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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.


Report: Infrastructure Jobs Underplayed

Infrastructure jobs account for 11 percent of U.S. employment, but the typical shovel-ready focus overlooks the much larger workforce needed for long-term operational jobs, a new report says...


Bids Sought for CA Tank Work

The El Dorado Irrigation District is seeking contractors to rehabilitate a 2.8 million-gallon tank in Placerville, CA.


EPA Offers Eco-Atlas for Projects

Hoping to avert yet another project standoff over fragile critters and surprise health hazards, the U.S. government has unfolded a new nationwide, interactive, environmental roadmap.


Fire Collapses Bridge onto Interstate

A fire sparked by a blowtorch and fueled by strong winds has wiped out nearly two months of construction work on a $59 million California interstate project.


Lessons from a Billion-Dollar Spill

Pipeline owners and operators had better learn from the many mistakes that led to a massive Midwestern spill in 2010 or face costly consequences, U.S. regulators are warning.


Bay Bridge Fixes Could Add Millions

Crucial components for the seismic stability of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge top a list of flaws that could add millions of dollars in maintenance to what is already the world's ...


Beauty & the Building Site

In the construction industry, hardhats aren’t worn with high heels, and vests are for safety, not fashion.


Mussels Stall Michigan Pipeline

A $274 million pipeline project in Michigan is facing a massive hurdle of tiny proportions—a two-inch mussel.


Contractor Settles Fraud Case for $12M

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


U.S. Builder Forfeits $55M in Felony Fraud

A New York-based construction multinational has pleaded guilty to defrauding some of the world’s largest companies of tens of millions of dollars.


A Fight to Root Out Pipeline Corrosion

A California utility is locked in a showdown with private and public property owners over its plan to remove hundreds of trees that are damaging and corroding area pipelines.


Game Over at Old Atari Landfill

E.T., phone home: An excavation crew and documentary team have unearthed hundreds of your game cartridges from a 300-acre New Mexico landfill.


Prison to Be Construction Family Affair

The Fraziers, owners of C.E. Frazier Construction Co. Inc. and a variety of long-troubled spinoffs, are all going to jail.


DOT Budget Bill Aims to ‘Grow America’

“Transformative transportation projects” that will save bridges, strengthen roads, extend rail, stabilize funding, improve safety, and employ millions of Americans are the promise of a $302 ...


$500K Paid for Unwanted Bridge Designs

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


$28M Awarded for Bridge Painting

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


Report: 63K Bridges Await Federal Fix

At least 63,000 bridges in the U.S. are structurally compromised, including hundreds on heavily traveled urban interstate highways, a new report says.


$70M GSA Revamp Set for 19 States

The U.S. government will slash a half-million square feet of office space, and relocate an unknown number of employees, in a $70 million consolidation plan that will trigger projects in 19 s...


Paint Your Way Through Happy Hour

If boxed wine isn’t your thing, one clever ad agency may have the answer: wine in a paint can.


Officials Cry Fowl on Painting Holdup

If only industrial scaffolding didn’t look so cozy and inviting—a place to curl up and call home. But apparently, it does—at least, if you’re a raven—and now, the town of Fair Lawn, NJ, will...


Keystone XL Now Delayed Indefinitely

Two months after getting a green light from the U.S. State Department, the off-again, on-again Keystone XL project has hit a new red one. Or, at least, a long yellow.


MIT Proposes Floating Nuclear Plants

Offshore nuclear plants, anchored in deep water, could be the answer to preventing catastrophic tsunami and earthquake damage like that inflicted on the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi complex in ...


Illinois Bridge Goes AWOL

He doesn’t know where, when, why, how or by whom, but Greene County Sheriff Rob McMillen is sure of one thing.


Menacing Contractor Admits Shakedown

A 67-year-old construction contractor may spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting that he forced his employees to kick back wages and assaulted a project manager at Fort Dix in ...


OH River Bridge Slides into History

It traveled only 55 feet, but the journey of a half-mile steel truss from its temporary piers to permanent ones has earned the Milton-Madison Bridge a place in bridge-building history.


Honored Steel Bridges Show their Mettle

The engineering marvel that is the steel bridge—short or long, vehicular or pedestrian, venerable or brand new—showed an array of winning faces in the 2014 Prize Bridge Awards Competition, a...


Contractors Act to Avert Labor Pinch

A new plan aims to combat a shortage of skilled construction workers by pushing legislative and regulatory reforms that would make it easier to establish career and technical training progra...


$3M+ Bridge Painting Up for Bid

The City of Seattle is seeking bids for coatings work on the Fremont Bridge—a contract estimated at $3.3 million to $3.7 million.


Corrosion Reported on New Bay Bridge

Cable sections supporting the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are showing signs of corrosion seven months after the bridge opened to traffic, an investigation by The Sacrame...


Audit Bashes Louisiana Bridge Checks

Louisiana’s nearly 2,000 structurally deficient bridges aren’t getting the attention they deserve because of neglected inspections and billions in backlogged maintenance, state auditors have...


A Tough Cell: Navy Seeks Prison Rehab

After a unanimous chorus of “thanks but no thanks” from other federal agencies, the U.S. Navy is again shopping a redevelopment opportunity for a century-old prison to the private sector.


DBE Fraud Costs Company $2.4M

A construction contractor will pay $2.4 million for faking a disadvantaged-business requirement in order to win a $39.6 million contract in Connecticut, the FBI announced Monday (April 7).


Bill Hooks Contractors for Sub Pay

If your sub or labor temp agency is shortchanging its workers, is that your problem? It will be—at least, in California—if one legislator has his way.


Building Show Beefs Up Experts, CEUs

From foundation to roof, an updated slate of technical presentations will address high-performance commercial construction issues at next month's premiere D+D 2014 show.


Rogue Barges to Cost Team $1M Monthly

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


Historic Army Project Enlists Painters

The largest U.S. Army museum in the world is recruiting volunteers for painting and blasting work on historic armored vehicles.


Texas Water Tank Contract Awarded

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


MWBE Contract Scam Ends in Jail Term

A 77-year-old Chicago contractor who agreed to use his company as a minority-owned front for companies seeking city contracts will serve 17 months in jail and pay more than a half-million do...


Working to Be in Step, Yet Outstanding

The male-dominated coatings industry can be a tough place for women to blend in, especially when you're also trying to stand out.


Study: Workers Ready to Leave Jobs

Construction, engineering and building employers should step up their game if they want to head off a mass exodus of workers this year, a new survey suggests.


1 Contract: 5 Years, 500 New Bridges

Pennsylvania officials are inviting four teams to submit proposals for one contract to replace more than 500 bridges in less than five years.


Vikings’ Project Makes Recycling Blitz

The Minnesota Vikings’ old home may carry the dubious distinction of being the worst stadium in the U.S., but the old girl will achieve a noble goal as she goes down for the last time.


Fashioning a Fix for Medieval Bridge

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


New Contractor Hiring Rules Begin

Federal contractors must now comply with affirmative-action benchmarks for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, after a legal bid failed to block one of the rules.


100-Foot Span Slides into Place

Progress on the new $103 million Milton-Madison Bridge project is sliding steadily forward—if, occasionally, in sideways fashion.


Coin Toss Decides $4.4M Contract

What happens when two bidders on a government construction project submit identical low bids?


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

More than two dozen U.S. associations and labor unions are preparing to lean on Congress in a big way to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund before it goes broke.


Tank Contract Firm Tangles with Feds

A senior engineer has pleaded guilty and three executives at an Illinois tank maintenance firm have been indicted in an alleged scheme to defraud the state's Environmental Protection Agency ...


NY Shuts Down Bridge Painting Contract

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


Bids Sought for ‘Little Golden Gate’

Bids are being accepted to paint and rehabilitate a 746.5-foot-long suspension pedestrian bridge over the American River in Sacramento, CA.


Construction Jobs, Spending Hit Highs

It’s shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. construction industry, which is seeing its highest employment rate in nearly five years and its steepest spending increase since 2006, the Asso...


Troubled Viaduct Develops New Cracks

New cracks discovered on a seismically unstable double-deck highway in Seattle warrant a closer look, transportation officials say.


And Now, A Project to Really Move You

Think of it as a mobile home for really, really rich people, who want the changing scenery brought to them.


New Gauges Work with Mobile Devices

New inspection gauges from Elcometer transfer data directly to mobile devices to produce instant inspection reports, the company announced.


400 Drywallers to Regain Back Pay

A Washington State contractor will spend $550,000 to make good on wages allegedly shorted from hundreds of workers over several years.


Termites Teach Tomorrow’s Builders

Need a crew that will work independently, intuitively, quickly and steadily—even when the foreman’s not watching?


Contractor Settles Painter Wage Case

A longtime Pittsburgh-based industrial painting company has agreed to pay more than $25,000 in back wages and damages to 26 painters who were defrauded of their rightful pay, the Department ...


Game of Drones: Tomorrow’s Job Site

Drones, all the rage for everything from missile strikes to package delivery, may soon be keeping an eye on you—if not replacing you—at work.


Space Limited for 1-Day Corrosion Event

Time is running out to register for Engineered Corrosion Solutions 2014, a new, intensive, low-cost, one-day program focusing on the fundamentals of corrosion from an economic and technical ...


More Tank Dangers Seen at Hanford

In a scenario he likens to the movie Groundhog Day, a U.S. Senator is reporting new disclosures of radioactive leak risks due to flawed tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Tank Coating Work up for Bid

The City of Williamsburg, VA, is seeking contractors to bid on the interior and exterior cleaning, repair and recoating of two existing elevated storage tanks and one ground storage tank—a p...


Decrepit Bridge Refuses to Go Down

A 98-year-old bridge in Maine, said to be in imminent danger of falling, held its own against a round of explosives Thursday (Feb. 27).


65-Foot Crack Found in WA Dam

Federal, county and independent engineers have mounted an emergency response to safeguard the Wanapum Dam after divers discovered a two-inch-wide, 65-foot-long crack in a spillway pier.


2 Countries Struggle to Sink Ship

A 50-year-old former Canadian naval ship may have found herself a new home—at the bottom of the ocean off Southern California.


Old Bay Bridge May Find New Purpose

While the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its share of problems, getting rid of the old structure should be a bit easier, if a novel repurposing idea pans out.


Maintenance, Highways Top DOT Bill

President Obama wants to put a $302 billion tourniquet on a federal transportation budget that is quickly bleeding itself dry and infuse new maintenance funds into aging infrastructure, the ...


Mammoth Find Slows Project

At first, the crews thought it was a pipe or a tree root. But it looked so much bigger—mammoth, you might say—and so much older.


U.S. Construction Bullish on 2014

Nonresidential construction in the United States is in for a very strong year, even bringing boom-related backlog and hiring challenges, contractors report in an upbeat new survey.


New Bay Bridge Span Leaking

Hundreds of leaks have sprouted in a supposedly watertight part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's new span, and state transportation officials are trying to determine why.


$3M+ Dam Project Open for Bidding

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


2 Plead Guilty in Painting Kickback

A paint department manager and industrial cleaning contractor have pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme stemming from a Defense Department contract worth more than $500,000, federal authoriti...


The New Face of the Coatings Industry

ORLANDO—The growing reach of women in the protective and marine coatings industry was plain to see at SSPC 2014.


100K Construction Jobs Slated for Vets

Some 100,000 U.S. veterans are in line for “good-paying” jobs over the next five years, under a new initiative backed by the construction industry.


NSRP Tackles Paper, Primers, Process

ORLANDO—Slashing paper work, simplifying maintenance, and improving process efficiencies are the goals that drove recent projects by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Powerful 2nd Act for Nazi Bunker

Seventy years after its service to Germany's Third Reich, an air-raid bunker in Hamburg has morphed into an energy plant serving thousands of homes.


DOD Targets ‘Culture’ of Corrosion

ORLANDO—It will take more than protective coatings to make a dent in the U.S. military's $23 billion-a-year campaign against corrosion.


O, Canada, This Sounds Familiar

ORLANDO-When it comes to industrial protective coatings, what happens in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.) doesn't stay in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.).


Vacuum Truck Serves Dual Roles

A new multi-purpose vacuum truck from Guzzler Manufacturing combines an industrial vacuum truck and vacuum excavator.


Discovery Befitting a Skeleton Crew

A well-preserved skeleton at least 2,000 years old has turned up under a Florida highway, found by construction crews digging a trench for a new water main.


CA Agency Barges in on Google Project

Google may be Googling a new location for its “mystery barge,” after the high-profile construction project in San Francisco Bay was found to lack appropriate permits.


Bay Bridge Inspectors Rebut Critics

Naysayers who challenged the integrity of officials on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project skewed information to provide a misleading account, a new review contends.


Gaffe Plugs New Sewers with Concrete

London's water utility is on the lookout for which of its contractors accidentally poured concrete into more than 200 feet of new underground pipe.


Bids Invited to Paint WV River Bridge

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Lower Pleasant Street Bridge in Morgantown, WV.


Keystone XL Clears State Dept. Report

The State Department has found no major environmental objections to TransCanada Corp.'s latest proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline, unplugging a major obstacle to the six-year-old plan.


Navy Seeks Housing That’s Fit to Print

Maybe Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tomorrow’s far-flung Navy bases just might be.


Wage Hike Ordered for U.S. Contractors

Employees of federal contractors will see an increase in their minimum hourly pay to $10.10, under a new Executive Order signed by President Obama.


Inquiry: Bay Bridge Concerns Quashed

Critics were fired or reassigned, safety questions deflected, information suppressed, and a “malicious” lack of transparency shrouded construction of the world's most expensive bridge, a new...


What is Wade Avenue Hiding?

What secrets could lie behind the doors in your neighborhood?


Epic Fail: $195K Paint Job Washes Out

A Toronto university official is apologizing profusely for rushing a $195,000 street painting job that was designed to “make an exciting splash”—but ended up failing fast.


Pipeline Project Yields Human Skull

Work at an Indiana pipeline construction site has been halted over the discovery of a human skull this week.


PaintPAC Brushes Up for Midterms

U.S. coating makers are sharpening their spending and strategizing to elect political candidates this year who have the coating industry’s best interests in mind.


Highway Fund to Drain Before Your Eyes

The federal Highway Trust Fund will start bouncing checks in August, and taxpayers will have a front-row seat to watch the agency go broke.


Bids Sought for 5 Florida Tanks

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


14 States, 14 Paths for 2014

Where (if anywhere) does infrastructure fall on the radar of America’s governors this year? What are the states’ priorities, and how will they pay for them?


WA Hits Feds over Leaking Nuke Tank

The federal government is doing an “unacceptable” job of removing waste that has been leaking from a Hanford Site nuclear tank for at least 16 months, Washington State officials say.


For Rival NFC Bridges, How Tweet It Is

Two West Coast bridges have taken to Twitter to root on their city’s teams in this weekend’s NFC championship playoff game, going “toll to toll” in a friendly battle of #bridgewars.


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


Prison, Massive Fines in Historic Fraud

Two former executives of a Pennsylvania bridge concrete manufacturer are headed to prison in what authorities call the largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise scam in U.S. history.


Broken Bridge to Cost $170M Extra

Design mistakes on a floating bridge megaproject in Washington State are sucking every last cent out of the project’s risk reserve fund, and the state says it will need an additional $170 mi...


Feds to Query Contractors on Lead Plan

Do public and commercial construction projects need new federal lead-safe mandates to protect occupants and workers?


SSPC Increases College Scholarships

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will offer more assistance to North American college students next academic year, the organization has announced.


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

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


Emails Paint Traffic Jam as Revenge

Are deliberate traffic jams on busy public bridges the newest political dirty trick? That's the email-fueled accusation that kept New Jersey's popular governor on the hot seat for two hours ...


Corrosion Springs $17M Project Surprise

The unexpected discovery of “significantly corroded” structural steel at an Ontario redevelopment project has dealt the project partners an eight-figure repair bill—and a major beef over who...


$22M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

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


25% of U.S. States Raise Hourly Wage

Thirteen states raised the minimum wage for workers on Jan. 1, bringing to 21 the number nationwide that are now paying workers above the federally mandated minimum.


Now, a Crew You Could Take Home to Mom

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


Bridge, Tunnel Work Top 2014 Outlook

The new year should ring in increased spending on transportation infrastructure, including “record levels” of bridge and tunnel construction spending, a new analysis says.


Special Issues to Wrap Up 2013

With this issue, PaintSquare News ends its regular coverage for 2013. But there are two special features to come.


Prison Awaits EPA’s $900K Con Man

The bizarre flameout of John C. Beale’s once-distinguished federal career—from senior official to fake CIA spy—will end with a 32-month federal prison sentence.


New Corrosion Conference Aims at Owners

Engineered Corrosion Solutions 2014, a new one-day conference focused on helping U.S. facility owners tackle that $500 billion-a-year problem, will debut March 13 in the Chicago area.


Report Assails Bay Bridge Assurances

A chorus of safety concerns by independent engineers has rapidly drowned out the fanfare over the recent opening of the new $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


Fines, Education Follow Wage Fraud

"Do as I say, not as I did" will be a Chicago contractor's message for peers, as the company pays a hefty fine and agrees to educate others after defrauding nearly 100 workers of their fair ...


Electricity Jolts Corrosion Research

Researchers have made a shocking discovery about bridge corrosion: Electricity may be able to detect rusting reinforcing steel.


U.S. Violators Reap U.S. Contracts

Major wage and safety law violations involving millions of U.S. workers are not preventing their employers from reaping billions of dollars in federal contracts, according to a new study rel...


Suppliers Lend Hand for UK Hearts

Members of the British Coatings Federation are donating red paint to transform obsolete phone booths across the UK into life-saving defibrillator stations.


Across the Industry, All Shook Up

Sometimes, we wonder if infrastructure and construction are just day jobs for crews waiting for Hollywood to discover them.


Bids Open for San Fran Ferry Work

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is seeking contractors to provide routine drydocking and repair of the M.S. Sonoma Ferry in San Francisco, CA.


House Panel Pushes Corrosion Covers

The Department of Defense is getting a little corrosion advice along with its 2014 budget plan. The message: Cover up.


U.S. Dismisses $117M Shipyard Bid Suit

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has thrown out a lawsuit by a Virginia shipyard protesting the Navy's rejection of its $117 million ship maintenance bid—the highest, by far, of eight propos...


Google’s Barge Project Investigated

Once shrouded in secrecy, Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay is now wrapped in red tape as officials investigate the odd project's construction.


Building Industry on Board for D+D 2014

From rooftop to foundation and wall paint to structural steel, technical organizations representing the spectrum of building science technologies will partner withDurability + Design ...


Titanic’s Home Faces Future with Hope

An 11-acre portrait of a young girl, created from sand and soil, has briefly transformed the birthplace of the doomed RMS Titanic into a message of hope for the future.


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

An “unusual surge” in public construction unexpectedly pushed total U.S. construction spending in October to its highest level in more than four years, the Associated General Contractors of ...


Bridge Corrosion Closes MN Highway

A Minnesota interstate has been shut down after corrosion ate away at a bridge support, reportedly to the point that inspectors could see right through it.


At DOD, Busy Arctic Future Takes Shape

As the ice-locked Arctic is transformed to ocean, unleashing unprecedented shipping traffic and human activity, what will that mean for U.S. ships and infrastructure?


Road Crew Finds 10K-Year-Old House

Construction crews widening a highway in Israel stumbled across what could be some of the earliest examples of urban planning: a 10,000-year-old home and a 6,000-year-old temple.


$350K Tank Painting Up for Bid

The City of Modesto, CA, is seeking bids for the interior cleaning and recoating of a 1.3 million-gallon water storage reservoir—a project estimated at $350,000.


PPG Navy Contract Could Top $44M

PPG Industries could see $44.5 million in U.S. Navy coatings contracts over the next five years, the Department of Defense announced.


