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Contractors Needed Water Tank Rehabilitation

The Village of Endicott in New York is currently seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of a riveted steel water storage tank.


Contractors Needed for Railroad Bridge Repair

The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Clinch River Norfolk Southern Bridge located in Scott County, Virginia.


Navy Awards Contracts for Shipyard Infrastructure

The U.S. Navy recently announced it has awarded five construction contracts for its Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program.


HI DOT Opens Bids for Terminal Project

The Hawaii Department of Transportation is soliciting bids for the replacement of the Overseas Terminal roof at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.


Contractors Needed for Elevated Water Tank Coating

The City of Wooster in Ohio is currently seeking contractors for the repair of a 250,000-gallon, welded column-supported toro ellipsoidal tank built in 1973.


Report: Slow Payments Cost Industry $136B

A recent study conducted by construction and real estate financial software firm Rabbet found that slow payments this year are on track to cost the construction industry $136 billion.


Bids Wanted for Building Painting in Ontario

The Town of Aurora is advertising a request for tender for the painting, finishing and touch-ups on at least 14 buildings and facilities in Ontario, Canada.


Construction Outlook: Continued Cost Increase

According to a construction outlook regarding the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022, global provider of real estate and investment management services Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) r...


Contractors Needed for Water Tank Improvements

The City of Blooming Grove in Texas is currently seeking contractors for the coating of two 50,000-gallon steel ground storage tanks and one 100,000-gallon welded steel tank.


Bids Wanted for Chicago Rail Stations

The Chicago Transit Authority is accepting bids for the painting of 23 rail stations.


Bids Wanted for NV School Project

Washoe County School District in Nevada is accepting bids for the construction of a new elementary school.


DOL Releases Conformance Request Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently published a new guide aimed at assisting construction contractors and other industry stakeholders in understanding the process ...


Construction Groups Sue Over Vaccine Mandate

Amidst the string of local and federal U.S. government officials instating COVID-19 vaccination mandates for workers, another lawsuit was recently filed alleging that the requirement is unco...


Bidding Open for TX Office Building

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority is accepting bids for the construction of a new office building in New Braunfels, Texas.


FDOT Awards Skanska $81M Contract

Despite facing nearly 1,000 pending lawsuits alleging barge-related damages, Skanska was recently awarded an $81.7 million design-build contract by the Florida Department of Transportation f...


Contractors Wanted for TX Lift Station Replacement

The City of Commerce in Texas is currently seeking contractors for the replacement of one wastewater treatment plant master lift station pump.


NY Governor to Resolve Cuomo Bridge Dispute

Recently, Tappan Zee Constructors LLC and its member companies were reported to be urging New York Governor Kathy Hochul to resolve a nearly $1 billion dispute regarding her predecessor’s le...


Contractors, Subs Mandated for Vaccine

In new guidance issued by President Joe Biden, federal contractors and subcontractors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8.


Bids Sought for MA Student Center

Worcester State College is accepting bids for painting and renovations to the third floor of its Student Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Apalachicola River Bridge Project Awarded

The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $671,000 to Monoko, LLC of Tarpon Springs, Florida, for coating of structural steel on the Apalachicola River...


Bids Wanted for CA DMV Office

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is accepting bids for painting and cove base replacement at its office in Santa Monica, California.


Contractors Needed for Tank Rehab Project in MN

The City of Saint Paul/Ramsey County in Saint Paul, Minnesota is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate three water tanks.


Bids Open for FL High School Reno

The Broward County School Board is accepting bids for high school renovations in Hallandale, Florida.


TX Recommends Contractors for Border Wall

At the beginning of the month, the Texas Facilities Commission announced that they had completed the valuation phase for the Program Manager for the Border Wall.


Contractors Wanted for Multiple Bridge Rehab

The New York State Thruway Authority is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation and replacement of four bridge structures on I-90 in Albany, New York.


Purple Line Officials Announce Contractor Timeline

At the beginning of the month, Maryland transit officials announced plans to have a new construction team in place for the $2-billion Purple Line light-rail project by mid-February.


Bidding Open for OR City Office

The Oregon Department of Employment is accepting bids for capital improvements to its Baker City office.


$950M in NAVFAC Contracts Awarded

On the tail end of last month, the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command announced that it had awarded eight different companies spots on a $950 million contract to support large cons...


Bids Wanted for Gym Alterations

Kern Union High School District is accepting bids for phase-two alterations at the Bakersfield High School gymnasium in Bakersfield, California.


Wage Increases Proposed for Federal Contractors

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to increase the minimum wage for federal contractors.


Bidding Open for Veterans Memorial Bridge Repair Project

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Weirton-Steubenville (Veterans Memorial) Bridge between Weirton, WV, and Steubenville, ...


Bids Wanted for MN Water/Wastewater Improvements

The City of Isle, Minnesota is currently seeking contractors to improve a water and wastewater system.


Industry Players Praise Contractor Connect

As contractors and suppliers anticipate the return of Technology Publishing Company’s in-person hosted buyer event, Contractor Connect, the industry reflects on prior events, experiences and...


Willamette River Bridge Paint Project Awarded

Multnomah County has awarded Southern Road & Bridge, LLC of Tarpon Springs, Florida, a $18,243,776.70 project for painting the main spans of the Willamette River Bridge in Portland, Oregon.


Romanian Bridge Work Reaches 55%

According to recent reports, construction on the Braila Bridge over the Danube River in Romania is now over 55% completed.


Contractor Connect Highlights Oceanfront Location

For Contractor Connect’s fourth year, Technology Publishing Company has booked a luxurious ocean-front location where industrial coating professionals will be able to come together for three...


Bids Wanted for CA Wastewater System

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is currently seeking contractors to replace one reservoir wastewater system.


Contractor Connect Boasts Networking Activities

Technology Publishing Company’s popular hosted buyer event for the protective and marine coatings industry, Contractor Connect, is excited to share its array of fun, high-level networking op...


Contractor Pleads Guilty in ME Bridge Case

According to a release issued by the District of Maine’s Department of Justice, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark has recently announced that a man from Sidney has pleaded guilty in feder...


MD Seeking Bids for Bridge Rehab

The Maryland State Highway Administration is seeking contractors to replace the bridge deck on US 15 Northbound over MD 77 in Hampstead, Maryland.


Contractor Connect Scheduled for November

It’s official: Technology’s Publishing Company’s popular hosted buyer event for the protective and marine coatings industry, Contractor Connect, has been added to the calendar!


Contractors Sought for FL Bridge Painting

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to paint structural steel on the Apalachicola River Bridge in Calhoun County, Florida.


Construction on $1.4B Vancouver Bridge Underway

In recent reports, it has been recognized that visual progress is being made at Vancouver’s $1.377 billion Pattullo Bridge replacement project, as there has been continuous construction onsi...


Contractors Wanted for 54-Bridge Rehab

The Maryland State Highway Administration is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of fifty-four bridges along I-95 and I-895 in Baltimore.


Purple Line Secures New Funding

Last month, Maryland’s three-member Board of Public Works approved an agency request to add $183.5 million to cover expanded project responsibilities for the partially built $2-billion Purpl...


Contractors Needed for TX Tank Rehab

The City of Tyler is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the Glenwood Elevated Storage Tank in Tyler, Texas.


WDOT Awards Riverside Bridge Rehab Contract

The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $456,404 to Panther Industrial Painting of Mishawaka, Indiana, for rehabilitation of the Hoquiam Riv...


New Show to Highlight Industry Trades

Coming this July, streaming platform JUL-TV is slated to launch its latest documentary series, “The Money Machine,” which will feature the benefits of working in the trades as potential care...


PA Water Tower Repainting Project Out for Bid

Adams County is currently seeking contractors to recoat the Prison Tank in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


OR Bridge Coating Out for Bid

Contractors are being sought by the Oregon Department of Transportation to paint the Columbia River Bridge in Salem, Oregon.


Kraemer Selected for West Seattle Bridge Repair

In late May, the Seattle Department of Transportation announced that it had selected Kraemer North America as the contractor for the final phase of West Seattle High-Rise Bridge repairs.


Contractors Needed for FL Tank Improvements

The City of Tampa is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat the Morris Bridge East Ground Storage Tank in Tampa, Florida.


USDOT Reinstates Local Hiring Program

Last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced the reinstatement of a pilot program managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Fe...


Bids Wanted for Peace Bridge Pier Recoating

Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority is seeking contractors to perform recoating piers on the Peace Bridge connecting Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York.


Bids Wanted for OR Bridge Painting Project

Multnomah County is seeking contractors to paint the main spans of the Morrison Bridge in Portland, Oregon.


Skanska Worker Killed on Pensacola Bridge

At the end of last month, a deadly accident was reported at the Pensacola Bay Bridge, involving a Skanska employee being struck by a subcontractor’s dump truck on the work site.


Contractors Needed for CA Digester Coating Project

Stockton Municipal Utilities District is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and coat a regional wastewater control facility digester gas holder in Stockton, California.


Norwegian Offshore Wind Farm Begins Floater Build

A new construction phase was recently launched at the 88MW Hywind Tampen offshore wind project in a deep-water site at Dommersnes in the North Sea.


WV Bridge Floated into Place

On Monday (April 26), the new Wellsburg Bridge connecting Brooke County, West Virginia’s Route 2 and Brilliant, Ohio’s Route 7, was floated into place by a couple of barge captains.


Gilmerton Bridge Auxiliary Counterweight Rehab

The City of Chesapeake accepting bids for installation of a new auxiliary counterweight system on the Gilmerton Bridge located in Chesapeake, Virginia.


Contractors Needed for CA Tank Coating Project

The City of Stockton is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and coat two water storage tanks at the 14 Mile Reservoir Site in Stockton, California.


CO Bridge Painting Project Out for Bid

The Town of Vail is seeking contractors to paint and repair components on nine pedestrian and two roadway bridges throughout Vail, Colorado.


JPCL Previews First Independent Issue

In the soon-to-be-released April issue of Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings, Charlie Lange, Editor-in-Chief, shares upcoming changes and anticipations for the first, independen...


PA Elevated Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Horsham Water and Sewer Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and coat the Maple Avenue Elevated Tank in Horsham, Pennsylvania.


Contractors Needed for CO Bridge Painting

Routt County is seeking contractors to paint and repair the Tree Haus Bridge located on Mount Warner Rd. in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, over the Yampa River.


RFP Issued for Yellow Line Bridge, Tunnels

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has recently issued a request for proposals involving the rehabilitation of the Yellow Line Bridge over the Potomac River and associated tu...


TX Bill Pushes for Border Wall Construction

Republican Texas House Representative Bryan Slaton has recently presented new legislation regarding the relaunch of construction on the U.S-Mexico border wall and other border security enhan...


Contractors Short-Listed for Purple Line

Last week, Purple Line Transit Partners, the private consortium overseeing the construction of the Purple Line light-rail project in Maryland via a public-private partnership, announced that...


MA Bridge Painting Out for Bid

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking contractors to paint and repair the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge over Storrow Drive, located in Boston.


Contractors Needed for 2-Tank Rehab Project

The Sweetwater Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the Morris and Starr Water Storage Tanks in Chula Vista, California.


Bids Needed for NJ Bridge Rehab

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of an existing bridge located in Trenton, New Jersey.


PA Elevated Water Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Upper Southampton Municipal Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and coat an existing elevated water storage tank in Southampton, Pennsylvania.


Navy Awards Nearly $1B in Construction Contracts

The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific recently awarded seven companies a $990 million, five-year construction contract for projects primarily located in Guam and other var...


Contractors Wanted for Riverside Bridge Painting

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform painting repairs on the Hoquiam River “Riverside” Bridge in Hoquiam, Washington.


