In the aftermath of an oil spill caused by a corroded pipeline, a Houston pipeline transportation and storage firm finds itself the target of a lawsuit filed by one of its own shareholders.


Steel-and-Glass Bridge Wins Award

A creative steel-and-glass design for a new pedestrian bridge in Columbus, OH, earned national recognition for the project team who designed and built it.


Uneven Job Growth in U.S. Construction

The U.S. construction industry appears caught between divergent economic trends that aid employment in some areas and hinder it in others, according to Associated General Contractors of Amer...


Viaduct Replacement Tunnel Inches On

Work on the new tunnel passing under Seattle’s waterfront, part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, has halted as the “Bertha” tunneling boring machine is returned to its pit, bu...


Dallas Bridge Arch Topped

The first of two arches has just been completed on Dallas’s Margaret McDermott Bridge, part of the $798-million Dallas Horseshoe project that seeks to reduce traffic and enhance accessibilit...


Castle Moves to Sherwin-Williams

Industry veteran Derrick Castle is taking his 20 years of experience to lead project development for the bridge and highway market with Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.


Valspar's Q3 Leads to Adjusted Outlook

International paint and coatings manufacturer Valspar reported flat net sales in its coatings segment, as well as a slight decrease in paint segment net sales in its fiscal year 2015 third q...


Green Light Given to NC Bridge

Plagued by legal woes, construction of the new Bonner Bridge in North Carolina just got the all-clear to proceed.


Navy Sub Project Awarded

Newport News Shipbuilding will be undertaking maintenance and modernization efforts on the Navy’s USS Columbus submarine.


Mentors Groom Future Workforce

A workforce development organization dedicated to leading young people to careers in architecture, construction and engineering is anticipating a boost in enrollment for its mentorship progr...


Universities Benefit From PPG Funding

Two universities are getting a boost for research development thanks to investments from coatings giant PPG.


ACA Delivers 5-Year Coatings Forecast

The U.S. paint and coatings industry is forecasted to reach a value of $25 billion in 2019, according to a new market study from the American Coatings Association (ACA).


Concrete Arch Enters Record Books

The third longest concrete arch bridge in the world has sprung into existence, as the span of the Almonte Viaduct reaches closure.


Zaha Hadid Bridge Wins in Taiwan

Coming hot on the heels of the news that Japan plans to scrap Zaha Hadid’s Olympic stadium, a win for Zaha Hadid Architects: the firm has placed first in an international competition to desi...


A.W. Chesterton, Ceramic Polymer Join

Known for its industrial fluid sealing systems, protective coatings, and high-performance industrial lubricants and MRO chemicals, the 135-year-old A.W. Chesterton Company is extending its g...


TX Gas Boom Expands Mexican Pipelines

An increase in demand for natural gas in Mexico combined with a decrease in that country’s own supply has companies lining up to pipe in the fuel from the U.S.


Nice Bridge Project Opens for Bidding

Contractors interested in the repair of the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge in Newburg, MD, are urged to submit bids to the Maryland Transportation Authority.


Shipyard Tides Rise, Fall Globally

News groups were abuzz earlier this month as they reported on the dismal Q2 2015 performance data released by the “big three” Korean shipyards. But how are shipbuilding programs in other cou...


In L.A. Guns Support Infrastructure

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has a novel approach to transforming weapons used in criminal activity into something that contributes to the community as a whole.


This Bridge Moves Through the Air

Is it a bridge? Is it a ferry? Is it somehow both? That’s the nature of the transporter bridge, a seeming hybrid of bridge and ferry that carries a portion of roadway over a body of water to...


All Eyes on Road Fund Extension

Florida transportation officials are trying to identify which projects they need, and which they can live without. In Indiana, the state’s Department of Transportation is looking at out how ...


Worker Shortage Threatens Growth

Optimism is high as construction spending levels rose strongly in June compared to the past year, but the outlook is tempered by concerns over a lack of skilled workers in key areas, which m...


BASF Exits One Stream, Expands Another

A decline in the North American market has led German chemicals giant BASF to exit the dimer and polyamide resin business.


Site Showcases Infrastructure Pioneers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced the release of its Infrastructure Game Changers report.


First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins

With the first “steel in the water,” an offshore wind farm is pioneering what its owners and environmental proponents hope will be a trendsetting moment in the United States.


From Boat Deck to Bridge Deck

“It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.” That may have been the U.S. Navy slogan, but the adventure we’re talking about here just may be your job—bridge work.


Offshore Plan Soaks Big 3 Shipbuilders

A venture into offshore projects led to a bad turn for the world’s three largest shipbuilders—Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and Samsung Heavy Industr...


New Video Series Offers Pro How-Tos

A new series of 34 webcasts, all entirely free, is now available to help coatings professionals with technical expertise and continuing education credits on a wide range of topics.


Grand Visions for a New LaGuardia

When your vice president describes a New York airport as resembling a “Third World country,” it should come as no surprise that the state’s governor would push for drastic change.


Bidding Opens for 1MG Tank Rehab

The Hanson Water Department is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation and repainting of the 1,000,000-gallon High Street Water Tank located in Hanson, MA.


I-10 Bridge Gets $2M Emergency Funds

As repair crews continue to work on a collapsed bridge that used to carry I-10 through the California desert, the agencies responsible for the repairs will have some money available to help ...


Steel Import Investigation Approved

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) announced July 16 that investigations would continue into corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiw...


Game Lets Players Repair Infrastructure

You’re a structural analyst trying to dodge crumbling buildings, corroded bridges and exploding gas lines.


NACE Shares 2015 Career Data

Compensation for corrosion professionals in the U.S., Canada and Europe has grown, while those in the United Kingdom experienced a slight decline in salary, as reported by a new survey from ...


WA Contractor Settles DBE Fraud Case

BELLEVUE, WA--A major civil construction contractor in the Pacific Northwest will pay $142,440 to settle claims of contract fraud on a federally funded highway project.


FL Contractor Lands IA Bridge Contract

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA--A Florida contractor will be painting the Union Pacific Missouri River Bridge under a recent award from the Iowa Department of Transportation.


Highway Trust Fund Set to Go Broke

WASHINGTON--The American public once again has a ringside seat as the federal Highway Trust Fund bleeds out, and state transportation officials have been put on notice that that day is near.


SSPC Unveils Member App 2.0

PITTSBURGH--Tools to identify coating defects and select coatings, calculators and other new features are now available in SSPC's newly upgraded mobile app.


Study: Construction Beefs Lengthen

AMSTERDAM--Locking horns over a construction project? Talking it through may take longer than heavier-handed approaches, but should cost less in the long run.


Laying Down 1,000 Bricks an Hour

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--The Emperor Hadrian sure could have used the bricklayer Hadrian.


Drone's Eye Sees the Beauty of a Bridge

DALLAS--Lest we forget the true engineering marvel of bridges, dams and other mega-projects, TravelByDrone.com Texas is here with some artful reminders.


Forth Bridge Gets World Heritage Status

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--It may not take forever to paint the Forth Bridge, but UNESCO hopes it will live on forever as a World Heritage Site.


Design Contest Launches WWI Memorial

WASHINGTON--Those who inspired it will never see it, but a memorial to the American soldiers of World War I is finally underway.


$18.7B BP Settlement Sets U.S. Record

WASHINGTON--The largest environmental disaster in U.S. history will yield the nation's largest settlement with a single entity, BP Exploration and Production Inc. has announced.


Metal Roof System Made for Harsh Climes

CLEVELAND--High wind resistance and water tightness are the promise behind The Garland Company's new roofing system.


