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Free Webinar: Manufacturer's Roundtable

PaintSquare will host a free webinar July 15 entitled, “Manufacturer’s Roundtable: Equipment Panel Discussion.”


Nouryon Announces New Hydroperoxide Plant

Specialty chemical company Nouryon announced earlier this week that it is starting development of a new hydroperoxide manufacturing facility at its current site in Ningbo, China.


Gordie Howe Officials Dismiss Pandemic Worry

Progress on the $5.7 million Gordie Howe International Bridge is moving right along and, according to officials, likely will not stop even if the area sees another spike in the COVID-19 pand...


ABC Cancels 2020 Convention

The Associated Builders and Contractors announced on Monday (July 6) that it has officially canceled ABC Convention 2020, which was scheduled for Aug. 17-19, in Nashville.


SSPC Pubs Revisions to 2 Standards

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced late last month that it has revised two technical standards.


Plans for $2B Queens Megaproject Unveiled

A team of New York City developers have announced plans for a $2 billion, 2.7 million-square-foot mixed-use megaproject in Queens dubbed “Innovation QNS.”


SSPC, NACE Enter into Definitive Agreement

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced last week that the two groups have officially entered into a definitive agreement to combine...


ACI Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The American Concrete Institute’s ACI Foundation announced late last week that it is now accepting scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students for the 2021-22 academic ...


Survey: Residential Construction Jobs are Up

The Associated General Contractors America released its latest construction industry jobs data at the end of last week, detailed that while 158,000 workers were added in June, most of the jo...


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PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Taps Leaders

Global coatings brand PPG Protective and Marine Coatings recently announced several changes to its PMC USCA Leadership team.


JPCL June Issue is Now Online

The June issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings is now online, available through options including an interactive digital edition, a full complement of web content and downloa...


Some Lanes Reopen on Cracked FL Bridge

About 10 days after large cracks and falling concrete were discovered on the southernmost span of the southbound Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, Florida, state officials have reopened four of th...


Webinar Archive: Vapor Abrasive Blasting

The PaintSquare webinar archive now features new recordings of webinar broadcasts of educational topics in the coatings industry. As part of this update, PaintSquare Daily News will occasion...


CA Authority to Consider Musk Tunnel Project

A transportation authority in California has reportedly halted rail system analyses in order to instead evaluate an unsolicited tunnel proposal from Elon Musk for a project involving the Ont...


High-Rise at NYC Hudson Yards Reaches Halfway

The high-rise dubbed 50 Hudson Yards, part of New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development, has reached a construction milestone.


Court Rules Against Shifting Funds for Border

In the latest development of the U.S.-Mexico border wall project, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled late last week that President Donald J. Trump cannot divert $2.5 billion of militar...


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.


Nouryon Completes CMC Business Acquisition

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced the acquisition of J.M. Huber Corporation, a carboxymethyl cellulose business.


Researchers Develop New Corrosion ID Methods

In conjunction with the Austrian Society for Construction Technology (ÖBV), researchers at Graz University of Technology (Graz, Austria), are working on a new method of assessing the conditi...


British PM Announces $1B in School Rebuilding

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a 10-year plan on Monday (June 29) to rebuild schools across England, pledging 1 billion pounds (roughly $1.2 billion) to the program.


MI Team Completes Dam Inspection

Earlier this month, a group of Michigan engineers from consulting firm TRC Engineers Michigan Inc. presented its 46-page visual inspection report on the failure of the Edenville Dam.


CDC Awards Contract for New GA Facility

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently awarded a $233 million contract for a new high-containment laboratory near its headquarters in Atlanta.


TPC Requests Responses for Pandemic Webinar

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Technology Publishing Co. is looking for solutions to help commercial painting contractors with a new webinar entitled, “Pandemic Painting: Challenges and ...


Daubert Cromwell Receives REACH Cert

Last week, corrosion and rust inhibitor packaging manufacturer Daubert Cromwell announced via press release that it had successfully completed all necessary requirements for the European Uni...


NJ Transit Issues Plan Without Funding

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Transit Corporation announced its development of a $5.8 billion, five-year capital plan and 10-year strategic plan, identifying a comprehensive vision for ...


DuPont Joins NRCA for One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association recently announced via emailed press release that chemicals manufacturer DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware) has joined its One Voice initiative as a p...


TPC Requests Responses for Pandemic Webinar

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Technology Publishing Co. is looking for solutions to help commercial painting contractors with a new webinar entitled, “Pandemic Painting: Challenges and ...


Morandi Bridge Named, Opening Announced

Twenty-two months after the tragic collapse, on Monday (June 22), officials announced the inauguration of the new Morandi bridge—known as “Ponte Morandi”—in Genoa, Italy.


Construction Survey Sees Confidence Drop

The second-quarter numbers for the USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, released earlier this week, indicate a plunge from 74 in Q1 to 56.


RI Bridge Connects Riverfront Parks

A decade after the City of Providence and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation headed a design competition, reports are again admiring the design of the Providence River Pedestrian ...


WR Grace Opens New Silica Plant

Specialty silica company W.R. Grace & Co. announced earlier this week that it has opened a new colloidal silica plant at its manufacturing and research and development center in Worms, Germa...


Exec Order Suspends Certain Work Visas

On Monday (June 22), President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order suspending several types of temporary worker visas and green cards for foreign workers until the end of the year.


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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.


Nile Dam Disputes Continue, UN Requested to Intervene

Last week, Egypt reported that it had called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene on talks regarding the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the Benishangul...


EPA Posts Risk Evaluation for Methylene Chloride

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week the first risk evaluation to be completed under the Lautenberg Act amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act: the evalua...


AECOM Announces New CEO, President

Construction firm AECOM recently announced the appointment of W. Troy Rudd as its new Chief Executive Officer.


Democrats Announce $1.5T Infrastructure Plan

United States House Democrats introduced a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill last week, calling for an increase in funding for road and bridge repairs, in addition to funding for clean drink...


Chemical Co Celanese Signs Tech Agreement

Global chemical and specialty materials company Celanese Company has recently announced that its subsidiary, Celanese Chemical Co. Ltd., has signed a tri-party agreement with Southwest Insti...


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...


Hurricane Season Threatens NCDOT, Others

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reports claim that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is now facing financial concerns regarding the approaching hurricane season.


$1B Mixed-Use Facility Planned for Houston

Plans for a $1 billion mixed-used facility have officially begun in Houston, where international real estate firm Hines has finalized an agreement with 2ML Real Estate Interests to develop t...


Midwest Hyperloop Study Completed

Recently, Los Angeles-based engineering and construction firm AECOM completed a feasibility study regarding the Midwest Connect—a possible hyperloop connection between Columbus, Chicago, and...


US Minerals Announces New President

Recently, abrasive product manufacturer U.S. Minerals announced Peter Kossis as its new President


Nomination Deadline for Elevation Awards Approaches

Coming back for its fourth year is Technology Publishing Company’s commercial honors program: The Elevation Awards. The program recognizes projects ranging from residential exteriors and com...


Cracks Threaten Collapse of FL Bridge

During a routine biannual inspection on Tuesday (June 16), large cracks and falling concrete were discovered on the southernmost span of the southbound Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, Florida.


Beams Installed at IL Mile Long Bridge

As part of the ongoing $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) reconstruction project in Illinois, crews have begun rebuilding the area’s Mile Long Bridge.


Sika Acquires Egypt-Based Roofing Company

Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that it has acquired Modern Waterproofing Group, a manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems in Egypt.


RIBA President Steps Back into Top Role

Royal Institute of British Architects’ President Alan Jones is back in his role after stepping down months ago amidst allegations of misusing RIBA funds and a subsequent investigation.


NAHB Survey Records Biggest-Ever Increase

The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo recently released the latest data from their monthly Housing Market Index survey.


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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.


$618M AK Port Approved by Corps

At the beginning of the month, United States Army Corps of Engineers commander Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite approved a $618 million plan to expand the Port of Nome in Nome, Alaska.


WR Meadows Names New CSC VP

In an announcement last week, building materials company W.R. Meadows named Russell Snow, CSP, CTR, its fourth Vice President of Construction Specifications Canada.


States Issue Injunction Against EPA Ruling

At the beginning of the month, nine states issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmen...


Court Rejects Call for OSHA Emergency Standard

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected a lawsuit filed in May by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations against the Occupationa...


University Launches Renewable Energy Study

Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded $250,000 to researchers at Missouri S&T to study how the use of renewable energy is affected by the energy utility customers use, how utilit...


Gordie Howe Pushes Toward 2024 Completion

According to officials from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, despite the decline in productivity due to COVID-19, the Gordie Howe International Bridge is still on track for its 2024 tar...


NACE International Names CIO

On Thursday (June 11), NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, announced that it had tapped Cynthia O’Malley, Executive Director of the Master Painters Institute LLC (MPI), to...


Ingalls Shipbuilding Reopens East Bank Facility

Earlier this month, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced that it had completed the reactivation of Pier Four on the east bank of the Pascagoula River in Pas...


ACI Announces 2020 Conference Details

The American Concrete Institute has released details for its 2020 Concrete Convention, which is slated to take place Oct. 25-29, at the Raleigh Sheraton in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Taliesin School to Change Name, Locations

Officials at the School of Architecture at Taliesin (the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin) have confirmed that it will be changing its name and moving its classes to the...


Venator, Grolman Announce Co-operation

Recently, international specialty chemical ingredient distributor Grolman Group and United Kingdom-based chemical manufacturing company Venator announced that they would be entering a co-ope...


Federal Court Upholds Enbridge Spill Plans

Just last week, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took sides with Calgary, Canada-based company Enbridge Energy on the topic of its Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel, slated to run b...


MA Trade Group Presses Safety Regulations

Months after Boston was one of the first cities to shut down construction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts is working to reopen the state with strict safety guidelines.


Researchers Use Natural Antifreeze in Concrete Study

At the University of Colorado Boulder, researchers have recently found that natural antifreeze proteins can minimize freeze-thaw damage and can increase the strength and durability of concre...


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...


Research to Look Closer at Concrete in Space

A civil engineering student an Penn State University has been granted a three-year NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunity, along with a one-year Pennsylvania Space Grant Consort...


Call for Papers Issued for AGC Conferences

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released a call for papers for its 2021 Construction Safety and Health Conferences.


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...


EO to Expedite Infrastructure, Waive Reviews

Last Thursday (June 4), President Donald J. Trump signed a second Executive Order, advising federal agencies to expedite infrastructure investments and other activities as to accelerate the ...


NY Begins Reopening with Construction Sites

At the beginning of this week New York City began opening up nonessential construction sites as directed by the phased reopening of the state put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


PPG Announces Global Restructuring

Global coatings company PPG announced earlier this week that it has approved restructuring actions “to reduce its global cost structure,” citing weakened global economic conditions coming fr...


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Arkema Finalizes Sale of Polyolefins Business

Announced early last week, specialty chemicals company Arkema (Colombes, France) finalized the sale of its Functional Polyolefins business to petrochemical manufacturer SK Global Chemical (S...


AGC Releases Unemployment Numbers for May

The Associated General Contractors of America released its latest construction jobs survey data late last week, revealing that employment bounced back by 464,000 jobs in May. However, the AG...


AWC Releases Fire-Resistance Update

The American Wood Council recently released an updated “Technical Report 10 (TR10), Calculating the Fire Resistance of Wood Members and Assemblies."


Corps Seeks to Deepen New Orleans Port

According to reports, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of New Orleans intend to modify the Mississippi River Ship Channel navigation through deepening channel approaches and other as...


Free Webinar: Hospital Coatings Guidelines

PaintSquare will host a free webinar June 17 entitled, “New Architectural Coatings Technology Targets Stricter Hospital Infection Protocols.”


MN-Based App Targets Students for Trades

The Construction Careers Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, has developed an app that it says is aiming to connect with Gen-Z students with construction apprenticeship ...


Changes to PPP Pass Senate, Head to Trump

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that updates terms of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.


AGC Releases Metro Unemployment Data

A new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America has found that construction employment declined in more than 90% of metro areas from March to April.


Advanced Polymer Names Technical Manager

To start the month off, protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) announced in an emailed press release that Joseph G. Fortman had been promoted to Technic...


Boring Completes Second Las Vegas Tunnel

Just last month, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company announced that it had completed its second tunnel in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s future underground express transportation system projec...


Morandi Bridge Replacement Reaches Completion

Recently, joint venture Pergenova, made up of construction and civil engineering business Salini Impregilo and shipbuilder Fincantieri, announced that the final span for the Morandi Bridge r...


IIBEC to Host Virtual Convention

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants is hosting its first-ever virtual trade show in the coming weeks.


COVID-19 Aid, Infrastructure Package Discussed

Earlier this week, the United States Senate returned from recess with the intent to begin discussions on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.


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.


Protective Coating Gaps Found on Enbridge Pipeline

Last week, officials from Canadian company Enbridge Energy announced that they had discovered four spots where protective coatings had worn away from an underwater oil pipeline in Michigan’s...


USDA Invests $281M in Water, Wastewater

At the end of May, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that it would be investing $281 million in rural communities for water and wastewater infrastructure.


Analysis Looks at Pandemic Construction Delays

Financial services company Moody’s Corporation has released an updated outlook on the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that the construction industry should be prepared for further delays.


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2020-21 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in in recognition of their academic work.


SDOT Weighs Analysis of West Seattle Bridge

Since the Seattle Department of Transportation issued an emergency closing of the West Seattle Bridge dude to cracks in the midspan, several professional engineers recently issued a seven-pa...


Latest Issue of JPCL Online Now

In considering the circumstances revolving around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings, The Voice of SSPC, has released its May issue through...


Holocaust Memorial Inquiry Officially Postponed

The public inquiry scheduled to take place over London’s Holocaust Memorial is now postponed until October in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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3D-Printed Concrete Developed for Offshore Use

Engineers from Purdue University are working in collaboration with concrete additive manufacturing startup RCAM Technologies and the Floating Wind Technology Company (FWTA) to develop offsho...


Huntsman Brands SPF Business

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corporation recently announced that is has branded its spray polyurethane foam business.


ABC Michigan Files Suit Against Governor

In response to two emergency COVID-19 safety orders issued by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan has filed a lawsuit again...


Hempel Expands Business in China

Last week, global coating supplier Hempel announced via press release that it broke ground on what will be a new factory in Yantai Chemical Industrial Park, China.


Dogs Assigned to Help VDOT Move Birds

Recently, officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) tasked a pack of 20 border collies to redirect a colony of migratory seabirds to a newly created habitat.


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...


Firm Involved with Grenfell Refurb Liquidates

The architecture firm that was in charge of the Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment has reportedly entered voluntary liquidation, owing more than 140,000 pounds ($171,513) to creditors.


Causes of Taiwan Bridge Collapse Investigated

At the beginning of the month, investigators from the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB) announced that they were looking at several possible causes of last year’s Nanfang'ao Bridge c...


NRCA Certification Exam Locations to Reopen

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced that test centers for its ProCertification candidates are slated to reopen next month.


AIA Announces COTE Award Recipients

The American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment recently announced this year’s recipients for its COTE Top 10 Awards.


Navy Explores Digital Ship Maintenance

According to reports, the United States Navy has begun exploring the use of a new digital software to help combat shipboard repairs and maintenance services.


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.


Demolition Begins at NOLA Hard Rock Site

The multi-phase demolition of the collapsed Hard Rock New Orleans hotel and its surrounding buildings is now underway as officials expedited approvals to get the project going ahead of hurri...


MI Dam Failure Threatens Dow Contamination

Just last week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County, Michigan, after floodwaters caused two dam failures, risking water contamination from a nearb...


AMP Hires Director of QC, Business Development

Last week, Advanced Marine Preservation, LLC (Tilton, New Hampshire) announced via emailed press release that it had hired Jeff Lathrop as its Director of Quality Control and Business Develo...


CaGBC Study: Workers Lack Zero-Carbon Knowledge

The Canada Green Building Council has released a new study that it claims shows that its building industry “still has work to do to ensure professionals have access to the skills and knowled...


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.


NZ Bridge Used for Seismic Research

New Zealand officials have recently announced that its decommissioned Whirokino and Manawatu River Bridge in Foxton will be repurposed for University of Auckland-headed research on seismic a...


Axalta to Expand Waterborne Coatings Production

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently broke ground on the newest phase of its Jiading plant in Shanghai, which aims to scale up its production of waterborne coatings.


Enbridge Pipeline Moves to Public Comment

Starting last Friday (May 15), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit district office announced it would begin accepting public comments on Enbridge’s proposal to build an oil pipeline tun...


OSHA Releases Revised Enforcement Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted “revised policies” for enforcing its requirements with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic as diffe...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 25.


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.


World’s First Double Helix Bridge Opens in Sydney

Although no ceremony could be hosted due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, a world-first double helix dilating diameter bridge opened in Sydney, Australia, just last week.


Decreased Funds Expected for Rural Infrastructure

Last week, national transportation research nonprofit TRIP (Washington, D.C.) released a report evaluating the safety and condition of rural roads and bridges in the United States in relatio...


Study Looks at Healthcare Construction Training

Researchers out of Washington State University and Clemson University have found that insufficient training for construction workers in hospital settings could be contributing to disease out...


Webinar Archive: Future of Metal Cladding

The PaintSquare webinar archive now features new recordings of webinar broadcasts of educational topics in the coatings industry. As part of this update, PaintSquare Daily News will occasion...


British Coatings Releases New 'Essential' Campaign

The British Coatings Federation has launched a new #essentialcoatings and #essentialinks campaign with the aim to highlight the role that the coatings and printing inks sectors play in the (...


WJTA Launches Hydroblasting Cert Program

Last week, the WaterJet Technology Association (WJTA) announced via press release that it had partnered with the Houston Area Safety Council (HASC) to create a new field verification trainin...


$1B Solar Project Signed Off by Trump Admin

Last Monday (May 11), the Trump administration officially approved the construction of the Gemini Solar Project, a 690-megawatt project slated to be constructed just outside of Las Vegas.


AIA Releases New Sustainable Building Docs

The American Institute of Architects announced last week that it is released new and updated contract documents that support businesses with reaching sustainability goals.


3rd-Annual Prestige Awards Drops Entry Fees

PaintSquare Press is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the third-annual Prestige Awards, dedicated to recognizing and honoring the most influential people, innovative product...


Elcometer Manager Appointed to NACE Standards VC

At the beginning of the month, NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that it had appointed David Barnes, Elcometer’s Technical Manager, as Vice Chair of its Standards Board.


USDOT Awards $500M Loan for CA Bridge

United States Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced at the beginning of May that the City of Long Beach, California, had been approved for a $500 million loan under the Transport...


High Winds Shake Up China’s Humen Bridge

Earlier this month, a variety of online videos revealed that the Humen Bridge located in the Chinese province of Guangdong, was shaking and swaying severely while vehicles were traveling acr...


St. Louis to Mandate Building Energy Standards

Last month, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted (via teleconference) to pass the new Building Energy Performance Standards ordinance, which sets new energy standards to eliminate greenhous...


Concrete Strengthened with 'Sewage-Enhanced' Steel Slag

Engineering researchers from RMIT University have recently explored a zero-waste approach that both treats wastewater and makes stronger concrete.


Soo Lock Construction Kicks Off

Earlier this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially kicked off construction efforts at the $922 million Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.


$8B Tunnel to Connect Denmark, Germany

Recently, the Danish Minister for Transport, Benny Engelbrecht, announced that construction on the Femern Belt link has been scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2021.


Supreme Court Throws Out Bridgegate Case

Last Thursday (May 7), the Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan announced in a 15-page ruling that the cases against New Jersey officials Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni—involved in the "Bri...


Benjamin Moore Joins with PCA for Conference

Coating manufacturer Benjamin Moore recently announced that is has teamed up with the Painting Contractors Association for the PCA’s Operation COVID-19 Response conference.


AGC Survey Shows Industry Unemployment

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released a new survey showing that construction employment declined by 975,000 jobs in April—a drop that the AGC calls the worst one-mo...


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.


Replacement Announced for Collapsed FIU Bridge

Last week, officials from Florida’s Department of Transportation announced that they would launching a bid process for the design and construction of a new “signature” bridge over Southwest ...


Officials Propose Denver Airport Contract Extensions

Officials involved with the Denver International Airport’s airport renovation have reportedly requested Denver’s City Council to consider five contract amendments that would increase the cur...


Elevation Awards Cut Fees for 4th-Annual Contest

Coming back for its fourth year is Technology Publishing Company’s commercial honors program: The Elevation Awards. The program recognizes projects ranging from residential exteriors and com...


Webinar Archive: Choosing Abrasive Blasting Equipment

The PaintSquare webinar archive now features new recordings of webinar broadcasts of educational topics in the coatings industry. As part of this update, PaintSquare Daily News will o...


