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TX Firm to Print House, License Technology

An Austin-based company is bringing its 3D-printing technology to the masses, starting with one of the first such homes in Texas.


MS Timber Bridge Self-Heals Over Time

According to a more recent structure inspection, a bridge supported with timber pilings, located in Lincoln County, Mississippi, is reportedly stronger than previously: The bridge can now su...


SC Airport Looking at Multiple Projects in 2019

South Carolina’s Charleston International Airport is on the books for four projects this year—just two years after the completion of its $200 million overhaul—with sights set on even more de...


Contractors Needed for WI Mansion Work

The City of Superior, Wisconsin, is soliciting bids for the coating and re-roofing the Fairlawn Mansion.


PPG Reports Sales Growth in Q4, 2018

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported, in a press release Thursday (Jan. 17), a 2 percent increase in constant currencies in fourth-quarter net sales, compared with t...


Safety Report Looks at Sensors for Fatigue

The American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation recently released the results of a three-year study on worker fatigue.


Report: Construction NYC's Most Fatal Industry

The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week new numbers (from 2017) on work-related fatalities and injuries in New York City, finding that the const...


TN Court Fines Company $500K for Labor Violations

The U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee has fined a construction business more than $500,000 in regard to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Research: Graphene Tailings Could Replace Cement

Ontario-based nanomaterial technologies firm Zenyatta Ventures is investigating the possibility of using graphene tailings in place of cement.


NYC Seeks Contractors for Bridge Work

The City of New York is seeking contractors for rehabilitation of approaches and towers on the Brooklyn Bridge located in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.


EPA Sued Over Lagging Paint-Stripper Ban

Public health advocates have officially filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to finalize a rule prohibiting the use of methylene chloride.


Phase One of Ottawa's Light Rail Nearing Completion

Phase one of Ottawa’s new $2.1 billion CAD ($1.5 billion) light rail project is nearing completion, with an opening date slated for the end of April.


SSPC Sets Standard for Concrete Coating Texture

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced earlier this week of a new standard for concrete coatings.


WV Schools Offer Oil and Gas Safety Training

West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension, working in collaboration with Pierpont Technical and Community College, recently offered Occupational Safety and Health Administration E...


DOL Provides Assistance for Fall Prevention

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has developed a new collection of resources to help employers prevent falls on the job...


Consortium Uses Graphene in Leading Edge Development

The Graphene Flagship consortium, in partnership with Aernnova, Grupo Antolin-Ingenieria and Airbus, recently used composites enhanced with graphene in the development of a leading edge for ...


Quebec Launches $4.9M Pyrrhotite Study

The National Research Council of Canada recently announced a research partnership with the Government of Quebec and Laval University to find a solution to problems stemming from pyrrhotite i...


Border Wall Prototypes Damaged with Tools

A recently revealed report indicates that all eight border wall prototypes, inspected by President Donald J. Trump in March 2018, are susceptible to breaching. President Trump has chosen a s...


MegaRust Issues Call for Papers

MegaRust 2019, the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Naval corrosion conference, to be held May 14-16, at the Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, in Portsmouth, Virginia, recently...


Canada Building Code to Reflect Climate Change

Attendees at 2018’s Toronto Buildings Show got a rundown of how climate change standards are going to be incorporated into Canada’s building codes.


Bendable Concrete Shows Promise for LA Infrastructure

Following on from research conducted in the 1990s regarding Engineered Cementitious Composites, researchers based out of Louisiana State University are working to bring the material to mass ...


Fix for CA Transit Center Gets Green Light

Late last week, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority green-lighted the repair of the two fractured beams in San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center.


PPG to Acquire German Automotive Coatings Firm

Global coatings company PPG announced Jan. 7 an agreement to acquire German automotive coatings manufacturer Hemmelrath.


Research: Floating Photovoltaics Show Potential

Researchers based out of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently estimated that the use of floating solar photovoltaics on more than 24,000 manmade reservoirs in the U.S. could con...


Off-Site Construction Council Releases Survey

The National Institute of Building Sciences has released the results of its Off-Site Construction Industry Survey, which found that a majority of professionals have utilized off-site compone...


Contractors Needed for New Fire Station in GA

The City of Atlanta is soliciting contractors to construct a new fire station, which will reportedly be located in the northwest side of the city.


State Permit Granted for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Earlier this week, a Virginia state board unanimously approved a gas compressor station permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, a $6.5 billion, 600-mile shale gas pipeline spearheade...


EPA Considers Progress with Paint Stripper Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly getting ready to finalize its rule on methylene chloride. According to government documents, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Managem...


AkzoNobel Innovation Challenge Officially Begins

Global coating company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) has officially launched its inaugural Paint the Future campaign, a call to startups that aims to discover solutions that will “accelerate innovat...


Old Tappan Zee Bridge Gets Demolition Date

What remains of the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be demolished on Saturday (Jan. 12), according to reports. Explosive charges will be used on the structure’s vertical support columns along the...


Pittsburgh Creates Construction Fraud Task Force

At the end of December, the Pittsburgh City Council voted 8-0 to create a task force geared toward addressing fraud in the construction industry.


PG&E Allegedly Falsified Gas Pipeline Records

Regulators recently revealed that in the years following the deadly 2010 San Bruno, California, pipeline explosion, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company continued to commit pipeline safety v...


WI Elevated Tank Painting Job Out for Bid

The City of Monroe is seeking contractors to paint the Industrial Park Elevated Water Storage Tank in Monroe, Wisconsin.


Polychem Releases 2019 Color Trends

Polychem Coatings, part of powder coatings company IFS Coatings, recently launched its 2019-20 powder coating color trends.


Federal Grant Approved for WA Light Rail Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration recently approved a $1.17 billion Full Funding Grant Agreement for a 8.5-mile light rail project slated for Seattle. Th...


AIA Releases Sustainabile Design Tool Kit

The American Institute of Architects recently released a new tool kit that aims to help those tasked with designing sustainable buildings.


Court Rules Contractors Can Be Cited for Subs

A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violat...


SSPC 2019 to Include Golf, Salsa Dancing

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is hosting its 2019 conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 11-14, 2019. This year again features opportunities...


2019 Conference Boasts 140 on Exhibitor Floor

The exhibit floor at SSPC Coatings+ 2019 promises approximately 140 exhibitors featuring information and demonstrations from exhibitors from every corner of the protective and marine coating...


SSPC to Offer Wide Range of Sessions, Workshops

This year’s SSPC Coatings+ conference, to be held Feb. 11-14, at Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is set to cover a wide range of educational topics in the industry.


Jotun, Kansai Paint Extend Coatings Alliance

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord) recently announced the further development of an alliance with Kansai Paint, a leading coating supplier in Japan. Working togeth...


Bacteria Causes Corrosion at Seattle Dock

Washington State Ferries recently reported that an unknown organism is causing accelerated corrosion on steel pilings being used in work on the Colman Dock in Seattle. The pilings will be us...


Firm Tapped for $310M Phoenix Airport Project

A general contractor has been tapped for the new $310 million concourse at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


Silver Line Phase 2 Faces Rail Tie Flaws

According to recent findings, phase two of Washington Metro’s $5.8 billion Silver Line extension, in Washington, D.C., is facing its own set of problems: Alleged faulty railroad ties could c...


Sherwin-Williams Announces Aerospace Coatings Training

The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) recently announced its 2019 aerospace coatings training program schedule, with classes accommodating various levels of experience, covering subjects ...


RPM Releases Q2, Mid-Year Numbers

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its second-quarter earnings report on Friday, and reported reco...


Gordon Brush Co. Announces Acquisition

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. (Industry, California) announced late last week that it has acquired specialized brush company Parker Brush Inc. of Rocklin, California.


MA Coal Plant Converted to Solar Farm

With activists successfully pushing to convert the former site of former coal-and-oil plant, located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, into an area for a solar farm, the site is now a step toward t...


FL Bridge Graffiti Lives On in the Grinch

The ever-changing visual landscape of Pensacola, Florida’s Graffiti Bridge continues to evolve with a recent holiday homage, an impromptu work in 30 minutes by 26-year-old artist Monty Welt.


CONSTRUCT 2019 Issues Call for Sessions

CONSTRUCT has opened its call for sessions for its 2019 expo, set to be held Oct. 9-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.


ACA Nonprofit Launches Paint Recycling Program

PaintCare Inc., a nonprofit organization (and program of the American Coatings Association) that represents paint manufacturers and stewardship programs in the U.S. has launched a new grant ...


US Navy Implements 3D Printing in Parts Testing

As the U.S. Navy continues to look to 3D printing as a solution to cut down on lead times for ship parts, a one-year trial of a 3D-printed metal drain strainer, to be tested on the Naval Sta...


Campaign to Train Vets in Coatings Industry

The Chemical Coaters Association International entered an agreement with Workshops for Warriors in 2017 that is now coming to fruition.


Details on PA Riverfront Development Unveiled

A mixed-use development—including a Ferris wheel and man-made lagoon—is moving forward in Pittsburgh as new renderings were delivered with an update for the city’s Urban Redevelopment Author...


MI Supreme Court Blocks Moroun Family Appeal

The Michigan Supreme Court recently blocked a May appeal from Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, which looked to stop the state’s Department of Transportation from buying land ow...


Nissan Develops Tool to UV Test Paint Durability

In a bid to accelerate UV exposure testing of paint samples, auto manufacturer Nissan developed the Xenon Weather-Ometer, a tool that evaluates durability in different climate conditions.


RPM Acquires Specialty Mold Solution Brand

RPM International Inc. (parent company of brands such as Carboline, Tremco, Flowcrete and Rust-Oleum) recently announced that its Rust-Oleum group has acquired Siamons International Inc., pr...


Wright Buildings Re-Nominated for Heritage List

Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings have been submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage List, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.


Delays Challenge Montreal Bridge Construction

Construction of Montreal’s Champlain Bridge, a structure designed to last 125 years, is facing a delay of its opening date due to harsh conditions, and those responsible for building the bri...


Workplace Fatality Data Released for 2017

In 2017, there were 43 fewer workplace fatalities than the previous year (dropping from 5,190 to 5,147). That’s according to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Nati...


Notice: Website Changes on Dec. 30

Paintsquare.com, home of coatings industry news from PaintSquare Daily News, JPCL and PaintSquare Press, will be shutting down for maintenance this weekend.


EPA Announces $20.8M in Water Treatment Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emailed press release early last week the award of more than $20.9 million to Nevada for improvements to wastewater and water infrast...


BrandSafway Acquires Forming Concepts

Coatings and industrial solutions company BrandSafway (Kennesaw, Georgia) recently announced that it has acquired Forming Concepts, a provider of concrete formwork solutions in the United St...


PPG Provides NHL with Thermochromic Coating

Pittsburgh-based coatings company PPG announced last week that its partnership with the National Hockey League will begin testing a thermochromic coating on game pucks.


Schedule Alert: Year-End, 2019 Look

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare Daily News and Durability + DesignNews, is expanding its coverage of the coatings industry.


Schedule Alert: Year-End, 2019 Look

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare Daily News and Durability + DesignNews, is expanding its coverage of the coatings industry.


Pavilion to Feature User-Controlled Facade

A pavilion proposal for the Expo 2020 Dubai will give the masses a hand in the structure’s facade.


Contractors Needed for SUNY Hall Rehab

The State University of New York is soliciting contractors for the rehabilitation of their French Hall main entrance lobby and stairs at its Canton, New York, campus.


MD Governor Unveils School Construction Plan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a plan for state-funded school construction to the tune of $3.5 billion.


PPG Acquires Low-Friction Coatings Company

Gobal coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Whitford Worldwide Company (Elverson, Pennsylvania), a manufacturer that specializes in...


FL Tank Coating Out for Bid

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority is seeking contractors to coat an existing ground water storage tank in Pensacola, Florida.


Ontario Proposes New Construction Legislation

The government of Ontario revealed plans earlier this month to amend several regulatory acts that surround labor and construction.


Often Overlooked: Safety in Abrasive Blasting

Following the proper safety guidelines when working with abrasive blasting can both prevent injury and long-term illness.


Silica and Safety in Focus at SSPC 2019

The 2019 iteration of the SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings conference will feature sessions on updated regulations regarding silica and beryllium, developing workplace safety cultur...


Former Bloomberg, Turner Execs Face Charges

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced last week the indictments for former Bloomberg LP and Turner Construction Co. executives, as well as several subcontractors and vendors, on ...


PPG Acquires Low-Friction Coatings Company

Gobal coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Whitford Worldwide Company (Elverson, Pennsylvania), a manufacturer that specializes in...


Schedule Alert: Year-End, 2019 Look

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare Daily News and Durability + DesignNews, is expanding its coverage of the coatings industry.


Fourth Phase of Work on WV Dam Complete

The fourth phase of work on a nearly 70-year-old dam near Hinton, West Virginia, is now complete, marking the installation of 278 high-strength steel anchors that serve to better tie the dam...


Report: Bolt Failures in Cuomo Bridge

A number of steel bolts used in the construction of the Mario Cuomo Bridge broke apart during the building process, according to reports. There are also allegations that some in leadership p...


Preliminary Fix Proposed for Transbay Center

Preliminary findings as to the cause of the cracks in San Francisco’s $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center have been released, along with a suggested fix.


Researchers Create New Method for Nanofiber

A discovery out of the University of Michigan could lead to a new coatings from an array of nanofibers—from sticky, to repellent, to insulating, to light-emitting.


JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Open

For the second consecutive year, readers will determine the year’s best offerings from the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, as voting is now open for the JPCL Readers’ Choi...


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General Contractor Replaced for Seattle Arena

Less than a week after the groundbreaking of Seattle’s new arena, officials announced that the general contractor for the project has been replaced.


Researchers Create New Method for Nanofiber

A discovery out of the University of Michigan could lead to a new coatings from an array of nanofibers—from sticky, to repellent, to insulating, to light-emitting.


AkzoNobel Acquires Full Ownership of China JV

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced late last week that it has completed the acquisition of Swire Industrial Limit’s minority interest in the AkzoNobel Swire Paints joint...


Boring Company Tunneling Toward LA Stadium

Earlier this month, billionaire Elon Musk’s The Boring Company announced that it would be abandoning plans for a test tunnel under the west side of Los Angeles, instead switching focus to a ...


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FL Bridge Coating Replacement Work Out for Bid

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the full removal and replacement of coatings of two Spanish River Boulevard Bridges.


Contractors Needed for NY Store Fronts

The Town of Marion, New York, is soliciting contractors for the restoration of five building facades after the Empire State Development Corporation gave the town a grant to restore the stor...


Silver Bridge Collapse Memorialized with Mural

A mural memorializing the 51st anniversary of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is to be dedicated this weekend.


PPG Provides NHL with Thermochromic Coating

Pittsburgh-based coatings company PPG announced earlier this week that its partnership with the National Hockey League will begin testing a thermochromic coating on game pucks.


Terminals Included in $1.5B Worth of US Grants

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding to 91 projects across 49 states, including the District of Columbia.


MI Senate Approves Line 5 Oversight Panel

In a move to eventually see the replacement of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, in Michigan, the state Senate voted last week to create the three-member ...


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Ontario Proposes New Construction Legislation

The government of Ontario revealed plans earlier this month to amend several regulatory acts that surround labor and construction.


OR Group Gets Land for New Baseball Park

Oregon’s Portland Diamond Project recently announced a deal for the site of its Major League Baseball park project. The team signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to dev...


Construction Begins on Mexico Wind Farm

Energy firm Enel Group, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Mexico, began construction on a 244-megawatt wind farm in the Mexican State of Nuevo Leon earlier this week.


DOT Announces $1.5B in Infrastructure Grants

On Tuesday (Dec. 11), the Department of Transportation announced $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding to 91 projects across 49 states, including the District of Columbia, with bridge proje...


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KeyArena Renovation Breaks Ground in Seattle

Seattle officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of its iconic KeyArena, signaling that the renovation project has officially kicked off, now with a price tag of over $800 mill...


Historic GA Bridge Nearly Struck Again

A protective barrier placed near a historic covered bridge, located in Smyrna, Georgia, crossing Nickajack Creek, was struck on Dec. 4, for the 12th time this year, according to reports.


Sherwin-Williams Unveils Commercial Palettes

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) this week again expanded its collection of 2019 color trends with a batch of new palettes aimed at helping professionals transfo...


IN Man Scraps Bridge for Metal

The ownership of a railroad bridge in Hammond, Indiana, is up for debate in an unusual case in which a nearby resident dismantled the decommissioned bridge and sold it across state lines for...


Purdue Develops 3D-Printed Cement Paste

Researchers at Purdue University have reportedly created a 3D-printed cement paste that gets tougher under pressure. The technique could eventually be used to build more resilient structures...


Scientists Attempt to Hush Noisy WA Bridge

University of Washington scientists are investigating noise complaints that stem from cars passing over expansion joints belonging to the Highway 520 bridge, one of the longest floating brid...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


CA Mandates Solar Panels for New Homes

California’s Building Standards Commission gave the final approval last week that mandates the requirement for solar panels on new homes, slated to take effect in 2020, making it the first s...


Pantone Releases 2019 Color of the Year

Color company Pantone announced late last week its Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral, a shade the company calls “an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone.”


NY Water Tower to Receive Delicious Redesign

A water tower is in Hamburg, New York, is getting a delicious redesign: Residents have been lobbying to get the rusty structure repainted, and late last month, a new design was chosen to hel...


Harvard University Completes HouseZero

Harvard University recently announced the opening of its ambitious HouseZero, a building that it calls “a living laboratory and energy-positive prototype for ultra-efficiency has opened its ...


Repairs Needed at OH's Great American Ballpark

Hamilton County is soliciting contractors for the concrete and waterproofing repairs at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, home of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds.


Commuters Avoiding KY's New Infrastructure

A recent report from the Indiana Department of Transportation indicates that drivers are not using the multi-billion-dollar bridge and highway system the state developed in collaboration wit...


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MN Elevated Water Tanks Rehab Out for Bid

The City of Pine River is seeking contractors to rehabilitate two existing elevated water storage tanks in Pine River, Minnesota.


Rust-Oleum Settles with EPA Over Waste Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday (Dec. 4) that it has reached a settlement with coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum Corporation (Vernon Hills, Illinois), a consumer bran...


Construction Begins on $65M KY Soccer Stadium

Louisville, Kentucky’s new soccer stadium is finally beginning to look the part, as construction on the site began late last month.


US Border Wall Plans Move Forward

Late last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the beginning of construction of a series of border wall gates in the Rio Grand Valley sector. A judge also ruled earlier this w...


PennDOT Replaces Over 500 'Poor' Condition Bridges

Late last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that 511 “poor” condition bridges had been replaced to date, with another 41 currently under construction thanks to a...


NJ Commuter Aims to Raise Money for Portal Bridge

One New Jersey commuter has taken it upon themselves to find funding for replacing the Portal Bridge: A GoFundMe, started by someone self-named as “Sad Jersey Commuter,” is seeking $920 mill...


Scope of New KCI Airport Now Under Question

Officials surrounding the new terminal at Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport are taking another look at the project’s scope as the work awaits approval of its environmental review ...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


Keystone XL Pipeline to Undergo Review

A Montana judge has ruled that TransCanada will be permitted to continue preliminary work on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, though the U.S. State Department will conduct another environmental...


ACI to Increase Foundation Funding to $1M

The American Concrete Institute last week announced that it has increased its funding for the ACI Foundation to $1 million.


New DC-VA Bridge to Add Train Capacity

In a move to lessen congestion for D.C. area commuters and those traveling in from farther away, the Department of Transportation for Washington, D.C., recently announced a preferred layout ...


Cal/OSHA Cites, Fines Firm $141K in Trench Death

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health announced earlier this month that it has cited a general contractor—as well as imposed a $141,075 fine—in connection with a fatal tre...


Texas Bullet Train Gets Construction Date

Construction on Texas’ new bullet train is slated to begin late next year, according to reports. The project is still awaiting final approval from the Federal Railway Administration, however...


CA Transit Center Analysis Nearing Completion

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority—the team in charge of San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center—has announced that the structural review is nearing its end.


BIG Shares Plans for MLB Complex

Last week, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group revealed plans for a new ballpark to replace the current home of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics.


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New Fix Proposed for Sinking Millennium Tower

A new fix has been proposed to help stop San Francisco’s Millennium Tower from continuing to shift. Since the tower’s opening in April 2009, it has sunk 18 inches and tilted 14 inches to the...


$2.3M OR Bridge Coating Job Awarded

The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $2,342,995 for the coating of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon, to Certified Coatings Co, of Fairfiel...


Contractors Needed for MN Library Refurb

Hennepin County, Minnesota, is soliciting contractors for the refurbishment of the Eden Prairie Library.


Water Tower Bar Pays Homage to NYC Tanks

A new watering hole in Manhattan raises the bar, acting as a tribute to New York City’s industrial past: The Williamsburg Hotel’s newest bar is housed in a structure reminiscent of a water t...


Boring Company Tunnel Project Abandoned

A lawsuit filed back in May has resulted in billionaire Elon Musk’s Boring Company dropping plans for a tunnel running beneath Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles. The company will now focus ...