Inspection Rule #1: Don't Look Down

ST. LOUIS--It is a rare breed that can work at great heights. And few of those stalwarts have the opportunity to share their dizzying view of daily life with us mortals who are outside that ...


Need a New Home? Contain Yourself

DETROIT--Remember when a shipping container was just a shipping container? Those hulking steel boxes (technically, intermodal freight containers) have come a long way from their beginnings a...


The News Takes a Holiday

PITTSBURGH--PaintSquare News will celebrate America's 239th birthday on Friday (July 3) with a day off.


City's Golden Spans Eye a New Color

PITTSBURGH--They won't be purple, like their Louisiana counterpart, but the three Sister Bridges of Pittsburgh may be leaving their traditional Aztec Gold behind.


False Credentials Lead to Settlement

HARTFORD, CT--An engineering firm will pay $390,000 for allegedly failing to verify the background of an unqualified employee it hired before that employee worked on state and federal transp...


Shock, Resolve in Air Products Attack

L'ISLE-D'ABEAU, FRANCE--"Horrified and saddened" by a terrorist attack on one of its French facilities, the CEO of coating raw-materials supplier Air Products & Chemicals Inc. has announced ...


D.A. Taking on Fatal Balcony Failure

BERKELEY, CA--Severe dry rot doomed a balcony that ripped loose from an apartment building and sent six college students plunging to their deaths, city building inspectors say.


4 PennDOT Inspectors Sentenced

BRIDGEPORT, PA--Four former Pennsylvania highway and bridge inspectors will avoid prison for their roles in a $1.2 million overbilling and kickback scandal that has engulfed the state Depart...


Planning a Home Way Away from Home

WASHINGTON--Deep space, once popularly deemed "The Final Frontier," is now the next big residential market, according to NASA.


Bridge Rainbow Sparks a Movement

LONDON--A gray Monday morning took an unexpectedly bright turn this week for thousands of bridge commuters who happened upon the global debut of a movement to "spark joy" in city life.


$80M Bridge Rehab Up for Bid

PITTSBURGH--Contractor proposals are being accepted for the rehabilitation of Pittsburgh's Liberty Bridge—a project estimated at $75 million to $85 million.


EPA Tightens Rules for Storage Tanks

WASHINGTON--Stepped-up containment, training and inspection will soon be required under newly revised federal regulations meant to prevent hazardous releases from the nation's 571,000 underg...


PA Bridge Collapses during Repair

RIDGWAY, PA--Authorities are still searching for answers in the abrupt collapse of a century-old bridge that injured three workers northeast of Pittsburgh, PA.


Bridge Contractors Charged in Fraud

PHILADELPHIA--Two Pennsylvania firms and their principals raked in millions of dollars from hundreds of federal highway and bridge projects through a 16-year-long Disadvantaged Business Ente...


Mayfly Swarms Plague PA Bridge

COLUMBIA, PA--A mayfly infestation of near-biblical proportions has shut down the new lighting on a Pennsylvania bridge as bedeviled officials scramble for a permanent solution.


Bad Pour Halts Forth Bridge Work

FIRTH OF FORTH, SCOTLAND--A marine traffic jam that slowed barge delivery of concrete is being blamed for a botched pour that burst pipes and halted work on the £1.4 billion Forth Road Bridg...


Building 'a Bridge Out of Thin Air'

AMSTERDAM--They are robots that can lay their own tracks and print molten metal in mid-air—and soon, the MX3D machines will try to build a walking bridge over a canal.


Diplodocus Enjoys a Dino-Mite Makeover

PITTSBURGH--Being extinct is no excuse for not looking one's best.


House Eyes More Aid for Highway Fund

WASHINGTON--In a show of bipartisanship rarely seen on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House of Representatives is weighing legislation that would provide longterm support for federal transportation ...


Map Tool Flags Environmental Issues

WASHINGTON—A new environmental justice screening and mapping tool can now help developers, governments and project managers better understand the environmental demands and risks of their nex...


City Contract Chief Headed for Prison

INDIANAPOLIS--A municipal contracting official whose kickback-larded ways cost his city almost a half-million dollars will serve nearly five years in prison for the scheme.


Navy to Upgrade Aging Pacific Tank Base

HONOLULU--After decades of leaks at its quarter-billion-gallon, World War II-era tank farm underneath Oahu, the U.S. Navy has agreed to a comprehensive upgrade to prevent future releases.


Photos Reveal Doomed Pipe's Corrosion

SANTA BARBARA--Newly released images of a pipeline rotted through by corrosion are raising new questions about the structure, which ruptured May 19 and spewed 101,000 gallons of heavy crude ...


Steel Makers Demand Action on Dumping

WASHINGTON--Joining forces against a tsunami of inexpensive imports, six U.S. steel producers are seeking trade protections from the federal government.


Webinar Keeps an Eye on the Assets

PITTSBURGH—Managing the mountain of scheduling, performance and life-cycle data involved in modern asset maintenance is the topic of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Bridge Problems Stir Federal Response

WASHINGTON--States and localities can quickly appropriate funds for emergency repairs on their highways, bridges and tunnels, but what happens when the structure is federally owned?


London Bridge Plan Falling Down

LONDON--The London Assembly has put the brakes on Mayor Boris Johnson's fast-track plan to build the world's most expensive footbridge across the River Thames.


Under the Desert, Behemoth Takes Shape

LAKE MEAD, NV--There's a reason they call them "mega-projects."


FHWA Suspends Ex-Official for Fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. government has barred future contracts with a former federal highway administrator who admitted using relatives to steer government-funded projects to his private c...


ACI Updates Concrete Manual for 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—The newly revised bible of best practices for concrete is now available from the American Concrete Institute.


CT Limits Construction Litigation

HARTFORD, CT—Ten years is enough time to identify and sue over construction and design defects on public projects in Connecticut, the state has determined.


Salem Bids a Bewitching Rehab

SALEM, MA—Bids are being accepted for recoating the interior and exterior of the Gallows Hill Reservoir in Salem, MA.


SSPC Seeking Cream of the Coatings Crop

PITTSBURGH—Proud of a recently completed painting project? Be a structure showoff and nominate exceptional industrial and commercial coatings projects for the 2016 SSPC Structure Awards


Congress Eyes Faster Track on Pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ensuring a timely turnaround on oil and gas pipeline projects is the goal behind a bill now making its way through the U.S. Senate.


PowerRigging Components Roll Out

SEATTLE—A new line of suspended access rigging equipment is designed for a wide variety of structures and applications.


The 1%: 2 Bridge Rods Fail Pull Tests

OAKLAND, CA—Two of the steel rods used for seismic stability on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have failed testing that simulates a strong earthquake, California transportation officia...


DOT Finds Flag Not So Grand

GREEN BAY, WI—Patriotic or problematic? Big flags dangling over busy bridges are definitely the latter—even American flags meant to honor Memorial Day, the Wisconsin Department of Transporta...


EPA Awards $54M for Brownfield Cleanup

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The contaminated and vacant vestiges of scores of mills, plants and other industrial and commercial properties will be getting a $54.3 million federal boost toward a new fut...


Quick Fix, and New Warning, on Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congress has slapped another short-term patch on U.S. transportation funding, continuing a pattern that has repeatedly brought road and bridge spending to the brink of deple...


$29k Bid Takes VA Tank Painting Job

MONETA, VA—A West Virginia contractor will be painting the 75,000-gallon water storage tank in this southern Virginia city.


Solar Road Gets a Bright Start

KROMMENIE, NORTH HOLLAND—A solar bike path has caught its creators by surprise—pleasant surprise—generating more electricity than originally expected.


