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As Convention Center Bidders Drop Out, Miami Beach Tries 'Plan B'
The city of Miami Beach, Fla., is scrapping a design-build procurement in favor of soliciting a new round of proposals for a construction manager-at-risk firm for a $520-million renovation project.

Image Courtesy of the City of Miami Beach

Nuke Project Workers Conspired to Cheat Welder Tests
Workers at a problem-plagued prefabrication facility that supplies components to nuclear expansion projects in Georgia and South Carolina conspired to cheat on a welder qualification test, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Photo courtesy Georgia Power Company

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02/26/15 Annual Orlando Equipment Auction Sells Record Lots

More than 10,500 pieces of heavy equipment and trucks—a record number of lots—exchanged hands.
09/17/14 Contractor Seeks 10-Year Construction Extension for MOX Project

A watchdog group focused on federal spending at the Savannah River Site is raising new concerns about the delayed, $7.7-billion Mixed-Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility project after the contractor filed a "routine" request for a 10-year construction extension.
08/01/14 Atlanta Braves Hire Development Team for Mixed-Use Site

According to the team's July 30 announcement, Fuqua Development, Pope and Land Enterprises and Pollack Shores Real Estate Group will work with the Braves to develop the 74-acre project.
07/24/14 Despite Vocal Opposition, Fla. Passenger Rail Line Pushes Ahead

Despite concerns raised by citizens groups about project funding and community impacts, the company developing a $2.3-billion Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail line system is moving full speed ahead with its ambitious plans for the 235-mile-long system.
07/09/14 Gov. Scott Disbands Florida Expressway Authority Board

The regional entity was rechristened as the Central Florida Expressway Authority.
07/08/14 Report: Everglades Restoration Making 'Modest Progress'

The latest report criticizes the financial, procedural and policy constraints that have impeded project implementation
07/01/14 Beers, Burgers and a Bribe? The Case Against a Florida Expressway Official

A key element of a criminal prosecution is a CH2M Hill manager's description of an alleged bribe offer from an expressway authority director that led to an indictment.
07/01/14 OSHA Fines GLF Construction $42K for Fla. Bridge Fatality

GLF Construction Corp. agreed to pay $42,000 in penalties to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the result of an accident that killed an 18-year-old who had just started working on a Taylor County, Fla., bridge project earlier this year.
06/09/14 FDOT, Feds Collide Over Mathews Bridge Repair Costs

The Florida Dept. of Transportation is seeking reimbursement from the U.S. Navy and federal subcontractors for $4.1 million in costs related to the state agency's emergency repairs to Jacksonville’s Mathews Bridge.
06/05/14 Duke Starts River Dredging as N.C. Considers Tighter Ash Regs

Duke Energy's efforts to remove a portion of an estimated 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled in February into the Dan River could signal the start of new responsibilities for North Carolina utilities in managing waste from coal-fired powerplants
05/15/14 Duke to Build $1.5B Gas Powerplant Near Crystal River Site

Duke Energy will build a $1.5-billion, 1,640-MW natural gas-fired powerplant on a site adjacent to its Crystal River nuclear facility, a move that replaces generation capacity lost to the shuttering of the damaged plant 15 months ago.
05/13/14 Builder Seeks Buyer for Jacksonville High-Rise Awarded in Default

The general contractor of a partially complete, abandoned high-rise building in Jacksonville, Fla., is seeking a buyer for the property that it recently acquired by foreclosure when the developer defaulted on a $12.4-million civil award due the contractor for nonpayment and breach of contract.
04/02/14 Construction, Operational Challenges Endanger $7.7B MOX Project

The Dept. of Energy's $7.7-billion Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C., isn't dead yet. South Carolina politicians are fighting the Obama administration's plan to put the unfinished plutonium disposal facility into "cold standby."
12/18/13 2013: A Year of Uncertainty and Promise

