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Buttigieg Sets Focus on Infrastructure

Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing regarding the nomination of President Joe Biden’s Transportation Secretary pick, Pete Buttigieg.


'Buy American' Rule Upped for Federal Projects

The “Buy American” policies initially set forth by former President Donald J. Trump got a boost earlier this week as President Joe Biden signed a new executive order aiming at increasing gov...


UK Unveils Regulatory Body for Construction

The United Kingdom’s Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently unveiled a new regulatory body that’s been established to oversee the safety of construction materials. The decision was influe...


Resolution Reached in Multi-Company PFAS Case

Chemical solutions company Chemours announced in a press release on Friday (Jan. 22) that it, DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (DD) and Corteva, Inc. (CTVA) had entered a binding memorandum of unders...


AkzoNobel Bids Against Tikkurila, PPG Deal

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has reportedly made a counterbid to acquire Finnish decorative coatings company Tikkurila, which has already entered into an agreement with PPG.


AIA Applauds US Climate Recommitment

Last Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a statement announcing the United States recommitment to the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015.


JPCL January Issue is Now Online

The January 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 down...


Steel Industry Organizations Plea to Keep Tariffs

Earlier this month, a group of several domestic steel industry associations penned a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to keep steel tariffs and quotas that were set in place by the ...


NRCA Announces Invite to 2021 Roofing Day

The National Roofing Contractors Association has invited all industry professionals to this year’s virtual Roofing Day in D.C. on March 23-24. The annual event serves as an opportunity for t...


Husqvarna Buys Blastrac Global

Recently, Bard Capital Holdings, the owner of Blastrac—a leading global company in surface preparation—has agreed to sell its business to Swedish public company Husqvarna Group.


Benjamin Moore Acquires UK Distributor

Coatings company Benjamin Moore announced last month the acquisition of its United Kingdom distribution partner Shaw Paints Ltd.


Biden Revokes Keystone Pipeline Permit

As promised during his election campaign, President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline upon taking office on Wednesday (Jan. 20).


PPG Releases Q4, FY 2020 Earnings Report

Global coatings company PPG released its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report for 2020 last Thursday (Jan. 21), reporting fourth-quarter net sales of $3.8 billion, about 2% higher ye...


Rome Colosseum to Get Retractable Floor

To give visitors an idea of what Rome’s Colosseum arena was once like—from the perspective of a gladiator that is—Italy’s government is seeking bids from engineers to rebuild the floor and r...


Research Looks at Chloride in Corrosion

A team of researchers from the Oregon State University’s College of Engineering have recently conducted a study using supercomputer simulations to observe how chloride causes corrosion and d...


FL Seeks Bids for Community Center Project

The City of Gainesville, Florida, is seeking bids for the construction of the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center.


AkzoNobel Acquires New Nautical Coatings

Announced in late December, global coatings company AkzoNobel is set to increase its presence in the North American yacht coatings market with its acquisition of New Nautical Coatings.


Biden Pauses Border Wall Work, Halts Funding

Shortly after being sworn into office on Wednesday, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation putting a pause to construction on the U.S.-Mexico border wall and rescinded the national emerge...


NY Announces Plans for Green Energy Program

Last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2021 State of the State address, outlining several proposals focused on creating the largest offshore wind program in the nation an...


COVID-19 Notification Law Enacted in CA

On Jan. 1, California’s AB 685 law officially went into effect, allowing state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection.


USDOT Releases Hyperloop Standards Review

On Friday (Jan. 15), the United States Department of Transportation released the “Hyperloop Standards Desk Review,” which plans to aid policymakers in better understanding standards and regu...


Coating in Development for Rope Safety

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are working on developing a coating that changes color when exposed to high temperatures through fri...


Research: Billions Spent on Flood Damages

In a new study conducted by Stanford University, researchers found that the United States has spent nearly $199 billion in flood damages over the last three decades.


Huntsman Completes Sale of Venator Shares

Huntsman Corporation announced late last month that it has completed the sale of approximately 42.4 million shares of Venator Materials PLC to funds advised by SK Capital Partners LP.


DOL Issues Independent Contractor Clarification

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


KTA-Tator Announces New Corporate Headquarters

Coating consulting, inspection, and services company KTA-Tator Inc. recently announced via email that it had officially opened its new corporate headquarters.


WA Installs Record-Breaking Girders

Slated to finish next week, the Washington Department of Transportation recently reported that they were installing record-breaking concrete girders at the new southbound Interstate 5 Puyall...


Dunn-Edwards Unveils 2021 Color Pick

Paint and coatings company Dunn-Edwards has announced its 2021 Color of the Year, a few months after releasing its 2021 Color + Design Report that included five color palettes in a set entit...


Exterior Painting Bids Wanted for FL School

The Indian River County School District in Vero Beach, Florida, is seeking bids for the exterior painting of one middle school.


Researchers to Turn Turbine Blades into Bridges

In southern Ireland, civil engineers from the Cork Institute of Technology are planning to recycle wind turbines blades for a future pedestrian bridge.


ESCA Blast Opens New Facility

Supplier and renter of various blasting and special cleaning equipment, eco-friendly media and abrasives, ESCA Blast, has recently announced in an emailed press release that it has opened a ...


ACI Announces 2021 Virtual Convention

The American Concrete Institute has announced that its ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will be held March 28 – April 1. The event was originally scheduled as an in-person conference in Balti...


MI to Charge Former Gov for Flint Crisis

While specifics have yet to be announced, it was confirmed earlier this week that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, along with his health director and other ex-officials from his administrat...


AGC Releases Numbers for December, 2021 Outlook

The Associated General Contractors of America released several sets of data last week regarding employment in the construction sector. Most recently, the group found that construction employ...


Disaster Funds Signed into Law

Marking the beginning of 2021, President Donald J. Trump signed S. 3418, the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act—also known as the STORM Act—into law.


Rare Mineral Strengthens Concrete Materials

Researchers from Nagoya University have recently discovered a rare concrete-strengthening mineral within the walls of a decommissioned power plant in Japan.


HUD Adopts Updated Safe Harbor Standards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has adopted new safe harbors for the design and construction industry regarding the Fair Housing Act. This is the first update to the saf...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not be published Monday, Jan. 18, as PaintSquare parent company Technology Publishing Co. will be observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday in the ...


Codes Lawsuits Continue After Spring Ruling

The battle for intellectual property rights in the building codes sector rages on as the International Code Council and private company UpCodes are still in a legal dispute after an initial ...


Researcher Awarded Grant for Turbine Coating

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has recently awarded a $600,000 grant to a professor at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center on Advanced Material Systems at the Universi...


Webinar Archive: 100%-Solids Linings in Water/Wastewater

Although Technology Publishing Co. has wrapped up PaintSquare Connect, its signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, an archived library of its featured ...


Polychem Releases 2021-22 Color Trends Palettes

IFS Coatings’ Polychem Coatings brand has launched its 2021-22 powder coating color trend palettes.


Biden Taps Mayor Walsh for Labor Secretary

Last week, President-Elect Joe Biden announced several key members of his forthcoming economic and jobs team, including his pick for Secretary of Labor, for which he has tapped Boston Mayor ...


Arsenal Capital, Seal For Life Announce Acquisition

Private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners has recently announced that its coatings platform, Seal For Life Industries has acquired the Canusa-CPA and Dhatec businesses from Shawcor.


EPA Gathering Comments for TSCA Fees Rule

At the end of last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released for public comment a proposed set of updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act’s Fees Rule.


$930M WA Arena Files for Carbon Certification

While work is continuing at Seattle’s $930 million Climate Pledge Arena, Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke recently confirmed that in addition to being outfitted for hockey and other live event...


BASF Announces Board Appointment, Reshuffling

Chemical company BASF announced shifts in responsibilities as well as changes to its Board of Directors at the end of last year, appointing Melanie Maas-Brunner as a member and Chief Technol...


CORROSION Announces 2021 Virtual Conference

Recently, NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority announced that its CORROSION 2021 Virtual Conference & Expo would take place on April 19-30.


NYC Stormwater Rule Introduced for Overflow

In New York City, officials recently introduced what has been titled the Unified StormWater Rule (USWR), which if approved, will apply to construction within the city’s Gowanus area as part ...


Notre Dame Officials Look to Lasers for Cleaning

Progress is continuing at the Notre Dame Cathedral, where a fire ravaged the 850-year-old structure in April 2019.


NE Commission Seeks Bids for Cabin Upgrades

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska, is seeking bids for the upgrade of its cabins.


JPCL, SSPC End 37-Year Relationship

On Dec. 22, at a virtual town hall meeting in which NACE, The Corrosion Authority, and SSPC, The Society for Protective Coatings, presented plans for their new, combined organization, leader...


AMPP Makes Industry Debut with Virtual Launch

Ringing in the new year, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority officially launched its newly combined organization.


Webinar Archive: Support for Sustainable Projects

Although Technology Publishing Co. has wrapped up PaintSquare Connect, its signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, an archived library of its featured ...


EPA Announces Final Lead Abatement Rule

At the end of last month, the EPA announced the final rule to lower the clearance levels for the amount of lead that can remain in dust on floors and windowsills after lead abatement.


RPM Reports Net Sales Increase for Q2

RPM International Inc., parent company of specialty coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its second-quarter earnings report for 2021 on Wednesday (Jan. 6).


CSI, ASTM Integrate Standards in Platform

The Construction Specifications Institute, Inc. and ASTM International have finalized an agreement to link CSI’s Uniformat standards and ASTM’s E1557 standards within Crosswalk, a web servic...


Skanska Takes FL Liability to Court

Contractor and design-build team Skanska USA Civil Southeast turned to the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Florida, last month in an attempt to significantly reduce or eliminate its liabil...


COVID-19 Relief Details $10B for Infrastructure

At the end of December, President Donald J. Trump signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, allotting $10 billion for highway infrastructure programs. The package was signed on Dec. 27,...


University Studies Stormwater Systems Amid Climate Change

According to associate professor Lisa Reyes Mason from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, drains, pipes and other stormwater infrastructure is to be a critical defens...


AGC Optimistic with COVID-19 Relief Package

Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, released a statement last month as the COVID-19 relief legislation passed through the United States House and Senat...


Results in on 50-Year Epoxy Resin Experiment

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have recently released an update on a 50-year-old experiment involving an epoxy resin and steel rein...


Transportation Agencies Issue Final Environmental Rule

Last Monday (Dec. 28, 2020), the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the United States Department of Transportation issued a ...


AECOM Tests Wastewater for COVID-19

Last month, infrastructure consulting firm AECOM announced that it would be partnering with Northern New Jersey-based Bergen County Utilities Authority and Columbia University (New York City...


PPG Announces New, Completed Acquisitions

Global coatings company PPG announced that it has agreed to acquire Nordic paint and coatings company Tikkurila in an all-cash transaction.


LA Seeks Bids for Pavilion Construction

The City of Shreveport, Louisiana, is seeking bids for the construction of the Caddo Common Pavilion.


EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment of NMP

Near the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final risk evaluation for n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). This was the last step in the risk evaluation as required...


University Engineers Flexible Nanomaterial Cement

According to a team of scientists from Penn State University, a newly developed nanomaterial cement mixture could be a cost-effective solution in sealing leaking natural gas wells.


JPCL December Issue is Now Online

The December 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 dow...


TXDOT Seeks Bids for New Admin Building

The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking bids for the construction of a new administration building.


Trump Signs EO on Federal Architecture Design

President Donald J. Trump has signed the, “Executive Order on Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” which orders all federal buildings in Washington, D.C., as well as new federal ...


Scientists Look at Heat-Resistant Coatings

Recently, a group of scientists from the Tokyo University of Science investigated how heat efficiency could be improved in aircraft gas turbine engines through oxidative reactions regarding ...


Biden Nominates Buttigieg for USDOT Secretary

Last week, President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced that Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg to serve as the 19th Secretary for the United States Department of Transportation.


AkzoNobel Unveils Bio-Based Monomer Research

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced what it’s calling a breakthrough innovation in a sustainable way to make resins.


Researchers Look at Mechanical Metamaterials

Last month, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms and members from a United States Army think-tank published a research paper on the developm...


AIA Adopts New Rules for Justice Facility Design

Earlier this month, the American Institute of Architects Board of Directors adopted new rules into the association’s Code of Ethics.


Purdue Creates New Sensors for Concrete

Purdue University engineers say that they have developed sensors that could safely speed up construction project timelines by determining concrete strength onsite in real time. The technolog...


Researchers Develop Greener Desalination Coating

A new polyelectrolyte coating developed by researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has been reported to enable clean seawater desalination systems without har...


Man Rescued from Water Tank

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


AECOM Agrees to Sell Civil Construction Unit

Last Thursday (Dec. 10), infrastructure consulting firm AECOM (Los Angeles) announced in a press release that it would be selling its civil construction business––including Shimmick Construc...


GA College Seeks Bids for Roof Project

Athens Technical College—Elbert County Campus, in Elberton, Georgia, is seeking bids for the re-roofing of a building.


ASC Postpones Conference, Announces '21 Expo

At the beginning of the month, the Adhesive and Sealant Council announced that it has moved the dates of the 10th World Adhesive and Sealant Conference.


Lawsuit Filed Alleging Toxic Sandblasting Impacts

A Santa Clarita, California-based law firm has recently filed a complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court against developer Five Points Development, alleging the company of failing to take...


Antimicrobial Coatings to be Tested on Transit

Diversified natural resources company, Teck Resources Limited (Vancouver, Canada) recently announced that it would be testing its antimicrobial copper coatings on high-touch transit surfaces...