Paper Bridges Art and Nature

CUMBRIA, UK—The newest pedestrian bridge in England boasts a unique substrate—22,000 sheets of bright red paper.


Slumping WI Bridge Laid to Corrosion

GREEN BAY, WI—A "highly unusual environment" of fly ash, clay and bacteria bred the severe corrosion that sank part of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in 2013, officials announced.


Paint Shop Will Be One for the Books

FLINT, MI—What does a $600 million paint shop look like?


A New Makeover for 'Old Ironsides'

BOSTON—A few months shy of her 218th birthday, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat has left the water for a multiyear restoration.


ASCE Launches Free Infrastructure App

WASHINGTON, DC—America's civil engineers have a new app to inform and rally the public about the grim state of the nation's infrastructure.


Wage Theft at Home in Construction

AMHERST, MA—It's not fraud; it's a new business model.


Outlook: Construction to ‘Disappoint’

CHICAGO—The good news: Roads and bridges will see greater investment than other nonresidential sectors in the years ahead. The bad news: That's not saying much. And it will still be far less...


Graffiti-Smelling Tech Traps Taggers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Technology that sniffs out paint is helping police nab graffiti vandals in the act in New South Wales.


Ex-PPG Worker Charged in Secrets Case

WASHINGTON, DC—A retired project leader for PPG Industries faces years in prison for allegedly selling extensive manufacturing specifications worth millions of dollars to a Chinese company.


World's Fair Icon to Get Free Facelift

QUEENS, NY—After deteriorating for 50 years, a New York World's Fair landmark will get a new lease on life with a $3 million paint job—gratis.


University Graduates First Corrosion Class

AKRON, OH—The first baccalaureate corrosion engineering program in the U.S. has walked its inaugural class across the commencement stage and into careers as corrosion problem solvers.


IN Scraps Base Wage on Public Works

INDIANAPOLIS—Declaring "victory for Hoosier taxpayers," Indiana has repealed an 80-year-old mechanism that established minimum wages for major public construction projects.


Sensors May Outsmart Smart Pigs

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA—New technology being developed in Australia could help that nation's pipeline network reach the 100-year mark.


Appeal Upholds Years of Chemical Fines

WASHINGTON, DC—Coating makers, chemical plants, refineries and other employers that use hazardous chemicals may be in for much larger, and longer-running, safety penalties than they realize,...


'Trolls' Nest Happily on their Bridge

URSA, IL—An old, out-of-use railroad bridge in a small Illinois town has become a cozy home for one couple.


$5M Bridge Rehab Opens for Bidding

GRAND FORKS, ND—Bids are being accepted for rehabilitation of the historic Sorlie Memorial Bridge in Grand Forks County, ND.


Bill Would Keep Pipeline Info Secret

LANSING, MI—Pipeline inspection, safety and other records would be blocked from public access under a sweeping new bill introduced in Michigan.


IA Fights to Rein in Eminent Domain

DES MOINES—Iowa lawmakers are pushing back hard against eminent-domain claims by energy companies that want access to private land for their mega-projects.


Feds Suspend 13 in PennDOT Scandal

WASHINGTON, DC—Eleven individuals and two companies have been suspended, pending debarment, in the widening corruption scandal engulfing Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation. for the...


Bay Bridge Leaks Cause Blame Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO—The ongoing struggle to remove water seeping through parts of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has led to an exchange of finger-pointing between California engineers and th...


The Tides of Tomorrow: Cities on Water

SAN FRANCISCO—Tired of mowing the lawn? Tomorrow's floating cities may be your savior.


Optimizing Specs for Steel Structures

COPENHAGEN—There are many ways to decide on paint specification—and a high-stakes decision it is for large steel structures.


Suspended Firm Seeks Alternate Route

NEW HAVEN, CT—Doctored payrolls on several federally funded projects have made a Connecticut construction company ineligible for future work, but the fines proposed have prompted a proposal ...


A Pipeline Plan from the Star Trek Man

SUNNYVALE, CA—He's famously run a starship and doled out hotel deals, but now William Shatner has a new role: Pipeline Negotiator.


Road Repairs Unearth 43 Dinosaur Eggs

HEYUAN, CHINA—A road crew in southern China was working at a construction site when they discovered 43 dinosaur egg fossils.


Coating Sessions Covered in New Videos

PITTSBURGH—Miss a presentation at SSPC 2015, or just want to relive your favorites? With 21 technical presentations newly uploaded to the SSPC Video Proceedings, you're in luck.


Waging a 'Blind, Underwater Battle'

BALTIMORE—Scores of highly trained divers wielding specialized marine equipment are preparing to embark on a near-blind mission to save the rotting infrastructure below the massive Port of B...


Guilty Plea for Bad Bridge Bearings

RALEIGH, NC—A Chicago contractor is facing seven years in prison after he admitted forging the name of an unwitting teenager to order and approve defective bridge parts for projects in North...


Experts Needed for Taj Mahal Cleanup

AGRA, INDIA—International experts are needed to help remove spotting and yellowing of marble on India's iconic Taj Mahal, according to reports.


13th Indictment in PennDOT Scandal

HARRISBURG, PA—A widening corruption scandal has now swept in the president of an engineering company accused of raking in more than $1 million in profits through illegal contracts with the ...


Roofing Contractors Box their Best

ROSEMONT, IL—The latest technology in membrane roof systems is the focus of a new volume by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).


Sewage Suds on Tap for Water Reuse

PORTLAND, OR—Craft beer in Oregon may soon have a new ingredient: wastewater.


WA Carries on with Novel Bridge Plan

OLYMPIA, WA—A proposal to build a bridge from retired Navy aircraft carriers has gotten a $90,000 salute from Washington State representatives.


Time Short for SSPC Papers, Student Aid

PITTSBURGH—The deadline is looming for SSPC college scholarship applications and presentation proposals for the society's 2016 conference.


$3M Bridge Contract Up for Bid

TAMPA, FL—A bridge coating and cleaning job estimated at $3 million is open for bidding, the City of Tampa has announced.


Deadline Nears for JPCL Youth Nominees

PITTSBURGH—The deadline is fast approaching to nominate the industry's young talent for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


Apple Shifts Stance on Felony Offenders

CUPERTINO, CA—Saying it "may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance,” the world's richest company has reversed course on a controversial policy that had blocked some construct...


Contractor Agrees to $1M DBE Settlement

ATLANTA—A Georgia general contractor will pay $1 million for false claims made on construction projects involving the Federal Highway Administration's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise progr...


USACE Shoulders V.A. Hospital Debacle

A billion dollars over budget and years behind schedule, the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital project outside Denver has a new overseer, as investigations into the boondoggle continue.


Apple Bars Offenders from Construction

The world's largest company, led by a gay chief executive vocal about discrimination, is suddenly on the defensive over its decision to bar convicted felons from construction work on its $5 ...


FHWA Official Admits Contract Fraud

A former Federal Highway Administration executive has pleaded guilty to using family members as straw subcontractors to steer federal funds and programs to his own company over seven years.


Landowners Sued for Pipeline Surveys

Do pipeline companies have the right to access a homeowner's property for their corporate purposes? Several of them think so and have gone to court to prove it.


French Law Mandates Greener Roofs

The rooftops of new commercial construction from Paris to Provence will be clad in plants or solar panels going forward, under a measure newly approved by the French Parliament.


'Booze and Snooze' Scandal Rocks Plant

The world's largest wastewater treatment facility has suspended at least nine workers after a plant security officer accidentally broadcast a slur- and obscenity-laced description of a secre...