Contractors Needed for FL Elevated Tank Rehab

The City of Altamonte Springs is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and coat an existing elevated water storage tank in Altamonte Springs, Florida.


Bids Needed for Historic PA Bridge Rehab

Lehigh County is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Manasses Guth Covered Bridge located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


DOL Issues Independent Contractor Clarification

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a final rule meant to clarify the status of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


WI Reservoir Painting Project Out for Bid

The Wisconsin Department of Administration is currently seeking contractors to coat an existing reservoir in Madison, Wisconsin.


MD Board Approves $250M Purple Line Settlement

The Maryland Board of Public Works, comprised of Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, was recently reported to have unanimously approved the $250 million...


Lake Cohoon Bridge Rehabilitation Awarded

The City of Suffolk has awarded a contract in the amount of $2,258,777 to Allan Myers, Inc. of Glen Allen, Virginia, for rehabilitation of the Lake Cohoon Road bridge structure in Suffolk, V...


Multiple Reservoir Rehab Project Out for Bid

The City of North Las Vegas is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate three existing reservoirs in North Las Vegas, Nevada.


Man Rescued from Water Tank

In entering the winter season, officials from Lincoln Fire and Rescue in Nebraska weren’t expecting to receive a call regarding a water tank rescue near 84th and South streets.


CA Seeks Bids for Tank Rehabilitation

The City of El Monte is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate an existing Water Tank in El Monte, California.


MS Tank Repainting Out for Bid

The Culkin Water District is currently seeking contractors to repaint the Culkin Water Tank in Vicksburg, Mississippi.


NY Sub Agrees to Pay $3.13M in Fines

Recently, the­ United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts announced that VJ Associates, a group of companies based in Hicksville, New York, had agreed to pay $3.13 mil...


NC Tank Rehab Out for Bid

Union County is currently seeking contractors to refurbish the Northwest Elevated Tank in Indian Trail, North Carolina.


NYC MTA Inspector Requests Evaluation Reform

Earlier this month, the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority Office of the Inspector General released a report recommending a revamp of the agency’s current contractor and con...


Bids Wanted for VA Bridge Rehabilitation

The City of Suffolk is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Lake Cohoon Road bridge structure located in Suffolk, Virginia.


PA Seeks Bids for Spillway Bridge Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform bridge removal and reconstruction at the Pymatuning State Park Spillway trail located in South Shenango Townsh...


TX Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The San Antonio Water System is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the Naco Ground Storage Tank in San Antonio, Texas.


WA Bridge Contract Awarded

King County has awarded a project in the amount of $603,000 to Mericka Group, LLC of Longview, Washington, for coating of the Flaming Geyser Bridge located in Auburn, Washington.


DC Concrete Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat the West Potable Water Tank in Washington D.C.


NJ Bridge Replacement Project Awarded

The New Jersey Transit recently awarded a $247.9 million contract for the initial construction phase of the Raritan River Bridge replacement project to George Harms Construction of Farmingda...


CA Culvert, Bridge Rehab Out for Bid

The City of San Clemente, California, is seeking prospective consultants to submit proposals for a city-wide culvert and bridge rehabilitation.


Trump Requests Border Wall Input

At the end of May, United States Customs and Border Protection issued a request for information asking federal contractors to suggest new anti-breaching and anti-climbing technology and tool...


TX Elevated Tank Rehab Project Out for Bid

The Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 21 is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat an elevated tank in Channelview, Texas.


SDOT to Solicit Engineers for Bridge Replacement

At the beginning of the month, the Seattle Department of Transportation issued a request for Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from qualified engineering firms to design a replacement for t...


Bids Needed for AR Tunnel Improvements

The City of Fayetteville is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Razorback Greenway Tunnel located in Northern Fayetteville, Arkansas.


First Section of Keystone XL Reaches Completion

Recently, Canadian natural gas company TC Energy was reported to have completed construction on the first section of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The section crosses between Montana a...


Bids Needed for CA Tank Painting

The City of Manhattan Beach is currently seeking contractors to coat the Block 35 Elevated Tank in Manhattan Beach, California.


Fisher Awarded $1.28B Border Wall Contract

At the beginning of the month, the United States Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $1.28 billion U.S.-Mexico border wall project in Southern Arizona to Fisher Sand and Gravel Company.


Bids Wanted for PA Bridge Reconstruction

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform reconstruction and coating of the Neville Island Bridge in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.


Estimates Sought to Coat Border Wall

The Trump Administration recently hosted a border wall project meeting at the White House regarding a possible design change.


FL 2-Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The City of Winter Haven is currently seeking contractors to restore and recoat the Lake Lucerne and Elbert Elementary Tanks in Winter Haven, Florida.


Maintenance Keeps Over Century-Old Tank in Use

Last month, service company Sheffield Utilities (Sheffield, Alabama) announced that they would be gearing up to complete a four- to five-week-long maintenance project at a local 118-year-old...


Bids Wanted for WA Bridge Painting

King County is seeking contractors to perform full removal and re-coating of a bridge over Green River in Flaming Geyser State Park located in Auburn, Washington.


Bids Needed for VA Tank Project

The Western Virginia Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Fairway Estates and Hidden Woods Tanks in Roanoke, Virginia.


Bids Open for NY Bridge Coating Project

The New York State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for coating of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge in Albany, NY.


WA's Sound Transit Halts Most Construction

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is associated health risks, Sound Transit Construction announced that it would be suspending most of its construction on transit expansion projects...


CA Water Tank Recoating Project Out for Bid

The Eastern Municipal Water District is currently seeking contractors to recoat the interior of the Citrus II Tank in Perris, California.


PA Tank Project Awarded

The Beaver Falls Municipal Authority has awarded a contract in the amount of $1,027,477.00 for the rehabilitation and coating of the Freedom and 45th Street Water Tanks to Worldwide Industri...


$1.2B Contract Approved for Border Wall

Last Monday, the United States Department of Defense announced a contract modification worth $524 million for the design build of the Tucson sector barrier wall replacement project in Tucson...


New CSHA Dates Posted for Tradeshow, Competition

Since postponing both its 31st Annual Painters Competition and its Trade Show and Demo Day in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Coating Society of the Houston Area has announced new...


MA Bridge Rehabilitation Project Accepting Bids

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation services on the General Pierce Bridge carrying Montague City Road over the Connecticut River b...


SSPC, NACE Review Updates, Member Vote

On Friday (March 20), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced its 11th update in a scheduled series regarding the possible organiza...


PennDOT Halts Work on Infrastructure Projects

Last Tuesday (March 17), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ordered all contractors to cease work on current projects for a minimum ...


Trump Calls Companies to Donate Masks

In taking steps to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has requested that U.S. construction companies donate their safety mask inventory to hospitals and health ...


VA Elevated Water Storage Tank Out for Bid

The Western Virginia Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the RCIT Water Storage Tank in Roanoke, Virginia.


$463M MD Bridge to Begin Construction

Expected to begin this month, joint venture made up of Skanska (Stockholm, Sweden), Corman Kokosing Construction Co. (Annapolis Junction, Maryland) and McLean Contracting Co. (Glen Burnie, M...


Great Lakes Tunnel Approves Design, Build Companies

Earlier this month, Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge Inc. (Calgary, Alberta) announced that it has hired two companies for the design and build contracts for the...


Man Sued for Allegedly Stealing Bridge Tech

On Feb. 4, Hardwire LLC (Pocomoke City, Maryland) filed a lawsuit against Irvin “Skip” Ebaugh, IV and Infrastructure Armor LLC (Ocean City, Maryland) in the United States District Court for ...


Bids Needed for Multiple CA Bridges

The City of Santa Clarita is seeking contractors to perform maintenance and coating of three bridge structures in Santa Clarita, California.


Bids Needed for NY Standpipe Coating

The Suffolk County Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Middleville Road Standpipe in Oakdale, New York.


TX Suspension Bridge Project Awarded

The City of Waco, Texas, has awarded a contract in the amount of $12,409,135.50 for the rehabilitation and coating of the Waco Suspension Bridge to Gibson & Associates of Balch Springs, Texa...


SSPC, NACE Announce Seventh Update

Yesterday (Feb. 24), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced their seventh update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


Øresund Bridge Painting Begins

Nearly two decades after its opening, the Oresund Bridge—a roughly 8-kilometer-long (roughly 5 miles) cable-stayed bridge that connects Denmark and Sweden—will finally begin receiving a new ...


Bids Needed for NY Suspension Bridge Rehab

The New York State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform bridge rehabilitation of Wurts Street over Rondout Creek in the City of Kingston, New York.


WV Bridge Recoating Project Seeks Bids

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to clean and coat the Tyler City Bridge in Charleston, West Virginia.


2-Tank Painting Project Out for Bid

The Town of Seabrook is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate two Water Department Water Tanks in Seabrook, New Hampshire.


FIGG Fired from $800M Harbor Bridge Project

Earlier this month, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) requested that joint venture Flatiron-Dragados LLC replace the $800 million U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge replacement project’s de...


Musk Seeks to Expand Las Vegas Tunnel Project

Earlier this week, President Steve Davis of tunneling company The Boring Co.—owned by Elon Musk—announced the possibility for additional underground transit systems throughout the Las Vegas ...


Bids Wanted for NY Pedestrian Bridge

The City of New York is seeking contractors to perform reconstruction of the 17th Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and 27th Avenue Pedestrian Bridges over the Belt Parkway in the Borough of Brooklyn...


Survey: Contractors Talk Labor Supply, Demand

According to an Outlook survey issued last month by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate, three out of four construction firms plan to hire mor...


Free Webinar: SSPC QP 1, QP 2 Changes

Changes to SSPC QP 1 and QP 2 and the impact they have on contractors is the topic up for discussion in today’s webinar on PaintSquare. The webinar, which is free, will run from 11 a.m. to 1...


ABC Chapter Sues Over Hiring Requirements

The City of St. Petersburg, Florida is being sued by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors for its contractor requirement to hire apprentices and disadvan...


Report: Construction Wages Up in 2018

According to an analysis conducted by the National Association of Home Builders on the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, workers in constructio...


OH Planners Eye Hyperloop to Pittsburgh

After receiving a $100,000 donation from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is now looking to connect Pittsburgh to its proposed Grea...


Port Covington Project Underway in Baltimore

The first phase of Port Covington’s riverfront mixed-use development project in South Baltimore is reported to be in full swing, three years after city officials approved public financing.


Robots Help in $52M IL Housing Project

Currently, the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois is undergoing a $52 million project is slated to add 166,000 square feet of new barracks for military personnel by October 2020.


Boring Company Vegas Tunnel Progresses

Earlier this month, construction work on The Boring Company’s tunnel for the Las Vegas Convention Center officially entered operation. A tunnel boring machine is also reportedly on site, as ...


Report: Slow Payments Cost GCs $64B a Year

In a recent study conducted by construction finance platform Rabbet, in partnership with construction project management software company Procore Technologies, found that slow payments in th...


CA Worker Classification Bill Signed into Law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5 late last month, which aims to reduce instances of worker misclassification as independent contractors.


IL University Seeks Cafeteria Renovations

Governors State University is seeking contractors for its Cafeteria Renovation Project located in University Park, Illinois.


CO Airport Commits to $770M Budget

After the termination of the $1.8 billion private-public partnership contract with Great Hall Partners over the Jeppesen Terminal renovation at Denver International Airport, updates to the p...


Multiple VT Bridges Reported as ‘Non-Compliant’

After a whistleblower alleged that four Vermont bridges were built with “non-conforming construction” practices, the Vermont Agency of Transportation announced a full investigation into the ...


DOL Apprenticeship Stirs Contractor Debate

The United States Department of Labor’s deadline for formal comments regarding a proposal to exempt the construction industry and the military from creating Industry-Recognized Apprenticeshi...