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...


RIBA Opens Nominations for President, Council

The Royal Institute of British Architects opens its call for nominations today (May 12) for various positions, including the RIBA Presidency.


CORROSION 2020 Officially Canceled

Yesterday (May 11), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced via press release that its CORROSION 2020 Conference and Expo was officially cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus ...


Cortec Reveals Aircraft Preservation Plan

Amidst unplanned shutdowns and the uncertainty of a reopening timeline experienced by airlines and aircraft transportation sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, corrosion control technology ...


ACI Foundation to Fund 8 Research Projects

The American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Concrete Research Council recently announced that it has selected eight research projects to receive grants this year.


Turbine Construction Begins at OK Wind Project

Recently, development company Mortenson (Minneapolis) began turbine construction at the 248.2-megawatt King Plains Wind Project in Garber, Oklahoma.


GA Code Ruling Sparks Ownership Questions

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled at the end of last month against the state of Georgia in a copyright lawsuit over annotations to its legal code, determining that annotations cannot be copyright...


Army Corps Signs Off on Tulsa Levee Project

Announced at the end of last month, Army Corps of Engineers Lt. General Todd Semonite signed his “Chiefs Report,” giving the go-ahead to the Corps to begin working on the preconstruction eng...


Indestructible Paint Keeps Focus on Training

During the global pandemic, performance paints and coatings manufacturer Indestructible Paint (Birmingham, United Kingdom) reports via emailed press release that it has reinforced its commit...


$650M NV Pumping Station Reaches Completion

Last month, Southern Nevada Water Authority, along with contractor Barnard of Nevada, Inc., announced that the $650 million Low Lake Level Pumping Station had reached completion.


NY Budget Extends Prevailing Wage Regulations

Early last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a FY 2021 Enacted Budget that includes a directive to expand the state’s prevailing wage rules.


Rutgers Looks at Coating 3D-Printed Objects

Engineers from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, recently announced a new technique for coating complex 3D-printed objects that could lead to new opportunities to develop “smart s...


ACA Taps Benjamin Moore, PPG CEOs for Board

The American Coatings Association recently announced two leadership appointments to its Board of Directors, effective April 1.


Chalker Named CEO of Merged SSPC/NACE

Announced in a press release yesterday (May 6), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society have named Robert H. Chalker as Chief Executive Office...


Several Temporary Hospitals Completed in NJ, NY

As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, temporary hospitals and healthcare facilities are reaching completion across the United States.


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.


Research Looks at Water, Pipes in Closed Buildings

Since receiving $200,000 in funding from National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program, researchers from Purdue University have launched a study into the impact of th...


Webinar Archive: Overcoating Aged Metal

The PaintSquare webinar archive now features new recordings of webinar broadcasts of educational topics in the coatings industry. As part of this update, PaintSquare Daily News will occasio...


Sherwin-Williams Launches Designer Support Center

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) recently announced the launch of its Architect and Designer Support Center, which is a site that aims to “point professionals to...


Partnership Quits $2B MD Purple Line Project

At the beginning of the month, Purple Line Transit Constructors—a partnership consisting of Fluor (Irving, Texas), Lane Construction Corp. (Cheshire, Connecticut) and Traylor Bros Inc. (Evan...


Repairs Made at PA Nuclear Plant

Following an inspection during a refueling outage at Energy Harbor Corporation’s Beaver Valley Power Station Unit 2 in Pittsburgh, officials found that one of 66 reactor vessels head penetra...


Second Settlement Announced in CO Bid-Rigging

Late last week, a second settlement was reached in the alleged bid-rigging scheme on the $233 million Colorado Convention Center Project.


NRCA Launches Recruitment Webpage

The National Roofing Contractors Association recently announced that it has launched a workforce recruitment webpage aimed at helping to address the anticipated workforce shortage as the eco...


10X Materials Receives CARB Certification

Last month, abrasives company 10X Engineered Materials was granted the use of permissible dry outdoor blasting involving three of its advanced blast abrasives by the California Air Resource ...


USGS Releases Pyrrhotite Map of US

The United States Geological Survey released last week its first map of where the mineral pyrrhotite could occur in the United States.


ACI Foundation Announces Award Recipients

Late last week, the American Concrete Institute announced its ACI Foundation 2020 Award recipients.


ChemQuest, ACA Publish Updated Market Report

Specialty coatings company, The ChemQuest Group Inc. (Cincinnati) and the American Coatings Association have partnered together for the publication of their latest edition of the U.S. Market...


University Offers New Urban Construction Degree

Recently, the University of New Orleans (UNO) announced that it would be offering a new bachelor’s degree program in urban construction management, beginning in the fall of 2020.


SC Considering $1.75B Seawall

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has recently announced the preliminary proposal of a $1.75 billion seawall around the lower Charleston Peninsula in South Carolina.


ABI Shows Commercial Construction Drop

The American Institute of Architects recently released its Architecture Billings Index (ABI), revealing a record drop in demand for design services from architecture firms during the month o...


Webinar Archive: Stucco, EIFS Advacements

The PaintSquare webinar archive now features new recordings of webinar broadcasts of educational topics in the coatings industry. As part of this update, PaintSquare Daily News will occasion...


Obituary: John Crowe, GPI Executive VP of Coatings

John Crowe, Executive Vice President of Coatings with GPI, passed away in Saint Johns, Florida, on April 14 after a month-long battle with COVID-19. He was 56 years old.


Model Software Used in Earthquake Study

A researcher from Concordia University was recently reported to be exploring options for resilient and sustainable reinforced masonry structural systems in relation to earthquake safety.


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q1, 2020 Numbers

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its first-quarter earnings report for 2020 on Tuesday (April 29), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, dil...


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.


PPG Reports Sales Decline in Q1, 2020

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported in a press release on Monday (April 27), a 5% decrease in constant currencies in first-quarter net sales, compared to the prior ...


Solar Tariff to be Reinstated

According to a notice published earlier this month in the Federal Register, the United States Trade Representative is planning to withdraw its exclusion of imported bifacial solar panels fro...


Senators Propose $19.5B Water Infrastructure Bill

Last week, two lawmakers on the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee released two pieces of draft legislation that would authorize the investment of $19.5 billion in the nat...


Webinar Archive: Coatings by Environment

The PaintSquare webinar archive now features new recordings of webinar broadcasts of educational topics in the coatings industry. As part of this update, PaintSquare Daily News will occasion...


$569M Awarded for Border Wall Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Border District has recently announced the award of a $569 million contract modification to BFBC LLC, a subsidiary of Barnard Construction (Boz...


USDOT to Meet CARES Act Responsibilities

In a memorandum issued last Monday (April 20), Acting Inspector General Mitchell L. Behm wrote to the Secretary on supporting efforts made by the United States Department of Transportation t...


Report: Safe Practices Critical During COVID-19

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin projected the epidemiological impacts of allowing some or all construction workers in the Austin, Tex...


Autodesk, Aurigo Software Companies Partner

Construction Software companies Aurigo Software and Autodesk, Inc. announced earlier this month an integration plan that aims to give professionals one platform for design, planning, constru...


AECOM Launches Virtual Meeting Tool

Earlier this month, design firm AECOM launched an interactive web-based tool that allows clients to engage and consult with stakeholders on projects from their computer or mobile device.


Study Predicts Hyperloop Operation to Begin in 2040

International research firm, Lux Research Inc. (Boston), has recently issued its report, “Analyzing the Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop,” claiming that the first passenger-carr...


WA Expects to Reopen Residential Construction

According to reports, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to reopen residential construction, among other types of construction projects, in the upcoming weeks while the state begins to r...


PA Votes to Reopen Economy

In following Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement regarding a three-phase gradual reopening of the state’s economy, House Republicans have taken matters into their own hands, passing al...


Rehabilitation Proposal Released for WV Bridge

The West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways (WVDOH) in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has released a proposal for the rehabilitation of...


Jotun Reveals Hull Cleaning Technology

Recently, Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord, Norway) announced the launch of Hull Skating Solutions (HSS), a proactive cleaning solution for the maritime industry.


Axalta Announces PPE, Sanitizer Donations

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced last week that it will be providing protective equipment and hand sanitizer to communities around the world in an effort to help combat t...


AkzoNobel Reports Q1 Profit Jump, Revenue Dip

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently published its first-quarter financial report on Wednesday (April 22), highlighting a 31% profitability improvement year over year.


Webinar Archive: FEVE Fluoropolymer Technology

The PaintSquare webinar archive now features new recordings of webinar broadcasts of educational topics in the coatings industry. As part of this update, PaintSquare Daily News will occasion...


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.


Anue Water Hires Technical Staff

In an emailed press release, innovative wastewater odor and corrosion control supplier Anue Water Technologies (Tucker, Georgia) announced the addition of Phani Peddi as Technical Services M...


SSPC, NACE Members Vote in Favor of Merger

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International each released statements on Tuesday (April 21) announcing that an “overwhelming” majority in each of the associations has vot...


NRCA Postpones National Roofing Week

The National Roofing Contractor Association announced late last week that it is postponing its annual National Roofing Week due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Construction Industry Leads in PPP Loan Awards

The first round of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program reportedly saw the most money divvied out to the construction industry, according to data released by ...


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...


$52.5M Vegas People-Mover on Track Despite Cuts

According to officials, both the $52.5 million underground people-mover project and the $980.3million West Hall expansion for the Las Vegas Convention Center are on track, despite budget cut...


Boston Rolls Out Construction Safety Guidelines

The first city in the United States to halt construction in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is now releasing guidelines for when the industry reopens.


UK Coatings Acquires Thomas Howse

Announced earlier in the year, UK Coatings Group—part of the Sheibani Group—reported in a press release that it had officially acquired coatings producer Thomas Howse.


AGC Releases Updated Survey on Project Halts

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released an updated survey researching the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the construction industry.


Sherwin-Williams Launches Pro Support Center

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced in an emailed press release the creation of its Pro Support Center, a website that the firm says is dedicate to tools and...


NC Artist Paints COVID-19 Message

Reported late last month, local muralist Ian Wilkinson and Ishmael completed a collaboration project in Asheville, North Carolina, on an historic silo in the town’s River Arts District.


Report: 46,154 Bridges Need Repairs

According to an analysis report issued by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation 2019 National Bridge Inventory, over 46,00...


$1.3M Settlement Reached in CO Bid-Rigging

In an agreement announced earlier this week, construction company M.A. Mortenson Co. settled with the state of Colorado on charges that alleged bid-rigging on the $233 million Colorado Conve...


DOL Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement

On Monday (April 13), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic.


DOE Awards $25M to Gas Industry

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it would be awarding nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects that aimed to promote advances in technolo...


Firm Releases Data on Construction, Materials

Building materials and construction industry insights company Principia recently released several bulletins tracking the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Work Begins on $800M Chicago Tower

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, development of a new 60-story tower along the Chicago River has begun, after the project secured a $500 million construction loan.


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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.


AkzoNobel Announces COVID-19 Response

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) issued a press release late last month, announcing its response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


PPG Announces $1.5M in Donations

Global coatings company PPG, along with the PPG Foundation, announced that they plan to "contribute more than $1.5 million to organizations supporting immediate community relief efforts and ...


Wooster Names New President

The Wooster Brush Company’s board of directors announced late last week that it has elected Ben Maibach as the company’s 10th President.


USDOT Announces COVID-19 Relief Funding

At the beginning of the month, the United States Department of Transportation announced $25 billion in federal funding allocations for the nation’s transportation systems and $1 billion in f...


Former MTA Manager Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging, Fraud

According to a release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Manger, Paresh Patel, has pleaded guil...


NAHB Suggests Safety Stand Down

The National Association of Home Builders announced late last week that it is urging members and all residential construction companies to hold a Safety Stand Down and halt work for at least...


Newsletter Schedule Alert: Friday, April 10

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Friday, April 19, in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.


RPM Reports Third-Quarter Sales

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of specialty coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its financial results for its fiscal 2020 third quart...


ASTM International Cancels May Meetings

Late last month, ASTM International announced that all previously scheduled in-person May standards development meetings have been canceled.


Small Business Loan Clarified for Construction

The U.S. Treasury Department recently released a clarification on its Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program just days after the Associated General Contractors of America ...


WV Bridge Recoating Project Awarded

The West Virginia Department of Transportation awarded a $298,208.40 contract for painting of the Tyler City Bridge to Legend Painting, Inc. (Campbell, Ohio) on March 24.


Waimea Dam Site Issues Inflate Cost

Officials at the Waimea Community Dam site in Lee Valley, New Zealand, have uncovered more issues at its construction site, which has in turn induced a cost blow out of roughly $25 million, ...


AkzoNobel Completes Mauvilac Acquisition

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that it has completed its acquisition of Mauvilac Industries Limited, a paints and coatings company in Mauritius, East Africa.


Fire Research Looks at High-Rise Materials

Engineers and technicians at the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently spent months of research recreating concrete floors supported by steel beams, only to set the structu...


COVID-19 Cleaning Clogging Pipes, Sewers

When news broke that the world was experiencing a global pandemic as a result of COVID-19, many citizens in the United States saw a shortage of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, household disin...


ACA Cancels 2020 Conference

Earlier this month, organizers of the American Coatings Show and Conference—hosted by AC Media, in collaboration with the American Coatings Association and Vincentz Network—announced via pre...


FL Water Management Approves Reservoir Contract

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) board recently approved a contract for the construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project.


RIBA Investigating President Amid Allegations

The Royal Institute of British Architects is reportedly investigating its President, Alan Jones, on allegations that he misused RIBA funds.


PA Hospital Expedites Opening for Health Crisis

In Philadelphia, crews are working around the clock to open the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s (Penn Medicine) Pavilion to aid in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.


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Newsletter Schedule Alert: Friday, April 10

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Friday, April 19, in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.


UConn Researchers Aim to Improve Bridges

Researchers at the University of Connecticut (UConn) are reportedly working on a variety of patenting methods aimed to improve bridges across the state.


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SSPC, NACE Merger Vote Opens

Starting today (April 3), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, will be sending its members ballots via email regarding its possible merger...


FL to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

While traffic levels appear to be down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced he wants to take advantage of the opportunity to focus on the state’s infrastruct...


NRCA Releases 2020 Roofing Manual Set

The National Roofing Contractors Association made available late last week its 2020 NRCA Roofing Manual, a set that contains four volumes.


Construction Continues Amidst Shutdowns

Although President Donald J. Trump announced that the country’s social distancing guidelines would be extended through April 30 at the beginning of the week, the construction industry remain...


WA Bridge Shut Down Indefinitely

Late last month the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) issued an emergency bridge closure on the high-rise portion of the West Seattle Bridge after discovering that previously inspe...


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...


PPG to Donate 80,000 Masks to Hospitals

Global coatings company PPG announced late last week that it will donate 80,000 masks to hospitals in Pittsburgh, New York, Cleveland, the Detroit area and Huntsville, Alabama, in support of...


Trump Signs $2T Stimulus Bill for COVID-19

On Friday (March 27), President Donald J. Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed to help American citizens experiencing lay-offs, companies suffering financially and the health care ...


AGC Releases Survey on Project Halts

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released a survey researching the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the construction industry.


SSPC, NACE Release FAQ Part 2

On Friday (March 27), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, released part two of its frequently asked questions regarding the possible merg...


EPA Considers Modifying TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its plan considering a proposed rule that would look at potential exemptions to the Toxic Substances Control Act Fees Rule.


AASHTO Seeks Funding for COVID-19 Shortfalls

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently inked a letter to Congressional leaders seeking support for the creation of a fiscal “backstop” for t...


Axalta Responds to COVID-19 Impacts

Last week, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on its business and the actions it plans to take in...


$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...


Superstition Surrounds ‘Dog Suicide Bridge’

There’s a 19th-century bridge in Dumbarton, Scotland, called the Overtoun Bridge, however, over the years the structure has become more popularly known as the “dog suicide bridge.”


Italian Firms Working on ICU Pods

Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota have designed an intensive-care pod in a shipping container with the aim to help alleviate stress on the world’s medical infrastructure in the C...


Public Eye on FIGG for Design Issues, CTDOT

Once again, engineering company FIGG Bridge Group (FIGG) has been brought into the limelight regarding its infrastructure design, construction engineering and inspection services.


OH DOT Construction Presses Forward

Although various projects across the United States have seemingly halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports that it will continue to stay on s...


Axalta Honors Suppliers in Annual Awards

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently announced the recipients of its 2019 Supplier of the Year award.


Survey Looks at Coatings Industry During Crisis

Recently, research company Gardner Intelligence has collected feedback from coatings and finishing manufacturers in an attempt to navigate how the COVID-19 pandemic is specifically affecting...


Denver Airport to Pay $183M in Settlement

Denver International Airport has announced that it has settled all claims with Great Hall Partners, the first that was originally contracted in the public-private partnership for the $1.8 bi...


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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...


Fluor Awarded $1.8B Nuclear Contract

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Defense announced the award of a $1.8 billion contract to Fluor Marine Propulsion LLC (Arlington, Virginia)—a wholly-owned subsidiary of F...


Northwest Coatings Society Calls for Papers

The Pacific Northwest Society of Coatings Technology is requesting abstracts for its Northwest Coatings Fest, slated to be held Oct. 21-23, at the Sunriver Resort, near Bend, Oregon.


AIA Pens Letter to Congress on COVID-19

Late last week, the American Institute of Architects 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA, and EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, released a letter to Congress outlining a proposed infrastructure inve...


Manufacturer Pairs with ORNL for 3D Printing

Concrete and cement-mix manufacturer Quickrete recently announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the design of what it calls “next-gener...


NACE Announces Coating Inspector Program

Last week, NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced the rollout of its flagship Coating Inspector Program (CIP) where aspiring inspectors can learn through a series of online and...


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 ...


Survey: Construction Co Trust Linked to Profits

A recent study released by Autodesk and consultant company FMI Corp. has found that construction industry companies that don’t make trust a high priority within their organizations don’t mak...


ASTM Cancels Standards Meetings

Announced just last week, ASTM International has canceled all in-person committee meetings and independent committee meetings scheduled throughout the month of April.


Design Blamed for England Spillway Failure

Recently, Executive Technical Director from international engineering company MWH, David Balmforth, published an 85-page independent review report regarding last year’s partial collapse at a...


NRCA Pens Letter to Trump on Coronavirus

The National Roofing Contractors Association recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump to express concerns over what are defined as “essential businesses” and “essential workers” duri...


ACI Makes Conference Meetings Virtual

To combat the cancellation of the ACI Concrete Convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Concrete Institute has announced ACI Virtual Committee Days.


NYC to Appeal High-Rise Demo Ruling

New York City is appealing a recent New York State Supreme Court decision that would force developers of a nearly complete Manhattan high-rise to demolish 20 floors of a a zoning dispute.


TX High School Students Build Concrete Canoes

Recently, engineering students from Marble Falls High School (Marble Falls, Texas) were reported to be working on the development of concrete-based canoes.


CSHA Postpones Tradeshow, Demo Day

In an emailed press release, the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced Tuesday (March 17), that the annual CSHA Tradeshow and Demo Day have been postponed.


Grenfell Inquiry Suspended Amidst Pandemic

The Grenfell Inquiry panel has decided to suspend the hearings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, inquiry leader Judge Martin Moore-Bick, released the announcement in a letter, no...


Settlement Reached in 2015 Plains Spill

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a civil settlement with Plains All American Pipeline L.P. and Plains Pipeline L.P. (Plains) regarding federal pipeline ...


Huntsman to Acquire Specialty Chemicals Company

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation recently announced its agreement to acquire CVC Thermoset Specialties, a North American specialty chemical manufacturer that serves the indus...


Officials Predict Increased Speed Core Usage

According to Shannon Testa, Director of Commercial Markets for Rainer Square Tower, the core speed technology used to erect the structure could become more popular in the commercial construc...


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.


Funds Received for CA Wastewater Facility

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Morro Bay, California, approximately $62 million for the replacement of its 63-year old wastewater treatment ...


US DOT Announces Port Funding Program

Announced earlier this month, $225 million in discretionary grant funding has been made available by the United States Department of Transportation through a Notice of Funding Opportunity.


Pigments Forum, TiO2 Summit Call for Papers

The Pigment and Color Science Forum, as well as the TiO2 World Summit, have both issued a call for abstracts.


1 Accused in NOLA Hard Rock Collapse Resigns

One of two inspectors who were suspended without pay last month for allegedly falsifying inspection reports for the New Orleans’ Hard Rock Hotel has resigned.


NACE to Vote on SSPC Merger; Update Released

On Saturday (March 14), NACE International’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with bringing the combination of NACE and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to a mem...