In Construction, 1 in 8 Unauthorized

Despite a slight shift from blue collar to white, unauthorized immigrant workers remain a major force in U.S. construction and building, particularly at the lower ends of those industries, a...


Tackling Concrete Solutions for Bridges

Saddled with the most structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., engineers in Pennsylvania are crafting both new materials and new maintenance plans to save those and other aging concrete s...


Nuclear Accident Laid to Kitty Litter

A major nuclear release in 2014 at the federal government's waste disposal site in New Mexico has been traced to the wrong kind of cat litter.


OR Fixing Bad Bridge Pours

"There was a problem" on a $307 million bridge project in Oregon, but chunks of concrete are not falling off the span's brand-new column, officials say.


FL Plans New Squeeze on Defect Suits

How long should builders be on the hook for latent construction defects that later cause failures in their infrastructure, buildings and homes?


Asphalt Companies Settle Fraud for $7.2M

Two leading asphalt contractors in Puerto Rico will repay the U.S. government more than $7.2 million for covering up an unauthorized materials substitution on an airport runway project.


Robot Inspector Gets the Big Jobs Done

Bridge inspectors tasked with scrutinizing vast expanses of concrete for critical signs of corrosion could soon have the help of a high-tech assistant.


Feds Suspend Construction Trainer

The former director of a university program that trained students for highway construction careers has been suspended from future federal transportation contracts amid allegations that he li...


Drain Artistry Beautifies, Informs

Always critical but seldom beautiful, dozens of storm drains in Arkansas are getting an artistic boost designed to highlight their importance to the community.


Foes Fight U.S. Contractor 'Blacklist'

An executive order requiring contractors to disclose their labor-law violations will be burdensome and expensive, say numerous opponents calling on President Obama to withdraw the plan.


Deadly Footbridge Ready to Reopen

Closed for nearly 15 years, a walkway high above a Spanish gorge will reopen to the public after a multimillion-dollar facelift.


Radar Sees Inside Bridge Damage

Ground Penetrating Radar could well be the next tool deployed to uncover inner bridge defects before they become disasters.


Coatings, Transit Research at a Click

A database documenting research on coatings and other topics by nine federal transportation agencies is now searchable, officials have announced.


Audit: Base Bridge Inspections on Risk

Michigan bridge inspectors should spend more time inspecting structurally deficient spans, instead of checking thousands of bridges more often than necessary, state auditors have concluded.


Under Water, a Wheel-World Solution

All cities have parking problems, but Amsterdam's is unique. The city of 781,000 people has 881,000 bicycles and nowhere to legally park them.


Feds May Relax Local Hiring Rules

Federal transportation officials are looking at new contract rules that would make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents for transportation projects.


Contractors Liable for Failed Decking

Three contractors will pay a total of $4.4 million to Multnomah County, OR, for a bridge redecking project that failed shortly after completion.


New WiFi Keeps Watch on Infrastructure

Multinational research in Europe has produced a new generation of cheap, wireless, early-warning sensors that could help head off infrastructure catastrophes, its developers say.


$1M Embezzlement to End in Prison

A former Ennis Paint executive has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the pavement coatings manufacturer.


WorkBoat Set for New Maintenance Show

A new conference and expo targeting marine maintenance and repair is docking in New Orleans next month.


Leapin' Lizards: A Case for Maintenance

Maybe, just maybe, sausage sandwiches, giant lizards and a star-studded biopic promising "98 heart-pounding minutes of incremental maintenance" can accomplish what the politicians, public, l...


JPCL Seeks to Recognize Young Talent

Young coatings professionals and students have an opportunity to show the rest of the industry what they're made of in an upcoming special issue of JPCL.


Coast Guard Can't Back $74M Bridge

Missing paperwork on a $74 million U.S. Coast Guard-funded upgrade to a railway bridge means that the project may have been mismanaged by millions of dollars, the federal government reports.


NV Reins in Lawsuits Against Builders

Taking action against what it calls a business-killing litigation climate, Nevada has overhauled its "construction defects" law to clamp down on suits against builders.


Bridge Contractor Cited in Teen's Death

A 16-year-old worker who was directed to stand in a crane hazard area without a hardhat was too young to be on the job that took his life, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration h...


Nix the Quick Fix, AASHTO Urges Feds

State transportation officials are pitching Congress hard for long-term investment into the federal Highway Trust Fund.


WA Sues Trucker in Bridge Collapse

Washington State officials are trying to recoup $17 million they spent to repair a bridge wrecked by a truck driver with an oversized load.


DOT Debars ‘Disadvantaged’ Millionaire

With an estimated net worth in excess of $13 million, Cindy Taylor Stewart and her company don't fit anyone's definition of disadvantaged—including Uncle Sam's.


Street Relief Takes Steps under London

Reviving a network of abandoned subway tunnels under London could be the solution to the street congestion above them, says design and architecture firm Gensler.


Keystone XL in Limbo after Veto

TransCanada's proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast is back on indefinite hold in the wake of a rare presidential veto on Tuesday (Feb. 24).


IN Aims to Repeal Public Works Base Pay

Public-works construction crews would lose their 80-year-old base wage protection under a bill now working its way through the Indiana State Assembly.


Bay Bridge Test Shows Signs of Cracking

Testing has revealed tiny cracks on one of hundreds of improperly grouted anchor rods that were left to soak in water on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, transportation officials say.


Broken Cable Again Closes WV Bridge

Frigid temperatures are being blamed for snapping a cable on one of the U.S.'s oldest bridges, shutting it down for emergency repairs for the second time in two years.


Labor Plays Ball to Get Stadium

Union construction crews have agreed to work around the clock without overtime to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis if the project goes forward.


$5M Bridge Contract Awarded in FL

A $5,396,928 contract has been awarded to Coastal Marine Construction of Venice, FL, for rehabilitating the Stickney Point Bridge in Sarasota County, the Florida Department of Transportation...


Old Landmark Shrinks to New Standard

Its millions of visitors couldn't tell by looking at it, but the Washington Monument is officially about 10 inches shorter than it was a week ago.


Company Admits Error in Fatal Collapse

Ohio's largest general contractor has conceded that an "engineering mistake" in its bridge demolition plan may have contributed to a catastrophic collapse that killed one its foremen last mo...


Bridge Breakdown: Mapping the Best Fix

New 3D modeling technology could help engineers identify which parts of a bridge most urgently need repair, helping to alleviate a backlog of structurally deficient bridges, its developers s...


Corrosion Confab: Science, Solutions

Corrosion is an equal-opportunity scourge that rains about $500 billion of damage a year onto thousands of structures, from circuit boards to condos to cooling towers.


Man vs. Robot: Who Paints It Better?

The aerospace sector is one area trying to determine whether robots can do a job faster and more precisely than humans.


NYC Building Corruption Probe Nets 50

One man accused of greasing some of the highest-ranking palms in New York City's building agencies remained at large Thursday (Feb. 12), after 49 co-defendants were rounded up in one of the ...


Bridge Collapse is 2nd for FL Road

A large section of a Jacksonville, FL, bridge has dropped into the river beneath it, marking the second time in three years that part of the roadway has become a large, gaping hole.


Firm to Pay $1.3M in PennDOT Fraud

A Philadelphia-area engineering firm will pay more than $1.3 million to reimburse state and federal transportation agencies for losses due to fraud by the consultant's bridge inspectors.


Road, Bridge Aid Tops DOT Budget Plan

Trying yet again to secure stable funding for the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure network, the Obama Administration has proposed a six-year, $478 billion surface transportation plan overwhel...


Bids Invited for Water Tower Painting

Contractors have until Feb. 10 to bid on recoating a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Collinsville, IL—a contract estimated at $450,000.