Free Webinar: Powder Coatings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 12, entitled: “High-Performance Powder Coating for Architectural Applications.”


Cal/OSHA Cites, Fines Firm $141K in Trench Death

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health announced earlier this month that it has cited a general contractor—as well as imposed a $141,075 fine—in connection with a fatal tre...


Construction on Tallest FL Tower Set for Spring

A building billed as a vertical theme park, that’s set to be Florida’s tallest building, could be starting construction this spring, according to reports.


PPG Announces TiO2 Deal Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27) that it has expanded a multi-year titanium-dioxide supply agreement with pigment manufacturer Lomon Billions.


CA Officials Approve $43B Transportation Plan

Earlier this month, the board of directors for the Orange County Transportation Authority announced the approval of a $43.4 billion plan that will serve as a guideline for how infrastructure...


Free Webinar to Investigate Coating Failure

Using premature coating failure on a security barrier at an electrical power station as a case study, PaintSquare’s upcoming webinar (Dec. 5) will take a look at the customary steps for cond...


PPG Announces TiO2 Deal Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27) that it has expanded a multi-year titanium-dioxide supply agreement with pigment manufacturer Lomon Billions.


Elon Musk Files Permits for CA Brick Store

Billionaire Elon Musk is officially moving forward with his plans to sell bricks made from tunnel waste, a byproduct of one of his other ventures, The Boring Company, which will be celebrati...


Lawsuit Dismantles IA Wind Turbines

A lawsuit filed by Fairbank, Iowa, residents has resulted in the dismantling of three wind turbines, stemming from a judge’s order that has only happened once before nationally, and is a fir...


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Amtrak Shortlists Companies for Philly Project

In its effort to revamp Philadelphia’s William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, Amtrak recently released its shortlist of four teams to be master developer on the historic project.


US Green Building Announces Recertification

The U.S. Green Building Council announced earlier this month that it will begin offering LEED recertification for all LEED-certified projects. To be eligible for certification, projects must...


Boring Company Completes Test Tunnel

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has completed its first test tunnel, located in Hawthorne, California, ahead of the Dec. 10 opening date. The billionaire also recently announced the founding of T...


Audit: CA Rail Plagued by Cost Overruns

A recent audit indicates that cost overruns—currently totaling $600 million for three projects, $1.6 billion total estimated to complete them—associated with the California high-speed rail p...


Report: Construction Leads US in Suicide Rates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recently released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which included statistics from the 2012 and 2015 National Violent Death Reporting Sys...


Trump to Nominate Wheeler as New EPA Head

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that he intends to interim Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler for the position permanently. Trump made the announcement...


$491 Million in Border Wall Contracts Awarded

On the heels of a border wall contract awarded earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the award of two more contracts: $324 million to Barnard Construction Co. for ...


Contractors Needed for FL Jail Complex Work

Sarasota County, Florida, is soliciting contractors for the pressure washing, waterproofing and coating of three buildings on the Sarasota County Jail Complex.


ACI Releases Concrete Structure Specs Text

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the availability of a new publication for concrete industry professionals: the ACI 563-18: Specifications for Repair of Concrete in Buildin...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.


IA Elevated Storage Tank Painting Out for Bid

Iowa Lakes Regional Water is seeking contractors to paint an existing elevated water storage tank in Ayrshire, Iowa.


New Vegas Stadium Hitting Schedule, Hiring Goals

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority released a report from a recent meeting that details the progress of the $1.8 million National Football League Las Vegas Raiders stadium project.


Study: Construction Leads US in Suicide Rates

Late last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which included statistics from the 2012 and 2015 National violent Death Repo...


Southwest Light-Rail Construction to Begin

The prospect of a new light-rail line connecting Minneapolis to Eden Prairie recently overcame a significant hurdle on the road to construction: The Federal Transportation authority has issu...


Researchers Add Graphene to Epoxy Compound

Researchers based out of Rice University (Houston) recently reported that they have built a "better" epoxy with the assistance of graphene foam.


PA Infrastructure Given a Grade of C-

In a recent report presented by the Pennsylvania State Council, speaking on behalf of the the Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh chapters of the American Societ...


CA Transit Center Could Undergo Full Review

The investigation of the cracks found at San Francisco’s SalesForce Transit Center is ongoing after the Transbay Joint Powers Authority called for a complete structural evaluation of the bui...


Report: Design Flaws Found in FIU Bridge Design

More than eight months after the bridge collapse at Florida international University, the National Transportation Safety Board has released another preliminary report that indicates there we...


Grenfell Inquiry Taps New Architect Expert

The Grenfell Inquiry—a public investigation into the fatal fire that occurred at London’s Grenfell Tower in June 2017 that killed more than 70 people—has appointed a new architectural expert...


US Green Building Announces LEED Zero

The U.S. Green Building Council announced late last week that it has launched LEED Zero, a new program addressing net zero operations and resources in buildings.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

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OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


Researchers Add Graphene to Epoxy Compound

Scientists at Rice University (Houston) are saying that they have built a “better” epoxy with the help of graphene foam.


LA Bridge Rehab Out for Bid

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is seeking contractors interested in the rehabilitation of the Atchafalaya River Bridge located in Saint Mary County, Louisiana.


Contractors Needed for TX Sanctuary Repairs

The City of McAllen, Texas, is soliciting contractors for wall repairs at the Quinta Mazatlan, a wildlife sanctuary specializing in birds and environmental education.


NJ's Yellow Brick Road to be Restored

The yellow brick road no longer exists only in Oz: A two-block road, known as Castle Point Terrace, located in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a visual successor of the movie-famous roadway, and is ...


Facade Curtain Prototype Aims to Filter Air

Architecture and design firm ecoLogicStudio (London) recently unveiled an “urban curtain” that was developed to store CO2.


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


New Renderings Released for OH MLS Stadium

Firm Meis Architects recently released new renderings for the new Major League Soccer stadium that will be popping up in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood.


Group Sues to Block Historic PA Bridge Replacement

An environmental protection group recently sued to stop the replacement of a historic bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, citing the belief that the span can be reopened for traffic, its o...


'Ike Dike' Proposal Raises Concerns

Rice University researchers recently voiced concerns over plans for the $31 billion, 70-mile-long Ike Dike project, citing worry over the completeness of the study used by the U.S. Army Corp...


NYC Pushes Back New Safety Training Deadlines

The New York City Department of Buildings recently announced that it has extended the deadline by which all workers need to complete the increased hours of construction safety training.


Axalta Announces Opening of Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


Skanska Confirms Exit from US P3 Projects

Major construction and development company Skanska (Stockholm, Sweden) confirmed in its third-quarter earnings press conference last week that it intends to stop bidding on United States “me...


AkzoNobel Announces Innovation Challenge

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced earlier this week a new initiative to partner with startup companies with the goal to “accelerate innovation in the dynamic world of p...


Chicago Reveals Shortlist for $8.5B Airport Project

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced the shortlist for the teams vying for the $8.5 billion O’Hare 21 Terminal Expansion Project at O’Hare International Airport.


2018 Green Construction Code Released

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with the International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society, has released the 2018 International Green Construction Code, a mo...


Government Agency Awards Border Wall Contract

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced earlier this month the award of a $145 million contract to build a section of border wal...


PennDOT Develops Bridge Condition Online Resource

Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation launched an online tool that allows the public to check the condition of any of the state’s bridges.


Free Webinar Explores Coating Failures

Coating failure and an examination of the coating failure inspection process, along with taking a look at a case study involving a natural gas compressor, are the topics of the day in PaintS...


Skanska Confirms Exit from US P3 Projects

Major construction and development company Skanska (Stockholm, Sweden) confirmed in its third-quarter earnings press conference last week that it intends to stop bidding on United States “me...


New 3D Formwork Technology Unveiled

A double-curved concrete-shelled pavilion is now on display at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, showing off a new 3D-knitted formwork developed by Zaha Hadid Archit...


Axalta Opens Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


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2nd Annual Contractor Connect Event Wraps in FL

Technology Publishing Company’s Second Annual Contractor Connect event was held last week, Nov. 6-9, at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.


Judge Temporarily Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline

In a ruling late last week, a federal judge temporarily blocked the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, citing that the Trump administration had not justified granting a perm...


2nd Annual Contractor Connect Wraps in FL

Technology Publishing Company recently held its Second Annual Contractor Connect event last week, Nov. 6-9, at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida. CEO Brion Palmer called the ev...


KCI Terminal Project Balloons in Cost, Size

Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport could be facing another bout of turbulence as the project balloons in both size and cost: The current plan has grown about 40 percent in square f...


CA Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Fallbrook Public Utility District is seeking contractors to paint and coat two existing ground storage tanks in Fallbrook, California.


OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall prote...


Contractors Needed for FL Fire Station Painting

The City of Clermont, Florida, is soliciting contractors for the exterior painting of Fire Station One.


Brooklyn Man Fought to Fix Bridge Spelling

Earlier this month, a Brooklyn man was honored for pushing for the correction of the spelling on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which has been painted with one “z” instead of the correct two...


CA Tower Lights Up for Halloween

A group of San Francisco citizens successfully turned a petition into reality on Halloween night as the city’s Salesforce tower transformed into the Eye of Sauron, the infamous antagonist sy...


Mountain Valley Applies for NC Pipeline Permit

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC filed an application Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 73-mile pipeline that will act as an extension of the Mountain Valley P...


Safety Certification Internationally Accredited

In mid-October, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association announced that the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals, one of the only certifications desig...


Researchers Confirm Coolness of 'Egyptian Blue'

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently confirmed the cooling characteristics of an ancient pigment: Egyptian blue.


OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2018

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall prote...


LA Bridge Repairs Get Completion Date

Nearly a month after a barge-mounted crane struck the Sunshine Bridge, a crucial connection for St. James Parish, Louisiana, repairs are well underway, with a completion date slated for Janu...


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte in Garro...


Safety Certification Internationally Accredited

In mid-October, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association announced that the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals, one of the only certifications desig...


University Receives Grant to Study LA Rail

Late last month, Bethany Stich, director of the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, was awarded $150,000 by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center to investigate the st...


Field Order Issued After Pipeline Explosion

In late October, over a month after the Revolution pipeline exploded near Monaca, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a field order to the pipeline o...


WI Bucks Arena Dubbed 'Bird Friendly'

The new Milwaukee Bucks Arena—the Fiserv Forum—has been dubbed the first-ever bird-friendly arena.


Kelly-Moore Reveals 2019 Color Pick, Forecast

Kelly-Moore Paints (San Carolos, Califronia) recently announced the results of its Color of the Year 2019 designer survey, a measure that’s sent to a group of 15,000 interior professionals c...


Vegas Convention Center Gains More Approvals

Last week, the Las Vegas Convention Center District Committee unanimously recommended the approval of a $13.5 million contract for a builder representative to oversee the final phase of work...


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

In mid-October, the American Concrete Institute announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte i...


Historic WWII-Era Bridge to be Replaced

The last remaining through-truss bridge between the Canadian border and Anchorage, Alaska, dating back to sometime between 1943 and 1944, is currently being demolished. Construction of the n...


Delaware to Invest $4B in Transportation

Delaware Gov. John Carney, joining Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan, announced late last month that more than $3.2 billion will be invested in the state’s infrastructure and transp...


Contractors Needed for FL Police Complex

The City of Fernandina Beach is soliciting contractors for the exterior painting of its police department complex.


EPA to be Sued Over Paint-Stripper Ban

Early last week, a group of workers and environment and public health advocates notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ba...


JPMorgan Taps Architect for Tower Replacement

JPMorgan Chase is moving along with its plan to knock down its 705-foot-tall, 52-story home to make way for a new building that’s slated to be 500 feet higher. The company just announced tha...


Oroville Dam Ready Ahead of Rainy Season

California water officials recently reported that, nearly two years after the damage to the Oroville Dam, the $1.1 billion spillway is ready for the winter season. Crews have finished pourin...


Students Create Art for PA Plows

With winter weather rolling in across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently announced the Crawford County regional winner of Paint the Plow, a contest that encour...


Turbine Blades Made with Polyurethane Resin

German materials manufacturer Covestro announced last month the operation of the first wind turbines with blades made from the company’s polyurethane infusion resin. This announcement marks ...


New CRRC Member Appointed

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced in an emailed press release the appointment of David A. Cocuzzi as ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Cool...


Researchers Create Bio-Bricks Out of Urine

Researchers from the University of Cape Town’s civil engineering program have created the first bio-brick grown from human urine, signaling progress in innovation.


Report: Grant Not Tied to FIU Bridge Collapse

A recent audit, conducted by the U.S. Transportation Department inspector general’s office, related to the bridge collapse at Florida International University in March, indicates that there ...


Lawsuit Coming to EPA Over Paint-Stripper Ban

Earlier this week, a group of workers and environment and public health advocates notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ...


MD Bridges Coating Work Out for Bid

The Maryland State Highway Administration is seeking contractors to bid on a project involving coating of three bridges located in Kent County, Maryland.


ChemQuest Exec Appointed as New CRRC Member

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced in an emailed press release the appointment of David A. Cocuzzi as ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Cool...


New $13B Mexico City Airport Officially Scrapped

Mexico City’s new $13.3 billion airport—which is about one-third complete—is officially scrapped following a public referendum which ended in 70 percent voting to cancel construction.


AIA Releases 13 New, Updated Documents

The American Institute of Architects released 13 new and updated contract documents earlier this week that the organization says will help architects and contractors with protecting their pr...


$31B TX 'Ike Dike' Gets Tentative Nod

After a three-year study into ways to protect Texas’ coast from hurricanes and other similar storm surges, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday (Oct. 26) that the 70-mile-long c...


PPG to Expand Aerocoatings Training

In a move to meet customer demand for further education, global coatings supplier PPG announced early last week that it will be offering more aerocoatings training by increasing the number o...


Union, Developer Strike NYC Hudson Yards Deal

A construction agreement that was initially announced in August has finally been agreed upon, according to the New York City District Council of Carpenters.


Pratt & Lambert Releases 2019 Color

Cleveland-based Pratt & Lambert Paints has released its 2019 Color of the Year pick, as well as a forecast of four complementary palettes to this year’s hue.


Report: 14% of LA Bridges Structurally Deficient

A recent report indicates that 14 percent of Louisiana’s locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient, with a significant number of spans in the state approaching or havin...


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Boring Company Test Tunnel to Open Mid-December

Elon Musk’s Boring Company will be opening its first test tunnel in December in Hawthorne, California, according to reports. The company will be hosting an event to showcase the project Dec....


DOE Invests $53M in Solar Tech

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that $53 million will be invested into projects to advance early-stage solar technologies. Financial assistance will be granted to 53 project...


Aircraft Carrier Gets First 3D-Printed Part

The USS Harry S. Truman, U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carrier, is breaking new ground: A new 3D-printed prototype piping assembly, manufactured by Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News S...


APV, Arkema Team Up for Education Events

Coatings companies APV Engineered Coatings and Arkema Inc. announced late last week that they will be partnering up for a handful of educational opportunities in November.


Private Developer Plans for $15B TX Bullet Train

Plans for a new bullet train, slated to cost anywhere from $12 billion to $15 billion, connecting Dallas to Houston, are well underway: Texas Central Partners, the firm leading the endeavor,...


EPA Raises Lead Paint Awareness in Philly

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last Thursday (Oct. 25) that it’s on a mission to raise awareness of its lead-based paint rules in one of the oldest cities in the country:...


Department of Energy Invests $53M in Solar

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that $53 million will be invested into projects to advance early-stage solar technologies. Financial assistance will be granted to 53 project...


CA Transit Contractor Sues Owner for $150M

The general contractor joint venture that built the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is now suing the structure’s owner—the Transbay Joint Powers Authority—for $150 mi...


Geese Soar on Tank of the Year Winner

Breaking with tradition, Tnemec Company Inc. named in an emailed press release two water towers in Katy, Texas, painted with murals of geese taking flight, as the winners for this year’s Tan...


Contractors Needed for NYC Playground Project

The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority is seeking contractors for the restoration of the Rockefeller Park Playground in New York City.


Historic TX Bridge Named After Local Ghosts

Lone Wolf Bridge, located in San Angelo, Texas, is well-known locally for being both haunted and home to a wealth of history. The 152-foot-long metal truss bridge, a 1922 rebuild originally ...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Steady Sales Increases

Consolidated net sales were up in the third quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland), a 5 percent increase over the same quarter in 2017, totaling $4.73 billion. The upti...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Q3 Sales Increases

Consolidated net sales were up in the third quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland), a 5 percent increase over the same quarter in 2017, totaling $4.73 billion. The upti...


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


TX Ground Storage Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The City of Richmond is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation and coating of a ground storage tank in Richmond, Texas.


Cal/OSHA Issues Regulation on Recordkeeping

California has now put its Division of Occupational Safety and Health on par with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Association’s Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


$4B Approved for Atlanta Transportation

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's board of directors announced earlier this month the approval of a $2.7 billion, 40-year program in funding that will help cover roughly $3....


Covestro to Invest $1.7B in TX Expansion

Polymers giant Covestro recently announced that its board approved an investment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to build a new world-scale MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a key ch...


Report: CA Tower's Sinking Did Not Crack Window

A new report has dismissed the idea that the sinking of San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is what caused a window to crack on the 36th floor.


DowDuPont Taps Leaders of New Companies

Holding company DowDuPont—comprised of The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Michigan) and DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware), which merged last year—recently announced its senior leaders for the up...


Approvals Granted for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Virginia regulators granted approval for construction to begin on a 300-mile track of the $6.5 billion, 600-mile shale gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the sister to the Mountain Valley Pipeline...


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Research Betters Blast Media Reclamation

New research, completed by Michael Clarke, a mechanical engineer at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, in Jacksonville, Florida, recently revealed that more blasting media could be reclai...


ABC Bridge Undergoes Shake Test

In ongoing testing for accelerated bridge construction infrastructure options, Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, a civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, ...


Supreme Court Denies CA Lead Paint Case

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in C...


Covestro to Invest $1.7B in TX Expansion

Polymers giant Covestro recently announced that its board approved an investment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to build a new world-scale MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a key ch...


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


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Timeline Announced for $1B NY Hockey Arena

An update on the $1 billion arena project in Elmont, New York, revealed that the new home for that National Hockey League’s New York Islanders could be up and running by October 2021, with c...


AkzoNobel Releases 2019 Wood Coatings Trends

In addition to recently announcing its 2019 Color of the Year, Spiced Honey, global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) also presented its predictions for top wood coatings trends at the ...


Painting Needed at CA Baseball Stadium

The City of Lake Elsinore, California, is seeking a contractor to perform exterior painting work at Diamond Stadium, a minor league baseball stadium.


LA Bridge Closed After Crane Barge Impact

The Sunshine Bridge, a crucial connection for St. James Parish, Louisiana, was struck by a barge-mounted crane Oct. 12, forcing officials to close the bridge until further notice.


Contract Awarded for 5 INDOT Bridges

The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a $3,333,314.64 contract for the rehabilitation of five existing bridge structures located in Warrick and Spencer Counties, Indiana, to R...


Geese Roost Once Again on PA Bridge

The graffiti geese of Pittsburgh’s 10th Street Bridge, often confused for dinosaurs, have once again come to roost thanks to approval from the Allegheny County Council and the original artis...


ABAA to Hold Fluid-Applied Barriers Course

The Air Barrier Association of America recently announced several dates for a training course for those interested in learning about self-adhered and fluid-applied barriers.


Union Using Video Games for Apprentices

A Pittsburgh-based engineers' union is combating the construction labor shortage by utilizing one key tool to help its crane operator apprentices: video games.


PPG Financials Indicate Slight Increase in Sales

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries announced in its third-quarter financial report Thursday an increase in net sales, with sales volumes remaining flat and volume growth offset by lower...


PPG Q3 Numbers Show Slight Sales Uptick

Global coatings supplier PPG released its third-quarter financial report Thursday, (Oct. 18) showing an increase in net sales, with sales volumes remaining flat and volume growth offset by l...


Tank of the Year Voting Deadline Nears

The deadline is nearing to vote for Tnemec Company Inc.'s Tank of the Year contest, an annual competition honoring innovative and creative uses of the company's products on water tank projec...


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Dip for Q3

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) published its financial report for the third quarter yesterday (Oct. 17) and reported a 4 percent drop in revenue despite return-on-sales i...


Bridge Collapses During TX Flooding

Flooding of the Llano River, a tributary of the Colorado River located in central Texas, caused the collapse of the RM 2900 bridge on Tuesday (Oct. 16). The concrete and steel two-lane span ...


AkzoNobel Q3 Financials Indicate Revenue Dip

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) published its third-quarter financial report yesterday (Oct. 17), indicating a 4 percent drop in revenue despite return-on-sales increases ...


Axalta Names Interim CEO

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced that its Board of Directors appointed Robert Bryant, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as the company’s inter...


Arkema to Expand MI Plant Manufacturing

Arkema Coating Resins, a unit of Arkema Inc., announced early last week that it plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for its Synaqua platform at its Grand Rapids, Michigan, facility.


SSPC to Meet on High-Temperature Coatings

Miles Buckhurst, Global Concept Director for Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun, will discuss selecting coatings for high-temperature environments at an evening meeting put tog...