Contractors Sue to Block Hiring Rule

U.S. open-shop construction contractors have gone to court to stop a new federal affirmative-action proposal aimed at increasing hiring of people with disabilities.


Construction Boom Faces Labor Bust

U.S. construction and engineering may be facing the best and worst of times, as a near-trillion-dollar industry forecast collides with widespread employer reports of a skilled labor shortage...


Bridge Marvel Wins Engineering Award

China’s Taizhou Bridge—the world’s longest double-span suspension bridge—has taken top honors from the world's leading structural engineering organization.


Critter Bridges Drive Taxpayers Batty

Q: Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? A: He was holding out for his own bridge. And who can blame him, when the public is shelling out right and left to safeguard his furry road-crossing...


Bill Would Eliminate Feds from Highways

Congressional Republicans are trying for a third time to remove the federal government from its role in the U.S. highway and surface transportation system.


Owner Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging

With his bribery attempts recorded by a project manager, the former owner of a New Jersey heavy construction and paving company is now looking at 20 years in prison for bid-rigging.


NACE Tallying Corrosion’s Global Cost

NACE International has launched a two-year global study to determine the financial and societal toll of corrosion on infrastructure, utilities, transportation, the military and other sectors...


Bridge’s 9-Year Paint Job Complete

After nine years and $56 million, the Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting Washington and Oregon finally has a new paint job.


Braves Pitch New $672M Ballpark

‘The Ted’ is dead as the home of the Braves, as the Atlanta MLB team has announced plans to make a 14-mile, $672 million move up the road.


Bribery Scandal Snares 3rd Navy Leader

Alleged gifts of prostitutes, luxury travel and thousands of dollars in cash have led to charges against a third senior U.S. Navy official in a widening bribes-for-intelligence scandal invol...


4 Firms Share $50M Corrosion Contract

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded four companies a total of $50 million in contracts with exclusive rights to compete for corrosion prevention work.


KTA’s O’Malley Promoted to Lab Manager

KTA-Tator Inc. has announced the promotion of Cindy O’Malley, an 18-year veteran of the company, as the new Manager of Consulting and Laboratory Services.


Boston Bridge Replaced in One Weekend

A bridge replacement project outside of Boston that normally would have taken close to three years to complete was done in less than three days, state transportation officials announced.


Bids Invited for 5.5-Mile CA Bridge

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


New Building Show Opens Registration

Online registration has opened for D+D 2014, the first Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, dedicated to building performance and aesthetics.


Pipeline Crew Unearths Dinosaur Fossil

A construction worker clearing the way for a Canadian pipeline made a rare discovery—a massive dinosaur fossil—when he accidentally cut into it with a backhoe.


Historic UK Shipyard to Shut Down

Five centuries of shipbuilding will come to an end next year, as British defense contractor BAE Systems has announced plans to close its dockyard in Portsmouth, England, the home of the Roya...


Lightning Eyed in Pipeline Failure

Lightning may be to blame for a pipeline hole that leaked 20,000 barrels of crude oil in North Dakota, new reports say.


Metal Tags Track Equipment

Dynamic Systems Inc. has introduced Metal Barcode Tags to help contractors keep track of equipment.


Construction Fraud Tab: $860B

Money laundering, bid rigging, bribery and other types of fraud are now bleeding the global construction industry of about $860 billion a year—a tab that could nearly double by 2025, a new r...


Lexus Hybrid Will Paint Your Potrait

What has your car done for you lately? Lexus has taken the intuitive driving trend to the next level, creating a car that paints a portrait of the driver based on his or her driving habits.


Contractor Ends Minority Case for $875K

A U.S.-based multinational contractor will pay $875,000 to settle discrimination claims involving hundreds of African American, Hispanic and Asian American job applicants.


After Sandy: Building for the Next Hit

One year after Hurricane Sandy crippled the East Coast, federal agencies have spent billions to rebuild damaged infrastructure but say there is more work to do—especially when it comes to pr...


Halloween Booty: Blackbeard’s Guns

In a move unlikely to cheer Blackbeard’s ghost, the U.S. Coast Guard has recovered five cannons and multiple barrel hoops from the 18th-century pirate's shipwreck off the North Carolina coas...


Nuke Owner Rebuked for Workers’ Crimes

A bizarre plan by two senior nuclear reactor operators to rob an armored car—and then actually commit a carjacking—has led to federal sanctions against the U.S.’s top nuclear operator for la...


Bids Requested for GA Tank Painting

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


Crumbling Capitol Dome to be Restored

Majestic from afar, but disintegrating from within, the U.S. Capitol Dome is about to undergo a critically needed $60 million restoration effort.


Building Jobs, Spending Keep Growing

U.S. construction unemployment hit a six-year low in September, on the heels of a four-year high in project spending the month before, the federal government reported.


Portable Light Offers Versatile Options

Air Systems International has introduced a weather-proof, portable, area light for use in dusty and wet environments.


Lip-Syncing Oil Rig Crew Goes Viral

Life at sea can get lonely and boring—unless you happen to be on an oil rig with a crew full of karaoke masterminds.


Marine Coatings Get R&D Funding Boost

Several projects aimed at improving shipyard coatings and inspection processes will get a $430,000 boost in funding from the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Social Software Unites Project Team

Constant, real-time collaboration—bolstered by photos, videos, diagrams and documents—with every member of a construction project team is the promise of a new communication tool developed by...


Crafty Markings Could Slow Speeders

Optical illusions on highway pavement may soon trick motorists into slowing down, Florida transportation officials are hoping.


Low Bidders Sue MnDOT over Award

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


Bids Open for Dam Refurbishment

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


Alleged Fraud Scheme Nets 42 Felonies

A former California contractor was charged with 42 felony counts after allegedly scamming his employees out of wages and raking in over $81,000, prosecutors announced.


Oregon DOT Sued over Bridge Deal

A structural fabricator has sued the Oregon Department of Transportation, alleging the company got a raw deal in a mitigation agreement meant to compensate it for negative impacts of the pro...


67 Global Heritage Sites in Danger

Corrosion, development pressures, lean budgets and civil strife are endangering the future of 67 cultural-heritage sites worldwide, according to a new "watch list" issued by the World Monume...


Corrosion Eyed in ND Pipeline Leak

A ruptured six-inch pipeline has spewed over 20,000 barrels of oil in North Dakota, and an initial investigation points to corrosion, state officials said.


Bridge Deck Defects Spark Legal Storm

A bridge deck in Oregon is coming apart just a year after completion, triggering a coast-to-coast legal showdown over who is to blame.


At MIT, Metal Heals Itself Under Force

The researchers were so surprised that they “had to go back and check” the result: Exerting force on the cracked piece of metal was causing the crack to mend—not pull apart.


Nuclear Plant Finds Blister, Corrosion

A Pennsylvania nuclear plant is again reporting a coating defect and corrosion in one of its units, near the site of decayed wood left in the structure.


$800K Awarded for Pipeline Research

New materials and technologies for reducing corrosion and improving monitoring of pipelines will get a boost from $800,000 in grants just announced by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materia...


Milwaukee Says ‘Cheese’ to De-Icer

Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski is taking an admittedly cheesy approach to keeping his city streets clear this winter.


ASCE Elects President, Officers

The American Society of Civil Engineers has elected veteran transportation engineer Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE, as its incoming president-elect.


Rail Crew Finds Skulls Under London

Crews working on a rail project in London are wearing two hats these days—those of construction worker and archaeologist—after discovering about 20 ancient skulls in the sediment of a histor...


Corrosion Blamed for Drooping Bridge

Corrosion caused a concrete pier on a Green Bay bridge to sink two feet, leaving a 400-foot section of the structure sagging across all lanes, Wisconsin officials have determined.


Bids Invited for $5M+ Bridge Painting

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


Hearing Urged after $900K EPA Theft

A Republican Senator is demanding hearings into management practices at the Environmental Protection Agency after a former official admitted making bizarre claims that reaped him nearly $900...


More Cracks Found at Nuke Plant

The owner of an Ohio nuclear plant with a cracked concrete shield building says that it has found new cracks in the structure and that some of the old cracks have lengthened.


Collapsed Span Reopens Early

Built in 66 days and installed in 19 hours, the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge in Washington State has reopened to traffic—and the entire process can be viewed in just under 90 seconds.


3 Held in High-Rolling Navy Bribe Scam

Luxury travel and prostitutes were exchanged for secret information and hundreds of millions of dollars in Navy service contracts, according to federal charges filed this week in two bribery...


Bids Sought for Water Tower Painting

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


Manufacturers Flag Infrastructure Woes

Calling the deterioration of America's infrastructure a "legacy of past investments," U.S. manufacturers are warning that declining transportation networks will weaken the nation's global co...


$71M Spent Before Navy Scrapped Sub

The U.S. Navy spent $71 million trying to repair a nuclear sub torched by a painter before deciding to scrap the vessel, a new report states.


Firms Plan Industrial Services Giant

Diversified global industrial company Harsco Corp. has announced the $300 million sale of its Infrastructure division into a $3 billion joint venture that will combine the business with Bran...


Construction Firms See Worker Shortage

Despite an industry jobless rate still stuck above 9 percent, most construction employers across the United States are reporting trouble finding qualified employees at every level.


DOD Urged to Tighten Corrosion Oversight

The Department of Defense needs to keep a firmer rein on the scores of equipment-related corrosion projects it oversees, including nailing down data on project outcomes, a new federal audit ...


CA Engineer Pleads Guilty in Smuggling

A former Bay Bridge engineer has admitted trying to smuggle U.S. defense circuitry onto a ship registered to a Chinese manufacturer that supplied steel for the new bridge.


Music Muse: What Rhymes with ‘Layoff?’

Shipyards facing closure have found an unlikely advocate in Sting, who is penning a Broadway musical showing the hardships the workers face.


Sandy Sparks Remap of U.S. East Coast

The $50 billion in wreckage wrought last year by Hurricane Sandy has literally reshaped parts of the U.S. East Coast, prompting the federal government to remap vast sections of coastlines an...


$4.7M Awarded for PA Bridge Rehab

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


Corruption to Cost Engineering Firm $1M

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


New Bay Bridge Trolls for Next Steps

After 24 years, millions of manhours, and billions of dollars expended to get new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge open today, just one question remained: What about the troll?


Arrest at EPA Sparks Call for Probe

A former top-ranking Environmental Protection Agency official has been charged with skimming nearly $900,000 from the agency over more than a decade—and a U.S. senator wants to know just how...


New Affirmative Action Rules Draw Fire

New hiring rules for federal contractors aimed at increasing employment of veterans and people with disabilities have sparked an outcry from a major industry association.


DoD Corrosion Conference Goes Virtual

If you have web access, you can attend this year’s Department of Defense Corrosion Conference next month—free, from anywhere in the world.


Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Named

More than $435 billion in new pipelines, airports and transportation projects are among the top 100 infrastructure projects strategically important to progress throughout North America, acco...


Concrete Key to Bigger Wind Towers

Engineers are giving wind power a boost—literally—by testing ways to increase energy production by making the towers 20 percent taller.


Audits Target FHWA’s Bridge Programs

Bridge safety across the United States is getting renewed federal attention with a series of audits aimed at examining the Federal Highway Administration’s management of measures to ensure b...


Bids Sought for CO Tank Painting

The City of Glenwood Springs, CO, is seeking bids to repair, clean and recoat the interior of one of the city's 500,000-gallon water storage tanks.


CA Mulls $20M Bridge Contractor Bonus

A temporary fix has the on-again, off-again opening of California’s Bay Bridge back on, but bridge officials question whether the contractor implicated in the delays should now receive a $20...


Design-Build Plants, Roads Take Honors

A military finishing facility in Georgia, interstates in Utah and Texas, and wastewater plants in several states are among more than 40 construction projects newly recognized for innovative ...


DoD Raps Corrosion Training, Technology

The U.S. military could fight corrosion damage far more effectively with better cooperation, training and communication among the various service branches, the Department of Defense has conc...


Public Works Construction Growing

Despite a slow economy, the new-construction market is expected to see a slight recovery in 2013, aided by modest growth from large bridge and public works projects, a midyear analysis shows...


NRC OKs Cracking Measures at Seabrook

A new inspection report on concrete degradation at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant shows that appropriate measures have adequately addressed the cracks' root causes and potential impact, fe...


$11M Bridge Painting Awarded

The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded an $11,981,648 contract to Geronimo Painting Co. Inc., of Lisbon, OH, to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the North...


Tax-Funded Graffiti Tags Critics

Legitimate or not (and it is totally legitimate), a group called the Blight Society may occasionally find itself misunderstood.


NSRP Seeks New Research Proposals

New coatings and surface prep technologies and other solutions for decreasing ship ownership costs, improving standards and reducing environmental impacts are some of the goals for a new rou...


Robot is 1-Stop Building Demo Shop

An award-winning, multitasking robot named ERO may be the next hero of the building demolition and materials recycling industries.


Navy to Scrap Painter-Torched Sub

Unable to foot a $700 million repair bill, the U.S. Navy has decided to scrap a nuclear submarine severely damaged last year in a blaze set by a painter.


Making Drinking Water out of Thick Air

We’ve all heard that you can’t get blood from a stone. But water from a desert billboard? Engineers in Lima, Peru, have worked with an ad agency to pull it off.


You’re Stuck? There’s An App for That

Apps already flag road and transit glitches, but a new version helps aggravated commuters act on their beef, in the form of an instant note to the appropriate elected official.


Small Businesses Sought for Dam Bids

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking small business set-aside contractors for a painting project at Carlyle Lake Dam in Clinton County, IL.


‘Internet of Things’: Safety’s Future?

The world is getting its first glimpse into how machine-to-machine wireless communication (the so-called "Internet of Things") could change the face of preventive maintenance for bridges and...


Knit Wits Spin a Good Bridge Yarn

Protective coatings do a great job of keeping corrosion off bridges, but they don't exactly convey a warm, fuzzy feeling. For that, fortunately, there's Knit the Bridge, a grassroots communi...


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


2013 Corrosion Salaries Set Records

Call it a rust-to-riches story. Corrosion careers are paying better than ever, with record-high average annual salaries for professionals in the United States, Canada and the European Union,...


Workers Discover Gold Rush-Era Boat

Construction workers have struck gold in California, discovering an intact boat that dates to the mid-19th century.


Bids Invited for Water Tank Contract

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


12 Shipyard Operations to Share $9.46M

Ship painting, blasting and manufacturing operations in 10 states will see expanded capabilities, facility upgrades and new technologies from $9.46 million in newly released federal grants.


Senate Prioritizes Crumbling Bridges

Bridges that need some urgent TLC could see an extra boost in funding after the Senate passed an amendment to its proposed transportation and housing bill prioritizing bridges in critical co...


Crew Uncovers 30 Ancient Graves

Human remains, possibly up to 2,000 years old, were discovered by construction crews in eastern Mexico.


Bidding Challenges Focus of New Bills

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


Contract Awarded for Coast Guard Boat

A U.S. Coast Guard navigation vessel will be cleaned and recoated as part of a recently awarded $63,000 contract.


Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Opens

The world’s longest cable-stayed bridge opened at the stroke of midnight Thursday (July 18) in China, after four and a half years of construction.


Crew Digs Up Live Cannonball

A construction crew unearthed a live cannonball, believed to be from the Civil War, in downtown Atlanta on Thursday (July 18).


Yoda Seized in Contractor Fraud

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


Japan Makes Construction Safety Cute

Japan’s culture of cuteness has found an unlikely new home in the nation's construction zones.


Free Webinar Plumbs Sewer Rehab

Evaluating protective coatings and other components of sewer rehabilitation will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Bids Invited for 10-Year Tank Project

Limestone County, AL, authorities are seeking contractors for an extensive 10-year tank maintenance project in Athens, AL.


2 Indicted in Project Skimming of $4.8M

A former executive with one of the nation’s largest construction contractors is accused of orchestrating a kickback scheme that drained more than $4.8 million from his company during a proje...


MS Capital Cheers ‘Pothole Robin Hood’

A Jackson, MS, man dubbed the “Pothole Robin Hood” has just achieved his quest of filling more than 100 ignored potholes around the capital city with materials lifted from a government stock...


Congress May Speed Pipeline Permits

Pipeline projects could see quicker permitting approval under a federal bill that has supporters demanding accountability and opponents wary of environmental harm.


2 Indicted in Navy Contract Kickbacks

Two employees of Navy contractors are facing decades in prison after being charged in a kickback scheme that allegedly traded bribes for Navy subcontracts.


Teflon Trick Makes Bridge Move Quick

A sticky situation found a slick solution when engineers in Oregon decided to move a 3,400-ton, one-piece bridge by sliding it along tracks covered in Teflon and liquid dish soap.


Joblessness Drops; Jitters Don’t

Replacing old worries with new ones, the construction labor market in the U.S. may be swinging from glut to shortage in just a few short years, experts are saying.


Power Plant Tank Coating Up for Bid

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


Steel Saddle Can’t Save Bridge Schedule

Repairing dozens of broken bolts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will push back the span's highly anticipated Labor Day opening by months, officials have conceded.


Seeding a Stronger Concrete

So what do you with 661,386,840 pounds of sunflower seed husks each year?


At 102, Pipe Awarded for Longevity

Not many underground water pipes get a birthday present, but not many turn 100 years old unscathed.


SSPC Seeks Structure Award Nominations

SSPC members have until Oct. 15 to submit nominations for the 2013-14 Annual Structure Awards.


Chinese Steel Riles U.S. Bridge Group

The U.S. steel bridge industry is firing back at a new report describing the growing use of Chinese bridge steel and alleging lack of “bridge expertise at home.”


Bid-Rigging Scandal Engulfs 15 Firms

Years of contract collusion involving six World Cup stadiums and hundreds of other public and private projects have 15 South African construction firms facing $140 million in potential fines...


When in Concrete, Doing as Romans Did

The structure of ancient Rome’s concrete marvels is revealing clues to make its modern successors more durable and sustainable, researchers have found.


Tacoma Awards $217K Coating Job

A Washington State contractor who was the sole bidder on an industrial coating project in Tacoma, WA, has been green-lighted for the job.


Global Construction Hot to Top $15T

China, the United States and India are set to lead “meteoric” global construction growth that will reach $15 trillion in value by the year 2025, a new study reports.


Bredero Shaw Snags $30M Pipe Deal

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


Graffiti Defaces 4,000-Year-Old Marker

UK preservationists and paint specialists are working to remove graffiti newly spray-painted on a Bronze Age-era national archaeological site in Wales.


Stan the Man Gets His Span

In the bottom of the ninth, Stan Musial and the veterans have tied for naming rights to the Mississippi River's next major bridge project.


ACA Supports New Regulatory Legislation

Coating makers are urging Congress to lighten up on new regulations and hunker down against a regulatory pressure tactic known as “sue and settle.”


Putting the Brakes on $1M Bus Stop

Public outrage over a million-dollar bus stop built by the Washington, D.C., transit agency has prompted the facility owners to audit the project and slap a hold on future stops.


900+ Charges Rock Construction Empire

A notorious Quebec heavy-construction magnate with a long history of corruption charges has been slapped with hundreds of tax-fraud charges that could land him behind bars with millions of d...


Inspection Lapses at Hanford Leaked

An inability to inspect without written warning, an understaffed team, and missing reports are among the safety problems that federal officials have found with the Hanford nuclear site, a le...


Painting of 5 Tanks Up for Bid

A water utility in Maryland is inviting bids for cleaning, lead abatement and recoating of four hydro-pneumatic storage tanks and one elevated water tank in California, MD.


SSPC Elects New Board Members

A Dryco executive and an industrial painting project manager have been elected the newest members of SSPC’s Board of Governors, the association announced.


Spider Introduces Team for Large Projects

Spider, a division of SafeWorks LLC, has launched the Spider Systems Group, a team that provides access and fall protection expertise for the “most complicated, mission-critical” projects.