Hempel Appoints COO, VP

Last week, coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced that it had appointed Katarina Lindström to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


Prep Work Begins for Keystone XL

Recently, Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced that it had officially began preliminary work for pipeline construction slated to take place along the border’s crossing into Mo...


CSHA Postpones Coatings Competition

In an emailed press release the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced yesterday (March 16), that the CSHA Painters Competition would be postponed until further notice.


$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...


CO Journal Sues Airport Authority Over Records

In the latest of a slew of updates on Denver International Airport’s now $770 million renovation, the Denver Business Journal reported that it has filed a public-records lawsuit against DIA.


Research: Oil Separation Eased with 2D Membrane

Researchers based out of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Henry Royce Institute and the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester—in collabora...


Oxifree Metal Protection Joins Seal For Life

Announced in February, coating solutions company Seal For Life has completed yet another acquisition, this time of Surrey, United Kingdom-based anticorrosion solutions company, Oxifree Metal...


Grenfell Inquiry Looks at 2014 Refurb Regulations

The finger pointing continued at the Grenfell Inquiry this week as Studio E Architects Associate Neil Crawford claimed that the government knew of faults in its building regulations and did ...


NC Approves Green Tariff Solar Deal

Following a city council vote late last month, Charlotte, North Carolina, joined the solar business through a green tariff deal which involves the construction of a 35-megawatt solar farm, s...


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...


Florida Power Adopts Drone Technology

In an effort to ensure the safety of its workers while simultaneously inspecting plant areas, Florida Power & Light Co. (Juno Beach, Florida) has been recently reported to adopt drone techno...


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 ...


Frank Lloyd Wright School Could Remain Open

Officials at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin have reportedly reversed the decision to close the school and are now exploring ways to keep it open.


DOL Finalizes Apprenticeship Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule yesterday (March 11) on the expansion of its Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.


PPG Manager Receives Manufacturing Award

Global coatings company PPG announced last week that Courtney Balliet, PPG manager, strategy, science and technology (S&T), has earned the STEP Ahead Award, presented by the Manufacturing In...


CA Government Proposes Rail Funding

Announced at the end of February, Representative Jim Costa (D-California) proposed legislation which would provide high-speed rail projects with approximately $8 billion per year.


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.


University Develops Bridge Construction Technology

Last month, structural engineers at Vienna University of Technology—also known as TU Wien—premiered the success of its bridge construction technology during a two-bridge project on the Fürst...


AkzoNobel Announces New Sustainability Targets

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released earlier this week what it’s calling “the first in a series of ambitions” that are looking at the company’s fresh focus on achieving zero waste and ...


EPA Looking at Fees Associated with TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency announced earlier this week that it is working to address issues identified with implementing the Fees Rules associated with the Toxic Substances Control ...


EPA Proposes New Regulations on PFAS Chemicals

As a part of the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, the agency recently proposed regulations on imported products that contain certai...


CORROSION 2020, ACS Conference Postponed

Late last Friday (March 6), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo would be postponed until June 14-18.


SSPC, NACE Review Merger FAQs

For its ninth update in a scheduled series regarding the possible merger of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, NACE released a review of...


President of Clemco Industries Corp. Retires

After serving 41 years with Clemco Industries Corp. (Washington, Missouri), a manufacturing company for air-powered abrasive blast equipment, Arnie Sallaberry has announced his retirement.


Akzo Releases Update on Spray-Painting Drone

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel recently released an update on its partnership with Apellix, a Jacksonville, Florida, start-up that won the 2019 Paint the Future challenge.


4th-Largest Crawler Crane Arrives at $1.6B Vegas Site

One of the largest cranes in the world recently arrived in Las Vegas for work on the $1.66 billion MSG sphere, a unique performance venue being developed by The Madison Square Garden Company...


Tnemec Names Sales Director

Last week, protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec (Kansas City, Missouri) announced in an emailed press release that Scott Keilbey had been named Director of Sales – Water Tank Market.


Longest US-Based Skywalk Planned in MI

A wholesale mortgage lending company based out of Pontiac, Michigan, has announced its plans to build an enclosed pedestrian bridge between two buildings on its 1.5 million square-foot campu...


PPG Completes Acquisition of Alpha

Earlier this week, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had completed its acquisition of powder coatings manufacturer Alpha Coating Technologies, LLC.


USGBC Awards Green Schools Projects

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with its Center for Green Schools, announced earlier this week the recipients of its Green Apple Day of Service Awards.


Buffalo Launches Largest US EIB

At the end of February, Mayor Byron W. Brown of Buffalo, New York, announced during his 14th State of the City address that the city would be launching an Environmental Impact Bond (EIB).


Venice Biennale Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Venice’s Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, has been postponed by several months because of worries surrounding the coronavirus.


$5.9B TX Bullet Train Deal Inked

Recently, Madrid-based freight and passenger train operator Renfe Operadora announced that it has signed an agreement with a United States rail developer for a new high-speed track.


NACE to Hold Merger Town Hall Meetings

Regarding the possible merger between NACE International, The Corrosion Society and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, NACE has announced that it will be hosting a series of town hal...


Over 400 Exhibitors at CORROSION 2020

The exhibit floor at CORROSION 2020 is expected to feature over 400 companies where industry professionals can connect and observe various demonstrations, products, services and other inform...


BrandSafway Acquires AGF Access Group

Access company BrandSafway recently announced that it has finalized its acquisition of AGF Access Group Inc. The Canada-based company specializes in solutions from commercial construction an...


CORROSION 2020 to Focus on Education, Meetings

CORROSION 2020, NACE International’s annual conference and exhibition, will return March 15-19 to the George R. Brown Convention Center, in Houston.


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.


Trump Reverses CA Dam Fund Ruling

Following an appeal made by a California agency, the Trump administration announced last month that it would reimburse California more than $170 million for repairs to the Oroville Dam spill...


Marco Group, APE Companies to Combine

Yesterday (March 3), Marco Group International and APE Companies issued a joint announcement proclaiming that the entities would be merging to create a top North American distributor of surf...


RIBA Releases 2020 Work Plan

The Royal Institute of British Architects published its Plan of Work 2020 late last week, a guide for the design and construction of buildings.


SSPC, NACE Release Membership Update

Last Friday (Feb. 28), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced their eighth update regarding the organizations' possible merger.


WSU Explores Fly Ash in Concrete

Recently, a Washington State University doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was awarded for his research involving the substitute of fly ash for cement ...


Bridge Design Revealed for Sacramento

Last month, city and state officials from Sacramento, California unveiled the official bridge design a new crossing which will provide connection over the Sacramento Railyards and West Sacra...


New Commercial Industry Event Announced

Technology Publishing Co., home of the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, PaintSquare Press, PaintSquare Daily News, Paint BidTracker and Water BidTracker is announcing the launch o...


ACMA Hosts Infrastructure Day

Roughly 50 composite manufacturing business owners and leaders gathered earlier this month for American Composites Manufacturers Association’s fifth annual Infrastructure Day.


ACI, PCI Announce Expanded Partnership

The American Concrete Institute recently announced an expanded partnership with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute in a move that it says hopes to increase efficiency for design of s...


AG Grants Protections in Grenfell Inquiry

The United Kingdom Attorney General Suella Braverman announced late last week that she is granting the undertaking that allows individuals to give oral evidence in the Grenfell Tower inquiry...


DOL Construction Safety Committees to Meet

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it is holding a teleconference meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health Workgroups next week.


NLRB Issues Joint-Employer Final Rule

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a final rule that lays out what makes two companies joint employers under the National Labor Relations Standards Act.


USDOT Applies for $1B in Grant Funding

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Transportation announced that it would be applying for $1 billion in discretionary grant funding for the Fiscal Year 2020 through the Bett...


ND Bridge Wins Concrete Award

Announced last week, the Broadway Bridge—located in the City of Minot, North Dakota—was awarded the 2019 Gold Star at the Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association’s annual convention.


ACI Announces European Norms-Based Certification

The American Concrete Institute recently announced at its that it has partnered with the Institute of Concrete Technology to develop the first British Standards/European Norms-based ACI cert...


USGBC Announces $500K More in Grants

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that Bank of America has provided an additional $500,000 grant to the LEED for Cities and Communities program, which helps local government...


AIA Responds to Architectural Executive Order

Late last week, the American Institute of Architects penned a letter to President Donald J. Trump in response to the draft Executive Order “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again.”


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...


First Tunnel Complete at Vegas Convention Center

Earlier this month, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company reported that the first of two tunnels for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s future underground express transportation system had been comp...


Free Webinar: ACM/MCM Finishes

PaintSquare will host a free webinar March 4 entitled: “Painted Finish Considerations of ACM/MCM in Today’s Architecture.”


2 Inspectors Suspended Amid NOLA Hard Rock Reports

According to reports, New Orleans officials have suspended two building inspectors after allegations surfaced that they falsified reports for the Hard Rock Hotel New Orleans project, just mo...


Multiple Regulations Waived for Border Wall

On Thursday (Feb. 20), a waiver made by the Department of Homeland Security's Acting Director Chad Wolf went into effect, surrendering certain procurement laws as to expedite construction on...


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.


Carboline Opens $6M Fire Research Center

Coatings manufacturer Carboline Company recently hosted a grand opening for its Carboline Fire-Science Research Center in St. Louis.


Los Angeles Mayor Signs Green Directive

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed off on “L.A.’s Green New Deal: Leading by Example” earlier this month, kicking off the city’s “Decade of Action.”


Design Revealed for Wales Footbridge

Swansea artist Marc Rees, in collaboration with architecture firm ACME, revealed design plans for a new footbridge in Wales earlier this month.


UCLA Working Toward Carbon Solution Win

A research team from University of California, Los Angeles, is reportedly still working on a concrete solution as part of a Carbon XPRIZE competition.


AIA Announces Young Architect, Associate Award Winners

Earlier this month, the American Institute of Architects selected 22 recipients for the AIA Young Architects Award, as well as five recipients for the Associates Award.


PA Landscape Center Gets BREEAM Certification

Last week, Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, announced that its Center for Sustainable Landscapes has been certified using the BREEAM USA standard for existing building...


Pasadena to Host Annual Coatings Competition

The Coating Society of Houston is preparing for its Annual Painters Competition in addition to its 2020 Trade Show and Demo Fair.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Clears FERC Review

Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released an environmental impact statement concluding that while an 75-mile-long extension into North Carolina—also known as the ...


SSPC Seeks 2020 Board Nomination

In a recently updated press release, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced that it is currently seeking nominations for one position on its Board of Governors.


CO Town Loses $1M to Bridge Scammers

After experiencing a $1 million scam, the Town of Erie, Colorado has been informed that its two insurance carriers—Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) and American Interna...


EU Officially Publishes Titanium Dioxide Rule

The European Union has published the official delegated regulation to classify titanium dioxide as a suspected carcinogen by inhalation. The decision will be enforced after more than a year ...


UK Government Pursues Irish Sea Bridge

At a lobby briefing last week (Feb. 10), a spokesperson announced that U.K. officials are looking into British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s idea of building an Irish Sea between Scotland a...


Repairs Made at High-Hazard NV Dam

At the end of January, state officials reported that initial repairs on the Cave Creek Dam at Nevada’s Cave Lake State Park in Ely, had been finished, marking the completion of the first pha...


Solar Tariff Review Finds Mixed Results

A midterm report released last week by the United States International Trade Commission revealed mixed results regarding the Section 201 tariff on solar cells and modules.


SSPC, NACE Announce Sixth Update

On Friday (Feb. 14), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their sixth update regarding next steps in the discussion process regar...


SD Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The WEB Water Development Association, Inc. is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the WEB Aberdeen Tower in Aberdeen, South Dakota.


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 ...


ACI Releases 2020 Code, Specs Collection

The American Concrete Institute recently released its 2020 ACI Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications and Practices, which it deems “the most comprehensive and largest single source of...


Study Looks at Wages with Associate Degrees

A recent study out of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce details employment and earnings statistics for those who earn associate degrees.


PPG to Acquire Powder Coatings Manufacturer

Earlier this month, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire powder coatings manufacturer Alpha Coating Technologies, LLC.


Massive Wind Farm Planned in WA

Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy company Scout Clean Energy is gearing up to build as many as 212 turbines for a new wind farm south of the Tri-Cities in Washington.


Sherwin-Williams Announces New HQ Plans

The Sherwin-Williams company announced last week that it has decided to continue its relationship with Northeast Ohio, by finalizing plans to build a new global headquarters and research and...


NJ Releases Climate Plan, Regulations

Late last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled an “Energy Master Plan” that outlines key strategies of his goal to reach 100% clean energy by 2050.


Genoa Bridge Aims for Summer Completion

Reported earlier this week, hundreds of construction workers in Genoa, Italy, are working around the clock to ensure that the city’s replacement of the Morandi Bridge is completed by the sum...


RFQs Issued for Rikers Island Replacement Project

Last week, the New York City Department of Design and Construction issued a Request for Qualifications for design-build teams interested in constructing the four new jails that are slated to...


NASA Funds In-Space Construction Technology

Westminster, Colorado-based space technology company Maxar Technologies has been recently awarded a $142 million contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop a ...


AkzoNobel Releases Q4, 2019 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its fourth quarter and end-of-year financial reports Wednesday (Feb. 12), revealing a 3% decrease in revenue for Q4, and a reporte...


TX Elevated Tank Painting Out for Bid

The City of Leon Valley is currently seeking contractors to paint and rehabilitate the Grass Hill Elevated Water Storage Tank in Leon Valley, Texas.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not be published Monday, Feb. 17, as the offices of PaintSquare parent company Technology Publishing Co. will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day...


Portland Cement Association Announces Campaign

The Portland Cement Association announced last week a new educational campaign that aims to increase the awareness of the sustainability, resiliency and durability of concrete made with ceme...


NY Nuclear Plant Releases Decommission Plan

Last month, Entergy Nuclear announced a plan for the spring decommissioning services of its Buchanan, New York-based energy center, Indian Point.


SSPC’s Coatings+ 2020 in Pictures

In winding down from SSPC’s Coatings+ 2020 conference—which included numerous events, technical sessions and the exhibitor hall—PaintSquare put together this collection of photos from the we...


Curtains Close on Coatings+ 2020

Coatings+ 2020, SSPC’s annual conference and exhibition, wrapped up last Thursday after an action-packed week full of coatings-related activities and events.


SSPC Debuts Professional Development Panel

New to Coatings+ 2020, the SSPC Professional Development Panel put a different spin on the Young Professionals Happy Hour held at past SSPC conferences in an effort to add more opportunities...


Soo Lock Construction to Begin Spring 2020

In following the award of an almost $53 million contract with Trade West Construction Inc. (Mesquite, Nevada), the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that wor...


OSHA Announces Website to Celebrate 50 Years

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the organization has announced t...


CPCA Applauds Paint Recycling in Canada

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association recently applauded its industry’s paint manufacturers’ commitment to recycling, celebrating the better part of 10 years of the Canada-wide Action ...


Design Tweaked for WA's Rainier Square Tower

Within a few months of topping out, Seattle’s Rainier Square tower project will undergo a small redesign.


PPG, Dow Work to Reduce Carbon Impacts

Last week, global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it was collaborating with the Dow Chemical Company in its Sustainable Future Program.


OSHA Issues Injury, Illness Reporting Reminder

With the start of the new year, agencies are reminding employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule th...


SSPC, NACE Announce Fifth Update

On Friday (Feb. 7), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their fifth update regarding an SSPC Board Meeting and Annual Conference...


Student Proposes Eco-Friendly Hyperloop

Caroline Crouchley, an 8th grader living in Long Island, New York, has recently proposed a new, more eco-friendly take on Elon Musk’s hyperloop.


City to Submit Rejection of Holocaust Memorial

Local planners have revealed that they will officially oppose the proposed Holocaust Memorial slated to be constructed in London’s Victoria Tower Gardens.


Chemical Unit Reopens After Leak, Obstacles

United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company Croda has recently reopened its Atlas Point surfactants plant located at the base of the Delaware Memorial Bridge in New Castle, Delaware.


IIBEC Releases New Manual of Practice

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants recently announced that it has released its “2020 IIBEC Manual of Practice: Roofing, Waterproofing and Exterior Wall Consulting ...


MT University Studies Hempcrete Insulation

Research at Montana State University, funded by the Montana Farmers Union, is taking a look at the area’s industrial hemp plant’s waste can be combined with a lime-based binder for the lates...


China Completes Prefab Hospital in 10 Days

Crews have completed the 10-day construction of the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, according to reports. The People’s Liberation Army of China took over the facility on Feb. 2 and beg...


$50M Contract Awarded for MN Bridge Rehab

Lunda Construction Co.—a subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp.—has been recently awarded a $50 million contract for the rehabilitation of the historic 10th Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.


House Bill Seeks $20B for Bridge Repairs

Currently, there are over 47,000 bridges that have been classified as structurally deficient in the United States. To address the issue, members of Congress introduced the Bridge Investment ...


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.


ACI Announces Certification, Construction Awards

The American Concrete Institute announced last week the recipients of the ACI Certification Awards and the ACI Construction Awards.


Portion of US-Mexico Border Wall Falls

Last week, United States border patrol officers reported that a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Calexico, California, had fallen over into the Mexico side after experiencing high w...


Navy to Begin Repairs on USS Ford

On Jan. 16, aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford departed from the Norfolk, Virginia-based Naval Station to begin various onsite rehabilitation, post-delivery testing and trials.


SSPC Coatings+ 2020 Kicks Off in Long Beach

Sunshine and palm trees created the backdrop for the beginning of Coatings+ 2020, SSPC’s annual conference and exhibition, which opened Monday in Long Beach, California.


Awards Highlight Coatings+ 2020 Opening

The protective coatings industry’s finest—people and projects alike—were honored at the annual awards luncheon on Monday to open the first day of SSPC’s Coatings+ 2020 in Long Beach, Califor...


SSPC, NACE Talks Take Spotlight at Coatings+

In addition to the technical sessions, exhibit hall, networking receptions and other events on the agenda this week at Coatings+ 2020 in Long Beach, California, attendees will have multiple ...


Commercial Graphene Coatings Trial Moves Forward

Global high-tech materials company Talga Resources (West Perth, Western Australia) has recently reported the completion of its second commercial scale graphene coatings trial.


Work Kicks Off at Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Dogger Bank Wind Farms, a joint venture between SSE Renewables (Dublin, Ireland) and Equinor (Stavanger, Norway) announced late last month that construction on what will be the world’s large...


Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture to Close

Officials announced last week that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, which encompasses Wright properties in Wisconsin and Arizona, will close in June.


Axalta to Coat FL Speedway Center Injector

Global liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta recently announced that it will be giving its branded Center Injector at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, a...


SSPC, NACE Announce Standards Update

On Friday, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their fourth update regarding the organizations' possible merger.


Sto Corp Announces New President, CEO

Air barrier and facade solutions company Sto Corp. released last week the announcement that Jose R. Berlingeri has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Sto Americas.


UW–Madison to Host Concrete Canoe Race

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has recently announced that it will be hosting the 2020 American Society of Civil Engineers’ spring and summer canoe competitions.


DOT Focuses on Rural Mobility Initiatives

During the World Economic Forum last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced ongoing mobility initiatives that the Department of Transportation plans to implement in rural ...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q4, 2019 Numbers

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report for 2019 on Thursday (Jan. 30) announcing an increase in net sales for ...


CA Dam to Receive Safety Upgrades

In an effort to increase flood protection, last week crews began work on what will be a five-year endeavor to raise the Folsom Dam and surrounding earth wing dams and dikes by 3.5 feet in Sa...


Trump Expands Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

Last week, President Donald J. Trump announced an expansion of his tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, claiming that the existing tariffs were not as successful as he’d hoped in restoring...


AL Academy Offers Free Building Training

A building academy in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering free training, according to reports.


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.


University Seeks Better Corrosion Protection

At James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia, four PhD students are setting up to research rare earth inhibitors and their useful properties for corrosion protection in steel infr...


Mule-Hide Promotes New Managing Director

Roofing systems company Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. recently announced that it has promoted Dan Williams to Managing Director.


Opponents Sue Kinder Morgan Over Pipeline

At the beginning of this month, construction on the western phase of the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas restarted after over a year of negotiations and legal issues.


China Building Prefab Hospital in 10 Days

The city of Wuhan, China, recently began the ambitious project of building a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days with the goal of treating victims of the coronavirus outbreak.


2 Injured in AL Stadium Accident

Two construction workers at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium were hospitalized with serious injuries Saturday night after two structural precast concrete beams fell on a manl...


FEMA Updates Public Assistance Policy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which distributes billions of dollars in aid each year for communities to rebuild after disasters, recently released an update to its Recovery Interi...