Shoring Complete at San Francisco Transit Center

San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority confirmed earlier this week that the shoring systems for the sections where cracked steel beams were found in the Salesforce Transit Center ha...


Polymer Strengthens Itself Using Carbon

Chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technnology recently developed a new polymer that reacts with carbon dioxide drawn from the air, allowing the coating to strengthen its...


Benjamin Moore Drops 2019 Color, Palette

New Jersey-based paints and coatings manufacturer Benjamin Moore unveiled late last week its 2019 Color of the Year and color trends forecast, producing a cool, calm and collected palette of...


High-Rise Code Changes Posed for San Francisco

The city of San Francisco might soon be calling for tighter building codes when it comes to its high-rises, which a panel of experts says are inadequate to deal with the aftermath of a large...


High-Tech Paint Job Protects New Mars Rover

The next iteration of the Mars rover—set to launch as part of the mission in July 2020—is undergoing prep work, and August saw the application of protective coatings to the chassis that can ...


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced last week that any environmental regulations regarding the construction or repair of a section of U.S.-Mexico border wall for certain areas...


Polymer Strengthens Itself Using Carbon

Taking a cue from plants, chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a new polymer that reacts with carbon dioxide drawn from the air, allowing the ...


PPG, Kelly-Moore to Discontinue Paint Stripper

Two more paint companies have confirmed that they are discontinuing the sales of paint strippers containing methylene chloride and NMP.


Diamond Vogel Selects 2019 Color Pick

Paint and coatings manufacturer Diamond Vogel (Orange County) has announced its 2019 Color of the Year.


Sherwin-Williams Launches Workforce Initiative

Late last week, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced the launch of a “multi-tiered initiative aimed at easing the shortage of qualified professional painters.”


Coating, Repairs Needed for CA City Hall

The City of Dixon, California, is seeking contractors for the exterior coating and siding repairs at the Dixon City Hall, Engineering Department Office and Engineering Trailer. The project w...


Artist Paints Illusions on Buildings, Tanks

Street artist David Louf—more commonly known as Mr. June—has recently finished a number of urban projects showcasing his 3D-style murals on various pieces of infrastructure and cityscape.


Family Guy Bridge Graffiti Warns of Hurricane

To help raise the alarm about Hurricane Michael sweeping along the Florida coast, artist Monty Welt added his own piece to Pensacola’s Graffiti Bridge—a portrayal of Family Guy weatherman Ol...


None Injured in BC Pipeline Explosion

A pipeline explosion on Tuesday (Oct. 9), near Shelley, British Columbia, caused the shutdown of one of two gas pipelines owned by energy giant Enbridge. No injuries or fatalities associated...


Corrosion-Resistant Finishes for High-Traffic Projects

When choosing finishes for a building envelope’s architectural aluminum products, the risk of corrosion should be a key consideration. Regardless of the project’s proximity to the ocean’s co...


Arkema to Expand MI Plant Manufacturing

Arkema Coating Resins, a unit of Arkema Inc. announced earlier this week that it plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for its Synaqua platform at its Grand Rapids, Michigan, facility.


Purdue Develops 3D-Printed Cement Paste

Researchers at Purdue University have reportedly created a 3D-printed cement paste that gets tougher under pressure. The technique could eventually be used to build more resilient structures...


Construction on the Gordie Howe Bridge Kicks Off

Construction work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, crossing from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, was kicked off at a ceremony on Friday, attended by both Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and C...


Las Vegas' MSG Sphere Breaks Ground

Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking late last month for the Madison Square Garden Sphere, touted as the future of live performance space, slated for Las Vegas.


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Axalta Announces New Wood Coatings Center

Last week, liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced the openng of its new Learning and Development Center, which is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology. The Center i...


SSPC CA-NV to Meet on Robotic Systems

On Oct. 18, the Northern California-Nevada chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will be hosting a training session on new coatings technology for robotic systems, featuring g...


Cuomo Announces Details on $13B JFK Project

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently released updates to his vision for the $13 billion John F. Kennedy International Airport revamp project.


Judge Blocks Release of FIU Bridge Records

Over half a year after the fatal bridge collapse at Florida International University, and after a more recent ruling that the Florida Department of Transportation must release the records as...


Sherwin-Williams Names Impact Awardees

A 3-million-gallon water storage tank restoration project, completed under difficult circumstances, was recently named the winner of The Sherwin-Williams Company's Protective and Marine Coat...


Researchers Develop Quick-Setting Pothole Fix

With fixing potholes in a timely manner a consistent concern, researchers based out of the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute recently developed a pothole fix tha...


$1.2B Vegas Stadium Ready for Trusses

Construction is about to go vertical at the future home of the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders in Clark County, Nevada.


Court, Army Corps Block Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, to run from Virginia to West Virginia, is once again facing a series of challenges: Following a similar ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals early la...


RPM Announces Personnel Changes

RPM International Inc., parent company to names such as Carboline, Flowcrete and Rust-Oleum, recently announced multiple senior promotions as part of its organizational realignment.


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Tank of the Year Voting Opens

Voting has opened for Tnemec Company Inc.’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


Exterior Work Sought for Historic GA Sites

The Town of Braselton, Georgia, is seeking contractors for exterior coating services for three town-owned buildings: Braselton Town Hall, the Braselton Retail Building and the Braselton Gris...


Axalta Opens New Wood Coatings Center

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced last week that it has opened its new Learning and Development Center, which is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology, in Pomon...


Michigan, Enbridge Strike Deal for Line 5

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian oil transport company Enbridge recently struck a deal that would allow for the construction of a new pipeline 100 feet beneath the lake bottom, eventua...


OSHA Announces Emphasis on Excavation Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has updated its National Emphasis Program on preventing trenching and excavation colla...


Verrazzano Bridge Catches 'Zs'

Staten Island’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will be catching some “Zs." The name on the bridge, spelled wrong for more than 50 years with one "z" instead of two, is now being corrected thanks ...


New Issue of PaintSquare Press, Prestige Voting

With the fall issue of PaintSquare Press on its way, readers only have a week left to make their voices heard for the Top Products section of the PaintSquare Prestige Awards.


PA Commits $49M to Infrastructure Improvements

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday (Oct. 2) that over 40 transportation projects are in line for $49 million in grants from PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Out of the 42 ...


$105M Astrodome Renovation Put on Pause

Houston’s Astrodome will hit pause this spring on its $105 million renovation to make way for the rodeo.


WV Bridge Reno Contract Awarded

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $6,406,863.71 to Kokosing Construction Company, of Fredericktown, Ohio, for the structural rehabilitati...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and ...


Concrete Cracking Problem Spreads to MA

Many Massachusetts homeowners could be facing the same issues with crumbling foundations that plague residences in Connecticut, according to reports. In response, some homeowners in Massachu...


RPM Reports Sales Up, Income Down in Q1

RPM International Inc., a holding company whose subsidiaries include industrial coatings suppliers Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, achieved a sales increase but a drop in net income in the f...


RPM Issues Q1 Report

RPM International Inc., a holding company whose subsidiaries include industrial coatings suppliers Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, achieved a sales increase but a drop in net income in the f...


Webinar Investigates Technology for CUI Service

The details of how and why multipolymeric matrix paints perform at a level above and beyond earlier coating technologies for the mitigation of corrosion under insulation is the topic of Pain...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and ...


Gordie Howe Bridge Contract Finalized at $4.4B

After years of debate and numerous legal challenges from the owner of a nearby bridge, construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project in Detroit is set to begin in earnest this...


Dunn-Edwards Releases 2019 Color Pick

Coatings manufacturer Dunn-Edwards released its 2019 Color of the Year, which it says makes a bold statement that aims at providing a genuine connection.


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VersaFlex Parent Acquires Milamar Coatings

Milamar Coatings, an Oklahoma City-based supplier of epoxy and urethane systems for industrial, flooring and wall applications, has been acquired by DalFort Capital Group, the parent company...


Report: Silver Line Garage is Sinking

Already plagued with problems, the D.C. Metro's Silver Line project, more formally known as the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, is now up against another issue: A garage being built as pa...


Dow to Up Silicone Capacity

The Dow Chemical Company, a subsidiary of DowDuPont, will be increasing its silicone production capacity in the coming years, with new facilities in the U.S. and China aimed at meeting what ...


FL Town Debates Arena Paint Job

The Design Review Board of Estero, Florida, convened last week to hear residents’ concerns over the imminent paint job of the newly named Hertz Arena.


DoD Honors Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, one of four Navy-owned shipyards in the United States, will be honored with this year’s Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Main...


AkzoNobel Closes Specialty Chemicals Sale

Concluding a year-and-a-half long process, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of the sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and Sin...


AkzoNobel Completes Specialty Chemicals Sale

Concluding a year-and-a-half long process, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of the sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and Sin...


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Seattle Approves $700M Arena Redevelopment

The Seattle City Council has taken the final step in approving the $700 million redevelopment of the city’s iconic KeyArena.


Researchers Create New Cooling Coating

In a warming world, the demands for cooling solutions are increasing. In response to the demand, Columbia University researchers created a white polymer coating that reflects more than 96 pe...


Milamar Coatings Acquired by VersaFlex Parent

Milamar Coatings, an Oklahoma City-based supplier of epoxy and urethane systems for industrial, flooring and wall applications, has been acquired by DalFort Capital Group, the parent company...


Free Webinar: Nanotech in Coatings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 10, entitled: "Nanotechnology Applications Within the Protective Coatings Industry.”


ACI Forms Committee on 3D Printing

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the formation of a new committee to develop and report information on 3D printing and additive manufacturing with inorganic cementitious ma...


Obituary: Charles Wyatt, Past SSPC President

Charles H. Wyatt IV, who served on the Board of Governors of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings for a decade, passed away Sept. 20 in Pensacola, Florida, at age 81.


BSEE Rolls Back Offshore Safety Rules

Dozens of offshore drilling safety regulations, in place since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, are being rolled back by the Trump administration as part of a newly published rule; th...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


Rehab, Preservation Needed for VA House

The City of Waynesboro, Virginia, is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation and historic preservation of the John Crouse House.


Hawaii Fuel Tanks Under Fire Over Corrosion

Calls to shut down the United States’ largest underground fuel storage facility, in Hawaii, are growing after newly revealed destructive testing results showed that in some cases, prediction...


Another Crack Found at CA Transit Center

A day after San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority shut down its $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center following the discovery of a cracked steel beam, another fissure has been fou...


Canada NEB Reveals Faulty Pipeline Fittings

In a recent report, Canada’s National Energy Board revealed new findings regarding hundreds of faulty pipeline fittings customarily used on major oil and gas pipelines: The fittings are not ...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


Cracked Beam Forces CA Transit Hub to Close

San Francisco’s Transbay Joint Powers Authority shut down its $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center on Tuesday (Sept. 25) after workers discovered a cracked steel beam in the ceiling of the...


AIA Calls for Owner Cap-and-Trade Program

Earlier this month the American Institute of Architects joined the CO2toEE coalition and issued a call to make businesses and building owners eligible for reductions in carbon emissions that...


Awards Voting Continues

As announced last week, voting in the Top Products section of the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, honoring the people and products that make the protective, marine and industrial coat...


Concerns Evident Before Cuomo Bridge Opening

Weeks after the grand opening of the second span of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge was delayed twice, a recently revealed paper trail indicates that general contractor Tappan Zee Constructor...


Dow Releases Plan to Meet Silicone Demand

The Dow Chemical Company recently unveiled a new investment plan that aims to meet a growth in silicone demand and innovation.


Contractor Sought for TX Water Tank Rehab

Prairie View A&M University is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of a ground storage tank in Prairie View, Texas.


San Francisco Sues Official for Permit Fraud

California construction engineering firm Santos & Urrutia and its two cofounders have been accused of camouflaging major excavation work on a few residences, according to a lawsuit from the ...


JV Tapped to Manage $275M Soccer Stadium

Officials with the Sports Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, have officially awarded a $167.5 construction management contract to a joint v...


TransCanada to Build Keystone XL in 2019

TransCanada, the firm behind the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, appears poised to move forward with construction in 2019 after the U.S. State Departm...


SSPC Trainthepainter to Come to OH

The University of Akron will be facilitating SSPC’s Trainthepainter training program in October in Columbus, Ohio, providing five days of coating applicator training for workers seeking to f...


AASHTO Announces 2018 Award Winners

A congestion-alleviating fix for an interchange in Chicago and a bikeable, walkable greenway that connects neighborhoods in the north part of Atlanta were recently named the winners of the A...


Research Looks at Stress Corrosion Cracking

A team of researchers from Arizona State University has taken a new angle on the idea of stress corrosion cracking, showing in a new study that corrosion and stress needn’t be present simult...


HP Introduces Metal 3D Printer

Office and tech company HP is rolling out a new 3D printer that will allow users to print small objects made of stainless steel in high resolution, further expanding the possibilities relate...


AECOM Hunt Tapped for $140M GA Arena

AECOM Hunt, a firm known for tackling large projects, has been named the construction manager for Savannah, Georgia’s new $140 million, 269,000-square-foot arena.


Chesapeake Bay Borer Ready for Action

The machine that will create a second tunnel as part of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel expansion project has been finished—now it just needs to make a journey of more than 4,000 miles ...


NJ Firm Official Debarred Over NYCTA Bribes

The former principal of a New Jersey engineering consulting firm has been debarred for three years by the Federal Transit Administration in relation to charges he made payments to a former N...


Chicago, San Jose Achieve LEED Status

Chicago and San Jose have achieved LEED for Cities Platinum Certifications, joining an elite group of just seven cities to have accomplished the achievement from the U.S. Green Building Coun...


Pittsburgh's 3-Year Liberty Bridge Rehab Complete

The three-year, $82 million rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, which came to a halt for weeks in September 2016 after a worksite fire compromised the span’s integrity, has come t...


Canadian Bridge Collapses Hours After Opening

A new bridge built in the rural municipality of Clayton, Saskatchewan, collapsed only six hours after it was opened on Friday (Sept. 14), according to reports. Customary investigation method...


FL Convention Center Proposal Tops $1B

To revitalize dead zones along Bay Street in Jacksonville, Florida, three firms have submitted proposals—one of which tops $1 billion—for the construction of a convention center and hotel. T...


Research Changes Views on Stress Corrosion Cracking

A team of researchers from Arizona State University has turned the idea of stress corrosion cracking on its head, showing in a new study that corrosion and stress needn’t be present simultan...


VR Gives Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright Home

Efforts to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s work have reached a new level: The architect’s winter home and studio, Taliesin West, has been scanned and logged in a way that allows anyone with ac...


Voting Begins for Industry Awards

The fall issue of PaintSquare Press is on its way to readers this week, and with it comes the opening of voting in the Top Products section of the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, hono...


NJ Engineer Debarred Over NYCTA Bribes

The former principal of a New Jersey engineering consulting firm has been debarred for three years by the Federal Transit Administration in relation to charges he made payments to a former N...


DC Metro Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Officials are now saying that no major fixes or replacements will be necessary on the concrete panels of the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extensions project. The update comes weeks after early tes...


Prep, Painting Needed at FL Amphitheater

The City of St. Augustine is soliciting contractors to paint the steel structure that supports the canopy of the St. Augustine Amphitheater.


OSHA Cites FIU Pedestrian Bridge Firms

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued the first citations related to the bridge collapse at Florida International University, marking unsafe practices that w...


Contractors Sought for McCullough Bridge Painting

The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for coating of the Conde B. McCullough Bridge, spanning the Coos Bay in Coos County, Oregon.


SSPC Trainthepainter Comes to Columbus

The University of Akron will be facilitating SSPC’s Trainthepainter training program in October in Columbus, Ohio, providing five days of coating applicator training for workers seeking to f...


Research Shows Future for Graphene Gilding

Graphene—an atom-thin later of carbon that’s been touted for its strength and conductivity—has found a new use thanks to some engineers at the University of Illinois: The so-called supermate...


ACI Launches New Seminar Series

The American Concrete Institute recently announced that it is launching a series of seminars hosted at its headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan.


Q&A: Graphene for Corrosion Protection

After years dominating the conversation as a “supermaterial” with high conductivity, corrosion resistance and high strength, graphene has begun to go commercial in the paints and coatings ma...


More Inquiries Look into CA's Millennium Tower

Several months after a retrofit repair for the Millennium Tower was proposed, a new issue has come to light: Cracks appeared in a 36th-floor window, sparking concerns over whether the damage...


5 JVs Gunning for $650M NY Project

Ten construction firms have formed into five joint ventures, all vying for the $650 million Wadsworth Center, a new public health lab for New York state’s Department of Health.


Silver Line Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Weeks after early test results were revealed, indicating that potential issues with concrete panels on the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extension project may not have been as bad as originally fea...


Market and Labs Rife with Antifouling News

With some biocides, like tributyltin, long banned in marine coatings and others subject to public scrutiny in recent years, the race to find effective antifouling agents without biocides has...


Boring Company Introduces Tunnel Garage Prototype

Elon Musk’s Boring Company was recently granted approval from the Hawthorne City Council to implement a new addition to its tunnel prototype—a garage that would connect a passenger’s car dir...


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San Francisco Stadium Reaches Top-Out

San Francisco’s $1 billion Chase Center, slated to be the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, recently celebrated a major construction milestone by holding a topping-out ceremony la...


Damage from Florence Estimated at $22B

Though Hurricane Florence has worked its way through the Carolinas, an estimated $22 billion in damage still remains. According to reports, flooding insurance will only cover a fraction of t...


Engineers See Big Future for Graphene Gilding

Graphene—an atom-thin later of carbon that’s been touted for its strength and conductivity—has found a new use thanks to some engineers at the University of Illinois: The so-called supermate...


HP Introduces Next-Gen Metal 3D Printer

Office and tech company HP is rolling out a new 3D printer that will allow users to print small objects made of stainless steel in high resolution, further expanding the possibilities relate...


Congress Approves Spending, Delays DOT Talks

In a race against the clock to avoid a government shutdown, the majority of the U.S. Senate voted last week to approve a $854 billion spending bill that includes funding for the Department o...


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Vegas Convention Center Settles on $792M Contract

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority last week gave the final green light needed for the city’s new 1.4 million-square-foot convention center.


ABAA 2019 Issues Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts for the Air Barrier Association of America’s 2019 ABAA Annual Conference and Tradeshow is open.


Corrosion-Plagued Nuclear Power Plant Shuttered

New Jersey’s Oyster Creek Generating Station, the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the United States, was shut down yesterday and will now go through the decommissioning process, leav...


Florence Wreaks Infrastructure Havoc in US South

As Hurricane Florence, downgraded over the weekend to a tropical depression, works its way through the Mid-Atlantic and out to sea as a weakened force, the picture of the devastation the sto...


Judge Questions Bridge Evidence Destruction

Several months after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, it has come to light that 26 threaded steel rods—the kind being tightened on the bridge at the...


RPM Announces Building-Materials Firm Acquisition

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of brands including Rust-Oleum and Carboline, announced last week its acquisition of Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor ...


Brooklyn Construction Site Collapse Kills 1

Late last week rescue crews recovered a body of a worker after a retaining wall collapsed Wednesday at a Brooklyn construction site.


SSPC SoCal to Meet on Concrete Work

Bob Murphy, an SSPC Certified Concrete Inspector and trainer and recipient of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings' 2017 John D. Keane Award of Merit, will present on the topic of concr...


Kinder Morgan Plans $30M ND Pipeline

A proposed natural gas pipeline that would run under the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea Reservoir in North Dakota is garnering input from the public and the Army Corps of Engineers as oil...


JV Tapped for $200M VA Metro Station

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the City of Alexandria, Virginia, have officially awarded a $213.7 million construction contract for the Potomac Yard station, a projec...


Repair, Repainting Needed at NOLA Barracks

The Louisiana Division of Administration is soliciting contractors for the repairs of 56 sets of shutters at the historic Jackson Barracks in New Orleans.


Hole in Pipe, Coating Eyed in Fatal TX Blast

The natural gas pipeline that caused a fatal explosion new Midland, Texas, in August had damage to its coal tar coating and steel wall, a newly released report indicates, causing a leak prio...


Jewelry Crafted from MI Train Station Graffiti

As plans continue to move forward with Ford’s purchase of Michigan Central Station, paint from graffiti that coats much of the abandoned building is being used to create jewelry. Proceeds fr...


Sherwin-Williams Reveals 2019 Color of the Year

The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced its 2019 Color of the Year as Cavern Clay, a warm, earthy tone that nods both to mid-century modern style and the American Southwest.


SSPC SoCal to Meet on Concrete Work

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Contractor Sought for CO Tank Rehabs

The City of Golden is seeking contractors to recoat the 6200 South Tank and 6400 Tank, in Golden, Colorado.


Bridge Painters Convicted on PA DBE Fraud

In late August, Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis, and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction Inc., were convicted of conspiracy to commit and execution of wire fraud, and making false stateme...


DC Metro Contractor Indicted on Bribery Charge

An official from a civil and general construction contractor based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been indicted on a single charge of attempting to bribe a public official, an alleg...


Deal Ends 17-Day Crane Strike in WA

Seattle crane operators are no longer on a 17-day strike thanks to a tentative deal struck between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contrac...