Probe: Doctored Inspection Unfolds

One discredited Ontario engineer touched up the structural assessment, while his partner signed off on the report, based on verbal assurances and despite his own knowledge of problems at the...


Bidding Opens for Historic Lock Work

The New York State Thruway Authority is seeking bids to rehabilitate the historic Flight of Five Locks 67-71 on the Erie Canal in Lockport, NY.


Foreign Control of Plants on Agenda

A June 19 public meeting is being held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to seek comment on foreign ownership of nuclear power plants.


Mega-Bridge Picks Main Coating Supplier

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


EPA: Water Infrastructure Needs $384B

Drinking water infrastructure across the country is rapidly approaching the end of its lifespan and will need over $384 billion in improvements over the next two decades, a newly released su...


Historic Bridge Restoration Up for Bid

The Arizona Department of Transportation is accepting bids for the long-delayed renovation of the century-old Chevelon Creek Bridge—a project estimated at $1,379,000.


Construction Jobs See All-Around Growth

Construction jobs are up and unemployment is down, with some of the most promising figures seen since 2008, a new analysis shows.


DOD Urged to Spruce Up Corrosion Plans

The U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force all need some spit and polish on their corrosion prevention and control programs, federal auditors say.


Inflatable Concrete Simplifies Shelter

Need sturdy shelter fast? Then a concrete building in a bag might be for you. Just add air and water!


Milwaukee Awards $8.6M Bridge Rehab

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


Navy Engineer Admits $20M Fraud

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


At 81, Sydney Bridge Preps for Facelift

Q: How many painters does it take to paint a coat hanger? A: 50, when the hanger in question is the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.


Congress Weighs Curbs on ‘Bid Shopping’

Subcontractors are hailing a new federal bill that would tie primary contractors firmly to their subcontractor commitments in order to end the practice of bid shopping.


$1M CA Dam Painting Up for Bids

The California Department of Water Resources is seeking bids for cleaning and recoating at the Los Banos Creek Detention Dam—a project estimated at $1,050,500.


Contractors Get 3 Years in Navy Bribery

Defense contractors who showered the Navy with bribes will spend three years behind bars and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution, under sentences handed down in federal court...


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

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


Women Contractors Get Break from Feds

Women who head painting, construction and other contracting companies may now qualify for larger government contracts, under a new change by the Small Business Administration.


Bids Invited for Covered Bridge Rehab

Pennsylvania is seeking contractors for coating and rehabilitation work on historic Schlicher's Covered Bridge, which spans Jordan Creek in the midst of a county-owned game preserve.


Obama Urges Faster Track for Projects

Calling for more green lights and less red tape, President Obama has announced an initiative to halve the time needed to launch infrastructure construction projects.


Worms Make $3M Meal of Bridge

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


The Robotic Future of Bridge Inspection

Robotic inspectors could soon be sweeping across the nation's bridges, collecting data and sending important structural information to their human counterparts.


Lights Bridge Art and Infrastructure

Combining art and infrastructure, two U.S. cities are marking milestones by projecting their pride in lights on bridges.


Work Crew Destroys Ancient Pyramid

One of the oldest Mayan pyramids has been destroyed by construction crews digging for crushed rock to build a road in Belize.


Agency Probed on Bad Bolt Decision

Legislators grilled California Department of Transportation officials on Tuesday, May 14, about the decision-making process that led to building the new Bay Bridge eastern span with galvaniz...


Bridge Bill Leverages Foreign Capital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has proposed a bill to fix deteriorating roads and bridges using taxes and dividends from overseas corporations with shareholders in the U.S.


Bids Invited for Coating 10 Tanks

The City of Bartlett, TN, is seeking maintenance and inspection services for 10 steel tanks in the city’s water system over the course of 10 years.


Water Woes Swamp Doomed Mall Probe

A flood of evidence and testimony about decades of leaks­—and the unwillingness and/or inability to fix them, despite lawsuits and city orders to do so—continues to dominate the hearing into...


$500M Set for Sandy-Hit Water Works

Water-treatment facilities across New York and New Jersey will receive more than $500 million to tackle repairs and upgrades desperately needed after Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Environmental ...


IL No Fan of ‘Stan the Span’ Plan

Stan “the Man” Musial may be a worthy bridge namesake to his adoring fans in Missouri, but Illinoisans aren't feeling the love for the pitch on behalf of the late baseball great.


WA Dam Gate Painting Up for Bid

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


Painters, Others to Get $2M in OT Case

A major industrial services employment agency will pay nearly $2 million in back wages to painters, blasters and other workers after denying them proper overtime, federal officials announced...


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


Feds Do the Math on Maintenance

“Pay now or pay later” is the mantra of those who support rigorous maintenance of bridges, highways and other infrastructure.


Historic NJ Bridge Rehab Awarded

The Great Falls Bridge, a historic span that once appeared in the TV show The Sopranos, will undergo rehabilitation by Anka Painting of Palisades Park, NJ.


Historic Bridge Projects Get $3B Boost

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


Corrosion Takes Center Stage at NATO

The U.S. military has teamed up with its European counterparts in what is rapidly becoming a worldwide effort to combat corrosion.


Viral Video Shows Spectacular Splatter

Blowing up glass bottles of paint with firecrackers may not be the safest experiment, but it certainly makes a great viral video.


Bids Invited for WV Bridge Painting

The second and final phase of cleaning and painting work on West Virginia's Hospital Bridge is now up for bid, following the project's $2.4 million first phase.


Nissan Shows Off $200M Paint Plant

New application technologies, smaller booths, a cool roof and other eco-friendly measures will slash energy usage and improve productivity at Nissan's new $200 million paint facility, billed...


EPA Rips State Dept.’s Pipeline Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is again lambasting the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, calling the assessment inadequate and insufficiently attentiv...


Judge Rips USACE over Katrina Failures

The many victims of New Orleans’ “tragically flawed” levees cannot prove that the Army Corps of Engineers caused the system’s failure during Hurricane Katrina—but even “if the levee was desi...


$17.5M Ship Museum Work Awarded

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


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


U.S. Green-Lights International Bridge

To cheers from both sides of the border, President Obama has signed a Presidential Permit that clears the way for construction of a new $1 billion bridge linking Canada and the United States...


Obama Proposes 6% DOT Hike in 2014

The nation's beleaguered bridges, pipelines, roads, rail systems, ports, airports, maritime operations and transit systems could begin upgrades in FY 2014, if President Obama's $77 billion b...


NACE Names Education Director

NACE International - The Corrosion Society has announced the appointment of Matthew M. Miller as Director of Education.


Vietnam Slays a Dragon of a Project

A massive fire-breathing dragon is standing guard over a Vietnamese river. But there’s no princess to save on the other side. What this dragon is rescuing is a coagulated transportation prob...


‘Pay to Play’ Charges Threaten Projects

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


Project Overruns Laid to Contractors

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


Bids Sought for $5M+ LA Bridge Contract

Bids to clean and paint almost 10 million pounds of steel on a Louisiana bridge will be opened April 24, transportation officials announced.


Contractors Decry Immigration Plan

U.S. construction industry groups are banding together to fight sharp limits on “guest worker” visas in an immigration agreement now emerging in Congress.


MA Bill Seeks Tank Inspection Change

Paint companies could see fewer storage tank inspections and related fees in Massachusetts under a bill seeking to amend annual inspection laws, said the American Coatings Association.


2 Coating Company Owners Get Prison

Two owners of a western Pennsylvania powder coating company have been sentenced to federal prison for bilking investors out of $1.4 million.


Mall Principals Tied to ‘95 Collapse

Both the engineer and owner of the doomed Elliot Lake mall had similar connections to a Michigan mall that partially collapsed in 1995, the Elliot Lake Commission Inquiry learned last week.


Steel Tank Makers Elect Leaders

Members of the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association have elected their officers and Board of Directors for 2013-14.


IUPAT Unanimously Elects New Leader

For the first time in more than a decade, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades has a new president.


Artistic Bus Plan Spawns Bid Request

A local Alaskan transit agency has issued a fishy request for proposals—specifically, the development and application of a salmon-themed graphic design, infused with Northwest Coast Native a...


Feds Arrest ‘Godfather’ of Contracts

A Department of Defense employee and self-proclaimed “Godfather” of construction contracts at California's Camp Pendleton has been charged with extorting bribes for contracts, federal prosec...


Bad Bolts Snag Bay Bridge Work

Construction on the east span of California’s new Bay Bridge has hit a snag after workers discovered over 30 broken bolts on the new eastern span, state transportation officials announced.


The Bus Stops Here ... for $1M

After 18 months and more than $1 million, Arlington, VA, has cut the ribbon on its newest piece of infrastructure: a bus stop.


Eco-Bridges Ease Wildlife Commute

Forget the carpool lane. Deer, bears, wild boar and even crabs are commuting in style, with “eco-bridges” popping up on transportation agendas around the world.


Shipyard Workers Get Layoff Reprieve

Cost-cutting “furloughs” for shipyard painters, maintenance crews and other civilian defense workers have been put on hold as the Department of Defense weighs a stop-gap budget bill newly pa...


Bids Invited to Paint Historic Weapons

The U.S. Navy is seeking bids for the cleaning and painting of historic weaponry at the 95-year-old Naval Support Facility in Dahlgren, VA.


A Bridge Abridged: Thieves Swipe Span

Extreme scrap metal collecting has worked its way from Pennsylvania to Turkey, where thieves have made off with a 22-ton bridge—the second known heist of its kind.


Mall Study: Extreme Corrosion Unnoticed

The only surprise in last summer's fatal cave-in at an Ontario shopping mall is that it didn't happen a lot sooner.


Blasting Fire Hits Twice-Torched Sub

Just days after a shipyard painter was sentenced for setting two fires aboard a drydocked nuclear sub, fire crews responded this week to a new fire caused by abrasive blasting on the ship.


Rail Work Brakes for Plague Skeletons

Construction workers try to avoid project glitches like the plague. But what if the actual plague is the cause of the glitch?


2 Indicted in Ft. Dix Scheme

Two construction managers are each facing up to 55 years behind bars and $750,000 in fines in an alleged scheme involving kickbacks and violence during a reconstruction project at Fort Dix i...


NYC Invites Bridge Inspection Bids

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


Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure a D+

When the good news is that your grade has improved to a D+, there isn't much good news—but that is the current state of U.S. infrastructure, the nation's civil engineers say.


Bridge Implosion Knocks Out Power, 911

A scheduled bridge implosion in Texas sparked an unscheduled communications failure Sunday that knocked out power to cell phones, first responder radios, and even 911 call centers.


DOD-Led Exhibit Spotlights Corrosion

A new permanent exhibit mounted by the biggest names in rust busting targets the scourge of corrosion and encourages students to unlock the mysteries of materials degradation at the Orlando ...


Doomed Mall: 1 Second, 1 Car

With a weld ravaged by water and corrosion, it took just one car—in one second—to cave in an Ontario shopping mall last summer, trapping and killing people inside, engineers studying the acc...


Construction Jobs Surge to New High

After nine straight months of job growth, more Americans are working in construction than at any time in the last three and a half years, a new report shows.


SSPC 2013 Video Sessions Released

Coating projects at heights, ice-phobic coatings for wind turbines, coatings for immersion service and other critical topics are among nearly two dozen newly released video presentations fro...


Ancient Organs Focus of Corrosion Study

An organ-playing chemist has found a way to combine her passion for music and science by studying corrosion in centuries-old organ pipes.


Corrosion Clout: NACE Launches PAC

NACE International is taking its $476 billion case for corrosion control inside the Beltway with a new political action committee.


SSPC Seeks Papers, Offers Student Aid

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced a call for papers for its annual conference and exhibition dedicated to protective, marine and commercial coatings.


$10M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

The Blue Bridge will bring $10,070,000 in green to an Ohio painting contractor, under a newly awarded cleaning and coating contract.


Nuke Firm to Pay $18.5M in 10-Year Scam

A decade of “systemic” time-card fraud charged to a $2.6 billion nuclear tank cleaning contract will cost global engineering firm CH2M Hill Companies Ltd. $18.5 million in penalties and rest...


Firms to Pay $21M for O’Hare Problems

Walsh Construction of Chicago and six other contractors will pony up a total of $21 million to settle years of litigation with that city over problems with a terminal facade project at O'Har...


Bridge, Highway Work Hits the Brakes

Contract awards for bridge and highway projects have been scaled back in nearly half of U.S. states in the past year, a new report shows.


Corrosion Closes Oldest Vehicle Bridge

A snapped cable has forced the closure of the oldest vehicular suspension bridge still in use in the United States, West Virginia transportation officials said this week.


2 Guilty in Navy Bribery Scheme

Two San Diego-area defense contractors and one of their companies have been convicted in a long-running scheme that authorities said exchanged bribes and gifts for millions of dollars in Nav...


EPA Reveals Corrosion, Failures
Plaguing ExxonMobil Refinery

ExxonMobil is operating the United States' second-largest refinery with hundreds of corroded pipes, a record of overdue inspections, noncompliance with its own procedures, and a series of in...


WSDOT Announces Bridge Coating Project

Washington State is seeking proposals for cleaning and recoating the Nisqually River Bridges—a contract estimated at $5 million to $7.5 million.


Immigrant ‘Crisis in Construction’ Seen

Half of the construction workers in Texas are undocumented, and seven in 10 are foreign-born—a dire situation with safety, social and economic implications for the entire industry, a new rep...


Bids Sought for Ballpark Water Tower

The City of Round Rock, TX, is seeking engineering services for the construction of a replica water tower at Dell Diamond ballpark.


80-Year-Old Bridge Free to Good Home

Attention history buffs, bridge geeks, or anyone with land to spare and access to a construction crew: the Illinois Department of Transportation has a deal for you. Well, sort of.


Pipeline Agenda Includes Coating Plans

New pipeline coatings for integrity and corrosion prevention are a key part of the industry's $10.3 million research focus for 2013.


Shipyards Warned of Mass Layoffs

Threatened cutbacks by the U.S. Navy could soon cost thousands of American shipyard workers their jobs, BAE Systems is warning its employees.


Obama Details ‘Fix it First’ Plan

Cutting red tape, increasing private investment, and designating $40 billion for urgent repairs are the three cornerstones of President Obama's new plan for U.S. infrastructure.


‘Stan the Span’ to Honor Musial, Worker

A plan to name the newest Mississippi River bridge after St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan ‘the Man’ Musial and a worker who died on the project is moving forward in Missouri.


Maine Awards $2M+ Bridge Painting

Maine's Joshua L. Chamberlain Bridge, named for the state's famous Civil War son, will be getting a $2.1 million facelift from Olympus Painting Contractors Inc., of Tarpon Springs, FL.


Uptick Seen for 2013 Transit Aid

State and local funding for highway, bridge, and other transportation-related construction projects inched up to just over $117 billion in 2012, and the industry should squeeze out some gain...


Coating Maker: No Takers for Relief Aid

You’d think that a densely populated region crushed by more than $50 billion in hurricane damage could use some paint—especially if it’s free, and comes with free labor. But so far, no one h...


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Still scraping for Valentine's Day ideas? Here's an opportunity to gift your love with something historic.


Obama on Infrastructure: ‘Fix it First’

Urgent infrastructure repairs commanded top-level attention Tuesday, as President Obama called in his State of the Union address for a "Fix it First" approach to save the nation’s deteriorat...


A New ‘Kiss’ for Valentine’s Day

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the replacement statue of a sailor stealing a kiss from a nurse at the end of World War II has arrived in San Diego.


Coating, Prep Projects on Deck at NSRP

From blasting protocols and best practices, to lasers and mechanical arms, leading experts are pursuing a range of projects to make ship coatings and surface preparation projects easier, che...


Texas A&M Launches Corrosion Center

Today's professionals and tomorrow's recruits in the war on corrosion, especially in the oil and gas sector, will have the help of a new national corrosion center focusing on the field's sci...


Corrosion? Yep, There’s an App for That

It won't threaten Fruit Ninja or Pandora, but a new reference-packed corrosion app for engineers is finding its own success.


Contractor Accused of Extorting Workers

A Brooklyn construction boss is facing years in prison for theft and money laundering in a scheme involving the shakedown of his own employees, authorities say.


Industry Vet Opens Consulting Firm

With 25 years of multifaceted expertise in coatings and construction, JPCL<\i>Top Thinker Alison B. Kaelin has left KTA-Tator Inc. to open her own coatings consulting firm.


Cert Programs Join New NACE Institute

NACE International has moved its corrosion certification programs to the new NACE International Institute.


$2.3M Awarded for Coronado Bridge

A big section of San Diego's scenic Coronado Bay Bridge is in for a $2.3 million facelift by Certified Coatings, of Concord, CA.


Tnemec Bids Farewell to Leader

Albert C. “Ace” Bean Jr., a guiding force behind coatings maker Tnemec for nearly seven decades, has died at his home in Kansas City, MO. Like the company he led, he was 91 years old.


Artists, Volunteers to Paint Tank Mural

A group of professional artists and community volunteers are working together to paint a mural on a municipal water tank in Florida after the city was awarded a $67,000 grant.


JLG Expands Latin America Distribution

JLG Industries Inc., a global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, has opened a newly renovated distribution center in Indaiatuba, Brazil.


Golden Gate Needs Extra Rust Repairs

Extensive corrosion found this month on the Golden Gate Bridge will require more immediate repairs and extra funding for the current seismic retrofitting contract.


Paint BidTracker Celebrates Milestone

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


ASCE Reports on Infrastructure Gap

Without an extra $1.57 billion per year invested in U.S. infrastructure, the country will face a rough road ahead, according to a new report on infrastructure investment.


Bids Sought for 420K Gallon Tank

The West Kern Water District is accepting bids until Feb. 4 for cleaning and coating the interior and exterior of the Derby Acres Tank #16, a 420,000-gallon, welded-steel ground storage tank...


Lead Paint Ups Bridge Price

Local officials in a Florida county were recently surprised to learn that a bridge under renovation contains unsafe levels of lead, causing them to have to fork over an extra $769,497 on the...


Safway Buys Swing Staging Companies

Already one of North America's largest providers of access services and equipment, Safway Group has now acquired Swing Staging Inc. and four related companies.


Maxwell Releases Construction Software

Construction businesses looking to streamline communications within the company and with third parties have a new web-based tool.


Death Star Petition Gets Response

The Force was strong, but Obi-Wan Kenobi may still be the only hope for over 34,000 people who signed a petition asking the U.S. government to build a Death Star.


VersaFlex Launches Polyurea University

Those seeking to become polyurea experts have a new tool at their disposal, as VersaFlex Inc. has announced the launch of four polyurea training degrees and renamed its training school Polyu...


The Price of Ambiguity: $52M

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


For Industry Women, the Club Stops Here

SAN ANTONIO—Gone are the days of the good ol‘ boys club, at least as far as the protective coatings industry is concerned.


$31M Awarded for MD Bridge Job

Liberty-Alpha III J.V., LLC, of Campbell, OH, has been awarded a $31,380,000 contract to clean and paint structural steel on a portion of Maryland's Memorial Bay Bridge, over Chesapeake Bay....


Structure Awards Show Coating's Best

SAN ANTONIO—The daring, the durable, the difficult, and the dazzling took center stage Monday at SSPC 2013, as the coatings society opened its annual show with the Seventh Annual Structure A...


Feds Map Regulatory Plans for 2013

Outdated exposure limits, reinforced steel, nanotechnology, and confined spaces are among the critical health and safety issues slated for federal action this year.


$17.6M ‘Big Mac’ Painting Contract Let

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


The World’s Most Dangerous Commute

Tired of fighting traffic on your way to work? Try free-climbing to your job. More than 1,700 feet in the air. Without safety lines.


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


Contractors See New Laws in New Year

Liability in California, payments in North Carolina, and employment requirements in Pennsylvania are just a few of the legalities that have shifted for U.S. contractors, under new state laws...