It may sound redundant to describe any particular year for the construction industry as being defined by uncertainty and promise. But for the Southeast's builders, 2013 offered plenty of both.
11/25/13 Atlanta Braves Expand Plans for New Ballpark

After first shocking Atlanta Braves fans and local contractors alike with their plans to build a new stadium, the Major League Baseball team has added to the intrigue with an announcement to fully fund a $400-million mixed-use venue at a proposed site in Cobb County, Ga.
11/04/13 Southeast's Slow-Motion Construction Recovery Set to Fast-Forward

McGraw Hill Construction is forecasting that the Southeast region's contract activity will achieve an across-the-board increase within each of its broad construction categories during 2014.
10/02/13 FDOT Scrambles to Make Repairs to Mathews Bridge

The Florida Dept. of Transportation scrambled to award an emergency contract for repairs to a downtown Jacksonville bridge after a U.S. Navy cargo ship struck the 60-year-old, steel-truss structure's central span on Sept. 26.
09/10/13 BeltLine Among Southeast Winners of $73.6M in TIGER Grants

The Atlanta BeltLine and a Raleigh, N.C., passenger rail station, pictured, were among the Southeast projects funded by the U.S. DOT's latest round of TIGER grants.
08/02/13 Duke Energy Cancels $24.7B Florida Nuke Plant Project

Duke Energy reached a settlement with the state of Florida that allows the utility to keep $1 billion in advance fees that would have financed a now-cancelled $24.7-billion nuclear project, while clearing the way for a new natural gas plant.
07/24/13 Georgia Picks Archer Western, Hubbard Team for $840M P3 Project

The Georgia Department of Transportation named a team of Archer Western Contractors, Hubbard Construction and Parsons Transportation Group as the builders of its $840-million Northwest Corridor project.
07/23/13 Miami Beach Picks Koolhaas, Tishman for Convention Center Redo

Miami Beach commissioners chose Rem Koolhaas and his Netherlands-based firm, OMA, to redesign and revamp the city's convention center and surrounding site, estimated as a $1-billion project.
06/26/13 Falcons Firm Up Stadium Construction, Design Teams

The Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center announced the builders of the $1-billion stadium, and added local architects to the design team.
05/15/13 PortMiami TBM Breaks Through After Final Tunnel Bore

On May 6, tunnel crews with Bouygues Civil Works Florida completed the last leg of mining for the second of two, twin 4,200-ft-long tunnels for the $1-billion tunnel project at PortMiami.
05/07/13 Odebrecht Wins Another Round in Legal Fight Over Anti-Cuba Law

In a victory for Coral Gables, Fla.-based Odebrecht Construction, a federal appeals court in Miami has upheld a lower court ruling that Florida's so-called anti-Cuba law is unconstitutional.
05/02/13 Fla. Garage Project That Suffered Fatal Collapse Remains in Limbo

Despite legal settlements reached in late April between builders and the families of workers killed or injured in the collapse of a $22.5-million Miami Dade College parking garage project, the school remains unsure where or when it may ultimately rebuild the structure—or what firms may handle the work.
05/01/13 Atlanta Authority Hires 360 Architecture to Design Falcons Stadium

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority announced April 30 that it has signed a $35-million contract with 360 Architecture of Kansas City, Mo., to design a $1-billion, operable-roof stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.
04/30/13 Florida Electric Utility Completes Upgrades for Smart Grid

Florida’s largest electric utility has completed the installation of 4.5 million "smart meters," a project funded partly by $200 million in U.S. Dept. of Energy grants from the 2009 stimulus law.
04/10/13 OSHA Cites Five Firms for Miami Parking Garage Collapse

OSHA proposed fines totaling $38,360 for five firms involved with a Miami parking garage project that collapsed last October, killing four.
04/03/13 Obama's Miami Visit Highlights Funding Gap for Ports

President Obama used PortMiami as a backdrop for promoting increased private funding for ports. But Florida Gov. Rick Scott noted the federal government was unable to deliver funding for a high-priority dredging project at the Miami port.
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