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Congress Votes to Avert Rail Strike

As of yesterday (Dec. 1), Congress approved legislation to prevent an impending rail strike, taking up a measure to impose a labor agreement to increase worker pay and provide additional pai...


$105M Heading to OK Water Infrastructure

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $105 million in funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law to Oklahoma for water infrastructure improvemen...


Construction Practices Blamed in Grenfell Case

Members of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry have recently ended phase two of its public investigation, finding that “incompetence and poor practices” within the construction industry, among others...


EPA Publishes New Chemical Notices, Risks

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it improved public access to certain reports submitted by chemical companies in its web application for public access to no...


CISA Updates Infrastructure Resilience Framework

Last week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released an updated Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework to help better protect critical infrastructure.


NASA Contract Signed for Coatings Technology

Nanotechnology research company Advanced Material Development recently announced that it has signed a collaborative work contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet...


Report: Capital Spending Highest Since 1994

A recent report from the National Association of State Budget Officers showed that while total state spending rose 7.3% overall in fiscal year 2022, infrastructure construction spending incr...


Concrete Water Tanks Built to Withstand Earthquakes

A utility company in Eugene, Oregon, is currently constructing two of six new water tanks to improve resiliency against earthquakes.


France Approves New Solar Mandate

The French Senate has recently approved new legislation requiring that the roofs of existing and new car parks with at least 80 spaces be covered by solar panels.


Klamath Dam Demolition Procures Final Approval

Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave its final approval to remove four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon, allowing what will be the largest dam removal p...


Artemis I Features Collection of Coatings Tech

Last week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s historic uncrewed test flight Artemis 1 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.


Survey Emphasizes Workforce Shortage Impacts

A recent survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk has found that severe workforce shortages are affecting small and large contractors.


UK Consortium Wins Drone Project Funding

Software development company RoboK AI recently announced that it, alongside a consortium of companies, has won government backing to use drones to monitor and control critical national infra...


Judge Approves $33M Bidding Fraud Settlement

A Texas judge recently granted final approval for a $33 million settlement in a fraud class action lawsuit against engineering and construction firm Fluor Corporation.


US Workforce Development Progresses

United States President Joe Biden recently recognized more than 350 organizations in the nation’s 50 states for their commitments as part of the Infrastructure Talent Pipeline Challenge.


Union Minister to Paint Schools, Colleges

Thanks to a new initiative by Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi, in association with JSW Paints, over 1,000 government schools and colleges will receive ...


Buy America Material Requirement Takes Effect

While the Buy America requirements for construction materials took effect last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation has also proposed two new partial waivers for certain projects.


ASCE Partners for Infrastructure Law Project Map

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers released a new virtual map that features projects getting underway thanks to funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law.


Property Firm Penalized for Lead Paint

In the latest slew of penalizations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead-based paint violations, a property management and development firm in Waterbury, Connecticut, was rec...


MI Lead Pipe Replacement Nearing Completion

This month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the accelerated campaign to replace aging lead water service lines in the City of Benton Harbor is nearing completion, almost fi...


RI Bridge Receives $82.5M Upgrade Funding

At the end of last month, state officials in Rhode Island celebrated a $82.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to upgrade and extend the lifespan of the Pell Bridge.


Report: Construction Death Rate Stagnant

Despite efforts made by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to better protect the construction industry’s workforce, recent reports have indicated th...


Contractors Needed for SC Tank Rehab Project

The Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority in Okatie, South Carolina, is currently seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of an elevated storage tank.


EPA Seeks Input on Inflation Reduction Act

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would be seeking public input on a subset of new and existing programs funded by President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Ac...


DC Silver Line Expects November Opening

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced late last month that it is expecting the Metrorail Silver Line extension project to open next week on Nov. 15.


Industry Unemployment Down in 42 States

In a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors last week, it was shared that the non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) national ...


EPA Issues Drinking Water Contaminant List

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its Final Fifth Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List, including an expansion of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances...


Renovators, Contractors Fined for Paint Violations

As a result of being found in violation of lead-based paint safety regulations, 22 residential home renovators and contractors from Idaho and Washington recently settled with the U.S. Enviro...


Third Man Found Guilty in Border Wall Fraud

A third defendant has been found guilty in a defrauding scheme over funds raised in a crowdfunding campaign to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall back in 2019.


NY Landlord Arraigned for Lead Violations

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office recently announced the arraignment of Carrie A. Preischel of Boston, New York, for exposing a tenant to unsafe levels of lead paint.


Bridge Collapses in India, Death Toll Rising

A century-old pedestrian bridge collapsed in India on Sunday, sending hundreds of people into the water below as the search continues for survivors.


New Safety Law Impacting FL Condo Owners

Since the signing of Senate Bill 4-D by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, condominium owners and associations are sharing concerns over the likelihood of meeting the new regulation requirements...


US Aiding Ukraine Infrastructure Repair

The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Commerce recently announced that they have signed a joint statement of intent with Ukraine to create a task force focused on war-time needs and inf...


EPA Reducing Lead Exposure with RRP Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to reduce childhood lead exposure through improved compliance with the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.


DOT Awards First Bridge Investment Grants

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the first round of grants from the bipartisan infrastructure law’s competitive Bridge Investment Program.


Enbridge Fined $11M for Line 3 Pipeline

Minnesota state agencies, in partnership with Fond du Lac Band, recently announced enforcement penalties resulting in $11 million against Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 pipeline construction proje...


Lawsuit Filed After Mandated SC Tower Evacuation

Just weeks after the evacuation of the Renaissance Tower in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, residents of the structure have filed a lawsuit against the building’s management team, including th...


NY Receives Funding for Water Infrastructure

This month, funding was awarded to the state of New York for water infrastructure projects to modernize and provide clean drinking water to communities.


DOL Proposes Worker Classification Rule

On Oct. 13, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on classifying employees and independent contractors.


White House Accelerating Infrastructure Building

Last week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a new action plan to accelerate progress of infrastructure construction through the bipartisan infrastructure law.


FTC Wins Deceptive Insulation Claims Case

The Federal Trade Commission recently won a court order against several companies for fraudulently claiming their coatings have insulating properties.


EPA Announces Lead Exposure Initiative

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the official launch of a nationwide training and outreach initiative focused on reducing childhood lead exposure.


$60B Released for Infrastructure Law Funding

On Tuesday (Oct. 11), the Federal Highway Administration announced that it has released nearly $60 billion in funding for 12 formula programs under the bipartisan infrastructure law.


OSHA Issues Metal Coatings Company Citations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a metal coatings company for 21 violations at its New Jersey manufacturing site.


Federal Court Upends $6M Lead Case

In a recent ruling, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to clear The Sherwin-Williams Company from a case where, in 2019, a jury awarded $6 million to three men whose brain dam...


USDOT Expands Infrastructure Finance Program

Earlier this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will now offer low-cost, flexible financing for nearly half of transit p...


MI Proposes VOC Rule Amendments

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy issued a proposed rule package at the end of September regarding volatile organic compound emissions.


Chicago Passes Decarbonization Bill

Late last month, Chicago City Council voted to pass Mayor Lori Lightfoot's 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code, making the city one of the first major U.S. cities and the first city in I...


OSHA Awards Over $11.7M in Safety Grants

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the award of more than $11.7 million in grants to educate workers and employers on workplace ...


Former Engineering Exec Sentenced for Fraud

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a former executive was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his participation in bid-rigging and fraud schemes against the North Car...


Judge Approves 2015 CA Oil Spill Settlement

Earlier this month, a federal judge gave final approval to a $230 million settlement by owners of the pipeline that ruptured near Santa Barbara, California, in 2015.


DOL Expands Enforcement Program Criteria

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it was expanding the criteria for placement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (S...


OH Panel Asked to Review Lead Coverage

Following the reverse and remand of an Ohio Supreme Court decision on Sept. 7, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has been asked by a group of insurers to reconsider its...


PA County Approves Sustainability Department

During a recent Allegheny County Council meeting, members unanimously approved the creation of a Department of Sustainability. According to the approved ordinance, the new department will of...


NY Painting Contractor Suspended by FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration recently announced that it has suspended a New York painting contractor from non-procurement federal contracting.


EPA, RI Company Reach Lead Settlement

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a settlement with a corporation out of Rhode Island for alleged violations of the Lead Renovation,...


Transportation Projects Awarded $1.5B Funding

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced that 26 projects have been awarded a total of $1.5 billion from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) competi...


NASA Awards Funding for Solar Array Tech

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently announced that it has selected three companies to work on deployable solar array systems for exploration on the Moon.


Hudson River Tunnel Costs Up, Project Delayed

The Gateway Development Commission has announced that the construction of the new Hudson River Tunnel, a part of the larger Gateway infrastructure project, has been delayed amid increased co...


Coast Guard Hosts Ceremony for Museum Construction

Last month, a group of United States Coast Guard officials, association members and politicians attended a keel-laying ceremony to celebrate the launch of construction for what will be the n...


Navy Shipyards Standardize Painter Wage Grades

Earlier this week, the U.S. Navy announced that it was standardizing wages for federal painters across all four public shipyards. The wage-grade increase is scheduled to take effect this mon...


EPA Finds PV29 Poses Unreasonable Risks

On Tuesday (Sept. 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had finalized a revision to the risk determination for C.I. Pigment Violet 29 (PV29).


OH Court Issues Order for $101M Lead Case

On Thursday, the Eighth Appellate District in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, found that a previous order requiring The Sherwin-Williams Company to pay $101 million into a lead paint abatement fund a...


Report: UT Ranks Best Highway Bridge Conditions

According to a recent report from the Federal Highway Administration, Utah has the lowest percentage of bridges on the National Highway System classified in “poor” condition out of all 50 st...


Biden Appoints Infrastructure Advisory Council

Last week, President Joe Biden announced his appointment selections for the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.


Painter Ordered to Pay Homeowners $41K

Justice Cheryl Gwyn of the Napier District Court in New Zealand recently ordered a painter to pay homeowners in Hawke’s Bay $41,000 for a “blotchy” paint job.


FERC Recommends Removing Klamath River Dam

At the end of last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its final environmental impact statement regarding the Klamath River Renewal Project.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Deadline Extended

In a unanimous decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved a new deadline for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to be completed more than four years after construction wa...


Industry Employment Trails Pre-Pandemic Levels

In a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment in July continued to trail pre-pandemic levels in 15 states.


Inflation Reduction Act Addresses Equity Need

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act includes $3 billion in grants to support equity, safety and affordable transportation access to rework roads and infrastructure.


$310M Awarded to Water Infrastructure Projects

Last week, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced recipient projects for $309.8 million in funding from the bipartisan...


NYC Invests $18.6M in Workforce Development

Last week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the launch of a new, innovative talent development initiative designed to help place nearly 2,300 low-income New Yorkers in careers in two...


Board Approves CA High-Speed Rail Extension

The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors approved contracts earlier this month to extend the 171-mile high-speed rail project that will ultimately connect the Bay Area and...


DOL Announces Wage Compliance Seminars

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently announced that it will be providing online compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other...


Inflation Affecting WI Rising Construction Costs

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson recently spoke with reporters about how inflation is affecting the construction industry, including increased bid costs.


Industry Responds to Inflation Reduction Act

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden was joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Representatives Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) and ...


Paint Failure Further Delays WI Treatment Plant

After facing delays due to a lack of materials and coatings, the completion of a new drinking water treatment plant in Wausau, Wisconsin, has been pushed back again after facing a coating fa...


New Soo Lock Phase 1 Substantially Completed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that the new lock at the Soo in Michigan has substantially completed its first phase of construction.


NY Seeks $5M in Lead Paint Case

In what is reported to be the largest amount ever sought from a landlord in a lead paint violation case in Western New York, the Attorney General’s Office recently requested over $5 million ...


New Drone Infrastructure Inspection Bill Introduced

Earlier this month, several U.S. Senators introduced companion legislation to the bipartisan Drone Infrastructure Inspection Act that was passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructur...


Mistrial Declared for Flint Water Crisis Case

Last week, a judge declared a mistrial after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict as to whether two engineering firms should be held responsible for lead contamination in the water in Flint, Mich...


Harris Announces $1B for Disaster Spending

At the beginning of the month, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced more than $1 billion in federal spending for disasters to be made available through a series of grants.