Feds Revive Lead Rule for Public Works

After a season's hiatus, federal regulators have dusted off a controversial plan to impose new lead-safe practices on public works and commercial projects.


Officials Seek $7M in Bridge Collapse

Kentucky officials are seeking $7.1 million after emergency repairs were required when a cargo ship struck a bridge, essentially cutting it in half and causing the span to collapse last Janu...


Ex-Licensing Official Admits Fraud

A former board member of the Idaho Public Works Contractors License Board who also had her own contracting company has pleaded guilty to fraud in obtaining government contracts.


Custom Paint Jobs Take Ugly Honors

Some cars are born ugly; others have ugliness thrust—or painted—upon them. Now, readers of the website Jalopnik have anointed the worst of the worst custom car paint jobs.


Customers to Foot Half of Pipeline Bill

Two years after a California pipeline explosion killed eight people and demolished a neighborhood, the utility's customers have been handed the bill: $299 million.


EPA Head Resigns Amid Cheers and Jeers

The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, Lisa Jackson, will step down this month after the President's State of the Union speech, the Environmental Protection Agency has anno...


PaintSquare News Looks Ahead, and Back

PaintSquare News will wind down 2012 with a special issue Dec. 31 that looks back at the year's most-read news stories.


Feds Challenge Chevron on Pipe Material

Federal officials are pressing Chevron to justify its selection of an alloy pipe to replace the carbon-steel pipe destroyed in an August blaze at the company's refinery in Richmond, CA.


Cleveland Seeks Station Facelift Bids

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is inviting bids for platform repairs and coating work at two rail stations.


USACE Awards $2.6M in Bridge, Dam Work

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $2.6 million contract to a Tennessee firm to rehabilitate the Canton Lake Bridge and four sluice gates at the Canton Dam in Canton, OK.


Concrete Mishap Spurs Bridge Work Redo

A brand-new bridge pillar on a highway project will be destroyed and rebuilt because the component's exterior is too thin, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has repor...


New Alps Bridge Sets Dizzying Record

Everyone is afraid of something. But just how many phobias can Europe's record-setting new bridge inspire?


From an Old Ship, A New Canvas Emerges

When life dumps a rusted cruise liner on your local beach for 30-odd years, what do you do? Well, if you're a group of international street artists, there's only one answer.


Historic Graffiti Restored at Alcatraz

Usually, painting graffiti on a historic landmark would invite a hefty fine, if not some time behind bars. But when the water tower on Alcatraz Island got a fresh paint job, the National Par...


Construction Owner Admits $450K Theft

The former owner of two defunct New Jersey construction companies is facing eight years in prison after admitting to insurance and tax fraud that netted him more than $450,000.


$508K Tower Coating Awarded in FL

A Tampa, FL, painting contractor has been awarded a $508,250 contract to clean and recoat utility absorption towers within St. Johns River Power Park (SJRPP), in Jacksonville.


Exec Pleads Guilty to Political Fraud

A former executive of a large, politically connected New Jersey engineering firm has pleaded guilty to helping the company disguise illegal political contributions over the last four years.


5,800 Ask White House for ‘Death Star’

With the end of the world allegedly just two weeks away, it would seem much too late to begin hatching a new intergalactic weapon system. But if Dec. 21 passes non-apocalyptically, thousands...


PBT Announces Photo Contest Winner

A dizzying view of an inspection team member rappelling from one of the world's largest telescopes has captured the grand prize in Paint BidTracker's 10th Anniversary Photo Contest.


Chinese Firm Admits Paint Smuggling

A construction company controlled by the Chinese government has pleaded guilty to illegally exporting U.S.-made coatings to Pakistan for use on a nuclear reactor, the U.S. Justice Department...


U.S. Construction Labor Shortage Looms

A two-million-worker gap between construction labor demand and supply in parts of the U.S. could be the industry's next crisis as the workforce continues to shrink amid a strengthening econo...


Certifier SCS Has New Name, Services

Veteran third-party certifier Scientific Certification Systems Inc. has adopted a new corporate identity and certification mark to reflect its expanded services to the paint, coatings and ot...


Gulf Crimes to Cost BP New US Contracts

Citing a “lack of business integrity,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday (Nov. 28) that it was temporarily suspending BP Exploration and Production Inc. and affil...


Bids Invited for ‘Big Mac’ Painting

The Michigan Department of Transportation is accepting bids to clean and recoat structural steel surfaces on the Mackinac Bridge.


$2.6B 'Impossible' Megaproject to Begin

Patience is a virtue. And after years of practicing it, residents in the Louisville-Southern Indiana region may finally see a much-needed, $2.6 billion transportation fix become reality.


KY Seeks Bridge Painting Consultant

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking engineering proposals from qualified consultants for a term contract to perform management and QA services for upcoming bridge painting project...


'Cliff' Scenario Threatens Infrastructure

The looming U.S. "fiscal cliff" could have disastrous implications for debt-financed bridges, tunnels, pipelines and other infrastructure, a global rating agency warns.


Coating Makers Gobble Up Election Wins

U.S. coating manufacturers have much to be thankful for this season: They racked up an overwhelmingly winning record in the 2012 elections.


Memo: Paint Cuts Endanger New UK Subs

Widespread corrosion on a brand-new generation of UK military submarines may be tied to a cost-cutting decision to minimize the protective coating on the subs, according to a leaked governme...


Feds Probe Pipeline Overcharging

Federal regulators are investigating rates charged by two interstate natural gas companies to determine if they are “over-recovering” their costs, resulting in “unjust and unreasonable” rate...


Brushes with Bikers Rev Up Show

Body painting? Automotive painting? Artistic painting? Parts of all three, actually, but there’s more—and it’s all in the name of edgy advertising.


U.S. DOT Sandy Relief Hits $29M

In the two weeks after Hurricane Sandy paralyzed several states on the East Coast, the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved $29 million in quick release emergency relief funds.


Tagger Worked for Graffiti Cleaner

An enterprising tagger linked to more than 100 episodes of graffiti in Burbank, CA, also later cleaned up the damage as part of his work for a graffiti removal company that contracts with th...


$4M KY Tainter Gate Painting Awarded

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $4,208,704 contract to an Illinois contractor to clean and paint several tainter gates at Barkley Dam in Grand Rivers, KY.


Remote Offshore Inspections Take Honor

Developers of an award-winning offshore inspection technology that uses Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles say the system saved hundreds of man hours and millions of dollars in its recent tri...


OH Painter Awarded $25M Bridge Contract

Louisiana officials have awarded a $25,137,642 contract to North Star Painting of Youngstown, OH, for the second phase of painting on the 8,236-foot-long Sunshine Bridge.


Road Salt Tied to Long-term Corrosion

With road-salting season around the corner, scientists are shedding new light on just how severely the world's most common de-icing chemical may be damaging roads, bridges and other infrastr...


Tube Hotel Makes Converts of Culverts

What’s the difference between sleeping in a concrete drainage pipe and sleeping in a hotel room? About 50 bucks a night.


Voters Reject Delay on Border Bridge

Owners of Detroit's Ambassador Bridge have lost their last well-funded gambit to block construction of a competing North American border crossing, as Michigan's voters rejected a delay in th...


Bids Sought to Keep Texas Shipshape

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is inviting bids for repairs and recoating work on the historic battleship USS Texas (BB-35).


Time to Vote in PBT Photo Contest

Paint BidTracker has selected six finalists in its 10th Anniversary Photo Contest, and now it's time for you to vote for your favorite photo.


Companies Partner on Corrosion System

Strategic Corrosion Management (SCM) and ecom Instruments UK have announced a partnership to create a new tool-set of corrosion management solutions and ATEX-approved equipment.


Final Sentence Ends OH Painting Scandal

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


Billions in Infrastructure Bonds on Ballots

While Americans choose their next President tomorrow, millions will also determine the fate of scores of ballot propositions tied to billions of dollars in infrastructure funding.


Repair Bids Sought for 1885 Lighthouse

The Delaware Office of Management and Budget is inviting bids until Nov. 16 for repairs and recoating work on the historic Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse in Lewes, DE.


Bay Bridge Shows its 'War on Corrosion'

How do you fight corrosion in 17,399 packed steel wires holding up the world’s largest self-anchored suspension bridge? Very, very carefully--harnessing the nation's top engineering minds an...


Deadly Sandy Spurs Backups, Shutdowns

With Hurricane Sandy on the march in the U.S. Northeast, infrastructure officials were taking unprecedented precautions and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was beefing up inspection at pla...


Final Ship in New Navy Fleet Arrives

Marking the completion of a decade-long, multibillion-dollar program, General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered USNS Cesar Chavez to the U.S. Navy in San Diego.


Shipyard to Get Sole-Source Coating Job

Washington State Ferries intends to award a sole-source contract to drydock and repair the Jumbo Class ferry MV Spokane.


Feds Approve 2 Pipeline Expansions

Federal officials have green-lighted construction of two projects that will bring almost 100 miles of new natural-gas pipeline to the U.S.


MD Rebidding $10+M Nice Bridge Project

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


Developer Guilty of Bilking Investors

A Washington State developer who promised ‘extraordinary returns’ on investments in his properties is headed to prison after his conviction on criminal charges.


SC Painter Awarded Historic Project

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


Cracks Plague Floating Bridge Project

Cracks, leaks and spalling discovered in gigantic, newly constructed concrete pontoons are bedeviling the effort to replace the world’s longest floating bridge.


Questions Shadow Nuclear Cracking

The discovery of cracks last year in an uncoated nuclear shield structure raised questions among federal regulators that were not publicly disclosed at the time, according to newly released ...


CA Seeks Bids for $2.3M Bridge Painting

Having just let a project to relocate a suspended deck system on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, California transportation officials are now inviting bids to paint four spans on the bridge—a ...


Global Effort Aims to Upgrade Schools

Kickstarted by the star power and reach of the Clinton Global Initiative, a leading nonprofit and several corporations have teamed up on a new campaign to improve school facilities worldwide...


USACE Awards $18M ND Dam Painting

S&S Coatings Inc., of Spokane, WA, has been awarded an $18,271,224 contract to clean and recoat the 28 spillway gates at the Garrison Dam in central North Dakota.


BP to Sell Off Troubled Refinery

Dogged by multibillion-dollar bills from multiple disasters, British Petroleum has announced the sale of its notorious Texas City refinery to Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Corp.


UM Unplugs Bridge Safety Technology

New “smart bridge” technologies being developed by engineering teams at the University of Maryland may help prevent catastrophic failures like the one that befell the I-35 Bridge in Minneapo...


Push for Paperless Paint, Pruned Prep

Less grinding, new coating protocols, and something called “paperless paint” top the crop of research projects that will share $1.8 million in new funding from the National Shipbuilding Rese...


Obama, Romney Map Infrastructure Views

With early voting set to start Tuesday (Oct. 2) to choose the next U.S. Infrastructure Steward-in-Chief, both President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have taken their creds and their plans to t...


Historic Footbridge Restoration Let

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $42,460 contract to ACE Coatings Unlimited Inc. of Cottage Grove, OR, to restore the historic Benson Bridge.


New NGL Pipeline Approved for CO, UT

Construction is expected to begin this year on a 95-mile natural gas liquids pipeline in western Colorado and eastern Utah newly approved by the federal Bureau of Land Management.


ASCE Sees $35B Gap for Ports, Airports

Higher shipping costs, higher consumer prices, and the loss of one million jobs are among the consequences of an estimated $35 billion shortfall in marine port and airport investment in the ...


TVA Invests $1B in Scrubbers, Upgrades

The Tennessee Valley Authority will spend about $1 billion to install four large scrubbers and other pollution control equipment at the Gallatin Fossil Plant to reduce emissions by as much a...


U.S. Criminal Probe Targets CA Refinery

Chevron Corp.’s troubled refinery in Richmond, CA, is the subject of a federal criminal investigation for allegedly bypassing pollution control equipment and burning off gas emissions, in po...


GAO Questions DOD Corrosion Budget Plan

The Government Accountability Office wants a better accounting from the Defense Department about its $9.1 million plan to tackle a $20.9 billion-a-year corrosion maintenance problem.


Bids Sought for $20M+ Painting Project

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is inviting bids for the second phase of painting of the Sunshine Bridge—a project estimated at up to $30 million.


Federal Contractors Feel New Heat

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


AISC to Issue New Bridge Certification

The American Institute of Steel Construction will post new rules and regulations Oct. 1 for its updated Bridge Quality Management System (QMS) Certification Program.


NRC Bans Testing Officer for Misconduct

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has suspended a veteran radiographer for a Texas testing company from work on any NRC facilities in the wake of misconduct on a job at a facility in Wyoming...


SC Seeks Bids for Historic Lighthouse

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


Ameron Sues Insurer in Sable Project Coatings Case

Mired in years of litigation alleging widespread coating failure on Nova Scotia’s Sable Energy Project, Ameron International Corp. is now suing its own insurer for refusing to pay for Ameron...


Paint Job Will Take Ship to the Max

Peter Max is back—and now, he’s painting ships.


USS Wisconsin Maintenance Painting Let

The City of Norfolk, VA, has awarded a painting maintenance contract for the storied battleship-turned-museum USS Wisconsin to E. Caligari & Son Inc., a longtime industrial contractor based ...


Why It Is – and Isn’t – ‘Just Paint’

People don’t get what Gail Warner does. And she doesn’t get why they don’t get it.


AkzoNobel Tops in Sustainability Again

After five years, the world’s largest paint and coating company has reclaimed its bragging rights as the sustainability leader among the world’s chemical companies.


Construction Sector Jobs Set to Rebound

Here’s a stunner for anyone who has been living amid the job-hemorrhaging wreckage of the construction industry in recent years: Things are about to get better.


Bids Sought for Hangar Floor Painting

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Station San Diego is seeking bids to refurbish the “shabby and unsightly” floor at its Hangar 2 facility.


Concrete-Busting Weed Sparks Action

It’s a weed that can push through four feet of concrete and spread like kudzu—and British Columbia is dead set on eradicating it before it threatens the region’s infrastructure.


Corroded Pipe Blamed in Refinery Blast

BP’s failure to inspect and test “deadleg” pipe at its Cherry Point petroleum refinery in Blaine, WA, led to an explosion and blaze at the facility in February—a “willful” management violati...


$22M Driscoll Bridge Painting Awarded

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has awarded a $22,289,395 contract for repairing and repainting the Driscoll Memorial Bridge—the world’s widest bridge—to Allied Painting Inc., of Franklinv...


Sky’s the Limit for Paint Idea Contest

Got a sharp idea for painting the 605-foot-high roof of a needle? Then the owners of Seattle’s landmark Space Needle have an offer for you.


Airport Paint Taxis to Trouble with FAA

Painted markings on the taxiways at Lubbock International Airport are chipping off, in violation of federal standards, and must be replaced, the Federal Aviation Administration has told the ...


From Contractor’s Decency, a Windfall

Even in the hardest of times, some people can be counted on do the right thing.


LNG Blast, Fire Draw $111K Fine

A botched start-up process that lacked written procedures, skipped a pre-start safety review, and routed cryogenic liquids through unsuitable equipment touched off the explosion and fire tha...


NY Ports Seek Structural Coating Expert

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has issued an RFP for a variety of ongoing professional structural coatings consulting services.


JPCL Premieres Industry’s Top Thinkers

Want a personal introduction to 24 of the best and brightest in the protective and marine coatings industry? JPCL’s Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors, a new special issue by JPCL: Journal ...


Coating Begins on 1970 Nuke Building

A cracking, 42-year-old concrete building that shields the steel containment vessel at Ohio’s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant is finally receiving a weatherproofing protective coating.


Budget Cuts Scrub ShipTech for 2013

ShipTech, a major Navy shipbuilding research conference held annually since 1998, has been mothballed for 2013.


WV DOT Awards $2.4M Bridge Painting

An Ohio industrial painting contractor has been awarded a $2.4 million contract for the first phase of cleaning and painting on West Virginia’s Hospital Bridge over Wheeling Creek.


Cracks May Be Death Knell for $112M Hub

The opening of Maryland’s new budget-busting, repeatedly delayed, problem-plagued $112 million mass-transit hub has been iced indefinitely after cracks were discovered in the unfinished stru...


Walsh Appeals Fine in Bridge Death

A Chicago builder is appealing a $10,000 fine imposed in the death of an employee who was crushed to death in a lift on a $131 million Indiana bridge rehab project.


U.S. Set to Step Up Pipeline Enforcement

Flexing its new statutory muscle, the U.S. government has taken the first step toward implementing a 2011 law that strengthens both pipeline safety regulations and regulators’ authority.


DOT to Release $473M in Unspent Aid

Use it or lose it. That’s the order from the Department of Transportation to states that are sitting on nearly a half-billion dollars in unspent earmark funds.


$5+M Dam Gate Painting Up for Bid

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


All Hands Make New Museum Ship-Shape

With every inch of her 887-foot length gleaming in fresh coating, the legendary battleship USS Iowa is ready for its newest mission as Southern California’s newest maritime museum.


USAF Seeks Bids for Hangar Coating

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


Bridge Work Sparks WA Wildfire

Construction work by a bridge crew has apparently ignited a fast-moving, fast-growing wildfire burning out of control in central Washington State.


Top 100 Projects to Bring 18M Jobs

Michigan’s new international bridge crossing, Canadian pipelines, an Ontario nuclear plant, and high-speed rail in California are among the North American megaprojects likely to pack the con...


Painter’s Dad Admits Steering Contract

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


Pipe Corrosion Eyed in Refinery Fire

Federal investigators are looking at corrosion of an old pipe as the possible cause of a near-catastrophic fire at the Chevron Refinery last week in California.


FTA Grants Draw Fire from Auditors

Federal transportation officials are pouring tens of billions of dollars into state and local projects without paying enough attention to how that money is spent—or even following up on know...


ACA Cheers Plan to Pre-empt EPA Rules

Coatings manufacturers, chemical makers and other business groups are cheering a new federal bill that would bar the U.S. Environmental Agency from regulating chemical facility security.


Bids Sought for FL Substation Painting

The Key West (FL) Utility Board is inviting bids for cleaning and recoating six steel substation buildings at its electric utility, Keys Energy Services (KEYS).


BAE to Build 2 Platform Supply Vessels

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


BP Puts $100M into Coatings, Materials

Smart coatings, protective membranes, new alloys, and other innovative structural materials will be the focus of a new $100 million international R&D effort underwritten by oil giant BP.


Shell Oil Assailed on Corrosion, Spills

Corroded, ill-maintained pipelines—not sabotage—are responsible for several major spills by Shell Oil Co. in Africa, two international groups charge in a new report.


FL Contractor Wins $1.5M WV Bridge Job

A Florida painting contractor has bested 14 other bidders to win a $1.5 million contract to clean and recoat West Virginia’s David Morgan Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River.


Unpainted Tower Zapped with $20K Fine

Owners of a 295-foot communications tower that has stood unpainted and unlighted for 10 years are in trouble with the Federal Communications Commission.


US DOT Expands New Infrastructure Aid

The federal government is offering states and cities nationwide a shot at a record $17 billion in loans for critical infrastructure projects, funded by the new surface transportation bill.


Infrastructure Giant to Swallow Rival

Just how big will be the new energy infrastructure behemoth created by Chicago Bridge & Iron’s takeover of chief rival Shaw Group? This big: 50,000 employees. A backlog of more than $28 bill...


Feds Block Pipeline Restart after Spill

Enbridge Energy will not be allowed to reopen a Wisconsin pipeline that ruptured last week until the company completes an acceptable restart plan for the entire 467-mile segment, federal reg...


GC Fined $10K in Bridge Worker’s Death

A Chicago builder managing a $131 million bridge rehab project has been fined $10,000 for the death of a lift operator on the job—a penalty that the victim’s brother compares to “me … buying...