Employee Misclassification Ruling Stirs Debate

Recently announced, independent federal agency National Labor Relations Board determined that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors does not violate the National Labo...


$1.6B in Contracts Awarded for Seattle Rail

Last month, the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) Board of Directors announced that they had awarded two contracts totaling more than $1.6 billion for the Lynnwo...


National Lab Details $13B Building Plans

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has announced a 10-year, $13 billion construction program, aimed at upgrading its Los Alamos, New Mexico-based facility.


NOLA Superdome Reno Plans Completion for 2024

The Louisiana State Bond Commission has unanimously approved borrowing plans for the $450 million renovation of the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


CA Worker Classification Bill Moves Forward

A California bill that aims to codify a way to better define whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee has advanced into the state Senate.


$107M Contract Awarded for Rikers Island Project

Joint venture AECOM and Hill International have been recently awarded a $107.4 million contract by the New York Department of Design and Construction for the program and project management o...


CA Issues Nearly $600K in Wage Theft Citations

At the end of May, California’s Department of Industrial Relations reported that a Los Angeles-based Labor Commissioner’s Office issued citations for unpaid wages and various penalties to Un...


Contractor Gives NOLA Workers Back Pay

After a recent investigation by the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, the agency has found Gomez Drywall Construction Inc. guilty of breaking federal rules on overt...


Las Vegas Approves Boring Tunnel Deal

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved a $48.6 million contract with The Boring Company earlier this week for construction on the LVCC Loop. The Boring Company was original...


Architects Win Approval to Replace English Bridge

Knight Architects recently won the approval to build a replacement bridge over the River Eamont, located in England’s Village of Pooley Bridge, Cumbria.


Seattle Arena Renovation Price Jumps to $930M

The price tag on Seattle’s Center Arena has been bumped up yet again—this time to $900-930 million with a pushed back start date.


$450M Superdome Renovation Approved

After collaboration between the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints and Louisiana state officials, a deal approving the first phase of the $450 million Mercedes-Benz Superdome reno...


Chicago Approves $1.6B in Subsidies

Earlier this month, the Chicago City Council approved a tax increment financing plan for $1.6 billion in subsidies for the Lincoln Yards and “The 78” in order to unlock both developments' po...


Reno Needed at CO Recreation Center

The City of Lafayette is seeking contractors to perform remodeling of the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center atrium located in Lafayette, Colorado.


ABC Names its 2018 Contractor of the Year

The Associated Builders and Contractors organization recently announced its 2018 Contractor of the Year, an award that “recognizes companies for corporate integrity, commitment to safety, pr...


Army Corps Awards $712M Design-Build Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas City District has recently awarded a $712 million design-build contract for its new Next National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West headquarters.


PA Turnpike Approves Hyperloop Study

Imagine traveling the 360-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike, in what would take roughly 5 hours by car, in just 30 minutes. This once futuristic idea is slowly becoming a reality, thanks to the hyp...


RCI Announces New Name, Rebranding

Nonprofit organization RCI Inc. (traditionally known for roofing expertise) announced last week that it is rebranding, complete with new name, and will be known as the International Institut...


Elon Musk to Build New Las Vegas Tunnel

Recently, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority’s board of directors approved Elon Musk’s Boring Company for the construction of an underground express tunnel connecting downtown La...


MO Kicks Off $1.5B Terminal Project with Ceremony

Just over a month since the Kansas City International Airport reached a price agreement on the $1.5 billion terminal building, a celebration has been planned.


NRCA Announces Roofing Day Details

The National Roofing Contractors Association will be coming together for their annual Roofing Day, scheduled for April 3-4. The industry invites its members to register for the event, hosted...


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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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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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...


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 ...


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 ...


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...


India Bridge Collapse Kills 18

Officials are blaming weather for the collapse of an under-construction overpass bridge that killed at least 18 in Varanasi, India, Tuesday, but local police say they contacted the state-run...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


DWR: Oroville Spillway Moisture Not Unexpected

Recent aerial photos taken at the Oroville Dam have brought to light a wet streak on the new spillway, but it was something to be expected, according to Department of Water Resources officia...


Falsework Collapses at CA Bridge Site

A falsework collapse at a bridge construction site in California late last week led to wood beams—and, some say, more—falling into the river below.


Oroville Dam Secant Wall Complete

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. announced on Wednesday that construction of the underground wall below the Oroville Dam emergency spillway was completed earlier this month.


Golden Gate 'Suicide Barrier' Work Set to Begin

Work on the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier is set to commence this week, according to reports, beginning with steel needed to support the net, being cut in Oregon.


Emergency Spillway on Track at Oroville

Some construction work on the main and auxiliary spillways of California’s Oroville Dam continues even at the height of the region’s rainy season, according to a new update from the state’s ...


DC Frederick Douglass Bridge Breaks Ground

Despite criticism of its design from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts late last year, the new Frederick Douglass Bridge is on its way to becoming a reality in Washington, D.C., after a groun...


Architect Pressed City to Test Failed Cables

A set of pedestrian and cycle bridges that are part of a long-running signature project in Dallas remain closed due to structural issues, and new reports show that architect Santiago Calatra...


ALDOT Announces Mobile Bridge Short List

Just days after announcing that preliminary pile-driving is set to begin on the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project, the Alabama Department of Transportation announced the three joint ven...


Mobile Bridge Pile Work to Begin

Work on the long-planned Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project, involving the construction of a new bridge in Mobile, Alabama, and the expansion of the “Bayway” across Mobile Bay, will begi...


Bridge Takes a Ride in OK

We're used to a roadway that crosses over a bridge, but a bridge that drives down the road—that's an unusual occurrence. But it's exactly what happened this past weekend, when contractors mo...


Canada: Howe Bridge 'No. 1 Priority'

Canadian officials have labeled the Gordie Howe International Bridge as the county's foremost infrastructure priority, with groundbreaking for construction remaining on schedule despite the ...


PA Contractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Pollution

A Pennsylvania painting subcontractor pled guilty Monday to charges of embezzlement, wire fraud and violations of the Clean Water Act in a case stemming from a rehab job on Harrisburg’s Geor...


Bond Legislation Changes for OR, VA Contractors

New rules for contractors in Oregon and Virginia are in full swing after legislation changed last year.


Caltrans Halts Bridge Build Over Movement

California’s Department of Transportation confirms that it temporarily shut down work on a bridge replacement project earlier this month after the concrete arches already in place were found...


AGC Predicts Construction Growth in 2018

A major construction-industry group in the U.S. is forecasting expanding payrolls for 75 percent of contractors in the coming year, though its new industry forecast includes some unease rega...


Bayonne Bridge Project Cost Rises Again

The raising of the deck of the Bayonne Bridge, between Bayonne, New Jersey, and Staten Island, is getting closer to completion, but the cost of the job keeps going up.


FL Bridge Rehab Contract Awarded

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


CA 'Roller' Bridge Project Complete

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


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Project Progresses

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


Court Denies Challenge to Gordie Howe Bridge

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


FL Contractor Arrested for $1M in Scam

Florida’s Department of Financial Services announced earlier this month the arrest of a contractor who is accused of defrauding an insurance company of more than $1 million.


70 Arrested in FL for Contractor Fraud

Officials of a Florida county say they’ve charged more than 70 people in an unlicensed contractor sting. Elevated by Hurricane Irma, the investigation also landed eight felony arrests.


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AGC Seeks Protection for Border Wall Contractors

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


Oroville Dam First-Year Repairs Complete

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


60 Years Ago: Mackinac Bridge Construction

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


Border Wall Prototypes Completed

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


Gator in the Pipes Delays Work at FL Site

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


Seattle SR-99 Tunnel Fly-Through Video Released

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


Morouns Dealt Legal Blow in Bridge Battle

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


Contractors Key at New Industry Event

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


Boston's Largest Bridge Ready for Rehab

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


Canada OKs Ambassador Bridge Replacement

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


Court Upholds Damages Over Bridge Job Delays

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


First Border Wall Contracts Awarded

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


New Timelapse Depicts Oroville Progress

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


Contractor Participation Highlights New Industy Event

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


Oroville Engineers Consider Cavitation Risk

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


$441 Million DC Bridge Design Unveiled

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


New Film Highlights Bridge Painters

A new documentary follows the men and women who paint America’s bridges, illuminating the importance of their work and the bonds that connect them as a team.


SCDOT Addresses Bridge ‘Tarpageddon’

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


Blackout Suit Takes Aim at Bridge Contractor

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


OR Contractor Gets Jail Time for Fraud

An Oregon contractor is serving prison time after he lied to federal investigators and tried to bribe his workers into lying as well.


Bridge Project Error Leads to Massive Blackout

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


Documentary Sheds Light on Bridge Painters’ Lives

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


Owner Sentenced in Bridge Payroll Scheme

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


Oroville Job Expedited to Meet Deadline

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


Failing Deck Overlay Costs Caltrans

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


Hong Kong Megaproject Reaches Milestone

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


Dry Spring Speeds Oroville Repairs

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


NYC Accident Traps Construction Workers

Three workers were injured in a construction accident in Queens earlier this week when the roof of the building they were working on fell in.


New Bayonne Clearance Certified

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


IL Orders Roadwork Shutdown

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


Worker Dangles From Scaffold at FL Site

A construction worker is safe after dangling from a scaffold for nearly an hour on Sunday morning in Sarasota, Florida.


Cable-Stayed Span Replaces NY-NJ Bridge

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


Superstore Showcases Products, Information

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


OSHA Fines Pier Contractor for Silica Exposure

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


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

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


Data Reports Offer Bridge Market Insight

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


Three-of-a-Kind Bridges Get Triple Rehab

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


Carpenter Awarded $2M in Contractor Negligence Case

A construction worker who was partially blinded on a job site has been awarded $2 million after a New Jersey jury found the contractor negligent.


Bayonne Bridge Milestone Moved Up

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


Court Issues Split Decision on PA Bridge Bids

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


California Bridge Project Rolling Along

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


Long-Delayed UK Nuclear Project May Face Strike

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


New Bridge Benefits Bats

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


CA Awards $274M Contract for Dam Repairs

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


Trump Company Owes $300K in Painter Lawsuit

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt by one of President Donald J. Trump’s companies to get out of paying a Miami paint store chain more than $300,000 in owed mo...


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Work Kicks Off

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


Bloomberg Launches Smart City Certification

Two years after its inception, Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities program announced an initiative that will direct cities on how to use data to improve their smart infrastructure.


Seattle’s Giant Borer Breaks Through

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


Concrete Wall Collapses in CA, Kills 1

A collapsed concrete wall at an El Cajon, California, work site has killed one construction worker and left another injured.


Highlights Include Poster Sessions, Other Awards

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


Cities, States Move to Bar Border Builders

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


TX Bridge to be Longest Cable-Stayed in US

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


Arizona Gets First Prefab Bridge

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


Turkey Plans Longest Suspension Bridge

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


Massive Blaze Hits Construction Site

A residential building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina, was destroyed and nine nearby structures were damaged when a massive five-alarm fire ignited and tore through the city's...


Lawmakers Revive Timber Bill

A controversial bill meant to bolster research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. has been reintroduced.


Containing the Center of the Huey P. Long

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


Containment by Design

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


Residents: Bayonne Bridge Raining Debris

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


Mackinac Bridge Painting Job Awarded

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


Georgia Implodes the ‘White Ice Cube’ Building

On Sunday (March 5), crowds gathered in downtown Atlanta to witness the implosion of an iconic marble building that once housed state archives.