MA Governor Signs $11.4B Infrastructure Bill

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed an almost $11.4 billion bill to approve bond authorizations for infrastructure projects in the state.


Officials Break Ground for Portal North Bridge

For the third time in the project’s history, officials broke ground for the construction of the new Portal North Bridge.


Proposal Aids San Diego Infrastructure Projects

A proposed package of reforms to streamline infrastructure projects in San Diego would help speed up construction and lower costs if approved by the city council this fall.


$264K Recovered for Painters, Drywall Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor reported last week that a Louisiana-based contractor had misclassified 306 painters and drywall workers as independent contractors, resulting in denied overtime ...


PHMSA Issues Final Gas Pipeline Safety Rule

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced a final rule to strengthen the safety and environmental protection of more...


WW Plant Likely Cause of Paint Discoloration

Residents from several neighborhoods surrounding the Bromley Wastewater Treatment Plant in New Zealand recently reported discoloration on their homes and properties.


Workforce Training Partnerships Awarded $500M

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced that $500 million in government funding was awarded to 32 industry-led workforce training partnerships across the nation.


DOL Recovers Wages for 135 Workers

Over a span of several days, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that it recovered wages for 135 workers across three different cases spanning the country.


FHWA Unveils $7.3B PROTECT Formula Program

At the end of last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced a first-of-its-kind infrastructure program to help states prepare for and respond t...


MA Passes Bill to Decarbonize Buildings

In an effort to meet a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by 2050, legislators from both the Massachusetts House and Senate recently passed a compromise bill mandating several green ince...


DOL Awards $5M Grant for Apprenticeship Program

The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded a $5 million grant to fund a project in Palm City, Florida, to increase the skilled workforce for construction-related trades in southeast Flori...


US Announces $40B in Workforce Investments

In a recent statement, the White House announced that over $40 billion in American Rescue Plan funds have been committed to strengthening and expanding the United States’ workforce.


TX Introduces Construction Injury Prevention Act

To help address heat-related illness and death among construction workers, Texas Representative Sylvia Garcia recently filed the Construction Injury Prevention Act.


Canada Publishes New VOC Agenda

Last month, the Canadian government published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound controls on industry products, signaling the country’s intent to tak...


Oroville Dam Spillway Radial Gate Work Begins

The California Department of Water Resources recently announced that work on a multi-year project to perform maintenance repairs on the eight radial gate hoist assemblies at the Oroville Dam...


Reno Project Launched at MS Federal Courthouse

Earlier this month, crews began renovations at the Thomas G. Abernethy Federal Building in Aberdeen, Mississippi.


DOL, AGC Renew Industry Partnership

To reduce the dangers faced by construction workers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Missouri’s Associated General Contractors recently renew...


Report: Construction Demands Slowing Down

Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve released its Beige Book, also known as the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, revealing slowed construction activity in various reg...


USACE Protects, Modernizes US Infrastructure

At the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Paint Technology Center of Expertise (PTCx), coatings experts reportedly have an extensive array of laboratory equipment and instrumentation to conduct r...


PA Invests $269M in Water Infrastructure Projects

Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the investment of $269 million for 11 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and non-point source projects through the Pennsylvania Infras...


DC to Ban Gas in Most New Buildings

The Council of the District of Columbia joined several other major cities in the nation through the unanimous passing of two new pieces of legislation requiring that all new buildings and su...


EPA Adds 5 PFAS to Toxic Release Inventory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to update the Toxics Release Inventory chemical list last week, identifying five additional per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances s...


Air Force Opens Renovated Corrosion Facility

Last week, the United States Air Force inaugurated its 31st Maintenance Group corrosion control facility renovation project at the Aviano Air Base in Italy.


University Launches New Biofilm Research Center

Flinders University in Australia recently unveiled a new training center to research biofilms and develop solutions to prevent biofouling on ship hulls.


Pittsburgh Approves Contract to Assess Bridges

On Tuesday (July 19), the Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved a $1.5 million, two-year contract to inspect and evaluate all 150 city-owned bridges.


Dutch Bridge Won’t Be Dismantled for Yacht

According to reports, Rotterdam city officials have announced that the maker of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ yacht has retracted its request to dismantle a historic bridge to allow passage for...


Coatings, Materials Delay WI Treatment Plant

The completion of a new drinking water treatment plant in Wausau, Wisconsin, has recently been delayed due to a lack of materials and coatings.


NY Landlord Pays for Lead Paint Hazards

New York Attorney General Letitia James recently announced an agreement involving a Syracuse, New York-based landlord and their company for failing to protect children from lead paint hazard...


EPA Releases Draft Revision for TCE

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a draft revision regarding the unreasonable risk determination for trichloroethylene pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act s...


CA High-Speed Rail Hits Construction Milestone

The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced that crews have placed the final precast girder for the Central Valley portion of the $113 billion high-speed rail line from San F...


Recession Fears Rebuffed in New Reports

In reviewing an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data by the Associated Builders and Contractors, in addition to results from the June Dodge Momentum Ind...


Trial Begins 4 Years After Genoa Bridge Collapse

The trial for 59 people accused of manslaughter and other charges in the 2018 collapse of Italy’s Genoa Morandi Bridge began last week before adjourning for the summer.


Construction Safety Bill Progresses in NY

New York state legislature recently passed a new construction bill that seeks to heavily increase fines for criminal charges associated with jobsite deaths.


Coalition Calls for ‘Buy America’ Waiver Extension

Nearly 50 transportation groups have asked the White House to extend the waiver for the new Buy America, Build America Act requirements for construction materials included in the bipartisan ...


NY, NJ Sign Gateway Project Cost Agreement

Last week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a funding agreement to split the cost for the Hudson Tunnel and Portal North Bridge projects, advancing t...


FAA to Award $1B for Airport Improvements

In a release published last week, the White House announced that nearly $1 billion in funding provided by President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law would be awarded to airports for...


Committee Advances $18B for Military, VA Construction

At the end of June, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee announced the approval of the fiscal year 2023 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies bill.


MI Starting New ‘Rebuilding Our Bridges’ Projects

At the beginning of the month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced three major bridge repair projects starting in July as part of the state’s “Rebuilding Our Bridges” program.


EPA Finalizes Scope for Asbestos Risks

At the end of June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2: Supplemental Evaluati...


NJ to Propose Coatings Rule Amendments

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has recently informed stakeholders that it’s planning to propose amendments to its architectural coatings and consumer products rules.


NV Implementing New Portland Cement Standards

The Nevada Department of Transportation recently announced that it will be allowing the use of Portland limestone cement on new highway construction projects to reduce its carbon footprint.


Supreme Court Limits EPA Emissions Authority

On Thursday (June 30), the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.


$335M AZ Border Wall Could Be Virtual

Last month, Arizona lawmakers passed a bill that budgeted $335 million for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but according to reports the barrier could potentially be a “virtual wall”...


WA Taking 'No Action' for PCBs in Paint

The Washington State Department of Ecology recently published its final report to the state legislature for regulatory determinations under the Safer Products for Washington Program, conclud...


Canadian Government Awards Coatings Business

The Government of Canada recently announced that it has awarded $400,000 in financial assistance to Prizma Industrial Coatings to boost the adoption of digital technologies.


Global Leaders Launch Infrastructure Partnership

At the beginning of the week, leaders officially launched the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany, which is expected to mobilize $600 bi...


PG&E Fined $1.27M for Corrosion Remediation

The California Public Utilities Commission recently issued a citation against Pacific Gas and Electric Company for failing to correct problems with systems used to prevent corrosion in natur...


NPS Awards $3.4M to Preserve WWII Sites

The United States National Park Service announced last week that it had awarded $3,405,000 in grants to preserve and interpret World War II Japanese American confinement sites.


Flint Seeking Water Infrastructure Loan

The City of Flint in Michigan is planning to request nearly $12 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to complete the next round of upgrades on its water supply infrastructure.


Qatar, Airbus in Talks to Resolve Paint Dispute

According to recent reports, Airbus is engaged in talks with Qatar Airways to resolve a dispute of paint degradation, just days after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency defended its s...


Report Tests Seismic Performance of Materials

The United States Resiliency Council (USRC) recently prepared a report evaluating the comparative seismic performance of four commonly used construction types in typical multifamily developm...


Building Trades Union Protests NYC Studio Construction

Members of New York Laborers’ Local 79, Steamfitter Local 638 and Sheet Metal Local 28 recently protested at the construction site of Robert De Niro’s $600 million Wildflower Studios film pr...


Lead Paint Flakes Found in MD Neighborhoods

Last week, residents in Woodberry, Maryland, voiced concerns after finding red paint flakes that seemed to have come from work being performed on the nearby television tower which gives the ...


OR Adopting Concrete Environmental Standards

Earlier this month, the City of Portland, Oregon, announced the approval of recommendations to add Concrete Embodied Carbon Threshold requirements for city construction projects.


White House Scraps Air Force One Paint Plan

A White House administration official told reporters that a proposed paint job for Air Force One from former President Donald Trump has been nixed after a new study showed it could drive up ...


FL Resident Blocks Neighboring Paint Work

After power washing and repainting three sides of his home, South Florida resident Rene Garcia was recently blocked by his neighbor, Daryl Partlow, to finish the project.


Las Vegas City Council Approves Loop System

Last week, the Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved The Boring Company’s application to expand the Vegas Loop into downtown Las Vegas.


Affordable CA Housing Tops $1M per Apartment

According to a review of state data by The Los Angeles Times, several affordable housing projects in California are costing more than $1 million per apartment to build.


University Opens Carbon to Metal Coating Institute

Queen’s University in Canada launched its new Carbon to Metal Coating Institute last month, with a goal of coming up with a solution to protect critical metals from corrosion.


Ongoing Inflation Impacting Infrastructure Projects

Rising costs for materials are continuing to impact infrastructure projects across the United States, shrinking the effect of the bipartisan infrastructure law with officials scaling back, d...


EPA Declares $6.5B in Water Infrastructure Funds

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $6.5 billion in funding available for the agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program and the State Infrast...


HUD Announces $520M for Lead Paint Protections

On Friday (June 17), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that the Department had made $520 million in funding available to better prote...


Applications Open for Competitive Bridge Funding

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it has opened a call for applications for the competitive Bridge Investment Program established under the bipartisan infrastru...


Rising Costs Affecting MA Infrastructure Projects

Several public projects in New England are experiencing cost increases due to inflation, with some projects doubling or tripling in cost compared to original estimates.


Rikers Being Studied for Wastewater Facility

According to city records, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded a contract to Jacobs Civil Consultants to study the possibility of constructing a new Was...


FL Man Arrested for $2.5M PPP Fraud

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a Florida man was arrested and charged in connection with allegedly filing a fraudulent loan application to obtain $2.5 million in Paycheck Prote...


Biden Issues Domestic Solar Energy Orders

Last week, President Joe Biden issued three executive orders to prioritize domestic clean energy manufacturing to aid in the goal of eliminating carbon from the country’s power supply by 203...


FAA Announces $518M in Airport Grants

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration announced the award of $518 million for 416 airport construction projects across the country.


Air Force One Paint Plan Could Overheat Plane

A proposed paint job for Air Force One from former President Donald Trump could contribute to excessive temperatures on the plane, leading to other issues, the Air Force says.


LA Appoints First Chief Heat Officer

Just days after Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to create a chief heat officer position, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Marta Segura, Director of the Office of Climate Emergen...


Moody's Report Says Recession 'Not Inevitable'

In a recent report by financial services company Moody’s Analytics, economists say that although the U.S. economy is witnessing inflation, dropped savings rates, and increased revolving cred...


Longest Steel Bridge in India Opens to Public

Earlier this week, the longest steel bridge in India officially opened to the public after a five-year rehabilitation project was completed.


MI Directive Speeds Up Infrastructure Permitting

At the beginning of the month, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive to streamline the state’s permitting process for infrastructure projects of $50 million or mor...


DOT Seeking University Research Applications

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that it is seeking applications for its University Transportation Centers program, which provides grants for research, workforce deve...


EPA Issues First PFAS Test Order

On Monday (June 6), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Toxic Substances Control Act test order under the National Testing Strategy for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan...


CA Bill Sets New Heat Protections for Workers

New legislation that could set new heat protections for employees working in “ultrahigh” heat and wildfire smoke outdoors is making its way to the California Senate for consideration.