Roof Coating Bids Sought for HI Plant

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


New Roof Coating on Tap for Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers’ unique, convertible ballpark roof will sport a freshly painted look, under two coatings contracts recently awarded.


SSPC Invites Structure Award Nominees

Has your firm recently completed an industrial or commercial coatings project of great peril, complexity, beauty—or all three?


RI Awards $6.7M Bridge Painting Project

A longtime Rhode Island painting contractor has been awarded a $6.7 million contract to clean and recoat the historic Mount Hope Bridge, which connects Portsmouth and Bristol, RI, over Mount...


314 TX Painters, Blasters Win Back Pay

Hundreds of painters and blasters have recouped back pay from a Texas industrial painting contractor, after federal authorities determined that the workers had been cheated of earnings.


Navy Contractor Admits Minority Fraud

The owner of a Pennsylvania environmental company is facing several years in prison after he admitted misusing his minority business status to obtain a Navy contract, then padding the bill.


‘Shipwreck Coast’ Lighthouse Work Set

Careful cleaning and repainting of the oldest lighthouse on Lake Superior’s notorious “Shipwreck Coast” will complete a painstaking of the storied site, under a contract recently awarded to ...


1 City + 671 Sewage Floods = $250+M Tab

A federal and state stink over hundreds of illegal sewer overflows will cost the city of Chattanooga, TN, more than $251 million to resolve, under a settlement agreement announced this week.


Lone Star Infrastructure Named No. 1

Don’t mess with Texas infrastructure and transportation; they’re the best in the United States, according to a new ranking by CNBC.


Monument Repairs to Take Until 2014

The earthquake-damaged Washington Monument will soon vanish under massive layers of scaffolding for a $15 million repair project that will last into 2014, the National Park Service has annou...


Union-Only Bridge Work Draws Fire in MA

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has sparked storms of protest over his abrupt decision to restrict work on a forthcoming $285 million bridge project to union contractors.


Bids Sought for Cape Cod Bridge Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting bids for cleaning and recoating of Massachusetts’ Sagamore Bridge over Cape Cod Canal—a contract estimated at up to $10 million.


LEGO Bridge Brightens Industrial Town

Taking LEGO’s creed (“Play Well”) to heart, a German painter has brightened a dingy concrete city overpass with a colorful jumbo representation of the world’s best-loved building bricks.


OR Awards $9.3M Tunnel Rehab Project

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


Bids Sought for Plant Tank Painting

The City of Everett (WA) is inviting bids for cleaning and recoating two large concrete tank structures and several smaller structures at the city’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) i...


Obama Signs $105B Transportation Bill

For the first time in seven years, the United States has a long-term highway and transit authorization bill.


Alarms Ignored; Spill Draws $3.7M Fine

Federal regulators have proposed a record $3.7 million fine and 24 actions against pipeline operator Enbridge Energy for a corrosion-related rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of ...


Frustrated Pol to Take Brush to Bridge

Fed up by government foot-dragging on the project, an Australian politician says he will paint a local bridge himself—with help from his constituents, if necessary.


NYC Accepts Bids for Verrazano Narrows Bridge Work

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, a division of the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, recently accepted two sets of bids for major repairs on the 13,700-foot-lon...


New Coatings Consulting Firm Opens

Chicago Coatings Group, LLC is a new coating consulting firm founded by Warren Brand, former president of Chicago Tank Lining.


General Dynamics Buys Ship Coating Div

General Dynamics has announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire the Ship Repair and Coatings Division of Earl Industries, a leading East Coast ship repair company that supports t...


Storied OH Bridge Contract Awarded

An historic bridge in Ohio will celebrate its centennial a few years early by receiving a new paint job.


Put Your Best Project Forward

SSPC members have until October 15 to nominate their best projects for SSPC’s 2012-2013 structure awards.


LA Firm Awarded $2.1M Bridge Painting

Two historic Baton Rouge vertical lift bridges are in for a makeover, under a cleaning and recoating contract just awarded to a longtime local contractor.


Corrosion Weighed in Mall Disaster

As two bodies were pulled Wednesday from the rubble of a collapsed Canadian shopping mall, reports painted a troubled history of salt seepage, corrosion, leaks and mold in the 30-year-old st...


Bids Sought to Rehab Milwaukee Bridge

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


Steel Pipe Scam Ends Behind Bars

A Missouri man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison in a multistate scheme to defraud steel pipe manufacturers.


Corrosion Shuts Brand-New Refinery Unit

“Accelerated chemical corrosion” has reportedly unleashed devastating damage to a new $300 million unit at the U.S.’s largest refinery, shutting down the facility indefinitely.


DOT Awards $500M to Transit Projects

Bridges in Indiana and Maine, ports in California, freight rail in Chicago and Texas, and streets in Alabama are among 47 transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly $500 milli...


NRC Cites Coating Lack in Nuke Cracks

A cracking containment structure at a troubled Ohio nuclear plant is finally likely to get the protective coating it should have received decades ago, in the wake of a new report by the Nucl...


2 SD Dam Rehab Projects Up for Bid

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept bids June 27 for the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation of spillway gates at Fort Randall Dam and Big Bend Dam in South Dakota.


New Midway Mission: Get the Lead Out

Completing a historic transition “from bullets to birds,” the U.S. has agreed to clean up lead-based paint, asbestos and other waste that is killing thousands of endangered seafowl each year...


U.S. Auditors See Lax Pipeline Oversight

Inspection backlogs, a preference for paper over field visits, regulatory loopholes, data management problems and other “key deficiencies” are weakening federal oversight of pipeline safety,...


FHWA OKs OH River Bridge Megaproject

The federal government has cleared the way for Kentucky and Indiana to move forward on the long-awaited $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges project, including a controversial $255 million tunnel...


Special JPCL Issue To Showcase Top Thinkers

The brightest and most influential minds in the protective and marine coatings industry will star in JPCL’s first-ever special 13th issue, coming in August.


US-Canada Bridge Gets Green Light

After idling for years on the planning books, a new Detroit River International Crossing is shifting into high gear, bringing thousands of jobs with it.


Navy Honors Corrosion, Coating Pioneer

Keith Lucas may be a civilian, but that has not stopped him from leading a critical piece of the charge in the Navy’s long war on marine corrosion.


Bids Sought for 3 FL Tank Recoats

The City of Tallahassee, FL, will accept bids July 10 for exterior painting on three fuel storage tanks at its Sam O. Purdom Generating Station.


Bids Invited for Historic Adventure

South Carolina officials will accept bids June 21 to repair and paint the Adventure II, a historic replica of a 17th-century colonial trading vessel.


Exhibit Showcases ‘Elegant Corrosion’

If black is beautiful, is rust ravishing? Apparently so, if you’re photographer Colin Winterbottom, who documents the “elegant” face of corrosion in an upcoming exhibit at the Steamtown Nat...


Big Dig Concrete Failing 20 Years Early

Concrete that was supposed to last 30 years on Boston’s “Big Dig” project is crumbling after just nine years and may cost $1 million to repair or replace, the state’s top highway official sa...


Construction Exec Admits $500+K Theft

The former president of a Pennsylvania construction company is facing years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $516,000 from the firm to support his high-flying lifestyle.


Subs Warned of Pay Risk on Megaproject

Painters, access and coating suppliers, and other subcontractors who are eyeing a piece of the nation’s largest transportation megaproject risk not getting paid for the job, due to a drastic...


International Forum Tackles Antifouling

Leading-edge antifouling technologies, bio-inspired coatings, international regulation of antifouling products and other issues critical to the marine coatings industry will be among the top...


Trades Lead Construction Job Slide

Led by specialty trades and civil engineering, the battered construction industry bled 28,000 more jobs in May—its fourth straight month of job losses and its biggest decline in two years.


New Bids Sought for IA Bridge Painting

The Iowa Department of Transportation is inviting a second round of bids for abrasive-blast cleaning and repainting of the Black Hawk Bridge over the upper Mississippi River.


Golden Gate Bridge Blows Out 75 Candles

Her facelift is still incomplete, but the grand dame of American bridges is celebrating her 75th birthday in high style anyway.


Fire Training Site Seeks Painting Bids

Any structure that is constantly on fire consumes a lot of paint, and Brayton Fire Training Field—the world’s largest live-fueled firefighter training facility—is no exception.


Delays to Cost Bridge Project $11M

The good news: A Mississippi River bridge painting project that was funded in 2009 and set to be completed in 2011 is finally about to begin. The bad news: The delays will add more than 4...


Railroad Steel is a Steal

Fast track or fast buck? With 110 feet of hot steel under their belts, thieves in Western Pennsylvania won’t have to choose.


IL Coatings Con Game Ends in Prison

An Illinois man will serve two years in federal prison after illegally tapping millions of dollars in loans with a shell game involving bogus coating industry companies named after real busi...


Panel Raps Navy, But Funds LCS Program

Concerns over the Navy’s troubled Littoral Combat Ship program continue to mount in Congress, but members are not yet ready to slow down the program.


Shipyard Seeks Cathodic Protection Bids

Alaska officials will accept bids June 12 for installing a cathodic protection system at the Ketchikan Shipyard—a contract estimated at up to $2.5 million.


Obama to Regulators: Think Globally

Aiming to minimize regulatory hurdles to international trade, President Obama has signed an order requiring federal agencies to consider the global implications of any new rules they draft.


Coating Makers Track Bills to Curb Regs

Coating manufacturers are “closely monitoring” two federal bills that would place a moratorium on all new federal rules and bar President Obama and future presidents from issuing “midnight r...


Crews Give Baffling Bike Lanes a Spin

Street marking seems a fairly straightforward task, but two freshly painted bike lanes in the UK have locals scratching their heads.


Older Pipelines May Face New Testing

New pipeline record-keeping requirements are coming and old testing loopholes long enjoyed by older systems may be going, federal regulators warned operators this week.


Bids Sought for Spillway Gate Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept bids May 18 for rehabilitation of 36 spillway gates at Oahe and Garrison Dams in the Dakotas.


JPCL Offers New Buying Guide Features

Free new print and digital features will join the popular traditional resources this year in JPCL’s upcoming Equipment Buying Guide, now in its 25th year.


Keystone XL Applicants Try, Try Again

TransCanada Corp. has submitted a new application for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline that will reroute the project’s environmentally sensitive Nebraska leg.


NACE to School Lawmakers on Corrosion

Waking up federal lawmakers to the billion-dollar, life-threatening consequences of unchecked corrosion will be Job 1 when members of NACE International drop in on Capitol Hill this month.


Bay Bridge Makes Record Squeeze Play

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project should reach another milestone Monday (May 7), as crews wrap up the gargantuan task of compacting the structure’s record-setting SAS ma...


Paint Bids Sought for Historic Bridge

Sandusky County, OH, will accept bids May 17 for cleaning and recoating of the historic (and reportedly haunted) Tindall Bridge over the Sandusky River—a contract estimated at more than $1.1...


Innovative Bridges Steeled for Gold

From quaint old footbridges to soaring modern superstructures, 18 steel bridges have earned national recognition in the 2012 Prize Bridge Awards Competition.


Reservoir Owner Persists After Defeat

Undaunted after rejecting a $30 million settlement offer, then losing a $100 million lawsuit, Tampa Bay Water is apparently ready to take another swing at the engineer that designed its seve...


Congress Urges Probe, Answers on LCS

Alleging “lack of transparency” by the Navy, members of Congress are demanding an accounting regarding new revelations of widespread problems with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.


EPA Official Quits in ‘Crucify’ Flap

The top federal official overseeing environmental policy in the nation’s Oil Belt has resigned after saying his regulators should “crucify” oil companies that violate the law to make an exam...


Engineering Bids Sought for Bridge Work

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


Navy Stealth Ship Sails into Oblivion

A super-secret chapter in Navy history will soon close quietly on a scrap heap, as the service auctions off a famed Cold War-era research vessel cloaked in a unique coating.


Bridge Offered Free ‘to a Good Home’

Boy, has Colorado got a bridge for you. Historically significant. Classic design. Free, even. So, what’s the catch?


Navy Settles EPA Tank Violations

The U.S. Navy has agreed to pay a $5,855 penalty to settle allegations of underground storage tank violations at its Naval Support Activity facility in Norfolk, VA, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


NY Drift Vessel to Get $572K Facelift

A Staten Island contractor has been awarded a $572,100 contract to refurbish the DCV Driftmaster, one of three New York District drift collection vessels that patrol New York and New Jersey ...


Contractor to Pay $56M in 10-Year Fraud

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


Congress Urged to Scrap Ship Program

Cracks, “rampant corrosion” and other problems on the Navy’s newest combat ships are worse than publicly reported, and the line should be scrapped, says a government watchdog group, citing n...


Steel Water Pipes on Borrowed Time?

Corrosion is eating into the underground piping of three in four North American water utilities, and thousands of miles of aging steel and iron pipes are exacerbating the problem, according ...


Steel Tank Industry Honors its Best

The steel tank industry has elected new leadership for the next year and conferred honors on some of the best tanks and companies in the business.


DOT to Speed 6-State Pipeline Upgrade

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will fast-track federal permitting for a six-state, 1,000-mile pipeline modernization project by NiSource Inc.


$4.2M PA Bridge Rehab Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded North Star Painting Co., of Youngstown, OH, a $4.2 million contract to rehabilitate the Parker Bridge over the Allegheny River.


Cloud-Based System Monitors Pipelines

Willbros Group Inc. has teamed up with GeoEye Inc. to offer a cloud-based pipeline integrity management system that integrates real-time pipeline data with high-resolution commercial satelli...


Judge Throws Out Union Posting Rule

A federal judge in North Carolina has thrown out an impending federal rule that would have required nearly six million employers to prominently display notices of employees’ union rights.


Cautious Outlook on Federal Contracts

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


Construction Firm’s Foreign Ties Probed

Canadian authorities are investigating one of the world’s largest engineering and construction groups, which has extensive operations in Libya.


Navy Trims Ship Painting Protocols

The Navy, Coast Guard and industry have approved nine significant changes to painting protocol during shipbuilding, in a pilot project designed to increase efficiency and save money.


MN Firm Gets $12.9M Blatnik Bridge Job

Rainbow Inc., of Minneapolis, has been awarded a $12,945,017.80 contract to clean and recoat the Blatnik Bridge over Saint Louis Bay.


New Rating System Aims For Greener Infrastructure

Reduce, reuse and recycle is not just do-good advice for consumers. Now, the principles carry billion-dollar performance and financial implications for pipelines and sewage pla...


Painter’s Aide Jailed in $1M Theft; ‘I Trusted, and I Got Burned’

It was 2010, and Russ Christensen’s business was bleeding. But from where?


NACE Guide Targets Bridge Corrosion

NACE International has published a new guide that lays out strategies to reduce the $8.29 billion annual cost of bridge corrosion and extend the life of reinforced concrete structures.


Navy Steels Itself for Titanium Ships

Are the days numbered for great steel ships? It’s possible: The U.S. Office of Naval Research has announced that it is producing a full-size ship hull section made entirely of marine-grade t...


Bridge Contractor Guilty In $136M DBE Scam

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


New Coating Job Urged for Titanic

The explorer whose team located the remains of the Titanic has drawn up plans to have robots apply protective coatings to the wreck, to preserve the disintegrating resting place of more than...


Ship’s New Life Honors an Old Service

For 39 years, Nantucket Lightship / LV-112 guided transoceanic shipping to and from U.S. East Coast ports, through some of the most treacherous shipping lanes in the world.


Beyond Botox: Tunnels Due for Facelift

Bids are being invited for Malibu’s movie-star mountain tunnels, which are in need of a makeover before their next close-up.


Painters Spot Crack that Closes Bridge

The last phase of a highway reconstruction project became the first phase of a bridge repair job this week when a sharp-eyed bridge painting crew discovered a six-foot-long crack in a suppor...


Green Bay Bridge Rehab Up for Bid

Wisconsin transportation officials will open bids April 10 for cleaning and rehabilitating Green Bay’s iconic Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge.


Painter Outlook: Sunny, Tilting South

Washington is painting a bright job picture for industrial painters for the rest of the decade, with decent wages and strong job prospects, especially in the South.


Contractors Join Immigration Law Fray

The American Subcontractors Association of Arizona has joined a group of business associations in challenging that state’s embattled immigration law and is urging immigration reform at the f...


Bids Invited for MN River Bridge Work

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


New Pipeline to Rival Keystone XL

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is getting competition in the race to bring Canadian oil to Gulf Coast refineries, as two North American companies have teamed up to build a rival system.


Subway Work Fined; Death Probe Underway

The dangers of New York subway construction are drawing closer federal scrutiny, with new citations issued against contractors for excessive silica exposure and a runaway rail car just weeks...


Heavy Infrastructure Pulls its Weight

From wharves to hydroelectric dams to mass-transit systems, heavy infrastructure construction has held its own during the economic downturn and should see even stronger growth through 2017, ...


NSRP Eyes Lasers, Lessons, Real Risks

Laser-powered coating removal, real-life confined-space risks, and lessons from foreign shipyards will all be the focus of research projects newly funded by the National Shipbuilding Researc...


Obama Endorses OK-TX Pipeline

On again, off again, shifted, stalled, accelerated and then cancelled, the Keystone XL pipeline project is on again. Sort of.


KY Fast-Tracks Ferry Bridge Repairs

A Kentucky bridge mangled by a cargo ship in January will be back up and running by Memorial Day—months earlier than originally estimated—thanks to an emergency $7 million appropriation for ...


PaintSquare Expands Free Job Listings

Job seekers in the protective and marine coatings industry now have a rich new resource for finding their professional niche with a newly expanded Job Classified section on www.paintsquare.c...


OR Awards $17.5M Bridge Painting

A Kentucky contractor has been awarded a $17.5 million contract for cleaning and recoating the landmark Astoria-Megler Bridge, which connects Oregon and Washington State over the Columbia Ri...


Boeing Lands a Royal Paint Job

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


Bids Sought for WA Iron Bridge Painting

The City of Spokane, WA, will accept bids April 2 for coating work as part of the rehabilitation of the city’s historic Iron Bridge over the Spokane River.


DOT to Lighten Transit Project Reviews

Federal transportation officials are proposing “common-sense changes” designed to “significantly cut red tape” for certain transit projects, dramatically speeding project progress.


Worker Ordered to Share $38.5M Jackpot

A construction worker who cashed in a winning $38.5 million lottery ticket that he had bought with five men on his crew must share the jackpot with them, a New Jersey jury has found.


Tax Breaks to Expire; Tips Offered

Without action from Washington, painters and other specialty trade contractors “could see a significant tax increase next year, as about 50 tax provisions expire at the end of this year,” th...


Bids Invited for NY Vessel Painting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will accept bids March 20 for painting and other maintenance on the agency’s Research Vessel (R/V) Seth Green.


Shock Ads Aim to Jolt Highway Bill

Driving up pressure on the House to accept a Senate-crafted transportation bill, a leading labor union has unveiled a chilling campaign that features a Russian Roulette radio ad and a mass m...


Potty Pavement Flushed with Success

New sidewalks laden with hundreds of crushed toilets—yes, toilets—have earned the world’s very first Greenroads certification in Bellingham, WA.


Coast Guard Contracts for Vessel Work

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


Detroit Bridge Firm Stripped of Project

After years of delays, numerous court orders and a few stints behind bars, owners of the Ambassador Bridge have lost control of Detroit’s massive Gateway Project and must pay $16 million to ...


Employers Score a Win on Labor Rule

Private employers have won two key victories in the long-running regulatory battle to force them to post notices about employees’ rights to join a union.


$1M Fine Caps EPA’s 30th Refinery Suit

The federal government has inflicted yet another blow—its 30th, to be exact— in its ongoing effort to clamp down on U.S. refinery air emissions, fining a Kansas operation nearly $1 million a...