House Passes $9.9B Water Legislation

Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works mission areas for the next...


ACI Releases New Specifications, Manual

The American Concrete Institute has released a new ACI 301-20, Specifications for Concrete Construction, as well as a companion ACI Field Reference Manual.


USMCA, Procore Announce Resource Partnership

Construction management software company Procore Technologies, Inc., recently announced a partnership with the U.S. Minority Contractors Association, a nonprofit professional trade associati...


New NY Guidelines Leave 'Essential' Questions

At the beginning of the week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlines a new COVID-19 guidance plan for the state. Over the weekend the state updated the guidance for its COVID Cluster Action Ini...


GE, Veolia Announce Wind Turbine Recycling Program

According to a press release issued last week by transnational company Veolia, the company has signed an agreement with GE Renewable Energy to recycle its onshore wind turbine blades in the ...


USDOT Prepares for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport

At the beginning of the month, the United States Department of Transportation announced that it was ensuring that all its regulatory measures would be taken for the safe, rapid transportatio...


Huntsman to Acquire Specialty Chemicals Company

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation recently announced an agreement to acquire Gabriel Performance Products, a North American specialty chemical manufacturer of additives and ep...


Company Combats 'Bottleneck' Demand for Black Pigment

Lanxess, a German specialty chemicals company, recently announced that it is increasing its black pigment capacity. The company says that it’s responding to a bottleneck cause by a demand fo...


SBA Releases PPP Borrower Data

Following U.S. Federal Judge James Boasberg’s order to the Small Business Administration for the release of names and precise loan amounts of all Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Inj...


EU Conditionally Approves BASF, DIC Pigment Deal

The European Commission has conditionally approved the proposed acquisition of BASF Colors & Effects by the DIC Corporation, under the European Union Merger Regulation.


Nippon Paint Receives NORSOK Approval

At the beginning of the month, Nippon Paint Marine (Europe) was reported to have its special tank coating NOA60HS certified by the Norwegian Technology Standards Institution.


Pantone Releases 2021 Color(s) of the Year

Global color and design company Pantone released its Color of the Year last week—except for 2021, the aesthetic giant picked two colors.


AGC Releases Job Gain Numbers for November

Construction employment reportedly increased by 27,000 jobs in November, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors Association.


MI Seekings Bids for USAO Office Renovation

The General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, is seeking bids for the renovation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Marquette, Michigan.


TX Researchers Address Chemical Pollution

A team of researchers from Texas A&M University have recently been awarded a three-year Healthy Ecosystems grant by The Gulf Research Program of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering...


BIG Tapped to Design Lunar Infrastructure

Bjarke Ingels Group has recently partnered with ICON, a construction technology developer, and SEArch+, to begin designed a sustainable habitat for the moon.


Court OKs Fund Diversion for Border Wall

Last week, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved the Trump administration’s plan in a 2-1 decision to divert $3.6 billion in funding from more than 100 military construction project...


Clariant Unveils 2021 Palette, Color Pick

Paints and coatings company Clariant recently announced its “New Freedom” Decorative Color Trends 2021 palette and color pick, which the company says is full of creative colors aimed at capt...


AGC Sues SBA for PPP Loan Questionnaire

The Associated General Contractors of American announced earlier this week that it has filed a lawsuit against the Small Business Administration and the Office of Management and Budget in or...


Registration Now Open for Virtual Builders' Show

Registration is now open for the IBSx, the new virtual International Builders’ Show from the National Association of Home Builders. The conference is running 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Feb. 9-12, 202...


MS Plans Smart Neighborhood with Tesla

Mississippi Power and Southern Power announced a partnership last month to build a “smart neighborhood.” Dubbed “Enzor Place,” the homes in the plan will exclusively feature the Tesla Solar ...


Philly to Vote on New Construction Tax

A Philadelphia City Council Committee approved three bills last week that are making the way for a new tax on residential construction in the city.


AGC Releases Job Numbers for Past 12 Months

According to a new analysis recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America, 30% of the nation’s metro areas have added construction jobs in the last year. Officials point...


EPA Issues Final Rule on Cleanup Insurance

In a news release issued last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized its rulemaking on financial assurance requirements for the Electric Pow...


PPG to Acquire Ennis-Flint

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently announced its plans to acquire global coatings manufacturer Ennis-Flint (Greensboro, North Carolina).


Axalta Names Senior VP of Global Industrial Coatings

Last week, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced that Shelley Bausch was joining the company as Senior Vice President, Global Industrial Coatings, effective Jan. 1, 202...


Hempel Names New CPCO

Last month, global coating supplier Hempel A/S announced via emailed press release that it had appointed Pernille Fritz Vilhelmsen as Executive Vice President & Chief People & Culture Office...


Drivers Cannot Stop Hitting a MO Bridge

According to reports, an onslaught of collisions with an overpass on Independence Avenue near Wilson Avenue in northeast Kansas City have become quite the oddity.


Bids Needed for TX Hospital Department Reno

Harris County in Houston, Texas, is seeking bids for renovations in the Nuclear Medicine Department at the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, Texas.


Sherwin-Williams Names 2020 Impact Awards

Yesterday (Dec. 3), The Sherwin-Williams Company announced in an emailed press release the winner of the 2020 Water and Wastewater Impact Award. The award recognizes outstanding water and wa...


Sherwin-Williams Unveils Metal Color Trends

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced its Fluropon Metal Trends Color Collection, which features eight color families that mimic the aesthetic of natural and a...


MN Gives Pipeline Final Green Light

At the end of November, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and independent Minnesota Public Utilities Commission granted a construction storm water permit for the Enbridge Energy’s Li...


Construction Begins on $2.3B NYC Office Tower

Despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has decreased the demand for office space across the country, specifically reducing the occupancy of Manhattan office towers by 85%, developers...


PennDOT Looks at P3 for Bridge Backlog

Last month, the Pennsylvania Public Private Transportation Partnership (P3) Board approved what it’s calling the Major Bridge P3 Program, a new transportation initiative that will help accel...


BCF Unveils New President, Confidence Survey

This past fall, the British Coatings Federation changed hands as new President Guy Williams, Chief Executive of U-POL, took over the reins at the organization’s virtual board meeting on Oct....


Change in Bird Rule Could Impact Industry

An environmental analysis filed by the Trump administration last Friday (Nov. 27) could set up a rollback of some of the regulations in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, namely the range of lia...


Universities Research Sustainable Shotcrete

Currently, the life of service tunnels are designed to last for at least one hundred years or more, however, according to a team of researchers collaborating across a variety of universities...


FHWA Proposes New Transportation Standards

Last Tuesday (Nov. 24), the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding state department’s freeway and int...


AkzoNobel Makes Headway at Solar Panel Sites

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently released an update on two of its solar projects, noting that more than 3,000 solar panels have been added, pushing the company toward its goal of c...


Sika Expands Production, Preps for Infrastructure

Swiss chemicals company Sika recently announced that it has launched production of shotcrete admixtures at its main plant at Gournay-en-Bray, north west of Paris.


PA Solar Project Breaks Ground

Canadian company Enbridge Energy recently announced that it had broken ground on the 2.5-megawatt Heidlersburg Solar Project in Tyrone Township, Pennsylvania.


EPA Sued Over Coal Rule Revisions

Last week, a coalition of nine environmental groups announced that they were suing the United States Environmental Protection Agency over finalized revisions made to coal ash and coal plant ...


AGC Looks Closer at October Jobs Numbers

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released a new analysis of October’s numbers, saying that despite the majority of states added jobs that month, construction employment...


METALCON Announces New Industry Initiatives

Earlier this month, METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, announced that it had launched a new ...


Bids Sought for KS School Paint Job

The Topeka Unified School District No. 501 in Topeka, Kansas, is seeking bids for the painting of Topeka High School.


PPG Appoints New VP in Architectural Coatings

Global coatings company PPG recently announced the appointment of Scott Bartlett as Vice President, Operations, Global Architectural Coatings.


USGBC Wraps Up Greenbuild with Initiatives

Earlier this month, the U.S. Green Building Council wrapped up its annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo. At the virtual event, the organization outlined several key updates that it says inten...


Ultra Thin Coating Aids in Photodetector Research

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have released a study that seeks to further advance photodetectors’ use by integrating the technology with durable Gorilla glass, the material us...


US Air Force Looks at Rain Erosion

At the beginning of the month, the United States Air Force Research Laboratory announced it would be investing $60 million into the research and development of an improved anti-corrosion coa...


Senate Committee Releases 2021 Funding Bills

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released all 12 of its fiscal year 2021 funding measures and subcommittee allocations earlier this month, highlighting $74.8 billion for the transporta...


EPA Extends Comment Period on PV29 Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on the revised draft risk evaluation for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29). The EPA said that the extension s to g...


Biden Releases Plan to Tackle Climate Crisis

Following the announcement of Joe Biden as the United States’ new President-elect, the Biden-Harris transition team has since released its plan regarding climate change, highlighting the inc...


Hempel Receives Sustainability Award

At the beginning of the month, global coating supplier Hempel announced via emailed press release that it has been awarded the Sustainability Award 2020 by Vestas for supporting them on thei...


NY Announces $336M Flood Risk Protection

Eight years after Hurricane Sandy battered waterfront communities in the Rockaways and across New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced late last month that constru...


CA City Gas Ban Impacts Building Construction

On Tuesday (Nov. 17), San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a new city ordinance, banning the use natural gas or other fossil fuels in all new residential and commercial bu...


Shanghai Building Walks to New Location

To make space for a new commercial and office complex, crews in Shanghai’s eastern Huangpu district “walked” an historic school building to avoid demolition.


JPCL November Issue is Now Online

The November 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 ...


Drones Aim to Prevent Infrastructure Disasters

After utilizing its technology to inspect dams for BC Hydro, founders of Niricson, a Victoria, British Columbia-based technology company, think their drones will soon be used for maintaining...


Work on TX Soccer Stadium Progresses

Although attendance restrictions for the approaching Major League Soccer season remain unclear amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Andy Loughnane, President of Austin FC, reports that con...


USGBC Unveils Initiative, Requests Feedback

Last week, during the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo, the U.S. Green Building Council announced that it is providing funding for 500 people in underserved communities to earn their LEED...


Arkema Touts Green Bond, Facility Commitment

Specialty chemicals company Arkema has recently placed an inaugural Green Bond fully dedicated to the financing of a new plant in Singapore that’s slated to manufacture 100% bio-based Rilsan...


Researchers Develop Cool, Smart Coating

Researchers have reportedly developed an eco-friendly smart coating that’s designed for sub-ambient, radiative cooling in buildings as a form to combat active coolants.


Universities to Offer Green, LEED Courses

Recently, two universities highlighted new course offerings designed to promote sustainability and a variety of green building practices.


National Museum of US Army Opens

In celebrating Veteran’s Day last week, the National Museum of the United States Army officially opened its doors to the public for the first time. According to NMUSA, the museum is the firs...


MI Governor Shuts Down Pipeline

In citing environmental concerns, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the state will be shutting down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline—which was built in the 1950s and crosses ...


NY Sub Agrees to Pay $3.13M in Fines

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


Study Aims to Increase Mass Timber in Healthcare

In a new study by the University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment, a team of academics and industry partners are looking at how mass timber could be used in healthca...


ABC: Nonresidential Job Growth Higher in October

The Associated Builder and Contractors recently released its own analysis of construction industry jobs in October, based off the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Dow Listed on 2020 Sustainability Index

Late last week The Dow Chemical Company was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index by S&P Global, the investment specialty focused on Sustainability Investing. This is the 21st ye...


TPC Awards Final Gift Card, Points Prizes

To wrap up its inaugural virtual event, PaintSquare Connect, Technology Publishing Co. announced the third and final winner of a $500 Amazon gift card, just one of the many prizes awarded th...


Winners Announced for Inaugural C3 Awards

The winners of the 2020 Contractor Community Champion (C3) Awards, held at Technology Publishing Co.’s PaintSquare Connect, a signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatin...


Bradshaw Creek Bridge Rehabilitation

The City of Chicago is seeking contractors to perform structural repairs on the Grand Avenue Bascule Bridge and Viaduct in Chicago, Illinois.


SBA to Release Names, Amounts of PPP

United States Federal Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently issued an order to the Small Business Administration to release the names and prec...


NASA Works on Commercial Space Tech

Last week, the United States National Aeronautics and Sp­ace Administration announced that it had selected 17 American companies for 20 partnerships to mature industry-developed space techno...


Infrastructure Sensors Aim to Extend Pipeline Life

In an effort to extend the lifespan of water and sewer pipeline systems, researchers from the University of Michigan, in collaboration with the Great Lakes Water Authority and engineering fi...


$9.2B Fuel Complex Planned for LA

Last week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Fidelis Infrastructure co-founders Daniel J. Shapiro and Bengt Jarlsjo announced that their portfolio company, Grön Fuels LLC, was launching a ...


Navy Announces Rust-A-Thon Competition

To mitigate and control corrosion aboard United States Navy ships and vessels, the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Heuneme Division (NSWC PHD) in Port Hueneme, California, has announ...


First Passenger Hyperloop Tests Conducted

Last week, American transportation technology company Virgin Hyperloop announced that it had successfully completed its first trial involving human passengers in its levitating hyperloop cap...


NACE International Opens Call for Abstracts

On behalf of NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, last week SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings (slated to officially combine with NACE on Jan. 1, 2021) announced tha...


Axalta Unveils Realignment, PA Office Closing

Global coatings company Axalta recently announced a realignment plan to “more closely align its global organization with its two global business segments to drive improved performance.” The ...