EPA Proposes Asbestos Reporting Rule

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed rule to require more comprehensive reporting on asbestos as the Agency continues to protect the public from exposure.


Soo Locks Project Cost Estimates Skyrocket

New estimates for the Soo Locks project in Michigan were released at the end of last month, revealing the project could cost double or triple the original estimated cost.


DOT Issues Waiver for US Materials Mandate

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a notice of a temporary public interest waiver regarding construction materials through the recent Buy America standards.


NPS Awards Over $7M in Historic Preservation Grants

Late last week, the U.S. National Park Service announced the award of 11 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants in 10 states, totaling $7.275 million.


Workers Protest Purple Line Labor Agreement

While major construction is anticipated to resume this August for the long-delayed Purple Line Light Rail Transit Project in Maryland, workers were recently seen protesting over a promised p...


NY DEC Launches Paint Recycling Program

To help consumers and businesses safely dispose of leftover paint, at the beginning of the month the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation formally announced that a new pai...


WH, Agencies Partner for Infrastructure Programs

Last week, the White House announced that it is partnering with philanthropic, labor and nonprofit organizations to make it easier for smaller cities and counties to apply for funding under ...


EPA Awards Over $250M in Brownfields Grants

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of $254.5 million in Brownfields Grants to 265 communities, including four grants totaling $1.6 million across Puerto ...


ABC Speaks Out Against Davis-Bacon Act

In wake of a new report issued by the Beacon Hill Institute, the Associated Builders and Contractors are again speaking out against the U.S. Department of Labor’s Davis-Bacon and Related Act...


Cleveland Expands Exterior Paint Program

Last week, members of the Cleveland City Council approved legislation authorizing an expanded exterior paint program for eligible homeowners.


White House Releases New Permitting Action Plan

Earlier this month, the Biden-Harris Administration released a new Permitting Action Plan to accelerate federal permitting and environmental reviews for infrastructure projects funded throug...


Nearly $1B Settlement Reached for Surfside

In a recent hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman, attorney Harley S. Tropin announced a $997 million settlement involving the class-action lawsuit brought by the fam...


$240M Water Infrastructure Funding Announced

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced a $240.4 million investment from the bipartisan infrastructure law for significant repairs on canal linings, dam spillways a...


Scientists Develop Coating for Corrosion Resistance

Scientists from India have recently developed a low-cost iron aluminide coating that can reportedly increase corrosion resistance in harsh environments.


WA Recycles Over 800,000 Gallons of Paint

At the beginning of the month, PaintCare released its first annual report for its Washington paint recycling program, reporting that it collected approximately 842,000 gallons of unwanted pa...


Judge Denies Qatar Request in Airbus Dispute

In the ongoing legal saga between Qatar Airways and Airbus over paint defects and contracts, a British judge recently denied Qatar’s request to reinstate a jet contract canceled by the plane...


IUPAT Protests Wage Theft at GA University

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 77 was recently joined by students, faculty and staff from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, to denounce ...


MO Announces Infrastructure Improvement Plan

The Missouri Department of Transportation recently presented its draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, the largest infrastructure improvement plan that it has ever created.


$101M Lead Settlement Gets Conflicting Ruling

Just weeks after a New York ruling, the California First Division Court of Appeal ruled on April 19 that Lloyd’s of London and other carriers that insured W.P. Fuller & Co. would not be liab...


PPG Fined Over Product Requirement Violations

The California Air Resources Board announced last week that it had reached a settlement with global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries, Inc. for selling products that violate the state’s a...


Design Revealed for New FIU Pedestrian Bridge

At the beginning of the month, the Florida Department of Transportation unveiled new design plans for the Florida International University pedestrian bridge, more than four years after the i...


EPA Issues Water Infrastructure Funding Memo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a memorandum for $43 billion in water infrastructure through the bipartisan infrastructure law to deliver clean water and replace lea...


WA Adopts All-Electric Heating Mandate

Late last month, the Washington State Building Code Council approved a new commercial energy code in a vote of 11-3, mandating that newly constructed buildings be outfitted with all-electric...


Amazon HQ2 Receives County Approval

The Arlington County Board recently announced that it has unanimously approved building plans for American multinational technology company Amazon’s new headquarters (HQ2) in Arlington, Virg...


DOL, OSHA Pay Tribute on Workers Memorial Day

Last Thursday (April 28), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration commemorated Workers Memorial Day to honor workers who have lost their lives on the job...


Paint Recycler Establishes Operations in NY

A latex paint recycling company based out of Colorado recently started setting up operations in Rotterdam, New York, to reprocess old architectural coatings under the state’s new paint stewa...


First TX Border Wall Section Nears Completion

According to state officials, the first segment of five for the state-funded border wall in Texas is “essentially” complete with all panels installed.


Klamath Dam Removal Project Gets DOI Approval

According to recent reports, the U.S. Interior Department and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have given their support for the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath Rive...


IA Bills Aims to End Public Design-Build Work

Iowa legislators have recently passed a bill in both houses that aims to provide an alternative delivery method for commercial and most public construction projects in the state. The approva...


US Iron, Steel Mandated for Infrastructure Projects

In an order issued last week, the Biden Administration announced that projects funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law will be required to use only iron and steel produced in the United ...


DOT Announces Infrastructure Emissions Program

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced a $6.4 billion Carbon Reduction Program, created under the bipartisan infrastructure law.


IL Suspends In-State Workers Requirement

About a month after the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Illinois unemployment rate fell below 5%, the state’s DOL issued a conclusion of the Employment of Illinois Workers on Pub...


USGBC Taps Cities for 2022 LEED Leadership Program

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced 15 cities and counties to participate in the 2022 LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program.


DOT Providing $1.76B Loan for Purple Line

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that its Build America Bureau has provided up to a $1.76 billion low-interest loan for the Purple Line Light Rail Transit Project in ...


Structural Issues Outlined in Warehouse Report

According to a report by engineer Dan Bruno, “significant structural issues” may have contributed to last year’s Amazon warehouse collapse in Edwardsville, Illinois.


DOE Issues RFI for Building Code Funding

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office issued a request for information to gather responses from the public that will inform the program development and exec...


Buffalo Bills Stadium Gets $600M in NY Funding

Earlier this month, the New York State Legislature approved its $220 billion state budget, which included $600 million for the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills new $1.4 billion open-...


China Planning $2.3T in Infrastructure Investments

According to recent reports, local governments in China have created lists of thousands of “major projects,” with a planned infrastructure investment amounting to at least 14.8 trillion yuan...


DOL Announces Program for Heat Hazards

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the launch of a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness ...


$120M Water Infrastructure Loan Awarded in CA

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has awarded a $120 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan to a utilities agency in San Bernard...


UK Court Stops Holocaust Memorial Construction

Upon receiving opposition from the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust over a Holocaust Memorial and Learning Center in the United Kingdom, the High Court has ruled to stop the project.


DHS Pushed for Critical Infrastructure Protection

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a report urging the Department of Homeland Security to take action to better protect the nation’s critical infrastructure.


EPA Proposes to Ban Ongoing Uses of Asbestos

On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule to prohibit ongoing uses of the only known form of asbestos currently imported into the United States.


$2.7B Port Infrastructure Funding Announced

Late last month, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that it will be investing more than $2.7 billion in funding to 300 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects across the country, focuse...


Sherwin-Williams Surcharge Targeted in Lawsuit

Late last month, attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court against coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company over its “supply chain surcharge.”


Qatar Claims Airbus Paint Defects Risk Fuel Tanks

As the court hearing between Qatar Airways and Airbus over A350 paint defects approaches, the airline now claims that the “defective” design of the aircraft poses a potential risk of the fue...


Insurers Liable for Over $100M Lead Settlement

At the end of March, the First Judicial Department of the New York Appellate Division ruled that Lloyd’s of London and other insurers were liable to pay over $100 million into a California a...


IL Approves Infrastructure Design-Build Legislation

Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives approved legislation that would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to streamline infrastructure projects.


FL Judge OKs $83M Surfside Property Settlement

Last week, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman ruled that people who owned units at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, that collapsed in June 2021, would divide $83 millio...


TIFIA Loan Approved for MD Bridge Replacement

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently approved a $200 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan for the replacement of the Governor Harry W. Nice Memoria...


FERC Rolls Back Updated Policies for Review

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put two updated policies on hold for natural gas project certifications for review after criticism from pipeline companies, natural gas u...


165,000 Gallons of Oil Leaked from IL Pipeline

A broken pipeline in Edwardsville, Illinois, has leaked an estimated 165,000 gallons of crude oil in March, with some oil flowing into a nearby creek.


DOE Releases New Federal Building Standards

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy released new building energy code requirements for federal buildings and proposed new standards for residential room air conditioners, pool heater...


US, UK Partially Lift Steel Tariffs

In a joint press release issued last week, the United States and the United Kingdom announced that the two countries had reached a deal to partially lift tariffs on steel and aluminum export...


DNR Provides Enbridge Line 3 Breach Update

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it has completed its investigation of three aquifer breaches that occurred last year during the construction of the Enbr...


OECD Report Probes PFAS in Coatings

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released a report on the commercial availability and current uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances found in va...


DOT Announces $2.9B for Infrastructure Grants

Earlier this week, Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced $2.9 billion for competitive grants to improve U.S. transportation infrastructure as part of the Bipartisan...


US Launches Clean Air in Buildings Challenge

In following the release of the Biden-Harris Administration’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, last week the Administration announced the launch of a new program to improve indoor air qu...


FL Lawmakers Fail to Pass Condo Safety Bills

Despite increased discussions and negotiations between Florida government officials since the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, the Senate and House of Representatives have...


Rulemaking Proposed for Davis-Bacon Act

For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a rulemaking for the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts to better reflect the needs of today’s construction industry and p...


Cleveland Landlords Pushed to be Lead Safe

While several years have passed since Cleveland City Council passed a law mandating the obtainment of lead-safe certificates for rental properties, landlords and property owners now only hav...


EPA Issues Civil Penalty for Antimicrobial Coating

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that a settlement had been reached with Allied BioScience, Inc. over alleged violations of federal pesticide regulations with th...


Biden Expected to Sign 2022 Spending Deal

Last week, Congress passed a $1.5 trillion omnibus bill that will fund federal agencies for the remainder of fiscal year 2022, including $775 million for infrastructure funding from the bipa...


Sherwin, DuPont Share Win in Paint Suits

Wisconsin U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman released an order at the beginning of the month announcing that claims associated with several different suits regarding lead paint exposure would ...


Construction Jobs, Wages See Rapid Growth

For the month of February, the construction industry reportedly witnessed a 40-year high in terms of growth rates in both nonsupervisory positions and wage increases.


Biden Implements Russian Energy Import Ban

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to ban the import of Russian oil, gas and coal to the United States in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


EPA Effort Announced for Chemical Reviews

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced a new research program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with the goal of modernizing the process and bringing inn...


China Revokes Imported Coatings Requirements

At the beginning of the month, the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China issued an order abolishing the “Measures for the Supervision and Administration of the ...


Dozens of Claims Filed After IL Paint Spill

Since a semi-tractor tanker spilled part of its paint load leaving a Valspar paint manufacturing plant in Kankakee, Illinois, last month, nearly three dozen claims have been filed.


Invasion Affects Construction Projects, Supplies

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to run its course, several reports have indicated how the ongoings have negatively affected construction projects in both countries, in addition ...


Coatings Giants Battle Over Patent in Court

Attorneys informed a jury on Tuesday (March 1), that a 29-year-old patent will be the key in determining whether global coatings manufacturers PPG Industries or The Sherwin-Williams Company ...


New Airline Announces Airbus Coating Defects

Earlier this week, the owner of British Airways, International Airlines Group, reported that it has experienced surface degradation on its Airbus A350 jets, similar to paint defects Qatar Ai...


GSA Announces Land Port Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. General Services Administration has recently announced major land port modernization and construction projects funded by the Biden Administration’s bipartisan infrastructure law.


CISA Releases New Cybersecurity Guidance

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has recently released new insight and advisories to protect critical assets amid cyberattacks on the Ukraine government and critical infr...


Two Firms Agree to Surfside Settlement

Months after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman recently announced plans to review tentative settlements agreed u...


Largest Dam Removal Project to Begin in 2023

According to reports, the largest dam removal in United States history is scheduled to begin in spring 2023, including the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Californ...