Crane on Massive Bridge Job Floats Away

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


US Seeks Contractors for Border Wall

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


Contractor CEO Gets Prison for Union Theft

A Washington, D.C. area builder will serve more than five years behind bars for his involvement in a scheme to steal more than $1.7 million from a labor union, authorities have announced.


SSPC Seeks Board Nominations

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


Contractors Fined for Violating RRP Rule

Two Denver-area contractors have settled with the federal government over allegations that they violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.


Report Analyzes Reducing Construction Risk

A recent industry analysis found that construction risk has fluctuated since the recession with 75 percent of building owners and contractors experiencing a dispute or claim in the last five...


Governors Island Group Sues Contractors

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


Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge Opens to Traffic

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


Pay Scheme Results in $3.2M Fine

A New Jersey-based contractor with ties to several New York City public projects faces $3.2 million in fines for underpaying dozens of immigrant workers, authorities have announced.


GCP Touts New 'Primer-less' Air Barrier

GCP Applied Technologies has launched a new take on the traditional air barrier membrane.


Officials Probe Deadly Collision at FL Jobsite

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating after one construction worker was killed and another one injured when a rail car collided with an elevated bucket boom Wednesday (Feb. ...


Paint BidTracker Unveils Improvements

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


New York Painter Charged in Fraud

The owner of a New York-based interior painting company faces 15 years in prison for allegedly misreporting over $570,000 in revenue.


Building Air Tightness in Focus at ABAA

Design professionals, contractors and others interested in air barrier technologies are invited to attend the Air Barrier Association of America’s sixth annual conference to be held April 18...


Tiny Bird, Big Bridge

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


Charges in Fatal CA Pipeline Mishap

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


Worker Falls to Death at World Cup Venue

Authorities are investigating the falling death of a 40-year-old British worker on a World Cup stadium project in Qatar on Thursday (Jan. 19).


Lead Paint Work Draws RRP Fines

Twelve California renovation contractors recently faced tens of thousands of dollars in fines for failing to abide by federal lead-based paint rules.


EPA Takes Aim at Chemicals in Paint Remover

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


Masonry Contractor Faces Repeat Fines

An Illinois masonry contractor with a history of health and safety citations now faces $77,606 in new fines for alleged violations of federal fall protection rules.


EPA Proposes Ban on Paint Removers

Two chemicals found in consumer and commercial paint and coatings removal products are targeted in newly proposed rules by federal regulators.


Bridge Refuses to Yield to Demolition

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


OSHA Calls Roofer ‘Severe Violator’

An Illinois roofing contractor with a history of exposing workers to unsafe working conditions has once again been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


OSHA Fines Contractor for Bridge Fire

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


OSHA Targets Four Firms after Fall

Four contractors face fines after a 33-year-old worker fell 11 feet to his death through an unprotected stairway opening at a housing complex under construction in Florida, according to auth...


Operator Faces Charges in CA Crane Fall

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


Drowning Attributed to Lack of Safety Measures

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


Weather Tracker Detects Lightning Hazards

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


University to Collect $6.9M Over Floor Slabs

The University of Oregon will receive $6.9 million in a settlement with the architect, engineer and contractor of a residence hall with cracking concrete floor slabs.


Weather Device Tracks Lightning Onsite

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


Fire Hits NYU Hospital Construction Site

A rooftop area of a hospital building that is currently under construction was the site of a fire that sent black smoke billowing over Manhattan Wednesday (Dec. 14).


Contractor Sought in Nigeria Church Collapse

Dozens of worshippers were killed Saturday (Dec. 10) when a church in Nigeria collapsed during a large ceremony, and local officials quickly ordered the arrest of the contractor who had rece...


Brazil Eyes World Cup Stadium Bid Rigging

Two years after Brazil hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, regulators in that country say a “cartel” of large construction contractors colluded to fix bids and inflate contracts for the ...


Boeing Paint Firm to Close Plant, Dismiss 200

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


LA Metro to Pay I-405 Contractor $300M

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


UK ‘Blacklist’ Investigation Not Over

Months after contractors agreed to pay millions in settlements related to the case, the U.K. government is reopening the file on the alleged blacklisting of thousands of construction workers...


Case Hits Builder in Fatal Balcony Collapse

State contractor licensing regulators in California want to suspend or revoke the license of a general contractor linked to the deadly collapse of a Berkeley apartment building balcony in Ju...


Stucco Firm Stuck with $345K in OSHA Fines

A Pennsylvania stucco contractor is still facing nearly $345,000 in worker-safety fines after a judge upheld nine violations issued in 2014, but reduced the associated fines by more than $70...


Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a 58-year-old painter who fell 50 feet while painting a building in Orlando, FL.


Architects Deconstruct Trump’s Border Wall

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


Painter Injured in 40-Ft. Water Tower Fall

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


Periscope Up on Ingels Office Building

A new office building in Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard was designed to reflect the location’s maritime legacy, with architectural references to the big ships once built and serviced ther...


EPA Tallies Lead Violations for 2016

Contractors, renovators, painters and retailers are among the parties required to pay more than $1 million in penalties for violating lead-based paint safety rules this fiscal year, authorit...


Painter Drowns after 5 Fall from Bridge

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


Licensing Officials Cite Dozens in Sting

Dozens of California contractors, including painters, concrete workers and others, suspected of contracting without a license were recently cited on various charges, licensing authorities ha...


Judge Delays Contractor 'Blacklist' Rule

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


Library in Queens Set to Sparkle

The new Hunters Point Community Library in the New York City borough of Queens celebrated a milestone recently, when the builders of the steel-and-concrete structure celebrated its topping-o...


Cracks Plague Sydney Metro Project

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


Last-Minute Order Delays Contractor Rule

A federal judge in Texas has issued a last-minute preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule, which was scheduled to go into partial effe...


Bridge of Firsts Celebrates $48M Rehab

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


NYC Site Safety Backlog Questioned

The president of a safety-management company in New York City says a lack of site safety managers is slowing construction in that city—and he’s pointing the finger at the city’s Department o...


17 Killed in China Building Collapse

Four buildings in a city in eastern China collapsed early Monday (Oct. 10), killing at least 17, according to reports from the scene.


Video Shows Stadium Voyage

From the demolition of the Metrodome to the home-opener at the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings' new $1.1 billion stadium, a 32-month-long voyage has now been condensed into thre...


Report: Architectural Coatings Sales Up

A recent industry analysis report from The ChemQuest Group Inc. shows that the architectural coatings market grew in both sales and volumes in 2015, and predicts continued growth this year.


CA Governor OKs Contractor Reporting Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will provide the state’s Contractors State License Board with more information about contractors, and require contractors to report an...


Contractors Face Hiring Woes

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


Contractors: Qualified Workers Scarce

Contractors throughout the United States are having a tough time finding qualified craft workers, leading to a recent decrease in employment in the construction industry, a new survey sugges...


Architect May Face Suit in 2013 Collapse

Philadelphia architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. obtained immunity in order to testify against two contractors in the criminal case surrounding a deadly 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia, ...


Paint Disposal, Project Procedures at Issue

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


CA Weighs New Builder Disclosure Rules

California legislators are looking to increase regulations on contractors and balcony construction, specifically, in the wake of the June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed six ...


US Open Rolls Out Retractable Roof

Visitors to this year’s U.S. Open tennis tournament will have respite from the rain for the first time, in the form of a massive retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main show cour...


9/11 Museum Suit Dismissed

A New York appeals court has sided against a steel company that claimed it lost millions in its work on the National Sept. 11 Museum.


Sinking Tower Sparks Suit

A resident of San Francisco’s pricey Millennium Tower condos has filed suit over the 58-story building’s documented sinking and tilting.


NJ Transportation Work Stoppage Rolls On

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


Tool Predicts Fatal Construction Mishaps

The Construction Industry Institute is touting a new tool for predicting, and reducing the risk of, deadly accidents in the construction industry.


OSHA Fines Roofer $124K for Fall Risks

The U.S. government has cited a Boston-area roofing contractor for numerous worker-safety violations, and issued the company proposed fines of nearly $125,000.


Jury Convicts Steel Contractor of WTC Fraud

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


Crane Hits World Trade Window

Three World Trade Center, currently under construction, suffered only minor damage Thursday night (Aug. 11) when a construction crane hit the building.


Trump Continues to Face Contractor Suits

As he campaigns for votes in the battleground state of Florida, real estate developer and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump continues to fend off suits in that state from contr...


Feds Say 7 Duped $350M from Government

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


Steel Exec Guilty in WTC Fraud

The chief executive of a steel erection company that received nearly $1 billion in contracts to build the World Trade Center projects in New York City now faces 40 years in prison.


CA Mayor Resigns After Bribery Plea

The mayor of a Southern California city resigned Tuesday (Aug. 9) after admitting he took bribes from a construction contractor.


New Green Building System Reaches U.S.

Eyeing the 5.6 million existing buildings in the U.S. not currently covered by existing green building programs, the U.K.-based Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Metho...


Two Firms to Pay $2.4M in Wage Probe

A New England construction concern and a related company have been ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million in back wages and damages to almost 500 employees for misclassifying them as independent...


Design Standards Spark Suit

An Indiana city’s attempt at standardizing architecture within its limits has sparked a lawsuit—the outcome of which could have far-reaching implications, reports say.


2 Workers Killed in Collapse

Two construction workers perished and others were trapped Sunday (July 24) when a building portico under construction collapsed in Hyderabad, India.


Builders See Slow, Steady Growth

U.S. builders broke ground on new homes at a slightly faster pace in June, signifying that the market continues to inch toward recovery, new federal data shows.


Painters, Others Caught in Sting

Nearly 20 California-based contractors, including painters and flooring professionals, were arrested in the state’s latest undercover sting operation to crack down on off-the-book operators.


$249K in Safety Fines Upheld for NY Firm

More than three years after the original inspection, a judge upheld nearly $250,000 in fines for a New York contractor accused of putting workers in danger of serious falls at a midtown Manh...


EPA Crackdown Leads to Lead Safety Fines

A number of contractors in Denver and North Dakota are facing fines for violating federal law regarding work done on older buildings that might contain lead paint.


Inspector Accused of Assault

City building codes allegedly got personal at a meeting in Portsmouth, NH, leading to the city’s chief building inspector’s arrest on simple assault.


Cheated NY Workers Get Windfall

For one contractor, it turns out taking a cab ride home actually made him (and his friends) money. Albeit, it was money he was owed for work done over a decade ago.


Contractor Association Seeks Support

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


Contractor Convicted in NYC Pit Collapse

A New York construction company was convicted Friday on a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a worker in a trench collapse in Manhattan last year.


Assessing Project Disputes

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


Study Finds Costs, Causes of Disputes

Construction disputes in North America are taking less time and money to resolve, a new study suggests.


Owner Gets Probation in Immigration Case

A Washington State drywall company and its owner have been sentenced for illegally hiring workers in violation of immigration laws.


Rio Breaks Contract with Olympic Builder

With just weeks before the Summer Olympic Games start on Aug. 5, Rio de Janeiro authorities have cancelled a contract with the contractor in charge of building a major venue, reports say.


Drywall Issues Spur Suit

The joint venture in charge of building a $1.05 billion mixed-use development in Miami has sued a drywall subcontractor for alleged substandard work.


Concrete Contractor Settles 1 WTC Case

New York and New Jersey officials have agreed to hand over $12.3 million to settle an ongoing dispute with a One World Trade Center contractor, according to various reports.


Undercover Stings Snag Painters

Painters were listed among nearly 30 contractors recently accused of unlicensed contracting in California.


‘Blacklisted’ Construction Workers Settle

More than 400 construction workers and union members who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects have settled an ongoing High Court case involving major UK builders.