Grenfell: Docs Hint Companies Knew of Dangers

Last week during the Grenfell Fire Inquiry, emails from the cladding companies involved in the tower’s 2015 refurbishment revealed that officials at the companies knew that their materials w...


SSPC, NACE Announce New Board of Directors

Recently, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Authority, announced the governance structure of their new combined association and the members who ...


Australian Dam Project Costs Reach $1.5B

According to reports, the cost of raising of Wyangala Dam in New South Wales, Australia, has nearly doubled due to environmental offsets requiring compensation for the project’s impacts, amo...


MDOT to Auction Mackinac Bridge Sections

According to reports, the Michigan Department of Transportation has made five sections of original steel grating from the Mackinac Bridge available through the Mackinac Bridge Authority.


Bids Sought for DE Cafeteria Reno

The Delaware Office of Management and Budget in Dover, Delaware, is seeking bids for the renovation of the Carvel State Office Building Cafeteria. The Carver State Office Building is located...


Behr Releases Winter Color Palettes

Earlier this week, Behr Paint Company released a small palette of winter color trends in light of the changing seasons.


ABC: Construction Backlog, Confidence Up

The Associated Builder and Contractors reported earlier this week that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 7.7 months in October—an increase of .2 months from September.


Pipeline Co. to Pay $800K in Fines, Fixes

In a press release issued at the beginning of the month by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Office of the Attorney General Maura Healey, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co...


University Studies Limb-Inspired Architecture

In a recent study, researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Colorado, Boulder looked at the construction of bridges using limb-inspired joints and sections.


New Dodge Report Looks at Industry's 2021 Start

Dodge Data & Analytics recently released its 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook report, used for industry forecasting and business planning.


Research Looks at Material Degradation

The IBeA research group at the University of Basque Country, in Spain, has recently conducted studies using spectroscopy to explore how the environment impacts degradation of new stone const...


FAA Launches Second Drone Integration Program

One day after the closing of the Federal Aviation Administration’s three-year Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) on Oct. 25, the Administration announced the laun...


AGC Reports Job Increase in October

Construction employment increased by 84,000 jobs in October, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.


Keynotes Speaking at PS Connect

Technology Publishing Co.’s PaintSquare Connect, a virtual event bringing together experts throughout the industrial and commercial coatings industries, is hosting several keynote speakers t...


NASA Award Supports New Coating Materials

Last month, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced the recipients of its Early Career Faculty Award.


Black & Veatch Pledges Renewable Energy Work

In an effort to aid the global power industry’s transition to lower carbon emissions, and in some cases zero-carbon energy goals, engineering and construction company Black & Veatch (Overlan...


Second $500 Gift Card PS Connect Winner Announced

Technology Publishing Co. has announced the second prize winner of its inaugural virtual event, PaintSquare Connect.


KTA Unveils Trimber Retirement, Appoints Worms

On Monday (Nov. 9), coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) announced via emailed press release the retirement of its current President, Kenneth A. Tr...


DemoSATH Project Selects Spanish Contractor

Sustainable transportation infrastructure company, Ferrovial (Madrid, Spain), was recently selected by Saitec Offshore Technologies and RWE Renewables for the manufacture and assembly of a f...


PPG Appoints New Head of Diversity

Global coatings company PPG announced last week that it has appointed Marvin Mednoza as the company’s global head of diversity, equity and inclusion. This is a newly developed role for the c...


Researchers Get Funding for Antiviral Coating

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have been awarded 615,000 pounds in funding to develop a new antiviral coating for PPE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Grenfell Inquiry Expert Points to Fire Consultants

An expert witness brought in by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has called the lead architect on the tower refurbishment “imprudent” for not employing a fire consultant specialist when designing ...


Bids Close on Lighthouse Protection Project

According to Canadian transportation officials, tenders closed last week on a $250,000 project to protect the West Point Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island.


TX ‘Ike Dike’ Unveils Updated Plans

Announced at the end of October, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office released a second draft of its envisioned multi-billion-dollar coastal storm barr...


Researchers Create Graphene from Recycled Plastic

Researchers at Rice University have developed a process to make flash graphene out of recycled plastic.


NASA Taps AL College for 3D-Printing Studies

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, has recently selected nearby Drake State Community and Technical College to help research 3D-printing technologies that will help...


AZ Approaches Completion of Cool Pavement Program

Working in collaboration with Arizona State University, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department has reported it is nearing the completion of a series of “cool pavement” applications aro...


Time Running Out to Register for PS Connect

Time is running out to register for Technology Publishing Co.’s inaugural virtual conference, PaintSquare Connect. The signature event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, ...


AIA Announces Partnership for Document Program

At the end of last month, the American Institute of Architects announced a new strategic partnership with True Wind Capital to invest in AIA’s Contract Document Program.


Prospects for $10B WI Plant Could be 'Dead'

An analyst hired by the state of Wisconsin has called the $10 billion Foxconn project “dead” as tax breaks and government aid become more and more crucial to keeping the agreement afloat.


USDA Invests $891M in Rural Water, Wastewater

At the end of October, the Trump Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture would be investing $891 million in the modernization of rural drinking water and wa...


PS Connect to Offer Education on Surface Prep

In this installment of our PaintSquare Connect preview, PaintSquare Daily News lays out the curriculum for Track 3: Surface Preparation, sponsored by 10X Engineered Materials. Registrants ca...


Elcometer Acquires Sagola SA

Inspection and blast equipment manufacturer Elcometer Ltd. (Manchester, United Kingdom) announced last month that it had acquired Spanish company Sagola SA, a paint spray equipment manufactu...


PPG Appoints New VP of S&T, Color

Global coatings company PPG recently announced the appointment of Andrea Giunta as Vice President, Science and Technology, Color. The appointment took effect Oct. 1.


AZ Researcher Gets $2M Grant for Concrete Studies

A professor at Arizona State University has been awarded $2 million to foster what the university calls “collaboration around 3D concrete printing research.”


PS Connect Hosts Inaugural C3 Awards

Three winners are slated to be announced for the 2020 Contractor Community Champion (C3) Awards at Technology Publishing Co.’s PaintSquare Connect, a signature virtual event for the protecti...


Barentz to Acquire Maroon Group

Earlier this month, global distributor of life science ingredients, Barentz International (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) announced that it had entered a definitive, written agreement to acquire Av...


Keynotes to Cover Business, Industry Issues

Technology Publishing Co.’s PaintSquare Connect, a virtual event bringing together experts throughout the industrial and commercial coatings industries, will be hosting several keynote speak...


Bjarke Ingels Launches Masterplanet Proposal

Last week, Bjarke Ingels—founder of architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group—told reporters that he had begun drawing up plans for a more sustainable way of living for the world.


Event to Feature Prestige, Elevation Awards Winners

Technology Publishing Co. is inviting all PaintSquare Connect attendees to join PaintSquare editors Charlie Lange and Brandy Hadden on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. for a presentation of the ...


Sherwin-Williams Reports 2020 Q3 Increases

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company announced its financial earnings report for the 2020 third quarter on Wednesday (Oct. 27).


MD School Seeks Bids for Auditorium Reno

The Washington County Public Schools in Hagerstown, Maryland, is seeking bids for the renovation of an auditorium and stage at the Boonsboro High School. The Boonsboro High School was constr...


JPCL October Issue is Now Online

The October 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 a...


Tnemec Announces 2020 Tank of the Year

On Tuesday (Oct. 27), protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc. announced the winner of its 2020 Tank of the Year—a municipal water tank in Destin, Florida—via emailed press relea...


Smart Building Ratings Program Launches

Billed as the world’s first comprehensive and objective assessment and rating program for smart buildings, the SPIRE Smart Buildings Program has recently made its debut.


Nouryon Announces New Company Strategy

Earlier this month specialty chemicals company Nouryon celebrated two years as a stand-alone company by announcing a new company strategy that “aims to exceed customer expectations, outgrow ...


Glidden Announces 2021 Accent Color

PPG’s Glidden paint brand announced earlier this week its 2021 Accent Color of the Year in an effort to once again tweak the standard color of the year trends among paints and coatings compa...


Canada Bridge Construction Uses Recycled Glass

Officials working on the Darwin bridge project on Nun’s Island in Montreal, Canada, have reported that the structure is incorporating recycled glass in its materials.


Survey: Highest-Paying Jobs Without Degrees

A new report by insurance company AdvisorSmith outlines the highest paying jobs in the United States that don’t need a college degree.


ACI President Announces Foundation Funding Challenge

President of the American Concrete Institute, Jeffrey W. Coleman, has announced a challenge to raise $1 million as part of the ACI Foundation’s annual appeal.


Baltimore Penn Station Plans Redevelopment

Despite dips in ridership revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic, Amtrak has since announced it will be moving forward with the renovation of Baltimore’s historic Penn Station and recently ...


European Coatings Show Postponed

On Thursday (Oct. 15), European Coatings Show Conference organizer Vincentz Network and NürnbergMesse announced that the event would be postponed from March of next year to September 2021, d...


OSHA Issues FAQ on N95 Masks

Last week, U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a set of Frequently Asked Questions on how N95 respirators effectively protect wearers from coro...


Adjaye Answers Questions at Holocaust Memorial Inquiry

At a public inquiry into David Adjaye’s proposed U.K. Holocaust Memorial and Learning Center, the architect defended the decision to scale up the monument 23% from his original competition-w...


PS Connect Offers Rewards Program

Leading up to Technology Publishing Co.’s PaintSquare Connect, a signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, co-sponsored by Carboline, Finishing First (Po...


USDOT Announces Over $220M in Port Grants

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Transportation announced the award of more than $220 million in discretionary grant funding to improve port facilities in 15 states and te...


Carboline Announces Solution Blog

On Wednesday (Oct. 21), coatings manufacturer Carboline Company announced the launch of its Solution Spot Blog, an online resource containing articles brought together by the best technical ...


AkzoNobel Acquires Spanish Decorative Paints Business

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that it has agreed to acquire the decorative paints business of Spain’s Industrias Titan S.A.U.


Dunn-Edwards Releases 2021 Trend Palettes

Paints and coatings company Dunn-Edwards released its 2021 Color + Design Report last week entitled, “An Exhibition of Color.”


Survey: Contractors Fear Pandemic Implications

In an August reader survey published by Associated Builders and Contractors, research found that more than 85% of American contractors have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and expect to...


NYC MTA Inspector Requests Evaluation Reform

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


Bids Wanted for CA Library Renovation

The city of Santa Cruz, California, is seeking bids for the renovation of the Garfield Park Public Library.


3D-Printed Boat Inspires Marine Industry

Italian start-up 3D printing company Moi Composites recently unveiled its latest project, a Motor Additive Manufacturing BOat—known as MAMBO—at the 2020 Genoa International Boat Show.


SBA, Treasury Unveil Simplified PPP Forgiveness

At the beginning of the month the United States Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Prot...


PS Event to Feature Commercial Solutions

Leading up to Technology Publishing Co.’s PaintSquare Connect, a signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, co-sponsored by Carboline, Finishing First (Po...


AkzoNobel Releases Q3 Financial Report

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released its 2020 third-quarter financial report Wednesday (Oct. 21) and reported volume and adjusted operating income increases year over year.


ABC: Project Backlog Slips in Most Metrics

Associated Builders and Contractors reported last week that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.5 months in September—a decline of .5 months from the previous month.


PPG Reports Sales Decrease in 2020 Q3

Global coatings company PPG released its third-quarter 2020 earnings report on Monday, announcing lower net sales at $3.7 billion, or 4% lower than in 2019.


BrandSafway Appoints New Leadership

Recently, the board of directors of access company BrandSafway announced via emailed press release that Karl Fessenden has been named Chief Executive Officer and Christian Garcia will be the...


First Winner Announced from PSConnect Event

As time runs out to register for Technology Publishing Co.’s signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, PaintSquare Connect (to be held Nov. 10-12), TPC h...


Legislators Introduce Flood Protection Bill

Announced at the end of September, Representatives David E. Price (D-North Carolina) and Lee Zeldin (R-New York) introduced legislation aimed at reducing the impacts of serve weather, such a...


OH Plant Plans Zero-Carbon Transition

Last week, Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Hannibal, Ohio) announced plans to convert its 485-megawatt combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen.


DOE Announces $80M in Energy Funding

Recently, the United States Department of Energy announced an $80 million 2020 funding opportunity for its Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) program.


AkzoNobel Launches ColorSurfaces Edition 16

At the beginning of the month, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced the launch of its ColorSurfaces Edition 16, highlighting the latest color trends and finishes for its automoti...


Benjamin Moore Unveils 2021 Color Picks

Paint and coatings manufacturer Benjamin Moore revealed its 2021 Color of the Year last week, with color that it says aims to create “natural harmony and invites us to reflect and reset.”


Virgin Hyperloop Unveils Certification Center Location

American transportation technology company Virgin Hyperloop has recently announced that after years of testing and developing hyperloop technology at their full-scale test site in North Las ...


PA Attorney General Approves SSPC, NACE Combination

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority has recently announced that the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has issued a state...


US Air Force Patents Quick-Setting Concrete

Earlier this week, the United States Air Force was granted a 20-year utility patent by patent examiners for a strong, quick-setting concrete.


Bids Wanted for MD Detention Center Addition

Calvert County, in Prince Frederick, Maryland, is seeking bids for the addition of a program space to the Calvert County Detention Center.


Boston Issues RFP for Urban Forest

The city of Boston has issued a Request for Proposals late last month to design an Urban Forest Plan. According to Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the city ...


PS Event to Feature Protective, Marine Coatings

Technology Publishing Co. recently began releasing the curriculum for its signature virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, PaintSquare Connect.


