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FL Bridge Rehab Contract Awarded

C. Slagter Construction has been awarded a contract by the City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Public Works for restoration of the North East First Street Bridge, located in Fort Lauderdal...


CA 'Roller' Bridge Project Complete

A California bridge replacement project that rolled out in a unique—and quick—manner is officially complete, with the opening of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, and the California Dep...


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Project Progresses

Plans for a suicide prevention barrier for the Golden Gate Bridge took another step forward on Nov. 17, when officials hired a firm to manage elements of construction on the project.


Court Denies Challenge to Gordie Howe Bridge

Weeks after an unfavorable ruling in October, Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun has been dealt yet another legal blow: the rejection of his latest appeal to block the Gordie Howe...


AGC Seeks Protection for Border Wall Contractors

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has issued a call for protection for companies working on the U.S.-Mexico border wall and its prototypes; local governments are threatenin...


Oroville Dam First-Year Repairs Complete

California officials announced Wednesday (Nov. 1) that Phase 1 of the two-part repair to the Oroville Dam spillways has been completed on time, and the spillway is ready to handle rainy-seas...


60 Years Ago: Mackinac Bridge Construction

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of its opening, the Michigan Department of Transportation recently released an archival video of the construction of one of its most famous bridges—t...


Border Wall Prototypes Completed

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday (Oct. 26) that the construction of prototype border wall segments in southern California is complete, and a testing and evaluation perio...


Gator in the Pipes Delays Work at FL Site

Delays can arise on construction projects for any number of reasons: weather, permits, cash flow. Then there’s the problem that caused a setback on an eastern Florida site on Monday—an allig...


Seattle SR-99 Tunnel Fly-Through Video Released

The Washington State Department of Transportation has released a fly-through video of the tunnel bored by its "Bertha" borer, threading through the tunnel’s north end then out the south end,...


Morouns Dealt Legal Blow in Bridge Battle

In a ruling last week, the owner of the Ambassador Bridge, which passes from Michigan into Canada, was dealt a legal blow: A judge determined that an agreement made by the state governor wit...


Contractors Key at New Industry Event

Contractor Connect, a novel event putting some of the country’s largest painting contractors together with coating and abrasive suppliers and equipment manufacturers, is drawing near, and ti...


Boston's Largest Bridge Ready for Rehab

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


Canada OKs Ambassador Bridge Replacement

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


Court Upholds Damages Over Bridge Job Delays

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


First Border Wall Contracts Awarded

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


New Timelapse Depicts Oroville Progress

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


Contractor Participation Highlights New Industy Event

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


Oroville Engineers Consider Cavitation Risk

The board of engineers keeping an eye on repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillways in California expressed concerns about the effect of cavitation on concrete being used on the job, in t...


$441 Million DC Bridge Design Unveiled

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


SCDOT Addresses Bridge ‘Tarpageddon’

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued its preliminary report on the mishap that sent containment netting falling onto cars on Charleston’s Don Holt Bridge last month, an...


Blackout Suit Takes Aim at Bridge Contractor

The contractor responsible for cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses on two islands in North Carolina is being sued by residents in a court action filed before the lights even c...


Bridge Project Error Leads to Massive Blackout

Two islands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks were left without power Thursday, and many residents may not see their electricity restored for weeks—all due to a mistake on a bridge constructio...


Documentary Sheds Light on Bridge Painters’ Lives

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


Owner Sentenced in Bridge Payroll Scheme

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


Oroville Job Expedited to Meet Deadline

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


Failing Deck Overlay Costs Caltrans

A busy Sacramento bridge will be subject to lane closures for the rest of the summer as part of a $25 million fix to a deck overlay installed just three years ago.


Hong Kong Megaproject Reaches Milestone

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


Dry Spring Speeds Oroville Repairs

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


New Bayonne Clearance Certified

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


IL Orders Roadwork Shutdown

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


Cable-Stayed Span Replaces NY-NJ Bridge

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


Superstore Showcases Products, Information

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


OSHA Fines Pier Contractor for Silica Exposure

A South Carolina contractor is facing an $81,000 bill from federal regulators after a safety inspection at a marine terminal allegedly turned up violations related to silica exposure.


OSHA Fines Firm $64K in Bridge Painter’s Death

Federal workplace-safety regulators have proposed $64,000 in fines to a New York state bridge-painting firm in the wake of a November incident that claimed the life of one worker.