$8.5B O'Hare Project Inks Another Contract

Officials for the $8.5 billion Chicago O’Hare International Airport expansion recently announced that they have officially inked the contract with design firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill.


NY Announces $275B Infrastructure Plan

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget, adding $175 billion to the five-year $100 billion plan introduced in 2016, upping the total for transport...


USGBC Releases Top 10 LEED States for 2019

The U.S. Green Building Council released its annual Top 10 States for LEED last week, recognizing the nation’s leaders committed to more sustainable and resilient buildings, cities and commu...


BASF Expands Capacity at Spain Plant

Global chemical company BASF recently announced a single-digit million-euro investment in the capacity expansion of water-based polyurethane dispersions at its Castellbisbal site in Spain.


SSPC, NACE Announce Third Update

On Friday (Jan. 24), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their third update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


Keystone XL Pipeline to Resume Construction

Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced in a status report filing at the U.S. District Court in Montana earlier this month that its long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline would be...


FHWA Extends Bridge Inspection Comment Period

Since proposing a 102-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding updates to the National Bridge Inspection Standards in November, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has annou...


SSPC to Honor 2020 Award Recipients

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced in emailed press releases its 2020 award recipients, honoring the top people, papers and projects from the industry over the past...


PPG Announces Multiple Leadership Appointments

At the beginning of the month, Pittsburgh-based global coatings company, PPG Industries, announced the leadership appointments of three individuals, slated to take effect on Mar. 1.


Houston Ship Channel Bridge Construction Halted

The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) announced earlier this month that it would be temporarily halting construction on the Sam Houston Tollway Ship Channel Bridge replacement projec...


AIA Announces Recipients of 2020 Awards

The American Institute of Architects announced earlier this week the eight projects that it’s recognizing with its 2020 Architecture Awards.


USDOT Announces $900M in INFRA Grants

Secretary for the United States Department of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao, recently announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity totaling more than $900 million in grants through the Infrast...


2020 Conference to Feature Over 135 Exhibitors

The exhibit floor at SSPC Coatings+ 2020 is expected to feature over 135 companies showcasing information, demonstrations, products, services and more from all aspects of the protective and ...


SSPC to Offer Technical Program, Workshops

This year’s SSPC Coatings+ conference, to be held Feb. 3-6, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, is set to cover a variety of topics in its four-day technical progr...


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.


White House to Divert $7.2B for Border Wall

In the latest update on the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, President Donald Trump is planning to divert roughly five times what Congress authorized to spend in the 2020 budget from Pentagon f...


Report: MS Dam Likely to Fail

In Starkville, Mississippi, county officials recently urged residents in the area to evacuate as a precaution for the possible failure of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam.


Milliken Acquires Coating Additive Company

Manufacturing firm Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, South Carolina) announced earlier this month that it has signed an agreement to acquire Borchers Group Limited—a global specialty chemical...


Roof Delay on $2B Vegas Stadium Detailed

Questions were again recently raised on the timeline of Las Vegas’ $2 billion Allegiant Stadium project as details were shared with the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board about what exactly w...


JLC Infrastructure Invests in Greenskies

Last week, infrastructure fund JLC Infrastructure announced that it successfully completed a transaction with solar-power facility developer Greenskies Renewable Energy that allows prior inv...


SSPC, NACE Announces Second Update

On Friday (Jan. 17), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their second update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


Company to Manufacture Pipe for Atoka Pipeline

Earlier this month, California-based manufacturer Thompson Pipe Group announced that it planned to begin production for Oklahoma City’s Atoka Pipeline at its manufacturing plant in Grand Pra...


Largest Sand-Printed Structure Installed

A new 3D-printed installation is on display for an event in Diryah, Saudi Arabia. This time, the structure is made of sand.


IL Study Looks at Wage Comparison

A study recently released by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, along with the University Illinois at Urbana—Champaign’s Project for Middle Class Renewal, has found that those enrolled ...


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...


Linetec Announces New President

Finishing company Linetec announced last month that Jon Close had been promoted to President of the company, succeeding Rick Marshall, who is set to retire at the end of the company’s fiscal...


Researchers Look at Bacteria for Living Bricks

Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder recently published a study in the journal Matter that describes a new approach to designing more sustainable buildings.


USDOT Reveals Map to Inspire Investments

In the beginning of January, the United States Department of Transportation announced its release of a new interactive map, designed to highlight federal investments in major infrastructure ...


St. Louis Passes Solar Roof Mandate

Last month, St. Louis became the latest city to pass green roof legislation—in this case, roofs on new construction must be “solar ready.”


Chemours Sells Methylamines Business

Chemical solutions company Chemours has recently announced its methylamines business has been acquired by Belle Chemical, an affiliate of Cornerstone Chemical.


PPG Reports Sales Growth in Q4, 2019

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported, in a press release Wednesday (Jan. 16), a 1% increase in constant currencies in fourth-quarter net sales, compared to the prior...


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 ...


Altana Sets Carbon-Zero Goal for 2025

Specialty chemicals company Altana announced last week that it has committed to reducing its CO2 impact from production and energy procurement worldwide to zero by 2025.


$2.3M in Subcontracts Awarded for WI Plant

Foxconn Technology Group recently announced that it has awarded $2.3 million in subcontracts under its High-Performance Computing Data Center Bid Package No. 1.


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...


Evonik Opens New Multi-Purpose Plant

Specialty chemicals company Evonik announced just last week that it has opened a new multi-purpose silicones manufacturing facility in Geesthacht, Germany.


Crane Collapses at TX Harbor Bridge

In the middle of December, a 110-ton crawler crane collapsed while lifting a connector beam at the Harbor Bridge replacement project site near Interstate 37 and Brownlee Bouelvard.


Engineering Firm Releases Carbon Data, Tool

International engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti recently released results for a multi-year carbon measurement study that identified the type of structure and components in construction wit...


Contractor to Appeal Boring Machine Verdict

Recently, a Seattle jury announced its verdict regarding the 2013 incident in which a buried steel pipe resulted in the breakdown of Bertha, the Seattle tunnel borer used in construction of ...


SSPC, NACE Share Discussion Updates

Earlier this week, NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced an update regarding the possible merger with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Greenbuild Issues 2020 Call for Papers

The U.S. Green Building Council has opened the call for proposals for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, slated for Nov. 4-7 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.


Seal For Life Appoints CEO, Closes Acquisitions

Last Wednesday, private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners announced that coating solutions company Seal For Life completed four acquisitions, in addition to appointing Jeff Oravitz as its...


VDOT Causes 25K Birds to Lose Nesting Site

Last month, crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation completed pavement work at the nearly $4 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel project, resulting in the loss of a 40-year-old ...


EPA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary This Year

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the theme for its 50th anniversary, which it will be celebrating at the end of this year.


Equity Firm to Acquire BASF's Construction Chemicals

Late last month, chemical company BASF signed an agreement with an affiliate of private equity firm Lone Star regarding the purchase of BASF’s Construction Chemicals business. The total, on ...


Researchers to Investigate Living Infrastructure

The research of Eleni Chatzi, a professor of structural mechanics at ETH Zurich, seems like something from a sci-fi novel: In one section of her research, Chatzi aims to use seeds to grow br...


Court Approves Border Wall Funding

In the latest move in the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based out of New Orleans, recently ruled that a certain set of Department of Defense funding could b...


Evonik Breaks Ground on New Silica Plant

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new fumed silica plant in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China.


NY Passes Design-Build Legislation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended 2019 with signing one more act into law—the New York City Public Work Investment Act, which authorizes some city agencies to use the design-build method for ...


RPM Reports Record Sales in Q2

RPM International Inc., parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its financial results for its fiscal 2020 second quarter on Wednesday, reporti...


NM Congress Proposes Transmission Law

Last month, New Mexico congresspeople introduced the Interregional Transmission Planning Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 3109)—a federal bill geared toward improving the Federal Energy Regulator...


Elinor Coatings Wins Coatings Research Contract

Toward the end of last year, Elinor Coatings (Fargo, North Dakota) won a five-year, $3.2 million subcontract to further research into life prediction, among other issues, for aerospace mater...


Registration Now Open for Roofing Day 2020

The National Roofing Contractor Association recently announced that registration is now open for Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, which is slated to take place April 21-22.


MO Elevated Water Tank Project Out for Bid

Springfield City Utilities is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the Glenstone Elevated Water Tank in Springfield, Missouri.


US Steel Closes Detroit Plant, Lays Off 1,500

U.S. Steel recently announced the impending closure of Great Lakes Works, a company steel mill located near Detroit. The closure is slated to occur April 1. The portion of the mill that roll...


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...


Assemblyman Proposes CA Bridge Replacement

An assemblyman is calling for a new, better replacement for California’s Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, a structure that has been plagued with problems dating back to crumbling concrete falling...


Unmanned Boats Help With MI Bridge Inspections

When It comes time to conduct bridge inspections in the face of challenging scenarios like stormy weather, the Michigan Department of Transportation has adopted the use of unmanned, remote-c...


SSPC Announces New, Revised Standards

In mid-December, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the release of four new and three revised technical standards. The new standards include SSPC-PA 19, “Standard for Visual...


Gordie Howe Gets $15M in Federal Funding

Late last month, the first portion of U.S. federal funding to go toward the construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge was included in the $1.4 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald ...


Axalta Closes on UAE Powder Coatings Manufacturer

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Capital Paints LLC, a UAE-based thermosetting powder coatings manufacturer.


NACE Announces New Standards Board

In mid-December, the NACE International Board of Directors approved the membership slate for the new Standards Board. Members were also authorized to provide management for NACE Internationa...


Additional Soo Locks Funding Approved

Further construction on the Soo Locks, located in Sault St. Marie, Michigan, was recently made possible when, late last month, President Donald J. Trump approved $75.3 million in funding for...


SprayWorks Announces Second Annual Scholarship

In mid-December, spray foam and polyurea company Sprayworks announced via emailed press release its second annual scholarship geared toward the encouragement of careers in polyurethanes.


Administration to Approve Largest US Solar Farm

The Department of the Interior recently announced that it would approve the construction of what would be, to date, the largest solar farm in the U.S., a venture located outside of Las Vegas...


Chile Faces Dispute Over $740M Bridge

Late last month, an ongoing dispute between Chile government and South Korean company Hyundai Engineering and Construction over a $740 million bridge project was addressed by the country’s f...


EPA Extends Comment Period for NMP

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last month the public comment period for the draft risk evaluation of more than 30 uses of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) “to give stakeholders more ...


Lanxess Acquires Biocide Manufacturer

In early December, specialty chemicals company Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) announced the acquisition of protective coatings business Itibanyl Produtos Especiais Ltda (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Itib...


Research: Industrial Waste Supports New Construction

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently spearheading an investigation into reusing industrial waste materials produced by the manufacturing industry,...


Cranes Finish Lifting for China Road-Rail Bridge

Late last month, Chinese engineering firm Zoomlion announced that its cranes had completed lifting work for what is reportedly the world’s longest road-rail cross-sea bridge, located in sout...


Schedule Alert: Year-End Break, Best Of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, PaintSquare Daily News will be wrapping up its regular daily news coverage for the year and publishing our annual “best of” issues.


Foxconn's WI Tax Breaks Come Under Fire

According to a letter released by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ administration earlier this month, Foxconn’s alleged $10 billion plant may not qualify for the agreed upon $3 billion incentive p...


River Wall Among Largest 3D-Printed Structures

In the Jiangsu region of China, west of Shanghai, 3D printing company WinSun recently completed one of the largest 3D-printed structures in the world to date: a 1,640-foot-long river protect...


House of Representatives Passes $1.4T Bill

Earlier this week, amongst impeachment proceedings, the House of Representatives passed a $1.4 trillion spending bill, which included funding for President Donald J. Trump’s U.S.-Mexico bord...


JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards Deadline Nears

The deadline to vote for the year’s best offerings from the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, is inching closer as polls are set to close Jan. 3, 2020.


Sika Acquires Mortar, Envelope Solutions Company

Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that it has agreed to acquire Adeplast SA, a manufacturer of mortars and thermal building envelope solutions in Romania.


Green Building Council Announces LEED Positive

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it is taking its LEED development program one step further: to focus on LEED positive.


Institute Seeks Net-Zero Entries for Database

The New Buildings Institute recently announced a call for project submissions for its Getting to Zero Buildings Database from designers, builders, developers and owners of zero energy and lo...


Research: Smart Patch Can Help Reduce Rust

Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark) announced earlier this month that researchers from its Department of Engineering’s ICELab have begun developing a new, intelligent and self-powered sensor...


TX Bridge Bent Repairs Out for Bid

The City of San Antonio is seeking contractors to perform bent repairs on the Ring Road Bridge located in San Antonio, Texas.


Schedule Alert: Year-End Break, Best Of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, PaintSquare Daily News will be wrapping up its regular daily news coverage for the year and publishing our annual “best of” issues.


AIA Inaugurates Jane Frederick as 96th President

The American Institute of Architects inaugurated its 96th President on Dec. 13.


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...


Kinder Morgan Closes Deal to Exit Canada

Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan is closing out 2019 by exiting the Canadian market to the financial sound of a $2.5 billion deal, money that accounts for both cash and stock. As part of the ...


PPG Appoints New Industrial Vice President

Global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced earlier this month the appointment of Robert King as the vice president, global operations, of the company’s industrial segment, effective...


Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Faces Delays

Officials recently announced that construction on the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier is now two years behind schedule. The project was originally slated to open in 2021, but that date ha...


BCF Releases Recycling, Accident Numbers

The British Coatings Federation released figures last week on the coatings industry’s waste, recycling and accident rates in 2018, reporting a record improvement.


Timeline Updated for NV to CA Rail

Work on a high-speed train that would connect Las Vegas and Southern California is set to kick off late next year in the latter state if things go according to plan. For that to happen, howe...


New NYC Green Roof Laws in Full Effect

The New York City Department of Buildings formally announced last month that the city’s new green roof laws took effect Nov. 15.


AkzoNobel Acquires Decorative Paints Company

Global coatings company AkzoNobel announced late last week that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Mauvilac Industries Limited, a paints and coatings company i...


Solar Energy Company Makes High-Temp Claims

Clean energy company Heliogen recently announced that it has concentrated solar energy to exceed temperatures greater than 1,000 degrees Celsius, claiming that it can use the technology to r...


PPG Announces Industrial Coatings Price Hike

Earlier this month, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced via press release that it plans to implement up to a 10% price increase on its industrial coatings products globally.


SSPC Announces Honorary Life Member Awardee

Earlier this week, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings named, via emailed press release, Carl Angeloff, President of Con-Serv, Inc., as the recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award,...


Project Utilizes Plastic Bubbles in Concrete

Officials on a project in Germany are saying that by using a specific kind of concrete slabs, 136 tons of carbon dioxide has been prevented from entering the atmosphere.


NJ Bridge Replacement Taking Over 10 Years

The Wittpenn Bridge, which connects Kearney, New Jersey, and Jersey City, New Jersey, over the Hackensack River, should have been opened by now, but is taking over 10 years to be built, acco...


Mexico Accepts US Steel Deal

Earlier this month, Mexico lawmakers announced that the country would accept a U.S. demand regarding greater regional content on steel in the deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada if the ...


Canada GBC Celebrates Zero-Carbon Certificates

The Canada Green Building Council is celebrating its first 10 certifications, it announced at the end of last month.


Facade Manufacturer Acquires Solution Provider

Commercial facade systems manufacturer YKK AP America Inc. announced earlier this week that it has acquired high-performance facades solutions provider Erie Architectural Products Group.


Steel Plants Welcome Renewable Energy

Though the steel industry is known for contributing a significant amount to the world’s carbon footprint—amounting to between 6% and 7%—companies have recently made moves toward the developm...


Border Wall Funding Blocked in TX

Earlier this week, a U.S. federal judge blocked the Trump administration from transferring $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds for the construction of border wall along the southern border.


CA Elevated Tank Painting Project Out for Bid

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


NYC Proposes Bird-Friendly High-Rise Ordinance

In an effort to cut down on the number of birds who die flying into the city’s buildings each year, New York City lawmakers are suggesting legislation requiring “bird-Friendly” glass on the ...


Businesses Sue Over OR Pipeline Explosion

Over three years after a pipeline explosion, in Portland, Oregon, caused over $17 million in property damage and a number of injuries, two business owners recently announced their own intent...


Free Webinar: FEVE Architectural Coatings

PaintSquare will host a free webinar today (Dec. 11) entitled: “FEVE Architectural Coatings: High-Performance Coatings for Expansive, Sustainable Design.”


Industry Reacts to Proposed Beryllium Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a proposal in early October to “more appropriately tailor the requirements” of beryllium exposure standa...


AkzoNobel Wins Awards for Innovation, Coatings Care

During the 10th anniversary of the British Coatings Federation awards, global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) won awards for its commitment to customer experience and innovation in co...


Ørsted, Covestro Announce Record Offshore Deal

Earlier this month, Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) inked a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted for the acquisition of 100 megawatts of power from the planned Borkum Riffgr...


Russia Activates Major Pipeline to China

Earlier this month, Russia brought onstream the gas pipeline known as the “Power of Siberia,” which runs around 1,800 miles between both Russia and China, in a move that reportedly further s...


University Fabricates Bridge Using Robots

A robot-fabricated hybrid pedestrian bridge was recently created at Shanghai-based Tongji University's College of Architecture and Urban Planning.


Borer for 5-Mile TX Tunnel Revealed

Last week, the City of Dallas unveiled “Big Tex,” a tunnel-boring machine slated to dig a five-mile-long tunnel under the city that intends to provide flood protection for 100 years.


SSPC Announces John D. Keane Awardee

On Monday (Dec. 2), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings named, via emailed press release, Don Thomas, the owner of Thomas Industrial Coatings, as the winner of the John D. Keane Award ...


Czech Bridge Connects Village, Cemetery

Ondrej Císler, from AOC Architects, working in collaboration with Petr Tej, from the Klokner Institute at Czech Technical University in Prague, recently developed a connection between the li...


More Charges Filed in Mariner East Case

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, in Pennsylvania, announced additional charges in the ongoing case surrounding the Mariner East pipeline. The new charges l...


TN Plant Authority Hit With $145K Fine

The Tennessee Valley Authority was recently fined $145,000 by federal regulators at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information about a backup...


Construction in Cincinnati Continues After Fatality

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), work resumed on a Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) mixed-use project after suffering a partial collapse that resulted in the injury of four workers and on...


Report: OSHA Inspections Up in 2019

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that workplace safety and health inspections were up a significant amount in fisca...


$1B TX Lagoon Complex Breaks Ground

Late last month, ground was finally broken at the $1 billion waterfront mixed-use project in Rowlett, Texas.


Greenbuild 2019 Closes, Announces Updates

Thousands of global green building and sustainability leaders recently gathered in Atlanta for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, where various educational sessions and keynot...


Proposals Requested for MO Pedestrian Bridge

The Kansas City Port Authority is seeking contractors to provide proposals for painting services on the pedestrian bridge located on 100 Main Street, in Kansas City, Missouri.


Border Wall Contracts Use Military Project Funding

Funding stemming from canceled military projects has been assigned to three new contracts for the construction of over 30 miles of replacement fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, totaling ...


EPA Proposes Cleanup for Sherwin-Williams Site

Last Monday (Nov. 25), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal for the next phase of cleanup at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek Superfund site in Gibbsboro, New Je...


FL Interstate Project Safety Assessed

In late September, an accident on the I-4 Ultimate project, in Orlando, Florida, involving a cement girder, resulted in a worker fatality. More recently, a report was released, indicating th...


Researchers Develop Crack-Resistant Concrete

Engineers based out of the Military Studies Center at Russia's Far Eastern Federal University recently developed concrete that is more resistant to cracking than its more traditional counter...


Tappan Zee Consortium Files Lawsuit

Last month, Tappan Zee Constructors, the consortium responsible for the construction of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, filed a lawsuit against the New York State Thruway Authority. In the l...


UK Housing Fire Raises Cladding Concerns

After a fire consumed a Bolton, United Kingdom, student housing block on Nov. 15, locals have accused the government of downplaying fire risks posed by unsafe cladding.


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ACMA Releases Update for UEF Standard

Earlier this month, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) released the fifth edition of the UEF Emission Factors for Open Molding and Other Composite Processes.


NYC Hit with Surprise Worksite Inspections

In an effort to reduce the amount of construction worker injuries in New York City, a team of building inspectors has formed to conduct surprise inspections at various major construction pro...


Chemetall Production Site Expansion Completed

Earlier this month, surface treatment firm Chemetall (Frankfurt, Germany), which serves as the surface treatment unit of BASF’s Coatings division, recently completed the expansion of a produ...