Researchers Look at Auto Steel for Buildings

Civil and systems engineers at Johns Hopkins University are investigating whether new steels, which are currently used as car parts, can be used to create more resilient and sustainable buil...


AIA Announced 3 New Board Elects

The American Institute of Architects announced last month that three new leaders have been elected to its Board of Directors, to serve terms beginning in 2021.


AASHTO Renews Call for DOT Emergency Aid

At the beginning of the month, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials inked a letter to Congressional leaders renewing its request of $37 billion in direct federa...


Grenfell Inquiry Hears from Building Control

Moving on in the inquiry of London’s Grenfell Tower fire, officials heard last week that a restructuring at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council had created an unbalanced work...


Carboline Updates Mobile App

Coatings manufacturer Carboline Company recently announced the update of its Carboline mobile application, which allows customers to gather Carboline product data while on the go.


Survey: North American Crane Count Drops

According to the 2020 Q3 report from Rider Levett Bucknall’s Crane Index for North America, which is published biannually, the number of cranes in North American cities has decreased for the...


WSU Researchers Get Grant for Drywall Bricks

Researchers from Washington State University announced that they received a commercialization grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The two-year grant will support the development of...


USDOT Announces $321M in Rail Funding

Announced at the end of September, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao reported that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration has selected 50 projects...


BASF Closes Construction Chemicals Divestiture

In a recent press release, chemical company BASF announced the closing of the divestiture of its Construction Chemicals business to an affiliate of Lone Star, a global private equity firm.


ICC Announces Inaugural Online Event

The International Code Council has announced an inaugural online education event called “ICC Learn Live.”


AGC Releases Job Numbers for September

The Associated General Contractors of America released its monthly employment survey results late last week, reporting that construction employment increased by 26,000 jobs in September, but...


BIO-UV Enters Partnership with Piriou

French manufacturer of the UV-based BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system, BIO-UV Group has recently announced the extension of its collaboration agreement with France-headquartered shipbui...


PA Bridge Plaques Found, Restored

At the end of September, the Donora Historical Society in Donora, Pennsylvania, made a shocking discovery whilst searching through salvaged remains and relics from previous building demoliti...


CA College Seeks Building Reno Bids

The Yosemite Community College District in Modesto, California, is seeking bids for the improvement of the MJC East Electronics Building.


Covestro Acquires DSM Resin Business

Global manufacturer Covestro announced late last month that it is acquiring Royal DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials business.


Canada Pushes $7.5B in Infrastructure Stimulus

Recently, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada Infrastructure Bank would be launching a C$10 billion ($7.5 billion), three-year infrastructure plan to boost renew...


RPM Releases 2021 Q1 Earnings Report

RPM International Inc., parent company of specialty coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its first-quarter earnings report for 2021 on Wednesday (Oct. 7).


PaintSquare Connect Announces Curriculum Info

Earlier this week, curriculum registration went live for PaintSquare Connect, Technology Publishing Co.’s virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries, taking place No...


ACC, OSHA Renew Alliance

The American Chemistry Council and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last month that they have renewed their ACC OSHA Alliance, “which continues to foster safer and...


UConn Gets New Grant for Pyrrhotite Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded the University of Connecticut $768,000 in federal funding in support of continued research on premature degradation of concrete...


FTA Announces Final Rule for PMO

At the end of September, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced a final rule amending FTA regulations for Project Management Oversight of transit ca...


Valspar Releases Palette of 2021 Color Picks

Paints and coatings brand Valspar, from The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Consumer Brands Group, has announced its 2021 Colors of the Year with 12 shades that the brand says seek “to empower co...


NY Exec Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging Scheme

Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced last week that former Director of Global Construction at Bloomberg LLC, Anthony Guzzone, pleaded guilty ...


David Adjaye Wins Royal Gold Medal

Renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE has been named the 2021 recipient of the Royal Gold Medal, an award given by the Royal Institute of British Architects and approved by Her Majesty The...


Dow Reaches Midpoint of Target Goal

Last month, The Dow Chemical Company announced that it had achieved $500 million in savings from its “Valuing Nature” goal. The milestone marks the midway point to its 2025 Sustainability Go...


Largest Indoor UK Arena Gets Approval

Plans for what will be the largest indoor arena in the United Kingdom have been approved. Manchester City Council greenlit the Populous-designed project late last month.


Rapid Prep Relocates to VA Location

Surface preparation equipment provider, Rapid Prep, recently announced in an emailed press release that the company has moved its 14-year-old location to Suffolk, Virginia.


Puerto Rico Recieves $13B Infrastructure Grant

Three years after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, the Trump administration has announced that it will be awarding two of its largest infrastructure grants to the U.S...


Heatherwick Proposes Design for 'Floating' Park

Earlier this month, London-based Heatherwick Studio revealed design plans for a proposed flood-resistant ecological park in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood.


Lawsuit Against Border Wall Revived

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a House of Democrats’ lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s authority to use...


Research: Cement-Free Concrete Beats Corrosion

This week, engineers from RMIT University announced that they have developed an eco-friendly, zero-cement concrete that can withstand corrosive acidic environments, commonly observed in sewa...


World of Concrete 2021 Pushed to June

Officials with World of Concrete have announced new dates for the 2021 conference, moving the event several months from January to June.


Sico Unveils 2021 Color, Palette Picks

Paint brand Sico by coatings company PPG has released its 2021 Color of the Year that aims to bring a sense of optimism and comfort.


USGBC Expands Resources for Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with Green Business Certification Inc., has outlined an expanded suite of resources that aim to help building and community leaders face climate risks.


USDOT Releases National Freight Plan

For the first time in American history, the U.S. Department of Transportation has released a National Freight Strategic Plan regarding long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce ...


AIA Issues Support for Proposed Energy Package

The American Institute of Architects has announced support for a recently proposed energy package from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.


AkzoNobel Approved for Boeing Color Blending

Earlier this month, global coatings company AkzoNobel announced that it received approval by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to color blend the company’s Aerodur 3001 basecoat.


OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Teleconference

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it is holding another teleconference to solicit public comments on the agency’s whi...


Navy Ship Delays Reduced, Plans Submitted

According to reports, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Navy ship days delayed by maintenance were reduced by 80% in fiscal 2020.


Grenfell: Clerk of Works Wasn't Monitoring Compliance

Late last week, the Grenfell Fire Inquiry found that the person on record as the Clerk of Works for the Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment was not, in fact, acting as Clerk of Works.


Hempel, Vestas Enter Turbine Protection Partnership

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) recently announced that it had entered a strategic partnership with Vestas (Aarhus N, Denmark), a sustainable energy solutions company.


Diamond Vogel Releases 2021 Color Pick, Trends

Coatings firm Diamond Vogel recently announced its 2021 Color of the Year, a hue billed as a soft blue-green that offers a “relaxed, meditative feel.”


AkzoNobel to Invest in Powder Coatings Facility

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that it is investing 20 million euros into its powder coatings facility in Como, Italy.


FAA Awards $335M in Infrastructure Grants

Late last week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced that the Trump Administration is awarding $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Feder...


Tnemec Names Executive VP

Earlier this month, protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec (Kansas City, Missouri) announced in an emailed press release that Cory Brown had been named Executive Vice President.


MDOT Bridge Inspectors Save Stranded Dog

On Sunday, two bridge inspectors from Stantec’s Bridge Inspection and Assessment team rescued a dog that had been stranded on the U.S. 84 bridge over the Mississippi River between Natchez, M...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Charleston Aquarium

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 9) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving re...


PPP Forgiveness Could Change Tax Bills

According to reports, businesses that received Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic could experience higher taxable revenues.


Session Info Dates Announced for PS Connect

This week, TPC is sharing with attendees more information about its virtual PaintSquare Connect event, including when session information and registration will become available as the move ...


European Coatings Show Opens Call for Abstracts

The European Coatings Show Conference has issued a call for papers for its 2021 show, slated to take place March 22-23, 2021, in Nuremberg, Germany.


TX Bullet Train Receives Federal Approval

On Monday, Texas Central Railroad announced via press release that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration had announced the pre-publication version of the fi...


Researchers Develop New Anti-Reflective Coating

A team from Switzerland’s University of Geneva recently published an article in the journal Nature discussing a new nanocoating with anti-reflective and anti-adhesive properties—inspired by ...


ABC: Project Backlog Shows Positive Rebound

Construction backlog, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors, rebounded to 8.0 months in August—an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading—but remains a half-month lower tha...


Navy Seeks Input for Pearl Harbor Dry Dock

Earlier this month, the U.S. Navy launched a virtual 32-day public outreach and comment period regarding a new proposed submarine dry dock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard.


AGC Survey Sees Overall Jobs Hike in Past Month

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released its latest state-by-state employment data analysis, which found that while jobs have still mostly declined year over year, 31 ...


Sherwin-Williams Releases 2021 Color Pick

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company has unveiled its 2021 Color of the Year.


Docs of Expedited Projects Released to Public

The documents that detail some of the projects that have been expedited as a result of President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order have been released to the public.


Sherwin-Williams Lists Partners for New HQ

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced late last week its key partners for the building of its new global headquarters, slated to be located in downtown Cleveland, and its new research and d...


ACI Offers Shotcrete Inspector Certification Program

The American Concrete Institute recently announced that it is now offering a Shotcrete Inspector Certification program to certify individuals who demonstrate the knowledge and experience req...


$1.5M in Liens Filed Against Las Vegas Stadium

Four liens have been filed against Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, according to reports. The liens, which have been filed with the Clark County Recorder’s Office, total $1.5 million.


Seattle Releases Audit on Bridge Maintenance

The City of Seattle released an audit of its Department of Transportation last week, which found that the agency’s bridge-maintenance spending is inadequate and says that money is one of the...


AIA, AISC Publish Design Collaboration Paper

The American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Steel Construction recently joint-issued a paper titled, "Design Collaboration on Construction Projects: Delegated Design, ...


Huntsman to Sell Venator Shares

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell 42.5 million of the shares it holds in Venator Materials PLC.


Bids Needed for Exterior Residential Work in TX

The San Antonio Housing Authority in San Antonio, Texas, is seeking bids for the exterior rehabilitation of the Sunshine Plaza building and HVAC improvements. The San Antonio Housing Authori...


Airport Work Halted for 200 Mammoth Skeletons

Workers at a Mexico City construction site have discovered some big findings that are causing repeated pauses in construction of the new Santa Lucia airport.


Elevation Awards Adds Product Categories for 2020

As the deadline nears to submit nominations for the fourth annual Elevation Awards, Technology Publishing Co.'s commercial honors program, PaintSquare Daily News is highlighting this year's ...


Court Strikes Down DOL's Joint Employment Rule

A federal judge in New York vacated most of a joint employer rule from the U.S. Department of Labor that was issued at the beginning of the year.


Deadline Nears for Prestige Awards Nominations

The deadline is nearing to submit nominations for the third-annual PaintSquare Prestige Awards—dedicated to recognizing and honoring the most influential people, innovative products and skil...


Axalta Unveils 2021 Wood Coatings Palettes

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta launched earlier this week its 2021 edition of wood coatings and color trends.


Reports Indicate N95 Material Still Short

The raw material needed to make N95 masks is still in short supply, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported late last week that meltblown textile—a crucial component for the masks...


Submissions Now Open for 2021 ARMA Awards

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program.


New NEPA Rules Take Effect This Week

Changes to the National Environmental Policy Act went into effect this week after a district court judge dismissed the request for a preliminary injunction on the changes.


Reports Reaffirm Border Wall Erosion Concerns

Two new engineering reports are further questioning the structural integrity of a section of border wall along the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas.


Nippon Paint Becomes Subsidiary of Wuthelam

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. announced late last month that it will become a subsidiary of Singapore-based paint manufacturer Wuthelam Group, which was already the top shareholder of the compan...


Researcher Gets $1.8M Grant for Slip Study

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has awarded a $1.8 million grant to a University of Pittsburgh researcher to develop a safer ladder.


Chemours Announces New VP of Communications

Global chemical firm The Chemours Company recently announced that Alvenia Scarborough, currently senior director, corporate communications and brand marketing, will be promoted to the role o...


FHWA Announces $70M in Grants

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for cities, states, tribal governments and federal lands agencies ...


Grenfell Inquiry Hears from Cladding Subcontractor

The cladding subcontractor on London’s Grenfell Tower refurbishment wrapped up two days of inquiry testimony earlier this week after the process went on summer break for the past month.


Extended Deadline Nears for Elevation Awards

The deadline is nearing to submit nominations for the fourth annual Elevation Awards, Technology Publishing Co.'s commercial honors program.


Abstract Submissions Open for Waterborne Symposium

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 48th Annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium, slated to be held Feb. 7-12, 2021.


Winners Announced for Brooklyn Bridge Project

Winners have been chosen for the “Reimagining the Brooklyn Bridge” project, launched by New York City Council, along with urban-design nonprofit the Van Alen Institute.


EPA Releases Final List for TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final list of businesses that are subject to fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for risk evaluation under the Tox...


Google Announces Plan for 40-Acre CA Site

Tech giant Google announced plans last week to develop a new 40-acre mixed-use project in Mountain View, California. The company also announced that it is working with Australia-based contra...


PaintSquare Connect to Highlight Companies

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of JPCL, recently announced the launch of its new virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries: PaintSquare Connect.


Bids Wanted for IL Roadway, Bridge Reconstruction

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of two bridges and reconstruction of the Eisenhower Expressway and St. Charles Road in DuPage Count...


SSPC Postpones Coatings+ 2021 to December

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the postponement of its Coatings+ 2021 conference, slated to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.