RPM Acquires ICF Manufacturer

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of brands such as Rust-Oleum, Tremco and Carboline, announced Tuesday (Sept. 11) that it has acquired Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer...


No Charges Over Ontario Bridge Controversy

The investigation of an Ontario bridge replacement that ballooned to nearly twice its original projected cost has wrapped up with no indication of criminal wrongdoing.


Wood High-Rise Debate Rages Ahead of ICC Vote

The International Code Council is weeks away from voting on whether to allow construction of wood buildings up to 18 stories, and the debate is far from settled.


New CA Bridge to Measure Seismic Activity

A replacement bridge being built south of Los Angeles is a first for those interested in monitoring seismic activity: Sensors were factored into the design of the span from day one, rather t...


Student Tests Masonry for Design Improvements

In the hopes of changing how masonry walls are built, Ph.D. student of civil engineering at York University in Toronto Adrien Sparling recently conducted a series of tests to determine how d...


OSHA Petitioned to Establish Heat Standard

A petition backed by more than 130 industry organizations is making its way to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration arguing for an official standard o...


DC Contractor Indicted on Bribery Charge

An official from a civil and general construction contractor based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been indicted on a single charge of attempting to bribe a public official, an alleg...


MD County's Proposed Sealant Ban Sparks Debate

A Maryland county’s plan to phase out the use of pavement sealers made with coal tar has raised objections from local manufacturers, who argue that health risks from the products are exagger...


DOTs Testing Sealant for Concrete Cracking

Transportation departments in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota will be testing out a new sealant, created by Louisiana State University mechanical engineering professor Guoqiang Li, that can r...


Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

As contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel continue, steelworkers in and around Pittsburgh voted Thursday to allow the union to call for a strike if necessary.


Kemper Taps New CEO

Late last week, waterproofing and roofing company Kemper System America Inc. announced that Andreas H. Wiggenhagen will take over as CEO, overseeing operations across the United States, Cana...


Facebook Expands with Gehry-Designed Building

Facebook’s presence in Menlo Park, California, recently expanded with the completion of MPK 21, a Frank Gehry-designed building that was built in only 18 months, topped with a 3.6-acre roof ...


Final Bay Bridge Piers Imploded

The final piers of the old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge eastern span to be demolished have been imploded in place, five years after the bridge’s replacement opened and 16 years after con...


Cuomo Bridge Opening Delayed by Demo Issue

The opening of the second span of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, originally scheduled for this past weekend, has been delayed after a piece of the old Tappan Zee Bridge became unstable ...


$109M Renovation of CA Transit Station Begins

The Los Angeles Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project has officially launched, with work starting on the $109 million project just last week.


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R&D 100 Finalist List Includes Coatings Work

R&D Magazine recently announced a number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from a variety of labs as finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by the m...


Workforce Advisory Board Calls for Members

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced in late August that the U.S. Department of Commerce, working with the White House, is accepting nominations for the American Workforce Policy...


New Line of Interior Stains Released

A new line of stains for interior wood projects has been released by The Sherwin-Williams Company.


Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

As contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel continue, steelworkers in and around Pittsburgh voted Thursday to allow the union to call for a strike if necessary.


NYC Contractor Sues Developer for $3.4M

Firms in New York City are embroiled in a $3 million battle over wrongful termination accusations regarding the revamps of a former Long Island hospital.


Old Bridge Moved, Turned into Museum

The heart of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, used to beat to the sound of cars crossing an old single-lane drawbridge. A modern high-rise span has taken its place, but local residents have pre...


Hemp-Reinforced Concrete Formula Olympics-Bound

A Canadian firm that has been at work for years on concrete fortified with hemp fibers says it has refined its product after early experimentation, and its NForce-Fiber product is set for us...


VA Mausoleum in Need of Repairs

The City of Suffolk, Virginia, is soliciting contractors for the repairs to the Cedar Hill Cemetery Mausoleum.


Cuomo Bridge Second Span Set to Open

The second span of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open this weekend weather permitting, the culmination of five years of work on the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement proje...


Countertop Coating Recalled for Lead Levels

Vernon Hills, Illinois-based Rust-Oleum Corp. announced a recall of nearly 2,000 cans of paint last week after its Black Satin Countertop Coating was found to have excessive levels of lead.


Coating Innovations Make R&D 100 Finalist List

R&D Magazine recently announced a number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from a variety of labs as finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by the m...


NYC Seeks Contractors for Bridge Maintenance

The City of New York is seeking contractors to perform preventive maintenance on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro Bridges, located in New York, New York.


Study Predicts Skyscraper Growth Through 2050

In a recent study that accounts for current socio-economic stability lasting for the next 30 years, authors Jonathan Auerbach and Phyllis Wan predict that the construction of skyscrapers wil...


US Introduces Exemption Process for Steel Quotas

An executive order signed last week by President Donald J. Trump allows for the possibility of specific exemptions from quotas placed on some countries to limit their exports of steel and al...


Smart Surfaces Coalition Launches

Late last week, more than 20 organizations announced the formation of the Smart Surfaces Coalition, a group dedicated to helping cities adopt cost-effective solutions to cut excess heat days...


AkzoNobel Releases 2019 Color of the Year

Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel has revealed its Color of the Year for 2019, pulling from a “new sense of optimism” from consumers.


Engineer Questions Concrete Pier Reuse Idea

The controversy surrounding the possible reconstruction of a bridge that once straddled Boston and Quincy, Massachusetts, has been reignited by a new report from an engineer hired by Quincy ...


Tronox-Cristal TiO2 Deal Advances in EU

The European Commission has approved a divestiture meant to pave the way for the acquisition of titanium dioxide supplier Cristal by Tronox Limited, a deal that still requires approval in th...


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in tuition funding to indvidiual SSPC members and their chil...


Company Revamps Adding Hemp to Concrete

In a search for viable concrete reinforcement materials, Canadian Greenfield Technologies dug into the potential of hemp fiber and developed NForce-Fiber, an additive that boths reinforces c...


Trump Signs Steel, Aluminum Product Exclusions

Last week, President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation allowing Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to give targeted relief from quotas limiting steel and aluminum imports from select coun...


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Exterior Renovations Needed at OR Office

The Oregon Department of Employment is soliciting contractors for exterior cleaning and painting services at the Roseburg Worksource Office in Roseburg, Oregon.


EC Further Approves Tronox-Cristal Deal

Tronox Limited announced that the European Commission has further approved its acquisition of Cristal, a titanium dioxide pigment business, by green-lighting the divestiture of Tronox’s 8120...


Marines Build 3D-Printed Concrete Barracks

Earlier this month, the Additive Manufacturing Team at Marine Corps Systems Command, working in collaboration with Marines from the I Marine Expeditionary Force, used a 3D printer to create ...


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in tuition funding to indvidiual SSPC members and their chil...


80-Year-Old IL Bridge Felled by Demo

A steel bridge opened in 1936 to convey traffic across the Illinois River in Meredosia, Illinois, went out with a bang last week as crews destroyed its skeleton with a controlled demolition.


AASHTO Transportation Award Finalists Named

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently named 12 transportation projects that have made it to the final round of this year’s awards competition. The w...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Monday, Sept. 3.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States.


Behr Releases 2019 Color of the Year Pick, Palettes

Behr Paint Company (New York, New York) is hoping to guide owners in updating their interiors with its 2019 Color of the year: Blueprint.


New Data Breaks Down Worker Shortages

A recent survey conducted by Autodesk and Associated General Contractors indicates that 80 percent of contractors are reporting difficulty filling hourly craft positions, which compose the b...


$2.5B Bond to Help with TX Flood Prep

Residents of Harris County, Texas, hard-hit one year ago by the flooding rains of Hurricane Harvey, have approved a $2.5 billion bond measure to fund more than 200 flood-mitigation projects,...


Domino's Expands Infrastructure Grant Program

Domino’s, the pizza company that now moonlights as an unlikely hero of U.S. roadways, recently announced additional Infrastructure Weeks, extending its paving program to one community in eac...


PPG Announces New Controller

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG recently appointed a new vice president and corporate controller, following an investigation into the company’s financial reports earlier this year.


BIG Unveils Google Campus Plans

Bjarke Ingels Group, working in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, is designing Google’s new 1.04-million-square-foot campus, located in Sunnyvale, California, composed of two buildings ...


TX Voters Pass $2.5B Flood-Mitigation Bond

A year after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, voters in Harris County have approved a $2.5 billion bond measure that will allow commissioners to move forward with the more than 20...


OSHA Fines CO Companies $170K for Fall

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two construction companies for a fatal fall that occurred at a Colorado worksite this past spring.


OR First State to Codify Timber High-Rises

The state of Oregon updated its building code earlier this month by becoming the first state in the country to allow timber buildings to rise more than six stories without special considerat...


Temporary Wall Collapses at Oroville Dam Site

The California Department of Water Resources confirmed Monday that a 30-foot-wide section of temporary wall along the Oroville Dam’s upper chute collapsed last week, though it reportedly wil...


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FHWA Debars PA Bridge Construction Firm

Almost three years after pleading guilty, Carl M. Weber Steel Service owners Dennis Weber and Dale Weber, as well as their conspiratorial business enterprise Karen Construction Inc. and its ...


North Carolina Elevated Water Tank Out for Bid

The Town of Cary is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Maynard Road Water Tank in Cary, North Carolina.


Concrete Blocks Used for Power Storage

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


NCDOT Prepared to Progress on 7-Mile Toll Bridge

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is moving closer to a project construction date for the Mid-Currituck Bridge, a project that has been beset by decades of delays. The record o...


PPG Appoints New VP, Controller

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG recently announced the appointment of a new vice president and corporate controller following an investigation into the company’s financial reports earlier...


MA to Help Homeowners with Crumbling Concrete

Late last month, Massachusetts legislators made sure that two provisions in the state’s budget were passed to help homeowners deal with crumbling concrete in their homes.


Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit Dismissed

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


MLB Team Hires BIG for New Field

Architecture firms Bjarke Ingels Group and Gensler have both been tapped to develop a new ballpark to replace the current home of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics, though funding fo...


Tappan Zee Remains Sunk for Artificial Reef

Pieces of the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be supporting a new kind of life: concrete and steel from demolition of the span were sunk 2.4 miles south of the Moriches Inlet, located in New York...


Boston Eyes Legislation for Net-Zero Buildings

A city councilor in Boston is preparing to introduce a proposal this fall that would incentivize developers to incorporate more net-zero designs in the city’s building boom.


Concrete Blocks Eyed as Power-Storage Solution

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


EPA Official Warned State on Flint Water

An Environmental Protection Agency official who blew the whistle on the lead-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, testified late last week that he told Michigan Department of Environment...


Suit Targets Coast Guard Over Line 5

A lawsuit filed last week by an environmental group alleges the United States Coast Guard isn't sufficiently prepared to respond if there were a spill on Enbridge Energy's Line 5 liquids pip...


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule FAQs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction w...


Judge, NTSB Squabble Over FIU Collapse Records

Over five months after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, Leon County state court Judge Kevin Carroll ruled Tuesday that the Florida Department of Tra...


Judge Dismisses Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


Graphene Proposed to Cut Pipeline Corrosion

Researchers based out of the University of Manchester and TWI Ltd. recently developed a way to incorporate graphene into a polymer liner that can extend the lifespan of marine pipelines.


New Coating for Structural Steel Released

US Coatings (St. Louis, Missouri), along with Valentus Specialty Chemicals have announced an improved polyurethane maintenance coating that the companies say is “based on groundbreaking tech...


Groups Ask SCOTUS to Review CA Lead Case

The Association of National Advertisers and Atlanta Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm, have filed a “friend of the court” brief has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the lea...


Firm Achieves Energy Nods with Glass Facade

For its design of a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill decided to chase the sun. And it paid off with a LEED Platinum certification earl...


Deadline Approaches for SSPC Structure Awards

The deadline is quickly approaching for submissions to the Structure Awards, the program honoring excellent work on protective coatings projects presented annually by SSPC: The Society for P...


Accessibility Upgrades Needed at Harvard Library

The town of Harvard, Massachusetts, is soliciting contractors for various accessibility upgrades at the the Old Town Library, a former site of the Harvard Public Library.


WSDOT Building Highway Ramps with Styrofoam

Road construction for those in Puget Sound just became all the sweeter: What looks like giant sugar cubes are being used as fill for construction projects across the area, and according to t...


Roof Rehab Project Challenged by Hurricanes

Historic roof rehabilitation projects are not always easy. The historic Charleston Library Society completed a major roof rehabilitation project last year during what became a hyperactive U....


SF Tunnel Death Spurs Contractor Checks

A week after a worker was struck and fatally injured by a steel beam while working on a $40 million transit tunnel improvement project in San Francisco, the city’s transit authority is promi...


OSHA Issues Silica Rule Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction w...


SSPC Structure Awards Deadline Nears

The deadline is quickly approaching for submissions to the Structure Awards, the program honoring excellent work on protective coatings projects presented annually by SSPC: The Society for P...


ABC Launches New Career Resource

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., working in collaboration with more than two dozen real estate industry associations, has created a website that allows users to explore different ca...


Contract Awarded for Grays Bridge Rehabilitation

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a project in the amount of $2,498,075 to Advantage Steel & Construction, of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, for the rehabilitation of the H...


PPG's Dulux Releases 2019 Color Picks

PPG’s Toronto-based Dulux Paints line is taking note from the Emerald Isle with its Colors of the Year for 2019.


AIA Pushes for School Design Legislation

Shortly after announcing an initiative to influence local, state and federal governments on updating school design guidelines, the American Institute of Architects made its way to the White ...


CA Anti-Offshore Drilling Bills Pass Committee

Two bills under consideration by the California state legislature are intended to stop oil and gas drilling off the state’s coast before it begins, in a rebuke of the federal government’s ef...


US Steel to Invest $750M in IN Plant

U.S. Steel announced late last week that, in light of President Donald J. Trump’s tariffs on imported steel, it will be investing $750 million to update and revitalize the 110-year-old flags...


New Single-Ply Roof Systems Unveiled

Materials company Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance announced on Monday that it has added two new products to its TremPly line.


Sides Clash at Line 5 Hearing

A hearing held Monday by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters examined the controversy around Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, calling into question recent action by the ene...


AK Shipyard Plans Layoffs

A shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, will layoff between 50 and 80 workers in the fourth quarter of this year as a major ferry project winds down and the facility faces a shortage of new work.


$814M Bridge Build Planned for Tampa

The Florida Department of Transportation recently issued a preliminary Request for Proposals for the design and construction of Tampa’s new eight-lane Howard Frankland Bridge, the largest co...


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New Glass, Ceramics Coating Line Unveiled

Philadelphia-based company Axalta Coating Systems recently announced the launch of its new portfolio of decorative coatings, designed to protect and enhance the aesthetics of glass and ceram...


Aecon to Rejoin Gordie Howe Consortium

Toronto-based construction firm Aecon Group has reportedly re-entered the Bridging North America consortium, the group selected to design and build the planned Gordie Howe International Brid...


DOE Lab Studies Fiber-Optic Corrosion Detection

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced the development of a system that uses fiber optic technology to detect corrosion in oi...


Ford Plans $740M Detroit Train Station Project

In a move to revive Detroit’s Cortland neighborhood, automaker Ford spent $740 million to acquire and later renovate Michigan Central Station, among other sites, with a long-term plan for a ...


US Steel to Invest in Gary Works

U.S. Steel (Pittsburgh) announced late last week that, in light of President Donald J. Trump’s tariffs on imported steel, it will be investing $750 million to update and revitalize the 110-y...


Coating Remover Designed for Easy Application

Concrete construction products manufacturer W.R. Meadows’ recently announced the release of Ultrite Coating Remover, a soy gel that removes a range of one-part topical coatings, including se...


DOD-Allied Nations Conference Extends Call for Abstracts

The DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference has extended the deadline for abstracts until Aug. 27, allowing those interested in participating to contribute to the conference procee...


Report: Military Bases Ignored Lead Hazards

A recent investigative report conducted by Reuters about lead levels in children who live on military bases has led to a cleanup effort at one of the most well-known sites: Fort Knox.


SSPC Revises Concrete Surface Prep Standard

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the revision of the SSPC-SP 13/NACE No. 6 “Surface Preparation of Concrete” standard, which has been updated with more relevant c...


Contractors Needed for Painting CA Community

The San Joaquin County Housing Authority in San Joaquin, California, is soliciting contractors for exterior coating applications at the Buthmann Community. The 10 residential duplex building...


WI Firm Cited in Fatal Blast Shop Incident

A Wisconsin-based manufacturer of construction equipment has settled with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over violations related to a fatal incident in November 2017 in wh...


Malibu Seeking Storm-Drain Artist

The City of Malibu, California, is seeking an artist to bring their craft to the city’s environmental public art campaign. The “Keep It Clean, Malibu” campaign was started in 2014 by artist ...


New Mexico City Airport Fate Up in the Air

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Psychedelic Mexican Snake Complex Comes Alive

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TX County Seeks Bids for Tank Rehab

The Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 11 is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of Water Plant No.1, in Houston, Texas.


Phase II Grants Fund NDT Tools for Nuclear Sites

Radiation Monitoring Devices, a subsidiary of Dynasil Corporation of America (Newton, Massachusetts) announced last week that it received two Phase II grants for technology for nondestructiv...


SSPC Ontario Announces Golf Outing

The Ontario chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will be hosting its September Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Willow Valley Golf Course in Hamilton, On...


SSPC Revises Concrete Surface Prep Standard

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MN City Sets Deadline to Save Historic Water Tower

A city in Minnesota is facing a dilemma in relation to its landmark century-old concrete water tower: To demolish, or to save, at a cost in the millions—or to build a replica in order to pre...


Judge Asked to Block Obama Center Construction

Several months after a lawsuit was filed to prevent city officials from authorizing construction of the $500 million, Chicago-based Obama Presidential Center, a federal judge is being asked ...


Tariffs, Design Changes Bump WA Arena to $700M

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Concrete Stain to Color Boise Street Mural

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NTSB: Serious Cracking Before FIU Collapse

Cracks in Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge, found only a few days before it collapsed, were more extensive than originally indicated, according to new preliminary report ...


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SSPC Ontario Chapter Announces Golf Outing

The Ontario chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will be hosting its September Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Willow Valley Golf Course in Hamilton, On...


State Won't Expedite Hanford Site Grouting

Weeks after the U.S. Department of Energy petitioned the state of Washington to hurry the approval process for the stabilization of a second tunnel full of radioactive waste at the Hanford S...


AAMA Releases Structural Silicone Glazing Guide

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently merged two previous publications to create AAMA SSGDG-1-17, also known as the "Structural Silicone Glazing Design Guidelines,” w...


MIT Designs Mass Timber Prototype Building

A class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has set out to showcase the benefits of mass timber construction by developing a prototype that will be presented this October at the Mai...


Activists Appeal Line 3 Replacement Approval

A pair of environmental groups have gone to court to challenge the approval of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement project in Minnesota, arguing that the environmental impact statement appr...


Study: US Industry is Overspending $177B/Year

A new survey that interviewed nearly 600 participants has found that the construction industry is spending $177.5 billion in non-optimal activities, such as fixing mistakes, looking for proj...


Thortex, Valentus Announce Partnership

Valentus Specialty Chemicals recently announced, in an emailed press release, its commitment to a global technology supply agreement through its protective maintenance coatings segment and t...


Senator Questions United States' Tariff Process

The United States’ tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum are garnering criticism not only from many of the countries that have been subjected to the duties, but from members of U.S. Congress...


Judge Tosses Moroun Challenge to Howe Bridge

In the latest ruling against Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Colombo Jr. dismissed Moroun’s attempts to block the seizure of land...


New Adhesive Delivery System Released

Coatings and restoration systems company Sto Corp. has introduced a new adhesive delivery system that it says has an advantage over traditional cement-based adhesives.


Plea Deal Tossed in 2016 CA Fire

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Senator Questions 'Arbitrary' Tariff Process

The United States’ tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum are garnering criticism not only from many of the countries that have been subjected to the duties, but from members of U.S. Congress...


Twisting Tower Tops Out in NYC

The first of two towers that will “dance together” on Manhattan’s skyline, collectively known as The Eleventh, recently topped out, with construction work continuing to progress.


Valentus, Thortex Announce Partnership

Valentus Specialty Chemicals recently announced, in an emailed press release, its commitment to a global technology supply agreement through its protective maintenance coatings segment and t...


Hudson Yards Reaches Agreement with Carpenters

The developer of the highly touted Hudson Yards project in New York City, The Related Cos., announced last week that it has reached a labor agreement with the New York City District Council ...


Repair, Repainting Needed for Public PA Farm

Pennsylvania's Allegheny County is looking for contractors to perform repainting and repair work to two barns and a silo at Round Hill Park Farm, a 1,101-acre park and working farm open to t...


Town Set to Vote on Burger Water Tank

The proponents of a yearslong campaign to get one town's water tower painted like a giant hamburger are cooking with gas now, as a collection of design renderings are up for a public vote.


New Paint Management System Unveiled

Global coatings company AkzoNobel is introducing a new system that it says will empower customers in the pre-coated metal industry to create coatings of any gloss or color “on the spot.”