Sen. Proposes $1T for Infrastructure

One of two independent U.S. Senators has proposed investing $1 trillion over five years in infrastructure, saying the plan would create 13 million living-wage jobs and make good on a long-ov...


High-Load Access Tailored to the Task

Spider has launched a modular suspended platform that can be configured for a variety of structures and projects.


Super Fan's Super House Gets its Day

Ashtin Fitzwater doesn't just bleed Seahawks navy and neon green. He paints it.


Gravity Unfurls a 300-Year Bridge

A UK town is awaiting installation of the world's longest "flat pack" bridge—a unique structure that is transported flat and transforms under gravity into an arch.


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


PG&E Fined $530K for Safety Issues

Years of botched pipeline inspections and worker qualification problems have dropped a new $530,000 fine on embattled Pacific Gas and Electric Co., California regulators announced.


Towers Top Out at Record Rates

It's a tall world after all—taller than ever, in fact, with record numbers of vertiginous structures topping out in 2014 and many more ahead.


Span Collapse Halts CA Project

A "full investigation" is underway into the massive collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct under construction as part of an embattled freeway project in California.


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.


Paving Trio Face Wage Theft Allegations

Three people from a California seal coating business face 42 felony counts alleging a slew of wage theft and compensation fraud charges, the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office announce...


Architectural Mission Goes Bankrupt

A visionary nonprofit that for 15 years mounted architectural and design solutions to global problems has shut down and plans to file for bankruptcy.


Transportation Gets New Web Resource

A new website with a plethora of ways for transportation officials to communicate and learn has been launched, industry representatives announced.


Report: Novel Design Bred Bridge Woes

Nearly 17 years ago, a room full of engineers, architects and seismologists—many with little or no bridge building experience—voted to use a novel self-anchored suspension span to replace th...


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.


Contractor Lends Blight-Busting Hand

Few people resolve to demolish more in the New Year, but for contractor Jim Kissick, it's a resolution that he can keep, while helping out his community.


Decrepit Pipe Repair 'Alarmingly' Slow

Nearly half of a Pennsylvania utility's pipelines are "at risk," and the 80-year time frame for replacement just isn't fast enough, state regulators are saying.


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...


Free Webinar Navigates Tricky Rigging

Industrial painting projects can pose complex challenges when it comes to rigging and scaffolding.


SSPC Seeks Next Executive Director

A search is underway for a successor to longtime SSPC Executive Director Bill Shoup, who plans to retire from the society in September.


Sting Abandons his Sinking 'Ship'

Shipbuilding must be in even worse shape than we thought. Even Sting couldn't save it. Producers of the UK rocker's Broadway musical The Last Ship have announced that the show will cl...


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.


Managing 4M Square Feet—Under 1 Roof

Saddled with a gargantuan facility and an earful of criticism over how it has been run, federal landlords are seeking fresh ideas for their biggest operational challenge.


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.


Industry Executives Feel a Pay Pinch

U.S. construction and engineering may be bouncing back, but one surprising player is not feeling the love: the boss.


Tunnel May Bury Stonehenge Mystery

The chance to solve a 6,000-year-old mystery is butting heads with the needs of millions of motorists.


$11M to Boost Ship Tech and Training

Extensive laser peening, better training and a whole lot more robots appear headed for shipbuilding and maintenance crews in 2015, fueled by more than $11 million in new funding from the Nat...


Hempel Expands with New Acquisition

Taking a "step towards achieving its growth ambition," Hempel has acquired a Dutch maker of industrial, protective and decorative coatings.


'Widespread' PennDOT Scandal Nets 10

Ten more people have been charged in what authorities call an extensive corruption scandal surrounding the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


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.


Floating Silos Fall, Halt Concrete Work

Concrete work has been suspended on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge after the collapse of three silos on a floating concrete batch plant.


DOL Offers $100M for Apprenticeships

High-skilled, high-growth industries will get $100 million in grants to expand apprenticeship programs, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.


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.


Construction Surge Seen for 2015

U.S. public-works projects will rebound and manufacturing plant construction will remain strong amid a generally robust year for construction starts, according to a major new industry foreca...


Lithe Little Bot Shows Big Fat Potential

Leaky pipes cost Europe about one-third of its drinking water—a massive drain that a skinny little robot just might be able to plug, researchers say.


35 'Resilient' Cities Set to Rebuild

Determined to save their infrastructure, strengthen structures, fix transit systems and meet other shared challenges, 35 cities from Chicago to Chennai, India, have been tapped for a global ...


Nylon Pipe Rolls Out in the Oilfield

The world's largest nylon producer has introduced nylon transmission pipeline that can withstand temperatures up to 200°F and pressures up to 500 PSI.


London Steps into £175M Footbridge

It will be very green, very expensive and even somewhat obstructive, but a new bridge planned over the River Thames in London will be "absolutely iconic" and "recognized right across the wor...


Report: Infrastructure Needs $163B

About $163 billion will be needed each year—for the next six years—to fix the aging U.S. surface transportation system, a new report calculates.


Rule Protects Contractors’ LGBT Workers

Catching up with many states and large companies, the federal government has extended anti-discrimination protection in the contracting workforce to sexual orientation and gender identity.


U.S. Approves New Northeast Pipeline

Federal regulators have given the go-ahead to a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline project that would tap natural-gas production in Pennsylvania to serve customers in New York and New England.


Revealing Bum Raps and 'Bum-Cracks'

Forever maligned as sexual harassers of women walking by, construction workers now say they are tired of being treated like sex objects. Sort of.


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.


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


PA Taps Chinese to Fund I-95 Project

Leveraging an immigration program that rewards wealthy foreign investors with U.S. visas, Pennsylvania is reaching into pockets overseas to fund much of a $420 million project to link I-95 w...


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...


PaintSquare News Takes a Thankful Break

As PaintSquare News prepares for a long holiday weekend, we want to thank all of our readers and advertisers for your support throughout the year.


TX Tank Painting Project Out for Bid

Bids are being accepted for cleaning and recoating an existing 470,000-gallon ground level water storage tank, the City of Kilgore, TX, announced.


Painting JV Cleared; Suspension Lifted

The bird calmly stayed put—while the workers were there, and even after they left. And the one worker's lone fake card could have fooled anyone, especially in his stack of real ones.


Bike Path Gets Artist's Touch

In the Netherlands, thousands of stones topped with smart coatings are lighting up a new bike path designed to invoke Vincent van Gogh's famous painting, "The Starry Night."


Cement Pinch Felt Throughout Midwest

Frozen lakes, increased oil demand and plant breakdowns are three of the reasons contractors throughout the Midwest say they are experiencing a cement shortage.


'Cheesegrater' Bolts Raise Concern

Two bolts the size of a human arm have fallen off London's brand-new skyscraper, sending engineers scrambling to inspect thousands of others on the structure.


$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.


Bridge Debuts 'Big, Gaping Hole'

A new glass floor on London's famous Tower Bridge gives visitors a new view of part of the city—from 42 meters (138 feet) above the River Thames.


Bridge Cracks Spur Beam Concerns

Cracking concrete beams on a brand-new Vermont bridge have state transportation officials discussing whether to ban the beam type from future projects.


LeBron Gets a Lift (Again) in Cleveland

He stands 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, but LeBron James packs a one-ton image that is more than 10 stories tall and 200 feet wide.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


Coastal Wall Work Uncovers Shipwreck

Work on a $23.8 million steel barrier project in coastal New Jersey is at a standstill while experts try to identify the remains of a shipwreck discovered 20 feet below the sand.