Rebuilding in CO Stalled by Green Codes

After the Marshall Fire destroyed more than 500 homes in Louisville, Colorado, homeowners looking to rebuild are now facing expensive obstacles in trying to meet aggressive new green buildin...


Canada Halts Pipeline Expansion Funding

The government of Canada recently announced that it plans to stop public funding for the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, following a company release stating that its project costs hav...


UK Proposes Revisions to Building Safety Bill

The Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom recently proposed amendments to the country’s Building Safe...


Phoenix Celebrates Graffiti Awareness Month

Throughout the month of February, the Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department has been working to remove graffiti from residential and commercial areas in the city.


RIBA Pushing for Mass Retrofit

The Royal Institute of British Architects has recently issued a report urging the United Kingdom’s government to retrofit homes in England’s interwar suburbs.


Congress Urged to Release Infrastructure Funds

Several organizations have recently urged President Joe Biden and Congress to release federal funding, including appropriations from the bipartisan infrastructure law, in order to prevent pr...


IL Lawmakers Look at Warehouse Standards

In the weeks following the tornado that killed six people at an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, state lawmakers have announced that they will be considering statewide standards fo...


Court Dismisses Denver Contractors' Vaccine Lawsuit

At the beginning of the month, U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello ruled to dismiss claims in a lawsuit filed by several contractor groups over the city of Denver’s COVID-19 vacc...


Mississippi River Channel Entering Final Phase

According to reports, the project to deepen the Mississippi River Ship Channel has hit a milestone as ships have started travelling through the channel with the newly dredged 48-foot draft s...


US, Japan Announce Steel Trade Deal

At the beginning of the week, The White House announced a new deal between the United States and Japan to roll back tariffs on Japanese steel.


FL Bill Calls for Mandatory Structural Inspections

Just as Hurricane Andrew in 1992 pushed Florida legislators to address dated building codes and inspection regulations, last year’s collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside has shed li...


Biden Boosts Quality of Federal Construction

The Biden-Harris Administration has taken another step in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, on-time and at a reasonable cost with the signing of a new executive order by President Joe ...


Contract Awarded for Roberto Clemente Bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $34,477,777 to Mosites Construction Company of Pittsburgh for rehabilitation of the Sixth Street (Robert...


Contractor Facing Incarceration Over Violations

After failing to pay the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration more than $2 million in fines, a Florida-based roofing contractor is now facing pot...


Bangladesh Factory Collapse Trial Resumes

After more than five years of being halted while several defendants attempted to have their charges vacated, recent reports have indicated that the murder trial over the Bangladesh factory c...


White House Releases Infrastructure ‘Roadmap’

Earlier this week, the White House released the first edition of its Bipartisan Infrastructure Law guidebook that contains a comprehensive list of the more than 375 programs and available fu...


Airbus Cancels $6B Contract with Qatar Airways

Late last month, Airbus confirmed that it has canceled its $6 billion contract with Qatar Airways in the midst of an ongoing legal dispute regarding coating defects on its jets.


Over $2B Funding Allotted for Disaster Recovery

Late last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the Allocations for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery and Implementation of the CDBG-DR Consolidated...


Painted Building Denied Retroactive Permission

The Covington Board of Architectural Review and Development (BOARD) in Kentucky recently denied retroactive permissions on a downtown building that had recently been painted black without fo...


US Plastics Pact Releases Materials Report

Last week, the U.S. Plastics Pact released its Problematic and Unnecessary Materials Report, identifying 11 plastic packaging items that are “not currently reusable, recyclable, or compostab...


DOE Launches $20B Energy Grid Program

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of its “Building a Better Grid” Initiative to modernize the country’s national grid as party of the bipartisan infrastr...


US to Strengthen Building Performance Standards

During the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting last week, President Joe Biden announced that his Administration would be launching a Building Performance Standards Coalition dedi...


FTA Upgrades Rating for Gateway Tunnel Project

The Federal Transit Administration recently announced that it has upgraded the Hudson Tunnel project’s rating, clearing the final roadblock needed to receive federal funding.


EPA Affirms Lead Paint Enforcement Plans

On Friday (Jan. 21), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to proceed with the withdrawal of previously published answers to two Frequently Asked Questions concerning prop...


$479M Funding Awarded for Soo Lock Project

The nearly $1.5 billion Soo Locks project has been fully funded thanks to additional funding from the bipartisan infrastructure bill, using $479 million of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ...


$1B Residential Program Announced in NY

Earlier this month, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced nearly $1.4 billion in investments to preserve or construct 3,242 affordable, sustainable and supportive homes across the state.


NY Wind Farm Receives Final Approval

Last week, New York’s first offshore wind farm, South Fork Wind, received the final approval needed for the project to move forward with the start of construction.


NLRB Reviewing Independent Contractor Standard

At the end of December, the National Labor Relations Board issued a notice in The Atlanta Opera, Inc. 371 NLRB No. 45 (2021) inviting parties and amici to submit briefs addressing whe...


Canada Awards Funding for Coatings Research

Earlier this month, the Government of Canada awarded $24 million to Queen’s University to research and develop carbon-to-metal coatings to protect metal surfaces from corrosion.


$107M Infinity Bridge Opens in Dubai

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority recently announced the opening of the Infinity Bridge, a key component of the almost $1.4 billion Al Shindagha Corridor Project.


US Issues Russian Cyber Threat Warning

The Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency issued a joint Cybersecurity Advisory last week warning of Russian cyber th...


Renovation Firms Sued Over Lead Paint Violations

Last Thursday (Jan. 13), the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced that a civil lawsuit had been filed against CISNE NY Construction, Inc., CISNE JE...


USDOT Announces Bridge Formula Program

Last week, President Joe Biden announced a new program launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation targeting the replacement and repair of the nation’s bridges as part of the bipartisa...


Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to block the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers, undermining President Joe Biden’s attempts...


AZ Senator Proposes $700 Million for Border Wall

Arizona Senator Wendy Rogers recently introduced new legislation to appropriate $700 million in state funding to pay for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.


Qatar, Airbus Paint Defect Dispute Continues

Qatar Airways and Airbus have both taken legal action last month in the ongoing dispute over reports of coating defects on the company’s A350 jets.


States Urged to Select Infrastructure Coordinators

Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, reached out to state leaders at the beginning of the month encouraging them to appoint their own infrastructure coordin...


UK Developers Forced to Fix Cladding

The Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom recently issued a letter to residential property developers...


Judge Rules Skanska Negligent in Pensacola Case

A federal judge found contractor and design-build team Skanska USA negligent last month in the case of when its construction barges broke lose from its Pensacola Bay Bridge project during Hu...


Building Museum Launches Climate Program

Late last year, The National Building Museum announced the launch of a new program series focused on three essential aspects of addressing climate change in the industry.


New Permits Granted for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Two water permits were approved last month for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, raising concerns over its impacts on the environment and sparking lawsuits.


NYC Mayor Shortlists JVs for $6B Jail Projects

In a press release issued last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced that they had reviewed and approved six teams to develo...


PFAS Testing Petition Granted by EPA

At the end of December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had granted a petition from six North Carolina public health and environmental justice organizations to ord...


EPA Releases Draft Scope for Asbestos Risks

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency requested public input in an emailed press release on its draft scope document for the Toxic Substances Control Act Risk Evaluation for Asbesto...


Price Increases Squeezing Contractors' Margins

The Associated General Contractors of America recently discovered in an analysis of government data that increased prices of construction materials are outpacing the rate at which contractor...


White House Announces Lead Action Plan

The White House recently released its Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law, to deliver clean drinking water, replace lead pipes and remediate lead pai...


Settlement Reached Over VT Bridge Allegations

The U.S Attorney General’s Office recently announced that it has reached a civil settlement with contractor J.A. McDonald, Inc. over allegations that it defectively built four bridges in Ver...


$1.3M Spent on Repairs for MN Capitol

Officials from the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission recently provided an update on ongoing $1.3 million decorative paint and plaster renovations, noting that humidity in the b...


AGC Sues Over Vaccine Mandate

Despite the Associated General Contractors of America’s efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccination for construction workers, the association reportedly filed suit to block the Biden Administrat...


WA Issues Draft Report on Paint iPCBS

In taking the next step to finding alternatives to potential inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls, particularly those found in paint, the Washington State Department of Ecology recently pub...


Russia Cracking Down on Counterfeit Coatings

The Russian Building Ministry has developed a series of amendments to hold individuals who are producing or selling counterfeit coatings criminally accountable in the hopes of benefitting th...


Biden Names Infrastructure Bill Coordinators

Earlier this week, the White House announced that it has appointed two new advisors for the coordination of bipartisan infrastructure law.


US SEC Investigating Tesla Solar Panels

Following a whistleblower complaint, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have launched an investigation into Tesla regarding the company’s...


$160 Billion Approved for San Diego Transit Plan

Last week, the San Diego Association of Government announced that its Board of Directors had passed the 2021 Regional Transportation Plan.


OSHA Working to Develop Heat Standards

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it had extended the comment period on the Advance Notice of Propose...


NYC to Update Various Construction Codes

The New York City Department of Buildings recently announced the official passage of major legislation in the City Council to update the city’s Construction Codes with the aim of keeping the...


Asian Government Takes Over Stadium

Just a little over a year since Chinese football club Guanzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C. broke ground on its $1.8 billion soccer stadium, reports indicate that its government has taken over the...


TX Man Sentenced for PPP Fraud and Laundering

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a Texas man was sentenced to over nine years in prison for his fraud and money laundering scheme of loans from the Small Business Administration’...


OSHA to Improve Workplace Fatality Procedures

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration released new instructional guidance on how the administration plans to communicate fatality in...


NY Gateway Tunnel Receives Final Permit

At the beginning of the month, officials for the Gateway Development Commission announced that the final permit for the Hudson Tunnel Project has been obtained.


NYC Considering Drones for Facade Inspections

In a new comprehensive report released by the New York City Department of Buildings, the city contemplated the use of unmanned aircraft systems for facade and safety inspections throughout t...


US Tariffs Doubled on Canadian Lumber

At the end of November, the U.S. Department of Commerce was reported to have officially increased tariffs on antidumping and countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports.


Lawsuit Filed Over FL Condo Collapse

In a recent lawsuit filed on behalf of Champlain Towers South victims and family members, new allegations claim that the construction of a neighboring luxury building is what triggered the d...


USDOT Announces $1 Billion in RAISE Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced nearly $1 billion in infrastructure grants have been awarded through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and E...


Congress Looking to Add Green Tax Incentives

To push building projects towards energy-efficiency and zero-energy, reports have recently indicated that Congress is looking to enhance tax incentives for work on government projects in add...


EPA Announces New Lead Paint Enforcement

At the beginning of the month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to hold property management companies responsible for lead-based paint safety requirements.


Groundbreaking Held for US Offshore Wind Farm

Last week, U.S. officials broke ground for the construction of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, in Massachusetts.


ACA Urges Execution of TSCA Changes

In a recent letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Coatings Association wrote to express support of the continued implementation of the Lautenberg amendments to the...


Advisor Selected to Implement Infrastructure Bill

The White House recently announced that President Joe Biden has named former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu as senior advisor responsible for the implementation of the bipartisan infrastru...


US, Canada to Discuss Enbridge Line 5

The White House has announced that the United States and Canada are expected to “engage constructively” in negotiations regarding the Enbridge Energy Line 5 pipeline.


Canada Plans Carbon-Neutral Petrochemical Plant

Northern Petrochemical Corporation and the Municipal District of Greenview in Canada have recently announced they have signed a land sale agreement for construction of a $2.5 billion carbon-...


'Build Back Better' Will Aid Buildings

Today (Nov. 15), President Joe Biden will sign into law the largest federal investment in infrastructure in more than a decade. Slated to be joined by several members of Congress, the $1.2 t...


DOL Acts to Promote Workers' Rights

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor, alongside the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, announced a joint initiative to raise awar...


Congress Passes $1.2T Infrastructure Bill

After months of deliberation, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—a $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill—on Friday (Nov. 5).


OSHA Issues ETS Vaccination Rule

On Monday (Nov. 5), the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an emergency temporary standard requiring employers with 100 or more employees to i...


Biden Sued Over Border Wall Construction Halt

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, co-lead with Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, has filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration for halting construction of the U.S.-Mexico borde...