Senate Passes Bill with $1B for BUILD Grants

Early last week, the U.S. Senate passed a proposal that provides $1 billion in infrastructure grants for fiscal 2019—funding that would go to BUILD infrastructure grants, formerly known as T...


CDC Recommends Changes on Heat Hazards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently investigated whether heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, alongside the A...


OSHA Moves to Change Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in late July that it would be taking steps to roll back parts of the Obama-era "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Il...


SprayWorks Announces Scholarship Program

SprayWorks Equipment Group recently announced its new scholarship program, The James Davidson Innovative Student Scholarship, named after the company owner and geared toward encouraging stud...


Free Webinar: Concrete Polishing Essentials

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 15, entitled: “Concrete Floor Polishing Essentials.”


WVDOT Seeks Contractor for Bridge Reno

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for structural renovation of the Old Hi Carpenter Bridge, located in Pleasants County, West Virginia.


FERC Halts Pipeline Construction

Late last week the U.S. Federal Regulatory Commission ordered work on the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia hydrofracking operations, to...


CDC Releases Study on Workplace Heat Risks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently took on research to find out if heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as ...


Oroville Review Board Addresses Assessment

The California Department of Water Resources met recently with its newly appointed Community Ad Hoc Group and Independent Review Board as part of a Comprehensive Needs Assessment aimed at en...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


Nashville Airport Awards $144M Contract

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority awarded a $144 million piece of its $1.2 billion expansion plan to Cincinnati, Ohio-based Messer Construction late last month, marking the sixth ...


SprayWorks Announces Scholarship Program

SprayWorks Equipment Group (Canton, Ohio) recently announced its new scholarship program, The James Davidson Innovative Student Scholarship, named after the company owner and geared toward e...


Chemical Firm, CEO Indicted Over Harvey Fires

Chemical firm Arkema and two high-level company officials were indicted late last week by a Harris County, Texas, grand jury over a series of exposions and fires at its Crosby plant during H...


Dominion, Orsted Progress on VA Offshore Wind

Plans for Virginia’s first offshore windfarm were recently kicked off with the announcement that Dominion Energy Virginia has filed with the state’s corporation commission for approval to bu...


Keystone Coating Inspected Near Spill Site

According to a local newspaper, part of TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline is being unearthed for external inspections over concerns about possible damage to the decade-old oil pipeline's coati...


App Uses Virtual Reality for Fall Protection

To help workers in the construction industry identify fall hazards and learn how to create a fall protection system, the American Society of Safety Professionals released a virtual reality a...


Contractor Pleads Guilty in Metro Concrete Case

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


Citation for Tank Contractor Withdrawn

More than two years after a citation was issued against Caldwell Tanks Inc. for not providing adequate ventilation for workers welding inside a water tank, Administrative Law Judge Peggy S. ...


Arkema, CEO Indicted for Harvey Incident

Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey triggered a series of explosions at an Arkema chemical plan in Crosby, Texas, a Harris County grand jury has indicted the company and two executives for ...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


Decision on Boston Bridge Rebuild Postponed

Continuing a saga of contention, a decision for the first of three city permits Boston needs to build a new Long Island Bridge has been postponed yet again, because the commission whose ruli...


OSHA Proposes Scaling Back Recordkeeping Rule

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced steps late last month to rescind parts of the Obama-era “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


Carboline Acquires Strathmore, American Coatings

Protective coatings manufacturer Carboline Company announced Wednesday it has acquired coatings firm Strathmore and the American Coatings brand, which Strathmore acquired in 2014.


Contractor Sought for NE Ballpark Repaint

Sarpy County is looking for contractors to perform exterior painting work at Werner Park, a minor league baseball stadium in Papillion, Nebraska. Built in 2011, the 6,434-seat-stadium is hom...


Axalta to Expand TX Liquid Coatings Facility

Coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems is undertaking a major expansion to its Jacksonville, Texas, industrial coatings production facility, according to an announcement issued July 31.


Salt Lake City International Airport Reaches Halfway Mark

The new Salt Lake City International Airport is 50 percent complete as of last week, ushering in a new phase of work that will become increasingly visible to residents as construction contin...


Contractor Admits Guilt in Metro Concrete Fraud

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


Canadian Ski Resort Opens Harrowing Bridge

If you’re both a bridge enthusiast and a thrill-seeker, Canada’s largest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, has the answer: a 427-foot-long suspension bridge that hangs above the ski slopes of ...


Axalta Announces TX Plant Expansion

Coatings company Axalta announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its Jacksonville, Texas, production facility.


O'Malley Named MPI Executive Director

The NACE International Institute announced Tuesday that Cynthia O’Malley, formerly of KTA-Tator Inc., will take the role of executive director of Master Painters Institute LLC.


CA Company Charged $2M in Wage Violations

California’s Labor Commissioner’s office has recently issued several citations to an industry company amounting to nearly $2 million dollars in wage theft violations.


Carboline Acquires Strathmore, American Coatings

Protective coatings manufacturer Carboline Company, part of the RPM Group, announced Wednesday it has acquired coatings firm Strathmore and the American Coatings brand, which Strathmore had ...


OSHA Cites Shipyard After January Explosion

Over half a year after a deadly explosion on the towboat William E. Strait, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a citation against ship repair contractor First ...


$207M KY Convention Center Reno Complete

The Kentucky International Convention Center is just days away from its grand reopening ceremony, capping a nearly two-year, $207 million renovation that has completely changed the face of t...


Finalists Revealed for NASA Mars Habitat

NASA, working in collaboration with partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, recently announced the finalists of the third phase of the agency’s 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challeng...


Contractors Sought for TX Tank Repainting

The City of Seguin is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Seguin Lucile Street Elevated Water Storage Tank, in Seguin, Texas.


St. Louis Bridge Flagged for Deterioration Before Crash

Vehicular impact caused a 2,700-pound chunk of concrete to fall from the Lindell-Union Bridge in Saint Louis last week, killing one and injuring the driver who hit the bridge. According to r...


NACE Names New MPI Executive Director

The NACE International Institute announced Tuesday the appointment of Cynthia O’Malley as its new executive director for Master Painters Institute LLC.


New Paint Stripper Alternative Unveiled

Chemicals company Nexeo Solutions Inc. (The Woodlands, Texas) announced on Tuesday (July 31) that it has released new paint-stripping products that are methylene chloride-free.


Golden Gate 'Suicide Barrier' Install Begins

Work installing the new “suicide barrier,” aimed at discouraging bridge-jumpers, has begun in earnest on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, according to reports from local media in the city...


MD Latest State to Enact Contractor Wage Law

The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors.


CRSI Awards 2018 Honors

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute recently announced the winners of its biennial CRSI HONORS Design and Construction Awards program, with two entries in the Bridges segment winning an...


NASA Mars Habitat Finalists Revealed

NASA, working in collaboration with partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, recently announced the finalists of the third phase of the agency’s 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challeng...


Concrete Mix Caused Cracks in $70M Stadium

A new report has given officials more insight as to what went wrong in the construction of a $70 million high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas.


Draft Assessment for New Keystone XL Route Positive

TransCanada’s long-planned Keystone XL pipeline is a step closer to being built after the U.S. State Department released a draft environmental impact statement suggesting that the alternativ...


Coalition to Make Fire Safety Standards

More than 30 international professional associations and building organizations are banding together to form a new group focused on fire safety.


Old War Plane Restored with Paint Firm's Help

Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams' aerospace coatings arm recently donated paint to help complete the Yankee Air Museum's restoration of a historic aircraft—a C-47 from the Vietnam War.


CRSI Announces 2018 Honors

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute recently announced the winners of its biennial CRSI Honors Design and Construction Awards program, with 19 projects being selected for recognition.


Foxconn Awards 37 Contracts for $10B Campus

Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group recently announced that it has awarded 37 more contracts for its $10 billion campus project in Racine County, Wisconsin.


Pipeline Firms, Steelmakers Clash Over Tariffs

The battle over steel import tariffs in the U.S. is continuing to heat up, as an executive behind the Cactus II pipeline told Congress last week that the measures amounted to a “$40 million ...


NJ Rail Bridge, Slated for Demo, Collapses

A 405-foot-long New York, Susquehanna and Western railroad bridge, located in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, partially collapsed as a train was crossing it late last week; though slated for re...


Air Force Tests New Corrosion-Prediction Tool

A new environmental sensing platform developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, could help to predict if craft are susceptible to cor...


MARAD Announces Small Shipyard Grants

To help increase efficiency and growth for small shipyards, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded $20 million in grants to 29 shipyards as part of ...


Golden Gate Towers Largely Rated 'Good'

April’s inspection of the towers of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge—the first detailed inspection of the towers in the structure’s 80-year history—revealed steel and concrete in go...


New Pitch Pan, Sealant Released

Roofing industry company Mule-Hide Products Co. recently announced a new line of products that are meant to aid in low-slope roofing jobs.


AZ SSPC Plans Golf Outing

The Arizona chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is gearing up for its annual golf outing, to take place Sept. 21 at the Legacy Golf Club, in Phoenix.


Exterior Painting Needed for FL Apartments

The City of St. Petersburg, Florida, is seeking contractors for the coating of four buildings at the Jamestown Apartments and Townhouses complex.


SC Nuclear Plant Reports Leak

Radioactive uranium has been found leaking through the floor of a South Carolina Westinghouse factory, continuing a 35-year track record of plant issues.


ACI Introduces Flatwork Certification

Industry professionals will now be able to achieve two new designations through the American Concrete Institute, according to a new release from the organization last week.


Investigations Deepen in FL Building Collapse

Days after a condominium came crashing down unexpectedly during a planned demolition, a criminal investigation has been opened and the one person injured in the incident has been identified.


House Infrastructure Chair Unveils Draft Plan

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pennsylvania, who serves as chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, unveiled a draft proposal Monday to provide the long-languishing Highway...


Biologist Works to Merge Science, Architecture

University of California, Los Angeles biologist and researcher Noa Pinter-Wollman has started inquiring into the impact spaces—both built and natural—has on behavior, launching a new field o...


NE Researchers Tout Corn in Concrete

In response to the increasing demand for sustainable building materials, researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether ash produced by burning corncobs a...


AkzoNobel, Startup Collab on Additives

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced this week that it is working with Renmatix, one of the winners of the company’s Imagine Chemistry challenge in 2017, on biomass-based performance addi...


Free Webinar: Coil Coatings for Buildings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Tuesday, July 31, entitled: “Coil Coatings For Architectural Buildings.”


NY Construction Execs Charged with Fraud

Two men were indicted in an Albany, New York, court for allegedly stealing the identities of minority-owned Lorice Enterprises Inc. and Precision Environmental Solutions Inc. as well as for ...


Mercedes-Benz Stadium Roof Finally Complete

Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials say that the one-of-a-kind retractable roof on Atlanta’s $1.5 billion sports venue is finished, about 11 months after the building opened to the public.


Cracks Halt Pensacola Bay Bridge Construction

Thanks to cracks found in a section of concrete on the Pensacola Bay Bridge, construction on the $398.5 million project has been delayed twice over the past several months, raising concerns,...


CA Authorizes $2.7B in Water Storage Work

California officials have approved more than $2.5 billion in spending for water projects in the state, including new and expanded dams and reservoirs in the Santa Clara Valley and Contra Cos...


NYDOT Awards Contract for $1.2M Bridge Rehab

The New York State Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $1,180,000 to Amstar of Western New York Inc. for the rehabilitation and coating of the Bonta Bridge, ...


Waterborne Symposium Issues Call for Papers

The 46th Annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coating Symposium recently issued a call for abstracts for next year's conference, slated to take place from Feb. 24 to March...


Industry Awards Deadline Friday

The final deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is this Friday, July 27; there will be no further extension, so individuals and companies are encouraged to s...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q2 Numbers

The Sherwin-Williams Company released its 2018 second-quarter earnings report on Tuesday, reporting a record for the quarter with a 27.8 percent increase in consolidated net sales to $4.77 b...


Early DC Metro Concrete Tests Favorable

Initial testing triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit, which called out faulty concrete panels on Washington D.C.’s Silver Line Metro stations, suggests that the problem may not be as widespr...


Elevation Awards Nomination Deadline Looms

Time is running out to submit your nomination to Durability + Design's second annual Elevation Awards. D+D is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to en...


AkzoNobel, Startup Collaborate on Biomaterials

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced this week that it is working with Renmatix, one of the winners of the company’s Imagine Chemistry challenge in 2017, on biomass-based performance addi...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Record Sales in Q2

Sales were up in the second quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company, which reported consolidated net sales of $4.77 billion in its quarterly report, issued Tuesday, attributing the ...


Research: Corn Might Improve Concrete Durability

In a bid to provide a sustainable building material for aging infrastructure in the U.S., researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether corncobs, the ele...


Study: Line 5 Spill Could Top $1.8 Billion

A new risk analysis performed by Michigan Technological University and released in draft form last week indicates that a worst-case release on Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline under the Str...


Early Silver Line Concrete Tests Favorable

Initial testing triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit, which called out faulty concrete panels on Washington D.C.’s Silver Line Metro stations, suggests that the problem may not be as widespr...


Waterborne Symposium Calls for Papers

The 46th Annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium has issued a call for abstracts for its 2019 conference, slated for Feb. 24 to March 1 at the Astor Crowne...


Miami Beach Condo Collapses, Injures 1

A vacant Miami Beach condominium that was slated for demolition came crashing down Monday morning injuring one construction worker, officials say.


Clariant Expands Partnership with Lintech

Specialty chemicals firm Clariant (Muttens, Switzerland) recently announced the expansion of its partnership with specialty chemical distributor Lintech International LLC (Macon, Georgia)—Li...


DOL Rolls Back Union 'Persuader Rule'

The U.S. Department of Labor announced early last week that it has officially rescinded the Obama-era 2016 Persuader Rule, which was an extension of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclo...


Greenbuild Announces Amal Clooney, Buddy Guy

Earlier this month the U.S. Green Building Council announced both the headliner and keynote speaker for the 2018 Greenbuild International Conference Expo, slated for Nov. 14-16 at the McCorm...


CA Highway 1 Reopens in Big Sur

More than a year after record-breaking wet winter for California, which caused extensive damage to infrastructure, a portion of the state’s scenic Highway 1 along Mud Creek has finally been ...


Contractors Needed for CA Park Expansion

The City of Rialto, California, is seeking contractors for the north and south expansion of Frisbie Park.


Report: Construction Disputes Dragged On in 2017

Global design and consultancy firm Arcadis recently released a report detailing that while the value of construction disputes in North America dropped for the fourth year in a row, the avera...


Coatings Leader Clive Hare Dies at Age 76

Clive H. Hare, a longtime JPCL columnist, coating-chemistry expert and author of influential books on protective coatings, passed away July 14 at the age of 76 at his home in Brookfield, New...


PPG Reports Sales, Volume Growth in Q2

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries reported increased net sales and sales volumes in its 2018 second-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, noting that a new restructuring program,...


RPM Releases Q4, Year-End Numbers

RPM International Inc., the parent company of paints and coatings firms including Rust-Oleum, Carboline and Tremco, released on Thursday (July 19) its financial report for its fiscal fourth ...


RPM Fourth-Quarter, Year-End Numbers Mixed

Holding company RPM International Inc., parent of paints and coatings companies including Carboline, Tremco and Rust-Oleum, reported record sales but a dip in net income in the fourth quarte...


Sales, Volume Growth Up for PPG in Q2

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries released its second-quarter financial report Thursday, indicating increased net sales and sales volumes, noting that a new restructuring program, whic...


Book to Explore Video Game Architecture

A game developer and writer has recently completed the crowdfunding to create an atlas for virtual cities that will break down the architecture in everything from Fallout’s New Vegas to Sile...


Elevated Tank Rehab in FL Out for Bid

The City of Ormond Beach is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Water Treatment Plant elevated water-storage tank in Ormond Beach, Florida.


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

Global coatings firm PPG (announced two leadership changes earlier this week: Diane Kappas, currently vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, was appointed as the vice pres...


New Exterior Stain Unveiled

The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Consumer Brands Group recently announced the release of a new line of exterior stain products that it says provides all-weather protection in one coat.


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Dip in Q2

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel released its second-quarter financial report yesterday, noting revenues 3 percent lower than originally forecast, owing largely to difficulties in the Marine a...


Coatings Luminary Clive Hare Dies at Age 76

Clive H. Hare, a longtime JPCL columnist, coating-chemistry expert and author of influential books on protective coatings, passed away July 14 at the age of 76 at his home in Brookfield, New...


DOL Rescinds Union 'Persuader Rule'

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that it has officially rescinded the Obama-era 2016 Persuader Rule, which was an extension of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.


Revenue Down for AkzoNobel in Q2

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel published the financial report for its second quarter yesterday, reporting revenue 3 percent lower than originally forecast, which can be attributed to...


DOE: Hanford Tunnel Should be Grouted ASAP

The U.S. Department of Energy is calling for work filling a hazardous-waste storage tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear Site with grout to start within weeks so that the job will be finished befor...


Report Touts Growth of Design-Build Model

A new report issued by supporters of the design-build model suggests the procurement method may be on the rise in the coming years in the United States, owing to its reputation for shortenin...


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

Global coatings firm PPG (Pittsburgh) announced two leadership changes earlier this week: Diane Kappas, currently vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, was appointed as t...


Tariff Exemption Rulings Mixed for Oil and Gas

The Department of Commerce has issued some of its first decisions on oil and gas companies’ requests for exemptions from the new U.S. steel tariffs, with a major pipeline firm losing its bid...


Discussions Continue on Air Force One Redesign

President Donald J. Trump recently confirmed changes are in store for Air Force One, noting that the presidential plane will be completely updated, which includes a new paint scheme.


Report: Construction Disputes Increased in 2017

A new report from global design and consultancy firm Arcadis (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) has revealed that although the value of construction disputes in North America dropped for the fourth...


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Firm Pleads Guilty in Deadly NYC Fall

The company that was overseeing a Manhattan construction project where a worker died last fall has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.


Nominations Close July 27

With the nomination deadline for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards now less than two weeks away, there’s still time to enter your favorite product, innovation or industry figure to b...


Golden Gate 'Trolleys' Could Spur Cable Painting

Painters working to maintain San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge may soon have a new tool at their disposal: A proposed $10 million “trolley” system along the bridge’s cables, to help ...


SGS, Baker Hughes Partner on Corrosion

Global inspection company SGS announced last week a strategic alliance agreement with oil and gas firm Baker Hughes on a new real-time software- and sensor-based corrosion detection solution...


Report: Design-Build Use Growing in U.S.

While design-bid-build remains the most widely used project delivery method in the U.S., a new report indicates that design-build delivery—in which an owner works with a single entity for bo...


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Tampa Bay Rays Propose $900M Stadium

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays revealed plans for a new 30,842-seat, $892 million stadium that serves, according to Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Rays since 20...


TCI Announces Move Beyond Powder Coatings

After 30 years in powder coatings, supplier TCI recently announced a branding change and an expansion into liquid and electrocoat products.


New Water-Based Sealer Unveiled

Building products manufacturer W.R. Meadows (Hampshire, Illinois) recently announced the release of a new water-based sealer that the company says can aid the appearance of decorative hardsc...


IPPIC to Present to Marine Industry on Fouling

The International Paint and Printing Ink Council announced last week that it will work with the World Ocean Council to co-present a special session on biofouling at the 2018 Sustainable Ocea...


Army Corps Proposes $20B Floodwall for NYC

In a bid to protect New York City’s waterfront from another storm like Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented several options for a $20 billion barrier that would stretc...


New Mall in Mexico City Partially Collapses

A months-old luxury shopping mall and multi-use building in Mexico City partially collapsed last week just minutes after the building was evacuated, blocking lanes of traffic in one of the c...


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County Greenlights Return of Geese to Bridge

The graffiti geese of Pittsburgh’s 10th Street Bridge may be returning to roost thanks to a vote by the Allegheny County Council Tuesday that approved the repainting of the longstanding work...


Contractors Needed for Historic School Interior

The Town of Belmont, Massachusetts, is looking for contractors to paint the interior of a cafeteria at a historic elementary school.


University of Dayton Snags $72M Air Force Contract

Corrosion control and protective coatings research play into a six-year, $72 million contract The University of Dayton Research Institute has entered into with the United States Air Force.


TCI Announces Expansion, Initiatives

Powder coatings manufacturer TCI recently announced that it's celebrating its 30th anniversary with a branding change and an expansion of services.


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


$8B LaGuardia Megaproject Well Underway

New York City’s LaGuardia airport—once compared to a “Third World country”—is in the midst of a $7.9 billion, 10-year overhaul, and is attempting to maintain full operations, accommodating 1...


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PennDOT Awards Contract for Fleming Park Bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded Mosites Construction Company, of Pittsburgh, a project in the amount of $10,977,422 for rehabilitation of the Fleming Park Bridge, l...


RPM Announces Operation Changes

Less than two weeks after announcing new initiatives as part of a cooperation agreement with fund manager Elliott Management, coatings and sealants holding company RPM Inc. said July 6 that ...


Concrete Falls from Syracuse Rail Bridge

A portion of a railroad bridge collapsed in downtown Syracuse, New York, last Thursday, with engineers arriving to investigate the issue a few days after.