Suit: Contractors Overbill Hospital $4.2M

A Montreal hospital has accused a construction contractor, his associates and former hospital employees of participating in a decade-long scheme to overbill the hospital by millions of dolla...


‘Love It or List It’ Homeowners File Suit

A reality TV renovation turned into a nightmare for one North Carolina couple, a new lawsuit contends.


Feds: Payroll Scam Nets $17.4M

An Orlando woman faces decades in prison for allegedly running a scam that allowed construction contractors and subcontractors, including painters, to conceal the use of undocumented workers...


Wet Concrete Falls Off Building, Hits Car

A woman’s car window was shattered Thursday (April 14) when a portion of wet concrete fell from a construction site in downtown Jersey City, NJ, according to various news reports.


Sting Nets Painters, Concrete Workers

Thirty-six painters, 17 concrete contractors and 30 other home-improvement contractors have been charged with running unlicensed businesses after they were caught this month in a California ...


Injunction Stops Contractor Replacement

A Washington judge has ordered an injunction in an ongoing dispute involving the planned $1.4 billion expansion of the Washington State Convention Center.


See Seattle’s Landmark Take Shape

For the first time, a collection of 2,400 photos documenting the construction of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle have been digitized.


Builders File Suit After Dismissal

After being terminated from building the $1.4 billion Washington State Convention Center expansion project in Seattle, the contractors have sued to block officials from hiring another builde...


Sanders Made for Surface Prep, Polishing

Festool USA has launched Rotex, a new line of multi-mode sanders designed for professional painters.


5 Charged in Fatal Building Explosion

A New York City building owner, general contractor and subcontractor are facing multiple charges in connection with a deadly building explosion in Manhattan.


Father-Daughter Team Face Fraud Case

A New York-based father and daughter construction team are facing up to 15 years behind bars for allegedly cheating nearly a dozen subcontractors and a client out of more than $780,000.


Contractor Admits to Bilking Elderly

A Washington state contractor has pleaded guilty to one count of unregistered contracting after taking more than $37,000 from an 87-year-old woman in one month.


EPA Issues Guide to School Renovations

The federal government has released a new guide on school building renovations, as the projects often involve cleanup of harmful materials, such as asbestos and lead.


Designer to Pay $3M in ‘Buy American’ Case

A Wisconsin-based design and construction firm will pay a $3 million settlement to resolve civil and criminal allegations that it used foreign materials on federally funded construction proj...


Sinkhole Delays Seattle Tunnel Project

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


Unregistered Painter Agrees to Stop

Washington state contractor Terry Foster has agreed to stop painting without registering for a contractor’s license—even though he allegedly said last year that those rules do not apply to h...


Contractor Sues Architects for Overruns

A general contractor who worked on a multi-million dollar renovation of a city-owned auditorium in Charleston, SC, has accused three design firms and a project management company of negligen...


OSHA: Fall Hazards Paralyzed Worker

A New Jersey builder and Pennsylvania construction contractor received more than $100,000 in combined fines for a 30-year-old construction worker's paralyzing fall.


Trench Death Leads to Willful Citations

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


Demolition Crew Fights OSHA Citations

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


Contractor Gets $20M for Bribe Reports

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


‘Treehouse Master’ Draws Fine in OR

Contractors' licensing officials in Oregon have slapped the host of the Animal Planet show “Treehouse Masters” with a fine for allegedly building a tree abode sans license.


Contractor Fined for Repeat Violations

A Philadelphia-based stucco contractor faces more than $51,000 in fines after allegedly exposing its workers to repeat fall-safety hazards.


Suits Filed in Deadly Balcony Collapse

Managers of an apartment building in Berkeley, CA, knew mushrooms were growing in a rotten apartment deck weeks before it collapsed and killed six students, according to lawsuits filed Thurs...


Contractor Settles DBE Fraud for $2.6M

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


Plasterers Fined in ‘Senseless’ Death

A pair of Arizona plaster and stucco contractors is facing more than $407,000 in fines after a 44-year-old worker fell off an unguarded balcony to his death in May.


Dozens Die in Pakistan Factory Collapse

At least 23 people have died after a factory in Pakistan that was undergoing renovation work collapsed Wednesday (Nov. 4) night.


Contractor to Pay for EEO Violations

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


Contractor Settles Minority Claims Case

A Massachusetts construction company will pay $190,000 and conduct training to resolve allegations it failed to comply with equal opportunity requirements on more than a dozen public constru...


Employee Skims from Paint Contractor

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


Painter Gets Prison for Tax Fraud

A Connecticut painting contractor was sentenced to 30 days in prison after failing to pay more than $275,000 in federal income taxes over a five-year period, authorities have announced.


Paint Can Label Aids in Organization

A paint label developed to help painters and homeowners organize leftover paint cans is up for a design prize.


Contractor Faces Workers’ Comp Charges

A former construction worker who collected disability after stating a job-related accident left him unable to work is facing a felony theft charge.


UK Contractors Apologize for Blacklist

Eight of the biggest construction firms in the U.K. have issued an “unprecedented” apology to thousands of workers who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects.


NAHB Decries Joint Employer Change

Stating that a new rule regarding joint employer relationships would hurt housing affordability and small businesses, a Texas home builder also told Congress this week that the standard is “...


Painter Charged for Unlawful Contracting

A State of Washington painting contractor who is also a former city official has been charged with unregistered contracting after receiving multiple violations from the state’s labor departm...


Federal Contracts' Minimum Wage Raised

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


Air Force Sues Contractor Over Paint

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


Startup Pitches Paint Service in Contest

An online paint service startup launched by industry veterans and designed to take the “pain out of painting,” has participated in a battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Fran...


Federal Contractor Wages Going Up

Construction workers who perform work as contractors or subcontractors of the federal government are about to get a raise in their minimum wage.


Study: What’s 'Green' to Home Buyers

What is it about a “green home” that makes a potential home buyer want to spend green?


Contractor Blamed in Crane Collapse

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say the construction company overseeing an expansion project at the largest mosque in the world was partially responsible for last Friday’s crane collapse that ki...


States Take Action for Fair Pay

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


Mainers Ready to Recycle Paint

Painting contractors and residents in the Pine Tree State will be able to recycle leftover and unwanted paint beginning Oct. 1.


Watch Detroit Transform Live

A mega-construction project that aims to once again transform Detroit into a thriving metropolis is underway.


States Recover $6.9M for Pay Violations

Two New England states are taking a stance and cracking down on employers who violate the state and federal labor wage laws.


Painters Nabbed in Undercover Sting

Painters numbered among nine suspected unlicensed contractors caught in a recent undercover sting operation in California.


Shore Study Reveals Opportunity for Growth

Contractors and manufacturers should see an opportunity to grow and be innovative following a recent study on shoreline hardening, its author says.


Construction Spending Hits 7-Year High

U.S. construction spending in July reached levels not seen in more than seven years, according to new federal data.


Housing Starts Hit 8-Year High

New-home construction accelerated in July, but the pace of multifamily homebuilding was not a contributor.


Construction VP Guilty in Fraud Scheme

A former executive of a large St. Louis-based construction company has been found guilty in a scheme to use corporate funds to pay for personal expenses.


Elastomer Roofing Sealant Debuts

Roof coatings and waterproofing maker R.M. Lucas Co. has rolled out a new thermoplastic elastomer-based roofing sealant.


Worker Shortage Threatens Growth

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


Fatal Bee Swarm Sparks Cal/OSHA Probe

California workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker who died after a bee swarm attack in Riverside.


Painter Faces Prison for Tax Fraud

A Connecticut painting contractor faces three years behind bars and a fine of up to $250,000 for failing to pay more than $275,000 in federal income taxes over a five-year period.


Spending on the Rise; Workers Needed

U.S. construction spending inched up in June to an annualized rate of $1.06 trillion, up 12 percent from year ago levels, according to newly released Census Bureau data.


OSHA: Fall Victim Denied Safety Gear

A Texas-based construction company faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal fines after a temporary worker fell 12 feet through a roof and was hospitalized with severe injuries.


Jury Awards $350K in Lead Paint Suit

A Providence, RI, jury has awarded more than $350,000 to a 19-year-old who suffered permanent brain damage after exposure to lead paint as a toddler.


Masonry Worker Killed in Scaffold Fall

DANVILLE, PA--Federal safety authorities are investigating the fatal fall of a masonry worker at a hospital jobsite in Pennsylvania.


Study: Construction Beefs Lengthen

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


Phony Contractors Nabbed in 9 States

PHOENIX--More than 430 unlicensed painters and other contractors have been rounded up in a multistate sting.


Study: Construction Dispute Costs Drop

AMSTERDAM--Unlike many other parts of the world, construction disputes in North America are taking longer to resolve but costing less in the end, a new study suggests.


Laying Down 1,000 Bricks an Hour

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


GC Pleads to Bribery over Code Fines

NEWARK, NJ--A general contractor from New Jersey has admitted bribing a local inspector in an attempt to avoid nearly $9 million in fines for fire-code violations.


Bot Can Build a House in 2 Days

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--Bricklayers, are you ready to meet your match ... or maybe your replacement?


Exposing Kids to Asbestos Ends in Prison

FRESNO, CA—A former executive of a now-defunct nonprofit construction training company will serve nearly two years behind bars after exposing dozens of California high school students to asb...


Scaffolding Falls Claims 2 Lives

AMES, IA--Authorities are investigating a scaffolding accident that killed two workers Friday (June 22) at a new student housing project near Iowa State University.


Diplodocus Enjoys a Dino-Mite Makeover

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


Subs Faulted in Maintenance Deaths

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


Portable Light Made for Worksites

KEMP, TX--A new compact work-site fixture has been designed to offer high-power illumination with minimal set-up.


Fines, Violations End in Felony Plea

VANCOUVER, WA--A driveway paver with a mountain of unpaid fines for everything from child labor to licensing violations has now pleaded guilty to a felony charge.


Dinosaur Icon Gets a Makeover

PITTSBURGH--A prehistoric paint job is underway in Pittsburgh.


Contractor Hit with $6M Judgment

NEWARK, NJ--Authorities have obtained a $6.34 million default judgment against a New Jersey contractor and his companies after their conviction on hundreds of consumer-protection violations.


Salem Bids a Bewitching Rehab

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


Expert Offers Key to Commercial Work

PITTSBURGH—After 40 years in the industry, Ken Trimber knows how to protect your interests on a commercial coatings project.


$29k Bid Takes VA Tank Painting Job

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


Coating Companies Top Safety Awards

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


Worker Poisoning Spurs $4M Suit

PORTLAND, OR—A home-improvement contractor and four other companies are facing a $4 million lawsuit in the death of a worker who was told to use a bucket as a toilet in the back of a work va...


$5M Bridge Rehab Opens for Bidding

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


Crane Operator Killed in Fall

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


Bay Bridge Leaks Cause Blame Dispute

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


Suspended Firm Seeks Alternate Route

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


Waging a 'Blind, Underwater Battle'

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


Falling Concrete Kills Young Family

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


Contractor Agrees to $1M DBE Settlement

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


Roofers Face $300K after 3 Workers Fall

ANDOVER, MA—Two Massachusetts-based roofing contractors are jointly facing federal fines of nearly $300,000 after three workers were injured in a two-story fall.


USACE Shoulders V.A. Hospital Debacle

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


Roofer Gets 4 Months in Jail

A Washington State roofing contractor will spend four months in jail and pay $25,000 in restitution for scamming two building owners, authorities have announced.


Budget-Busted VA Project Gets New Lead

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has officially handed over the reins of a troubled hospital construction project near Denver that is at the center of an internal investigation.


1M+ Construction Workers Unauthorized

At least one in five U.S. roofers, drywall installers, painters and masons currently comes from the ranks of unauthorized immigrants, a new analysis shows.