US, EU Reach New Tariff Agreement

The White House recently announced a new deal between the United States and the European Union to roll back tariffs on European steel and aluminum.


Plans Revealed for MX Metro Rebuild

Carlos Slim, Mexico business magnate and owner of Grupo Carso, recently reached an agreement with Mexico City officials to pay for the costs of rebuilding the subway line that collapsed in M...


Developer Sued for Delayed Boston High-Rise

According to a complaint issued early last month, Miami-based developer 399 Congress is suing its general contractor, John Moriarty & Associates (Winchester, Massachusetts) for failing to co...


New Partnership Announced for CA Ports

Last week, California and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a partnership to facilitate projects and financing opportunities for infrastructure improvements.


Contractors Needed for Water Tank Improvements

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


Congress Approves Project Stopgap Funding

Last week, Congress passed a second short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which is now set to expire on Dec. 3.


EPA Announces PFAS Strategic Roadmap

Last month, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the creation of the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap to address contamination regarding per- and poly...


Hawbaker Issued Second Class-Action Lawsuit

For the second time in the past six months, State College, Pennsylvania-based contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. has been issued a class-action lawsuit.


Last Trial for FIU Bridge Collapse Scheduled

The trial for the last remaining lawsuit for the Florida International University bridge collapse in 2018 has reportedly been scheduled for Jan. 10, 2022.


Senate Confirms OSHA Leader

On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Contractors Wanted for CA Bridge Replacement

The City of Petaluma in California is seeking contractors to replace the First and F Street Bridges.


Proposal Aims to Restore NEPA Regulations

The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced this month that it plans to reinstate federal regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act regarding environmental reviews ...


FL Contractors Create Safety Task Force

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida recently announced that it has created an industry task force for building structure and safety discussions.


Walsh Launches Addiction Recovery Program

As part of an initiative to address alcohol and drug addiction within the construction industry, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and the Massachusetts Building Trades Council have launched ...


DOE Invests in ‘Connected Communities’

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a $61 million project last week to launch new technology for developing “Connected Communities.”


Contractors Needed for Water Tank Repair

The City of Sycamore in Illinois is currently seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of a 750,000-gallon toroellipse elevated water storage tank.


Prior Pipeline Damage Caused CA Oil Spill

Coast Guard officials announced at a press conference Friday that the underwater pipeline responsible for the California oil spill was likely damaged by a ship’s anchor months prior to the i...


DOL Releases Conformance Request Guide

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


CA Tax Credit Boosts Historic Preservation

Recently, the state of California became one of the latest states to offer tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic buildings. Like federal tax credits for rehabilitation of historic s...


Contractors Wanted for Clemente Bridge Rehab

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Sixth Street (Roberto Clemente) Bridge located in Pittsburgh.


EPA Launches Lead-Safe Training Program

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new training initiative, Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach, in Southern California communities.


Paint Company Cited After Employee Death

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Valmont Coatings following the investigation of an employee’s death in Oklahoma.


Court Rules in Favor of Border Wall Funding

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 2020 lower court ruling that blocked an estimated $3.6 billion of U.S.-Mexico border wall funding proposed by the Trump Administration and return...


Ontario Increases Paint Recycle Costs 400%

The Ontario Government has recently announced that due to new consumer eco fees for a wide range of products, its new Hazardous and Specialty Products (HSP) Regulation would be driving up ma...


Construction Groups Sue Over Vaccine Mandate

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


Nord Stream 2 Reaches Competition

Pipeline operator Nord Stream 2 AG was recently reported to be filling the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, one month after its announced completion.


OR Passes Fire-Resistant Material Mandate

Recently, state lawmakers in Oregon passed new legislation outlining fire-safe building codes, in addition to the development and maintenance of a comprehensive statewide map of wildfire ris...


NY Governor to Resolve Cuomo Bridge Dispute

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


Safety Sweeps Shut Down 1,499 Sites

Last month, New York City Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced the results of the Department’s citywide “Zero Tolerance” construction safety enforcement campaign, revealing t...


Investigation Launched into CA Oil Spill

In a joint statement issued over the weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that an investigation had been launched into the cause, volume...


PennDOT P3 Process Presses Forward

The Pennsylvania Public-Private Transportation Partnership Office has recently announced that it will be inviting three teams to submit proposals for its Major Bridge P3 Initiative.


Contractors, Subs Mandated for Vaccine

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


USDOT Announces $1.6B Hampton Roads Loan

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that its Build America Bureau would be providing a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act direct loan in the amou...


Boston Passes Building Emissions Ordinance

In a unanimous decision, the Boston City Council has recently approved a new ordinance, requiring all buildings larger than 20,000 square feet to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050.


AU Projects Shutdown Over Vaccine Protests

Project sites were shut down last week after construction workers engaged in violent protests regarding Australia’s Victorian Government announcement to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.


Army Corps Releases $29B Ike Dike Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recently submitted its final feasibility report and final environmental impact statement for the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study to the Ch...


CA Considers Bridge Pipeline, Desalination

As a result of the worsening drought in Marin County, California, water officials report that they are now considering two options: an emergency pipeline over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge ...


OSHA Issues Enhanced Heat Protection Measures

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced plans to better combat hazards associated with extreme heat exposure—both indoors and outdoors...


Engineer Firms to Pay 'Forgivable' PPP Loans

In new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, engineering firms with contracts for state infrastructure projects are being instructed to repay forgivable federal payroll loans re...


Enbridge Fined $3M for Environmental Violations

In recent developments involving the replacement of the Line 3 crude oil pipeline, reports indicate that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ordered Enbridge Energy to pay $3.3...


TX Recommends Contractors for Border Wall

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


FTA Announces $2.2B in Transit Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration recently announced the availability of $2.2 billion in competitive grants for transit systems.


EPA Plans New Wastewater, PFAS Regulations

On Wednesday (Sept. 8), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to develop three new rulemakings in regard to identifying opportunities to better protect public health and t...


September 11 Memorial Receives $2.5M Grant

At the beginning of the week, the National Park Service announced that it had awarded the National September 11 Memorial and Museum a $2.5 million 9/11 Memorial Act grant.


EPA Plans New Rulemaking on PBT Chemicals

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intentions to establish a new rulemaking and anticipates proposing new rules for five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemi...


Boston Requests Funds for Seawall

The Boston Planning and Development Agency has recently announced plans for a new program to raise funds for a seawall to protect the city’s low-lying Marine Industrial Park from rising ocea...


Fraud Suit Against Painting Contractor Settled

Recently, the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York announced that it has settled civil fraud claims against New York-area painting contractor Spectrum Painting Corp.


ABC Releases Construction Input Price Report

In taking an analysis of data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index, the Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction input prices rose 0.6% in...


NPS Issues Several Historic Preservation Grants

On Monday (Aug. 30), the U.S. National Park Service announced that it would be awarding $7.27 million in Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants to support the preservation of historic bui...


Electronic Signatures Approved for IL Agencies

Last week, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed new legislation allowing the use of electronic signatures at the Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and t...


Wage Increases Proposed for Federal Contractors

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


$2B TX Border Wall Bill Wins House Approval

At the end of last week, members of the Texas House were reported to have approved nearly $2 billion in additional funding for the construction of the Texas-Mexico border wall.


NIST Names Champlain Tower Investigators

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology announced its selection of a team of technical experts to investigate the partial collapse of the ...


$120M WIFIA Loan Awarded to CA

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $120 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan for California’s Pure Water San Diego project.


FAA Invests $766M for Sustainability, Safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration announced earlier this week that it has awarded more than $766 million in grants “to build safer, more sustainable and...


White House Calls for Solar Investments

In a report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy on the Biden administration's solar policies earlier this week, solar power could represent 40% of the nation’s electrical generation by 2...


Navy Awards $1.7B Dry Dock Extension Project

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the Navy had awarded a $1.7 billion firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a multi-mission dry dock at the Portsm...


PHMSA Fines Dakota Pipeline Operator

Upon completing inspections at Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a $93,000 f...


Largest 3D-Printed Project in US Reaches Completion

Last week, construction 3D printing company ICON announced that it had reached completion of a new training barracks facility in Bastrop, Texas.


NJ Bill Passed to Replace Lead Pipes

Recently, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a new bill into law, requiring that hundreds of public water systems in the state have their inventories taken for lead pipes so that the inf...


$840M Contract Awarded for KY Hospital Project

Officials with Louisville, Kentucky’s new Department of Veterans Affairs hospital recently confirmed that an $840 million contract has been awarded to Walsh-Turner Joint Venture II to build ...


CA Energy Commission Expands Solar Requirements

Late last week, the California Energy Commission announced that it has adopted the 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for newly constructed and renovated buildings.


TX to Spend $25M on 2-Mile Border Wall

In continuing the efforts made by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to produce a state-funded border wall, the Texas Department of Transportation has announced that it’s set to pay nearly $25 million f...


FERC to Review Climate Impacts for 2 Projects

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has recently ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not thoroughly consider environmental justices or the potential climate im...


Chicago Center Breaks Ground Despite Pushback

Crews have officially broken ground at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park earlier this week.


EPA Reaches $1M Clean Water Settlement

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Noble Energy, Inc., Noble Midstream Partners LP, and Noble Midstream Services, LLC (coll...


NOLA Officials Pause $557M Contract

Last week, the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority voted to put on hold a $557 million contract for the renovation of its convention center.


PaintCare Programs Hit 50M Gallons Collected

PaintCare—the nonprofit organization set up by paint manufacturers to operate paint recycling programs—recently announced that it has collected more than 50 million gallons of paint from hom...


Bids Wanted for MD Construction, Painting

Anne Arundel County Public Schools, in Glen Burnie, Maryland, is accepting bids for the construction and painting of a new addition to the North County High School Field House.


PA Contractor Sentenced in Wage Case

A Pennsylvania contractor has pleaded no contest and has been sentenced in what’s being called the largest prevailing wage theft case in U.S. history. According to a press release from Attor...


Senate Passes $1.2T Infrastructure Bill

On Tuesday (Aug. 10), the United States Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—a $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill—after weeks of negotiations.


Marine Corps Research Blast Booth Productivity

Just last month, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Public Affairs reported on its recent partnership with the Marine Corps Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPAC) Program ...


Judge Announces Skanska Barge Ruling

Recently, U.S. District Court Judge Lacey Collier ruled that contractor and design-build team Skanska USA was operating under maritime law when its construction barges broke lose from its Pe...


Drought Shuts Down CA Hydroelectric Plant

As a result of the ongoing drought in California, the Edward Hyatt hydroelectric power plant has undergone a forced shutdown as there is no longer enough water available to power it.


Amendments Adopted in US Infrastructure Bill

In working through a series of submitted proposed amendments to the United States government’s infrastructure package, the Senate was recently reported to have approved a proposal to broaden...


NY Pushing Public Contracts Advisory Bill

A Construction Industry Public Contracting Advisory bill is on its way to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk that seeks to better the public contracting process in the state. While the bill o...


Bids Wanted for CO Building Remodel

Moffat County, Colorado, is accepting bids for the remodeling of a former Kmart big box store into the new county courthouse and offices.


Norway to Bury 1.25B Tons of CO2

To meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Norway has recently launched work on what it’s calling “Project Longship”—a 1.7 billion ($2.01 billion) project that plans to bury up to 1.25 b...


AGC Announces Built Environment Initiative

The Associated General Contractors of America has embarked on a new environmentally friendly mission, outlining a series of steps that public officials and the construction industry should t...


Flooding Causes $1.5B in Damages to German Railway

After experiencing severe flooding at the end of last month, national German railway operator Deutsche Bahn has estimated that the network suffered over a billion euros in damages.


Contractor Pleads Guilty in ME Bridge Case

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


DOE Announces Funding for Small Business R&D

The Department of Energy has announced $127 million in funding for research and development projects, particularly within small businesses.


SBA to Revamp PPP Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration recently announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program loans of $150,000 or less to apply for loan forgiveness.


Work Continues, Suits Begin Around Notre Dame

The global effort to reconstruct parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral is in full swing as a Washington, D.C., group recently announced it will be using 800-year-old building techniques to recon...


EPA Extends Comment Period on PFAS Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two new updates in emailed press releases regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, both extending the public comment period for its prop...


Plans Scrapped for NV Solar Project

Last week, developers for what was slated to be the largest solar photovoltaic project in Nevada, withdrew its plans “in response to recent communication” with the federal Bureau of Land Man...