Judge Rules Bridge-Bid Suit May Continue

A suit filed in 2016 in reaction to a bridge-painting contract award in the Philadelphia area will continue, after a federal judge in New Jersey last month denied the Delaware River Port Aut...


MAPEI Signals Expansion

Coatings and building products manufacturer MAPEI Corporation recently announced that it will be expanding its operations through two new locations in Florida and Georgia.


Shipyard Touts Tampa Site for Icebreakers

A U.S. Coast Guard initiative to produce new icebreaker vessels for use in polar waters could bring thousands of jobs to western Florida if one of the shipyards in the running for the long-t...


Canadian Government Grants CPCA’s Exemption Request

The Canadian government recently granted the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association's request for an exemption from tariffs on U.S. goods coming into the country, as language could be inter...


2 Injured, 1 Fatally, in TX Water Tank Collapse

One worker was killed and another injured Friday (July 6) when a section of sidewall collapsed into a water tank that was under construction in Porter, Texas.


Judge Allows Bayou Bridge Pipeline to Move Forward

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday (July 6) that construction will be allowed to move forward on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project, which runs through ...


RPM Announces Leadership Changes

Less than two weeks after announcing new initiatives as part of a cooperation agreement with fund manager Elliott Management, coatings and sealants holding company RPM Inc. said July 6 that ...


New Metal Primer Released

Los Angeles-based coatings manufacturer Dunn-Edwards announced on Monday the release of a new metal primer, one that the company says provides superior resistance to corrosion.


Massive CO Airport Reno Timeline Released

Work on Denver International Airport’s massive renovation kicks off this week, marking the beginning of a multi-year, multi-phase process that will cause detours and require a demanding amou...


Tronox-Cristal Deal Approved by EC

The European Commission recently approved Tronox Limited’s acquisition of the Cristal titanium dioxide pigment business, even though the original deal closure date was anticipated by the fir...


Boring Company Unveils Images of Gantry

After winning the bid to build a tunnel for Chicago’s transit system between downtown and O’Hare Airport, Elon Musk’s Boring Company last week revealed the gantry being developed for the Loo...


Just Weeks Left for Elevation Awards Nominations

Time is running out to submit your nomination to Durability + Design's second annual Elevation Awards. D+D is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to en...


Enbridge Sues Tug Firm Over Line 5 Damage

Enbridge Energy, operator of the Line 5 liquids pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan, filed suit last week in a federal court against VanEnkevort Tug and Barge, the company who...


Canada Grants Coatings Tariff Exemption

With concerns over countermeasure tariffs on U.S. goods rising, the Canadian government has granted the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association’s (CPCA) request for an exemption from these t...


Historic NYC Fire Boat's Paint Job Dazzles

A retired fireboat in New York Harbor will be giving tourists the ol’ razzle-dazzle for the remainder of the summer and fall as part of a public-art project highlighting a unique form of “ca...


Gordie Howe Bridge Contractor Named

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority announced last week that international consortium Bridging North America is its "preferred proponent" to design and build the Gordie Howe International B...


EU Approves Steel Anti-Dumping Measures

The European Union voted Thursday to approve a combination of quotas and tariffs on steel products to offset a feared influx of “dumped” steel after the United States placed its own tariffs ...


EC Approves Tronox-Cristal Deal

The European Commission recently approved Tronox Limited’s acquisition of the Cristal titanium dioxide pigment business, even though the original deal closure date was anticipated by the fir...


AEC BuildTech Calls for Presentations

New industry event AEC BuildTech Conference & Expo has issued a call for presentations for its inaugural show April 30 – May 2 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illino...


NTSB: Construction Vehicle Caused Keystone Spill

A rupture last fall in TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline near Amherst, South Dakota, was the result of damage inflicted by a construction vehicle during installation, according to a report rel...


Researchers Study Self-Healing Epoxy Coating

A team of researchers based out of Isfahan University of Technology recently investigated the self-healing performance of an epoxy that contains microencapsulated alkyd resin, which is based...


EPA Admin Pruitt Hands in Resignation

President Donald J. Trump announced the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt via Twitter last Thursday.


EPA Head Pruitt Resigns

President Donald J. Trump revealed Thursday via Twitter that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.


Free Webinar: Coating Specs for Concrete Floors

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, July 11, entitled: “Dealing with the Likelihood of Damp Concrete Substrates & Exposure Conditions When Specifying Floor Coatings.”


Airbus Gets a Whale of a Paint Job

In late June, Airbus made a splash with the unveiling of the new design for the BelugaXL (Airbus A330-700L), a new mega-transport aircraft painted to look like its namesake—the Beluga whale.


Portsmouth Shipyard to Get $13M Upgrade

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will soon be getting a $13 million upgrade to its dry dock pumping facilities, according to New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators, who announced the contract for the work T...


CA Stadium Tops Out

Construction on the $2.6 billion stadium project, located in Inglewood, California, and future site of the 2028 Olympics closing ceremonies, topped out in late June, marked by a celebration ...


EU Authorizes Steel Anti-Dumping Measures

The European Union voted Thursday to approve a combination of quotas and tariffs on steel products to offset a feared influx of “dumped” steel after the United States placed its own tariffs ...


Report: 39 San Francisco Buildings in Quake Danger

The U.S Geological Survey recently released a report outlining dozens of San Francisco high-rises that would be at risk if a major earthquake were to occur.


MO Elevated Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Jefferson County Public Water Supply District No. 3 is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the West Rock Creek Rd. Elevated Water Storage Tank, in Arnold, Missouri.


Contractors Needed for NY Campus Painting

The Hudson Valley Community College is seeking contractors for a one-year-term interior and exterior painting contract for its campus in Troy, New York.


Olson Kundig Reveals Plans for Bob Dylan Center

Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig recently revealed a proposal for the new Bob Dylan Center, to be located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in association with an archive of the musician’s bel...


Cleanup Battle Brewing at Bay Bridge Site

Five years after the new Bay Bridge eastern span opened in San Francisco, bridge-painting waste is at the center of a budding conflict over continuing site cleanup.


Heat Wave Calls for Bridge Shower

As the dog days of summer approach, the heat gripping much of the United States is forcing many to head for the pool or spray park to cool down; in Chicago last weekend, it was a steel bridg...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Wednesday

In observance of the Independence Day holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Wednesday, July 4.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Wednesday

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


Navy Backs 'Omniphobic' Marine Coatings

Anish Tuteja, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, recently spearheaded research into an omniphobic coating—an “everything repellent” th...


More Corrosion Possible in Hanford Tanks

Recently disclosed findings indicate that the kind of pitting corrosion that led to the decision to decommission the oldest double-shell radioactive waste storage tank at Washington’s Hanfor...


$14M in Contracts Awarded in $10B WI Project

Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group is moving right along with its $10 billion campus project in Racine County, Wisconsin, as the company and its general contractors have awarded $14 milli...


Hudson Yard's Residential Tower Tops Out

The second tallest tower in the Hudson Yards development—35 Hudson Yards—has finally topped out at 1,009 feet, marking the latest milestone in the project. The building is the ninth tallest ...


PPG Wraps Probe of Accounting Practices

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) announced Thursday (June 28) that it has wrapped up an internal investigation of practices within its accounting department after unc...


Collapsed Pittsburgh Highway Reopens

A 300-foot section of U.S. Route 30, which collapsed east of Pittsburgh during a landslide on April 7, has been restored, marking only three months needed to complete the repair work.


CA Lead Paint Ballot Measure Scrapped

On the day of the deadline to withdraw initiatives from California’s November ballot, manufacturers involved in a yearslong lead paint dispute did just that last Thursday, spiking plans for ...


PPG Ends Probe, Releases Updated Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries announced Thursday that it has concluded an internal investigation within its accounting department after uncovering evidence of improper practice...


Groups Release Adhesives Market Report

ChemQuest Group Inc. and Adhesive and Sealant Council Inc. recently partnered to produce and publish ASC’s 2017-2020 North American Market Report for Adhesives and Sealants with a Global Ove...


OSHA Reiterates July 1 Reporting Deadline

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers that electronic injury and illness reports for some are due Sunday.


Philly Council Passes New Construction Tax

The Philadelphia City Council narrowly voted last week to implement a new tax on construction projects.


Contractors Needed for Roofing in WY

The Wyoming Department of Administration and Information is seeking contractors for sprayed polyurethane foam roof recoats for four buildings in Cheyenne and Wheatland, Wyoming. The building...


AkzoNobel Completes Van Gogh Recreation

Earlier this month, AkzoNobel color experts completed a digital color recreation that reconstructed the original color scheme world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh used in his painting “Fi...


MN Officials Approve Line 3 Project Permit

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the Line 3 replacement project sought by Canadian energy firm Enbridge Inc., a day after questioning company off...


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Contractors Sought for WA Bridge Relocation

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for relocation of the historic Meridian Street Bridge, currently located in Pierce County, Washington.


Covestro CSO Northcote Passes Away

Richard Northcote, chief sustainability officer for polymers giant Covestro, passed away at the age of 58, announced late last week.


Research: Coating Could Protect Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


New Texture Spray System Unveiled

Equipment manufacturer Graco Inc. recently announced the launch of a new spray system, aimed to aid on small- to medium-sized texture jobs.


1 Killed in TX Construction Site Explosion

An explosion at a Texas construction site Tuesday afternoon has reportedly killed one construction worker and injured 15 more, and authorities are ruling the blast an accident.


Corrosion Eyed in FL Coaster Derailment

Corrosion was reportedly one of the issues that kept the Sandblaster roller coaster on Daytona Beach shut down for more than a month before an accident earlier in June that injured nine ride...


Asian Steel Floods Canada After US Tariffs

Steel pipes and tubes used in drilling and transporting crude oil moved largely into Canada this spring, and the government is reportedly taking action to prevent a possible further flooding...


Houston Startup's Coating Protects Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


IL Man Debarred Over Bridge Bearings

Over two years since his initial sentencing for making false statements about highway projects, Joel De La Torre, a Chicago-based contractor, was also debarred in late May from doing busines...


PPG to Close Houston Plant

Global coatings manufacturer PPG has confirmed plans to shut down a plant in Houston after filing a notice with the Texas Workforce Commission disclosing upcoming job cuts.


Global Group Offers Adhesives, Sealant Report

ChemQuest Group Inc. and Adhesive and Sealant Council Inc. recently partnered to ASC’s 2017-2020 North American Market Report for Adhesives and Sealants with a Global Overview.


SCDOT Details 'Explosive' Bridge Cable Rupture

Officials from the South Carolina Department of Transportation presented the findings of the investigation into last month's cable rupture on the James B. Edwards Bridge, in Charleston, to t...


EPA Proposes New Dust-Lead Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week (June 22) a proposal to lower the dust-lead hazard standards. The public has 45 days from the proposal’s release to comment o...


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that testing has shown high degrees of electrical conductivity in a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete it deve...


New Polyaspartic DTM Coating Released

Coatings manufacturer Carboline announced last week the release of a new polyaspartic coating that boasts a quick dry time.


PPG Announces Houston Plant Closure

Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG is planning to close a Houston manufacturing plant, according to documents filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.


NY Comptroller: High-Risk Dams Need Funding

A new report issued by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli estimates that it would take $360 million to repair all of the high- and intermediate-hazard dams in the state, though th...


Inspection Crew Trapped in Fatal DC Bridge Crash

On June 20, an inspection crew working from a boom bucket on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, in metropolitan Washington, D.C., were trapped underneath the bridge when a tractor-trailer lost contr...


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Moroun Appeals to Trump on Gordie Howe Bridge

In the latest bid to prevent construction of the Gordie Howe international Bridge, the Moroun family, owners and operators of Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge, have released a TV commercial askin...


US Issues First Steel Tariff Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its first round of exemptions to new steel and aluminum tariffs Wednesday, at the same time noting that it is investigating whether some companies i...


Box Stores Phase Out Paint Stripper

A few days after coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company's recent announcement that it will be phasing out paint strippers that contain methylene chloride, home-improvement box st...


Trump Executive Order Encourages Offshore Drilling

House Republicans issued a proposal last week that would saddle states with heavy fees, should the states not approve gas or oil drilling off their coasts, while President Donald J. Trump is...


How to Submit an Elevation Awards Nomination

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Water Tower-Turned-Home Hits Market in England

If you’re a water tower aficionado, you now have the chance to live in one: The £1.5 million ($1.9 million) Cromwell Tower, a water tower built in 1930 and decommissioned in 2004, was conver...


Paint Firm, Box Stores Phase Out Paint Stripper

Over the course of a week, coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company and one of the United States’ largest home-improvement stores announced they will be phasing out the sale of pai...


Contractors Needed for GA Boathouse Center

The Augusta-Richmond County Commission is seeking contractors for the exterior painting of the Boathouse Community Center in Augusta, Georgia.


Nominations Open for Tank of the Year

Coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc. has opened submissions for its annual Tank of the Year competition. The deadline for nominating projects is October 1.


US Issues First Steel Tariff Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its first round of exemptions to new steel and aluminum tariffs Wednesday, at the same time noting that it is investigating whether some companies i...


Chicago Launches Contest for Airport Design

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city is inviting architects from all over the world to participate in a design competition for the O’Hare Airport expansion plan.


Costco Debuts Edible Coating

Costco recently started selling avocados covered in an invisible, edible coating made from leftover plant skins and stems intended to lock in moisture and keep out gases that catalyze the ri...


Elevated Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The City of Clinton is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Clinton Elevated Water Storage Tank, in Clinton, Mississippi.


Florida Tech to Host Marine Corrosion and Fouling Conference

Florida Institute of Technology, located in Melbourne, Florida, and home of the Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control, will be hosting the five-day International Congress on Marine Cor...


Enforcement to Begin for Shipyard Silica Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcement of its new silica rule in the maritime and general-industry sectors Saturday, following enforcement in the const...


Officials Question WI Courthouse Coating Choice

With the work on Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Brown County Courthouse dome completed in October, a consulting firm is working to determine why the copper on the dome has already lost its shine.


DPRA, Muralists Team Up to Beautify Underpass

With four major Philadelphia-area bridges in its portfolio, the Delaware River Port Authority is accustomed to overseeing some big paint jobs, but a collaboration this summer with Mural Arts...


Architects Foundation Increases Scholarships

The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects, recently announced its 2018-19 Diversity Advancement Scholarship winners, extending the awardees...


OSHA Extends Comment Period on Crane Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will extend the comment period on the proposed crane operator certification rule.


Sherwin-Williams to Phase Out Methylene Chloride

Late last week, The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) announced that it will be phasing out the use of methylene chloride in its paint removal products by the end of the year.


ND Permits New Refinery Near National Park

Meridian Energy Group is a step closer to building its proposed Davis Refinery, near Belfield, North Dakota, after state officials approved a permit for the facility’s construction over the ...


Pipeline Builders Seek Tariff Exemptions

Several major U.S. energy companies, including Hess Corp. and Kinder Morgan Inc., are seeking exemptions from recently enacted steel-import tariffs.


Deadline Extended for 2nd Annual D+D Awards

You requested, we listened! For those of you who didn’t get a chance to submit your projects for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, the deadline has been extended.


Virginia DOT Studies Repairs for Impacted Bridge Beams

To address damage caused by over-height vehicles impacting bridges, the Virginia Department of Transportation recently released a study addressing feasible repair options to treat anything f...


Enbridge Outlines Line 5 Alternatives

Enbridge Energy released its report to the state of Michigan on possible replacement of its Line 5 pipeline Friday, concluding that a tunnel or an open cut with secondary containment would b...


Prestige Awards Deadline Extended

If you missed the deadline to submit a nomination for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, you're in luck: Technology Publishing Co., publisher of the PaintSquare family of publication...


NJ Commits $600M to Portal Bridge Replacement

As part of the larger Gateway Project, the New Jersey Transit board of directors recently approved $600 million in funding for the replacement of the Portal Bridge, a 108-year-old swing brid...


Chicago, Boring Company Plan Tunnel to O'Hare

The City of Chicago has chosen to move forward with a plan for Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to build a tunnel to transport passengers to and from O’Hare International Airport, a project th...


Nominations Open for SSPC Structure Awards

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now accepting nominations for its 2018-19 Structure Awards, to be presented in February at the 2019 Coatings+ Conference.


$2B Housing Settlement Reached with NYCHA

The New York City Housing Authority settled with federal prosecutors last week after a civil complaint was filed arguing that the agency exposed its residents to lead-poisoning risks and lie...


Tokyo Planning Solar Roads for Olympics

Four years after the first solar roadway was installed in the Netherlands, the technology is getting play in Tokyo, where it will be implemented ahead of the 2020 Olympics in a bid to show o...


Three World Trade Center Opens in NYC

Three World Trade Center, now New York City’s fifth-tallest building, had its grand opening last week as the exterior construction from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has officially finishe...


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The team that brings you PaintSquare Daily News each weekday is introducing a new product to help you keep up with the biggest stories related to the protective and marine coatings industry:...


PUC Staff Recommends Line 3 Replacement

The Minnesota Public Utility Commission will meet next week to determine whether Enbridge Energy may go forward with its plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline in that state, and PUC staff last...


ACA Opens Nominations for Mattiello Award

The American Coatings Association is now soliciting nominations for the 2019 Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award, to be presented at the ACA CoatingsTech Conference in Cleveland next April.


Pizza Chain Bankrolls Infrastructure Upgrades

As the United States awaits its much-touted (and much-delayed) multibillion-dollar infrastructure package, an unlikely hero is stepping in to help clean up the nation’s deteriorating roads: ...


Contractors Needed for Aircraft Display Repainting

The Department of the Air Force, Air Mobility Command is soliciting quotes from contractors to repaint an existing display cargo aircraft at the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston,...


SSPC Seeks Structure Awards Nominees

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now accepting nominations for its 2018-19 Structure Awards, to be presented at the 2019 Coatings+ Conference in February.


Firm Aims to Free Building Design via Elevators

A London architecture firm is researching ways to bend the rules when it comes to the structure of a skyscraper. The piece of the puzzle keeping innovation flatlined? Elevators.


IMCD to Acquire Chemicals Distributor Horn

Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD NV announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire U.S. chemicals distributor E.T. Horn Company, subject to regulatory approval.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: The Westin

Today is the last day to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, and we have counted down to the deadline with featured selections of this year’s nominees, ...


$28M Phase 2 of Ponchartrain Project Awarded

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has awarded a project in the amount of $28,360,002 to American Bridge Company, of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, for phase two of the re...


New Paint Aims to Trap Odors

In response to the hazards of third-hand smoke, Ecobond Paint LLC (Arvada, Colorado) has released a new line of odor-blocking paint that it says can protect against odors from smoke, fumes a...


Researchers Develop Pipe Lining to Combat Hydrates

Researchers at Southwest Research Institute say they’ve developed a way to protect pipeline internals with a superhydrophobic coating that they believe will prevent the collection of hydrate...


ACA Opens Nominations for Mattiello Lecture Award

The American Coatings Association is now soliciting nominations for the 2019 Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award, to be presented at the ACA CoatingsTech Conference in Cleveland next April.


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Huntsman Announces New Dubai PU Plant

Global chemical company Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, Texas) recently announced plans to build a new polyurethanes systems house in Dubai. The new facility, to be located in the Jebel...


PPG Paints Releases 2019 Color of the Year

PPG Paints has announced its 2019 Color of the Year, pulling from the “healing power of nature.”


Energy Industry Starts Campaign for Atlantic Drilling

The American Petroleum Institute announced last week that it has formed a new coalition to support the expansion of offshore drilling off the coasts of the southeastern U.S., enlisting a gro...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: The Forge

With just days left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (June 15) with featured selections of this year’s no...


Sherwin-Williams Opens Submissions for Impact Award

Coatings supplier Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings announced last week that submissions are now open for its annual Sherwin-Williams Impact Award, honoring excellence on North...


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$45M Grant to Fund NOLA Bridge-Tunnel Replacement

The replacement of a 60-year-old bridge-and-tunnel near New Orleans is a step closer to reality as the U.S. Department of Transportation has committed $45 million in funding for a new bridge...


Report: 90% of Contractors Worried about Labor

Labor shortages and rising steel prices are among some of the top concerns shown in the Q2 2018 United States Gypsum + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, which was relea...


Sherwin-Williams Reveals 2019 Color Forecast

The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) has released its 10th annual Colormix Color Forecast, announcing in a press release a 42-color palette that the company expects to see in 2019.


Lab Develops New 'Super Window'

A new type of window is on the horizon, according to The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California.


Award Nominations Close Friday

The inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards will honor the protective, marine and industrial coatings industry’s top people, innovations and products later this year, and the first step toward...


Street Honors Woman Who Helped Build Brooklyn Bridge

Emily Warren Roebling, the woman who oversaw the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, was honored in late May when a nearby street was christened with her name to commemorate her efforts.


PPG, DNV GL Ink Hull-Performance Deal

Global coatings firm PPG announced last week that it has entered into a partnership with Oslo-based global quality-assurance company DNV GL to further its study of hull performance and devel...


Newspaper, FDOT Spar Over FIU Bridge Records

The Miami Herald has sued for the release of records related to the deadly collapse in March of a pedestrian bridge on the campus of Florida International University, and the Florida Departm...