Contractor Guide Maps Licensing Needs

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


Worker Awarded $64.5M in Collapse

"Nearly cut in half" when a building fell on him, a former Florida construction worker has been awarded more than $64 million in damages by three different companies.


Bidding Open for 1MG VA Water Tank

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


OR Fixing Bad Bridge Pours

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


UK Adopts Home-Size Minimums

New homes in the UK will be less cramped under newly approved minimum space standards.


Asphalt Companies Settle Fraud for $7.2M

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


Brittle Bolts Prompt $1.5M Repair

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


Tower's Bolt Failure Tabbed at $1.5M

Replacing large steel bolts on London’s tallest skyscraper has cost the UK’s biggest structural steel contractor £1 million (about $1.5 million).


Contractor 'Blacklist' Opposition Grows

A looming Executive Order that would require contractors on federally funded projects to disclose their labor-law violations is drawing increasing concern as its publication draws near.


Scaffolding Accident Claims 3 Lives

Three construction workers were killed and another was injured Monday (March 23) when scaffolding collapsed at a high-rise construction project in downtown Raleigh, NC, according to authorit...


4th Guilty Plea in HUD Bid Rigging

The owner of a New Jersey plumbing and heating company has admitted bidding collusion that netted him nearly a quarter-million dollars in federally funded housing contracts in one year.


Foes Fight U.S. Contractor 'Blacklist'

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


Arkansas Worker Killed in 11-Foot Fall

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


No OSHA Probe in Scaffold Collapse

Federal safety authorities will not investigate the partial collapse of project scaffolding ripped apart by high winds in downtown Portland, OR, according to reports.


Seven Stings Net 85 Contractors

Undercover investigators in California have nabbed 85 suspected unlicensed contractors, including 27 painters, in simultaneous sting operations across seven cities.


Feds Target 'Serial' Roofing Violator

A Maine roofing contractor with a lengthy OSHA record could face jail time for failing to obey a 2011 federal court order to correct safety hazards and pay more than $400,000 in fines, accor...


Worker Killed in Fall from WA Bridge

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


Gas Tumble Brings Savings in Materials

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


Migrant Workers Strike in Dubai

An unlikely scene played out this week in downtown Dubai as hundreds of South Asian migrant construction workers building a luxury apartment high-rise went on strike to demand more money.


Feds May Relax Local Hiring Rules

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


Contractors Liable for Failed Decking

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


Construction Employment Levels to Surge

U.S. contractors, start your engines: Construction employment is set to shift into high gear, growing 29 percent by 2022, compared to just 11 percent in all other industries, according to a ...


Bidders Sought for Water Tank Painting

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


Construction Material Costs Drop

Prices for construction materials are steadily declining, which comes as welcome news for many contractors and their clients.


Builder Brothers in Trouble in IA

An Iowa-based home-repair contractor who allegedly collected substantial up-front payments and failed to finish projects will pay $102,000 in restitution to 25 victims, according to authorit...


Fall Risks at Plant Draw $75K Fine

A mobile-home manufacturer in Oregon faces $75,800 in fines for exposing unprotected workers to 13-foot falls and other hazards.


Stings Snare Dozens of CA Contractors

More than 30 contractors, including nine painters, are facing licensing and other charges after two undercover sting operations by California authorities.


$5M Bridge Contract Awarded in FL

A $5,396,928 contract has been awarded to Coastal Marine Construction of Venice, FL, for rehabilitating the Stickney Point Bridge in Sarasota County, the Florida Department of Transportation...


No Violations Cited in OR Bridge Death

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


Firm to Pay $1.3M in PennDOT Fraud

A Philadelphia-area engineering firm will pay more than $1.3 million to reimburse state and federal transportation agencies for losses due to fraud by the consultant's bridge inspectors.


Contractor Cheats Dozens, Gets Prison

A Massachusetts contractor who failed to finish projects, used false identities, and forged documents will spend three and a half years in state prison, a judge ruled Friday (Jan. 30).


Deadly Fall Racks up $511K in Fines

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


MD Bay Bridge Painting Up for Bid

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


Paving Trio Face Wage Theft Allegations

Three people from a California seal coating business face 42 felony counts alleging a slew of wage theft and compensation fraud charges, the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office announce...


Roofing Contractor Admits to Fraud

A West Virginia roofing and general contractor faces more than 20 years in prison after underreporting employee wages and faking an accident to reap insurance proceeds.


Contractor Lends Blight-Busting Hand

Few people resolve to demolish more in the New Year, but for contractor Jim Kissick, it's a resolution that he can keep, while helping out his community.


3 Bolts Fail on London’s New Tower

A number of large steel bolts on London’s tallest skyscraper will be replaced, after three bolts have fractured and fell from the building in just over two months, according to its developer...


35 Contractors Cited in NJ Crackdown

Dozens of New Jersey roofers, pavers and contractors will share responsibility for almost $570,000 in penalties and restitution for failing to complete work, refusing to refund deposits and ...


Online Service Parts Center Launches

Building professionals can now access a single website to order parts for their projects.


Company Takes Down Buildings, for Free

Donated time, manpower and machinery are being used to help rid Kansas City, MO, of hundreds of abandoned and dilapidated buildings.


Coatings Groups to Share One Roof

Aiming to strengthen the voice of the roof coatings industry, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) and the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) have merged.


Kiewit Fined $170K on Bridge Job

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


Feds Offer FBI Building in Trade

Developers with dreams of owning prime Pennsylvania Avenue real estate in Washington D.C., listen up.


'Widespread' PennDOT Scandal Nets 10

Ten more people have been charged in what authorities call an extensive corruption scandal surrounding the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.


Contractor Guilty in Army Plant Fraud

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


Paint-Stripper Bribery Draws in Others

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


Paint Stripper CEO Accused of Bribery

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


Rule Protects Contractors’ LGBT Workers

Catching up with many states and large companies, the federal government has extended anti-discrimination protection in the contracting workforce to sexual orientation and gender identity.


Rule Bans Gender Bias by Contractors

Sexual orientation and gender identity will now be protected in the U.S. contracting workforce, under a new federal discrimination rule announced Wednesday (Dec. 3).


Are You Ready for Some Free Paint?

To football fans who are putting off home projects until the post-season: This one's for you.


DBE Owner Cops to Conspiracy Scheme

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


Contractor Pleads in Worker's Death

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


Bricklayer Gets 3rd OSHA Strike

A Pennsylvania contractor with a history of safety infractions and unpaid fines is facing new penalties topping $100,000 for serious hazards at two different worksites.


TX Tank Painting Project Out for Bid

Bids are being accepted for cleaning and recoating an existing 470,000-gallon ground level water storage tank, the City of Kilgore, TX, announced.


Student Painters Settle Lead Case

College Works Painting has agreed to pay a $39,532 civil penalty for alleged violations of the federal renovation rule addressing possible lead-paint hazards, authorities have announced.


A New Blue Tops PPG's Trendy Hues

A “lavish, almost-but-not-quite royal” shade of blue has been named PPG’s 2015 Color of the Year.


112 Contractors Nabbed in Sting

Authorities in California have rounded up 112 suspected unlicensed residential contractors in a fall “blitz” sting operation.


New Tool Belt Designed to Spin

A New York forensic photographer-firefighter has developed a tool belt that allows wearers to rotate their tools and gear 360 degrees for safety, comfort and versatility.


U.S. Arrests Recalcitrant Contractor

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


Bridge Sub Held in DBE Contract Fraud

A Pennsylvania subcontractor is facing fraud conspiracy charges after allegedly allowing his company to be used as a DBE-certified front for contractors seeking federal contracts.


$2M Reclaimed for Shorted Workers

Nearly 150 skilled tradespeople will recover almost $2 million in back pay and benefits owed to them from work on a federally funded solar energy project.


Solar Project Crew Gets $2M in Back Pay

Painters, bridge crane operators and other skilled laborers will share $1,914,681.50 in back wages and benefits they are owed for months of work on a solar energy project in a Nevada desert,...


USGBC Extends Phase-in for LEED v4

Conceding that the transition to LEED v4 will not be easy, the U.S. Green Building Council has extended the deadline for registering projects under the current LEED 2009 rating system.


Fatality, Wind Close OR Bridge

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


WVDOT Announces 3 Bridge Contracts

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


Conference Taps Building Brain Trust

A three-day slate of the nation's top experts in coatings and building technology, hands-on workshops and courtroom fireworks will greet attendees at the second annual Durability + Design...


Study: Painters, Trades in Demand

A good painter is hard to find, America's employers report. So are other tradespeople and professional positions across the construction industry, according to a new survey by the Associated...


DOT Hit on Contractor Suspension Data

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


Survey Finds Craft Worker Shortage

Most U.S. construction companies are reporting difficulty in filling openings for key craft workers, including painters, a new survey finds.


Painting Delay Costs $85K and Counting

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


Steel Contractor Indicted on WTC Project

A federal grand jury has charged a steel erector and its CEO with using shell minority-led "partners" to land nearly $600 million in contracts on the World Trade Center Project.


$860k Paint Bribe Nets Short Jail Term

Painting contractor Harry P. Miconi should be out of prison before he turns 80.


City Targets Construction Defect Law

Taking aim at an increasingly unpopular state law, a Colorado city has adopted an ordinance designed to reduce lawsuits over construction defects and increase development of affordable housi...


WTC Contractor Indicted in $600M Fraud

A New York City steel contractor and its CEO have been charged with defrauding a federal minority set-aside program to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts on the World Trade ...


Myths, Mistakes Raise Asbestos Toll

Neither drinking a glass of water nor opening a window will protect a worker from asbestos.


Military Coatings Mission Accomplished

Seven historic U.S. Army vehicles will greet this Veterans Day restored to their former glory, thanks to a massive volunteer effort by contractors and suppliers across the coatings industry....


New Kit to Seam Metal Roofs

Developmental Industries Inc. has introduced a roof seamer tooling kit designed to fit most types of metal roofing panels.


U.S. Suspends Contractors for DBE Fraud

Two New York construction companies and three people have been debarred from federally funded projects for three years following criminal convictions for a 17-year-long Disadvantaged Busines...


Plan Backs Worker Wage Openness

Watercooler talks and speculation about who earns what in a company would be protected from employer retaliation under a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor.


New Rule Nixes Contractor Pay Secrecy

A proposed rule would prohibit federal contractors from having pay secrecy policies, a move that will make it easier to address unfair compensation practices, federal officials announced.


New Award Honors Firms that Give Back

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


‘Angels’ Aid Construction Victims

When lives and livelihoods are shattered by serious construction accidents, a group of angels is there to help.


Latino, Contractor Work Deaths Rise

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


U.S. Sees Decline in Worker Deaths

With the notable exception of Latino workers, fatal work injuries in the United States dipped slightly in 2013, according to new preliminary data released by the Department of Labor.


Contractors Get Jail in Tax, DOT Fraud

Two Ohio construction executives will spend 21 months in federal prison after admitting to tax evasion and falsifying federal documents, authorities announced.


Unpermitted Work Shutters Bridge Site

A staging area for New York City’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project has been shut down after an environmental group reported construction underway without proper permitting.


Thin Workforce Overshadows Optimism

Construction employment has expanded in two-thirds of U.S. metro areas, and spending is at a five-year high—a boom that may be squandered if the industry cannot fill its ranks, a leading con...


Owner’s Plea is 6th in DBE Scam

The owner of a North Carolina paving company faces 25 years in prison after becoming the sixth defendant to plead guilty in a massive fraud that raked in government contracts by using a disa...


Builders Slam U.S. Silica Proposal

A federal plan to slash silica exposure in the workplace will cost about $3.9 billion—nearly eight times the government’s estimate, the construction industry contends.