Data Reports Offer Bridge Market Insight

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


Three-of-a-Kind Bridges Get Triple Rehab

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


Bayonne Bridge Milestone Moved Up

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


Court Issues Split Decision on PA Bridge Bids

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


California Bridge Project Rolling Along

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


Long-Delayed UK Nuclear Project May Face Strike

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


New Bridge Benefits Bats

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


CA Awards $274M Contract for Dam Repairs

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


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Work Kicks Off

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


Seattle’s Giant Borer Breaks Through

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


Highlights Include Poster Sessions, Other Awards

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


Cities, States Move to Bar Border Builders

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


TX Bridge to be Longest Cable-Stayed in US

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


Arizona Gets First Prefab Bridge

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


Turkey Plans Longest Suspension Bridge

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


Containing the Center of the Huey P. Long

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


Containment by Design

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


Residents: Bayonne Bridge Raining Debris

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


Mackinac Bridge Painting Job Awarded

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


Crane on Massive Bridge Job Floats Away

A floating construction crane broke away from its moorings during a burst of wind early Wednesday at a Seattle bridge construction site, running aground in shallow water without causing any ...


US Seeks Contractors for Border Wall

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


SSPC Seeks Board Nominations

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


Governors Island Group Sues Contractors

The group spearheading a major renovation of Governors Island, in New York City, is reportedly suing a major contractor and a marine engineering consultant over alleged errors in the plannin...


Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge Opens to Traffic

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


Paint BidTracker Unveils Improvements

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


Tiny Bird, Big Bridge

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


Charges in Fatal CA Pipeline Mishap

A California construction company and a foreman it employed are facing trial on misdemeanor charges related to a 2015 incident in which a worker was crushed to death by a 4-ton length of pip...


EPA Takes Aim at Chemicals in Paint Remover

The U.S. government is considering stricter guidelines for two toxic chemicals often found in paint removal products.


Bridge Refuses to Yield to Demolition

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


OSHA Fines Contractor for Bridge Fire

Federal officials have concluded their investigation into September’s fire on Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, issuing a citation with proposed fines of more than $11,000 to the contractor that ...


Operator Faces Charges in CA Crane Fall

The crane operator on a California bridge construction site where two workers were killed in 2014 now faces charges of manslaughter and occupational safety violations in relation to the inci...


Drowning Attributed to Lack of Safety Measures

As they hand the investigation over to federal safety regulators, local authorities released more information regarding an accident that left one painter dead Nov. 4 after falling from a Kin...


Weather Tracker Detects Lightning Hazards

A new “all-in-one weather device” was developed by a weather technology startup with the goal of keeping construction and mining crews safer when working outdoors.


Weather Device Tracks Lightning Onsite

A recently introduced product from a weather technology startup is designed to help contractors, roofers and others in need of real-time weather updates in the field.


Boeing Paint Firm to Close Plant, Dismiss 200

A painting subcontractor providing services to The Boeing Company will lay off nearly 200 workers early next year when its contract with the multinational aerospace corporation expires.


LA Metro to Pay I-405 Contractor $300M

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


Architects Deconstruct Trump’s Border Wall

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


Painter Injured in 40-Ft. Water Tower Fall

Federal safety officials are investigating an accident outside Pittsburgh in which a scaffolding failure caused a painter to fall inside a water tower Monday (Nov. 14).


Painter Drowns after 5 Fall from Bridge

Emergency response crews were called to perform a water rescue after five painting contractors fell into the water from a bridge in Kingsbury, NY. One worker did not survive.


Judge Delays Contractor 'Blacklist' Rule

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


Cracks Plague Sydney Metro Project

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


Bridge of Firsts Celebrates $48M Rehab

An important structure in the history of bridges has just undergone an extensive four-year, $48 million restoration.


Contractors Face Hiring Woes

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


Paint Disposal, Project Procedures at Issue

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


NJ Transportation Work Stoppage Rolls On

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


Jury Convicts Steel Contractor of WTC Fraud

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


Feds Say 7 Duped $350M from Government

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


Contractor Association Seeks Support

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


Assessing Project Disputes

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


Sinkhole Delays Seattle Tunnel Project

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


Trench Death Leads to Willful Citations

A northcentral Pennsylvania company faces $140,000 in fines after a worker was killed in a trench during a bridge renovation project last summer.


Demolition Crew Fights OSHA Citations

A Pennsylvania contractor who was charged with two serious violations for workplace safety violations during a partial bridge collapse is contesting its citations.