'Cap' Project to Give Pittsburgh Green Space

Pittsburgh will be getting a new bit of green space: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is managing the construction of what is known as the “Cap” project, a structure t...


PA Man Sentenced in DBE Fraud Case

Earlier this month, Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction, Inc. (Alpha) (Edgewood, Maryland), were sentenced for wire fraud and other related charges.


Chromaflo Acquires Rolfes Colour

Earlier this month, global provider of colorant technology solutions Chromaflo Technologies Corp. (Ashtabula, Ohio) announced in a press release the acquisition of South Africa-based organic...


MA Tank Interior Coating Work Out for Bid

The Town of Brookline is currently seeking contractors to coat the interior of the Singletree Water Storage Tank in Brookline, Massachusetts.


SSPC Announces Women in Coatings Impact Awardee

On Monday (Nov. 25), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings named via emailed press release Brooke Divan, a physical scientist with the USACE ERDC-CERL Paint Technology Center, as the rec...


PaintSquare Retracts DBE Article Statement

In a previously published article on PaintSquare Daily News, PaintSquare reported that Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction, Inc. (Edgewood, Maryland), ...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Thursday, Nov. 28, or Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.


Museum Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright House

The Currier Museum of Art announced earlier this month that it has acquired a second Usonian-style Frank Lloyd Wright house to its permanent collection.


EPA's Ruling on Methylene Chloride Takes Effect

On Friday (Nov. 22), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that its decision to ban all retail distribution of methylene chloride to consumers for paint and coatings removal off...


JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Now Open

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


Gordie Howe Bridge Project Progresses

Construction as well as job hiring are both reportedly continuing apace as the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, a structure that will connect Michigan and Canada, continues to unfol...


FL Utility to Launch $9M Hydrogen System

The Orlando Utility Commission announced early last month that it plans to add 149 megawatts' worth of solar projects, in addition to its development of a new hydrogen storage system as a me...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Thursday, Nov. 28, or Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.


$2B Vegas Stadium on Time Despite Roof Delay

Work on Las Vegas’ $2 billion Allegiant Stadium is reportedly 75% complete and running on time and on budget—despite a delay in installing the project’s massive roof.


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...


AlumaSafway, Métis Announce Joint Venture

AlumaSafway and the Infinity Métis Corp announced earlier this month the AlumaSafway Infinity Joint Venture, a partnership that will become the largest indigenous scaffolding, insulation and...


MN Bridge Work Resumes After Graveyard Found

Late last month, work on a bridge project in Duluth, Minnesota, was announced to resume sometime next year, due to a delay brought on by the desecration of a Native American burial site. Bur...


Poland Plans for $60B Nuclear Project

Poland, which has historically largely been reliant on coal, recently made moves to seek a foreign investor, which would hold a 49% stake in the company that would be spearheading constructi...


Researchers Examine Oil Well Cement Sealers

In order to get a better understanding of how chemicals, known as retarders, function in slowing the hardening of cement in borehole linings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher...


EPA to Hold Public Meeting on TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it is holding a public meeting on Dec. 10 on the implementation of its Toxic Substances Control Act New Chemicals program.


Axalta Opens New Facility in Australia

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced that it has officially opened a new regional customer training center in Western Sydney.


TX Bridge Rehabilitation Out for Bid

The City of Waco, Texas, is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the structural foundations, anchorages and concrete deck of the Waco Suspension Bridge over the Brazos River in W...


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...


2 Dead After Bridge Collapse In France

On Monday (Nov. 18), a 155-meter-long (510-foot-long) bridge collapsed in southwest France, resulting in two fatalities and five others being injured. Though a criminal investigation has bee...


$1.5B KCI Terminal Timeline Moved Up

An update on Missouri’s $1.5 billion Kansas City International Airport project has revealed that the timeline has been moved up and that work is running on budget and ahead of schedule.


ME Town to Pay $75K in Fines for Seawall

Since the construction of a seawall along Long Sands Beach, Maine, without a permit, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has fined the town of York $75,000.


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AkzoNobel Completes Acquisition of Mapaero

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced early last week in a media press release that it has wrapped up the acquisition of French aerospace coatings manufacturer Mapaero.


Company Secures Corrosion Management Funds

CorrosionRADAR, a company that specializes in corrosion management, recently announced the acquisition of 1 million pounds (roughly $1.29 million) in funding to further develop its corrosion...


Research Creates Sustainable Reinforced Concrete

Lausanne, Switzerland-based research institute and university Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) recently announced the development of a next generation ultra-high-performance f...


Design Work on TX Harbor Bridge Delayed

Earlier this month, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced the suspension of design work for the Harbor Bridge project, a move made after reports indicated that FIGG Bridge...


Sherwin-Williams Names 2019 Impact Awardees

Last week, Sherwin-Williams announced in an emailed press release the winner of the 2019 Impact Award. The award recognizes outstanding water and wastewater projects featuring coating and li...


Contractor Connect 2019 Closes in Tucson

Last week, Technology Publishing Company conducted its third annual Contractor Connect event at the Omni Tuscon National Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The event ran Nov. 11–14.


Study: Steel Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete

Researchers from the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures have recently conducted a study focusing on the corrosion of steel bars...


ASTM Announces Iron Pipe Corrosion Standard

Earlier this month, ASTM International announced the publication of a new standard that would help protect iron water pipes against corrosion. ASTM’s corrosion of metals committee worked on ...


FBI Investigates Permitting of PA Pipeline

Earlier this month, the FBI reportedly launched an investigation into how permits were issued by Pennsylvania government for the Mariner East pipeline, a project that carries natural gas acr...


Report: Puerto Rico Infrastructure Earns D-

A few weeks after Puerto Rico announced plans for a $20 billion grid overhaul, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the territory’s infrastructure, which includes dams, bridges, road...


4 Workers Injured in NYC Scaffold Collapse

Four construction workers were injured in Manhattan earlier this week when a scaffold collapsed at the $25 billion Hudson Yards megaproject along 10th Avenue.


Jotun Moves to Restructure US Business

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun Paints Inc. (Sandefjord, Norway) has announced that it is restructuring its business in the United States.


Bridge Inspection Revisions Released

On Tuesday (Nov. 12), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Department of Transportation released a 102-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding updates to the Nation...


USGBC Announces New Milestone for LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council announced a new LEED milestone last week: more than 100,000 LEED-certified commercial projects have now been registered.


3-Tank Coating Project in MD Out for Bid

St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission is currently seeking contractors to coat and maintain the Leonardtown Farm, Charlotte Hall and KcKay’s Plaza Water Storage Tanks in Leonardtown and ...


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...


Bio-Based Coatings Used on Mycelium Pavilion

This year’s Dutch Design Week—which was held Oct. 19-27—featured a new pop-up performance pavilion that was constructed entirely of bio-based materials.


Work Begins on $777M ON Transmission Project

Construction has officially commenced on a $777 million, 450-kilometer (roughly 280-mile) transmission line project in Northwestern Ontario, a project that will follow the Lake Superior shor...


Free Webinar: FEVE Bridge Coatings

An upcoming webinar, to be hosted on PaintSquare on Nov. 20, will investigate both the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats for new bridges and recoating work of existing ...


LA Eyes Use of Plastic in Road Longevity

To facilitate research into increasing road longevity, the City of Los Angeles is working in collaboration with TechniSoil Industrial to evaluate using recycled plastic as a binder in newly ...


EPA Proposes Plant Waste Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed plans to relax rules related to how power plants store waste from coal-fired power plants. The rules in question date ba...


New $14M AL Bridge Visibly Sags

A $14 million bridge in Escambia County, Alabama, near Brewton, a project that is meant to replace the bridge next to it, is sagging, according to reports. There is also cracking present.


AIA to Release New Construction Documents

The American Institute of Architects recently released 133 new and updated Construction Management documents, including the Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) and the Construction Man...


Goldwind Announces World-First Laser Control System

Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind has recently received Component Certification for its Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) Assisted Control technology by global quality assurance a...


Elcometer Appoints New R&D Director

Inspection and blast equipment manufacturer Elcometer Ltd. (Manchester, United Kingdom) announced on Wednesday (Nov. 6) via emailed press release the appointment of Paul King as the company’...


China Province Closes Glass Bridges, Projects

A province in China has closed all of its glass bridges, mountain viewing platforms and walkways due to hazards and structural concerns, according to reports. The structures were part of a n...


Maroon Group Expands Global Sourcing

North American specialty chemicals distributor Maroon Group (Avon, Ohio) recently announced that it has expanded its global sourcing capabilities.


Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Clears Major Obstacle

A key permit has been granted for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, according to reports. The endeavor would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, though the Ukraine has continued to e...


UK to Decide Holocaust Memorial Fate

The contention continues around London’s proposed National Holocaust Memorial as the government decided earlier this week that housing minister Esther McVey would decide whether plans for th...


PA Sinkhole Indicates Infrastructure Problems

Last Monday (Oct. 28) morning, a sinkhole roughly 100 feet long and 20 feet deep opened up on 10th Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. However, when the sinkhole presented itself, a Pittsburgh Po...


RCMA Releases Call for Abstracts

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association recently issued a call for presenter submissions for its 2020 International Roof Coatings Conference, set to take place July 20-23 in Charlotte, N...


Obituary: David Beamish, DeFelsko President

David Beamish, President of DeFelsko Corporation, died in his home on Nov. 4 after a 32-month battle with cancer. He was 63 years old.


NY Bridge Painting, Repair Work Out for Bid

The New York State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to bid on painting and repairs of the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge over the Fire Island Inlet in Albany, New York.


Historic Japanese Castle Destroyed in Fire

Last Thursday (Oct. 31), a fire broke out around 2:40 a.m. at the Shuri Castle in Naha, Japan, resulting in the loss of several buildings on the World Heritage site.


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

In the latest installation of the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, President Donald J. Trump recently allowed for construction to begin on a section of the wall in Texas without customary envir...


Art to Mimic CA High-Rise Tilt Through Sound

A new sound art installation at the San Francisco Art Institute will soon be gracing the ears of San Francisco residents and will continue to be on display until the city’s plagued Millenniu...


Largest Nuclear Power Producer Faces Issues

Engineers have recently been tasked with fixing eight faulty welds at Normandy, France-based Flamanville nuclear power plant, which is intended to showcase the country's aptitude for nuclear...


Team Inspects Bridges on US South Korea Bases

Structural engineers from the Far East District segment of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently joined the Engineer Research and Development Center in order to assist with bridge inspec...


Harbor Maintenance Legislation Progresses

Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 296 to 109 in favor of the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, H.R. 2440, a measure that would see the appropr...


Victims of Hard Rock Collapse File Suits

As a result of the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, multiple lawsuits have been filed in civil court against the project’s construction leaders and other involved part...


UK Underpass Plans Prompt Anger

After a consultation was launched last month revealing the removal of a dual carriageway underpass located in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, borough council members have responded with out...


NREL Selected for Offshore Turbine Research

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy awarded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory $5.7 million in funding for floating offshore wind turbine research,...


USGBC Announces Leadership Award Recipients

Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council announced the recipients of its 2019 Leadership Awards, a recognition of individuals and organizations “at the forefront of the green building comm...


3D Systems to Develop Corrosion Control Guidance

3D-printing firm 3D Systems (Rock Hill, South Carolina) announced earlier this week that it had won a contract to develop a corrosion performance design guide for direct metal printing of ni...


EPA Taking Comments on Methylene Chloride

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public input on a draft risk evaluation of more than 70 uses for methylene chloride, including commercial paint and coating removal, consume...


Research: Coal Ash Strengthens Concrete

Concrete, well known for requiring precise mixing conditions and components, can be susceptible to faults if these conditions are not met. Recently, Drexel University researchers developed a...


NYC's Beleaguered 'Bouncy Bridge' Demolished

A New York City pedestrian bridge—originally billed as unique for being designed to bounce underfoot—was recently demolished, according to reports. Skeletal pillars are all that currently re...


Sherwin-Williams Looking for New HQ Location

Last month, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced that it has begun exploring options for a new global headquarters.


Bartlett School Developing New Fire Safety Program

The Bartlett School of Architecture, at the University of London, is reportedly developing a new course on fire-safe design that will aim to deliver a shift in how architects create building...


Tnemec Releases Tank of the Year Pick

In a somewhat unique turn of events, Tnemec Company Inc. announced via emailed press release earlier this week that this year’s winner of the company’s water tank contest—a municipal water t...


SMART Act Proposed for Water Infrastructure

Earlier this month, United States House Rep. Harley Rouda, D-California, and Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, introduced H.R. 4687, the Sustainable Municipal Access to Resilient Technology in Infr...


Climate Change Could Quicken Bridge Deterioration

According to research led by Hussam Mahmoud, an engineer and Colorado State University associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, climate change could acce...


Tnemec Acquires Textured Coatings Company

Coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company, Inc. recently announced that it has purchased assets of Textured Coatings of America, Inc. (Tex•Cote).


2-Tank VA Coating Project Out for Bid

The City of Richmond is currently seeking contractors to coat and improve the Cofer Road Tanks in Richmond, Virginia.


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 ...


DOE Announces $28M Award for Wind Energy

Last Tuesday (Oct. 22), the Department of Energy announced that in order to advance wind energy in the U.S., 13 projects had been selected to receive $28 million. Project topics focus on tec...


Puerto Rico Unveils $20B Grid Overhaul

Earlier this month, Puerto Rico revealed plans for a massive overhaul of its power grid, a $20 billion, 10-year endeavor that will bury power lines, up the use of natural gas and establish a...


Hempel Joins Zero-Emissions Vessels Coalition

Global coating supplier Hempel recently announced that it has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, a strategy adopted by the International Maritime Organization to reduce greenhouse gas emi...


NTSB Points Blame in FIU Bridge Collapse

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in its hearing that the probable cause of the fatal pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in March 201...


Free Webinar: Fire Protection Applications

PaintSquare will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 30, entitled: “The Dangers of Extrapolation—Properly Estimating Fire Protection Applications.”


Wooden Bridge Installed Over Canadian River Valley

An innovative wooden pedestrian bridge, glass elevator and railway have been built in Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada. The $24 million attraction was designed by international architecture firm...


Calculations Developed for Fiber-Reinforced Concrete

With local concerns over the longevity of construction on nearby infrastructure projects remaining high, an engineering professor at Arizona State University recently a proposed a way to spe...


EPA Releases Lead Progress Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by releasing a Progress Report on the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and A...


Concrete Issues Plague MD Purple Line

Issues with concrete at a Maryland Metro entrance shaft are just one of a number of problems associated with the state’s Purple Line project that have recently come to light in documentation...


PA Bridge Project Features Unique Replacement

The state of Pennsylvania will be getting a bridge-replacement first in Pittsburgh, where the Shaler Street Bridge, located in the Duquesne Heights neighborhood, will be replaced with a pair...


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...


AkzoNobel Reports Q3 Operating Income Increase

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel released its third-quarter earnings report on Wednesday (Oct. 23) highlighting a 23% increase in adjusted operating income at 300 million euros ($333.6...


FL Bridge Rehabilitation Work Up for Rebid

The City of Tampa is rebidding a project for the rehabilitation and coating of the Davis Islands Bridge in Hillsborough County, Florida.


Sherwin Reports Sales Increase for Q3

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its third-quarter earnings report for 2019 on Tuesday (Oct. 22), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, dilu...


PPG Taps New EMEA Architectural Coatings VP

PPG announced earlier this week that it has appointed Steve Pocock as Vice President, Architectural Coatings, Europe, Middle East and Africa north and east, effective immediately. He will re...


SSPC, NACE Merger Discussions Continue

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced Monday that discussions were continuing the potential collaborative efforts between the poss...


Denmark Power Plant Features Ski Slope

Earlier this month, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group announced the opening of CopenHill, a power plant in Copenhagen that features an artificial ski slope that is open year-round. The p...


Lab Investigates Sensors for Pipeline Corrosion

In order to help address the ongoing fight against pipeline corrosion, the National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced that it was assessing current and emerging technologies, w...


Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline Ceases

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has lost three important sets of permits, bringing construction to a halt. The permits were suspended in connection with the project’s impact on the envi...


BrandSafway Wins Scaffold Award for Space Needle

Access company BrandSafway was awarded the 2019 Access Project of the Year — Mast Climbing Work Platforms, Transport Platforms and Hoists at the Access, Lift and Handlers Conference last mon...


Report: JV Withheld Info for $1.5B KCI Bid

According to a report by the Kansas City Star, the winning bidder of Missouri’s $1.5 billion Kansas City International Airport Project, Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate, failed to dis...


DOT Announces New Focus on Rural Infrastructure

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the launch of a new initiative geared toward supporting infrastructure in rural parts of the U.S.


Cape Cod Bridges Dubbed 'Obsolete'

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this month that two “functionally obsolete” Cape Cod, Massachusetts, bridges needed to be replaced.


Researchers Test da Vinci Bridge Design

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are finding that the talents of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the great artists and inventors of the Renaissance, extended to the science...


PPG Reports Consistent Sales for 2019 Q3

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) released its third-quarter 2019 earnings report on Thursday (Oct. 17), announcing net sales consistent with the prior year at $3.8 billion, noting th...


Commercial Painting Industry Association Launches

In an emailed press release, founders Aaron Moore and Steve Hester recently announced the official launch of the Commercial Painting Association.


Grant Allows NAHB to Continue Fall Safety Courses

The National Association of Home Builders announced earlier this month that it received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Foxconn WI Contracts Now Total $250M

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Foxconn Technology Group has awarded another $83 million in contracts for its $10 billion, 20 million-square-foot manufacturi...


Report: Garden Bridge Risks 'Downplayed'

A new report on the failed Garden Bridge project, authored by the London Assembly and published by the Assembly’s Garden Bridge Working Group, alleges that key stakeholders, which included t...


NYC Organizations Offer Free OSHA Training

New York City-based construction workers now have the option to receive free Occupational Safety and Health Administration training through city-based organizations Building Skills New York ...


DOL Annnounces New Members for Safety Committee

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced 12 new members selected to the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.


TX Elevated Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 116 is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate a 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Houston, Texas.


Research: Bridge Sensors Read for Storm Damage

In order to assess the impacts of storm surges on bridges, a team based out of the University of Florida, with help from a grant from the National Science Foundation, are developing a networ...


Sea Wall to Protect San Francisco Airport

To get ahead of anticipated rising sea levels, a new sea wall will be built around the San Francisco International Airport, a $587 million plan that includes steel pilings and the constructi...


Crushing Technology Expected at Expo 2020

A new kind of crushing technology that turns demolished buildings into sand is expected to be showcased at the six-month “Expo 2020 Dubai.”


Agency Announces Corrosion Protection Competition

Late this summer, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), a federal agency that focuses on water resource management, announced the launch of a new competition fo...


Research: Bacteria Slows Steel Bar Corrosion

By embedding concrete with aerobic bacteria, researchers based out of Ehime University, in Japan, recently found that the corrosion of steel bars found in reinforced concrete could be slowed...


Pipeline Acceleration Plans Backfire

The current administration’s attempts to fast-track energy projects, namely pipelines, have been met with increasing levels of resistance, according to reports. Most recently, plans for thre...


OSHA Releases Proposal for Beryllium Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a proposal earlier this month to “more appropriately tailor the requirements” of beryllium exposure stan...


Deadline Almost Here for Elevation Awards

There are just days left until the submission deadline for the third annual Elevation Awards. Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 18.


Natural Stone Council Updates Sustainabiliy Standard

The Natural Stone Council—a collaboration of natural stone trade associations to promote the use of natural stone in commercial, residential, government, institutional, educational, and all ...


Highways Key to Developing Hyperloop

According to officials from electro-magnetic transportation company Virgin Hyperloop One, highway rights-of-way could be the key to establishing the developing transportation system across v...


Hempel Names New Head of Protective, Industrial

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced Wednesday (Oct. 9) the appointment of Martin Wiese as the new Head of Protective & Industrial Businesses. Both segments account for r...


Metalcon to Feature Panels, Athlete Keynotes

METALCON, an international event focused on the use of metal in construction, is set to kick off at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, on Oct. 16, running through Oct. 1...


Research: 3D Printers Work in Tandem

Hosted at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, a multidisciplinary robotics team is working at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering to design autonomous systems for 3D ...


Solar Panel Tariff Exemption Rescinded

In a move that may provide a temporary boost to solar interests, the U.S. Trade Representative announced late last week the elimination of a tariff exclusion for bifacial solar panels, a tec...


Mackintosh Fire Report Not Expected Until 2020

A report that’s slated to come from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service about the cause of the second fire at the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building will not be released until next...


AGC Taps First Legislator of the Year

The Associated General Contractors of America announced last month that it has created a “Legislator of the Year” award to recognize members of Congress who play important roles supporting p...