3M Touts Adhesive Option for Fasteners

3M has introduced a new line of structural adhesives that it says can replace welds, rivets, screws and other mechanical fasteners in industrial applications, reducing the risk of corrosion.


Pipeline Construction Boom Forecast

Long cooled by the recession, U.S. oil and gas pipeline construction is heating up and poised for a major comeback, with sustained demand for repairs, replacement and new construction, accor...


‘Smart Sensors’ Track Bridge Corrosion

Engineers at Columbia University are developing “smart sensor” technology that could provide the world’s suspension bridges with the first real-time internal monitoring of a “silent killer”:...


Bids Sought for $3 Million Tank Rehab

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


Coast Guard Nixes a Bridge Too Low

Longstanding plans for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River are suddenly on hold, as the Coast Guard has ruled that the structure planned is too low—a design issue that could ad...


Report: Errors Plagued Doomed Bridge

From “the wrong” materials to lack of inspection to indifference to standard engineering practices, numerous factors doomed Indonesia’s “Golden Gate Bridge,” which collapsed catastrophically...


NJ Awards 8-Bridge Painting Contract

A New Jersey painting contractor has been awarded a maintenance contract valued at nearly $2.5 million to clean and coat eight bridges in South Jersey.


Bids Sought for $5M+ Bridge Rehab

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


Tale of the Tap: Water Needs to Top $1T

One trillion-with-a-T dollars. That’s the throat-parching cost of meeting the needs of buried U.S. drinking water infrastructure in the next 25 years, new research estimates.


Pipeline Blast Tied to Coating Failure

Coating failure is being blamed in part for pipeline corrosion that led to a massive natural-gas explosion in Alabama in December.


Bredero Shaw Lands $400+M Coating Job

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


After 83 Years, Gone in 4 Seconds

The Fort Steuben Bridge, which once carried more than 20,000 vehicles a day between Ohio and West Virginia, vanished Tuesday in a blaze of explosives.


PHMSA Lapses Blamed in Pipeline Blasts

Federal pipeline regulators “abjectly failed” to enforce safety standards for more than a decade before a series of deadly pipeline explosions hit California, the City of San Francisco conte...


Sources Sought for $10M Bridge Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking qualified veteran, HUB Zone and other contractors to clean and recoat Cape Cod’s Sagamore Bridge—a contract estimated at up to $10 million.


Free Webinar Focuses on Adhesion Tests

The secrets of performing an accurate, reliable adhesion pull-off test will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


‘Rapid Corrosion’ Blamed In Collapse, Bridge Closure

Indian officials are blaming unexpectedly “rapid corrosion” for the collapse of a massive silo that injured dozens of people this week—the same claim recently made by Quebec officials for fa...


HI Seeks Bidders for $7M Bridge Rehab

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


Lloyd’s Explains New Tank Corrosion Reg

Lloyd’s Register has developed guidance to clarify the coatings and other compliance options in new IMO regulations regarding corrosion protection of crude oil cargo tanks.


New Tech Center to Aid Corrosion Study

Corrosion technology, materials science, engineering and chemistry will be among the focuses of a new “market-driven” industrial research center being founded at North Dakota State Universit...


Gulf Pipeline Construction Set to Start

Dallas-based Crosstex says it now has enough long-term supply commitments to begin construction of a 130-mile extension to its Cajun-Sibon natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline system.


DOT Budget Plan Built on Infrastructure

President Obama has unveiled a 2013 transportation budget proposal that would nearly double infrastructure spending over the next six years and step up the federal investment in pipeline saf...


Hard Times Yield a Silver Lining

Forced in recent years to do more with less, construction-related companies finally have something good to show for it: outstanding productivity.


Webinar Tackles Industrial Painting QC

The many critical issues involved in quality control of industrial painting operations will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


ME Bridge Painting Far Below Estimate

Painting of Maine’s Memorial Bridge in Augusta will cost the state about half what it had expected, under a contract awarded recently.


Vigor to Acquire Alaska Ship & Drydock

Alaska Ship and Drydock Inc. (ASD) will become part of Vigor Industrial, under an acquisition plan announced this week by both companies.


Golden Gate, Skyway Voted Top Bridges

The Grand Canyon’s dizzying glass skywalk and the venerable Golden Gate have been named the world’s top bridges in a new survey by Travel + Leisure.


Global Infrastructure Facing $5T Gap

Global demand for infrastructure projects will near the $10 trillion mark by 2015, but the money to pay for it is unlikely to meet even half that need, a new study reports.


BP Founds Corrosion Lab at U. of Alaska

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will donate $1 million to the University of Alaska Anchorage to establish the BP Asset Integrity and Corrosion Lab, scheduled to open in fall 2012.


Engineers Blamed for Tunnel Collapse

Quebec will launch a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against three engineering firms that it now blames for the partial collapse of an expressway tunnel last July.


Scorpion Armor Inspires New Surfaces

The desert scorpion, champion survivor of a brutal corrosive environment, has a thing or two to teach scientists about protecting material surfaces.


‘Suspect Cement’ Found in Bridge Grout

Specialty chemicals maker Sika Corp. is alerting customers that “suspect cement” containing excessive levels of corrosive chlorides was used in certain batches of grout designed to protect b...


DOT Unleashes $500M in New TIGER Aid

The federal government will offer $500 million in funding in the fourth round of the fiercely competitive TIGER program, which supports surface transportation projects that have a significan...


Report Paints Ugly Picture Of NY Subway Paint

It may not be news that New York’s underground subway platforms are ugly and hazardous, but now it’s been documented. And the numbers may be the ugliest part of all.


Battle Joined on Transportation Bill

With the clock ticking down on the eighth extension of a federal transportation bill, the House has finally weighed in with a five-year, $260 billion spending plan.


Concrete Flap Halts $101M Transit Hub

Construction of a $101 million Maryland transit hub has stalled abruptly and indefinitely over allegations that concrete in the structure was poured improperly.


Bids Sought for Spillway Gate Painting

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


Corrosion Office Lands Budget Windfall

Few agencies avoided the federal budget ax this year. Then, there’s the military corrosion prevention and control effort, which not only survived but thrived—nearly quadrupling last year’s a...


New Video Lays Out Military’s Corrosion Fight

TAMPA, FL—The Department of Defense corrosion office unveiled a new video Tuesday (Jan. 31) that aims to give contracting officers and the public an up-close-and-personal look at the challen...


Structure Awards Honor Industry’s Best

From a towering national icon to a remote Alaskan military bridge, coatings projects of excellence took top honors Monday (Jan. 30) at SSPC 2012 in Tampa, FL.


JPCL Names Top Authors; SSPC Confers Honors

Research articles on the “underworld” of VOCs, dehumidification, inspection, testing and other critical facets of protective coatings work garnered top editorial recognition Monday (Jan. 30)...


Corrosion Sensors Take on Splash Zones

UK researchers have announced the development of sensors that purportedly spot early signs of rebar corrosion in concrete, while standing up to long-term marine exposures.


LA Awards $3.1M Bridge Painting

Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development has awarded recoating of the Horace Wilkinson Bridge over the Mississippi River to Hames Contracting Inc., of Alpharetta, GA.


EPA Honors Wastewater Standouts

An unlikely source is bestowing honors on an unsung group, as the Environmental Protection Agency pays tribute this week to standout drinking-water and wastewater operators and facilities th...


Webinar Tips Contractors to Lead Service

Paint BidTracker, the premier construction reporting service devoted to the coatings community, will offer a front-row seat at its all-new website and services in a free webinar at 1 p.m. ES...


Obama Nixes XL Pipeline Project

Facing what he called a “rushed and arbitrary” deadline set by Republicans, President Obama has denied TransCanada Corp.’s permit for the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas...


Navy Fined for Pipe, Tank Inspections

The Navy will pay nearly $161,000 in fines to settle federal claims that it failed to properly monitor pipes and underground fuel storage tanks for leaks at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, in Silv...


Bids Sought for $2.5M Penstock Coating

The City of Tacoma, WA, is soliciting bids for cleaning and recoating two municipal utility penstocks—a painting contract estimated at up to $2.5 million.


Monument’s Quake Damage Detailed

From broken marble panels to bent steel to structural shifting, the Washington Monument suffered a devastating hit last summer from the relatively modest earthquake that shook North America ...


Amtrak Trains 2012 Sights on Northeast

Contractors who serve the rail sector in the U.S. Northeast could be in for a happy new year, as Amtrak has released a 2012 construction plan that tilts heavily toward that busy corridor.


Painters Roll Out a Parking Ticket

Parking tickets are irritating enough—but getting nailed for a forbidden zone painted underneath your parked car? That’s going too far.


Bridge Alliance Gets $22K for Symposium

The Federal Highway Administration plans to award a $22,000 sole-source contract to The National Steel Bridge Alliance to support the 2012 World Steel Bridge Symposium in Dallas, TX.


DOT Grants $1.6B to Fix Roads, Bridges

The federal government will release nearly $1.6 billion in aid to help states and territories repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters dating back to 2004.


DamCam: Ringside Seat for Project Fans

For the millions of project buffs (and professionals) who can’t spend their days watching the action at every site, the San Diego Water Authority has the solution: DamCam.


Don’t Look Down; Bridge Sets Dizzying Record

One quarter mile above the Beluarte River in northern Mexico, that nation has opened the tallest cable-stayed bridge in the world—and has the Guinness World Record imprimatur to prove it.


For Subs, Fine Print Gets Friendlier

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


Bids Sought for $20+M Bridge Painting

The Oregon Department of Transportation will accept bids Jan. 12 for cleaning and recoating of the Astoria-Megler Bridge—a project valued at $20 million to $30 million.


Aggregates Giant Battles Takeover

A hostile takeover attempt that would combine the two largest U.S. producers of construction aggregates has become ensnared in a web of litigation that has thrown the deal into federal court...


New Laws Offer Subs Happier New Year

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


Paint BidTracker Launches New Website

Paint BidTracker has launched www.PaintBidTracker.com, home to the world’s only construction reporting service for the paint and coatings industry.


LA Seeks Bids for $70M Bridge Painting

The Louisiana Department of Transportation will open bids Jan. 11 for the first phase of painting and repairs on the mile-long Huey P. Long Bridge in Baton Rouge—a project estimated at $70 m...


U of Akron Joins Mexico Pipeline Study

A researcher with the University of Akron’s pioneering corrosion engineering program has been awarded more than $1 million to help study and assess Mexico’s pipeline corrosion issues.


DOT Releases $511M for 46 Projects

Freight rail in Kentucky, the Port of New Orleans, multimodal transit in San Antonio, roads¸ bridges and other projects nationwide will share in $511 million in federal transportation fundin...


Industrial Equipment Giants to Merge

United Rentals Inc., the world’s largest industrial equipment rental company, has announced plans to swallow chief rival RSC Holdings Inc. for $1.9 billion in cash and stock, as that industr...


New Labor Rule Sparks Lawsuits, Delay

Slammed by multiple lawsuits in the matter, the National Labor Relations Board has postponed the implementation of a new rule that requires employers to notify employees of their union right...


Engineers: Water Neglect will Backfire

Skimping now on public investment in aging water infrastructure will cost U.S. homes and businesses $206 billion over the next decade, the nation’s civil engineers are warning.


WVU Method Wraps Up Bridge Problems

A unique structural wrapping technique, developed over the last 20 years, is providing a new affordable option to replacement of West Virginia’s many structurally deficient bridges.


USACE Lets WA Spillway Weir Painting

Extreme Coatings Inc., of Pasco, WA, will perform the cleaning and coating of the McNary Top Spillway Weir in Walla Walla, WA.


Report: Engineers Top Project Players

Public projects will decline, prefab trends will grow, and E&C firms will increasingly drive the nation’s construction agenda, consultant FMI says in a crystal-ball look at 2012.


Contractors Face 15 Years in Wage Theft

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


Webinar to Help Compute Coating Costs

Untangling the complex considerations involved in determining a coating’s true cost will be the topic of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Forth Bridge Painters Call it a Century

The endless job has ended—and early, yet. After 10 years, painters have laid down their brushes at Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge, ending a paint job that took more than 1,500 painters (u...


Top 100 Infrastructure Plans = $784B

Fueled by pent-up demand and an appetite for mega-projects, the world’s countries will spend nearly $800 billion on their top infrastructure projects in 2012, according to a new analysis.


NRC Challenged on Plant Corrosion

Repeated stress corrosion cracking of stainless-steel components at a Michigan nuclear plant has a congressman asking federal regulators why they continue to allow use of the metal in such a...


Webinar Clarifies SSPC QP Standards

Navigating the requirements of SSPC’s Painting Contractor Certification Program will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


PA Awards $31M Mansfield Bridge Rehab

A Pittsburgh contractor has been green-lighted for a $31 million project to recoat and rehab the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge over the Monongahela River.


Nuke Plants Warned of Concrete Problem

Degrading concrete at a New Hampshire nuclear plant has prompted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to alert all of its facilities and applicants to the same risk elsewhere.


OSHA Program Targets Chemical Plants

Facilities that process and store chemicals will face heightened federal scrutiny, including more surprise inspections, under a new safety program designed to prevent catastrophic releases o...


Team Turns 4D MRI Imaging on Pipelines

Physicists and engineers at the University of California-Berkeley have developed a new system to monitor and prevent pipeline ruptures using MRI medical technology.


Art Meets Protection in 2011 Top Tanks

Sea turtles, tiger stripes, giant baseballs, village murals and other artwork rendered in protective coatings have captured top honors in Tnemec’s 2011 Tank of the Year contest.


LA Awards $4.8M Bridge Painting Work

Texas Bridge Inc. has been awarded a $4,809,850 contract to perform coating and related work on the Judge Seeber (Claiborne Avenue) Bridge, which links New Orleans with the Lower and Upper N...


AK Pipeline Operator to Pay $600K+ in Corrosion Case

Alyeska Pipeline Service Inc. will pay a $600,000 federal fine—far less than originally proposed—to settle several regulatory enforcement cases relating to failures, corrosion inspection iss...


Seeing Red Over Blue Bridge Made Yellow

A UK county council is red-faced after deciding to paint a historic bridge in the wrong color to speed up the project—even though the bridge will now need to be repainted.


$215M Relief Aid Set for Roads, Bridges

The federal government will release more than $215 million to repair roads and bridges ravaged from Alaska to Puerto Rico by the year’s natural disasters.


ProContractor Software Gets Upgrade

Maxwell Systems Inc., maker of construction management software, has launched a new upgrade for its ProContractorMX software, with enhancements for field reports, employee records, workforce...


AISC Honors Kulicki ’s Life in Bridges

John M. Kulicki, Ph.D., P.E, S.E., one of the foremost bridge designers of his generation, will receive the prestigious J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award for his lifetime contributions to steel bridg...


Probes, Changes Follow Death of NY Tunnel Worker

An investigation is underway and safety procedures have changed after a young New York tunnel worker was fatally struck by a section of falling concrete while working alongside his father.


Plant Operator Rips Fatal Blast Probe

A major wastewater plant owner accused of ignoring tank corrosion that led to a fatal explosion is fighting back with its own photos and a demand for another investigation.


Tank Coating, Inspection Bids Sought

The Hartford (CT) Metropolitan District will open bids Dec. 15 for coatings and related work on eight existing steel water storage tanks at six district sites, and for a third-party coatings...


Webinar Tackles Scaffold Standards

Working from scaffolds and aerial lifts is not only a critical safety issue in protective coatings; it is also a leading area of federal safety violations for employers.


Contractors Prevail on Tax Repeal

Government contractors have one more thing to be thankful for this week: squashing a much-hated tax law before it could get out of the gate.


Paint Waste Resolved; Bridge Work Resumes

A dispute over paint waste that shut down a $4.2 million bridge project for the entire summer has been resolved, defusing commuter rage and averting a divorce between contractor and client.


14 Cities Stop 10T Gallons of Runoff

When you think of “green” cities, Detroit and Philadelphia don’t usually spring to mind. But they and a dozen others have kept 10 trillion gallons of polluted water out of their waterways an...


Caltrans Inspection Scandal Grows

A firestorm of controversy has engulfed California’s Department of Transportation in the wake of revelations that a key Bay Bridge inspector had falsified inspections on other public project...


Bids Invited for $60M PA Tunnel Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will open bids Dec. 15 for the long-awaited rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Tunnel—a project estimated at up to $60 million.


Trailer Bridge Declares Bankruptcy

Trailer Bridge is over troubled water, as the marine and trucking freight giant founded by the legendary “Father of Containerization” has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


Quake-Jolted Reactors Restarting in VA

With approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Dominion Virginia Power is restarting two nuclear reactors that shut down near the epicenter of the East Coast Earthquake in August.


Historic Seaport Painting Bids Sought

The City of Tacoma, WA, will open bids Nov. 29 for concrete coating and repair, steel coating, waterproofing, fireproofing and related work on the Foss Waterway Seaport, a historic structure...


Keystone XL Pipeline Stalled, Rerouted

An environmentally sensitive segment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will be rerouted and a final decision on the controversial $7 billion project delayed until after the 2012 U.S. elec...


Safway Acquires Waco Scaffolding

Safway Services LLC has purchased bankrupt Waco Scaffolding & Equipment, a major provider of scaffolding and access equipment and services.


RC Climber Integrates Fall Protector

ICM has introduced the On-Board Fall Protector, replacing the company’s standard fall protector and saving time and expense.


PG&E Repairs, Coats Burst Pipelines

Pacific Gas & Electric is blaming “isolated” corrosion for a new leak in one part of the infamous San Bruno, CA, transmission pipeline, while working to repair and recoat two other segments ...


Reclaiming an Icon—and an Identity

It took more than 10 years, hundreds of man-hours, 250 gallons of primer, and 260 gallons of paint over 33,000 square feet—but Big Blue has regained its beloved old face.


$208K Bridge Deck Sealing Awarded

An Illinois contractor has been awarded a $208,877.35 contract for cleaning and sealing the decking on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, which connects St. Louis, MO, and East St. Louis...


Software Upgrades Pipeline Monitoring

American Innovations, a provider of cathodic protection, integrity management and remote monitoring, has released a software upgrade that adds more than 20 enhancements to its pipeline data ...


Town Reels from Water Tower Collapse

Stunned authorities in a small Indiana town are investigating the abrupt collapse of the town’s water tower, which crumbled to the ground in seconds this week, unleashing 250,000 gallons of ...


Bomber’s New Paint Job Honors a Hero

A B-26G Marauder bomber, like those that flew over Normandy on D-Day, is sporting a meticulous new restoration paint job that honors one of its pilots, thanks in part to a donation by PPG Ae...


New Map of Bad Bridges May Hold Good Clout

Looking for a problem bridge? Uncle Sam has just the tool.


New Ruptures, Leak Plague CA Pipeline

Another segment of the California natural-gas pipeline that exploded in September 2010 has ruptured and unleashed a mudslide onto a highway—the third incident in less than two weeks involvin...


Bids Sought for $13.9M Bridge Rehab

The Maine Department of Transportation is inviting bids for coating, steel repairs and related work on Augusta’s Memorial Bridge—a contract potentially valued at nearly $14 million.


Spot vs. Full Job: How to Make the Call

When can spot repair and priming help facility owners and maintenance chiefs head off a full recoating job? That’s the focus of a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


GOP Kills Infrastructure Jobs Bill

Republicans nipped President Obama’s $60 billion construction job initiative in the bud last week, shooting down the road and infrastructure aid package scarcely before the ink dried.


Bids Invited for Power Plant Painting

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


Bad Markings Blamed in PA Gas Blast

Inaccurate gas-line location markings are suspected in the explosion of a line that ruptured this week when struck by a construction crew in the center of a Pennsylvania college town, offici...


Obama to Congress: ‘Time to Act’ on Construction Jobs

Backdropped by an aging bridge to drive home his point, President Obama urged Congress this week to help revive the battered construction industry by passing an infrastructure jobs bill.