Contractor Gets $20M for Bribe Reports

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


Contractor Settles DBE Fraud for $2.6M

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


Contractor to Pay for EEO Violations

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


Employee Skims from Paint Contractor

A former bookkeeper for an industrial painting contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 from his employer while working there.


Federal Contracts' Minimum Wage Raised

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


Air Force Sues Contractor Over Paint

The U.S. Air Force has sued an Oklahoma company for more than $1.7 million for a breach of contract, saying that the company supplied a cheaper paint than what the contract specifications re...


States Take Action for Fair Pay

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


Worker Shortage Threatens Growth

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


Study: Construction Beefs Lengthen

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


Laying Down 1,000 Bricks an Hour

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


Diplodocus Enjoys a Dino-Mite Makeover

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


Subs Faulted in Maintenance Deaths

HONOLULU--"Common-sense steps" could have prevented the deaths of two maintenance workers who were struck by a seven-ton buoy at Pearl Harbor in December, federal investigators say.


Salem Bids a Bewitching Rehab

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


$29k Bid Takes VA Tank Painting Job

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


Coating Companies Top Safety Awards

CHICAGO—In an era where shortcuts have become standard, five industrial coating contractors have been honored for staying a safer course.


$5M Bridge Rehab Opens for Bidding

GRAND FORKS, ND—Bids are being accepted for rehabilitation of the historic Sorlie Memorial Bridge in Grand Forks County, ND.


Crane Operator Killed in Fall

NEW HAVEN, CT—A crane operator on a Connecticut road and bridge project has died after falling from his equipment.


Bay Bridge Leaks Cause Blame Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO—The ongoing struggle to remove water seeping through parts of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has led to an exchange of finger-pointing between California engineers and th...


Suspended Firm Seeks Alternate Route

NEW HAVEN, CT—Doctored payrolls on several federally funded projects have made a Connecticut construction company ineligible for future work, but the fines proposed have prompted a proposal ...


Waging a 'Blind, Underwater Battle'

BALTIMORE—Scores of highly trained divers wielding specialized marine equipment are preparing to embark on a near-blind mission to save the rotting infrastructure below the massive Port of B...


Falling Concrete Kills Young Family

BONNEY LAKE, WA—A concrete barrier that fell from an overpass under construction has claimed the lives of a couple and their infant son.


Contractor Agrees to $1M DBE Settlement

ATLANTA—A Georgia general contractor will pay $1 million for false claims made on construction projects involving the Federal Highway Administration's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise progr...


USACE Shoulders V.A. Hospital Debacle

A billion dollars over budget and years behind schedule, the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital project outside Denver has a new overseer, as investigations into the boondoggle continue.


Contractor Guide Maps Licensing Needs

U.S. contractors can navigate the thickets of state licensing and regulatory requirements nationwide with a new directory.


Bidding Open for 1MG VA Water Tank

The City of Chesapeake is searching for contractors to rehabilitate the Bainbridge Boulevard Elevated Water Storage Tank, located in Chesapeake, VA.


OR Fixing Bad Bridge Pours

"There was a problem" on a $307 million bridge project in Oregon, but chunks of concrete are not falling off the span's brand-new column, officials say.


Asphalt Companies Settle Fraud for $7.2M

Two leading asphalt contractors in Puerto Rico will repay the U.S. government more than $7.2 million for covering up an unauthorized materials substitution on an airport runway project.


Brittle Bolts Prompt $1.5M Repair

Hydrogen embrittlement of arm-sized bolts on a six-month-old London skyscraper has prompted a bolt-by-bolt review that has cost more than $1 million, according to the contractor performing t...


Foes Fight U.S. Contractor 'Blacklist'

An executive order requiring contractors to disclose their labor-law violations will be burdensome and expensive, say numerous opponents calling on President Obama to withdraw the plan.


Arkansas Worker Killed in 11-Foot Fall

A 29-year-old steel erector has died after falling just 11 feet from a beam he was bolting into place on a job site in Little Rock, AR.


Worker Killed in Fall from WA Bridge

A construction worker on Washington State's SR 520 floating bridge project has succumbed to injuries suffered in a 60-foot fall that ended on concrete.


Gas Tumble Brings Savings in Materials

The plummeting energy prices of recent months have had a welcome ripple effect on the U.S. construction industry, where many materials costs have been steadily flat or on the decline.