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Walt Whitman Bridge Repairs Out for Bid

The Delaware River Port Authority is seeking contractors to perform painting and steel repairs on the Walt Whitman Bridge in Camden, New Jersey.


Free Webinar: Partially Galvanized Steel Columns

PaintSquare will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 16 entitled: “Partially Galvanized Steel Columns—What Could Wash-ably Go Wrong?”


Concrete Research Hub Secures 5-Year Funding

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that its Concrete Sustainability Hub had confirmed funding for another five years—part of renewing its relationship wi...


House Bill to Assist Local Bridge Repairs

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a program last Tuesday (Oct. 1), that aims to reestablish federal funding for repairs and replacements needed for local structural...


Pittsburgh Signs on to UN Buildings Initiative

Last month, the United Nations Economic Council on Europe and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance signed an agreement, marking the official launch of the city’s International Center of Exce...


New Genoa Bridge Deck Placement Begins

Earlier this month, over a year after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, a section of bridge deck for the new structure was lifted into place, marking the first section to b...


3rd Annual Contractor Connect Heads to AZ

Contractor Connect, a hosted-buyer event produced by Technology Publishing Co. for the protective and marine coatings industry, will be held in a venue west of the Mississippi River for the ...


OSHA Weight System Could Increase Inspections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recently implemented a new OSHA Weighting System for the 2020 fiscal year.


Tank of the Year Voting Opens

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


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GE to Supply British Wind Project

Paris-based division of General Electric, GE Renewable Energy, has been recently selected as the preferred supplier in providing turbines for Britain’s Dogger Bank offshore wind project, acc...


SSPC Steel City Chapter Hosts First Meeting

Last Thursday (Oct. 3), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings held its first meeting for the recently reestablished Pittsburgh-based SSPC Steel City Chapter.


Deadline Almost Here for Elevation Awards

There are just a few weeks left until the submission deadline for the third annual Elevation Awards. Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 18.


PPG Appoints New Exec VPs

Late last month global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced two new executive vice presidents.


AZZ Inc. Expands Metal Coatings in TX

Global provider of metal coating solutions, AZZ Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas), has recently announced the acquisition of all assets from powder coating company, Preferred Industries, Ltd. located...


Twisting Bridge Serves as Art Gallery

Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has recently completed a twisting bridge that doubles as a museum within the Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway.


AIA Testifies at Energy Committee Hearing

Late last month, the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA, testified before the United States House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, ou...


Research: Process Improves Ceramic Durability

Researchers based out of Purdue University recently developed a new method to make ceramics more durable: a process known as flash sintering, which adds an electrical field to the traditiona...


DOL Taps New Directorate of Construction

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor selected Scott Ketcham as the new director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Construction in Washington, D.C.


San Jose Sets Strict Large-City Emission Codes

In a unanimous vote by San Jose City Council last month, the city has agreed to adopt new building sustainability standards, also known as “reach codes.”


RPM Reports Net Sales, Income Increase

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), a holding company that focuses on specialty coatings, sealants and building materials, achieved both a net sales increase and increase in net income in...


2-Tank Coating Project in TX Out for Bid

The City of Colleyville is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and coat the Bransford Road and McPherson Water Storage Tanks located in Colleyville, Texas.


Tesla Faces Solar Panel-Related Lawsuits

Two lawsuits have recently been filed against energy company Tesla, both pertaining to the solar panel end of the business.


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.


IIBEC, NRCC to Co-Host Conference, Issue Call

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants and the National Research Council of Canada have announced that they will be cohosting the 2020 International Conference on Buil...


EPA Announces Stormwater Management Competition

To get college and university students involved with the development of green infrastructure for stormwater management, the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced via emailed pre...


DOT Announces Pipeline Safety Rules

Early last week, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced three new pipeline safety rules intended to bolster the safety of more than 500,000 miles of both onshore gas t...


MIT Approach Suggests Emissions-Free Cement

In a recent study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a possible way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production is being explored.


PPG Announces Investigation Resolution

Global coatings supplier PPG announced last week that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-led investigation regarding PPG’s financial reports from December 2016 through April 2018 ha...


Sika Acquires Chinese Sealants Manufacturer

Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that it has acquired Chinese silicone sealants and adhesives manufacturer Crevo-Hengxin.


Nine Projects Supported by ASTM International

Global standards developer ASTM International recently announced that its second round of funding—an investment worth $300,000 and in-kind contributions—will be put towards nine projects tha...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: TX Milk Facility

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 18) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving r...


Spillway Design Tested by CSU Engineers

Last week, civil engineers at Colorado State University were reported to be testing an experimental spillway intended for Gross Dam located in southwest Boulder County, Colorado.


Free Webinar: PFP Equipment

An upcoming webinar, to be broadcast on PaintSquare next Wednesday (Oct. 2), at 11 a.m. EST, will examine changing from a fixed ratio sprayer to a variable ratio sprayer, as well as the diff...


EU Moves Forward with Titanium Dioxide Steps

After a regulatory consultation earlier this month, the European Commission says it will move forward with classifying titanium dioxide as a carcinogen, despite objections.


Axalta Acquires UAE Powder Coatings Manufacturer

Global liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Capital Paints LLC, a United Arab Emi...


DOL Issues Final $35K Overtime Threshold

Earlier this week the United States Department of Labor announced a final ruling on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, making 1.3 million American workers eligible.


Research: Panel Generates Energy from Darkness

A new panel that is being billed as an “anti-solar panel” can collect energy from the night sky, according to a report published on Joule earlier this month. The key is tapping into the temp...


Largest Offshore Wind Farm Nearly Complete

Danish wind energy firm Ørsted, in charge of constructing what will be world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project One, recently reported that the project was nearly finished and on ...


Foxconn Taps Mortenson for Parts of $10B Project

Foxconn Technology Group recently announced that it has chosen Mortenson Construction (Minneapolis) to serve as construction manager for two facilities that were just approved as part of the...


OSHA Annnounces Recipients of $10.5M in Harwood Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that it has awarded approximately $10.5 million is Susann Harwood federal safety and health t...


PA Bridge Replacement Out for Bid

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform replacement of the West Hills Bridge in East Franklin Township, Pennsylvania.


Robot Tackles Additive Work for Projects

Originally launched in 2017, the 4D Hybrid Autonomous Robot project, intended for use on metal surfaces in land and offshore projects, is now making its debut.


NC Bridge Work Resumes After Girder Error

Work on the Hawthorne Lane bridge, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is set to resume after a number of delays. Construction on the bridge stopped completely back in January due to incor...


Netherlands Lab Tests Molten Salt Nuclear Fuel

Earlier this month, the Netherlands’ Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) announced that it had reached a milestone in nuclear testing: The Group had completed an irradiation test of...


Border Wall Construction Progresses

Earlier this month, Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, reported that roughly a mile of border wall is being built every day. Otherwise, 22 archaeolog...


Roofing Alliance Issues Call for Funding

The Foundation of National Roofing Contractors Association, Roofing Alliance, has announced its annual call for funding requests.


Firms Collaborate on 3D-Printed Bridge Design

Materials company DSM, engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV and 3D printer manufacturer CEAD recently collaborated to produce a design for a 3D-printed pedestrian bridge made of a composite m...


Deadline for Elevation Awards Approaching

There is just under a month left until the submission deadline for the third annual Elevation Awards. Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 18.


Mississippi River Boat Sensors Read Water Quality

The American Queen steamboat, which travels the Mississippi River, will take on the task of helping monitor the condition of the water via a data-gathering sensor, thanks to a project develo...


IL University Seeks Cafeteria Renovations

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


UK Paint Manufacturer Announces Partnership

HMG Paints Ltd., the U.K.’s largest independent paint manufacturer, recently announced in an emailed press release a new associate partnership with the U.K.’s largest trade and employers’ as...


Domino's 'Paving for Pizza' Initiative Successful

Domino’s, the pizza company which had previously established itself as a hero of U.S. infrastructure with its “Paving for Pizza” initiative, recently announced that the movement would be mov...


Plans for $14B TX Bullet Train Progress

Texas Central Partners, the developer tackling the state’s new bullet train project, announced late last week that it had signed a deal with Italian civil engineering contractor Salini Impre...


$5M Approved for CA Stormwater Pilot Program

In order to diversify its water supply portfolio, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California recently approved a $5 million pilot program that will help fund construction of new ...


Huntsman Opens New Dubai Polyurethanes Plant

Last week, global chemical company Huntsman Corporation announced the opening of its new polyurethanes systems house located in the Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone in Dubai.


Northern Ireland-Scotland Bridge Proposed

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly expressed interest in the construction of a bridge connecting Scotland with Northern Ireland. To date, he has requested that officials exa...


San Francisco Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Earlier this week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that will transition private commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger to 100% renewabl...


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Research: Smartphones Used to Track Bridge Health

A Southern Methodist University researcher, working in collaboration with local Texas high school students, has continued to make progress in using smartphones as a way to monitor bridge hea...


Contractors Needed for AZ Reservoir Recoating

The City of Avondale is currently seeking contractors to modify and recoat the Coldwater West Reservoir in Avondale, Arizona.


MIT Studies Moisture and Drying on Cement

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub recently conducted a study on the effects of moisture and drying on cement.


Evonik Expands Specialty Alcohol Capacity

Evonik Industries announced that it has expanded its production capacity for the high-purity C13 alcohol isotridecanol (ITDA) at its Marl Chemical Park in Germany.


New Sinkhole Found Near PA Pipeline

A new sinkhole was recently found along the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, late last week, according to reports. This marks the second sinkhole in the Middletown a...


New Owner Revives Historic KY Concrete Company

A 150-year-old concrete business, based in Madisonville, Kentucky, announced it would be closing its doors back in March. Now, a new owner is bringing the business back to life.


Quality Control Issues Plague Silver Line

According to the Washington Metro inspector general, new quality control concerns have been identified with the second phase work on Washington D.C. Metro’s Silver Line project.


MO Announces Bridges Available for Free

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently announced that a number of bridges were available for free. The catch? Interested parties must pay for structure relocation.


Builder Named for $743M CO Wind Farm

Xcel Energy recently named development company Mortenson as the company to spearhead work on a $740 million, 500-megawatt wind farm, to be located in Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Previously, M...


PPG Announces Commercial Services Platform

Coatings company PPG announced last week the launch of PPG Services, a “digitally-enabled service platform” that aims to allow businesses to identify and connect with painters and then manag...


Deadline for Elevation Awards Approaching

There is just about a month left until the submission deadline for the third annual Elevation Awards. Nominations are being accepted through Oct. 18.


MAD Architects Design Hyperloop

Beijing-based architecture firm MAD Architects has recently announced a collaboration project with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) for a new elevated transport system des...


$1.9B Vegas Stadium Gets Quake Measures

A recent tour of Las Vegas’ $1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium construction site revealed the tactics being put in place to protect the structure from earthquakes.


WJTA Expo to Feature Educational Sessions, Demos

The Waterjet Technology Association and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association will be hosting their annual conference Nov. 10-13 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Offerin...


Research: Concrete Mixed in Space More Uniform

In an experiment to push concrete to another level, scientists recently mixed cement on board the International Space Station, yielding a mixture that is more porous but a more uniform densi...


India Project Tunnel Borer Damaged

Since the tail-end of August, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation personnel have been working on the East-West Metro in Bowbazar, India, where a tunnel-boring machine reportedly struck an aquifer...


Floor Coating Line Receives Food Industry Honor

Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings announced via emailed press release earlier this week that it has been awarded a food and beverage industry standard accreditation for a range...


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Robots and Drones Inspect Wind Blades

Reported this summer, the Department of Energy’s Blade Reliability Collaborative and Sandia National Laboratory have been researching how to noninvasively inspect wind blades for visible and...


NYC Schools See Paint Inspections, Remediation

Early last month over 1,800 children’s classrooms in New York City were reported to have been contaminated with hazardous, deteriorated lead paint.


Henry Hudson Bridge Overcoating Out for Bid

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is now inviting sealed bids for overcoating of the Henry Hudson Bridge in New York City.


MD County Public Works Wins National Awards

Prior to the end of August, two Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works agencies received national awards as recognition of improvement efforts to the quality of local waterways.


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...


Group Sues to Preserve Historic ME Bridge

Working to preserve a historic bridge located in Mane, preservation groups recently filed a lawsuit against Elaine Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Bruce Van Not...


AkzoNobel Provides Coatings for China Icebreaker

Toward the end of last month, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced that the company had provided coatings for China’s first domestically built polar icebreaker, known as Xue Long...


Off-Earth Nuclear Reactor Could Be Tested by 2022

A new type of nuclear reactor, intended for use in powering manned outposts on the moon and Mars, could be ready for in-space testing by 2022, project team members reported. No such testing ...


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...


MN Floating Museum Faces Corrosion

Duluth, Minnesota’s 611-foot-long floating museum, known as the William A. Irvin, recently had to extend its already monthlong stay in drydock due to the discovery of damage that was worse t...


AIA Launches Initiative to Take Climate Action

Late last week, the American Institute of Architects’ Board of Directors approved what it calls a “landmark resolution” that “defines immediate and long-term efforts to engage the architectu...


EPA Releases Guide for Methylene Chloride Ruling

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a new guide to help methylene chloride processors and distributors comply with the final rule issued in March under the Toxic Substanc...


Ship Corrosion Inspection Standards Developed

Believed to lower current maintenance costs, a team of engineers at the Corrosion and Coatings Engineering Branch at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division have developed ...


World's First Commercial Nuclear Plant Defueled

It's official: The world's full-scale nuclear power station has been emptied of fuel, taking the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Magnox Operating Program one step closer to completion.


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Nominations Open for Tank of the Year Contest

Nominations have officially opened for Tnemec’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


DOT Grants $225M in Funds for Rural Bridge Projects

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $225 million in grant funding for a number of road and bridge projects in rural areas, a move that was part of the Competitiv...


Military Funding for Border Wall Approved

Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper approved $3.6 billion in funding—largely pulled from military construction projects, including housing—to go toward building 175 miles of t...


$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...


Research: Solar Panel Desalinates Water

To address issues connected to both energy generation and access to fresh water, researchers based out of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia, recently develo...


ACI Updates Flatwork Finishing Certification Program

The American Concrete Institute announced at the end of last month that it has updated the names and requirements for its Flatwork Finishing Certification program.


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SC Storage Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Georgetown County Water and Sewer District is currently seeking contractors to repair the Litchfield Water Storage Tank in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.


Bridge Removal Continues with Guillotine-Like Blades

Crews continue to dismantle the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, located in the Oregon Inlet of North Carolina. The project is expected to reach completion by early 2020.


Finland-Estonia Undersea Rail Faces Issues

A proposed 15-billion-euro ($16.8 billion) undersea rail tunnel, connecting the capitals of Finland and Estonia, recently hit its first stumbling block: more details related to funding are n...


DIC Buys BASF's Global Pigments Business

Chemicals companies BASF and DIC announced last week that they have reached an agreement on the acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business.


Survey Breaks Down Labor Shortage Concern

According to a new survey released from the Associated General Contractors of America, along with Autodesk, 80% of construction firms reports that they are having a hard time filling hourly ...


$1.1B TX Ballpark Reportedly 75% Complete

Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers announced last month that construction on the new Globe Life Field is almost 75% complete, with the 5.5-acre retractable roof nearly halfway complete.


NV-CA High-Speed Train Back on Track

Announced last week, Virgin Trains USA is ready to connect a high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California after a series tax-related delays.


Marines Conduct New 3D-Printing Exercise

At the beginning of the week (Aug. 26), the United States Marine Corps announced a successful, first-known 3D concrete printing operation involving a three-inch print nozzle and new continuo...


Mackinac Bridge Gets New Paint Job, Scaffolding

For the first time in the structure’s history the Mackinac Bridge’s towers are being stripped to bare metal and repainted. What also makes this project unique is the award-winning scaffoldin...


Architects Develop Flood Protection Barrier

Work was recently completed on Zaha Hadid Architects’ Niederhafen River Promenade, in Hamburg, Germany, which required an upgrade to its flood prevention system in light of storm surges that...


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it has settled with five Southern California-based construction firms for violations of the Renovation, Repair and Painting...


Axalta Promotes New Refinish VP

Axalta Coating Systems recently announced that Troy Weaver has been promoted to Vice President, Global Refinish.


NJ Bridge Rehabilitation Work Awarded

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $2,971,705.67 contract to perform deck replacement on Bridge CR 607 over Route 295 in Gloucester County, New Jersey, to South State,...


Researchers Develop Press Brake-Formed Bridge

For the first time in West Virginia, development of a press-brake-formed steel tub girder bridge proved to be successful.


OSHA Requests Feedback On Silica Standard

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently seeking industry feedback on its respirable crystalline silica standard as it applies to construction. The comment period ...


Solar Used in Part of England Rail Project

Solar is further being adapted for use in the powering of railway lines: Roughly 100 solar panels have been installed near a train station in Aldershot, in southeast England, a venture that ...


NE Court Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

In a move that clears another hurdle for the Keystone XL pipeline, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled its approval of an alternate route for the pipeline that was proposed by TC Energy, once k...


Nouryon Invests in Metal Alkyls Plant

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced a series of investments for the capacity increase and efficiency improvements at its metal alkyls plant located in Rotterdam, the Nethe...


CA to Build World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has recently entered its final design stage for an $8.7 million animal overpass, slated to cross the Los Angeles 101 Freeway.


Structural Steel Work to Start at $10B WI Project

Walls are going up at Foxconn’s $10 billion campus project in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, according to local reports.


Agency Announces $244M in Funding for Rail

Earlier this month, the Federal Railroad Administration announced the availability of $244 million in funding for railroad infrastructure projects.


PPG Invests $1.5M in Community Programs

Global coatings company PPG recently announced that its PPG Foundation has invested more than $1.5 million in 48 organizations that support educational and community sustainability programs ...


Another $305M in Border Wall Contracts Awarded

Work on sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall continues to progress with the recent award of $305 million in contracts. The work is to take place along the border in Texas.


SSPC Announces Steel City Chapter

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced via an emailed press release the re-establishment of its Pittsburgh chapter, to be known as The SSPC Steel City Chapter. The first meeting...


UCLA Team Given $1.5M for Cement Research

A team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, Samueli School of Engineering announced that it has just received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundat...


Repairs on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Complete

Recently announced by the California Department of Transportation, all joint replacement work on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge has been completed.


VA Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Western Virginia Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to coat the Goat Rock Water Tank in Roanoke, Virginia.


ACI Releases New Building Code Requirements

The American Concrete Institute announced earlier this month that the ACI 318-19 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete is now available.


Tesla Begins to Rent Out Solar Panels

To breathe some new life into its solar business, Tesla recently kicked off renting out solar panel rooftop systems, rather than buying them. CEO Elon Musk made the announcement over Twitter...


Owner of Brentwood Dam Sued to Make Repairs

The Attorney General’s office has recently requested that a Rockingham County Superior Court judge find that dam-owner Brentwood Dam Ventures LLC is in violation of various state laws in rel...


DOL Recovers $6M in Unpaid Construction Wages

In a press release issued by the office of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a joint investigation between the New York State Department of Labor and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Construct...


PPG Finishes Acquisition of Specialty Materials Firm

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced late last week that it had completed the acquisition of specialty chemicals firm Dexmet (Wallingford, Connecticut), which focuses on products...


Rolling Bridge Opens Canal to Water Traffic

Striving to provide a new connection for a redeveloping industrial sector of London, as well as re-opening a canal to boat traffic, architect Thomas Randall-Page recently kicked off a crowdf...


Study: Poor Sleep Links to Construction Injuries

In a recent study completed by researchers at Colorado State University, employers could improve workplace safety by ensuring their employees get a good night’s sleep.


Mountain Valley Ceases Pipeline Work

Late last week, Mountain Valley Pipeline developers voluntarily suspended construction on stretches of the pipeline in light of a recent lawsuit that sought to address concerns about the pro...


Floating Nuclear Plant Draws Concern

Set to begin its 4,000-mile ocean trek to the Russian town of Pevek, floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov was recently placed under further scrutiny in light of the country's safe...


More Debate Surrounds London Holocaust Memorial

Officials on all sides are speaking out again—both for and against—London’s proposed National Holocaust Memorial.


Removal Timeline for Klamath River Dams Updated

According to a new filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corp. has updated the cost and timeline for the removal of four hydroelectric dams lo...


Researchers Get Grant for 3D-Printing, Concrete Work

A team of researchers at Penn State’s departments of Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Profess...


Report: Solar Road Test Performs Poorly

A stretch of solar road, originally launched in Normandy, France, in 2016 with promises of being able to power several thousand homes, has failed to live up to expectations, according to rep...