FTC Codifies 'Made in USA' Label Requirements

Earlier this month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission published a final rule regarding “Made in the USA” claims and labels. While the rule doesn’t impose and new mandates, it does codify its...


Chemical Safety Board Reiterates Goals, Agenda

Earlier this week, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a video message from its Chairperson and CEO, Katherine Lemos.


TX Prepares to Begin Border Wall Bidding

The Texas Facilities Commission has recently announced its intensions to seek a project manager for the construction of a border wall.


NY Looks at Building Permit Bill

The New York State Legislature is reportedly considering a bill that would allow state-licensed architects and engineers to issue building permits—a shift from local municipalities and speci...


Bids Wanted for VA Construction, Painting

The City of Chesapeake is accepting bids for the construction and painting of a replacement Fire Station No. 8 in Virginia.


ABC Leads Coalition Against PLA Legislation

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently announced an advocacy campaign against project labor agreements, leading the Build America Local coalition with the goal to educate “American...


$2.1B AirTrain Approved for LaGuardia Project

A large piece of the puzzle has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for the LaGuardia Airport project—a $2 billion AirTrain.


Walsh Requests Budget Boost for OSHA

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has reportedly requested an increase in funding for Occupational Safety and Health Administration staffing. During a Senate subcommittee meeting last week, W...


CA Hospitals Aim to Push Seismic Requirements

The California Hospital Association, along with Gov. Gavin Newsom, are proposing another extension that would mandate hospitals upgrade their structures to ensure that they can stand up to a...


Pittsburgh Launches Innovative Mobility Service

Earlier this month, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto joined the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure and partners today in launching Move PGH—a first of its kind Mobility as a Service sy...


EPA Announces TSCA Committee, Webinar

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently made several announcements via email regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act: namely, that new members have been appointed to the TSCA Sc...


Bids Wanted for San Diego Airport Work

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is accepting bids for airside improvements as part of its Airport Development Plan.


SBA Removes PPP Loan Questionnaire

The U.S. Small Business Administration has reportedly informed lenders that it is eliminating the Loan Necessity Questionnaire for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $2 million or greater.


US Solar Projected to Exceed Wind in 2022

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has recently issued an independent statistics and analysis report, revealing that large-scale U.S. solar capacity growth was expected to exceed win...


EPA Unveils PFAS Stewardship Program, Webinar

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a stewardship program that it says aims to encourage the voluntary withdrawal of previously granted low volume exemptions (LVEs) f...


OR Men to be Charged in PPP Fraud

According to the District of Oregon’s Department of Justice, two men have recently pleaded guilty to their role in a scheme to steal funds from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck P...


Supreme Court Approves Eminent Domain Use

In a ruling last month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in a 5-4 decision that the state of New Jersey could not block construction of the PennEast natural gas pipeline on state lands.


Construction Cost Report Highlights Decisions

A new quarterly National Construction Cost Index report from construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall shows that the NCCI was up 4.6%. in the first quarter of 2021 compared to tha...


EPA Revokes Exemption for Antimicrobial Coating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order to Allied BioScience for its product SurfaceWise2, a residual antimicrobial surface coating.


China Halts High-Rise Work Over Safety

China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced last week that it is prohibiting the construction of some of the tallest high-rises among mounting safety concerns.


OR Passes Emissions Bill

Oregon lawmakers recently passed legislation requiring that the state’s power grid reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2030 and 90% by 2035.


New Bill Proposes Apprenticeship Consortium

A bill was recently introduced the U.S. Senate that supports the establishment of an apprenticeship college consortium. The “Apprenticeships of College Act,” would order the Secretary of Lab...


Navy, EPA Enter Wastewater Upgrade Agreement

Announced at the end of June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that it would be entering a Federal Facility Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Navy to complete major upgrade...


PG&E Agrees to $5.9M Water Discharge Settlement

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently reached a settlement agreement, involving the payment of $5.9 million to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, which are slate...


Seattle Bridge Awarded $11.2M in Funding

At the end of June, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a grant advance notice, notifying the Seattle Department of Transportation that it had been awarded $11.25 million for repair...


USDOT Announces $905M in INFRA Awards

Last Wednesday, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced $905.25 million worth of intended awards by the Biden-Harris Administration regarding the Infrastructure ...


EPA Announces Changes to TSCA Evaluations

On Wednesday (June 30), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced policy changes surrounding the Toxic Substances Control Act that impact the first 10 chemicals that underwent risk ...


Bids Wanted for AK Facility Construction, Painting

The Municipality of Skagway is accepting bids for the construction and painting of single-story restroom facility at Shoreline Park in Skagway Borough, Alaska.


Support Pledged for NY Gateway Tunnel

Following a tour at New York City’s 110-year-old Hudson tunnel alongside New York-New Jersey congressional delegation, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pledged that the Biden adm...


JPCL June Issue is Now Online

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


FL Court Rules 'Act of Nature' on Corrosion, Rust

In Dodge v. People’s Trust Insurance Company, 2021 WL 2217299 (4th DCA Jun. 2, 2021), a Florida court ruled that rust and corrosion of water pipes is considered an “act of nature.”


US Approaching Close on Infrastructure Deal

According to reports, White House negotiators and a group of senators reached a tentative agreement last week on a potential bipartisan infrastructure agreement.


Bids Wanted for PA Elementary School Reno

The Shikellamy School District in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, is seeking bids for the renovations at the Chief Shikellamy Elementary School, located in the Susquehanna Valley.


Vancouver to Pause Net-Zero Code Update

The City of Vancouver is considering holding off on recent net-zero construction requirements over a concern of building permit delays.


BCF: Manufacturers Worried About UK REACH

The British Coatings Federation recently released a survey of United Kingdom coatings manufacturers, who are increasingly concerned about the impact of the new U.K. chemical regulations.


$19M Settlement Reached for CITGO Oil Spill

Last week, the United States Department of Justice announced that Houston-based CITGO Petroleum Corporation had agreed to a $19.69 million settlement to resolve federal and state claims for ...


DOL Announces $21M in Safety Training Funding

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profits.


DOL to Look at Overtime Pay Threshold

At a House committee hearing earlier this month, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh revealed that the Department of Labor will again be reviewing the current overtime threshold under the Fair Labor...


NC Bill Aims to Reduce Emissions, Retire Coal

Backed by Duke Energy, last week North Carolina House Republicans presented a new energy bill expected to reduce carbon emissions and retire several coal-fired plants ahead of schedule.


Bids Wanted for MO Fire Station Work

The Town of Springfield, Missouri, is seeking bids for the construction and painting of the interior and exterior of Fire Station 13.


TX Governor Announces $250M for Border Wall

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a $250 million down payment for the construction of hundreds of miles of border wall.


FL Authorizes Virtual Inspection Practices

Earlier this year, the Florida Building Codes Act was amended to authorize any government entity with the authority to enforce the building code to perform virtual inspections.


Norfolk Naval Shipyard Gets New Blast Booth

Last month, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s Paint and Blasting Shop (Code 970, Shop 71) in Portsmouth, Virginia, was reported to have received an equipment upgrade.


MI Sandblasting Business Cited for Violations

On several occasions this year, Kalamazoo Sandblast (Kalamazoo, Michigan) was investigated by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Air Quality Division (AQD) upon r...


WA Finds Reason to Restrict Paint iPCBs

The Washington State Department of Ecology hosted its webinar at the beginning of the month that provided an update on its efforts to find alternatives to potential inadvertent Polychlorinat...


Lake Mead Suffers Historic Lows, Dam Energy Affected

Last week, southern Nevada’s Lake Mead hit historic lows, with officials reporting that the United States’ largest reservoir by volume was at an all-time low of just 1,071.44 feet—or roughly...


NY Passes Low-Carbon Concrete Bill

The New York legislature recently passed a bill that is designed to promote the use of low-carbon concrete for state construction projects. The bill is now on its way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ...


NV Plans to Accelerate $2B Grid Expansion

At the start of the month, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced plans to sign a bill that would accelerate the construction of a $2 billion, 525 Kilovolt Greenlink transmission network.


Federal Budget Outlines $480M for Soo Lock

While the 2022 federal budget has a long path ahead before final approvals, President Joe Biden’s plan proposes $480 million in federal funding for the construction of Michigan’s Soo Locks.


EPA Announces Multiple Actions on PFAS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced three actions with the goal of reducing risks to the public from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.


Buttigieg Visits Memphis Bridge; Timeline Suggested

Last Thursday (June 3), U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to the I-40 Hernando de Soto Bridge to meet with regional transportation officials on the structur...


Bids Wanted for VA Atrium Renovation

Arlington County in Arlington, Virginia, is seeking bids for the renovation of the Bozman Lobby Atrium in the Bozman Government Center.


TC Energy Terminates Keystone XL

On Wednesday (June 9), Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced that was officially cancelling the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project.


NY Wage Theft Bill Headed to Cuomo's Desk

The New York State Senate and State Assembly have passed legislation that would impact general contractors in the event of wage theft.


Markup Begins on $547B Highway Bill

Yesterday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee began what is believed will be a days-long mark up process on the recently introduced Investing in a New Vision for the Envir...


FY22 Budget Proposes $11.2B for EPA

Last week, President Joe Biden submitted his budget request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, with emphasis on issues such as the environment, science and support of ...


Senate Committee Approves $304B Highway Bill

Last Wednesday (May 26), the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee was reported to have unanimously voted in favor of a five-year, $303.5-billion highway bill.


DOB to Sweep Large NYC Construction Sites

New York’s Department of Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca announced last week that the DOB will be mobilizing teams of inspectors across the city’s five boroughs to perform safety ...


Bids Wanted for WA Library Repainting

The Town of Issaquah, Washington, is seeking bids for the painting of the exterior of Issaquah Library. The Issaquah Library was founded in 1902 before being moved to its current location.


Biden Appoints 4 to Fine Arts Commission

In a move to further cement the reversal of former President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on federal architecture design, President Joe Biden recently announced his intent to appoint four ...


DOE Awards $1.1M for Cold Spray Research

Last month, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded computational materials design specialist QuesTek Innovations LLC (Evanston, Illinois) $1.1 million in Small Business Innovation Research Ph...


FL Governor Signs Flood Prevention Law

To better prepare the state for future flooding and sea level rise, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed two bills into law, outlining a several-years-long spending plan.


Bids Wanted for PA Library Addition, Reno

The Dauphin County Library System in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is seeking bids for an addition and renovation to the McCormick Riverfront Library.


US, UK Agree to Work Together for BIM Program

Early this week, a Memorandum of Understanding was announced between representatives of the United Kingdom and the United States as a pledge to work together on the development of the U.S. N...


Oil Chem Owner Sentenced for Flint Dumping

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that President and owner of Oil Chem Inc., Robert J. Massey, had been sentenced 12 months in prison for violating the Clean Water...


USDOT Reinstates Local Hiring Program

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


Leaders Meet to Discuss Trade Agreements, Tariffs

Trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico met for two days this week for the first time to review the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which took effect in July 2020.


CA Proposes Over $5B for Water Infrastructure

In the wake of an ongoing and expanding state-wide drought, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a $5.1 billion investment, slated to take over four years, for immediate drought respons...


We Build the Wall Founder Indicted for Tax Fraud

Founder of We Build the Wall, Brian Kolfage, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Florida for filing a false tax return and wire fraud.


PA Mayor Signs EO to Combat Construction Fraud

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed an executive order last month that aims to cut down on construction fraud, promote worker safety and protect city tax revenue.


Tax Audits Considered to Boost Infrastructure

President Joe Biden has recently proposed a new way to achieve funding for his multimillion-dollar plan intended to boost infrastructure, families and education.


Bids Wanted for AZ College Painting Project

The Northland Pioneer College in in Holbrook, Arizona, is seeking bids for the painting of a skills center.


Business Reminded to Apply for PPP Forgiveness

With the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program coming to an end on May 31, various reports are reminding small business borrowers to apply for loan forgiveness, although PPP forgiv...


Colonial Pays $5M Ransom, Returns Service

After paying a ransom of nearly $5 million, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system, Colonial Pipeline, has reported that it has officially resumed “normal operations” following a ...


US Approves First Major Offshore Wind Farm

Last week, the Biden administration announced the approval for construction and operation of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore windfarm.