Delhi's Pink Has Some Seeing Red

Seeking a "new look" in the heart of India's 22-million-person capital city, local officials have thrown off conventional black, white and yellow for traffic markings in favor of pink and gr...


Bridge Sub Held in DBE Contract Fraud

A Pennsylvania subcontractor is facing fraud conspiracy charges after allegedly allowing his company to be used as a DBE-certified front for contractors seeking federal contracts.


Shipyard Fined $1M in Coast Guard Scam

A Florida shipyard and its president will pay a $1 million fine for a scam designed to siphon off federal contracts meant for small businesses run by disabled veterans.


Solar Project Crew Gets $2M in Back Pay

Painters, bridge crane operators and other skilled laborers will share $1,914,681.50 in back wages and benefits they are owed for months of work on a solar energy project in a Nevada desert,...


PA Awards 558-Bridge Project

And the winner of an $899 million design-build contract to replace 558 Pennsylvania bridges in three years is... Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, comprised of the Plenary Group, The Walsh Gr...


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.


A Plant to Capture, Clean and Convert

Tomorrow's baking soda may be coming in part from the emissions of an industrial plant near you.


SSPC Unveils 2015 Show Lineup

Hot-dip galvanizing, concrete protection solutions, and green evolution coatings are among the topics on tap for SSPC 2015, according to the new program lineup.


Study: Painters, Trades in Demand

A good painter is hard to find, America's employers report. So are other tradespeople and professional positions across the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Associated...


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.


Ike Memorial Clears Planning Panels

Despite scathing criticism, a controversial design for a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will go forward with approval from two key agencies.


WTC Contractor Indicted in $600M Fraud

A New York City steel contractor and its CEO have been charged with defrauding a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts on the World Trade ...


Meet Canada's Living, Breathing Bridge

Mother Nature is giving bridge coatings a run for their money in Canada, where an overpass now owes its aesthetic to plants, not paint.


MIT: Diversity Pays, Even if Unpopular

Like it or not—and some workers do not—a workplace with gender equality will benefit the organization most in the long run, a new MIT study concludes.


Job, Pay Trends Signal a New Normal

All boats are rising with the post-recession tide, but they are not rising equally—and the construction and engineering rock stars of tomorrow will be different from those of yesteryear, a n...


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.


Military Coatings Mission Accomplished

Seven historic U.S. Army vehicles will greet this Veterans Day restored to their former glory, thanks to a massive volunteer effort by contractors and suppliers across the coatings industry....


Job Boom Spurs Calls for More Training

U.S. construction unemployment, which neared 20 percent at the height of the recession, has now shrunk to just seven percent, with 230,000 jobs added in the last year, a new analysis shows.


Students Tackle Corrosion in 2 Contests

NACE is challenging students to solve this country's corrosion problems, from bridges to defense systems, in a pair of competitions.


Icons from the Past Secure a Future

Two covered bridges—unique pieces of Americana—will live out their third century with some additional protection.


Veterans Get Corrosion Career Training

U.S. military veterans are becoming certified in cathodic protection with the help of a $2,500 grant from Consumers Energy, an electric and natural gas utilities company in Michigan.


Storm-Damaged Tunnels Need $689M

Amtrak tunnels in New York City will require $689 million to repair corrosion and cracking caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to a new engineering report.


New Editor Takes the Helm of D + D

Amy Woodall has been named Editor in Chief for Durability + Design magazine, the monthly multi-platform journal that focuses on building performance and aesthetics.


Tanks in for New Coatings, Inspections

As many as 80,000 aboveground storage tanks in West Virginia may fall under a set of new mandates for rigorous inspections, coating system overhauls, and spill prevention plans, state offici...


Bridge Engineer Impostor Fined

He avoided prison for his crimes, but a Pennsylvania contractor will have to muster up another $50,000 fine for forging approvals on hundreds of bridge and highway plans in 13 states, author...


Subsea Robot Aims to Thwart Smugglers

A small, submersible robot under development could provide a new line of defense against smugglers trying to sneak contraband in ship hulls.


Navy Shipyard Probe Curbs Work of 300

The U.S. Navy has restricted the duties of 300 civilian nuclear workers at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard amid allegations that they received credit for training they did not attend.


Coating Makers Seek Delay on Risk RFI

Calling the data demands too much and too soon, U.S. paint and coating makers have requested three additional months to produce information on their risk-management plans for chemical releas...


New Water Issues Bedevil Bay Bridge

After spending millions on extensive testing, California officials have revealed a new round of corrosion issues plaguing the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


A Pipeline Good for What Ales This Town

An unusual pipeline project is brewing underneath the historic Belgian city of Bruges, where government officials have raised a glass in approval.


U.S. Suspends Contractors for DBE Fraud

Two New York construction companies and three people have been debarred from federally funded projects for three years following criminal convictions for a 17-year-long Disadvantaged Busines...


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.


$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research

Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Probe Follows Sidewalk Swastika

A German contractor has apologized repeatedly for bricklaying that formed a red swastika in a pedestrian walkway in a shopping area in the German town of Goslar.


New Rule Nixes Contractor Pay Secrecy

A proposed rule would prohibit federal contractors from having pay secrecy policies, a move that will make it easier to address unfair compensation practices, federal officials announced.


Developer Gets 8 Years for Hit-Man Plan

His lawyer called it an "offhand comment," but the FBI heard Daniel Dvorkin’s secretly recorded conversations another way: as a clear plan have a hit man murder a creditor owed $8.2 million....


‘Undersea Museums’ Reveal Ghost Ships

Coastal waters outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are home to an estimated 300 shipwrecks, but only a handful had been documented—until now.


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.


U.S. Infrastructure Misses Top 10

The U.S. is falling behind 11 other economies in the latest global ranking of infrastructure competitiveness.


Bridge Engineer Impostor Sentenced

A Pennsylvania contractor who admitted forging the approval of unwitting engineers on hundreds of bridge and highway plans in 13 states has been sentenced to house arrest.


Contractors Get Jail in Tax, DOT Fraud

Two Ohio construction executives will spend 21 months in federal prison after admitting to tax evasion and falsifying federal documents, authorities announced.


Unpermitted Work Shutters Bridge Site

A staging area for New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project has been shut down after an environmental group reported construction underway without proper permitting.


Paint Can Claims Uncork a Lawsuit

Wine-filled paint cans trumpeted in a recent marketing campaign are now at the center of a vintage trademark tussle.


Voting Opens for DOT Projects

It's time to vote for the 2014 America's Transportation Awards, which recognizes the greatest transportation projects accomplished each year by state Departments of Transportation.


New Web Tool Manages Pipeline Data

GE and Accenture have teamed up on a new "Industrial Internet solution for pipeline management" to give pipeline customers faster access to data.


Industry Mourns KTA Executive

The coatings industry is mourning the sudden loss of KTA-Tator Inc. vice president Scott B. Rice, who perished Monday (Sept. 9) in a traffic accident near Pittsburgh.


Audit: FHWA Missing Rule Deadlines

As America's two-year transportation bill ticks toward expiration, the Federal Highway Administration is still years behind on implementing some of its required bridge safety and funding pro...


Ike Memorial Plan Slims Down

The celebrity architect behind the controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has scaled down his much-criticized design, removing several massive ornamental structures and opening up the v...


‘Rammed Earth’ Yields a Greener Block

A California R&D company has developed a high-strength, greener masonry block using one of construction's oldest processes.


UK Construction Giant Strikes a Deal

Balfour Beatty has announced the sale of consulting arm Parsons Brinckerhoff to Montreal-based WSP Global Inc. for £820 million ($1.35 billion USD).