Survey: Skilled Labor Shortage Still Present in Pandemic

Despite project delays and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey finds that demand for skilled laborers is still high, according to the Associated General Contractors of A...


AkzoNobel Releases 2021 Color Pick, Palettes

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released its 2021 Color of the Year Tuesday (Sept. 8), highlighting a hue that the company calls “a warm and grounding neutral shade that gives us the coura...


33 Apprentices Tapped for BASF Pigments Company

Global chemical company BASF’s Colors & Effects brand, which focuses on colorants and pigments for the coatings industry, among others, announced that it has started off a new year of appren...


USDOT Announces $1.2B in FAA Grants

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced last week that $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants are being awarded through the Federal Aviation Administratio...


AkzoNobel Announces New Powder Coatings Acquisition

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has recently acquired Stahl Performance Powder Coatings, along with its range of products for heat-sensitive substrates. The company says that the deal give...


Research: Sunflower Oil is Corrosion Inhibitor

Researchers at Kazan Federal University, in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, have recently published a paper detailing how sunflower oil could be useful in corrosion prevention.


PaintSquare Connect to Highlight Companies

Technology Publishing Co.'s new PaintSquare Connect event aims to “combine technology with elements from an actual in-person event to create an experience unlike anything else currently bein...


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Installation Features 'Curtained' Concrete

Seoul-based design firm SWNA has recently experimented with digital fabrication and 3D printing to create a work entitled “The Curtained Wall,” which depicts concrete as though it’s flowing ...


RPM Announces Abrasives Manufacturer Acquisition

Global coatings company RPM International Inc. announced earlier this week that its Rust-Oleum business has acquired Ali Industries, LLC, a manufacturer of abrasives.


Document of Expedited Federal Projects Released

Some of the projects that have been expedited as a result of President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order have been revealed, according to recently released documents from the Interior...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: MA High-Rise

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 9) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving re...


Navy Issues $5B Multiple Award Contract RFP

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, located in Norfolk, Virginia, has issued a Request for Proposals for an eight-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Global Continge...


Arkema Announces Thermobonding Acquisition

Specialty chemicals company Arkema announced recently its proposed acquisition of Fixatti, a company that specializes in high-performance thermobonding adhesive powders.


ABC Pens Letter for Trump Reelection

Late last week, the Associated Builders and Contractors formally announced its endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for reelection.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States.


Hempel Taps New North America VP

Global coatings company Hempel recently announced that Todd Cottrell will take over as the company’s Group Vice President for North America.


PPG Announces 2021 Color Palette

Coatings company PPG has announced its 2021 Palette of the Year—entitled “Be Well,” the collection of three hues aims to invoke simple, nostalgic comforts.


USGBC Announces Latin America Leadership Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled its 2020 Latin America Leadership Awards, honoring eight recipients “whose work across Latin America puts them at the forefront of green building...


Axalta Appoints New Board Member

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems recently announced that it has appointed Rakesh Sachdev to its Board of Directors. Sachdev is now serving on the company’s N...


MI Hears Comments on Line 5 Tunnel

The Michigan Public Service Commission held a virtual public hearing last week for comments on the proposed Enbridge Line 5 tunnel, which if approved would run under the Straits of Mackinac.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States.


Study Looks at Painting Turbine Blades Black

A recent study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution has found that bird death from collisions with turbine blades dropped by 71.9% when one of the blades was painted black, compare...


Interim Company List for TSCA Fees Released

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an interim final list of businesses that are subject to pay fees for the 20 chemicals designated as high priority for the next ri...


RPM Releases First Social, Environmental Report

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, has released its first ever Environmental, Social and Governance Report,...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Meow Wolf Installation

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 9) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving re...


Bids Wanted for MA Historic House Painting

The Department of the Interior, National Park Service located in Quincy, Massachusetts, is seeking bids for the complete painting of the North and West sides of the Adam Beale House. The hou...


EPA to Terminate COVID-19 Compliance Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released an addendum on termination of the entity’s COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program.


ACA Responds to Air Quality Standards Proposal

The American Coatings Association recently released a response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone.


Research Taps Janus Particles for Smart Coatings

Iowa State University, along with Binghamton University, have coauthored a study showing that nanoparticles known as Janus particles could be the key to more environmentally friendly paints ...


States Split in Recent Industry Employment Data

Construction employment has decreased from June to July in 26 states, as well as the District of Columbia, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.


Judge Orders Work to Continue on Purple Line

Work is moving forward at Maryland’s $2 billion light rail project after a judge earlier this month issued a temporary restraining order against Purple Line Transit Partners LLC, preventing ...


Largest Canvas Painting is Using AkzoNobel Products

An attempt of creating the largest canvas painting ever by artist Sacha Jafri is using AkzoNobel’s Dulux products, the company confirmed in a press release Wednesday (Aug. 26).


PaintSquare Event Aims to Foster Networks

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of JPCL, recently announced the launch of its new virtual event for the protective and commercial coatings industries: PaintSquare Connect.


Flint Reaches $600M Settlement with State

The state of Michigan has reached a $600 million settlement with Flint residents for the state’s role in the city’s water crisis. A summary of the deal shows that nearly 80% of the funds wil...


Sherwin-Williams Accepting Impact Award Entries

Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine is now accepting entries for its annual Impact Award, which recognizes “outstanding water and wastewater projects completed in North America.”


Behr Unveils 2021 Color Trends Palette

Earlier this week, Behr Paint Company unveiled its Behr Color Trends 2021 Palette, a collection of 21 shades that the company says span “from essential neutrals to lavish bolds, together ena...


PaintSquare Event Aims to Foster Networks

While the company’s in-person Contractor Connect events, scheduled to take place in October and November 2020, have been canceled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, PaintSquare Connect aims ...


SSPC, NACE Announce Town Hall Schedule

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society have unveiled a schedule and registration info for a slew of town hall meetings that the organizations...


USGBC Unveils Keynote for Greenbuild 2020

The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that Christiana Figueres, the architect of the Paris Climate Agreement, will be delivering the keynote at Greenbuild 2020.


ORNL Debuts Smart Wall Technology

Earlier this month, researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated what they are calling a “first-of-its-kind smart wall” that they say combined advanced manufacturing and b...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: NY Free Library

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 9) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving re...


NY Tower Completes Etched Concrete Facade

A 20-story mixed-use tower in New York City dubbed “The Maverick” recently wrapped construction of its facade with a complex facade of geometric, acid-etched concrete panels.


PaintSquare Unveils New Virtual Connect Event

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of JPCL, is pleased to announce a new virtual networking event and tradeshow for the protective and commercial coatings industries.


Research Looks at Aircraft Heat Conduction

Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed what they have called a “game-changer” for heat conduction in aircraft.


Maroon Group Inks Graphene Distribution Deal

Specialty chemicals company Maroon Group recently announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Applied Graphene Materials.


NYC Signs New PLA, Suggests Legislation

A new Project Labor Agreement has been announced between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and the city’s building trade unions, according to an announcement last week.


Facade Inspections Get Stricter in NYC

Earlier this year, the New York City Department of Buildings adopted a new rule to its Facade Inspection and Safety Program that made changes to inspection and reporting requirements, common...


PaintSquare Unveils New Virtual Connect Event

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of JPCL, is pleased to announce a new virtual networking event and tradeshow for the protective and commercial coatings industries.


MD Tank Rehab Out for Bid

Anne Arundel County is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the Crofton Meadows Elevated Water Tank in Crofton, Maryland.


Judge Rejects Lifting FIGG Suspension

A federal judge has denied FIGG Bridge Engineers’ and engineer William “Denney” Pate’s request to lift the imposed suspension from the Federal Highway Administration.


Researchers Develop Smart Coating via Color

Scientists at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago have announced that they have developed a way to stretch and strain liquid crystals to generate differ...


EPA Releases Energy Requirement Reductions

Last Friday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced two final rules for the oil and gas industry that the EPA says “removes ineffective and duplicative r...


Buttress Work Complete at $930M WA Arena

The $930 million Seattle arena renovation is now in full “building mode” after crews finished the excavation and roof support process last week.


Abstract Submissions Open for ACA 2021

The American Coatings Association has released its call for abstract submissions for its 2021 CoatingsTech Conference. Currently, the conference is being billed as an in-person event to take...


RIBA Announces New President, Council Seats

The Royal Institute of British Architects announced the results of its 2021 elections, with Simon Allford taking over the two-year presidential term from Alan Jones next year.


Project Backlog Drops by 1 Month YoY in July

Construction backlog, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors, decreased in July by a full month year over year, and decreased .3 months since June for an indicator of 7.8 month...


Scientists Use Polymer Coating to 'Power' Bricks

Chemists from Washington University, in St. Louis, have reportedly developed a method to make or modify “smart bricks,” that they say can store energy until required for powering devices. Th...


Maroon Group Announces Midwest Expansion

North American specialty chemicals distributor, Maroon Group, has announced the expansion of its CASE Midwest Team.


Report: Small, Midsize Cities Best for Construction

Insurance information provider AdvisorSmith has released a new analysis of salaries, job availability and the cost of living in 383 cities across the United States to compile the best cities...


Nominations Open for Women in Coatings Award

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Women in Coatings Impact Award.


World's Longest 3D-Printed Concrete Bridge Named

The world’s longest 3D-printed concrete bridge was officially named late last month by Guinness World Records in Shanghai’s Baoshan district. The bridge was built last year by a team from th...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: CO Capitol Dome

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 9) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving re...


MD County Passes Bird-Friendly Building Law

Maryland’s Howard County Council passed a bird-safety building mandate last month, making it the first area in the state to do so following a recent trend around the country.


FIGG Files Against FHWA Suspension

FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc., along with FIGG engineer William “Denney” Pate, have sued the Federal Highway Administration asking for the agency’s suspension of its eligibility to participate ...


NY Execs Face Charges, Sentencing

Multiple people involved with what the state of New York is calling a “bid-rigging” scheme have been charged or sentenced within the last few weeks in the state’s Southern District court.


Lawmakers Seek Records of Expedited Projects

More than two months after President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order advising federal agencies to expedite infrastructure investments and other activities to accelerate the United ...


TPC Parent Company Announces New Chairman

Early last month, Southside Holdings, Inc., parent company of Technology Publishing Co., announced that it elected a new Chairman of the Board.


Mule-Hide Announces Regional Promotions

High-performance roofing products manufacturer Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. recently announced the promotion of Rob Keating to regional director for the Northeast region as well as Ken Schult...


Canadian Scientists Develop New Mask Coating

Tests carried out by University of Toronto scientists have reportedly shown that an antimicrobial coating developed by Quebec company I3 BioMedical Inc. can deactivate more than 99% of SARS-...


EPA Finalizes Plans for Sherwin-Williams Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday (Aug. 10) that it has finalized its plan to address contamination at the former manufacturing plant and adjoining areas of the Sherw...


Sto Corp Taps New CFO for Americas

Building materials firm Sto Corp., recently announced in an emailed press release that Randall Steven Johnson will join Sto Americas as CFO, replacing Torber Wetche, who announced his retire...


Survey: Residential Jobs Hike, Infrastructure Dips

While construction employment increased by 20,000 jobs in July, those were limited to the residential sector, according to an analysis of data by the Associated General Contractors of Americ...


US to Reinstate Canada's Aluminum Tariffs

The U.S. is reinstating its 10% tariffs on raw aluminum imports from Canada beginning Aug. 16 following a proclamation issued by President Donald J. Trump late last week.


Court Lets Dakota Access Stay Flowing

Last week, a federal appeals court reversed a judge’s order to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review.


New Clear Coating Developed for Windows

A new coating has been developed at RMIT University, one that researchers say could bring down the cost of energy-saving windows and become a standard in new builds and retrofits.


Nouryon Opens New Services Office in TX

Early last month, specialty chemical company Nouryon announced that it has opened a new integrated services office for its North American business in Houston.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: 351 Canal St

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 9) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving re...


Bids Wanted for PA College Room Reno

The Community College of Philadelphia is seeking bids for the renovation of the music department room.


NYC Releases RFPs for Inspirational Design

The New York City Department of Design and Construction released two Requests for Proposals last week to identify up to 30 firms to provide architectural and technical design services for wh...


Environmental Groups Sue Over NEPA Changes

Just weeks after the Trump administration finalized changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, two environmental groups (culminating in more than 35 organizations) are suing the White...


USDOT Releases Toolkit for Rural Opportunities

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao unveiled late last week the Applicant Toolkit for the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success Initiative from the U.S. ...


PPG Inks Home Paint Deal

Global coatings company PPG, along with supply chain technology platform Sibi, recently announced a four-year partnership with Tricon American Homes.


Genoa Bridge Opens 2 Years After Collapse

Italy’s Genoa San Giorgio Bridge officially opened to the public on Monday. The structure replaces the Morandi Bridge, which collapsed almost two years ago to the day, killing 43 people.


Grenfell Inquiry Looks at Contractor, Worries

Recent testimony of the Grenfell Inquiry have focused on the contractor for the Grenfell Tower’s 2015 refurbishment, Rydon, with focus on how the company handled concerns not only about the ...


Sherwin-Williams Unveils 2021 Colormix Forecast

On Monday (Aug. 3) The Sherwin-Williams Company revealed its annual Colormix Forecast and theme for 2021. The collection, named Rhythm of Color, is designed to find a “balance between fast a...


Bids Needed for CA Tank Painting

The City of Shafter is currently seeking contractors to coat and improve Tank No. 2 in Shafter, California.