Feds May Relax Local Hiring Rules

Federal transportation officials are looking at new contract rules that would make it easier for states and cities to hire local residents for transportation projects.


Contractors Liable for Failed Decking

Three contractors will pay a total of $4.4 million to Multnomah County, OR, for a bridge redecking project that failed shortly after completion.


Bidders Sought for Water Tank Painting

Coating proposals are invited for a 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Marysville, KS.


$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...


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

Safety investigators are blaming human error, not the employer, in the death of a bridge worker last fall in Oregon.


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.


Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

After a 22-year-old apprentice fell to his death, a structural steel subcontractor faces $511,000 in penalties—accused not only of failing to provide fall protection, but also of allowing wo...


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...


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.


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

The general contractor on a floating bridge project is facing $170,500 in proposed penalties after a 13,000-pound weight broke loose from a tower crane and fell in Aberdeen, WA.


'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.


Paint-Stripper Bribery Draws in Others

A CEO indicted for bribing military base officials to buy his paint remover was the last, but not the least, person implicated in the plot, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 9).


Paint Stripper CEO Accused of Bribery

The founder of a paint remover maker faces up to 60 years in prison after his indictment on bribery charges and lying about whether his product met military standards, officials announced.


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.


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.


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

The contractor on a Canadian subway project has been fined $400,000 after pleading guilty to violating safety measures in the death of one worker and permanent injury of another.


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.


U.S. Arrests Recalcitrant Contractor

U.S. Marshals have taken into custody an Illinois sewer and water contractor who has allegedly refused to abate years of federal health and safety violations and to pay hundreds of thousands...


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.


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,...


Fatality, Wind Close OR Bridge

A coastal bridge in southern Oregon has reopened after the death of a worker and the discovery of damage to a massive containment structure—two incidents that happened within hours of each o...


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.


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.


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 ...


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....


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...


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.


New Award Honors Firms that Give Back

Transportation, construction and safety firms that roll up their sleeves on behalf of their communities are eligible for new recognition of their service.


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

Deaths of Hispanic workers surged, and construction fatalities remained stubbornly unchanged in a new report that otherwise bore good news for U.S. workplace safety.


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.


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...


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

Unworkable, unaffordable and unnecessary is the construction industry’s final judgment on a federal proposal to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica.


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?


U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

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


4M Pounds Zip into Place

Blink, and you might have missed the recent replacement of two Connecticut highway bridges.


Worker Dies in MO Bridge Fall

An investigation is underway into the death of an electrician who fell from a bridge project in Kansas City, MO.


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 ...


Abrasive Blasting Draws 17 Citations

Allegations of worker overexposure to lead and silica as well as other health hazards have landed a Connecticut abrasive blasting contractor in trouble with federal authorities.


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...


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.


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.


Stand-Down Harnesses 1M Against Falls

From a military base in Seattle, WA, to a YouthBuild event in Braintree, MA, to a stadium in Atlanta and a rebar maker in Longview, TX, more than one million U.S. construction workers are ge...


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 ...


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

Two construction workers fell 80 feet to their death when their crane-hoisted basket broke free Friday (May 30) on a bridge project outside of Sacramento, CA.


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 ...


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.


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.


Contractor Arraigned in Worker’s Death

A Michigan builder cited repeatedly by federal safety authorities has pleaded not guilty to a felony criminal charge in the 2012 death of his foreman.


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.


$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...


On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

Engineers and trades workers are racking up the highest death rates in construction—two of many sobering statistics laid out Wednesday (April 23) on the seventh annual Construction Safety Da...


$23K Fine Set in ‘Preventable Tragedy’

Federal authorities are holding a Pennsylvania paving contractor liable for the death of a employee who was killed while inspecting the inside of a tank on an industrial vacuum truck in Octo...


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 ...


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.


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...


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.


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.


Crossrail Worker Killed by Concrete

Europe’s largest construction project has been marred by its first worker fatality, after a contractor died Friday (March 7) when he was struck by a piece of concrete.


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.


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).


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...


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.


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.


USAF Investigates Foam System Death

Three investigations are underway after a defense contractor was killed and three others were injured in a foam fire suppression release at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.


Pipeline Project Yields Human Skull

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


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

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


$22M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

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


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.


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.


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

One construction worker has died and two others are injured, one critically, after a retaining wall they were using to practice concrete work collapsed in upstate New York, authorities said....


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.


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.