NY Official Pleads Guilty to $750M Bid-Rigging

A top executive of Buffalo, New York, general contracting firm LPCiminelli has pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for his part in an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving hundreds of mill...


Contractors Needed for Interior Library Painting

Chester County is seeking contractors to paint the interior of the Hankin Library, located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.


Almond Farmer Turns Water Tank into TIE Fighter

Not so long ago, on a farm far, far away, California almond farmer Erich Gemperle looked at a water storage tank on his sister’s property and saw the start of a Star Wars spacecraft known as...


MI, Enbridge to Discuss Straits Utility Tunnel

Michigan officials are reportedly working with Enbridge Energy on a possible plan to create a new “utility corridor” under the Straits of Mackinac that would contain the company’s Line 5 liq...


Harvard Student Talks Rearrangeable Building

With the changing demands of architecture in mind, Harvard Graduate School of Design student Stanislas Chaillou proposed that today’s technology could help innovate spaces that adapt to need...


Company Turns Project into 'Living Lab'

Students at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston, are getting a unique hands-on education in construction as a building contractor is using a new academic building project as a t...


CRRC Talks Ins, Outs of Rated Products Directory

Twenty years have passed since the Cool Roof Rating Council was first established through a partnership between roofing manufacturers, government, national laboratories, utilities and non-pr...


AWWA Annual Conference Starts Monday

The American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition begins Monday at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, in Las Vegas, promising four days of technical sessions, networking, ...


New Performance Coating Unveiled

Akron, Ohio-based coatings manufacturer APV Engineering Coatings has introduced what it calls a new technology to its line of Vynguard performance coatings and finishes for OEMs.


Contractors Needed for Two-Tank Coating

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is seeking contractors for the recoating of the Bellevue 2 and Turkey Hill Ground Water Storage Tanks, in Arlington, Massachusetts.


FTA Issues Rule to Encourage Private Investment in Infrastructure

At the end of May, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration issued its final rule for Private Investment Project Procedures, which is focused on encouraging pri...


Building Innovation Calls for Abstracts

The National Institute of Building Sciences is issuing a call for abstracts for its seventh annual Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo.


Designer Posts First Glimpse of Yeezy Home

A colleague of Kanye West has released renderings of a low-income housing scheme, which could be the first hint of what to expect from Yeezy Home, West’s intended dive into the architecture ...


Firm Finds Way to Reuse Construction Waste

An industry researcher has taken on the task of figuring out a way to recycle medium-density fiberboard by kicking off FibreCarb, a startup dedicated to recycling waste MDF.


Akron Tunnel Project Raises Neighbors' Hackles

As a 30-foot-wide boring machine makes its way beneath Akron, Ohio, as part of the $184 million Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel project, nearby residents are raising concerns that the dig may ...


Officials Investigating Cracks in $70M Stadium

The firms constructing a $70 million high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas, have now promised to get to the bottom of some suspiciously larges cracks that have appeared on the stru...


International Bridge Conference Begins Monday

The 2018 International Bridge Conference, presented by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, begins Monday (June 11) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, in National...


J.D. Power Releases Paint Company Ratings

Marketing research company J.D. Power recently released its annual U.S. Paint Satisfaction study, with Benjamin Moore and BEHR topping the lists for customer satisfaction in the interior pai...


ABC Calls for More Collaborative Safety Regulations

In a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Kwest Group President and Chairman of the Associated Builder and Contractors National Safety and Health ...


MI Promises Funding for Soo Locks Expansion

The state of Michigan has promised $50 million toward a massive project that supporters hope will expand the historic Soo Locks and allow more ship traffic through the St. Mary Falls Canal b...


$1B Houston Bridge Replacement Commences

The Harris County Toll Road Authority recently announced that work to replace the Houston Ship Channel Bridge will soon commence, marking the largest infrastructure project the agency has ev...


Meet the Prestige Judges: David Boyd

The deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is approaching quickly, and this week PaintSquare Daily News profiles the last of the esteemed judges who wi...


Construction Begins on San Diego Border Wall

A section of newly redesigned replacement border wall is under construction along the U.S.-Mexico border, located roughly a half-mile from the Pacific Ocean and standing 18-30 feet tall.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: NJ Luxury High-Rise

With just a few weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (June 15) with featured selections of this ye...


US Imposes Steel Tariffs on Canada, EU

After months of discussion regarding possible exemptions, the United States allowed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and European Union countries to take effect Friday, ...


University Robot Creates 'Intelligent' Bricks

Architect and senior lecturer Christian Lange, based out the University of Hong Kong, recently spearheaded the development of a robot that creates “intelligent” bricks that could reduce air ...


AIA Announces Small Project Awards

The American Institute of Architects announced Friday the winners of its 2018 Small Project Awards. Now in its 15th year, the program recognizes small-project practitioners for the quality o...


Corrosion Blamed for SC Bridge Cable Failure

The James B. Edwards Bridge, in Charleston, South Carolina, reopened Saturday after more than two weeks of work stemming from what officials now say was a cable failure caused by corrosion.


Workers: Tesla Paint Shop Plagued with Fires

Five Tesla employees recently reported that the company has had at least four fires at its Fremont, California, painting facility since 2014, including one in April that was enough to stop M...


Boston's Longfellow Bridge Rehab Complete

Boston’s century-old Longfellow Bridge, a steel rib arch bridge across the Charlies River, reopened late last week after five years of rehabilitation and preservation work that came in at a ...


Stadium Construction Allegedly Disrupts Business

The recent construction of the Orlando City Stadium has caused some backlash from a nearby business, which claims that the vibrations from the stadium’s construction cost it more than $1 mil...


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Research Covers Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to buildings that last by better resisting dam...


Lab Looks at Vapor Corrosion on Atomic Scale

Recent research at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has shed some light on the atomic-level process of corrosion vis a vis water...


Contractors Needed for VT Museum Painting

The Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services is seeking contractors for the painting of four structures at the Chimney Point Tavern Museum in Addison, Vermont.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Amazon Spheres

With just a few weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (June 15) with featured selections of this ye...


Rolls-Royce Details Program to Replace Engine Parts

To address corrosion defects on Trent 1000 Package C engines that have kept some Boeing 787 Dreamliners grounded, Rolls-Royce recently released a multipronged plan that includes an updated i...


US Lays Steel Tariffs on Canada, EU

After months of discussion regarding possible exemptions, the United States allowed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and European Union countries to take effect Friday, ...


Hempel Acquires Majority of Deco Paint Firm

Global coatings supplier Hempel announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire 65 percent of German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf in a move it says is part of a strategy for growth.


Pittsburgher Petitions to Save Bridge's Graffiti Geese

As Pittsburgh’s South 10th Street Bridge undergoes rehabilitation, a local artist has created a petition to preserve the landmark geese that are painted at the top of one of the bridge's tow...


Uber Reveals Skyport Proposals

In order to plan for the future demands of transportation infrastructure, Uber recently revealed six Skyport proposals at its second annual Elevate conference. These selections were reported...


Canadian Government Buys Embattled Pipeline

The government of Canada will buy U.S. energy company Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline in a CA$4.5 billion ($3.47 billion) deal that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes will expedite ...


Professor Touts Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to infrastructure that lasts, including bridge...


DOL Announces Plans to Revisit Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor recently announced its latest regulatory agenda, in which it discussed plans to revisit the overtime eligibility threshold, as well as calculations for regular rate o...


Study: Dam Removal Less Costly than Repair

A new study published by researchers at Portland State University, in Oregon, supports the contention that removing dams as they age could save the United States billions of dollars in compa...


$2.5M Cowlitz River Bridge Contract Awarded

The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $2,493,999 to Liberty Maintenance Inc., of Youngstown, Ohio, for the coating of the Cowlitz River Br...


NYC Introduces Safety Training Rule

Under a new law recently finalized in New York City, workers on many construction sites will be required to go through increased safety training.


Final Report Issued on TX Arkema Blasts

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an investigative body that examines incidents involving chemical dangers in the country, has released its final report on last August’s fire at an Arkema chem...


New Deck Stain Technology Introduced

Global paints and coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company has unveiled a new technology to its line of desk stains that it says reduces surface temperature by up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit...


FL Reps Look to Block Offshore Development

Florida’s House delegation is working to win a multiyear extension of the current moratorium against offshore drilling along the state's coasts; if the extension is won, they say, the morato...


MTA, Amtrak at Odds Over Penn Station Reno

Both New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and state officials recently accused Amtrak of planning to redevelop sections of Penn Station without input from other parties. A spokes...


CA Lead Paint Case Reaches Partial Settlment

One of the three companies in an ongoing legal battle in California has settled a lawsuit involving lead paint. NL Industries Inc., formerly known as National Lead Co., reached a $60 million...


Sunoco Pipeline Build Stalled Again

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission judge Elizabeth Barnes recently ordered the suspension of gas transportation through Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 pipeline, while also stopping any further ...


Boston-Quincy Row Over Bridge Heats Up

Boston and Quincy are once again arguing due to a sore spot related to the proposed Long Island Bridge: Quincy's City Council voted to ban commercial vehicles from the proposed construction ...


CSB Issues Final Report on Arkema Blasts

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an investigative body that examines incidents involving chemical dangers in the country, has released its final report on last August’s fire at an Arkema chem...


Mount Rushmore Getting $14M Renovation

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is finally getting a $14 million upgrade—work that has been deferred for the last six years. While public amenities are among the items to be renovated, ...


NYC Officials Finalize Safety Training Mandate

New York City officials have finalized requirements of a law passed last October that ups the safety training requirements for most of the city’s construction workers.


Researchers View Vapor Corrosion on Atomic Scale

Recent research at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has shed some light on the atomic-level process of corrosion vis a vis water...


Contractors Needed for FL Exterior Walls

Okeechobee County, Florida, is seeking contractors to repair the exterior walls of the Alderman Building. The building was originally constructed in 1964 where it served as the county jail u...


New ASTM Standard Looks at Floors

The American Society of Testing Materials will soon release a new standard that it says looks at flooring differently than before.


Arlington Bridge Prep Work Set to Begin

The National Park Service announced last week that preparatory work in advance of the rehabilitation of the Arlington Memorial Bridge, in Washington D.C., will begin this week.


MA, RI Award Offshore Wind Contracts

Both Massachusetts and Rhode Island have awarded extensive offshore wind contracts, bringing Massachusetts halfway to its goal of 1.6 GW wind energy capacity by 2027, along with Rhode Island...


MegaRust Wraps in San Diego

MegaRust 2018, the annual naval corrosion conference hosted by the American Society of Naval Engineers, came to a close Thursday after three days of corrosion control-related proceedings at ...


Deadline Approaching for Awards Nominations

Time is running out to submit your nomination to Durability + Design's second annual Elevation Awards. D+D is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to en...


PPG Gets Filing Extension

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced nearly two weeks ago that it filed for an extension with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commisision for its first-quarter financial repor...


NTSB Focuses on Crack in FIU Bridge Probe

As the investigation of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University continues, the National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released a preliminary report focu...


Interpreting OSHA's Fall Protection Rule

In my area of responsibility for the National Roofing Contractors Association, fall protection issues generally involve Subpart M of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s const...


Bridge for Sale, Slightly Used

An old Pratt through-truss span from the 1880s could be a really profitable investment! And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you outside of Pittsburgh. No, really.


IL to Offer Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

In honor of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Illinois Office of Tourism has designated a trail that connects 13 structures designed by the architect, running as far north as ...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 28.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 28.


Inmates Graduate from MO Trade Program

The first group of students at a new program in Kansas City, Missouri, graduated last week, and officials are calling the program a success.


Exoskeleton Developed for Physical Labor

Without using computers, batteries or actuators, suitX industrial exoskeletons reportedly reduce the risk of injury from lifting and similar physical labor.


US Imposes Duties on Vietnam Steel

The U.S. Department of Commerce ruled Monday that some steel products imported from Vietnam in recent years actually originated in China, diverted through the second country in order to circ...


PPG Gets 6-Month Q1 Filing Extension

Nearly two weeks after global coatings company PPG announced that it filed for an extension with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on its first-quarter financial report for 2018, t...


BC Applies New Reflective Road Paint

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation recently began painting more than 3,000 kilometers (over 1,800 miles) of roads in the Lower Mainland portion of the province. Part of the work i...


Meet the Prestige Judges: Chip Stein

The nomination window for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards continues through June 15, and as applications flow in, PaintSquare Daily News is profiling each of the seven expert judge...


Facebook Has Filed More Than $1B in Permits

Social media giant Facebook is in the process of constructing its Menlo Park, California, campus and has been buying up land all around its main West Campus building, MPK 20, and submitting ...


3D-Printed Cabin Made from Living Tiles

The Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities, located in Oakland, California, and developed by 3D printing research studio Emerging Objects, features an exterior populated with 4,500 of two types—one...


Mass Timber Structures Undergo Blast Testing

The Wood Products Council, along with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Lab, and Softwood Lumber Board, completed a second series of blast tests on cross-laminated timber structures at...


Silver Line Concrete Issues Allegedly Known Last Year

The timing of a whistleblower lawsuit has allegedly revealed that the issues with several flawed concrete panels along the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia were ...


KY Elevated Storage Tank Job Out for Bid

The Louisville Water Company is seeking contractors for the recoating of the Parkridge Elevated Water Storage Tank, in Louisville, Kentucky.


OSHA Announces Change to Crane Regs

U.S. workplace-safety regulators announced last week that they plan to change regulations regarding crane operation again after rulemaking nearly a decade ago that spawned confusion and cont...


US Lays Harsh Duties on Vietnam Steel

The U.S. Department of Commerce ruled Monday that some steel products imported from Vietnam in recent years actually originated in China, diverted through the second country in order to circ...


Activists Trying to Stop $500M Obama Center

A federal lawsuit to prevent city officials from authorizing construction of the $500 million Obama Presidential Center, to be located in Chicago, was filed May 14, stemming from concerns ov...


Reinventing Cities Calls for Proposals

Global urban planning organization C40 Cities is in the home stretch of its call for proposals in its Reinventing Cities initiative, which aims to transform underutilized spaces into "resili...


MegaRust Begins in San Diego

MegaRust 2018, the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Naval corrosion conference, kicks off Tuesday at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, California.


Silver Line Concrete Issues Reportedly Known Last Year

Issues with several flawed concrete panels recently discovered along the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia were apparently known in 2016, according to the timing ...


OSHA Nixes Capacity in Crane Certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it is now proposing a rule to clarify its crane operating regulations.


Space Needle Deck to Reopen After Renovation

Later this month, visitors to Seattle’s most iconic site will see the result of a yearlong, $100 million project as the Space Needle's new observation deck is revealed.


SC Bridge with Snapped Cable Closed for 4 Weeks

The westbound span of Charleston’s James B. Edwards Bridge, closed last week after a cable inside its concrete structure was found to have snapped, will remain closed for four weeks while cr...


New Thermal Insulation Coating Unveiled

Houston-based coatings manufacturer Mascoat recently announced the release of a new thermal insulation coating for commercial buildings and metal roofs.


Des Moines Ordered to Pay Contractor $1M

A bridge-construction firm has won a yearslong court battle with the City of Des Moines, Iowa, stemming from the company’s three-year suspension from city contracts after a 2013 project that...


TX Firm Claims Millions in Savings from iPads

A Dallas construction company recently made headlines when it reported that the use of iPads in the field has saved the company an estimated $1.8 million a year.


New Goethals Bridge Set to Open

The second span of the new Goethals Bridge, connecting Staten Island with Elizabeth, New Jersey, is set to open today (May 21), marking the end of four years of construction on the first new...


Exterior Repairs Needed for FL Museum

The City of Orlando, Florida, is seeking contractors for various repairs of the historic Leu Gardens Museum house, including replacements of structural members, siding, re-roofing of all shi...


NYC Firm Allegedly Stole $10M from Workers, State

A New York City construction firm was recently indicted on charges that it stole more than $1.7 million in wages from its workers and swindled the state out of another $8 million.


Winston-Salem Gets an 'Otter Tank'

A 50-foot tall otter has come to play on the side of a Winston-Salem, North Carolina, water tank—a mural that was recently completed to brighten up the white space, while also paying tribute...


Contractors Sought for PA Bridge Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for rehabilitation of the Homestead Grays Bridge and the associated West Drive Ramp, located in Homestead Borough, Pennsy...


Boring Co. LA Tunnel Faces Lawsuit

Plans for billionaire Elon Musk's Boring Company Los Angeles proof-of-concept tunnel—slated to run 2.7 miles—have hit rocky ground, as two local neighborhood groups have filed a lawsuit agai...


MnDOT Could Close Historic Stone Bridge

Minneapolis’ historic James J. Hill Stone Arch Bridge may be closed in the coming weeks due to lack of funding for inspections, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT...


USDA Certifies Biobased Roofing Adhseive

Roofing and building maintenance company Tremco recently announced that its Powerply Endure Bio Adhesive has earned the Certified Biobased Product label from the U.S. Department of Agricultu...


Free Webinar to Address Powder Coatings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, May 23, entitled: “Everything You Want to Know About Architectural Powder Coatings but Were Afraid to Ask.”


Line 5 May Get Wrap After April Damage

The early-April incident that severed an electric cable under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac left Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline with dents of up to three-quarters of an inch, according t...


Researchers Develop 'Fire Alarm Wallpaper'

Researchers out of the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences have recently developed what they’re calling a “fire alarm wallpaper.”


$2.6B LA Stadium Taking Shape

Officials on the $2.6 billion stadium project, located in Inglewood, California, have said that the future site of the 2028 Olympics closing ceremonies is right on schedule after its winter ...


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EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced May 10 that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping paint.


Microsoft, PCL to Team Up for Building Solution

Microsoft and Canada-based PCL Construction recently announced their collaboration to develop a smart building solution that implements Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and Internet of Thing...


SC Bridge Closed After Cable Breaks

A bridge carrying Interstate 526 over the Wando River in Charleston, South Carolina, was shut down Monday after a cable inside the precast concrete span failed, the second to do so in less t...


3-Alarm Fire Guts Multiple CO Projects

On May 10, in Denver, Colorado, near the Broncos Stadium, two town-home buildings that were under construction caught fire. One residential building to the north suffered damage, but those i...


Meet the Prestige Judges: Pete Ault

The nomination window for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards continues through June 15, and as applications flow in, PaintSquare Daily News is profiling each of the seven exper...


PPG Fires Controller Amid Financial Investigation

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced Thursday that it has terminated its former vice president and controller after an internal investigation revealed improper accounting practices str...


Steel Used on $1.6B Subway Project Questioned

Construction contractors working on San Francisco’s $1.6 billion Central Subway project allegedly put down 3.2 miles of the wrong kind of steel track, according to a letter from the city.


Oroville Work to Spill into 2019; FEMA May Not Pay

Work to repair California's Oroville Dam will last into 2019, according to the latest update from the agency in charge of the job, and state and local officials could be searching for a way ...


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride Paint Strippers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping pai...


Report: Philly Shipyard Could Close

Philadelphia's Philly Shipyard is facing yet more economic challenges and possible closure—the company’s order book is empty, and few are looking to buy new vessels.


British Coatings Federation Taps New President

The British Coatings Federation, which represents members of the paints, printing inks, powder coatings and wallcoverings industries in the United Kingdom, welcomed its new president, David ...


Elon Musk Plans to Make Bricks

Billionaire Elon Musk's Boring Company’s boring activities are slated to have an additional benefit—dredging up dirt to be used for bricks for lost-cost housing.


Elevation Awards to Highlight Areas of Expertise

Do you know of a recent coating project that deserves to be recognized for excellence in aesthetic or technical effects? If so, be sure to nominate it for Durability + Design’s second annual...


Pentagon Concerned About Gulf Offshore Expansion

The Pentagon said in a report to Congress Thursday (May 10) that offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico would cause problems for necessary military activities carried out in the reg...


PPG Fires Controller Amid Accounting Investigation

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced Thursday that it has terminated its former vice president and controller after an internal investigation revealed improper accounting practices not...


CA Officials Pass Solar Panel Mandate

Last week, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved a mandate that will require most new homes to have rooftop solar panels, making it the first state in the nation to have such...


Contractors Needed for Rehab of Pennsbury Manor

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is seeking contractors for exterior preservation and restoration at Pennsbury Manor in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. This country estate is a ...


CA Cell Tower Disguised as Water Tower

A North Park, California, cell tower, designed as an homage to a local historic water tower, is taking shape along the town’s skyline, marking both a shift in design focus in making cell tow...


WI Shipyard Settles First Lead Exposure Suit

A Wisconsin shipyard has settled one of a number of lawsuits filed in the past two years by workers alleging they were exposed to lead hazards in violation of workplace-safety regulations.


Kanye West to Dive into Home Design?

Rapper and fashion designer Kanye West took to Twitter last weekend to announce a new venture for his Yeezy company: architecture.


Tweaks Proposed to CO Green Roof Mandate

During the most recent election cycle, Denver joined San Francisco with strict mandates on the city’s roofs, pushing for more buildings to be outfitted with green roofs in an effort to comba...


Gordie Howe Progresses as Contractor Withdraws

Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun has lost yet another lawsuit to try to stop construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, while one of the contractors involved in a bid...