Construction Tabs Silica Plan at $3.9B

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


5th Man Sentenced in NY Asbestos Case

A supervisor for an asbestos abatement contractor is the latest defendant sentenced for his role in mishandling a major removal project at six public-housing buildings in Buffalo, NY.


Industry Warms to Icy Challenge

Boasting bigger buckets than surely were contemplated, the construction industry is embracing the summer's coolest craze-for-a-cause: the Ice Bucket Challenge, to benefit amyotrophic lateral...


New Charges in PennDOT Scandal

Two more contractors for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have been indicted in a continuing state investigation into "massive and widespread theft, fraud, corruption, and money...


High-Stakes Decision is No Simple Call

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


Contractors Told to Report Violations

Builders and other major suppliers will have to begin self-reporting federal wage, safety and other labor violations when seeking large federal contracts, under a new order issued by the Whi...


OSHA Files New Home Depot Case

Cited more than 120 times in five years, the world’s largest home-improvement retailer is now facing repeat accusations of federal safety violations at one of its Chicago stores.


Project Systems: 1 Size Doesn’t Fit All

Design-build may dominate the buzz in construction project delivery, but it is not the "best" system. Then again, neither are its chief alternatives: traditional design-bid-build and the les...


U.S. to Order Contractor Disclosures

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


4M Pounds Zip into Place

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


Worker Dies in MO Bridge Fall

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


Paving Exec Takes Plea in $87M Fraud

The chief financial officer of a North Carolina paving contractor is the latest defendant to admit his role in an $87 million fraud scheme that used disadvantaged firms as a pass-through to ...


Abrasive Blasting Draws 17 Citations

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


New Sessions Bring the Experts to You

Tighter buildings, tougher walls and savvier concrete work are the top topics of a new series of expert presentations now available for free viewing from Durability + Design.


Experts Raise the Roof Technology

Cool roofs, green materials and power pigments top a new series of expert presentations now available for free viewing from Durability + Design.


Waterproofing Contractor Fined $66K

A New York masonry and waterproofing contractor faces $66,600 in proposed fines for more than a dozen serious safety violations at a residential project, according to federal regulators.


Building Show Presentations Now Live

Expert-led talks on decorative interiors, concrete, walls and coatings, standards and other building topics presented at D+D 2014 are now available for free online viewing.


Architect Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A 70-year-old California architect has admitted to workers’ compensation fraud, authorities have announced.


Contractor to Pay $292K for OT Wages

A California concrete and asphalt paving contractor has agreed to pay $292,184 in overtime back wages after failing to accurately record and pay employees for hours worked, the U.S. Departme...


A Building Blitz to Make a Difference

SWAT teams of painters, contractors, engineers, designers, suppliers and other construction professionals are primed to put their skills into service for poor families in Chicago.


Blitz Build Set to Serve Chicago’s Kids

Architects, engineers and construction professionals are gathering gear and polishing plans for their fourth annual SWAT-team community building project on the eve of AIA’s National Conventi...


Ohio Targets Contractor, Roofer

An Ohio concrete contractor and roofer are facing thousands of dollars in civil penalties for allegedly violating the state’s consumer protection laws.


Vibrations Shake Off Paint in Ship Test

Operator error is being blamed for paint and electrical damage on a brand-new, $1.5 billion Australian Navy ship—blame that the operator is strongly disputing.


Stand-Down Harnesses 1M Against Falls

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


NY Builder to Pay $50K in EPA Action

A New York construction company will pay a $50,000 penalty and build a $70,000 drainage system to settle claims that it violated federal clean-water regulations at a development site, author...


Contractor Barred for Wage Fraud

An Arizona subcontractor is banned from federal projects for three years and is repaying nearly $200,000 in back wages after federal prosecutors found falsified payroll records on a highway ...


1M Workers Pledge to Stand Down

From Palo Alto, CA, to Daytona Beach, FL, more than one million U.S. workers are expected to take a break from working at heights this week to talk about falls—the leading cause of death in ...


Two Killed on CA Bridge Project

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


Rejected NY Painting Contract Back On

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


Painter’s Tape Gets Adhesive Revamp

Shurtape Technologies LLC says it has reformulated its medium adhesion painter’s tape to meet the durability demands of today’s painting projects.


OSHA Seeks $119K in Roofer Death

Federal regulators have proposed a $119,350 fine against a Massachusetts general contractor following an investigation into the fatal fall of a roofer.


Bids Sought for CA Tank Work

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


Fire Collapses Bridge onto Interstate

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


Whistleblower to Cost Contractor $12M

Future public contracts will remain available to a Chicago contractor, despite a $12 million settlement over claims that it routinely used disadvantaged- and women-owned businesses as pass-t...


Contractor Arraigned in Worker’s Death

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


OSHA Slams Contractor in Near-Collapse

A contractor’s failure to brace an empty shell of a building left it a death trap on the brink of collapse on untrained workers, federal authorities have determined.


Contractor Charged in Foreman’s Death

A Michigan builder cited over and over for safety violations has been indicted on a felony criminal charge in the death of an employee in 2012.


Contractor Settles Fraud Case for $12M

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


$28M Awarded for Bridge Painting

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


On Construction Day, a Safety Snapshot

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


$23K Fine Set in ‘Preventable Tragedy’

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


Lowe’s to Settle RRP Case for $500K

Lowe’s Home Centers LLC has agreed to pay $500,000—the largest penalty of its kind yet imposed—to settle claims that it violated federal lead-safe renovation rules.


Menacing Contractor Admits Shakedown

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


License Lapse Halts $6.3M Drywall Job

Drywall work on a $150 million condominium project in downtown San Diego has been halted after California officials discovered that the subcontractor was unlicensed in the state.


Contractor Admits to Fraud, Assault

The principal of a Pennsylvania construction company faces dozens of years behind bars for forcing employees to return part of their paychecks and for targeting a site manager during a recon...


GSA Deal: Deeds, Not Dollars, for Work

Trying to purge its books of white-elephant properties, the federal government has hatched a novel offer for construction contractors: provide redevelopment services in exchange for titles t...


Homeowners Sue Reality Show for $2.8M

A new Spike TV reality show that aims to right the wrongs of shady contractors is accused of letting 200 gallons of raw sewage into the home of a California family and refusing to clean it u...


Rogue Barges to Cost Team $1M Monthly

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


Historic Army Project Enlists Painters

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


MWBE Contract Scam Ends in Jail Term

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


Contractor to Pay $928K in SBA Case

A large, 96-year-old Utah-based construction company will pay $928,000 to settle allegations that it fraudulently obtained access to contracts set aside for small businesses, federal authori...


NC Rest Area Painting Awarded

Mongold & Sons of Boone, NC, has been awarded a $10,885 contract to paint and repair rest-area buildings on US 221 in McDowell County, NC, the state Department of Transportation announced.


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

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


Bids Sought for ‘Little Golden Gate’

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


Fire Destroys $227M Construction

Cleanup and the search for answers continue in San Francisco, where a nearly completed multimillion-dollar luxury apartment building went down in a massive blaze last week.


Crossrail Worker Killed by Concrete

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


400 Drywallers to Regain Back Pay

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


Decrepit Bridge Refuses to Go Down

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


Decision Tossed in Navy Housing Suit

In a case closely watched across the building industry, a Hawaii construction contractor has won a major victory on appealing a contract suit against the government.


Drywall Workers to Get $550K Back Pay

A Washington State drywall installer has agreed to pay $550,000 to resolve federal allegations of cheating nearly 400 employees out of wages over three and a half years.


2 Plead Guilty in Painting Kickback

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


Sprayers Boast a Fine Finish

Graco Inc. has introduced a new set of portable, self-contained, lower-pressure airless sprayers designed to reduce overspray and improve control.


Gaffe Plugs New Sewers with Concrete

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


Bids Invited to Paint WV River Bridge

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


Whiting-Turner Cited in Fatal Collapse

A Maryland general contractor whose employee was killed and another seriously injured in the collapse of nearly 50,000 pounds of concrete is facing $11,125 in fines for serious safety violat...


New Flooring Systems Slash Downtime

Dur-A-Flex Inc. has added Accelera Fast Track Flooring line to its line of high-performance, seamless, resinous flooring systems.


Obama Orders Contractors to Hike Wages

President Obama has launched his promised “year of action” with an Executive Order requiring new federal construction and service contracts to pay workers at least $10.10 per hour.


Wage Hike Ordered for U.S. Contractors

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


USAF Investigates Foam System Death

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


Architect, Contractor Rhyme it Out

Can a good rap save a geeky rep ... or even settle scores on the project team?


Contractor Charged in $330K Fraud Case

A California general contractor and his foreman are facing more than a dozen years behind bars in an alleged scam that raked in more than $330,000 from their employees, prosecutors announced...


Pipeline Project Yields Human Skull

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


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

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


PA Roofer Cited in Fatal Fall

A Pennsylvania roofing contractor that employed a worker who was killed in a 45-foot fall last June faces $71,600 in federal fines for exposing workers to fall hazards without protection and...


Worker Cool-Down Law Begins in CA

Construction employers who scrambled this week to protect their workers from extreme cold must soon protect them from heat dangers like exhaustion or stroke, under a new California law.


$22M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

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


Report Assails Bay Bridge Assurances

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


Bids Open for San Fran Ferry Work

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


Report Ties Building Products to Asthma

Paints, flooring, carpets, insulation and other building products formulated with asthma-causing chemicals should be avoided to slow the growing “epidemic” of the chronic inflammatory lung c...


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

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


1 Killed at Texas A&M Stadium Project

Authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old construction worker who fell Tuesday (Dec. 3) during renovations at the Texas A&M stadium in College Station, TX.


Affirmative-Action Plan Sparks Suit

A Labor Department proposal that would require federal contractors to meet newly established hiring quotas for people with disabilities has wound up in court.


CA Contractor Sting Nets 8 Suspects

A sting operation that nabbed eight suspected unlicensed contractors, including three painters, took place at a very unlikely location—an industry association office in California.


Contractors Sue to Block Hiring Rule

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


Owner Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging

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


2 Contractors Cited in Philly Collapse

Federal authorities have proposed nearly $400,000 in fines against two contractors responsible for demolishing a downtown Philadelphia building that collapsed onto a thrift store in June, ki...


OSHA: Cable Ignored Before Collapse

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


Boston Bridge Replaced in One Weekend

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


New Building Show Opens Registration

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


Painter Admits to Paying $860K in Bribes

The 77-year-old owner of several Connecticut painting and contracting businesses has admitted to paying more than $860,000 in bribes to a public housing authority.


Registration Opens for ‘D+D 2014’ Show

Online registration has opened for “D+D 2014,” the first Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for May 20-22, 2014, in Cincinnati, OH.


DOE Honors Housing Leaders

Dozens of contractors, researchers, national laboratories and building science organizations across America have been awarded Housing Innovation Awards by the U.S. Department of Energy for a...


Metal Tags Track Equipment

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


L.A. Sues over Crumbling $240M Runway

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


Metal Builders Show Their Mettle

An Arizona college, Illinois medical center, New York fireboat facility and Texas headquarters are among a dozen structures nationwide showcasing excellence in metal construction products an...


Is the Problem the Paint or the Drywall?

A patchy or uneven texture on freshly painted new drywall might seem like the painter’s fault, but it’s often actually a drywall issue, and this can lead to great frustration for both the ar...


Alleged Fraud Scheme Nets 42 Felonies

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


Contractor Charged in $81K Fraud Case

A former California-based general contractor is facing nearly 60 years behind bars in an alleged fraud scam on his employees that raked in more than $81,000, prosecutors announced.


Bridge Deck Defects Spark Legal Storm

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


Employers Ask Delay on Silica Rule

A federal proposal to limit worker exposure to crystalline silica has been in the works for years, but construction employers say they still need more time to review it.