Obama Announced as Keynote Greenbuild Speaker

The U.S. Green Building Council and Informa Connect announced earlier this week that former President Barack Obama will speak at the Wednesday keynote of the 2019 Greenbuild International Co...


Firm Refusing to Settle in FIU Case

Companies being sued in light of the bridge collapse at Florida International University, which occurred roughly a year and a half ago, have decided to settle, though one last holdout may de...


Report: MA Offshore Wind Project Delayed

With work on one of the United States’ first significant offshore wind farms set to commence, the Department of the Interior has extended the environmental study of the project, casting the ...


USGBC Releases LEED Residential Report

The United States Green Building Council recently released a new report studying growing green trends in the homes market entitled, “LEED in Motion: Residential.”


Professional Licensing Alliance Takes Shape

The American Society of Civil Engineers recently announced that it is on the forefront of a new alliance of national associations representing technical professions and their licensing board...


Salt-Powered Battery to Energize Wastewater Plants

Private research institution Stanford University recently announced the development of a new technology, intended to make coastal wastewater treatment plants both energy-independent and carb...


Jotun Signs 42-Vessel Agreement with Company

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord, Norway) announced earlier this month the signing of a 42-vessel contract with shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen. The coating...


ADOT Implements Composite in Bridge Project

In order to replace the Interstate 40 bridge, located near the city of Winslow, Arizona, the state department of transportation used a method that alternates layers of granular fill bolstere...


EPA Proposes Revisions to NSR, CWA

Last week, a few proposals emerged out of the Environmental Protection Agency—including revisions to New Source Review regulations and changes to certifications under the Clean Water Act—tha...


DOL Releases Reminder for Injury Reporting

The United States Department of Labor is reminding employers to submit injury and illness data from 2018 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


PPG to Invest $15M in Singapore Aerospace Center

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced late last week that the company would be investing $15 million in its application support center in Seletar Aerospace Park, located near the ...


FAA Waiver Allows Drones Over Construction Sites

The Federal Aviation Administration has recently issued a Certificate of Waiver to Greenly, Colorado-based general contracting company Hensel Phelps for the certified-use of parachute-equipp...


Contractor Uses Cast-in-Place System for Border Wall

In order to expedite border wall construction, Fisher Sand & Gravel, a contractor that previously built a section of the wall in New Mexico, holds a patent for what is known as a “concrete f...


Study: Injuries Cause Rise in Overdoses, Suicides

In a study co-authored by researchers from Boston University’s School of Public Health, suicides and opioid overdoses are showing an increase in relation to workplace injuries.


WV Pipeline Coating Reported Safe After Concerns

Addressing concerns raised over the coating used on a stretch of the Mountain Valley pipeline running through Virginia and West Virginia, project developers told federal regulators that the ...


'72-Hour Bridge' to Debut Next Year

Brewer, Maine-based engineering firm Advanced Infrastructure Technologies recently announced the growing development of a fiber-based composite bridge support.


Construction App Developed to ‘Save Lives’

A multimedia application has been developed by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, Scotland) that will reportedly be able to save lives and reduce the number of injuries o...


Free Webinar: Surface Profiles

An upcoming webinar, to be broadcast on PaintSquare next Monday (Aug. 19) at 11 a.m. EST, will address surface profiles and how they can be changed by additional blast cleaning. Oftentimes, ...


Songbird Delays TX Pipeline Construction

The presence of an endangered songbird is blocking another infrastructure project in Texas, according to reports: The golden-cheeked warbler is one of a number of other endangered species li...


UCLA Team Competes with Concrete Research

A team from the University of California, Los Angeles, is in the finals for a multi-million dollar prize for turning carbon emissions from a coal-burning power plant into concrete-based buil...


SSPC, NACE Name Talks Facilitator

On Tuesday (Aug. 6), NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the mutual decision to bring McKinley Advisors on board as a guiding entity for the two organi...


Nouryon Acquires Major TEAL Producer

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Zhejiang Friend Chemical Co.—reportedly the largest Chinese producer of triethyl aluminum (TEA...


Chernobyl Safe Confinement Completed

In a ceremony held on July 10, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bouygues Travaux Publics, partners in the NOVARKA consortium, announced the completion of the Chernobyl New Safe Confinem...


India Government Approves Hyperloop Project

The government of Maharashtra, located in India, recently announced that the development of a hyperloop is as a public infrastructure project, and has named Virgin Hyperloop One as one of th...


WA 2-Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The City of Walla Walla is currently seeking contractors to improve the Mill Creek Water Tanks in Walla Walla, Washington.


IPPIC Changes Name to World Coatings Council

Late last week, the International Paint and Printing Ink Council announced that it has changed its name to the World Coatings Council.


Third Bridge Spans Panama Canal

On Friday (Aug. 2), Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo, and Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano revealed the third bridge to cross the Panama Canal, which forges a new link between...


Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in KY

Last Thursday, Line 15 of the Texas Eastern pipeline—owned by Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge—exploded around 1:20 a.m. in Lincoln County, Kentucky, killing one...


Sale Closes for Evonik Methacrylates Business

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently closed the sale of its Methacrylates business to Boston-based private equity firm Advent International.


PPG Supplies Coatings for Pittsburgh Roller Coaster

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) recently provided coatings for the Steel Curtain roller coaster, a fixture at Kennywood Park, an amusement park in the area. One of the colors chosen w...


Deadline for Elevation Awards Extended

Technology Publishing Co. is excited to announce that the deadline has been extended for the third annual Elevation Awards. Nominations will now be accepted through Oct. 18.


UT Tank to Retain Controversial Art

The aesthetic future of a water tank in Cedar City, Utah, was recently up for debate when the area council considered doing away with what has been known as a controversial mascot formerly u...


Robots to Help Improve Bridge Inspections

Researchers from the University of Waterloo are working on developing a more reliable robotic technology that can reduce the cost of bridge inspections.


Sherwin-Williams' Coatings Protect Royal Navy Warships

Global protective coatings company Sherwin-Williams has announced the delivery of over a million square meters worth of protective coatings to two Royal Navy warships through an emailed pres...


AAMA, IGMA to Form Single Organization

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance announced late last week that they are combining into one organization with a new name: t...


EPA Announces Updates to Chemical Tracker Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a release last week that it is continuing “its commitment to transparency” by making additional information about chemicals notices available...


Deadline Nears for Structure Award Nominations

The nomination deadline is nearing for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2020 Structure Awards. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon of the SSPC Coatings+ 2020 Conference...


PA Bridge Replacement Project Nears Completion

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is nearing completion of its Rapid Bridge Replacement project with commencing work on the last bridge in the program. The state department is wo...


MI Nuclear Plant to Be Inspected

An area of degraded paint was recently found in a power plant in southeastern Michigan, prompting an investigation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant is reportedly operatin...


Research: Mango Leaf Extract Prevents Ship Corrosion

Indian researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, have developed a way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound...


Report: 10 States See 60% of US Construction

A new report from GlobalData—a research firm that breaks down construction projects in the United States—has found that nearly 60% of the construction market is occupied by just 10 states.


Los Angeles Transit Plans Updated, Refined

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project is exploring options for four potential routes, in addition to a new pr...


NY County Seeks Contractors for Bridge Painting

Cattaraugus County is seeking contractors to bid on their 2019 bridge painting program, which includes coating four existing bridge structures throughout Cattaraugus County, New York.


Scotland's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, located around 13 kilometers (roughly 8 miles) off the coast of Wick and able to power 450,000 homes, was officially opened earlier this week.


USGBC, NBI Sign New Agreement

The United States Green Building Council and the New Buildings Institute recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, formalizing the organizations’ relationship, defining parameters o...


Report: Improper Coating Likely Used on Pipeline

Improper coatings were likely used on the Keystone Pipeline, according to a recent federal inspection. This includes failure to provide suitable coatings at a number of places along the leng...


PPG to Acquire Specialty Materials Firm

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced early last week that it would be acquiring specialty materials firm Dexmet Corporation (Wallingford, Connecticut), which focuses on product f...


National Parks Face $12B Infrastructure Backlog

The National Park Service recently released a fiscal 2018 report that indicates around $12 billion in infrastructure work is currently under deferred maintenance, meaning potential safety th...


Companies Settle in 19-Year-Long CA Lead Case

A nearly 20-year-old court battle ended earlier this month when three manufacturers agreed to a $305 million settlement in a lead paint case out of California.


Nomination Deadline Nears for Prestige Awards

The deadline is nearing for Technology Publishing Co.'s second annual Prestige awards, which honors innovative people and products in the protective and marine coatings industry. Those inter...


Corrosion Detection Used on PA Bridge

Announced last week, an historic Pennsylvania bridge will be the first in the United States to use an electrically isolated tendon system, which helps to detect corrosion on post-tension ten...


Pipeline Academy to Kick Off in LA

The SOWELA Technical Community College has recently received a $1 million donation from TC Energy for the development of a pipeline academy.


Axalta Opens Refinish Center in South Africa

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently announced the opening of a new refinish training center in Johannesburg, South Africa.


DOB Releases Map for NYC Safety Trainees

New York’s Department of Buildings released an interactive map last week showing the location of all the construction sites in New York City where workers and supervisors must have site safe...


Hamburger Water Tower Project Progresses

The Hamburg, New York, water tower repainting project is on a roll: The Hamburger Water Tower Committee was recently granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. According to a local news station, ...


Vegas Stadium Budget Bumps to $1.9B

The budget for the new Las Vegas stadium—future home of the National Football League’s Raiders—has just gone up by about $40 million, bringing the price tag to $1.9 billion.


Atlas Roofing Announces Leadership Changes

Atlas Roofing Corporation (Atlanta) recently announced the expansion of its leadership team with a new director of marketing and other senior promotions.


AkzoNobel Q2 Financials Indicate Flat Revenue

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its second-quarter financial report Wednesday (July 24), with revenue coming in flat, though there was an increase in return on sa...


Research: Nanoscale Corrosion Shortens Pipe Life

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories and Aramco Research Center recently discovered that a form of nanoscale corro...


CA Lawmaker Introduces Heat Regulation Bill

About a week before the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a reminder for employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in h...


Free Webinar: Future of Metal Cladding

PaintSquare will host a free webinar on Wednesday, July 31, entitled: “Contextual Coatings: The Future of Metal Cladding.”


CA Reservoir Rehabilitation Out for Bid

The City of San Luis Obispo is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate Wash Water Supply Tank No. 2 in San Luis Obispo, California.


Historic ND Bridge Collapses; No Injuries

A historic bridge near Northwood, North Dakota, collapsed Monday (July 22) under the weight of a tractor-trailer that exceeded the weight limit. No injuries were reported, but it will cost b...


Sherwin Reports Sales Increases for Q2, Midyear

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its second-quarter financial report for 2019 on Tuesday (July 23), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, di...


Graphene to Protect Chinese Military Infrastructure

Researchers in China are working on the development of a new protective coating intended for military weapons and infrastructure that’s been installed on artificial islands in the South Chin...


PaintCare Announces Competition Winners

Earlier this month, PaintCare—a nonprofit organization and program of the American Coatings Association that represents paint manufacturers and stewardship programs in the U.S.—announced the...


Italy's Morandi Bridge Towers Demolished

Late last month, the towers of Genoa, Italy’s Morandi Bridge were demolished, marking nearly a year since the bridge collapse occurred. Thousands were evacuated prior to demolition.


RPM Reports Record Sales for Q4, Year-End

Parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, RPM International Inc. reported a 2.8% increase in its fourth-quarter net sales, which ended May 31.


Trump Expands American Steel Requirement

Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump signed an order that would see the expansion of the use of American-made iron and steel in federal projects. The “Buy American” platform will pu...


AkzoNobel Looks to Acquire Aerospace Coatings Co.

Global coatings company AkzoNobel announced last Thursday in a media press release that it intends on acquiring French aerospace coatings manufacturer Mapaero.


New Designs Revealed for OH Soccer Stadium

Officials recently revealed new renderings of FC Cincinnati’s future home—West End Stadium. The new look shows an update to the $250 million project’s exterior and roof.


Waterborne Symposium Calls for Papers

The call for abstract submissions is now open for the 47th Annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium, which is slated to be held Feb. 16-21, 2020, in New Orl...


Russian Floating Nuclear Plant Begins Operation

Floating nuclear power plant, Akademik Lomonosov, has recently been issued a 10-year operating license for its two onboard reactors from Rostechnadzor, Russia’s Federal Environmental, Indust...


PPG Reports Decrease in Q2 Net Sales

In its latest earnings report, global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported a 3% decrease in net sales over this time last year, totaling $4 billion. The company reportedly ...


OSHA Issues Heat Reminder to Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a reminder for employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in hot weather.


SSPC Announces 2019 Board Election Results

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2019 Board of Governors election.


Researchers Create Drywall Bricks for Housing

A team from Washington State University recently announced that it has developed a building system made from “low-value construction waste.”


ABAA Issues Call for Abstracts for 2020 Conference

The Air Barrier Association of America has opened its call for abstracts for its 9th Annual Conference and Trade Show, slated for April 7-8 in Reston, Virginia.


Judge Approves $1.1B CT Rail Bridge

A federal judge recently ruled that plans for a $1.1 billion rail bridge, located in Norwalk, Connecticut, will be able to move forward. The structure to be replaced is currently 122 years o...


Reinforced Concrete Addresses Corrosion Issues

Researchers based out of Deakin University (Geelong, Australia) recently designed and developed a pedestrian bridge that reportedly uses a type of reinforced concrete that does not require m...


$238.30M Brooklyn Bridge Contract Awarded

The City of New York recently awarded a contract in the amount of $238.3M to Navillus/MLJ, a joint venture, for the rehabilitation of approach arches and towers on the Brooklyn Bridge in New...


Abu Dhabi Launches Single-Site Solar Project

Abu Dhabi recently announced that it had opened what is reportedly the world’s largest single-site solar project. Previously, a similar claim went to the $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al...


Historic San Francisco Mural to be Overcoated

In a unanimous vote, the San Francisco School Board has decided to remove the “Life of Washington” mural depicted at George Washington High School.


US Coatings Company Names Russia Represenative

Protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) recently announced in an emailed press release that BM Technologies LLC (St. Petersburg, Russia) would be its rep...


Mountain Valley Pipeline Coating Questioned

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently issued a request for “toxicological, environmental and health information” from the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s corporate attorney regard...


Benjamin Moore, Ace Talk Expanded Partnership

Ace Hardware Corporation and Benjamin Moore recently announced an expanded relationship that makes Benjamin Moore the preferred paint supplier by Spring 2020.


Hybrid Material Strengthens Floating Wind Farms

In a bid to better the technology that enables offshore wind farms, the FLOTANT project is delving into a plastic-concrete hybrid system that can help improve offshore wind turbine buoyancy.


NY Assembly Approves PaintCare Bill

The New York State Assembly recently approved legislation establishing a PaintCare program—a paint stewardship program involving paint manufacturers and producers in conjunction with the Ame...


Work On Gordie Howe Bridge Progresses

In preparation for construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, demolition and site-clearing work have commenced in a stretch of Detroit, according to reports. Other work on the Mic...


Evonik Expands Fumed Silica Capacity

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently announced that it has expanded its fumed silica capacity at its Antwerp, Germany, site.


U.S. DOT Announces $477M in Grants to Airports

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced last week that the Department of Transportation will award $477 million in airport infrastructure grants.


Corrosion Protection Selected for Saudi Arabia Refinery

Global coatings company Sherwin-Williams was recently selected to protect oil and gas bulk valves at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tantura refinery.


Hawaii DOT To Use Sustainable Concrete

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has announced the state’s approval for the use of carbon-injected concrete in all its flat work-based construction projects, such as roads and sidewal...


USGBC Launches LEED Call for Proposals

The U.S. Green Building Council announced earlier this week a call for proposals to solicit ideas for the next version of LEED.


Materials Company Acquires Performance Chemicals Firm

Materials science company Gelest Inc. (Morrisville, Pennsylvania) announced earlier this month the acquisition of Bimax (Glen Rock, Pennsylvania), a company that specializes in the productio...


Aluminum Corrosion, Corrosion Prevention in Seacoast Atmospheric Environments

Aluminum, after iron, is the second-most widespread metal used on earth. Unpainted aluminum forms a protective aluminum oxide layer over the pure aluminum metal alloy and, in most atmospheri...


Company Turns Wastewater Into Beer

Waste not, want not: In a bid to further discussions about the potential of reusing wastewater to address water shortages across the globe, global water technology company Xylem (Rye Brook, ...


1,500-Mile Railroad to Connect Alaska, Canada

Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) and the Alaska to Alberta Railway Development Corp., also known as A2A Rail, announced late last month that both companies had signed an agreement for the develo...


World's Tallest Modular Buildings Completed

Last week, Singapore celebrated the completion of a pair of 140-meter-high concrete module towers. According to Bouygues Batiment International—the construction company who built the develop...


SSPC, NACE Continue Merger Talks

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International leaders are reportedly making headway on combining the organizations into one venture. Both NACE International President Terr...


AkzoNobel Announces Production Boost in China

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently announced plans to add three new production lines to its powder coatings plant in Changzhou, China, which is the company’s largest faci...


PA Contractor Faces Fines for Bridge Collapse

After being cited in January 2016 for serious violations which resulted in the partial collapse of the Pennsy Bridge in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, contractor Francis J. Palo Inc. is now facing $...


WI Water Tower Painting Contract Awarded

Waukesha Water Utility has awarded a project for recoating the Hunter Water Tower to George Kountoupes Painting Co., of Lincoln Park, Michigan.


MIT Sustainability Hub Models Structures

A researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub is examining how to predict building damage by modeling structures into groups of atoms.


Wright Buildings Added to World Heritage List

Earlier this week, several works from famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright were recognized and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.


RPM Appoints Restructuring Officer

RPM International Inc. recently announced a personnel change to oversee the company’s 2020 MAP Growth operating improvement initiative.


Australia Aircraft Corrosion Prompts Investigation

Corrosion on the prop shaft of an aircraft belonging to Australia-based Regional Express (REX) has raised concerns, but the company maintains that the brown detritus is “muck” that could be ...


Protective Seawalls Could Cost Coasts $416B

In a recent report by the Center for Climate Integrity—a project of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development—in partnership with engineering firm Resilient Analytics, various...


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Marco Group Acquires Equipment Manufacturer

Late last month, surface preparation equipment manufacturer Marco Group International (Deer Park, Texas) announced the acquisition of Manus Abrasive Systems Inc. (Edmonton, Alberta), which s...


IN Bridge Work Completed $900k Under Budget

Work on a bridge project in Elkhart Township, Indiana, totaled over $900,000 under budget, according to reports. The financial success was largely attributed to careful construction inspecti...


Regulations Waived for Border Wall Work

Over a week after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Army Corps o...


$292.7M in Funding Announced for Ports

Just last month, the United States Department of Transportation announced a new Port Infrastructure Development Program.


Oysters Used in SC River Dredging

Oysters are being used to mitigate the impact of dredging activities in a South Carolina river, according to reports. The implementation of the reef system also helped local authorities obta...


Pool of Contractors Selected for $2B in NIH Work

The Department of Health and Human Services has selected 16 contractors to participate in an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract.


George Washington Bridge Repainting Out for Bid

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking contractors to performing rehabilitation and recoating of the underside and lower level of the George Washington Bridge located in Ne...


Hudson Yards Developer Plans Canada Project

Planned for downtown Toronto, Oxford Properties Group—the developer behind New York City’s Hudson Yards—is working on a C$3.5 billion ($2.7 billion) mixed-use complex.


TX Judge Lifts Permian Pipeline Block

Construction on the $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline will be allowed to proceed, according to a recent ruling by a Texas judge late last month. This means that plans can move forward with...


Foxconn Starts Foundation on $10B WI Facility

Crews have started pouring concrete for the 988,999-square-foot Foxconn facility slated for Racine County, Wisconsin, and officials say the $10 billion facility is still estimated to have a ...


ACI Foundation Opens Scholarship Submissions

The American Concrete Institute’s Foundation recently announced that applications are now being accepted from graduate and undergraduate students for its 2020-21 fellowships and scholarships...


Coatings Company Wins 5-Year Military Contract

Late last month, coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had recently won a five-year, $78 million contract with the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC), a deal that in...


AIHA Notes Four Construction Health Hazards

Just last month the American Industrial Hygiene Association released a guidance booklet, “Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards,” in order to...


$100M Rehab of Peace Bridge Complete

The $100 million, multi-year rehabilitation of the Peace Bridge, which connects the U.S. and Canada in Western New York, reached completion toward the end of last month.


DOL Talks Construction Safety Meetings, Appointments

In addition to announcing the Secretary of Labor’s appointment of 15 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, the U.S. Department of Labor has also annou...