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

A Nashville contractor declined to replace a damaged cable on a crane before it collapsed, despite daily inspections showing replacement was needed, federal authorities say.


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.


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.


Metal Tags Track Equipment

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


L.A. Sues over Crumbling $240M Runway

The City of Los Angeles has filed suit against four construction firms that built a $240 million airport runway that is deteriorating and “unfit” after just six years.


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.


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.


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

Opponents of a proposed federal rule to limit worker exposure to silica are lashing out over the proposal's time frame, calling the Dec. 11 comment deadline “virtually impossible” to meet.


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...


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.


4 Firms Cited in Death at Nuke Plant

Facility owners, managers and contractors alike are being held responsible for a crane collapse that killed one worker and injured eight others at Arkansas's Nuclear One Power Plant in March...


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

The family of a painter who was fatally electrocuted while working on a bridge will receive a $3.2 million settlement from utility company Commonwealth Edison, attorneys announced.


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.


Painter Injured on DE Bridge Project

A painter was injured in a fall from a Delaware bridge over the weekend, but details about the fall—particularly the distance—remain unclear.


3-Ton Concrete Topples onto Worker

A Colorado construction worker is lucky to be alive after massive decorative concrete panels fell onto a hydraulic lift vehicle he was driving on a rail and highway project.


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.


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.


Report: Crew Conflict Proves Costly

Do you shrug off hot tempers and crew dust-ups as a normal part of daily life on a job site? If so, stop shrugging and start soothing, because those beefs are costing you a lot more money th...


Painter Dispute Wipes Smile From Tower

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


New Standard Offers Boon for BIM

The fast-growing Building Information Modeling community is moving toward a common language with a new standard designed to improve the consistency and precision of Building Information Mode...


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.


Construction Deaths Defy Declining Toll

U.S. construction deaths are back on the rise, even as the overall workplace death toll drops to one of its best records in a generation, the federal government reports.


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...


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...


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

Federal inspectors are holding a utility contractor primarily responsible for a natural-gas explosion that leveled a Kansas City restaurant and killed one of its employees in February.


$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...


OSHA Probes Tower Painter’s Death

Federal inspectors are investigating the death of a painter who suffered a fatal fall from a water tower in the closing days of the project.


EPA Fines Port, Contractors $500K

The Port of Tacoma and two of its contractors have agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act that damaged Puget Sound wetlands, the U.S. Environmental Pr...


Painter’s Death Halts Bridge Work

The death of a bridge painter has shut down work on two Rhode Island bridges, while contractors work to develop a new safety plan, authorities announced.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


Building Journal Launches Conference

Building performance and aesthetics will take center stage at D+D 2014, the first annual conference and exhibit hosted by Durability + Design Magazine.


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.


OSHA Fines Follow 24-Foot Fall

A general contractor building a wind turbine in Hanover, MA, has been fined after an employee survived a 24-foot fall down the structure.


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.


OSHA Cites Controversial Contractor

A New York contractor who has initiated several high-profile lawsuits over various projects is now on the receiving end of bad news, facing $84,000 in federal fines over severe safety violat...


Bridge Worker Hit by Falling Bucket

A worker on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Baltimore, MD, was seriously injured on Tuesday, June 4, after a five-gallon paint bucket fell, striking him on the head.


Navy Engineer Admits $20M Fraud

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


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

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


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...


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...


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.


PPG Fills AkzoNobel’s N. American Shoes

PPG Industries Inc. has taken the second-biggest step in its 130-year history with the $1.05 billion acquisition of AkzoNobel’s North American decorative paints business.


New Airport Sign Kills Boy, Crushes Mom

A 10-year-old Kansas boy was killed and his mother critically injured when a massive concrete and glass display board in a newly renovated airport terminal fell on four members of the family...


Trapped 75 Feet Down, Worker Saved

A New York City subway construction worker is lucky to be alive and safe after a dramatic rescue freed him from a quicksand-like concrete slurry 75 feet below the street.


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...


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...


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...


WSDOT Admits Blame for Bridge Flaws

Already plagued with problems, floating-bridge construction in Seattle will now cost tens of millions of dollars more after state transportation officials conceded that their own design mist...


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.


Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

A contractor's drilling error is suspected in a natural-gas pipeline explosion and fire that demolished a popular Kansas City, MO, restaurant this week, killing one person and injuring at le...


Maxwell Releases Construction Software

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


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...


 
 
   

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