Deadline Extended for Prestige Awards

The nomination deadline for the third-annual PaintSquare Prestige Awards—dedicated to recognizing and honoring the most influential people, innovative products and skill-involved projects—ha...


Research Looks at Coating to Inactivate Virus

Chemical engineering professor at Virginia Tech, William Ducker, says that he has found a solution to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


USDOT Announces Availability of Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced last week the availability of $225 million in grant funding through its Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Prog...


FAA Awards $273M in Airport Project Grants

Over $273 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants have recently been awarded to various airports across the country, according to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.


Deadline Extended for Elevation Awards

The nomination deadline for the fourth annual Elevation Awards, Technology Publishing Co.'s commercial honors program, has been extended.


AGC: Metro Construction Jobs Down 62%

The Associated General Contractors of America released a new analysis of government data last week that shows that 62% of metro areas decreased construction employment over the past 12 month...


3M Reports Q2 Sales Decline

Protective equipment manufacturer 3M reported a decline in sales year over year despite the high demand for its N95 masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.


UK Suspension Bridge Celebrates Bicentenary

The Union Chain Bridge—a 200-year-old link between Scotland and England over the River Tweed—celebrated its bicentenary last week with an international historic civil engineering landmark de...


Bids Wanted for FL Housing Development

The Key West Housing Authority in Key West, Florida, is seeking bids for the construction of a multi-family housing development. A total of 104 units will be constructed in this project.


LA Reaches $5M Deal for New Bridge Plans

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) has officially signed a deal with engineering firm Atlas Technical Consultants to serve as lead consultant on the new Miss...


NRCA Releases National Roofing Week Details

The National Roofing Contractors Association recently announced via email that it is inviting all roofing industry professionals to celebrate National Roofing Week Aug. 23-29.


Researchers Develop Spray-On Omniphobic Coating

Researchers at the Okanagan Polymer Engineering Research and Applications Lab (OPERA), at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, have reportedly developed a coating that researchers sa...


OSHA Revises Rule on Access to Medical Records

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it has revised the Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning Occupationa...


Bid Awarded for PA Bridge Rehabilitation

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a $42,161,667.22 contract to Trumbull Corporation, of Pittsburgh, for rehabilitation of the Neville Island Bridge in Robinson Townsh...


Microgrid Project Underway for Pittsburgh Airport

Construction had begun on what officials are calling a “first-of-its-kind” electrical microgrid for the Pittsburgh International Airport. According to the Allegheny County Airport Authority,...


Roofing Organizations Send Letters to Congress

A coalition of roofing industry organizations, associations and professionals have come together to send letters to the White House and other political leaders urging them to support a propo...


PA Gets $66M for Water Infrastructure Projects

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced another investment in the state’s water infrastructure, this time in the form of $66 million going toward water, wastewater and stormwater proje...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q2 Numbers

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company announced its financial earnings report for the 2020 second quarter yesterday (July 28).


Evonik Begins Work at New Silicones Plant

Specialty chemicals company Evonik has reportedly begun production at its new multi-purpose silicones manufacturing facility in Geesthacht, Germany.


Graphene Research Looks at Amphiphilic Properties

New research out of Cranfield University, in Cranfield, England, has found that graphene flakes can act as a surfactant, acting as a 2D stabilizer and water repellent that can be useful in a...


SSPC, NACE Announce Committees, Town Halls

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced late last week the formation of 13 ad-hoc integration teams to begin combination efforts of ...


RPM Reports Fourth-Quarter, 2020 Numbers

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of specialty coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its financial report for its 2020 fourth quarter and ...


SDOT Embarks on Cost-Benefit Analysis for Bridge

The Seattle Department of Transportation announced last week that it has begun the process of a cost-benefit analysis involved the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge.


Dow, USGBC Announce Carbon Challenge Results

Dow, along with the United States Green Building Council, have shared the results of their inaugural Carbon Challenge, just a little over one year since the project’s inception.


NACE Announces 2020-21 Board of Directors

NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced earlier this month its global Board of Directors for the 2020-21 year.


Axalta Releases 2018-19 Sustainability Report

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta just released its 2018-19 Sustainability Report, which highlights the company’s “advancements in sustainable business practices.”


TX to Host Continent's Largest Living Wall

A 26-story high-rise is planned for Dallas and, according to reports, North America’s tallest “living wall” is slated to come with it.


Spellmon Confirmed as Next USACE Chief

Maj. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon was confirmed by the Senate earlier this week as the United States Army’s 55th Chief of Engineers. Spellmon, whose lieutenant position was also confirmed, was nom...


AkzoNobel Reports Q2, Half-Year Revenue Dips

Global coatings company AkzoNobel released its 2020 second-quarter financial report Wednesday (July 22) and reported a 19% drop in revenue caused mainly by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Survey Released for SSPC/NACE Organization

A survey was recently sent out to members of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society to gather opinions on the upcoming combined organization.


USDOT Claims $90B Saved via Deregulation

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that it has saved the economy and consumers about $90 billion in regulatory costs under the Trump Administration.


Antiviral Coating Developing for Surface Contact

New research is underway at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology within the University of Waterloo to develop a coating that officials say aims to “kill the COVID-19 virus immediately u...


Researcher Gets Grant to Study Wastewater

A civil engineering professor from the University of Arkansas has been awarded federal funding to study wastewater in regard to the spread of COVID-19.


ChemMasters Announces Vexcon Acquisition

Specialty firm ChemMasters, Inc. recently announced that it has acquired Philadelphia-based concrete chemical manufacturer Vexcon Chemicals.


PA Ground Storage Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The West Cocalico Township Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat Tank Number One in Reinholds, Pennsylvania.


Seattle Mayor Declares Bridge 'Civil Emergency'

In an effort to secure funding to remedy the cracks found on the West Seattle Bridge (whether that be a permanent fix or a whole replacement), Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has declared the sit...


ASNE Announces Virtual MegaRust Conference

The American Society of Naval Engineers announced earlier this month that due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, its annual MegaRust Conference will be held as a Virtual Symposium a...


SSPC Opens Nominations for Structure Awards

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced last week via emailed press release that it is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Structure Awards.


PPG Reports Q2 Declines Amidst COVID-19

Global coatings company PPG released its second-quarter 2020 financial report late last week, reporting net sales of $3 billion—about 25% lower than last year and down 22% in constant curren...


Act Proposed to Combat Architectural Exec Order

The American Institute of Architects came out in support of new proposed legislation last week that would overrule an anticipated Executive Order mandating classical architecture for federal...


Holocaust Memorial Decisions to Get Judicial Review

A judicial review will now take place regarding United Kingdom Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and his handling of London’s proposed Holocaust Memorial.


Bids Wanted for OR Correctional Facility

The Oregon Department of Corrections in Umatilla, Oregon, is seeking bids for a building addition. The Two Rivers Correctional Institution, where this project takes place, is located 100 yar...


Reimagined Brooklyn Bridge Designs Announced

The New York City Council, along with urban-design nonprofit the Van Alen Institute, recently held a context for designs aiming to improve the experience for pedestrians and cyclists on the ...


Trump Finalizes Environmental Review Revisions

Earlier this week, President Donald J. Trump announced that his administration has finalized changes to the National Environmental Policy Act that aim to not only reduce the number of projec...


USGBC Announces LEED Homes Awards

The U.S. Green Building Council announced earlier this week the winners of its LEED Homes Awards and Residential Project of the Year. The awards aim to recognize projects, builders and devel...


Judges Orders Inspection on Border Wall Segment

Months after a privately funded section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall was completed, the 3.5-mile structure is showing signs of erosion.


Grenfell Inquiry: Officials Disagreed on Materials

In the most recent updates of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, it has come to light that there were disagreements between not only architects and building safety officers, but also between archit...


DOI Looking at Offshore Wind Proposals

The United Stated Department of the Interior is reportedly planning on issuing two proposed rules for offshore wind projects. The rules are expected to streamline the permitting requirements...


DOL Issues Final General Industry Beryllium Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its Final Beryllium Standard for General Industry. While no major changes are reported in the rule, the DOL did include changes that it says are desig...


Bids Wanted for FL Waterway Bridge Work

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform coating and bridge deck repairs on the William Lehman Causeway Intracoastal Waterway Bridges in Miami-Dade County, ...


Air Force Awards Contract for Icephobic Coating

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based industrial technology company Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. recently announced that it has been awarded a $499,000 Small Business Innovation Research Pha...


$8.5B O'Hare Project Faces Pandemic Worries

The $8.5 billion Chicago O’Hare International Airport expansion work is the latest to come under the microscope amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Auburn to Offer Building Construction Doctorate

Auburn University, located in Auburn, Alabama, recently announced that it is now offering a doctorate degree in building construction. This reportedly make the university one of only a handf...


Survey: Heavy Civil Construction Optimistic

A new industry survey has shown that contractors in heavy civil construction are less impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic than commercial contractors, according to Dodge Data & ...


Notre Dame Work to Restore Latest Spire

French President Emmanuel Macron has officially dropped the unpopular idea of building a modern spire atop a restored Notre Dame Cathedral.


UCLA Carbon Team Gets $2M Grant

A research team from the University of California, Los Angeles, has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for its work on converting carbon dioxide emissions into co...


Manufacturers Press EU on Titanium Dioxide

The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association and its member companies, as part of a wider group of TiO2 producers, submitted an action to the General Court of the European Union seeking an...


Researchers Develop Self-Cleaning Solar Coating

India’s Department of Science and Technology has recently touted a development from its International Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials that it says can keep solar pane...


ACI Pivots 2020 Convention to Virtual

The American Concrete Institute announced last week that its annual ACI Concrete Convention, which was slated to take place in Oct. 25-29 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will now be held virtual...


Bids Wanted for IL Train Station Reno

The City of Naperville, Illinois, is seeking bids for improvement of the Naperville Metra Fourth Avenue Train Station.


First Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Building Underway

Technical University Dresden, in Germany, has begun the process of erecting the world’s first building made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced concrete.


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.


Grenfell Inquiry Restarts, Looks at Fire Consultant

London’s Grenfell Tower Inquiry resumed earlier this week after a months-long hiatus—caused by the COVID-19 pandemic—with new testimony revealing that the principal fire engineer for the tow...


Dakota Access Pipeline Ordered to Halt for Review

The Dakota Access Pipeline has officially been ordered to halt operations after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling surrounding the recently ordered environmental rev...


Contractors Needed for TX Elevated Tank Rehab

The City of Deer Park is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat the Coy Street elevated water storage tank in Deer Park, Texas.


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 ...


AIA Announces 6th Annual Film Contest

The American Institute of Architects has announced that it is launching its sixth annual AIA Film Challenge.


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.


US House Passes Bird-Friendly Legislation

Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, better known as the Moving Forward Act. While the legislation covers infrastructure, affordable housing and climate issues, t...


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...


Bids Wanted for NJ Interior Painting

The West Orange School District in West Orange, New Jersey, is seeking bids for interior painting of the West Orange High School.


Shepherd Color R&D Looks at New IR Black

High-performance pigment manufacturer The Shepherd Color Company recently announced that it has released a new infrared reflecting black pigment that it says will aid in the recycling of bla...


PennDOT Cuts Budget, Projects in Pandemic Wake

Weeks after the Pennsylvania economy “reopened” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are trying to grapple with how to pay for pr...


AkzoNobel Adds to 'Paint the Future' Collabs

Global coatings company AkzoNobel recently announced that is has agreed to partnerships with five companies that were a part of the inaugural Paint the Future collaboration program last year...


Original Wright Fallingwater Sketches Up for Auction

A set of five originally developmental drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is now up for auction by Boston-based RR Auction.


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...


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.


University Designs Lighter, Greener Bridge

Recently, engineers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, with COWI, have completed research on reducing materials used in suspension bridge d...


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.


China's 'Horizontal Skyscraper' Opens Deck

China’s horizontal skyscraper—dubbed “The Crystal”—recently unveiled its first attraction to the public: The Exploration Deck.


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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 ...


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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...


Last Restrictions Lifted from Boston Construction

Boston construction is now in full swing after completing the last phase of its reopening of the industry, which began late last month.


Bids Wanted for CA City Hall Project

The City of San Ramon, California, is seeking bids for the reconfiguration of its city hall building. The City of San Ramon was settled in 1850.


SprayWorks Launches New Website

Spray foam and polyurea company SprayWorks Equipment Group (Canton, Ohio) recently announced via emailed press release the launch of its new rig website, www.WeBuildRigs.com.


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 ...


3D-Printed Reefs Deployed in Atlantic

Earlier this month, marine scientists deployed 3D-printed artificial reefs throughout the Atlantic coasts of England, France, and Spain.


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.


ACEE Issues Paper on Building Retrofits

The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy recently released a white paper that calls for cities and states to mandate retrofits of inefficient buildings by requiring them to meeting ...


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...


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...


Comments Surround UK Holocaust Memorial Fate

More controversy has come to the surface over London’s proposed Holocaust Memorial in relation to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and his involvement in ministry planning.


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...


Data: Construction Activity Back to Pre-Pandemic Level

The Associated General Contractor of America released new data last week that indicate that construction activity has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels in 34 states.


Report: UK Has No Counts on Dangerous Cladding

A recent investigation by the United Kingdom’s National Audit Office has revealed that the government doesn’t know how many of its estimated 85,000 buildings 11-18 meters tall are clad with ...


$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...


Researchers: Metallic Coatings Could Slow Virus

Research out of Montreal’s Concordia University is looking into antiviral metallic and ceramic coatings as a way to slow the transmission of COVID-19.


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...


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.


MI Sues Dam Owners After Failures

Since the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams last month, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that a new state lawsuit has been filed against dam owners Boyce Hydro LLC and...