Foes Seek Extension on Silica Rule

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


Rail Crew Finds Skulls Under London

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


KILZ Revamps Interior Latex Line

Masterchem Industries LLC has announced a new formulation of its KILZ PRO-X100 Series interior latex paint line, recommended for large, time-sensitive, multi-family residential and commercia...


Bids Invited for $5M+ Bridge Painting

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


Free 2014 D+D Buying Guide Released

From air barriers and access equipment to decorative and protective finishes, the building performance and aesthetics community has a comprehensive, free new guide for specifying and purchas...


Commissioning Process Standard Unveiled

Ensuring that building systems perform as designed and buildings operate as fine-tuned facilities are the goals of a new standard for the commissioning process.


4 Firms Cited in Death at Nuke Plant

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


Electrocuted Painter’s Widow Gets $3.2M

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


Boston Tops Energy Report Card

Boston, MA, is America’s most energy-efficient city, in terms of its efforts to slash energy usage and costs, according to a new report ranking 34 of the country’s largest cities.


Father, Son Builders Held in Collapse

Authorities in Mumbra, India, have arrested two builders of a doomed residential complex that collapsed Saturday (Sept. 21), killing three—the region's sixth fatal building collapse in six m...


Collapsed Span Reopens Early

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


Best Practices: The Drywall Defect Trifecta

Ever hear this one? This paint inspector walks onto a jobsite and sees a drywall surface that’s just been meticulously painted with an intermediate coat of premium high-performance interior ...


Bids Invited for State Park Paint Job

The Louisiana Division of Administration is inviting bids to repair and repaint dozens of buildings at a state park in Farmerville, LA.


Painter Injured on DE Bridge Project

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


3-Ton Concrete Topples onto Worker

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


Construction Firms See Worker Shortage

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


CA Engineer Pleads Guilty in Smuggling

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


Contractors Warn of Worker Deficit

Nearly 75 percent of U.S. construction companies report an insufficient pipeline of qualified craft workers, according to a new study.


The High Cost of Hot Crew Tempers

Heated arguments on construction sites aren't new, but those conflicts are costing companies far more than they probably realize, a novel new study suggests.


OR Recycles 580K Gallons of Paint

Oregon paint consumers and contractors have recycled a record 580,693 gallons of paint in the third year of PaintCare, the state-legislated paint-recycling program.


Report: Crew Conflict Proves Costly

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


Painter Dispute Wipes Smile From Tower

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


New Standard Offers Boon for BIM

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


Group Sets Building Modeling Standard

A national group of Building Information Modeling users has established a new reference standard designed to bring greater consistency, clarity and precision to Building Information Models (...


MA Fines, Exposes Contractors

Adding a dose of public shame to its enforcement toolbox, Massachusetts has begun announcing the names of home-improvement contractors caught in the state's disciplinary net.


Contractors Rip New U.S. Hiring Rules

Federal contractors are facing significant new mandates for hiring veterans and people with disabilities—rules that are not sitting well with a major construction organization.


Mayor, Kin Held in ‘Pay to Play’ Scheme

“It’s the barter system .... You know, my back is itching. Scratch it.” Thus did the mayor of Progreso, TX, advise his attorney on how public contracts were dispensed in the town that he, hi...


Roofer, Construction Deaths on the Rise

Deaths of roofers have reached a five-year high in the United States, despite significant overall improvement in the nation's workplace death toll, new federal figures show.


New Affirmative Action Rules Draw Fire

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


OSHA Offers New Training Guide on Falls

Federal safety authorities have expanded worker training materials to include a new fall prevention guide with “Toolbox Talks.”


Construction Deaths Defy Declining Toll

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


CA Mulls $20M Bridge Contractor Bonus

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


DoD Raps Corrosion Training, Technology

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


Contractor Error Cited in Deadly Blast

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


$11M Bridge Painting Awarded

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


OSHA Probes Tower Painter’s Death

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


Wausau Offers System for Sleek Facades

Wausau Window and Wall Systems Inc. has expanded its SuperWall Series to include a four-side silicone-glazed system to create dramatic facades and entrances.


EPA Fines Port, Contractors $500K

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


Painter’s Death Halts Bridge Work

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


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

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


House Collapses in Philly, 8 Injured

At least eight people were injured, one critically, after a row house collapsed in Philadelphia Monday (July 29) morning, according to news reports.


MO Engineer Settles RRP Case

A Missouri engineering and contracting company will pay a $65,450 fine to settle allegations that it violated the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, according to fe...


Sandy Sting Nets Unlicensed Contractors

Undercover investigators in New Jersey have nabbed eight alleged unlicensed contractors who gave bids to perform repairs to a Sandy-damaged home during a recent sting operation, authorities ...


Bidding Challenges Focus of New Bills

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


Contract Awarded for Coast Guard Boat

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


New Bills Target Bidding Barriers

Two new bills aim to streamline the construction contracting process for federal projects.


Yoda Seized in Contractor Fraud

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


2 Indicted in Project Skimming of $4.8M

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


Joblessness Drops; Jitters Don’t

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


Good News on Unemployment, But...

The U.S. construction industry jobless rate declined to 9.8 percent in June—the best June figure seen in five years and a showing that actually has industry officials warning of possible wor...


Worker Strike Jeopardizes NYC Projects

Major construction projects in New York City and New Jersey, including work at the World Trade Center site, could soon be halted, as a strike by union carpenters drags into a second week.


SSPC Board Shifts after Election

Two new faces will represent painting contractors and other product suppliers on SSPC’s Board of Governors in the coming year, and a familiar face becomes vice president, the society has ann...


Building Collapse in TX Injures 5

Federal safety authorities are investigating the cause of a building collapse that injured five construction workers, three critically, at a Texas A&M University campus.


Building Journal Launches Conference

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


SSPC Elects New Board Members

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


OSHA Fines Follow 24-Foot Fall

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


Workers to Collect $8M in Wage Case

Thousands of workers who built a Hilton hotel in San Diego, CA, will receive more than $8 million owed to them in a prevailing-wage case, according to California’s Labor Commission.


Construction Job Growth Continues

A new analysis shows a strengthening U.S. construction sector and some of the most promising figures seen since 2008.


D+D to Present Conference, Exhibition

Durability + Design, a magazine focused on building performance and aesthetics, has announced the forthcoming launch of “D+D 2014,” The Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, t...


Construction Jobs See All-Around Growth

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


OSHA Cites Controversial Contractor

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


CA Tightens School Project Oversight

California has cracked down on oversight and enforcement of school construction, in light of a state audit that found deficiencies in thousands of projects statewide.


Collapse Toll Rises; Contractor Probed

The death toll in a Philadelphia building collapse reached six on Thursday (June 6) as the search for survivors continued and questions arose about the contractor who had been demolishing th...


Bridge Worker Hit by Falling Bucket

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


NJ Contractor: 5 Years, 11 OSHA Cases

A New Jersey masonry contractor with a history of fall protection, scaffolding and other violations is now facing nine new federal citations and nearly $91,000 in fines for the same hazards.


Navy Engineer Admits $20M Fraud

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


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

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


Painter Charged in Stolen Art Case

A house painter faces more than a decade behind bars for his expensive taste in art.


Now Batting: Brewers’ Roof Coating Job

Metal roof surfaces at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, are due for a new coating job.


Judge Rips USACE over Katrina Failures

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


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

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


FBI Impersonator Held in $225K Swindle

A former Ohio real-estate executive has been charged with impersonating a federal agent and diverting money from FBI construction contracts to defraud several companies of more than $225,000...


Lincoln’s Courthouse to be Restored

Illinois officials are seeking bids to repaint and restore a 168-year-old courthouse in Metamora, IL, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.


VT Contractor Charged in Fraud

A Vermont contractor hired to perform asbestos removal, insulation and other home-improvement work has been charged with pocketing more than $60,000 without completing the job.


Contractors Decry Immigration Plan

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


Trade Groups Fight ‘Guest Worker’ Plan

A cap on the number of “guest worker” visas granted to U.S. construction companies under a proposed immigration agreement has industry groups up in arms.


PPG Fills AkzoNobel’s N. American Shoes

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


PPG Seals AkzoNobel N. American Deal

PPG Industries Inc. has completed the purchase of AkzoNobel’s North American decorative paints business for $1.05 billion—more than doubling PPG's architectural coatings footprint on the con...


Contractor’s Widow Loses $1.2M Award

A federal appeals court has thrown out a $1.2 million award to the widow of a contractor who was fatally struck by a poorly installed gutter while working at a military base.


New Airport Sign Kills Boy, Crushes Mom

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


PPG Revamps Zero-VOC Line

PPG Architectural Coatings has updated its "Speedhide zero" interior latex line with a new sheen option, anti-microbial capability, and a more environmentally friendly formulation.


Trapped 75 Feet Down, Worker Saved

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


ACA Makes PaintCare Pleas in OR, CT

Coating makers don’t want the sun to set on their pilot paint recycling initiative in the West, while the program is just rising in the East.


2 Indicted in Ft. Dix Scheme

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


Dozens Receive Painting Accolades

An extensive wood finishing project at a new residence in Missouri, an elegant decorative painting endeavor at a Catholic church in Louisiana, and a vast wallpaper installation at a movie th...


Study: Women See Color Better

Guys who are weighing a choice between Brewski Burnish and Sandy Suds for their next man-cave paint job may want to run the swatches by a woman.


Period Decorative Painting Bids Sought

The U.S. State Department is seeking decorative painters to help maintain and repaint the storied Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, D.C.


Firms to Pay $21M for O’Hare Problems

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


Bill Seeks to Revive Lead Rule Opt-Out

Reinstating a homeowner's right to opt out of the federal lead rule for renovation, repair and painting is once again the target of new legislation.


Architect to Pay $1.9M in Airport Case

A Chicago architect and design firm will share in a $21 million tab being shouldered by seven contractors to settle years of litigation over a terminal project at O'Hare International Airpor...


Bucket List: Painters Hit the Jackpot

Two house painters in New Jersey and Kansas have become bonafide millionaires, but the money didn't come from their day jobs.


Immigrant ‘Crisis in Construction’ Seen

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


WSDOT Admits Blame for Bridge Flaws

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


Bids Sought for Ballpark Water Tower

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


Painters Help in Ninth Ward Rebuild

With brushes and rollers in tow, a team of skilled painting contractors met up with celebrities and other volunteers to paint one of the latest homes rebuilt in the Lower Ninth Ward in New O...


Pipeline Mishap Kills 1, Levels Restaurant

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


Workers Kidnap Contractor for Back Pay

Police in Israel have arrested three construction workers who allegedly kidnapped a contractor, demanding that he pay them NIS 40,000 ($10,865 USD) in back pay for a completed project.


Owner, Manager Face $1.2M Fraud Case

An Indiana-based general contractor and UPS facility manager are facing decades in prison in an alleged federal fraud scam that raked in more than $1.2 million, prosecutors say.


Concrete Group Polishes its Positions

LAS VEGAS—Developing technical standards for the selection and specification for polished concrete was high on the agenda this week at the 2013 World of Concrete in Las Vegas.


Maxwell Releases Construction Software

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


Contractors Gird for 2013 Challenges

“Luck and a lot of hard work” may prove to be saving remedies for the hard-hit construction industry. That’s the latest from the Associated General Contractors of America.


LA State Park Invites Bids for Staining

A wood staining project near one of North America's most important archeological sites is up for bid.


Paint Prizes Up for Grabs in Contest

California-based Dunn-Edwards Corp. is once again kicking off the painting season with its Contractor Sweepstakes.


Contractors See New Laws in New Year

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


 
 
   

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