Funding for Border Wall Blocked

On Friday (June 28), a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in funding—money that was intended for military use—for building the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Th...


DC Silver Line Project Facing Another Delay

In the latest development in Washington, D.C.’s $6 billion Silver Line project, officials have reported that the entire rail line is more than $260 million over budget and all three phases a...


Greenkote Licenses to Italy Anti-Corrosion Facility

Anti-corrosion metal coatings provider Greenkote (Brook Park, Ohio) recently announced that Elettroplast S.r.l., a new licensee located in Brescia, Italy, will be offering the parent company...


NCDOT Proposes Protecting Island with Steel Wall

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division is looking to build a 1,000-foot-long sheet pile wall along the north tip of Ocracoke Island in order to protect the site, an a...


NC Bridge Wins Innovative Award

Deep Foundations Institute (Hawthorne, New Jersey) recently announced the winner of its 2019 DFI Outstanding Project Award (OPA): the Marc Basnight Bridge, in North Carolina, which replaces ...


Canada’s OIT Ban Goes into Effect

First announced two years ago, Canada’s ban on octhilinone (OIT) as a material preservative paint officially went into effect on May 31.


Ground Broken on South FL Rail Project

Earlier this week, Central Florida leaders and representatives from Virgin Trains USA attended the groundbreaking of a $2 billion, 170-mile passenger rail project that will connect Orlando a...


KTA to Hold Groundbreaking for New Facility

Coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) is hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new headquarters in celebration of its 70th anniversary.


BREEAM Standards Updated for US Projects

United Kingdom-based Building Research Establishment recently announced that it has updated its Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology International New Constru...


Cranes to Increase Concrete Capacity at TN Dam

This summer AECOM Construction Services will be installing three tower cranes for the Chickamauga Navigation Lock project taking place at the Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


WI Water Tower Painting Contract Awarded

The City of Brookfield, Wisconsin, has awarded a project for coating the Sunnyslope Water Tower to V&T Painting, LLC, of Farmington Hills, Michigan.


Germany-Norway 'Green Cable' Hits Milestone

Last week, the NordLink project, a 623-kilometer (roughly 387-mile) transmission system that will serve as a connector for German wind and solar, along with Norwegian hydropower, hit a new m...


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.


Researchers Track Graphene Admixtures’ Emergence

In a new article by IDTechEX Research Director Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, “Graphene: The evolving application landscape,” projections of both early and semi-commercial prototype phases are exp...


PPG Hires New Procurement VP

Coatings firm PPG recently announced that it has appointed James T. Jones as vice president, procurement. The move takes effect July 1.


PPG Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of Mexico Plant

Late last week, coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its San Juan del Río facility, in Mexico, which produces coatings for industrial, automotive, aerosp...


Research: Camera Yields Faster Bridge Deck Inspections

The Michigan Department of Transportation, working in collaboration with the Michigan Tech Research Institute, is developing a new way to inspect bridge decks: a high-quality camera that is ...


EPA Sets New Lead Standard

Last Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced new standards for lead, spec...


FIU Bridge Designer Testifies

Over a year after the bridge collapse at Florida International University, and a day after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released an investigative report that laid blame ...


New York Approves Climate Leadership Bill

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement to pass Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050.


Green Building Council Announces LEED Homes Awards

Late last week, the U.S. Green Building Council announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes residential projects, developers and builders that use LEED to impr...


ACA Announces 2020 Call for Papers

Acting in partnership with Vincentz Network, the American Coatings Association is looking for paper submissions to be presented at the American Coatings Conference 2020, which will run March...


MARAD Announces Small Shipyard Grants

Early last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that $19.6 million in funding would go toward capital improvements at 28 small shipyards, a...


$1.1B TX Ballpark Two-Thirds Complete

The new home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers is reportedly two-thirds complete, according to officials, with the first section of the retractable roof expected to be lifted into pla...


Chicago's Ledge Reopens After Cracked Coating

Last Monday, The Ledge’s—a popular tourist attraction at the Willis Tower in Chicago—protective coating cracked, resulting in an immediate shut down.


Trudeau Approves Trans Mountain Pipeline

On Tuesday (June 18), Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline, a pipeline expansion that has drawn opposition from concerned parties. Trudeau’s g...


Sherwin-Williams Opens Submissions for Impact Award

Earlier this week, coatings supplier Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings announced that submissions are now open for the annual Sherwin-Williams Impact Award, an honor that marks...


Thieves Steal Rail Bridge, Investigation Launched

Mind the gap: A decommissioned rail bridge, located in the Arctic region of Murmansk, in Russia, was stolen, according to reports. A criminal investigation has since been launched.


Bridge Rededication Marks Project Completion

Last Friday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey held a rededication ceremony for the Bayonne Bridge, marking the completion of the $1.7 billion “Raise the Roadway” project.


AAMA Updates Liquid-Applied Flashing Guideline

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has recently updated specifications establishing minimum performance requirements for liquid-applied flashing.


WV Tunnel Structural Renovation Work Awarded

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded a bid in the amount of $4,881,920.14 to Orders Construction Company Inc. of St. Alban, West Virginia.


Sunshine Bridge Struck by Vessel, Again

Late last week, yet another vessel struck St. James Parish, Louisiana’s Sunshine Bridge, which prompted a closure to evaluate the integrity of the structure. An investigation into the incide...


Work on Gordie Howe Bridge Blocked

Last week, Michigan House Republicans announced a budget plan that prohibits the Michigan Department of Transportation from using taxpayer money for the construction of the Gordie Howe Inter...


Tremco Acquires Joint Sealant Company

Coatings and building materials company RPM International Inc. recently announced that its Tremco business has acquired Schul International Co., LLC, a manufacturer of joint sealants, and Wi...


Jotun Announces Agreement with Shipbuilder

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord, Norway) announced earlier this month signing an agreement with Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbu...


Dow, USGBC Launch Carbon Challenge

The Dow Chemical Company and the United States Green Building Council recently announced via press release that the companies would be co-initiating an inaugural Carbon Challenge Award.


ABC Construction Replaces CT Bridge in 2 Weekends

Bridge replacement work in Stamford, Connecticut, which addressed issues with a structure that was at the end of its functional lifespan, was cut down to two weekends thanks to the use of Ac...


China Rolls Out New Train Prototype

Magnetic levitation technology—also known as maglev—is the spine of new high-speed rail research in China, according to reports. The train prototype was released off the assembly line earlie...


BASF Expands Adhesive Production Facility

Chemical company BASF recently announced that it has doubled its manufacturing capacity for UV acrylic hotmelts (sold under the name acResin) by building a second production facility in Ludw...


Trump Considers Sanctions for European Pipeline

On Wednesday (June 12), President Donald J. Trump announced that using sanctions to block controversial pipeline Nord Stream 2, were still being considered as a form of action against the Ru...


Henkel Opens New Europe Aerospace Hub

Chemical company Henkel announced earlier this month the opening of a new production facility, located in Montornès del Vallès (Montornès), Spain, for its aerospace applications.


NH Bridge Research Implements Sensors

Using sensors on bridges as a way to monitor and record data connected to infrastructure, such as structural performance, continues to be implemented: this time, on the Memorial Bridge in Ne...


2019 eVolo Skyscraper Winners Announced

The winners of eVolo Magazine’s 2019 Skyscraper Competition have been announced. The jury—formed by Melike Altinisik, founder and design principal of Melike Altinisik Archtects; Vincent Call...


Mortenson Announces Automated Equipment Deal

In response to construction labor shortages, Mortenson (Golden Valley, Minnesota) recently announced a partnership with tech startup Built Robotics (San Francisco) to automate some of the co...


$802M FL Infrastructure Project Underway

The Florida Department of Transportation has released new information on a $802 million infrastructure plan, “Connecting Miami,” which includes a new six-arch bridge and rehabilitation to th...


Axalta to Build Netherlands Refinish Facility

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta recently announced that it has signed an agreement to develop a new facility in Thiel, the Netherlands, for its refinish business.


Sham Construction Firms Defraud Feds $346M

Recently, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri announced the guilty plea of an Olathe, Kansas-based contractor for defrauding the federal government with respect t...


Covestro Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer

Coatings and adhesives company Covestro (Pittsburgh) recently announced that it has appointed Sucheta Govil as Chief Commercial Officer.


3-Tank CA Coating Project Out for Bid

The City of Pleasanton is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the Upper Ruby Hill, Moller Ranch and Laurel Creek water tanks in Pleasanton, California.


Seattle Releases Magnolia Bridge Study

The Seattle Department of Transportation has released its Magnolia Bridge Planning Study regarding possible options to address the bridge’s aging qualities.


Block on Keystone XL Construction Lifted

Late last week, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rolled back a previous injunction that halted construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Report: UK's Hackitt Responds on Fire Safety

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a fourth consultation on improving fire and structural safety of high-rise housing since engineer Dame...


Covestro Delivers Resin for China Turbine Blades

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro recently announced the delivery of its first commercial order of polyurethane raw materials designed for wind blades to China, one of the le...


WSU Recieves $7.5M Grant to Study Infrastructure

Washington State University was recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive a $7.5 million grant for researching ways to repair national infrastructure. The grant was...


MI Officials Consider Selling Bridge

In an attempt to avoid a 45-cent-per-gallon increase in Michigan’s fuel tax on gasoline—a plan proposed to accumulate money to fix the state’s roads—House Republicans are now considering a p...


Drones to Help with Infrastructure Inspection

Hokkaido, Japan-based ready-mix and precast producer Aizawa Concrete Corporation has recently announced a partnership with aerospace company Top Flight Technologies, Inc. in an effort to uti...


AIA Elects New Leadership, Celebrates at Conference

The American Institute of Architects announced new leadership last week at its annual conference, which was held June 6-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The organization al...


Thornton Tomasetti Invests in 3D Printing Firm

TTWiiN Investment Partners, the innovation investment arm of global design firm Thornton Tomasetti, recently announced its investment in XtreeE, a Paris-based technology company focused on 3...


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Coatings Company Donates Coatings for UFO

Coatings company PPG recently donated coatings for the refurbishing of Mars, Pennsylvania’s iconic flying saucer, which serves as a roadside attraction.


House Committee Approves Transportation Bill

Earlier this month, the United States House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would provide funding for transportation projects and bettering national resilience, as well as addr...


Las Vegas-SoCal Rail Project Delayed

Plans for a $4 billion high-speed rail project connecting Southern California and Las Vegas have been delayed by up to two years due to the company responsible being unable to land tax abate...


MIT Researchers Target ASR Gels

According to the staff at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub, new research shows that alkali-silica-reaction is a substantial cause of premature con...


AGC Official Reacts to Immigration Bill

Amidst proposed new tariffs for Mexican imports, a new immigration plan layout from President Donald J. Trump and a new bill passed by the House that protects many undocumented workers, one ...


Chemours Announces COO, CFO Promotions

Chemical solutions company Chemours recently announced the promotion of chief financial officer Mark Newman to the newly created role of chief operation officer.


NJ Bridge Deck Replacement Out for Bid

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform deck replacement on bridge CR 607 over Route 295 in Gloucester County, New Jersey.


Research: Membrane Removes Pharmaceuticals from Water

To remedy wastewater treatment plants’ inability to completely remove pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) from the water supply, researchers based out of Northeast Normal Univ...


Mexico Announces Oil Refinery Project

To make Mexico more self-sufficient in terms of energy production, President Andres Manuel Lopez—known as AMLO—has announced the kickoff of a 150 billion-peso oil refinery.


Underground Tank Plans for Skate Park Top

On Monday, Virginia Beach, Virginia-based Woodstock Park closed its doors to visitors for the installation of a 5.2-million-gallon underground wastewater storage tank, slated to be topped wi...


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...


Water Project Lead Service Kicks Off

Technology Publishing Co., the company behind industry publications Paint BidTracker, PaintSquare Press and PaintSquare Daily News, will be promoting its new project lead servi...


Covestro, Evonik Partner for Carbon Challenge

The portal is now open to share ideas in the Carbon Footprint Challenge, a global initiative by the UNITECH International Society, an endeavor to bridge the gap between the corporate and the...


Multiple Contracts Awarded for O'Hare Project

The city of Chicago signed contracts last week for the $8.5 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport inking the design team and three construction manager-at-risk.


Chinese Art Museum Also Serves as Bridge

An art gallery running over the Wanrong river, located in Jishou, China, is a new space that provides both an opportunity to enjoy art on a common daily route, while also serving as a pedest...


$380M Ship Channel Project Begins in TX

Work has commenced on a $380 million project to widen Texas' Port of Corpus Christi’s ship channel, according to reports. The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by members of government and p...


US to Enact Tariffs on Mexico Imports

Late last week, President Donald J. Trump announced that starting June 10, a 5% tariff would be applied to all goods being imported from Mexico. These tariffs are a way of addressing the “em...


NV Governor Signs 2 Wage Bills into Law

In the latest of a slew of construction-related wage laws going into effect throughout the country, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed several new bills into law this past week—one that raises...


JPCL En Español Launches

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has recently launched a Spanish-language version of its publication, JPCL En Español.


FL Bill Aims to Deregulate Hospital Construction

A bill making its way through Florida would deregulate the construction process for new hospitals, effectively putting such projects on a fast track.


Tech Co. to Print Organic Solar Cells

A Swedish cleantech company Epishine, has recently expressed breakthroughs for the innovation of solar technology.


Canada Plans World's Tallest Hybrid Tower

Initial plans have been released for what is being dubbed the world’s tallest hybrid timber building in Vancouver, Canada.


TX Permian Highway Pipeline Trial Begins

On Tuesday (May 28), Judge Lora Livingston and the 261st State District Court in Austin began listening to arguments to decide the outcome of an anti-eminent lawsuit filed against Kinder Mor...


Work Continues on Private Border Wall Despite Order

Shortly after plans for a border wall being built on private property came to light, the mayor of Sunland Park, New Mexico, issued a cease-and-desist order to stop construction. The order wa...


Report: $1B Needed To Retrofit Seattle Buildings

According to the City of Seattle’s National Development Council, in their most recent Funding Unreinforced Masonry Retrofits report, vital earthquake safety fixes have been estimated to cost...


US Green Building Council Announces $500K in Grants

The United States Green Building Council announced last week that it has launched a new $500,000 grant from Bank of America for its Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Cities and...


SC Bridge Temporarily Closed Due to Heat

Due to record-setting heat in South Carolina over the past few days, the Ben Sawyer Bridge had to close, due to the structure becoming stuck partially open. State transportation officials di...


Nouryon Announces Imagine Chemistry Winners

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon has announced the winners of the 2019 Imagine Chemistry collaborative challenge.


AkzoNobel Announces Dry-Docking Tool

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced the launch of a new digital tool that can facilitate dry-docking efficiency for ship owners.


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...


BASF to Invest Millions in Silica Plant

Chemical company BASF recently announced that it is investing a “mid-range double-digit euro million sum” into its silica plant in Düsseldorf, Germany.


MN Three-Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Red Rock Rural Water System is currently seeking contractors to clean and coat three existing water towers in Jeffers, Minnesota.


SSPC Opens Structure Award Nominations

SSPC: The Society of Protective Coatings recently announced via an emailed press release that it will be accepting nominations for its 2019-20 Structure Awards, to be presented at the Awards...


Judge Blocks Some Border Wall Funding

United States District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. recently blocked President Donald J. Trump’s use of money originally intended for military funding, for work on the U.S.-Mexico border ...


PPG Launches Paints with Purpose Campaign

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced last week the launch of its new Paints with Purpose campaign, which aims to showcase “unexpected applications of next-generation paint and ...


Contractor Sentenced for Defrauding NYSDOT

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York recently released information on the sentencing of Nathaniel P. Lorenz, CEO of Acme Powerwashing Inc.


Covestro Launches Research Project

A new research project for waterborne raw materials is being conducted by the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences at the Technical University of Cologne in collaboration with Covestro.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 27.


New CO Law Makes Wage Theft a Felony

Last Thursday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed The Human Right to Work With Dignity Act (HB-1267) into law, which officially makes wage theft over $2,000 a felony theft.


AIA Releases Updated Interior Construction Forms

The American Institute of Architects recently announced that it has released six updated contract documents designed for interior construction projects.


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...


Corrosion Blamed for 2015 Gas Leak

A new independent report has revealed microbial corrosion as the culprit behind a natural gas leak in South California, an incident that released 109,000 metric tons of methane over a five-m...


Australia Releases Inorganic Zinc Standard

Earlier this week, global standards organization Standards Australia issued a new version of Application specifications for coating systems—Single coat inorganic (ethyl) zinc silicate – Solv...


Arkema Increases Resin Production

Global chemicals manufacturer Arkema has announced that it has launched a 30% increase in photocure resin production capacity at its Sartomer site in Canton, China.


DOE Announces $33.5M in Energy Funding

The United States Department of Energy has recently announced that through an Advanced Building Construction with Energy-Efficient Technologies and Practices Funding Opportunity, it will be ...


Grenfell Tower Inquiry Release Delayed Again

The release of the public inquiry surrounding the 2017 fatal Grenfell Tower fire in London has been delayed yet again—this time until October.


TX Pushes Pipeline Damage Bill

Pipeline protesters could face up to 10 years in prison if they damage the oil or gas infrastructure or otherwise interrupt operations, according to a bill that recently passed both chambers...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 27.


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Taking Shape

Recently, Golden Gate Bridge district officials displayed a 300-foot mock-up of what will be the bridge’s new “Suicide Barrier.” The mock-up was assembled in a Richmond, California-based con...


OSHA Releases Final Rule for Various Standards

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule, ultimately revising 14 provisions within recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standard...


Dams to be Removed in CA, OR

Late last month, Kiewit Infrastructure West won the design-build contract for the removal of four dams, located in California and Oregon, along the Klamath River. Department of the Interior ...


Phase Two of Betsy Ross Bridge Painting Awarded

The Delaware River Port Authority has awarded a contract in the amount of $22,500,218.50 to Allied Painting Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to perform coating and steel repairs of the Betsy...


Biocide-Free Antifouling Used on Cruise Ship

Nippon Paint Marine recently announced the successful application of Aquaterras, a biocide free, self-polishing antifoulant, to AIDA Cruises’ 38,531gt cruise vessel, AIDAcara. The decision t...


Covestro CEO MacCleary to Retire

Global provider of high-tech materials company Covestro LLC recently announced the retirement of chief executive officer and chairman of the board, Jerry MacCleary, effective December 31.


Hawaii DOT Testing Sustainable Concrete

In a move to facilitate the development of sustainable transportation technologies, the Hawaii Department of Transportation is testing a concrete mix injected with waste carbon dioxide.


Trump Lifts Some Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that the United States will be lifting its steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on Canada and Mexico in exchange of a new monitoring and enforcemen...


DC Bridge Almost Halfway Complete

The new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, running over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., is halfway complete, according to reports. The structure is slated to open in 2021, costing ...


Resin Company to Eliminate NMP from Portfolio

Global resins manufacturer Royal DSM announced last week that it will be phasing out all uses of 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (also known as n-methylpyrrolidone and more commonly known as NMP) fro...


Electric Road to Charge Vehicles

Near the center of Lund, Sweden, construction is about to begin on the city’s first prototype of an electric road. Elonroad, having no relation to Elon Musk, is the tech company behind the i...


Nouryon Imagine Chemistry Finalists Announced

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has announced the finalists for this year’s Imagine Chemistry collaborative challenge.


SSPC Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching

The abstract submission deadline for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2020 Coatings+ conference is quickly approaching.


Concrete Canoe Teams for National Event Announced

The Florida Institute of Technology is to host the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition early next month, and schools from across the globe are showing up...


World's Widest Suspension Bridge Opens in Egypt

Earlier this week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi opened what is being touted as one of the world’s widest suspension bridge, according to reports. The structure crosses the Nile no...


Covestro Announces Supplier Diversity Program

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro recently announced the launch of a new supplier diversity program.


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.


JV Tapped for Final Phase of $1.4B Vegas Project

A contractor has been recommended for the final phase of Las Vegas’ $1.4 billion convention center expansion and renovation project.


Contractors Shortlisted for Border Wall Work

In the latest update to the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently shortlisted 12 contractors to bid on construction work sometime during the next five years...


Contractors Needed for MA Standpipe Rehabilitation

The Town of Medfield is currently seeking contractors to improve the Mt. Nebo Standpipe Tank in Medfield, Massachusetts.


MegaRust Features Corrosion Panels, Technical Sessions

MegaRust 2019, the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Naval corrosion conference, kicked off yesterday and will continue through Thursday, May 16. The conference is taking place in ...


Offshore Platforms Corroded Prior to Oil Spill

Almost four years after a spill dumped roughly 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto Refugio State Beach, in Santa Barbara County, California, federal records indicate that offshore drilling pla...