Cuomo Opens New LaGuardia Terminal

Late last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the brand-new Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport, the project’s biggest milestone to date in the ongoing $8 billion renovation work, which includes the...


$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.


OSHA Schedules Construction Advisory Meetings

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health will meet via teleconference on ...


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...


Researchers Look at Super Hydrophobic Materials

Researchers at Espoo, Finland-based Aalto University recently published findings in the journal Nature about new potential uses for an armor-plated superhydrophobic material.


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...


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...


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...


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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...


Middle-Schoolers Win $100K for Flood Prevention

At the beginning of the month, a group of middle-school students from Downtown Doral Charter Upper School in Doral, Florida, were named one of five National Winners in the 10th annual Samsun...


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.


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.


Some Wright Locations Reopen for Tours

As more areas begin to open back up in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio and the Frederick C. Robie House have posted their own reopening notices.


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...


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...


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."


EPA Evaluates SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that its researchers would be engaging in research practices to help states, tribes, local, territorial governments, a...


PPG Launches VirtualTECH Tool

Recently, global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) announced that it had launched a new virtual technical service for its PPG Protective and Marine Coatings customers.


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 ...


Researchers Work on Bulletproof Coatings

Three engineers from the University of Houston have recently started looking at using chitin and 3D-printing techniques to produce bulletproof coatings.


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.


Bids Wanted for FL Interior Painting

The Hialeah Housing Authority in Hialeah, Florida, is seeking bids for the painting of interior hallways stairs at the Palm Centre Apartments. The Hialeah Housing Authority provides housing ...


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...


EPA Limits Opposition of Energy Infrastructure

On Monday (June 1), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the agency had issued a final rule that will both promote the construction of energy-base...


Firms Create Porcelain Church in Norway

Architect Espen Surnevik and firm Trodahl Architects collaborated to design a porcelain-covered church in the city of Porsgrunn, Norway.


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.


YInMn Blue Available for Commercial Use

High-performance pigment manufacturer The Shepherd Color Company announced last week that the pigment known as “YInMn Blue” has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic...


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.


Sika Now Producing Respiratory Masks, Sanitizer

Swiss chemicals company Sika has reportedly commenced production of respiratory masks in France.


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.


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.


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.


Bids Wanted for OR Fire Station Roof Work

The City of Eugene, Oregon, is seeking bids for the replacement of a roof and HVAC at Fire Stations 2 and 6. Fire Station 2 was opened in 1999 and is the largest station in Eugene.


$8B LaGuardia Project to Get Fast-Tracked

The state government and airlines are in agreement as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans for a “supercharged” reopening of New York City, which involves a fast-track for multiple inf...


Research Monitors COVID-19 via Wastewater

Recently, researchers from the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed a new approach to monitoring regional levels of SA...


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.


Scientists Develop Anti-Coronavirus Surface Coating

Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, recently announced that they are developing a novel surface coating that aims to “contain nanoparticles of safe metal ions...


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.


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...


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.


Judge Requires More Review for Pipelines

Earlier this month, Montana federal Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Morris announced that he was upholding a previous April ruling, which cancels an environmental permit for the Keystone XL ...


Bids Wanted for NV School Repairs

The Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada, is seeking bids for the repair and replacement of soffits at the Sparks Middle School.


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...


OSHA Announces $11.5M in Harwood Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants.


PA Wastewater Plan Receives Federal Approval

Last week, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) announced that its over $2 billion plan to remove seven billion gallons of stormwater and sewage from rivers and streams in the c...


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.


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...


Venice Biennale Postponed to Next Year

Venice’s Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, has been officially postponed to 2021. The 17th International Architecture Exhibition entitled “How Will We Live Together?” is ...


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...


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 (...


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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.


Sherwin-Williams Announces Student Design Winners

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced the winners of its 10th Annual Student Design Challenge, a competition that “recognizes the growing talent of design stud...


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...


Bids Wanted for MO Schools Reno

The Moniteau County R-1 School District in California, Missouri, is seeking bids for the renovations to the California Elementary, Middle and High School.


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.


Researchers Develop New Antimicrobial Coating

Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology recently announced that they have developed a multilevel antimicrobial polymer (MAP-1) coating that they say is effective in...


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.


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 ...


ACA Show Goes Virtual, Awards Best Paper

Last week, the American Coatings Show and Conference —hosted by AC Media, in collaboration with the American Coatings Association and Vincentz Network—opened the virtual show to the public.


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...


Boston Talks Timeline for Essential Construction

Last week, the city of Boston released a timeline of an incremental reopening of the construction industry, noting that all sites that are currently open are in compliance with the COVID-19 ...


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 ...


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...


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...


WI Tech College Project Out for Bid

The Fox Valley Technical College, of the Wisconsin Technical College System, in Appleton, Wisconsin, is seeking bids for the remodeling of a computer lab located within the J. J. Keller Tran...


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.


Atari Plans Video Game-Themed Hotels

Consumer brand and entertainment company Atari announced earlier this year a year with GSD Group to acquire the rights to build video game-theme Atari Hotels across the United States.


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.


Researchers Look at Novel Spraying Method

Researchers at the University of Bayreuth, in Bayreuth, Germany, are reportedly working on a novel spraying method, Powder Aerosol Deposition, which they say enables the production of cerami...


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...


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...


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...


FAA Awards $1.187B in Grants to US Airports

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced late last week that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is awarding $1.187 billion in airport safety ...


NRDC Sues Over Water Protection Rollback

The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with its partners, announced just last week that they had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of ...


Axalta Reports COVID-19 PPE Donations

Last month, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding its personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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...


PennDOT Receives Preservation Award

Preservation Pennsylvania recently released its annual Historic Preservation Awards, featuring the Ralph Modjeski Award, which this year honored the Penn Street Bridge rehabilitation project...


OSHA Releases Further Guidance on N95s

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued further interim enforcement guidance on the reusing of disposable N95 filtering face piece respir...


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...


Strange Odor Sparks Concern in Calgary

Over the weekend, Calgary Fire Department officials were summoned to investigate a pungent smell after receiving nearly 100 complaints—78 calls alone last Friday (April 24)—from the northeas...


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...


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...


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...


Design Plans Revealed for Manchester Arena

For its first project located outside of the United States, sports and live entertainment company Oak View Group (Los Angeles), has recently revealed plans for a new 23,500-seat multi-purpos...


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...


World’s Largest Soccer Stadium Breaks Ground

Guanzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C., a Chinese football club, recently broke ground on a $1.7 billion soccer stadium in Guanzhou, China.


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...


Bids Wanted for VA Neighborhood Center

The City of Lynchburg, Virginia, is seeking bids for the renovation of the Fairview Neighborhood Center. The Fairview Neighborhood Center hosts numerous programs for residents of all ages in...


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...


Is Urine the Key to Building in Space?

In a study conducted by the Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) of the European Space Agency—which includes Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch scientists—urea from urine, could be used as super...


OSHA to Hold Whistleblower Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced earlier this week that it will hold a teleconference meeting to “solicit public comments and suggestion...


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.


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 ...


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.


Researchers Look at White Pigment Alternative

Researchers out of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) have begun producing polymer foils as an alternative to titanium dioxide for the appearance of a white coating.


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.


OSHA Releases COVID-19 Recordkeeping Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance for enforcing its recordkeeping requirements in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


Bids Needed for Interior School Reno in IL

The Rockford School District No. 205 in Rockford, Illinois, is seeking bids for the interior renovation of the Flinn and Kennedy Middle Schools.


$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...


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...


BASF Donates Masks, Sanitizer

Chemical company BASF has announced that, as part of its “Helping Hands” campaign, it is donating more than 100 million protective masks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


EPA to Host Call Regarding TSCA Fees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced in an emailed press release that it is hosting a call on the recently announced plan to reduce burden for certain stakeholders who are ...


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.


Researchers to Work on Virus-Specific Coating

University of Central Florida researchers are working to create a protective coating that would specifically target and kill the COVID-19 virus.


FL Coatings Company Begins Manufacturing Sanitizer

In Tampa, Florida, paint and coatings company Sun Coatings has announced via emailed press release that it has repurposed part of its 90,000-square-foot plant in order to manufacture hand sa...


University Studies Coastal Storm Protection Designs

Researchers from Princeton University have been looking at new designs for protective infrastructure to combat storm surges along the nation's coastlines.


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...


Covestro Provides COVID-19 Aid

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro (Pittsburgh) recently announced that is has been providing aid during the COVID-19 pandemic through in-kind and money donations.


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...


Bids Needed for MI Admin Building Work

The General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service in Lansing, Michigan, is seeking bids for the modernization of a freight elevator located within the Charles E. Chamberlain Fede...


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...


Frank Lloyd Wright Sites to Hold Virtual Tours

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Foundation, recently announced that it will be holding Wright Virtual Visi...


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.


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...


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.


Trump Issues Order Under Production Act

Last Thursday (April 2), President Donald J. Trump announced a memorandum on the Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding 3M Company and its production of N95 masks.


Research Looks at Self-Sanitizing Coatings

Research at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, has revealed a new self-sanitizing surface coating that aims to help address infection control in hospitals, food processing plants...


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.


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...


Artist Teams Up with Lego for Installation

French designer Camille Walala recently teamed up with Lego for the launch of Lego Dots, the company’s new toy product.


Bids Needed for CT School Repairs

The Town of Guilford, Connecticut, is seeking bids for the upgrades at the Baldwin Middle School.


OSHA Extends Silica Exposure Program

According to a news release issued by the United Sates Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Respirable C...


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...


Annual Airport Student Design Competition Open

Fentress Architects (Denver) recently opened up its annual Fentress Global Challenge, an annual international student design competition that “represents an extraordinary exploration into th...


Government Amends ‘Essential’ Workers List

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently released a memorandum identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during the CO...


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...


Review Ordered for Dakota Access Pipeline

Last week, a federal judge ordered the United States Army Corps of Engineers to perform a new, full environmental review on the Dakota Access pipeline.


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...


PaintExpo 2020 Postponed

Earlier this month, FairFair GmbH (Oberboihingen, Germany)—organizer of international industrial coatings technology trade fair PaintExpo—announced that this year’s trade show would be postp...


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...


WA Halts Construction; Boston Extends Pause

Last week, another state added to the list of places in the United States to halt construction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Researchers Work to Convert CO2 to Black Powder

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) are currently involved in a project that’s building a test facility for the active reduction of atmospheric carbon d...


$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.”


Bids Needed for CA Admin Building Roof Project

Mendocino County, California, is seeking bids for roof and HVAC replacement at the Mendocino County Administration Center. Mendocino County is located on the northwest edge of coastal Califo...


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...


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...


Army Corps Begins Work on Temporary Hospitals

Within the past week, multiple state governors have been in talks with the Army Corps of Engineers for plans on site for temporary hospitals to combat capacity issues resulting from the COVI...


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...


Twisting Frank Gehry Tower Nears Completion

The Luma Arles Tower, located in Arles, France, is nearly complete and features a unique Frank Gehry-designed twisting facade.


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...


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.


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.


Bids Needed for NJ Residential Interior Work

The Perth Amboy Housing Authority in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, is seeking bids for interior door painting at the Birchwood at Perth Amboy, a senior rental community.


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 ...


Trump Calls Companies to Donate Masks

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


Boston Halts Projects; AGC Releases Statement

Earlier this week, Boston became the first U.S. city to halt construction activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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...


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.


CIN Releases 2020 Color, Palettes

Portugal-based paint company CIN has released its Color Revelation 2020 Update, a collection of four chromatic ranges and its color of the year pick.


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.


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...


Bids Wanted for VA Gym Roof Replacement

Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking bids for the roof replacement of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School gymnasium.


Belgium Store Features Plastic-Based Terrazzo

Amsterdam-based eyewear company Ace & Tate recently opened a new shop in Antwerp with a specific goal for the retail store’s interior: it’s clad with terrazzo made with chips of recycled pla...


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...


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.


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 ...


Researchers Develop New Bacteria-Killing Coating

Researchers at University College London have reportedly developed a coating that activates in low-intensity light to kill bacteria.


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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.


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.


Grenfell Inquiry Updates Look at Architect Role

In the recent development of the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, lead architect from firm Studio E admitted that he had not read the Building Regulations covering fire safety in high-rises.


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.


Robot Dog Showcases Construction Capabilities

Recently, engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics (Waltham, Massachusetts) showcased its latest technology, Spot the robot dog.


Bids Needed for WA Apartment Project

The King County Housing Authority, in Seattle, is seeking bids for the exterior painting of the Fairwood Apartments. The King County Housing Authority owns 137 properties that provide housin...


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...


Ireland Duo Tapped for 2020 Pritzker Prize

Earlier this week, Dublin, Ireland-based duo Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara were selected as the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates.


WY Passes Wind Turbine Disposal Bill

At the end of February, Wyoming House of Representatives passed House Bill 217—which aims to ban the disposal of wind turbines in Wyoming-based landfills—in a 38-21 vote.


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.


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...


NYC Passes New Building Energy Codes

Keeping pace with its Green New Deal mission, New York City will now require all new and existing buildings to meet stricter energy efficiency requirements under a new energy code that was j...


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.


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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...


Scientists Suggest Dams for Rising Seas

Government-employed Dutch scientist and oceanographer Sjoerd Groeskamp has recently proposed a solution to protect an estimated 25 million Europeans living in northern Europe from rising lev...


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...


Research Looks at Elevating Concrete Slabs

A researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington is working on a web-based tool that will help design home slab elevations, a tool they say will protect homes against floods and storms.


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...