Firm Tapped to Investigate MX Metro Collapse

In the events following the subway overpass collapse in Mexico City at the beginning of the month, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has recently announced that Norwegian risk management firm DNV has ...


Bids Wanted for FL Residential Project

The Clearwater Housing Authority in Clearwater, Florida, is seeking bids for the maintenance of the Ralph Richards Tower. The Ralph Richards Tower is a seven-story building that provides hou...


US Pipeline Suffers Cyberattack, Shuts Down

Last week, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system, Colonial Pipeline (Alpharetta, Georgia), shut down all its operations after experiencing a ransomware attack.


DOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor late last week announced the withdrawal of the “Independent Contractor Rule,” that was published in early January and was slated to implement a new test to deter...


Complaints Filed Against Enbridge Line 3

Complaints filed by landowners in northern Minnesota, are accusing Enbridge Inc. of not being forthright about remediation efforts associated with its Line 3 pipeline replacement project.


NY Lawmaker Introduces Amtrak Repair Bill

New York Representative Ritchie Torres introduced bill H.R. 3002 last week, requiring that Amtrak adopt a repair-in-place method for track maintenance, rehabilitation and other purposes.


UK High-Rise Fire Turns Eyes to Cladding Work

A high-rise block with similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower caught fire in London late last week. No one was killed, but the incident highlights delays responsibility arguments regarding r...


NRCA Invites Registrants for Legal Conference

The National Roofing Contractor Association is inviting all roofing industry professionals to register for its legal conference—Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets.


WA to Hold Webinar on PCB, Paint Inquiry

The Washington State Department of Ecology is moving forward with its inquiry into inadvertent Polychlorinated biphenyls (iPCBs), this time with a webinar that’s slated for June 1.


Unspent Border Funds Will Go to Military

The Pentagon has recently announced that all border wall construction projects funded with money intended for military projects such as schools and training facilities, among others, would b...


Bids Wanted for MD School Gym Painting

The Maryland School for the Deaf in Fredrick, Maryland, is seeking bids for painting the Benson Gymnasium.


China Issues Ban on 'Ugly' Architecture

At the beginning of April, China’s National Development and Reform Commission issued the “2021 New Urbanization and Key Tasks for Urban-Rural Integration Development” Notice.


EPA Announces Chemical Reporting Updates

Late last week the Environmental Protection Agency released multiple announcements regarding toxic substances and chemicals.


FHWA Inspection Program Celebrates 50 Years

Observed during the last week of April, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration celebrated the 50th anniversary of its National Bridge Inspection Standards.


WY Threatens $1.2M Suit for Coal Production

Unlike other states pushing to covert to renewable energy infrastructure, Wyoming has announced its intentions to sue other states blocking its exports of coal—an issue that’s resulting in t...


Another Lawmaker Aims to Restart Border Construction

Congressman Clay Higgins, a republican from Louisiana and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, has recently introduced legislation to resume constru...


McCabe Confirmed as EPA Deputy Admin

The U.S. Senate voted 52-42 last week to confirm Janet McCabe as deputy chief of the Environmental Protection Agency.


EPA Admin Proposes PFAS Special Council

Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan issued a memorandum to senior leadership calling for the creation of a new EPA Council on PFAS. The counci...


Bids Wanted for HI Firing Range Maintenance

The city and county of Honolulu, Hawaii, are seeking bids for the maintenance of the Police Department Training Academy indoor firing range.


USGBC Taps Cities for 2021 LEED Leadership Program

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced 15 cities and counties that will comment certification with support of the LEED for Cities Local Government Leadership Program.


NY Contractors Request Scaffold Law Waiver

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has recently received a letter from the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, in addition to three New York-...


Miami Outlines $4B Plan to Fight Rising Sea

The City of Miami has recently completed its updates on its Stormwater Master Plan, a comprehensive assessment of the city’s roads, drainage infrastructure, and water management features to ...


AFRL Perseverance Testing History, Coatings

According to an article published by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, testing completed on the NASA Perseverance's protective coating at the WPAF Research Lab aided the rover’s touchdown...


COVID Relief Bill Funds AL Water Tank Coating

According to the Mayor of the City of Tallassee, Alabama, John Hammock, the city has intended to use some of its COVID-19 stimulus package money to fund the recoating of a downtown water tan...


EPA Announces WIFIA Loans, $9B Assistance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced a series of Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans totaling $300 million for a variety of water infrastructure ...


Bids Wanted for CT Public Hall Painting

The town of Stafford, Connecticut, is seeking bids for the painting of the exterior of Memorial Hall.


Canadian Carrier Fined for Clean Water Violation

Upon pleading guilty to dumping wastewater into Lake Ontario, dry and liquid bulk carrier company Algoma Central Corporation was fined $500,000.


Biden Taps Assistant Secretary for OSHA

Last week, President Joe Biden announced a slew of nominations for key members of various departments including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy, Department of Transp...


$21M Settlement Reached with National Grid

Last month, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that a $21 million settlement had been reached regarding two New York City gas distribution companies owned by National Grid, a multinatio...


Shell Falcon Pipeline Under Investigation

Following probes initiated last year by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, state and federal agencies are now investigating the safety of Shel...


Biden Administration Promotes Offshore Wind

At the end of March, President Joe Biden announced that the White House and leaders of the Administration had developed a set of bold actions aimed at catalyzing offshore wind energy. The re...


PA Charges Contractor in 'Largest Prevailing Wage Case'

In what is being called the largest prevailing wage criminal case on record, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced a multi-million theft charges against a State College, Penns...


Corrosion Control Mission Increases Aircraft Life

The 558th Aircraft Maintenance Support Squadron’s Corrosion Control Team, part of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, has recently completed a corrosio...


2 Plead Guilty to Fraud Involving Workers' Comp

At the end of last month, two Florida men pleaded guilty to a scheme to avoid taxes and construction workers’ compensation requirements. The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking forfeiture ...


Enbridge Line 5 Launches Bid Process

Despite Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s efforts to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline, the company has recently announced the completion of its design and engineering phase and is ...


Walsh Puts Pause on COVID-19 ETS

After missing the March 15 deadline to develop an emergency temporary standard for COVID-19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has put t...


Navy Gets RCBI Assistance in 3D Printing

Thanks to the Apprenticeship Works program offered by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University and partner Applied Systems & Technology Transfer (AST2), sailors aboard U.S....


CA Seeking Bids for Library Construction, Painting

The City of El Centro, California, is seeking bids for the construction and painting of a new public library.


Biden Releases $2T 'American Jobs Plan'

Last Wednesday (March 31), President Joe Biden released the “American Jobs Plan,” a $2 trillion spending proposal that aims to invest in the nation by creating millions of good jobs, rebuild...


Bill Authorizes Cal/OSHA Inspection Notification

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is facing a bill that was introduced at the end of February that would authorize California employers to receive advance ...


Senators Introduce Housing Supply, Affordability Act

Late last month, a bipartisan group of senates introduced the Housing Supply and Affordability Act, which would authorize an annual grant program for local governments to increase their supp...


EPA Announces Update of TSCA New Use Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released an emailed press release on its evaluation surrounding the policies, guidances, templates and regulations under the Toxic Substances Con...


FERC Conducts First-Ever Climate Change Review

For the first time in the agency’s history, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently completed a climate change review.


NYC Piloting Virtual Inspection Program

The New York City Department of Buildings has begun piloting a new Remote Video Inspections program that will replace in-person visits for some construction inspections.


EPA Declares $2.7B in Water Infrastructure Funds

In celebration of World Water Day earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of $2.7 billion in State Revolving Funds to assist state communities,...


NJ Committee Pushes PaintCare Legislation

Earlier this month, New Jersey’s state Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee unanimously passed legislation for a PaintCare program—a paint stewardship program involving paint manuf...


Lawsuit Announced Over Keystone Cancellation

Last week, attorneys general from 21 states announced a lawsuit to overturn President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Walsh Confirmed as New Labor Secretary

Late Monday night, former Marty Walsh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Secretary of the Department of Labor with a 68-29 vote. Walsh also resigned as mayor of Boston Monday night.


EPA Accepting Nominations for Safer Choice Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards.


Lawmakers Urge Biden to Address Materials Costs

Earlier this month Reps. Jim Costa (D-California) and Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) sent a letter to President Joe Biden and the Department of Justice bringing attention to the building material...


US Guided-Missile Cruiser Suffers Corrosion, Leaks

Last week, the United States Naval Institute reported that one of its guided-missile cruisers was returned to port for a second time, as a result of recent fuel leaks.


NOLA Inspectors Face Charges in Wider City Problem

The owner of a New Orleans private building inspection company, along with the former top building inspector for the city government, faced arrest at the end of last week on charges that the...


US Government Shifts Focus on Infrastructure

In wake of the President Joe Biden’s signing of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, members of Congress are now shifting focus to create a job and infrastructure package.


Bids Needed for CA Elementary School Work

The Mariposa County Unified School District in Mariposa, California, is seeking bids for the exterior painting and window replacement at an elementary school.


MA Introduces Legislation for Solar Roofs

A recently proposed bill in Massachusetts would make the state the latest in to require solar roofs on new residential and commercial buildings. The Solar Neighborhoods Act was reportedly fi...


EPA Seeks Comments on Lead, Copper Rule

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would be extending the effective date of the Revised Lead and Copper Rule so that the agency could further seek public i...


OSHA Launches Emphasis Program for COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a national emphasis program focusing on enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number...


Senate Votes to Confirm Regan as EPA Admin

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Michael S. Regan as the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He was sworn in on March 11.


TX Bill Pushes for Border Wall Construction

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


Bids Sought for VA Library Painting Project

The City of Richmond, Virginia, is seeking bids for the painting of the Hull Street Library. The library was built in 1987 as a branch office to the Richmond Public Library system.


Bridge Collapse Remains Mystery 3 Years Later

Although nearly three years have passed since the collapse of a bridge in Port Bruce, Ontario, the reasoning behind the structure’s failure remains a mystery.


SBA Issues New PPP Guidance

At the beginning of the month, the Small Business Administration released new guidance regarding revisions made to the Paycheck Protection Program that intends to make access to the PPP loan...


Nashville Introduces New Construction Safety Bill

Nashville councilmembers introduced a bill last week that aims to raise the standards and oversight for metro construction projects.


IG Report Investigates Former DOT Secretary

According to a report by the Office of Inspector General, former U.S. Department of Transportation secretary, Elaine Chao repeatedly used her position, as well as agency staff, to help famil...


UK Committee Argues Impact of Cladding Tax

Parliament is at odds over a levy and taxes that are to be placed on the United Kingdom’s construction industry. While the money raised is earmarked for cladding remediation in high-rise bui...


China REACH Takes Effect for New Chemicals

China’s new Measures on Environmental Management Registration of New Chemical Substances went into effect earlier this year and have an aim to streamline the registration process for new che...


FL Airport Seeks Bids for Terminal, Office Building

The Naples Airport Authority in Naples, Florida, is seeking bids for the improvement of the aviation terminal and office building.


EPA Announces $1.9M CWA Settlement in WY

A settlement with private energy operator Fleur de Lis Energy and Fleur de Lis Operating, LLC was reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month, in which the company agree...


UK Prime Minister Proposes Underground Roundabout

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently proposed yet another transportation pitch regarding the connection of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this time suggesting the const...


Biden Revokes Trump EO on Federal Architecture

In a move that revoked several executive orders from former President Donald J. Trump, President Joe Biden has reversed Executive Order 13967 of Dec. 18, 2020 (Promoting Beautiful Federal Ci...


NY Created Death Registry for Construction

A bill was recently signed into law in New York that creates a statewide death registry for the construction industry, as well as expands definitions on workers and reporting.


TX University Seeks Gym Repainting Bids

The Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, is seeking bids for the painting of the Kinesiology Building/Wisdom Gym. Tarleton State University was opened in 1899.


NYC Mayor Appoints 'Recovery Czar'

Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Lorraine Grillo as the Senior Advisor for Recovery. Grillo, who is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Design and...


Walsh Issues Boston Order After Disparity Study

Labor secretary nominee, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, announced an executive order last week that aims to create a framework to “enact race- and gender- conscious procurement goals.”


Environmentalists Threaten Suit Over Waterway Permits

At the beginning of the month, a coalition of environmental groups alerted the Biden administration that they would file suit if the Army Corps of Engineers failed to reconsider Trump-era pe...