A Wall, Long Gone, Ripe for Painting

Now, you can have your history and paint it, too. In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own piec...


$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.


Thin Workforce Overshadows Optimism

Construction employment has expanded in two-thirds of U.S. metro areas, and spending is at a five-year high—a boom that may be squandered if the industry cannot fill its ranks, a leading con...


Owner’s Plea is 6th in DBE Scam

The owner of a North Carolina paving company faces 25 years in prison after becoming the sixth defendant to plead guilty in a massive fraud that raked in government contracts by using a disa...


Ike Memorial Panned as ‘5-Star Folly’

After 15 years, $65 million in appropriations, and not a shovel of dirt turned, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission can add a congressional oversight panel to its growing list of cr...


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.


Public Works of the Year Honored

Twenty-five public-works projects throughout North America are being hailed for their efficient planning and cooperative achievements.


Developer Toys with a Smarter Brick

What looks and connects like a LEGO, but is reportedly strong enough to use for real-life bridge construction?


Robot Busts Corrosion on Swiss Bridges

Hard-to-reach spots during bridge inspections are getting a little help from a wall- and ceiling-climbing robot.


Lighter Bridge Stretches its Wings

A new UK bridge boasts the same advanced composite materials as those used in aircraft, allowing the structure to resist weather and last longer without maintenance coating.


U.S. Firms Eyeing Middle East Boom

Aiming to tap a trillion-dollar pipeline of megaprojects, the American Institute of Architects is developing its first trade mission to the Middle East.


Rare Order Targets Painter Intimidation

The U.S. Labor Department has gone to court to stop alleged harassment and threats by a New England painting contractor against employees in a long-running wage dispute.


Roads, Bridges to Get $333.9M in Relief

Nearly 40 repair projects in 21 U.S. states will get emergency relief funds to address a backlog of maintenance, federal transportation officials say.


DuPont Accused in Bridge-Tipping Storage

Delaware officials are closing in on an answer to a $45 million question: Who is responsible for storing a massive amount of soil next to a busy interstate bridge, causing its piers to tilt?


Bridge Shaken, Not Stirred, in Mega Sim

A gigantic bridge model has survived a tremendous amount of seismic shaking—the equivalent of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake—without collapsing.


In LA, Guns for Infrastructure

Call it the modern equivalent of beating swords into plowshares: melting illegal weapons into materials for bridges and roads.


Water Additive Eyed in Corroded Sewers

A surprising connection between water treatment and wastewater management could be causing the sewers in Australia to quickly corrode.


New Program Offers Customized Help

International Paint has introduced Interplan, a customized maintenance painting service that offers a flexible coating survey and maintenance service package.


Seoul Searches for Sinkhole Answers

The Summer of Sinkholes has left the city of Seoul scrambling for construction culprits both above and below ground.


WV Bidding 3 Major Bridge Jobs

Two bridge coating contracts and one rehabilitation contract are all available for bidding from the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WV DOT).


Psst! Wanna Buy a Bridge?

Oregon's Sellwood Bridge is almost 90 years old, weighs over 3,000 tons, and is chock full of lead paint, but it could all be yours—if the price is right.


Engineering Project Finalists Named

From a complex rail crossing to a research station floating on a block of ice, five projects have been selected as finalists for the American Society of Civil Engineers' most prestigious awa...


Investigation Nets $1.6M in Back Pay

A staffing agency for oil field and maritime facilities in the Gulf Coast will pay 1,543 current and former temporary employees more than $1.6 million to make good on back wages, the U.S. De...


Garland Adds Infrastructure Division

Citing "an increasing need" to address "numerous infrastructure problems" in the U.S. and worldwide, Garland Industries Inc. has launched a division aimed at structural strengthening and res...


Bridge Issues Raise Criminal Concerns

California transportation officials are in the hot seat over allegations of poor construction and whistleblower retaliation on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


BrIM Software Focuses on Steel

Bridge Information Modeling designed specifically for steel structures has a new option from Bentley Systems.


Bolts, Boilers Share The ’Stick’s Love

When Sir Paul McCartney serenades Candlestick Park to sleep next week, nostalgic fans need not go home emptyhanded.


Steel Steals a Page from Bamboo

Unlikely as it seems, delicate bamboo has taught mighty steel a thing or two about strength and flexibility, researchers report.


Corrosion Threat Seen to 500K Tanks

A half-million storage tanks installed below 156,000 gas stations in the United States could be harboring a "hidden hazard" in need of a pricey fix, federal scientists are warning.


New Charges in PennDOT Scandal

Two more contractors for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have been indicted in a continuing state investigation into "massive and widespread theft, fraud, corruption, and money...


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.


Execs Get Prison in Record DBE Fraud

The largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) fraud in U.S. history—300 contracts totaling more than $136 million—is sending two more Pennsylvania highway construction executives to pr...


Feds Suspend Painting JV for Fraud

An industrial painting joint venture has been suspended from government contract work following charges of destroying protected nesting sites and hiding employment of undocumented workers on...


UK Construction Giant Nixes Merger

Balfour Beatty has shut down merger talks with Carillion only one week after announcing the possible £3 billion ($5 billion USD) deal, citing disagreement over the terms.


Congress OKs 11th-Hour Highway Bill

With backs to the wall and less than three hours to act, the U.S. Congress agreed Thursday night to put a 10-month, $10.8 billion Band-Aid on the near-empty federal fund that pays for highwa...


2nd Road Chief Gets Prison in Bribery

Two former Miami-Dade public-works officials have been sentenced to prison for their roles in accepting bribes from a manufacturer's rep to use the supplier's products in their jurisdiction.


4M Pounds Zip into Place

Blink, and you might have missed the recent replacement of two Connecticut highway bridges.


Water Tower Gets Townhouse Touch

When a 70-year-old water tower in Belgium reached the end of its service life, it didn't get the typical blast-repair-repaint treatment that keeps a structure going a bit longer.


$148M Metals Hub Plans Detroit Digs

A new $148 million federally funded lightweight-materials manufacturing and research “ecosystem" is headed for the Motor City.


Rural Roads Risking Lives, Livelihoods

“Significant deficiencies and high fatality rates” are exacting a deadly toll on rural U.S. roads and bridges, with crashes and death rates nearly three times higher than on all other roads,...


Corrosion Salaries Head Up and Down

North American corrosion professionals are significantly outearning their European counterparts, according to a new survey by NACE International.


NTSB Lays Blame in Bridge Collapse

Poor route planning, insufficient signage, and cell-phone calls all led to a rig crash that took down Washington's Skagit River Bridge last year, federal investigators have concluded.


Paving Exec Takes Plea in $87M Fraud

The chief financial officer of a North Carolina paving contractor is the latest defendant to admit his role in an $87 million fraud scheme that used disadvantaged firms as a pass-through to ...


New Option Expands Vac Capabilities

Guzzler Manufacturing has updated its classic industrial vacuum loader with an optional vane pump pressure offload system.


ROV Boasts Quick Hull Cleaning

GAC EnvironHull has launched a high-speed, remote-controlled underwater hull cleaning vehicle designed to minimize surface damage.


Steel Horses Stun in Scotland

Two colossal steel horse sculptures, each 30 meters tall and weighing 300 tons, are standing guard over the new Forth & Clyde Canal extension at the Helix in Falkirk, Scotland.


Bids Sought for FL Dam Walkway Work

Bids are being accepted for repairs to steel girders and concrete surfaces at the Hillsborough River Dam Walkway—a project estimated at $90,000, the City of Tampa announced.