Home Owners Rebuilding after CA Wildfires

Home owners in California’s wine country, where fires ripped through acres of land and homes last fall, are now starting to rebuild.


Vancouver Pipeline Debate Intensifies as Deadline Nears

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson recently announced his doubts about Kinder Morgan Inc.’s pipeline expansion moving forward, as there is too much resistance “on the ground," yet the deadline...


Sherwin-Williams Reveals Student Design Winners

Global coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company announced the winners of its eighth annual Student Design Challenge on Tuesday, awarding top prizes of $2,500 in both residential and comme...


Bjarke Ingels: New NYC Towers Will 'Dance'

In late April, Bjarke Ingels Group released renderings for two new skyscrapers that are set to “dance” on New York City’s skyline, each building designed with consideration for the views of ...


Webinar to Answer Equipment Questions

Surface preparation-related equipment—how it can help, how to use it and how to maintain safety during use—is the topic of a webinar to be broadcast Wednesday (May 16) by PaintSquare.


Another Lawsuit Surround NYC Hudson Yards

A group of unions recently added to a batch of lawsuits in New York City surrounding development firm Related and its Hudson Yards project.


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OSHA, States Tussle Over Recordkeeping

Confusion remains just weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor announced it had corrected an “error” in the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electro...


Report: FIU Bridge Showed Cracking 10 Days Before Collapse

Cracks developing along a key support truss under the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed in March were a source of concern 10 days before the structure was put...


$200M MN Soccer Stadium Hits Halfway Mark

Despite the Minnesota weather, crews at M.A. Mortenson Construction (Minneapolis) recently confirmed that the $200 million Allianz Field project in St. Paul is still on schedule and on budge...


General Dynamics to Expand Groton Shipyard

General Dynamics Electric Boat recently announced that it will be spending roughly half of its $1.7 billion multi-year capital expenditure plan on upgrading its Groton, Connecticut, manufact...


Two-Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Pine Brook Water District is seeking contractors for the recoating and rehabilitation of two ground water storage tanks in Boulder, Colorado.


Meet the Prestige Judges: Robert Ikenberry

The early-bird deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is tomorrow, and as the nomination period continues, PaintSquare Daily News is giving readers a w...


Carboline Breaks Ground for Fireproofing Facility

Coatings manufacturer Carboline Company announced Wednesday that the first steps have been taken toward a new passive fire protection testing facility.


Tower Gets Go-Ahead for New Core Design

A new core system design for Seattle’s under-construction Rainier Square Tower has been approved, giving the innovation the green light from a design standpoint.


LEED-Certified Bookstore Houses More Than Books

The Williams College bookstore, located in Massachusetts, is more than just a space for books—with structure and furnishing design provided by architects CambridgeSeven, the LEED Platinum-ce...


Companies Bring Plant-Based Exterior Resin to Life

A new formula for a plant-based resin for use on exterior doors is making the rounds at design and trade shows as the coating was recently used for the first time, on a recycled door to boot...


OSHA, States Spar Over Electronic Reporting

Weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor announced it had corrected an “error” in the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic injury and illness ...


Crane Simulator Provides New Training

Canada-based CM Labs Simulation recently released new virtual software with Vortex Construction Equipment Simulators that aims to teach crane operation in a dense urban setting.


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Golden Gate Bridge Tower Inspections Underway

The towers of San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge are undergoing their first detailed inspection since the span opened in 1937, according to reports, with engineers rappelling over the...


Nomination How-To Guide for Elevation Awards

The deadline to nominate your outstanding projects to the D+D Elevation Awards is fast approaching. With just weeks left to submit your project for judging, make sure you have all the requir...


Carboline Starts on New Fire Facility

Coatings manufacturer Carboline announced Wednesday that it has broken ground on a new passive fire protection testing facility.


TransCanada to Start Clearing for Keystone XL

Canadian energy corporation TransCanada is set to begin clearing brush in Montana in the fall to make way for the new Keystone XL pipeline, with construction anticipated as early as next yea...


Enbridge Fined Over Pipeline Inspections

Enbridge Inc., the Calgary-based energy company that owns and operates several major oil and gas pipelines in Canada and the northern U.S., has been fined $1.8 million over allegations it di...


Turner Construction Wins $520M CA Contract

The California Department of General Services recently awarded Turner Construction with a $520 million design-build contract for its part of a $597 million project that will house the Califo...


Safety Stand Down Begins Monday

Starting Monday, professionals in the construction industry will be participating in National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which serves to educate workers about the im...


Bridge Contractor Settles for $10M Over Blackout

The firm that was working on building the new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina when crews severed a major electric transmission line last July has prelimi...


David Bowie Installation Takes Over Subway Station

Images of iconic musician David Bowie have taken over a New York City subway station, acting as an extension of the exhibit “David Bowie Is,” currently being hosted at the Brooklyn Museum.


Roundtable: Discussing Facade Maintenance, Pt. 2

For this roundtable discussion, six industry professionals took part in a call to delve into the topic of facade maintenance, including challenges; misconceptions; and what architects, speci...


Old Tappan Zee Sections Find New Aquatic Life

Parts of the original Tappan Zee Bridge will soon be swimming with the fishes, supplementing half a dozen reefs off Long Island. The first barge of material is set to leave this week, with a...


Painters Needed for SC Career Center

The Central Carolina Technical College is seeking contractors to perform interior painting at the F.E. DuBose Career Center in Manning, South Carolina.


Vegas Stadium Under Political Fire

The future stadium of the National Football League’s current Oakland Raiders is still set for completion in August 2020, as design elements and costs of the Las Vegas project were finalized ...


Boston Mayor Plans to Float Bridge Spans

Plans to rebuild a defunct bridge in Boston Harbor are taking on a new shape after Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a new approach to the project: floating parts of the new span into t...


New Stainer Brush Size Now Offered

Ohio-based Wooster Brush Company recently announced that it is adding to its line of Bravo Strainer brushes with a new size.


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

The United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from various countries have been delayed as the U.S. continues negotiations that could head off duties for the nations.


Silica Citations Ramp up 6 Months After Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is six months into its enforcement of its new silica rule. So far, more than 100 companies have been cited.


NTSB Eyes Corrosion in Fatal PA Turnpike Crash

A fatal accident in a Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnel in February was likely caused by the corrosion of steel straps that were holding up electrical conduit, according to a newly released preli...


Safety Stand-Down Observed Next Week

Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction next week, to educate workers about the importance of fall protection o...


Fond du Lac Bypass Bridge Contract Awarded

Northeast Asphalt Inc. has been awarded a $4,272,425.59 project by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for rehabilitation of the Fond du Lac Bypass Bridge, located in Fond du Lac, Wis...


CA Bill Would Strip DWR's Power Over Dams

A bill making its way through the California General Assembly would remove the troubled Oroville Dam and other dams and water structures from the purview of the state’s Department of Water R...


PPG Announces Job Cuts Amid Cost Hikes

Global coatings manufacturer PPG said Friday it will be cutting more than 1,000 jobs in a restructuring effort that comes in the wake of rising raw-material costs and the ouster of the compa...


Solar Cell Work Requires Coating Research

Researchers based out of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have found a way to adjust solar materials so they are able to absorb the greatest possible range of the light spectrum. ...


Faulty Concrete on DC Metrorail Requires Coating

Several flawed concrete panels, created with an incorrect cement-to-water ratio, found along the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia, will reportedly need to be tre...


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from a host of countries, including Canada and the European Union, have been delayed as the country continues negotiations that could head ...


Meet the Judges: Tony Serdenes

The early-bird deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, honoring the top people, products and innovations in the protective, marine and industrial coatings ind...


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Perkins Eastman, Dougherty Announce Merger

Global architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman and California-based firm Dougherty recently announced that the two have agreed on a merger, effective May 1.


PA Developer Seeks to Remove Falcon Nest

A Pennsylvania developer is facing opposition from the skies regarding a luxury apartment development in downtown Pittsburgh.


CMU, Disney Research Paint for Smart Walls

Researchers at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and a team from Disney Research recently unveiled a development that could transform an ordinary wall into a touch screen using just a ...


Material Costs, Lowe's Breakup Fuel PPG Job Cuts

Global coatings manufacturer PPG said Friday it will be cutting more than 1,000 jobs in a restructuring effort that comes in the wake of rising raw-material costs and the ouster of the compa...


Solar Cell Development Requires Coating Research

In a bid to increase solar cell efficiency, researchers based out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California have found a way to adjust solar materials so they are able to absorb th...


CA Residents Evacuated after Nearby Construction Fire

On Tuesday, a three-alarm fire on an under-construction apartment building resulted in the evacuation of 250 residents living in a nearby complex. While the cause of the fire has yet to be d...


Enbridge Reduces Line 5 Maximum Pressure

After the discovery last month of marring on the twin liquid pipelines of Enbridge Energy's Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac, the company announced last week that it reduced the maximum ...


AkzoNobel Approves New Board Chair

At its Annual General Meeting Thursday (April 26), global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel approved the appointment of Nils Andersen to its Supervisory Board in the role of chair, replacing A...


SSPC Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching

The abstract submission deadline for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2019 Coatings+ conference is quickly approaching.


Audit Takes Aim at DOE, Hanford Contractors

A new report from the federal Government Accountability Office indicates that problems at the site of the construction of a waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington st...


Design Contenders Chosen for PIT Terminal

The Allegheny County Airport Authority has narrowed down the design firm candidates that are in the running for the Pittsburgh International Airport’s billion-dollar facelift.


Research: Graphene Could Aid Concrete

In recent years, nanomaterial graphene has been touted for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engineers sh...


Sherwin-Williams Updates App with AR

Paints and coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) recently unveiled an update to its ColorSnap Visualizer app, which will now allow customers to view their color choices via...


Coating Will Remedy Faulty Concrete in Metro Project

A silane coating will be used to help treat several flawed concrete panels found on the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia. The concrete issue stems from several d...


AkzoNobel Appoints New Chairman at AGM

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) voted Thursday (April 26) in favor of all resolutions at this year’s Annual General Meeting.


Engineers Tout Graphene-Laced Concrete

“Super” nanomaterial graphene has been touted in recent years for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engin...


Chicago Boasts Frank Lloyd Wright-Themed Bar

For those looking for a strong drink and a way to commemorate Frank Lloyd Wright, they need look no further than the Prairie School bar in Chicago, which features a mixture of designs and el...


PPG Gauges Sustainability in Yearly Report

Global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) detailed its sustainability efforts from the past year in its recently released 2017 Sustainability Report, an annual publication examining the comp...


Roundtable: Discussing Facade Maintenance, Pt. 1

For this roundtable discussion, six industry professionals took part in a call to delve into the topic of facade maintenance, including challenges; misconceptions; and what architects, speci...


Contractors Needed for NOLA Barracks Coating

The Louisiana Division of Administration is seeking contractors for the repair and coating of 13 porches at the Jackson Barracks in New Orleans.


Firm Sues Over Worker's Death in FIU Bridge Collapse

A month and a half has passed since the fatal collapse of a pedestrian bridge on the Florida International University campus, and another lawsuit has been filed—this time, Winsome Joy Campbe...


Painting Firms Charged in Pass-Through Scheme

Two bridge-painting firms, along with two of their employees, are facing charges in relation to an alleged pass-through scheme that federal investigators say took place during two Philadelph...


CA Ground Storage Tank Out for Bid

The City of Simi Valley, California, is seeking contractors for the recoating and rehabilitation of the Madera Ground Water Storage Tank.


Perstorp Reports Sales Growth in 2017

Specialty chemicals company Perstorp AB (Malmo, Sweden) reported sales growth in its 2017 annual report, issued Friday (April 20), with its coatings segment representing a third of sales on ...


NYC Council Bill Talks Rooftop Turbines

The New York City Council passed a bill Monday (April 23) that would standardize the installation of wind turbines on rooftops, which is part of a larger move to reduce the city’s carbon emi...


PPG Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently released its 2017 Sustainability Report, which details the company’s progress in strengthening operations and attaining its sustainability g...


New Multi-Use Air Barrier Unveiled

Building materials company Sto Corp. recently released a new barrier that it says can bridge cracks and seams without tearing or compromising.


DOT Announces BUILD Grants to Replace TIGER

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday (April 20) that it has replaced the TIGER grant program, which had supplied funds to infrastructure projects since 2010, with the BUILD...


Judge Recommends Route for Line 3 Replacement

A Minnesota administrative law judge has recommended that, if Enbridge's Line 3 replacement is to move forward, the new pipeline follows the route of the old, rather than the company’s prefe...


Sherwin-Williams Reports First-Quarter Profit Increase

Coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company released its first quarter financial report for 2018 on Tuesday, marking a consolidated sales increase of $1.20 billion, or 43.6 percent, to $3.97...


Meet the Prestige Judges: Dudley Primeaux

With the early-bird deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards nearing, PaintSquare continues its series of introductions to the judges for the program, honoring ...


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Dip for 2018 Q1

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel released its 2018 first-quarter earnings report Tuesday noting an increase in net income year over year. However, the company also reported a single-digit dro...


Research Looks to Improve Rammed Earth

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are researching putting a modern twist on an old building method.


AkzoNobel Financials Report Revenue Dip for Q1

On Tuesday, coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel released its first-quarter financial report for 2018, indicating an increase in net income year over year, while also reporting a single-digit dro...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Q1 Profit Increase

Coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Tuesday, marking consolidated sales at $3.97 billion, a 43.6 percent increase year over ye...


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PPG, Home Depot Announce Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) and major retailer The Home Depot have announced an expanded partnership, along with the release of a new PPG product.


Architect Pays $1.6M for School Design Flaws

Ohio-based DNK Architects Inc. is to pay $1.6 million for design flaws associated with a school building project completed in 2006, which was negatively impacted by a botched roof installati...


Perstorp Reports Sales Growth in 2017

Specialty chemicals company Perstorp AB (Malmo, Sweden) reported sales growth in its 2017 annual report, issued Friday (April 20), with its coatings segment representing a third of sales on ...


NFL's Jaguars Reveal $2.5B Project Renderings

The National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars held their annual State of the Franchise event late last week and with it came the official announcement of plans for a $2.5 billion redev...


Oroville Dam Construction Set to Begin May 8

Phase two of construction on the Oroville Dam is set to begin May 8, according to reports, marking an updated operations plan that implements aggressive outflows of up to 10,000 cubic feet p...


Shipyard Firm Bankrupt After Failed SF Deal

A Washington state-based shipyard owner has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of its failed purchase of San Francisco’s Pier 70 shipyard, as the Port of San Francisco begins seeking a new ope...


PennDOT Begins Collapsed Highway Rebuild

Plans for the rebuilding of a collapsed section of U.S. Route 30, just east of Pittsburgh, are starting to come together—the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded the contrac...


Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved in US

Japan-based global paints and coatings supplier Kansai Paint Group announced last week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the company's mosquito-repellent paint.


$1B Twin Tower Development Coming to Hollywood

Developer MP Los Angeles recently released plans to construct a $1 billion, twin tower complex for downtown Hollywood, marking the largest on-site affordable housing of any development in th...


3 More Plead Guilty in WI Fraud Case

Three more people are pleading guilty in a $200 million case out of Wisconsin that accuses a contracting firm of creating fake minority and veteran-owned businesses in order to win federal c...


MARAD Makes $19M Available for Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced last week that it has $19.6 million set aside for this year’s Small Shipyard Grants, aimed at fostering efficiency, ...


AkzoNobel Updates Trends in Wood Finishes

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has updated its take on wood coating trends for 2018.


Contractors Needed for CA City Hall Painting Work

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is seeking contractors for the interior painting and exterior wood trim staining and sealing for the City Hall and Bell Tower Regional Community Center in ...


Collapsible Skyscraper Wins Design Competition

The design for a collapsible skyscraper that could bring relief to disaster zones was recently announced as the winner of the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, an annual award presented by archi...


Waterproofing Florida's Frost Museum of Science

The $305 million Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science at Miami’s Museum Park features an open-air atrium and, among other wonders, a 550,000-gallon aquarium that stretches three floo...


Sales Up, Volumes Largely Flat for PPG in Q1

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Thursday (April 19), indicating a 9 percent increase in net sales over the prior year, totaling $3....


Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved by EPA

Global paints and coatings manufacturer Japan-based Kansai Paint Group recently announced that it gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a paint that repels mosqui...


PPG Reports Sales Up, Volumes Flat in Q1

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Thursday (April 19), indicating a 9 percent increase in net sales over the prior year, totaling $3....


Falcons Help Fight Corrosion on International Span

The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, which crosses from Michigan into Ontario, plays host to more than human traffic—a pair of nesting peregrine falcons now call the span home, providi...


PA-NJ Bridge Gets Emergency Inspections, Repairs

A major link between Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey, will undergo repairs after a routine inspection uncovered “significant deterioration” of at least one steel member.


Retrofit Proposed for Sinking Millennium Tower

The saga of the sinking Millennium Tower continues, but a fix may be in sight: drilling holes down to bedrock in order to stabilize one side of the tower while letting the other side sink do...


Shipping Company Charged in Straits Anchor Strike

Earlier this month, Enbridge Energy's Line 5 pipeline and a nearby electric cable housing under the Straits of Mackinac sustained damage, and the reason has now been confirmed, at least by M...


NYSDOT Seeks Contractors to Rehab Bonta Bridge

The New York State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for rehabilitation and coating of the Bonta Bridge in Cayuga County, New York.


ABC, Veterans Group Pen Collaboration

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Veterans Business Alliance that inks a collaboration on expanding the participation of vet...


FAA Limits 787 Flights Over Corrosion Issue

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an airworthiness directive Tuesday placing limits on the flight of some Boeing 787 airplanes due to concerns about turbine corrosion, just hours be...


Meet the Prestige Judges: Don Schnell

As nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards roll in, PaintSquare will take the time over the next several weeks to introduce readers to the judges for the program, honoring ...


Covestro Expedites CEO Succession

Polymers giant Covestro AG announced Friday that Markus Steilemann will take the helm as CEO of the company on June 1 as Patrick Thomas retires, months earlier than originally projected.


NTSB Issues Report on I-84 Bridge Collapse

A newly released report from the National Transportation Safety Board indicates the Georgia Department of Transportation is partly responsible for the fire that destroyed part of Interstate ...


Self-Cleaning Exterior Coating Released

Coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company recently launched an exterior coating that aims to provide a clean and attractive finish paired with high-performance protection.


F-35 Delivery Stopped Again Over Primer Problem

The U.S. Department of Defense has again stopped delivery of the F-35 fighter jet over issues related to primer application on fastener holes.


Pieces of Original Mackinac Bridge for Sale

Those with a passion for historic bridges now have the chance to own a piece of one—the Mackinac Bridge Authority is auctioning off two-ton sections of the bridge’s original steel deck grati...


Modular Bridge Restores Vital Link in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s infrastructure is still extensively damaged six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, but a new $4.7 million bridge spanning the Manati River will make for easier accessi...


NACE Corrosion 2018 Underway

Corrosion 2018, this year’s conference and expo presented by NACE International, is underway in Phoenix, with plenty of coatings-related technical sessions and a slate of awards presented to...


Covestro Expedites CEO Succession

Polymers giant Covestro AG announced Friday that Markus Steilemann will take the helm as CEO of the company on June 1 as Patrick Thomas retires, months earlier than originally projected.


Renderings Revealed for $860M Vegas Center

Preliminary designs were recently released for the new Las Vegas Convention Center, an $860 million expansion design that’s part of a bigger $1.4 billion overhaul project.


WI Company Charged with $200M in Fraud

Owner of Wisconsin-based contractor Sonag Company Inc. Brian Ganos was recently indicted by the state’s grand jury for 22 counts of fraud, reportedly creating minority and veteran-owned busi...


Lstiburek, Crisman Join Elevation Awards Panel

For Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, two new judges will be on the esteemed panel of professionals evaluating the work of facility owners, architects, contractors, suppl...


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MS Governor Orders 83 Bridges Closed

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency last week, ordering 83 locally owned bridges closed in response to a communication from the Federal Highway Administration indicati...


DowDuPont Announces $100M Facility Expansion

Early last week holding company DowDuPont announced that it will invest $100 million to expand a manufacturing facility to meet growing demand in specialty materials.


New Roofing Solutions Products Released

A handful of new products have been released with the goal of offering solutions to roofing system problems.


US Court: Ignorance of Safety Standards Not a Defense

A Georgia court has ruled against a company that claimed its foreman didn’t know the safety requirements for fall protection and therefore should not have been handed a nearly $50,000 fine a...


ASRC Acquires FD Thomas, D. Zelinsky & Sons

Construction engineering company ASRC Industrial Services announced Wednesday the acquisition of F.D. Thomas Inc., an Oregon-based coating and specialty services contractor; and FDT’s subsid...


Case Files: Silicone Roof Coatings

In the world of restoring roofs, there are many variables—so many, in fact, that when things don’t work out as planned, it can be quite a challenge to diagnose the problem and properly decid...


NY Man Appears to Be Building His Own Thruway Ramp

A new offramp has started to take shape along the New York State Thruway, south of Buffalo, due to the efforts of a local Seneca man. The reasons for the project remain unclear, but the root...