CA School Seeks Remodel Bids

The Tulare City School District in Tulare, California, is seeking bids for the remodel of the Live Oak Middle School locker room. The Tulare City School District is home to over 10,000 stude...


Enbridge Releases 2020 Numbers, Line 3 Costs

In Enbridge Inc.’s recent release of its 2020 earnings report, the company revealed that the price tag for its Line 3 replacement project has gone up from CA$8.2 billion to CA$9.3 billion.


Bridge Builders Sue NY Thruway Authority

Tappan Zee Constructors, the design-build consortium currently working on the $4 billion Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, has recently filed a lawsuit against the New York State Thruway Authority se...


EPA Settles with TX Reno Show Over Lead Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Flipnmove Production and EQ media, Inc., over alleged violations of lead paint exposure regulations affiliated with one of the compa...


Hacker Distorts FL Drinking Water

On Friday (Feb. 5), a water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida, reported that a hacker had breached its computer networks and changed the level of sodium hydroxide from 100 parts per millio...


Repaint Bids Sought for CT Performing Arts Center

The town of Simsbury, Connecticut, is seeking bids for the painting of the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center. The center is the second-largest outdoor venue in Connecticut with space t...


Inquiry: Flammable Panels Sold as 'Default'

The first—and probably only—person from Arconic testified in front of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry earlier this week and revealed that the company sold panels that it knew were flammable becau...


MI to Develop Dam Safety Regulations

Reported at the beginning of the month, the Michigan Dam Safety Task Force announced that it would be delayed in submitting new safety measures to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.


EPA Announces Reviews, Chemical Webinars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently sent two emailed press releases discussing both a review of its actions of the course of the previous administration, as well as announcing ...


Committee to Vote on Walsh for Labor Secretary

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is set to vote today (Feb. 11) on the confirmation of labor secretary nominee Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.


EPA Settles Pittsburgh Stormwater Violations

On Friday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had reached a consent agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA)...


Chicago Center to Break Ground After Delays

After years of delays, the federal review process for Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center concluded last week, giving the project a new estimated start date.


Navy Awards Nearly $1B in Construction Contracts

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


Seattle Adopts New Building Energy Codes

At the beginning of the week, Seattle City Council unanimously approved Commercial Energy Code updates set forth by Mayor Jenny Durkan that seek to advance electrification throughout the com...


Bids Sought for New Residence Hall in KY

The University of Louisville, in Kentucky, is seeking bids for the construction of a new residence hall. The University of Louisville is a state-supported school located in Kentucky’s larges...


AASHTO Releases COVID Relief Estimates for DOTs

Based on Highway Infrastructure Programs in the 2021 Division M of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, American Association of State Highway and Transportati...


Skanska Sued Over FL Interstate Project

In a complaint filed at the end of January, transportation and heavy civil construction company Lane Construction Corporation alleged that its joint venture design-build partner on Florida’s...


OSHA Updates COVID-19 Guidance Per Order

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued stronger worker safety guidance to aid employers in implementing a COVID-19 prevention program and to ...


Work Continues During Dakota Pipeline Review

Last week, a federal appeals court upheld United States District Judge James Boasberg’s order for a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access Pipeline.


NYC Inks Deal with Tech to Track Safety Training

The New York City Department of Buildings has recently partnered with tech company myComply to build and administer software behind a new training credential database.


TX Tax Incentive Promotes Green Infrastructure

Last month, Houston City Council announced the approval of a new green stormwater infrastructure tax abatement program to encourage the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in p...


CA Seeks Bids for Historic House Repairs

The California Department of Parks and Recreation in Sacramento, California, is seeking bids for the repair of the “First Brick House.” The building was erected in 1847 and was the first bri...


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...


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.


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...


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).


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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.


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,...


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...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


$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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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 ...


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...


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.


Bids Wanted for PA College Room Reno

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


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. ...


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 ...


Bids Needed for CA Tank Painting

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


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.


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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 States 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...


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.


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


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 ...


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.


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.


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...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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 ...


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...


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.


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.


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.


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...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


$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.


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...


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...


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.


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 ...


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...


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.


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 ...


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.


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.


Solar Tariff to be Reinstated

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


Senators Propose $19.5B Water Infrastructure Bill

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


$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...


Study Predicts Hyperloop Operation to Begin in 2040

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


WA Expects to Reopen Residential Construction

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


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...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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 ...


USDOT Announces COVID-19 Relief Funding

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


Former MTA Manager Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging, Fraud

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


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...


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 ...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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 ...


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...


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.


$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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


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.


EPA Looking at Fees Associated with TSCA

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


EPA Proposes New Regulations on PFAS Chemicals

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


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.


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...


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).


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.


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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...


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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...


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.


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.”


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.


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...


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 ...


$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.


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.


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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 ...


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.


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...


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.


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...


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.


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...


$1B TX Lagoon Complex Breaks Ground

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


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...


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.


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), ...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


Full Demo for NOLA Hard Rock Planned

Although the bodies of two deceased workers remain in the rubble of the partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel, Mayor LaToya Cantrell reported that the city is preparing for a full ...


New $14M AL Bridge Visibly Sags

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


China Province Closes Glass Bridges, Projects

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


WA Seeking Bids for Apartment Reno

The King County Housing Authority in Washington is seeking bids for building renovations at Abbey Ridge Apartments in Seattle.


Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Clears Major Obstacle

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


UK to Decide Holocaust Memorial Fate

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


AIA Releases Statement on Paris Climate Accord

The American Institute of Architects has spoken out on President Donald J. Trump’s official decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

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


Harbor Maintenance Legislation Progresses

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


Victims of Hard Rock Collapse File Suits

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


First-Phase Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry Report Released

The long-awaited report from the first phase of London’s Grenfell Tower Fire inquiry was released last week, criticizing not only the response to the fire but the tower’s 2016 renovation.


FL Fire Station Seeking Bid for Repairs

Seminole County in Florida is seeking bids for the repairs of Fire Station 11. This project takes place in Altamonte Springs, Florida.


EPA Taking Comments on Methylene Chloride

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


NY, NJ Approve $4.5B for Airport Projects

Last week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Board of Commissioners approved the investment of approximately $4.5 billion for projects that aim to accommodate the continued rec...


SMART Act Proposed for Water Infrastructure

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


Boring Company Vegas Tunnel Progresses

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


DOE Announces $28M Award for Wind Energy

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


NOLA Works on Hard Rock Demo, Cranes

Last weekend, crews carried out demolition services for two damaged cranes that remained at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans.


Puerto Rico Unveils $20B Grid Overhaul

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


GA College Seeks Contractors for Reno Bid

The Technical College System of Georgia is seeking bids for the renovation of the 1300 Building at Coastal Pines Technical College, in Waycross, Georgia.


EPA Releases Lead Progress Report

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


Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline Ceases

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


Report: JV Withheld Info for $1.5B KCI Bid

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


DOL Rolls Out New Respirator Fit Protocols

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in late September a final rule that includes two new fit testing protocols for ensuring correct respira...


MO County Seeking Bids for Jail Addition

Stoddard County is seeking bids for an addition to its County Jail in Bloomfield, Missouri.


EPA Proposes Lead and Copper Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule amendment that would be the first significant overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991, a proposal that bo...


Report: Garden Bridge Risks 'Downplayed'

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


NYC Organizations Offer Free OSHA Training

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


DOL Annnounces New Members for Safety Committee

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


Pipeline Acceleration Plans Backfire

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


Contractors Needed for Historic Preservation in CA

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District is seeking bids for the Meek Mansion Painting Project in Hayward, California.


Titanium Dioxide Powder to Get Cancer Warning

Late last week, the European Commission officially decided to classify titanium dioxide in its powder form as a substance that is “suspected of causing cancer in humans.”


Solar Panel Tariff Exemption Rescinded

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


Mackintosh Fire Report Not Expected Until 2020

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


AGC Taps First Legislator of the Year

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


NYC to Conduct ‘Deep Energy Retrofits’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits in nine city facilities, in addition to plans for identifying another 28 facilities for future re...


House Bill to Assist Local Bridge Repairs

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


Pittsburgh Signs on to UN Buildings Initiative

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


OSHA Weight System Could Increase Inspections

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


EPA Talks Lead for Children's Health Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently participated in the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum, to discuss the agency’s “Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood L...


San Diego Seeking Bids for Transit Project

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is seeking bids for its Fashion Valley Elevator Replacement project in San Diego, California.


AIA Testifies at Energy Committee Hearing

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


DOL Taps New Directorate of Construction

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


San Jose Sets Strict Large-City Emission Codes

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


Tesla Faces Solar Panel-Related Lawsuits

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


CA Worker Classification Bill Signed into Law

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


DOT Announces Pipeline Safety Rules

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


OSHA Announces Beryllium Rule Amendment

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in an emailed press release late last week the finalizing of its June 2017 proposal to revise the beryl...


Contractors Needed for TX Library Reno

Bexar County is seeking contractors for the Bibliotech East renovation upgrades project, located in San Antonio, Texas.


EU Moves Forward with Titanium Dioxide Steps

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


EPA Threatens CA Highway Funding

In response to the state of California’s reported negligence in submitting pollution-control plans, the Environmental Protection Agency recently threatened to cut transportation funding for ...


DOL Issues Final $35K Overtime Threshold

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


OSHA Annnounces Recipients of $10.5M in Harwood Grants

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


CA $15B School Bond Highlights PLAs

Introduced by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach and Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda in December 2018, California Assembly Bill 48 is slated to go before voters in March 2020.


Officials Connected to Fukushima Acquitted

Over eight years since the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, three former operating firm executives have been found not guilty of negligence in light of the incident. Japan is also slated to dump ...


Border Wall Construction Progresses

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


Northern Ireland-Scotland Bridge Proposed

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


San Francisco Announces Renewable Energy Plan

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


New Sinkhole Found Near PA Pipeline

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


Multiple VT Bridges Reported as ‘Non-Compliant’

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


FHWA Announces $871M in Infrastructure Repair Funds

Earlier this month, the Federal Highway Administration announced that it had issued $871.2 million in Emergency Relief funding, to help make repairs on infrastructure in dozens of states, as...


Contractors Needed for HI Residents' Center

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is seeking contractors to complete a residents' center located in Honolulu.


NYC Schools See Paint Inspections, Remediation

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


DOL Apprenticeship Stirs Contractor Debate

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


Group Sues to Preserve Historic ME Bridge

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


Off-Earth Nuclear Reactor Could Be Tested by 2022

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


Employee Misclassification Ruling Stirs Debate

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


EPA Releases Guide for Methylene Chloride Ruling

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


Contractors Needed for PA Government Building

The County of Northampton is seeking contractors to complete various repairs on its government center, located in Easton, Pennsylvania.


Military Funding for Border Wall Approved

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


$1.6B in Contracts Awarded for Seattle Rail

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


EPA to Hold Evaluation Meeting on 1-BP Solvent

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will hold a Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals meeting to review the draft risk evaluati...


Panel Approves $100M Millennium Tower Fix

A panel of independent experts has recently approved a $100 million fix for the sinking and tilting 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco.


NV-CA High-Speed Train Back on Track

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


Marines Conduct New 3D-Printing Exercise

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


Contractors Needed for SC Fire Station Reno

The City of North Charleston is seeking contractors to perform roof and exterior wall renovations for Fire Station No. 3 located in North Charleston, South Carolina.


EPA Settles with CA Firms Over Lead Paint

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


OSHA Requests Feedback On Silica Standard

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


NE Court Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

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


Agency Announces $244M in Funding for Rail

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


Contractors Needed for OR Military Museum Remodel

The Oregon National Guard is seeking contractors to perform interior remodeling and finishing of the Archive Reading Room at the Oregon Military Museum in Clackamas, Oregon.


Another $305M in Border Wall Contracts Awarded

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


EPA Designates 20 Chemicals as Low Priority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed to add 20 substances as low priority under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


Notre Dame Construction Resumes After Lead Scare

After experiencing an operational shut down due to lead contamination concerns, construction at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has reportedly resumed with stricter decontamination measure...


Owner of Brentwood Dam Sued to Make Repairs

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


DOL Recovers $6M in Unpaid Construction Wages

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


Mountain Valley Ceases Pipeline Work

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


More Debate Surrounds London Holocaust Memorial

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


MA City Seeks Contractor for Housing Repairs