New Leader, ‘Defining Moment’ For Pipeline Owners

The Pipeline Research Council International, a global R&D organization for the energy pipeline industry, has announced the election of Eric J. Amundsen, of Panhandle Energy, as chairman thro...


MO Firm Gains $2.1M Basin Coating Job

Genesis Environmental Solutions, of Blue Springs, MO, has been awarded a $2,121,586 contract to clean and coat steel mechanisms in four clarifier basins, two ground storage tanks, and other...


Nor’easter Sinks Bridge Painting Barge

Freak storms that pounded the U.S. Northeast over the Halloween weekend managed a trick that was no treat for one of the nation’s largest industrial painting contractors.


Glass Fiber Rebar Debuts

German building materials developer Schoeck Bauteile GmbH has unveiled a glass fiber reinforcing bar, designed to prevent the structural corrosion that plagues steel reinforcement.


Construction Flaws Blamed In Sewage Plant Collapse

Uncoated, ungalvanized rebar and other construction deficiencies caused the collapse of a massive wastewater containment wall that unleashed millions of gallons of raw sewage, killing two Te...


$400K CA Bridge Maintenance Work Let

An Arizona-based concrete contractor has been awarded a $397,397 contract for cleaning and sealing California’s San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, over San Diego Bay.


KY Giving Away Bridge

Psst! Hey, buddy, want a bridge? A bit old and on the narrow side, but sound. And it’s free.


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

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


Report: Gas Line Leaked 26 Times before Blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knew of more than two dozen previous, unexplained leaks in one of its natural-gas pipelines when it certified that the pipe was free of seam-weld leaks months be...


3D Scanner, Software Aid Pipeline Inspection

Creaform, provider of portable 3D optical measurement technologies, has entered the pipeline market with a new 3D scanner and software module designed to assess and report on pipeline integr...


DOT’s LaHood to Resign in 2013

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the Cabinet’s only Republican, says he will leave his position in 2013 if President Obama is re-elected.


$1.1M Contract Let for TN Dam Painting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $1,173,780 contract to Fuel Tank Maintenance Co. of Cookeville, TN, to recoat the Cordell Hull Dam.


AL Railcar Plant Takes National Honor

National Alabama Corp.’s railcar manufacturing facility in Cherokee, AL, has taken national honors in the 2011 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards ...


JLG Names Global Marketing VP

JLG Industries Inc., manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, has added Brad Nelson to its executive team as global vice president of marketing.


Navy Makes Ship Painting R&D Awards

Two marine painting research projects will share in $1.4 million in grants over the next year from the National Shipbuilding Research Program, which aims to reduce the cost of Navy shipbuild...


Blastco Lands $3.8M CA Tank Painting

Blastco Inc., of Gardena, CA, has been awarded a $3.88 million contract to rehabilitate a 14 million-gallon water storage tank at the Alamo (CA) Reservoir in Alamo, CA.


$296K Dam Painting Project Awarded

A Florida contractor has been awarded a $296,500 contract to paint the service and spillway bridges at the Beltzville Dam in Lehighton, PA.


DOT Awards $928.5M for Transit Repair

More than 300 public transportation projects across the country will benefit from nearly $1 billion in federal grants to repair, rebuild and modernize the nation’s transit infrastructure.


Brothers Held in Stolen Bridge Caper

Turns out that unloading a hot 40-ton bridge isn’t as easy as it seems.


Zapping Steel Seen to Halt Corrosion

Pulses, rather than paint, may prove to be the next big thing in protecting structural steel from corrosion.


Aker Debuts Compact Corrosion Software

UK engineering service company Aker Solutions has launched a new “compact” version of its Coabis software tool for oil and gas integrity, inspection and corrosion management.


Bridge, Wind, Rail Work Fast-Tracked

New York bridge replacement, California wind power, Maryland rail, New Mexico water and other major infrastructure projects will ramp up soon, under fast-track approval granted this week by ...


Contractor Bill Targets Slow Pay, Bid Shopping

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


$3.8M DE Bridge Painting Awarded

An Ohio painting contractor has been awarded a $3,886,625 contract for painting and repairs on the Reedy Point Bridge over the Delaware River.


US Tests Bridge Steel Costs, Options

How do low-cost steels with improved weathering characteristics stack up to the weathering steels now in use?


Hull Painting Gets Pop Icon Touch

Peter Max is back. And he’s painting ship hulls. Psychedelic specs, anyone?


Navy Awards $1.78M Containment Contract

A Texas contractor has won a $1.78 million Navy contract to build an environmental containment structure for abrasive blasting of submarines at the Puget Sound (WA) Naval Shipyard.


Steel Bridge Stolen in Western PA

Police in Pennsylvania are scratching their heads at some resourceful—and powerful—thieves who have made off with a 50-foot-long corrugated steel bridge.


NJ to Pay $95M for Scrapped Tunnel

Payback may be hell, but some people finesse it better than others. Take New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.


Soviet Gloom Expunged In Time-Lapse Technicolor

A stunning coating project that has doused a rusting Soviet-era pipe factory in pop color has been captured in a remarkable time-lapse movie by a Russian filmmaker.


Deadline Nears for Structure Awards

Nominations close Oct. 31 for SSPC’s sixth annual Structure Awards, which honor excellence in protective coatings projects.


Navy Seeks Coatings Project Trainer

The Naval Sea Systems Command Location (NAVSEA) is looking for an industrial painting contractor who can train and equip ship personnel to carry out a coating maintenance project aboard the ...


Pipeline Projects Surge, Pumping Coatings Work

Pipeline projects are booming, with a new $220 million system planned for the Southeastern US and new coatings contracts announced for projects in Malaysia and Australia.


60-Day Delay to Cost Contractor $60K

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


JPCL to Honor Industry’s Top Thinkers

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has announced the Clive Hare Honors, a unique award that recognizes the distinguished achievements of 24 thought leaders worldwide who have adv...


Painting Outside the Lines … of Reality

This is what happens when you don’t spell out everything on a project. Painters in the UK’s Essex County are about to embark on their third attempt at what seemed to be a simple job: lining ...


World-Record Coating Project is a Ball

Some world records are true triumphs of human grit, spirit and strength. Others aren’t. But they’re records anyway.


AL Water Works Bids 2 Painting Jobs

The Birmingham (AL) Water Works and Sewer Board will accept bids Friday (Sept. 30) for two projects: blasting, painting and related work on tanks and silos at three plants; and blasting and ...


Protective Do-Over: Seattle Halts Project for Recoating

Talk about change orders. The City of Seattle has halted construction of a $75 million recycling facility in order to disassemble the prefab steel structure and recoat it with a better grade...


TX Wins, CA Loses in Mixed Job Picture

Private-sector construction has inched upward, only to be clobbered by declining public-sector activity, yielding patchy improvement on the nation’s construction job front, a new analysis sh...


Risky Business: Giving More to Get Work

Contractors, want to land that next contract? How about sweetening the bid with a little something extra for the developer?


$50K Spillway Painting Up for Bid

The City of Tacoma, WA, will accept bids Oct. 11 for recoating and related work on the spillway gates at Cushman Dam No. 1—a contract valued at $50,000 to $60,000.


Asbestos Contractor Gets 6-Year Term

A New York construction and asbestos abatement contractor has been sentenced to six years in prison for lying to his untrained employees—and, later, to a federal inspector—about their asbest...


Contractors Eyed for Toll Road Gamble

Psst, contractors: Looking for a billion-dollar-plus contract with a little adventure? Boy, has the Georgia Department of Transportation got a deal for you.


‘8th Wonder’ Bridge Walks New Walk

A historic bridge hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it opened in 1882 has gained a new lease on life as a pedestrian walkway high above a Pennsylvania gorge.


Report Slams BP in 2010 Gulf Blast

Cement failure, insufficient training, plan changes, inappropriate responses, and multiple other problems killed BP’s Deepwater Horizon crew of 11 and caused the spill of 5 million barrels o...


IN Firm Gets $5.3M Bridge Paint Job

An Indiana industrial painting contractor has bested a crowded field of bidders to capture a $5.3 million contract for cleaning and painting on the Arch A. Moore Jr. Bridge, which connects W...


SSPC Reauthorized as Training Provider

Coatings professionals who complete SSPC training and certification will continue to receive Continuing Education Units, as the Society for Protective Coatings renews its status as an author...


Obama Sends Job Bill to Congress: ‘Let’s Get Back to Work’

Urging “no games, no politics, no delays,” President Obama sent his new job creation package to Congress on Monday (Sept. 12) with a call for swift action.


NJ Company Lands $1.6M Crane Painting

Broward County, FL, has awarded a New Jersey industrial painting contractor a $1.6 million contract for crane coatings work in the Southport Terminals area at Port Everglades.


$2.1M Hood River Bridge Painting Let

S&K Painting Inc., of Clackamas, OR, has been awarded a $2.1 million contract for paint rehabilitation on the Hood River Interstate Bridge.


Never-Ending Paint Job Nears an End

The world’s iconic unending job—the painting of Scotland’s legendary Forth Bridge—is about to end.


Employee Rights Rule Starts Nov. 14

Most private-sector employers must soon display a poster notifying employees of their rights to organize, under a new rule that takes effect Nov. 14.


$5 Million Bridge Painting Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted Sept. 9 for painting and related work on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers swing bridge in Rock Island, IL—a painting contract valued at up to $5 million.


Disasters Pound US Infrastructure

Mother Nature’s summertime triple whammy—record heat, followed by an earthquake and hurricane—has left billions of dollars in infrastructure damage in just a few short weeks.


$42.3M Mystic River Bridge Work Let

An Ohio-based joint venture has landed a $42.3 million contract for cleaning and painting on a section of Massachusetts’ Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge—or the Mystic River Bridge, as it is...


Concrete Cartel Probe Snags 4th Firm

Yet another Iowa-based ready-mix concrete company has pleaded guilty in a widening federal investigation into a regional price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy, the Department of Justice ha...


State Dept. Clears Way for XL Pipeline

Overriding concerns from Congress, other federal agencies and the public, the U.S. State Department has determined that the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would have “no significant” environm...


Golden Gate Painting Off to Slow Start

After months of scaffolding and containment construction, painting is finally underway—sort of—on the Golden Gate Bridge.


Transit Venture to Pay $4.6M in Fraud

A group of transit contractors and subcontractors will pay a $4.6 million fine for allegedly misrepresenting minority participation on a federally funded light-rail project in Minneapolis.


Painting: Distinguished, Dissed

Painting’s fortunes rise and fall, but how is the industry faring where it really counts these days—in the High Court of Pop Culture?


Infrastructure Weathers Quake; Monument, Cathedral Damaged

The good news: The U.S.’s much-lamented aging infrastructure appeared to ride out the East Coast’s earthquake—and aftershocks—this week with few problems.


Hydrex Publishes Hull Cleaning How-To

The Hydrex Group, a global provider of hull services and coatings, has published a free guide to underwater hull cleaning.


Verrazano-Narrows ‘Leg Lift’ Begins

Containment is in place and coatings removal is underway on a $19 million “leg lift” for New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.


$34.5M OH Bridge Project Up for Bid

Cuyahoga County (OH) officials will open bids Sept. 21 for repairs, coating and other rehabilitation work on the Columbus Road Lift Bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland—a contract est...


States' Bridge Emergencies Spread

Age and summer heat are taking a heavy toll on the nation’s bridges, with a wave of emergency closures and other measures reported nationwide in recent weeks.


Lawmakers Seek Delay in Cement Rules

Support is building in Congress for legislation that would delay and weaken long-planned regulation of the cement industry.


$30+M Bridge Cable Work Up for Bid

The Maryland Transportation Authority will open bids Sept. 22 for rewrapping, dehumidification and security shielding of the main cables and anchorages on the state’s two Bay Bridges—a proje...


DOT Grants $417M for Highway Projects

Rural roads in Alaska, bridges in Maine, highways in Florida, roundabouts in California and a host of other state highway projects have received a $417.3 million boost from the U.S. Departme...


NY Sewage Wall Failure Tied to Design

A design that violated code and multiple construction problems—including structural deficiencies flagged earlier—caused the sudden collapse of a massive wall at a New York sewage plant in Ma...


MA Road, Bridge Delays Line Pockets

“Overdue and over budget” is more than a phrase in Massachusetts. It’s become a way of life for many of the state’s road and bridge projects.


VA Waste Plant Coating Up for Bid

Bids will be opened Aug. 25 for concrete repair, cleaning and coating of the secondary clarifier and scrubber system at the Nansemond Sewage Treatment Plant in Suffolk, VA.


Historic Marine Paint Site Crumbling

Part of the global birthplace of marine paint—the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory in Gloucester, MA—is failing and facing demolition, officials say.


With 500 Bridges in 2 Years, MO Knows its ABCs

Missouri’s failing bridge network is undergoing a rapid-fire turnaround, thanks to an unprecedented program that has replaced hundreds of bridges in the last year alone.


Ethanol Said to Worsen Pipeline Cracks

The boom in ethanol and other biofuels may be a serious bust for the nation’s existing pipeline network, a new government study shows.


IMO Panel Adopts Biofouling Guidelines

An International Maritime Organization committee has adopted the first set of international recommendations to address biofouling of ships, to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic speci...


Truck Makers Green-Light New Fuel Rule

Truck and vehicle manufacturers are giving a surprising thumbs-up to the nation’s first fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution standards for work trucks, buses and other heavy-du...


Cordell Hull Dam Painting to be Bid

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept bids Aug. 15 for coating and related work on Tennessee’s Cordell Hull Dam—a painting contract valued at up to $1 million.


NY Concrete Test Execs Accused Of Forging Thousands of Reports

One year after officials at a major New York concrete testing company were convicted of falsifying reports, including many involving public works projects, employees of another such company ...


AkzoNobel to Supply 2 Iconic Bridge Projects

AkzoNobel’s International Paint business has been tapped to supply coating systems for the world’s highest arch bridge, now under construction in India, and for the iconic Oakland Bay Bridge...


PA Contractor Lands $16M Bridge Job

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a $16,697,408 contract to Trumbull Corp., of Pittsburgh, for coatings, concrete repair and related rehabilitation work on the Ambrid...


SSPC Seeks Structure Award Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is accepting nominations for its sixth annual Structure Awards, which honor excellence in protective coatings projects.


Hardhat Sinatra Keeps Site Well Tuned

Transit agencies have tried everything to tame the tempers of the public during construction. Now, a Frank Sinatra sound-alike may have the answer: a little work-site serenade.


Chemical Plant Contractors See Boon

Increased expansions, maintenance and additions have the chemical processing industry spending “significantly” more this year on services by third-party trades and contractors, especially al...


Tiny Robots Tackle Nuclear Monitoring

A tiny robot may hold the solution to one of the nuclear industry’s biggest safety challenges: inspecting the interior of underground pipes for leaks.


Bids Sought to Paint Covered Bridge

The County of Lehigh, PA, will open bids Aug. 18 for re-siding and repainting historic Rex’s Covered Bridge, which dates to 1858.


Tax Funds for Non-US Steel Called ‘Abuse’ of AK Bridge Aid

“An outrageous abuse of taxpayer funds” is the National Steel Bridge Alliance’s verdict on the Alaska Railroad Corp.’s plan to use federal funding to buy non-US steel and offshore fabricatio...


Congress Turns Up LCS Heat on Navy

Rebuffed by the Navy, two members of Congress are now asking the General Accountability Office to review the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program.


A Coatings Career Cloaked in Color

Chernobyl. Mafia diplomacy. Portugal. Moscow. Deadly fires. Rotterdam. Scotland. Marseille. Notes from James Bond’s calendar?


Yellowstone Spill Spurs Pipeline Alert

While 900 people continue working to clean up the ExxonMobil crude oil spill on the Yellowstone River, the federal government has issued a warning to all owners and operators of pipelines in...


Contractor Software Offers New Tools

Maxwell Systems Inc., maker of construction business management software, has released ProContractorMX version 2.7, which offers new capabilities to construction companies of varying sizes a...


Engineer Reports Mounting Damage from Big Dig Leaks

Continuing water leaks into Big Dig tunnels in Boston are causing mounting damage to corroding electrical systems and structural steel, among other components, according to an internal repor...


Office Worker Charged with Pilfering $1.3 Million from Painting Contractor

A former secretary for a Murray, Utah, painting contractor has been indicted in federal court for allegedly stealing more than $1 million in customer payments, according to news reports.


Abhe & Svoboda Wins Aqueduct Coating Contract

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (Oakland, CA) awarded a contract of $6,183,310 to Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. of Prior Lake, MN, to perform lead abatement and coatings application on the Mo...


Texas Bridge Partners to Recoat Sunshine Bridge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded a contract of $6,223,574 to Texas Bridge Partners, LLP, of Humble, TX, to perform superstructure and substructure painting ...


Bids Sought for MO-IL Bridge Sealing

The Illinois Department of Transportation will accept bids Aug. 5 for deck cleaning and sealing on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis, MO.


Jotun China Forging Cross-Border Projects

Jotun India and Jotun China have secured a contract to provide coatings for the Reliance Sasan 6 x 660 MW Ultra Mega Power (UMPP) Project—the first coal-based UMPP project in India and the l...


Bay Bridge Project Gets Chinese Assist

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, an American icon, will be sporting a “Made in China” sticker—figuratively speaking, at least.


Bids Sought to Keep Memorial Shipshape

The city of South Portland, ME, will accept bids July 21 for repairs, cleaning and recoating on its Liberty Ship Memorial statue, the centerpiece of a maritime park dedicated to World War II...


Spider Debuts Access Platform

Spider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, has launched what it calls the first modular 360° blade access platform, designed to be easily reconfigured for a variety of inspection and access needs...


2nd ‘Big Dig’ Official Suspended; DOT Culture of Secrecy Alleged

A second Big Dig tunnel official may lose his job after discussing pressure within his agency to avoid documenting the Boston project’s problems, such as that of a coatings failure that has ...


Yellowstone Spill Plan to Be Revised

ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. has more work to do on its cleanup plan for the oil-fouled Yellowstone River, but most of the spilled crude has washed away and cannot be recovered, federal officials...


Ex-PPG Exec Accused Of Nuclear Paint Smuggling

Six months after PPG Industries’ Chinese subsidiary pleaded guilty to exporting high-performance coatings to a Pakistani nuclear plant, a former company executive is facing charges in the ca...


Probe Demanded in Warship Problems

Is the Navy’s newest warship “disintegrating?” Or will a few “simple fixes” for a “design issue” keep it and its successors afloat?


Exxon Told to Re-bury Yellowstone Pipe

ExxonMobil must re-bury its Silvertip Pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River and take other measures before restarting the pipeline, after it leaked up to 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the...


$1.5M Bridge Coating Job Up for Bid

Washington State’s Pend Oreille County will accept bids July 11 for rehabilitation of the Ione Bridge—a project valued at up to $4.5 million, including about $1.5 million in coatings work.


Austal Lands New Navy Ship Contract

Corrosion problems on a brand-new Navy combat vessel have not kept Austal USA from signing a new $313 million shipbuilding deal with the service.


Bids Sought for $150K Substation Job

The Eugene (OR) Water & Electric Board will accept bids July 14 for lead abatement, cleaning and painting services on several substations—a contract valued at up to $150,000.


People on the Move: Lineups Change At SafeWorks, Pangborn, Polygon

Changes are afoot at SafeWorks, subsidiary Spider, Pangborn and Polygon, which provide ancillary equipment and services for the coatings industry.


$1.58B Slated for 27 Transit Projects

From commuter rail in Northern Virginia, to a high-capacity project in Honolulu, to bus rapid transit in Texas, 27 major transit projects nationwide are in line for a $1.58 billion federal s...


$9M Suit Targets Contractor, Coating

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


Austal, Navy Devise Corrosion Solution

A now-conciliatory Austal USA says it is working “very closely” with the U.S. Navy to address aggressive galvanic corrosion that is bedeviling a new combat ship.


