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Construction Processes, Legal

OSHA: Faulty wiring at Universal Orlando caused electric shocks to employees, guests

November 14, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Universal officials told the Sentinel that all electrical issues have been resolved and that the park is safe. Electrical engineer Lanny Floyd told the news outlet that, over time, underground corrosion and the degradation of installed components could potentially reveal […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise, Legal

ASHRAE releases new version of energy efficiency standard for buildings

November 4, 2019

Via: BDCNetwork

SHRAE has released an expanded, revised version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. It contains more than 100 changes from the 2016 version, including numerous energy-saving measures. The new version “focuses on energy-saving […]


Construction Processes, Legal

Trump allows Texas border wall construction to begin without standard environmental reviews

November 1, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

More than 30 regulations are included in the latest waiver including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. It covers construction of physical […]


Construction Processes, Financial, Legal

Federal bill would end mandate for iron in water infrastructure projects, allow alternative materials

October 29, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Several municipalities have regulations in place that significantly restrict the types of materials available used for infrastructure projects. Those receiving funds from several federal agencies, such as the Federal Highway Administration would have to make changes, should the bill become […]


Construction Processes, Legal

San Francisco’s office development fees set to more than double

October 25, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

The theory behind the linkage fees is that they will help meet the demand for new affordable housing generated by new nonresidential projects, but, for two of the largest employer organizations in the U.S., it’s not that simple. “ABC NorCal […]


Construction Processes, Legal, Procurement

Avoid the Pain Points in Trump Tariffs

October 25, 2019

Via: ENR

More than 1,000 days into the current administration, there is no escaping that the “Trump tariffs,” as they have come to be known, have caused a significant hike in material costs on most construction projects. The tariffs on imported materials […]


Construction Processes, Interaction of Expertise, Legal

NTSB determines probable cause for deadly FIU bridge collapse

October 23, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the probable cause of the deadly March 15, 2018, Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse was related to load and capacity calculation errors made by FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc. The board also […]


Construction Processes, Construction Site Safety, Hazards, Legal

The top OSHA fines of Q3 2019

October 22, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

OSHA covered familiar territory as it doled out citations and fines in the third quarter of 2019. Excavation, fall and trenching hazards dominate the list, although there is one entry that deals with asbestos violations. OSHA did experience a shift […]


Construction Processes, Legal

What contractors should know about building on sacred land

October 9, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

Usually, by the time shovels hit dirt on a jobsite, the ground they are breaking has been obtained and controlled by the owners and there’s no question that workers will be able to proceed with construction. But what happens when […]


Construction Processes, Legal

California agency to investigate bullet train board member

September 26, 2019

Via: Construction Dive

This is not the first time that the FPPC has started an investigation against an authority board member. Patterson previously lodged a complaint against Roy Hill, former deputy chief operating officer of the rail authority, for signing off on $51 […]