Construction Materials Giants Merge

Martin Marietta Materials has become the largest U.S. producer of aggregates and heavy building materials, with the completion of its $2.7 billion takeover of Texas Industries, the companies...


UK Service Reclaims its Rusty Roots

The UK's National Physical Laboratory has decided to let corrosion be corrosion, rebranding its materials management arm simply as the National Corrosion Service (NCS).


Spain Denies Lion New Loins

Worried about corrosion, Spanish officials have sacked a petition to add testicles to a bronze lion statue in front of the country's Parliament building in Madrid.


DOT Cuts Set as Highway Fund Fades

The U.S. transportation chickens are coming home to roost, carrying a plan to start cutting federal aid to every state—and soon.


PaintSquare News to Take a Break

PaintSquare News will be taking a few days off for vacation.


China Aims for Twin Tower Record

Talk about high hopes: China has unveiled a new project that will include the world’s tallest pair of towers.


Locals Gallop to Landmark’s Aid

It takes a village to paint a horse—especially when that critter blankets nearly two acres of a remote hillside.


Report: 6 Ways to Rebuild America

Fresh thinking, modern technology and, of course, money are the tools that could revive America's crumbling infrastructure, according to a new report.


3-D Printed Steel: ‘Whole New Direction’

A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and ...


The Art of Pothole Patching

While potholes are the nemesis of most drivers, for Jim Bachor, they are a blank canvas awaiting his artful touch.


U.S. Disaster-Proofing Gets $1B Boost

Reeling from a deadly series of natural disasters, devastated communities across the U.S. now have an additional billion-dollar incentive to rebuild more resiliently. But the incentive has s...


ROV Unit Inspects Sub-Sea Pipelines

A new, remote-controlled deepwater inspection tool for non-piggable pipelines boasts the ability to take non-destructive measurements on thin- and thick-walled pipelines at almost 10,000-foo...


Seattle Awards $2.8M Bridge Painting

A $2.88 million contract to clean and recoat structural steel on the 502-foot-long Fremont Bridge in Seattle has been awarded to Purcell Painting and Coatings of Tukwila, WA.


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

China has used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century.


Gold Coating Proves a 24kt Failure

A mysterious coating failure is causing 1,200 square feet of gold—a new, half-million-dollar paint job—to crack and peel on a massive historical monument in New York City’s Central Park.


MIT Robot Pinpoints Pipe Leaks

A new self-propelled robotic device could detect exponentially smaller pipeline leaks of gas, water and oil than traditional systems can, its developers say.


Donald’s Sign Trumps the Rest

Money may not buy happiness, but it can bring magnificence, if you’re Donald Trump.


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


Contractor to Pay $292K for OT Wages

A California concrete and asphalt paving contractor has agreed to pay $292,184 in overtime back wages after failing to accurately record and pay employees for hours worked, the U.S. Departme...


$5M Settlement to Repay 500 Workers

A New York general contractor will pay nearly $5 million to make good on wages and benefits owed to hundreds of its subcontractors' employees on a federally funded project. about bout 200...


A Building Blitz to Make a Difference

SWAT teams of painters, contractors, engineers, designers, suppliers and other construction professionals are primed to put their skills into service for poor families in Chicago.


SSPC Seeking Superlative Structures

Daring bridge projects, artistic tanks, shipshape vessels and other striking coating projects are all eligible for 2015 SSPC Structure Awards, with nominations now open.


DE Discovers Bridge Storage Issues

Cars, dirt and even military vehicles are being stored under major bridges in Delaware—conditions similar to those recently found near damaged supports of an interstate span that had to be c...


In Brazil, Cup Fever Colors the Streets

Even if the ticket is too dear or you can’t take the month off, you can still soak up the sights of crazy-happy Brazilian neighborhoods all dressed up for World Cup 2014.


Funding Boosts Canada’s Corrosion R&D

A nearly $600,000 investment in corrosion research will benefit the oil, gas, marine and other industries subjected to Canada's harsh Arctic environment.


Concrete Disbonds on New ‘Stan Span’

A four-month-old, $667 million bridge over the Mississippi River has already undergone repairs, after several areas failed to bond to the deck panel.


Sawdust Fires up a Greener Brick

A combination of new technologies—and a whole lot of sawdust—has enabled Australia’s largest brick producer to turn out what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick.


Project is a Jaw (and Stomach) Dropper

The world’s tallest roller coaster will bookend one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels when the two join a new entertainment megacomplex in taking over the cityscape in Orlando, FL, develo...


New Film Shrinks Protection to Fit

Cortec Corp. has unwrapped a new military-grade corrosion inhibitor in shrink-film form.


‘Old Glory’ Tank Painting Up for Bid

Contractors have nine days to submit proposals for cleaning and coating the beflagged 1.5-million-gallon elevated water storage tank of Cocoa, FL.


Audit Finds Skipped Bridge Inspections

The agency that oversees several New York City bridges failed to perform 47 inspections on structures that were already identified as potentially hazardous, a state audit claims.


Vibrations Shake Off Paint in Ship Test

Operator error is being blamed for paint and electrical damage on a brand-new, $1.5 billion Australian Navy ship—blame that the operator is strongly disputing.


Tilting Piers Close Interstate Bridge

A Delaware bridge that carries part of a major East Coast transportation artery has been closed indefinitely after several columns shifted nearly two feet out alignment.


Pipeline Corrosion Firm Sold for $116M

Global HSE concern Halma plc has acquired California-based Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS), the leading U.S. corrosion monitoring firm, the companies have announced.


Contractor Barred for Wage Fraud

An Arizona subcontractor is banned from federal projects for three years and is repaying nearly $200,000 in back wages after federal prosecutors found falsified payroll records on a highway ...


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 ...


Creaform Upgrades 3D Pipeline Software

Creaform has announced both a new upgrade and new module for its pipeline integrity assessment software.


Digging Into Summer Vacation

If your idea of good clean summer fun includes a spin around the dirt in some monster equipment, New Jersey may have the perfect new theme park for you.


EPA Unveils Next Round on Lead Rule

It’s time for U.S. contractors on public and commercial projects to gear up for the next round of proposed lead-safe rules at those worksites.


Duo Envisions Paving the Solar Way

An Idaho couple wants to replace pretty much every paved surface in the U.S. with smart, tough solar panels—and they’d like you to open your wallet to the idea.


$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.


Warming Up to Pistachio Power

Turkey is making a novel, if nutty, run at a new energy source that officials say could power an entire city.


Canada Puts Price on Pipeline Liability

Pipeline companies in Canada will be held responsible for at least $1 billion in damages if their network leaks—no matter who is ultimately to blame.


$15M Repair Reopens Washington Monument

The 130-year-old Washington Monument has reopened to the public nearly three years after sustaining cracks and chips in an earthquake that rattled the eastern United States.


New Bay Bridge Defect Spurs Concern

Steel rods that anchor the massive suspension cable on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have shifted since installation and are now too close to sharp plates inside the bridge, state...


Why Build a Bridge Too Far?

He was no engineer, but the kid who looked out over the Tappan Zee Bridge from his bedroom every day knew when something didn't make sense.


Report: Bad Math Led to Crack in Dam

A 50-year-old math error made during the design of the Wanapum Dam is the chief suspect in a 65-foot-long crack that will now cost $61 million to repair, officials have found.


Jitters Amid U.S. Job Improvement

Construction unemployment in the U.S. has dived to a seven-year low, sparking another call for increased training to head off labor shortages during the industry's recovery.


Posh ‘Monument of Defects’ to be Razed

Six years after revelations of serious construction defects stopped work, a Las Vegas luxury high-rise will be painstakingly dismantled without ever opening.