Answering the Army’s Call For Global Coatings Know-how

“The field basically comes to me when there are problems.” That’s how Al Beitelman describes his position as Director, Paint Technology Center, for the U.S. Army’s Construction Engineering g...


New JPCL Equipment Guide Now Available

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has just released its 24th Annual Equipment Buying Guide, listing more than 4,500 products, equipment and supplies for protective and marine co...


Nanosilica Used to Strengthen Concrete

Revamping the nanoscale chemical reactions that cause concrete structures to crack and erode is the focus of promising new research at Stevens Institute of Technology.


KY Painter Gets $22.6M FL Bridge Job

Intech Contracting LLC, of Lexington, KY, has beat out seven other bidders to win a $22,689,657.10 contract for painting and rehabilitation work on the Mathews Bridge in Florida.


Ship Maker Denies Responsibility For Rust on New Navy Ship

The builder of a new Navy combat ship that is rusting aggressively says the problem is not the company’s fault, but more likely the result of poor maintenance.


Subcontractors Make Gains on Retainage

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


$15M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted June 29 for superstructure and substructure painting and repairs on Louisiana’s vast Sunshine Bridge—a painting contract valued at up to $15 million.


‘Brand New’ Navy Ship Shows ‘Aggressive’ Corrosion

The U.S. Navy has discovered “aggressive” corrosion in Austal Ltd.’s first new combat ship designed for operating close to shore, according to a new report.


Huntsman to Pay $33M to Settle Suit

Chemical conglomerate Huntsman International LLC has agreed to pay $33 million to settle competitors’ allegations of price fixing on raw materials used in coatings, adhesives and other mater...


Veteran Wastewater Contractor Sold

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure is expanding its U.S. water and wastewater contracting footprint with the acquisition of Fru-Con Construction LLC.


Software, Services Target Site Safety

Software developer Maxwell Systems Inc. and American Compliance Systems have joined forces to provide jobsite safety tools and consulting services for construction and related contractors.


AkzoNobel Uses Rainwater to Make Paint

An AkzoNobel paint factory in the UK has engineered a system that captures up to 450,000 gallons of rainwater each year, slashing the factory’s water usage.


Long Awarded $273K Coating Repair Job

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


ShawCor Lands $60M Contract, Launches Subsea Simulator

ShawCor Ltd.’s pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, has signed a $60 million contract with Welspun Corp. Limited to provide pipeline coatings and related products and services for a Burmese ...


ID Badge System Made for Contractors

Software developer Dynamic Systems Inc. has launched a bar-coded ID badge system for contractors, designed to improve job-site security by identifying temporary and permanent workers.


ASA Mourns Sudden Loss of President

The American Subcontractors Association is mourning the unexpected death of president Timmy McLaughlin, a civil construction project manager who died Thursday night (June 9) after a non-work...


AkzoNobel, PPG Extend China Ties

The world’s two largest coatings companies are again expanding their presence in China—AkzoNobel, with a new titanium dioxide plant; and PPG Industries, with a new headquarters.


$460K Grant Fuels Bridge Deck R&D

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $460,305 grant to a New York-based venture to develop and demonstrate corrosion-resistant, lightweight bridge decking for rapid installation ...


New Museum Ship Rides Waves of History, Generosity

Raising a child just takes a village. Renovating the world’s largest bulk freighter for a new 100-year life takes battalions of painters, materials and equipment suppliers, sheet-metal worke...


Legislators, EPA Slam XL Pipeline Plan

TransCanada Corp. has taken another one-two punch from Uncle Sam on its controversial plan to extend the Keystone pipeline system from Canada to Texas.


Bids Sought for Gantry Crane Painting

The New York Power Authority will open bids June 14 for cleaning and recoating the exterior surfaces of a 510-ton gantry crane at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in the Cats...


Concrete Said to Add 20 Years to Bridges

Canadian researchers are touting the development of a more durable concrete that purportedly will increase the average lifespan of bridge decks by more than 20 years, compared to typical hig...


SSPC Renewed as Official FBPE Trainer

The Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) has renewed its authorization of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings as a continuing education provider, SSPC has announced.


International Paint, Harsco Expand Market Reach

New distribution agreements will bring International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings products to the Caribbean and Central America, while a separate alliance will expand Harsco Corp.’...


Software Monitors Hull, Systems

GL Maritime Software GmbH has unveiled HullManager, a ship management software and service package designed to enhance maintenance support by monitoring the complete hull integrity process.


DOL Timesheet App Tackles Wage Wars

Mired in yet another conflict over time and wages? Now, the Labor Department has an app for that.


Bids Sought for John Wayne Airport

Owners of the John Wayne Airport, in Orange County, CA, will accept bids June 7 for cleaning and coating of the airport’s Ground Transportation Center.


Study: Hull Coating Cheaper Than Fuel

Now hear this, ship owners: Paint now, or pay later.


Deals Expand Stork Technical, BSR

High-performance coatings maker BSR Group has enlarged its industrial focus with the acquisition of Axson Technologies, while asset integrity management giant Stork Technical Services has ad...


Ship Research Program Seeks Proposals

The National Shipbuilding Research Program has issued its Research Announcement (RA) 10-01 keep embedded link for 2011, inviting proposals in 10 general topic areas.


$2.5M Bridge Renovation Up for Bid

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will accept bids June 9 for painting, repairs and related renovation work on the Avonmore Bridge—a project estimated at up to $2.5 million.


Chevron Awards $52.8M Pipe Contract

Chevron Corp. has awarded a major pipe spool manufacturing and coating contract to AusGroup for the Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Western Australia—Chevron’s biggest project ...


Public Entity Must Pay Sub, Court Says

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


New Steel May Not Need Coating

Will protective coatings become obsolete? Two manufacturers are boasting the development of new steel materials that are reportedly as tough as their conventional counterparts but with far m...


CA Powerplant Painting Up for Bid

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will accept bids June 9 for cleaning and coating on California’s Stampede Power Plant and Switchyard—a painting contract estimated at $100,000 to $250,000.


Study Sees $2T US Infrastructure IOU

That’s the tab that the United States is facing just to rebuild and repair its crumbling infrastructure, according to a new study.


CSX Commits $160M to NE Rail Project

Tunnels and other rail infrastructure will be the prime beneficiaries of a $160 million investment that CSX Corp. has pledged to the massive National Gateway rail project, designed to improv...


Software Upgrades Plant Maintenance

SMGlobal has released FastMaint CMMS v. 5.4, a software application designed to ease management of plant, fleet, facility and building maintenance.


SSPC Seeks Structure Award Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is accepting nominations for its annual Structure Awards, which recognize teams of contractors, designers, end users and coating manufacturers for e...


House Bill Takes Aim at ‘Bid Shopping’

Contractors bidding on public construction projects would be required to name—and use—subcontractor listed in their bids, to prevent the practice of bid shopping, under a bill now under cons...


DOD Turns Lights, Camera, Action on Corrosion Training

The Defense Department is trying to recruit new troops of all ages in its war on corrosion, with several new programs in development for today’s and tomorrow’s engineers.


Pipeline Safety Rules to Be Expanded

Federal pipeline safety regulations will be extended to cover rural, low-stress, hazardous liquid pipelines as of Oct. 1, 2011, under a new rule issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material...


Corrosion Studies Program Gets $11M

The Rust Belt is well on its way to becoming the Rust Control Belt, with millions of dollars in new contributions nurturing the University of Akron’s pioneering corrosion research program.


$25M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

The Florida Department of Transportation will accept bids May 25 for rehabilitating the Mathews Bridge over the St. Johns River in Jacksonville—a coating project budgeted at $25,492,576.


$2.2B Set for Rail Bridges, Projects

Bridge replacement, track upgrades, new railcars and station renovations are all on tap as part of a new $2.2 billion federal investment in high-speed rail.


Construction Slows Bleeding of Jobs

The good news: After years of bloodletting, construction unemployment numbers have remained stable for about a year. The bad news: Industry joblessness remains stuck at brutally high levels.


EPA May Take Over City’s Crumbling Sewer System

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the city of Columbia, SC, to pony up nearly $600 million in water and sewer infrastructure upgrades or face a federal takeover of the municipa...


Bids Sought for ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

Bids will be accepted May 12 for selective demolition and structural repairs to The Big Four Bridge, an abandoned railroad truss bridge that connects Louisville, KY, and Jeffersonville, IN, ...


BP Must Step Up Pipeline Maintenance

While the federal government is set to gain $25 million from settling BP’s 2006 oil spill, the pipeline coatings industry may also benefit from the deal.


‘Paint Drones’ May Aid Next US Hunt

Here’s an application quandary: How do you leave a paint mark on someone without him knowing about it?


$880K Tunnel Painting Project Awarded

The California Department of Transportation has awarded an $881,622.73 contract to Ashron Construction & Restoration Inc. of Mountain View, CA, for coatings removal, cleaning and painting in...


Judge OKs Controversial Bridge Project

A federal-court judge has denied a bid by environmental groups to halt replacement of a South Carolina bridge that runs through the state’s only national park.


Navy Awards $41M Corrosion R&D Deal

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has signed a $41 million contract with the Navy to develop a research program focusing on materials degradation and advanced materials d...


$7.9M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

The California Department of Transportation will open bids May 18 for recoating and related work on three bascule bridges in the Sacramento area.


Red Tape Blues: SSA Comes, IRS Goes

Uncle Sam has good news and bad news for employers already awash in paperwork: More is on the way, but some will stay away.


Rust and Reward: A Well-Coated Life

When Joyce Wright started in industrial coatings, she was so green that she didn’t touch paint for two years. Today, she is godmother to many industry leaders.


WA Dam Painting Contract Up for Bid

Industrial painting bids will be accepted May 6 for coating and related work on the Lake Chelan Dam, in central Washington State.


Criminals Ordered to Paint Power Poles

Convicted criminals in Western Australia will be hand-coating utility poles with fire-retardant paint, in a pilot project designed to reduce bushfires on the state’s electrical network.


‘Green’ Curative Made for Epoxies

Croda Coatings & Polymers has rolled out its latest green product: Priamine 1071, for protective and marine coatings.


$42.7M Bridge Rehab Contract Awarded

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a $42.7 million contract for rehabilitation of Philadelphia’s George C. Platt Bridge to a joint venture representing two industrial ...


Painting of Historic Light TOWER to Be Bid

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is prequalifying contractors to rehabilitate the Finns Point Rear Range Light, a historic 95-foot wrought iron tower at Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Ref...


Budget Compromise Slashes EPA, OSHA

The 11th-hour budget deal that averted a government shutdown will come at a high price for two Republican targets: the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health ...


Relining Begins on Tasmanian Pipeline

Hydro Tasmania has closed its Poatina Power Station to begin replacing the failing original anti-corrosion coating inside the 46-year-old penstock.


Tom Dunkin: ‘Always Do the Right Thing’

What do Thomas Dunkin Sr. and SSPC’s Industrial Painting Committee have in common? Both were mentors to Thomas M. Dunkin II, this year’s SSPC Honorary Life Member.


DOT OKs $319M for Bridge, Road Damage

The U.S. Department of Transportation will provide more than $319 million to states nationwide to cover the costs of repairing bridges and roads damaged by a variety of natural disasters.


Bids Sought for $6M Aqueduct Painting

East Bay (CA) Municipal Utility District, will accept bids April 27 for painting, lead abatement and related work on the Mokelumne Aqueducts—a project estimated at $6 million to $8 million.


Tank Painting Job Gambled, and Lost

The old margarine commercial warned against fooling Mother Nature. If you’re in industrial painting, you might not want to gamble with her, either.


Webinar IDs Coating Contract Pitfalls

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


NE Power Station Painting Up for Bid

The City of Grand Island, NE, will accept bids April 7 for painting, lead abatement and related work on a combustion turbine enclosure at the Burdick Generating Station.


Report Sees Gold in Water Works Technology

Nothing against mousetraps, but it is new technologies for inspecting and repairing water infrastructure that will have the world beating a $20 billion path to your door in this century.


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

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


US DOT Orders Pipeline Review, Repairs

With deaths from exploding residential-area pipelines on the rise, the federal government has launched an initiative to repair and replace aging pipelines across the nation’s 2.5 million-mil...


New Guidance Targets Blast, Respiratory, Training Risks

Explosive atmospheres and respiratory hazards—two deadly industry dangers—are the focus of new guidance documents issued by international and federal agencies. A third initiative takes aim a...


$19.9M in Milwaukee Bridge Work Let

A Wisconsin contractor has been awarded a $19.9 million contract to replace one vertical lift bridge and rehabilitate another over the Milwaukee River.


69K Unsafe Bridges Detailed, Mapped

Is one of the United States’ 69,233 structurally deficient bridges in your neighborhood? Now, there’s an interactive map that can tell you.


Relocation Gives Old Bridges New Life

Psst! Hey, buddy, wanna repurpose a bridge?


Historic Lighthouse Painting to Be Bid

The U.S. Forest Service will accept bids in April for painting and restoration of the Point Iroquois Lighthouse Tower in Houghton, MI.


$461 M on Board for NC Rail Work

North Carolina will receive $461 million for construction work on railroad bridges and related structures as a result of an agreement that the state’s Department of Transportation signed wit...


Two Die in Chemical Plant Explosion and Fire

Two workers died in an explosion and fire at a Louisville, Ky., chemical plant at 5:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.


Thermico Wins Tridge Staining Job

Thermico, Inc. of Midland, MI, secured a contract of $48,880 from the city of Midland to stain wood surfaces and coat structural steel on the Tridge, a three-way pedestrian bridge over the c...


Vernon To Present Webinar on Coating Contracts

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


Rivals Unite on Infrastructure Bank

An unlikely—perhaps unprecedented—alliance of Republicans, Democrats, labor and business leaders have joined forces to propose the nation’s first infrastructure bank.


Buffalo Airport Road Rehab Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted March 29 for rehabilitation work on the two-tiered roadway at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.


Corps Limits Canal Sheetpile Coating

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed last fall to apply protective coating to sheetpile that would be used to shore up a key New Orleans canal, the agency apparently did not mean ...


Painting Contractors Assume ASA Roles

Walter Bazan Jr., of Bazan Painting Company in St. Louis, MO, has received the American Subcontractors Association President’s Award and has been elected vice president of the organization.


Job Fair Planned Tuesday at NACE 2011

Major employers will be on hand Tuesday (March 15) at NACE Corrosion 2011 in search of corrosion professionals, who continue to be in high demand in today’s economy.


Paint Bids Sought for Mountain Tunnel

The California Department of Transportation will accept bids March 16 for cleaning and painting inside the Randolph Collier Tunnel under Oregon Mountain.


‘GC Lite’ Approach May Benefit Subs

Enterprising subcontractors will be doing more end runs around GCs, the noose will tighten on unethical operations, and infrastructure spending will keep rising, a new industry analysis fors...


Controversial Reactor Painting Nixed

Operators of the UK’s legendary Dounreay Fast Reactor have scrapped plans to spend $1.6 million for additional maintenance painting on the vast steel sphere that houses the reactor.


GAO Challenges DOD on Corrosion

Amid these days of slash-and-burn budgeting, the U.S. Government Accountability Office is actually recommending that the Department of Defense step up its funding to fight corrosion—if the i...


Near-Record Traffic Spurs Call for Aid

Americans drove three trillion miles in 2010—the most since 2007 and the third-highest ever—sharpening the need for continued investment in the nation’s roads, bridges and tunnels, U.S. Tran...


Golden Gate Cable Painting to Begin

Scaffolding has arrived and containment planning is underway for the first-ever renovation and repainting of the Golden Gate Bridge’s two main suspension cables.


AZ Dam Blasting, Priming Up for Bid

Bids will be accepted March 3 for abrasive-blast cleaning and shop-priming of more than 100,000 square feet of deck plates on generators at the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, AZ.


EPA Seeks Public Input on Reg Review

The embattled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting public comment on a plan that will guide EPA’s internal review of its regulations as part of a government-wide regulatory revie...


Chicago Navy Pier Project Up for Bid

Chicago’s Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority will accept bids Feb. 25 for coating, waterproofing and related work on the city’s historic Navy Pier.


Obama Infrastructure Plan Draws Rare Friends, Foes

The ink was scarcely dry on President Obama’s record $3.2 billion proposal to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure, when friends and foes began lining up—and in some unusual ways.


FL Plant Coating Project Let Amid Flap

A Florida contractor has been awarded a $137,000 contract for concrete coating and metal painting work at a municipal wastewater plant after the low bidder erred and a higher bidder lodged a...


NC DOT ‘Bangs’ Birds from Bridges

The 1,000 or so double-crested cormorants that used to coat the Wrightsville Beach, NC, drawbridge with their corrosive droppings have been dispatched—with a bang.


US Orders Repairs on AK Pipeline

Corrosion, inspection practices and other conditions on the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline are endangering the public and the environment, and pipeline owners must address them now, the U.S....


Obama to Propose Infrastructure Bank

President Obama will propose a new National Infrastructure Bank to fund large-scale public works projects in the 2012 budget he unveils Monday (Feb. 14), Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ...


Free JPCL Listings For Painting Contractors Due Feb. 15

Tuesday, Feb. 15, is the final day for painting contractors worldwide to submit a free listing for their services in JPCL’s popular Annual Painting Contractor Directory.


NLRB to Order Posting of Labor Rights

As union membership continues its slide, the National Labor Relations Board is proposing—for the first time in its 75-year history—to require employers to notify employees of their rights un...


New Institute to Develop Infrastructure Sustainability Ratings

A new, independent, non-profit organization has begun developing the first-ever sustainability rating system for North American infrastructure.


PA Seeks Bids to Rehab Platt Bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will accept bids March 3 for cleaning, coating and other rehabilitation work on the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge over the Schuylkill River in...


Amtrak Paints the Big 4-0

Chugging into middle age, Amtrak is painting itself a facelift and writing its memoirs.


$5M Rehab Let for Quad Cities Bridge

The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded a $4,997,472 contract for coatings, lead abatement and related rehabilitation work on the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge to Civil Constructor...


SSPC 2011 Debuts ‘Women in Coatings’

Joyce Wright didn’t set out to be a pioneer. She just needed a job, and painter’s helper—surface prep and “bustin’ rust” at the local shipyard¬—was available. So she took it.


Bids Sought for W. PA Bridge Rehab

Bids will be accepted Feb. 17 for coatings, concrete repair and related rehabilitation work on the Ambridge/Aliquippa Bridge over the Ohio River.


SSPC Structure Awards Honor Projects

From the soaring new Hoover Dam Bypass to the historical statue of the god Vulcan, outstanding coatings achievements took center stage Monday (Jan.31) at the annual SSPC Structure Awards, pr...


Bids Sought for Capitol Dome Work

The Architect of the U.S. Capitol will accept bids Feb. 17 for professional painting and repair services for the Capitol Dome's cast-iron structure and masonry walls within the skirt area.


AK Railroad Fights EPA On ‘11th-Hour’ Bridge Holdup

The Alaska Railroad Corporation has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to stop construction of a bridge over the Tanana Rive...


PaintSquare, JPCL Seek Reader Input

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Axxiom Manufacturing
Schmidt Improves Conversion Kits

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Termarust Technologies
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
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Pipeline Utility Aerial crossings coated since 1992. Termarust's (HR CSA) was used to overcoat lead paint and preserve cables, pipes and support towers.


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Atlas Material Testing Technology

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Dampney Co., Inc.
Rubber In a can!

Rubberized Spray in a
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LS Industries
LS Blasters: Optimum Steel Cleaning Efficiency

Simplify surface prep with the precise shot control of LS Blasters. Our blast technology delivers optimum coverage and finish. 800-533-8008


U.S. Zinc
Historic Reliability. Innovative Performance.

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OUR INDUSTRY IS CHANGING!

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