Bids Needed for CA High School Project

The Sweetwater Union High School District in Chula Vista, California, is seeking bids for the addition of an elevator. The Chula Vista High School was established in 1946.


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...


Researchers Create Fire-Resistant Tunnel Lining

A research team from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has recently announced the development of a fire-resistant concrete tunnel lining prototype.


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.”


USDA, EPA Announce Rural Water Support

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that aims to help water systems face the challenges o...


Indestructible Paint Announces Focus

United Kingdom-based specialty coatings manufacturer Indestructible Paint Ltd. announced earlier this month that it has launched a dedicated focus on coatings in the rail industry.


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...


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...


UK's Traditional Architecture Group to Set Panel

Britain’s Traditional Architecture Group has announced that it is planning to launch a new design panel to aid city councils in reviewing proposals and to offer a balance against the group i...


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.


EPA Finalizes List of 20 Low-Priority Chemicals

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized its list of 20 chemical substances that it has identified as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


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...


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...


Bids Needed for AK University Work

The University of Alaska, Fairbanks is seeking bids for the modernization of an elevator within the Duckering Building.


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...


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.


Sherwin-Williams Student Competition Now Open

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced that its 10th annual Sherwin-Williams Student Design Competition is now open for entries.


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...


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.


TX County Seeks Bids for Residential Work

Harris County in Houston, is seeking bids for the reconstruction of residential homes. Harris County is home to 4.6 million residents.


Firm Tapped for Serpentine Pavilion 2020

Officials have announced that Johannesburg, South Africa-based Counterspace has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2020, which will sit in London’s Kensington Gardens.


Proposal Aims to Accelerate Environmental Reviews

The Donald J. Trump administration has recently proposed a rule, modernizing and accelerating how environmental reviews are conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act.


Nouryon Announces Acquisition, Divestiture

Late last month, on the same day, specialty chemicals company Nouryon announced both an acquisition and a divestiture.


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...


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...


Reports: Draft Federal Order Targets Architecture

A draft order entitled “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” could roll back a decades-long tradition that bars the government from taking a stance on an official architectural style, acc...


USDOT Announces $12.5M in Pipeline Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has recently announced the availability of $12.5 million in grant opportunities regarding safet...


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...


UCLA Develops Ice-Preventing Coating

Materials scientist Ximin He, along with a team of researchers from the UCLA Smaueli School of Engineering and colleagues have reportedly developed an ice-prevention coating.


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...


Grenfell Official Moves Immunity Request to AG

Late last week, the chair of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, announced that he agreed to an application by multiple witnesses for immunity from prosecution relating to any...


OSHA Revises Silica Exposure Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the revision of the National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate work...


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 ...


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...


Self-Cleaning Coating Wins Funding

The United States Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office has recently awarded Arizona State University spin-out company, Swift Coat, $1 million to commercialize a dirt-eating ...


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.


Bids Sought for FL Beach Club Reno

The City of Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is seeking bids for the renovation of a beach club. The City of Sunrise is home to 92,000 residents.


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.


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...


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 ...


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...


Grenfell Inquiry Begins with Blame, Immunity

The start of the second phase of the inquiry into London’s 2017 Grenfell Tower fire has opened with the blame game, according to reports.


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...


Europe Gears Up for NMP Restriction

With the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) restriction of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) is set to take effect this spring, the agency recently released a new guideline available for industrial ...


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.


EPA Announces Waterway Protection Rollback

In the latest action since the Trump administration announced the roll back of nearly 95 environmental rules, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated it will be reducing the numb...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Market Palettes

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company released earlier this month its 2020 color collections for new residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, education, multifamily and ...


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.


University Fiber Captures Wastewater Hormones

Research scientists from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University (Espoo, Findland) have developed a wood-based cellulose fiber yarn, intended for pharmaceutical substan...


Bids Needed for OH Ballpark Waterproofing

Hamilton County—in the area of Cincinnati, Ohio—is seeking bids for the concrete and waterproofing of the Great American Ball Park, home to Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds.


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.


Grenfell Inquiry Panelist Resigns Over Conflict

An expert panelist on the Grenfell Inquiry panel, whose appointment caused outrage among the survivors and families of London’s Grenfell Tower Fire, resigned earlier this week citing a confl...


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 ...


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...


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.


US Steel Fined for Air Pollution Violations

After reaching a consent agreement in June 2019 with The United States Steel Corporation, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) announced earlier this month that the company was char...


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...


2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Issues Call for Abstracts

A call for abstracts has recently been issued by the 2020 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference Advisory Board to industry professionals for presentation proposals for its 2020 Confere...


$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...


Researchers Test Silicon Anodes, Aluminum Coatings

In revisiting a study in the American Chemical Society's ACS Applied Energy Materials, engineers from Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering have discovered a phenomenon tha...


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.


Philippine Association: Lead Phase-Out Complete

The EcoWaste Coalition, along with the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers announced earlier this month that the phase-out of all lead-containing paints in the Philippines used for...


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.


Bids Sought for FL School Renovation

The Broward County School Board in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is seeking bids for the renovation of an elementary school. Lauderdale Manors Elementary School is home to around 500 students.


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...


Firms Unveil 'Bridge House' in CA

A new home was recently unveiled in Los Angeles that spans a few different types of design.


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.


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 ...


UK Cladding Ban Extension Proposed

England’s combustible cladding ban could soon be applied to more than high-rises as Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick recently put forth new measures with the goal to move “faster and further...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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 ...


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.


Bids Sought for AZ School Renovation

Amphitheater Unified School District No. 10 in Tucson, Arizona, is seeking bids for the renovation of the school’s welding lab.


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...


Pratt & Lambert Releases 2020 Color of the Year

Coatings company Pratt & Lambert recently released its 2020 Color of the Year, what it deems a “vibrant mint shade speaks to the increasing desire to imbue natural colors with energy.”


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.


CLEAN Future Act Framework Released

Last week, leaders from the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce released legislative framework for the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CL...


Research Looks at Pigment Design

A researcher out of Oregon State University’s College of Science is looking at new ways to design more pigments that are stable, durable and non-toxic with vivid hues, according to the unive...


Ultrathin Coating Hides Heat from Infrared Cameras

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, engineers have recently announced the development of a new ultrathin coating, reported to camouflage heat when viewed through infrared technology.


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.


Polychem Announces 2020 Color Trends

Powder coatings company Polychem, a division of IFS Coatings, Inc., announced on Tuesday (Jan. 14) the launch of its Powder Coating Color Trends 2020-21.


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...


OSHA Corrects Protective Equipment Rule

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register, issuing various corrections to its Walking-Working Su...


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.


$1.5M Approved for Pyrrhotite Research

Connecticut lawmakers recently announced that federal funding they sought to help pay for research on pyrrhotite has been included in a spending bill.


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...


Contractors Sought for VA Medical Center Reno

The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking bids for various renovation services to a building at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas.


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.


Grenfell Tower Inquiry Panel Change Prompts Outcry

Grenfell United—a group of survivors and relatives of victims of London’s 2017 Grenfell Tower fire—expressed outrage shortly before the holidays when a change was made to the panel that will...


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...


Hadid-Designed Wooden Stadium Approved

In a six-to-four vote, the Stroud District Council, of England, approved the world’s first wooden football stadium, which is slated to be built for the Forest Green Rovers Football Club.


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...


EPA Finalizes List of 20 High-Priority Chemicals

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emailed press release that it had finalized the list of the next 20 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation under the T...


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...


3D-Printed Pavilion Combines Plastic, Concrete

3D-printing technology is continuing to grow in the Middle East, with an even more environmentally friendly twist.


PA University Seeks Bids for Room Repairs

The California University of Pennsylvania is seeking bids for various services to a room in its Dixon Hall building. This university has been in operation since 1852.


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,...


CA Seeking Bids for Medical Building Remodel

Kings County, in Hanford, California, is seeking bids for the Kings View Building remodel project. This building is part of the Kings View Behavioral Health System, and has been in the servi...


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...


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...


UK Court Cuts Part of Combustible Cladding Ban

Part of the United Kingdom’s combustible cladding ban was thrown out by the courts earlier this month following a lawsuit filed by the British Blind & Shutter Association.


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...


EPA's Toxic Substance Evaluation to Get Review

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has contracted the National Academies of Science to conduct a peer review of the “Application of Systematic Review in Toxic Sub...


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.


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.


Foundation Prepped for Smog-Eating Concrete

A group of engineers at Graphene Flagship recently combined graphene and titanium dioxide nanoparticles to create a new photocatalyst that is reported to successfully remove pollutants from ...


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.


FL Seeking Bids for Parking Garage Rehab

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority in Tampa, Florida, is seeking bids for its short-term parking garage rehabilitation project.


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 ...


AR University Opens US's Largest Mass Timber

For the first time this year, students attending the University of Arkansas were able to settle into the recently completed Adohi Hall.


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.


Engineers Use Hemp to Repair KY Bridges

Recently, students from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky were reported to use hemp as an experimental construction material for bridge repair.


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...


Pantone Releases Color of the Year 2020

Color company Pantone announced last week its Color of the Year 2020, a tone that it calls “a timeless and enduring huge elegant in its implicity.


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...


NOLA Hard Rock Won’t Get Implosion

After meeting with New Orleans officials, Hard Rock Hotel developer 1031 Canal Development LLC, announced a new conventional demolition plan for the partially collapsed structure.


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...


UConn Updates CT Leaders on Concrete Research

Earlier this month, a team of scientists from the University of Connecticut met with local leaders to discuss research collected over the past year regarding the state’s crumbling concrete c...


$233M CO Convention Center Narrows Bids

Although the Colorado Convention Center is still months away from finalizing a new design-build contractor for its $233 million expansion project, leading bidders have been announced for a s...


AkzoNobel Releases Specialty, Powder Palettes

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced that it has launched two color collections for its Powder Coatings and Automotive and Specialty Coatings businesses.


Ikea Taps into Mars Research with Designs

Swedish furniture company Ikea is embarking on a new project: designing spaces for Mars.


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 ...


Bids Wanted for TX Library Roof Replacement

The City of Mission in Mission, Texas, is seeking bids for its Speer Memorial Library and Mission Historical Museum roof replacement project.


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...


Dunn-Edwards Announces Color Partnership

Coatings manufacturer Dunn-Edwards (Los Angeles) is branching out with a partnership involving its color trends palettes.


$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...


Oscar Niemeyer Structure Almost Complete

Since his passing in 2012, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer still has some final projects nearing completion. Most recently, it was announced that construction on the “Niemeyer Sphere,” in...


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...


$1B New Orleans Terminal Opens

The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board announced the official opening of a new $1 billion terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) last month. ...


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...


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.


Washington Monument Opens New Visitor Center

After concluding a three-year-long renovation, the Washington Monument has opened back up to the public and includes a new 1,000-square-foot Visitor Screening facility.


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...


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.


Great Hall Blames DIA for Reno Issues

Recently, former Ferrovial-led consortium Great Hall Partners circulated a 248-page document recounting how Denver International Airport officials’ change orders negatively affected the reno...


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...


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...


London Development Features 'Living Wall'

Architecture and interior design firm Sheppard Robson (London) released renderings last month of what will become the mixed-use Citicape House.


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), ...


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...


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...


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...


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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...


CA Seeking Bid for College Building Reno

The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District in Menifee, California, is seeking bids for its Building 700 Remodel project. The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District is home to 26,000 ...


EPA Reclassifies Aerosol Can Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a final rule adding hazardous waste aerosol cans to the universal waste program under the Resource Conversation and Recovery Act regu...


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.


Pittsburgh Plans 3D Printing, Additive Hub

Pittsburgh International Airport and its Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus recently announced the development of Neighborhood 91, a world-first development that is to both condense and co...


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...


NC Groundbreaking Held for AkzoNobel Work

A groundbreaking ceremony took place earlier this month at AkzoNobel’s North American Wood Coatings facility at High Point, North Carolina, to kick off the company’s 50 million euro ($55.4 m...


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...


DOL Plans Safety Meeting, Requests Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor announced late last week that is has scheduled a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C.


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...


FL Seeking Bids for Work on Historic Jail

Monroe County, in Key West, Florida, is seeking bids for replacing doors, windows and the roof on its historic Key West Jail, which was built in the year 1892.


DOT Announces BUILD Grant Recipients

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the award of $900 million in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants to 55 projects across 35 states.


ABC Speaks on Safety at OSHA Meeting

The Associated Builders and Contractors announced late last week that its Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Developer, Greg Sizemore, spoke at a Nov. 7 Occupational...


Hong Kong Boasts Skyscraper Church

Worship in Hong Kong has reached new heights after a firm designed a space for the Wesleyan House Methodist International Church that consisted of a 21-story high-rise.


Amazon HQ2 Will Aim to Reach LEED Platinum

Almost a year to the date when Arlington, Virginia, was selected to be home to a new Amazon Headquarters (HQ2), Arlington officials are now requesting that the facility go beyond its intende...


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...


Indonesian Paint Co. Sets CA-Based Green Code

Indonesian paint company PT Mowilex has recently published a guide that classifies its products in terms of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions, according to a press release.


Navy Laboratory Develops Healthier Topcoat

Earlier this year, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering developed what is being billed as a more user-friendly topcoat. The material was applied ...


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.


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.


Port Covington Project Underway in Baltimore

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


Zaha Hadid Firm Reveals Rail Terminal, Bridge

After winning first place in a design competition launched by Rail Baltic Estonia, Zaha Hadid Architects (United Kingdom) has revealed renderings of the new terminal intended for the Rail Ba...


LA Eyes Use of Plastic in Road Longevity

To facilitate research into increasing road lon