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11/25/2014Orlando Contractors Hunt for Construction Workers

Nov. 25--Florida led the nation in new construction jobs in October, adding 10.4 percent, or 40,100 jobs since the year before, according to the state. In Central Florida, a construction-workforce shortage has forced some contractors to decline jobs because they don't have the manpower to complete them, said Mark Wylie, president of the Central Florida chapter of Associated Builders and ...
11/24/2014Florida Leads Nation in New Construction Jobs

Nov. 24--Florida led the nation in new construction jobs in October, adding 10.4 percent, or 40,100 jobs since the year before, according to the state. The swell in construction jobs was particularly evident in South Florida. Miami-Dade County had the biggest growth, 12.3 percent or 4,400 new jobs. Palm Beach County was up 7.6 percent, with 2,100 more construction jobs, and Broward added 1,700 ...
11/23/2014All Aboard Florida to State Agency: No Local Governments Would Oppose Financing Plan

Nov. 23--More than 38,000 people have signed petitions to stop All Aboard Florida. Protests have reached the governor, members of Congress and the U.S. secretary of transportation. Yet despite a groundswell against the proposed high-speed train, specifically on the Treasure Coast, All Aboard Florida has told the state it doesn't know why any city, county or other local government would oppose ...
11/23/2014Still Amidst Redo, Citrus Bowl Debuts With Plenty of Dust, Nerves on Hand

Nov. 23--Steve Hogan awoke from a nerve-racking sleep Saturday morning with a knot in his stomach. It followed him as he arrived at the Citrus Bowl hours later as construction workers raced around putting last-minute touches before thousands of fans made their way into the stadium for the first-time in nearly a year to witness the Florida Classic. The venue is in the middle of $207 million ...
11/21/2014Uptown Charlotte Motel to be Razed for Second SkyHouse Apartment Tower

Nov. 21--The developer behind the new SkyHouse apartment project uptown said it plans to demolish a motel on North Tryon Street by the end of the year and start construction on a second SkyHouse tower next door. Atlanta-based Novare Group had previously said it planned to build the second tower, but hadn't completed acquiring the land or arranging financing. The company reached the halfway ...
11/20/2014Massive Miami Marine Stadium Rehabilitation Plan Crumbles

Nov. 20--A $121-million plan to rehabilitate the iconic Miami Marine Stadium and turn the surrounding area into a maritime complex, announced amidst much hoopla only last week, crumbled Thursday after Miami officials balked at a privately funded proposal and indicated they'd rather pursue their own plan -- even if it means spending millions in public dollars. City commissioners could have ...
11/20/2014Tampa Int'l Airport Breaks Ground on $1B Expansion

Nov. 20--TAMPA -- A well-tilled box of soil took center stage atop the economy parking lot at Tampa International Airport Thursday as aviation officials, politicians and local economic gurus celebrated the largest expansion in the airport's history. With construction set to begin in just a few short days on a $1 billion expansion at the airport, CEO Joe Lopano couldn't wipe the grin off his ...
11/19/2014Miami's Frost Science Museum Construction Nearing Key Milestones

Nov. 19--The planetarium at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science soon will look like a gleaming white orb rather than the lower half of a giant gray ball. And the Gulf Stream Tank aquarium finally looks like something that will eventually hold 500,000 gallons of water. Nearly three years after breaking ground -- and six months after replacing its former construction management ...
11/18/2014Nestle to Build $40M Water-Bottling Plant in South Carolina

Nov. 18--A major water-bottling company plans to build a $40 million plant in the Pee Dee, creating 40 new jobs by 2016. Nestle Waters North America will produce bottled spring water under the company's Deer Park brand and bottled purified water under its Nestle Pure Life brand at the two-line bottling factory near McBee in Chesterfield County. The 200,000-square-foot plant is expected to open ...
11/18/2014Miami Beach Commissioner Suggests Shortlisting Three Firms for Convention Center Redo

Nov. 18--The Miami Beach City Commission on Wednesday could narrow the small field of firms vying to finish designing and eventually renovate Miami Beach Convention Center. Four firms responded to the city's solicitation for design-build services, which means the company that is selected would complete the design process and start the construction after Art Basel in Dec. 2015. The City ...
11/18/2014Miami Considers $121M Private Financing Deal for Marine Stadium Redo

Nov. 18--As Miami city commissioners prepare to consider negotiations Thursday for a long-term lease of the abandoned Miami Marine Stadium and surrounding waterfront land, newly released documents show the deal proposed by a not-for-profit trying to save the venue is more expensive -- and more private -- than anyone previously let on. An operating and financial plan obtained by the Miami ...
11/15/2014Shortage of Skilled Laborers Hitting Construction Industry

Nov. 15--Hammers pound nails in new housing developments. Cranes hoist steel beams for new hotels. Commercial structures rise where empty lots once sprouted weeds. Throughout the Charleston area, construction activity has done a one-eighty since the stark years of the deep recession. It's on the rise nationally as well, so much so that the Associated General Contractors of America is talking ...
11/15/2014Georgia Developer Still Trying to Build $2B Coal Plant

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Deep in rural Georgia, a developer is betting he can build one of the last new coal-fired power plants in the United States as the rest of the country moves away from the fuel. The project, which is being developed by Allied Energy Services, is an outlier. If constructed, Plant Washington would be one of just two planned coal plants in the United States to dodge ...
11/15/2014NRC Grants 10-Year Extension for Savannah River MOX Facility Construction

Nov. 15--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, announced Friday that it is extending the construction completion deadline for Savannah River Site's MOX facility an additional 10 years. In May, CB&I AREVA MOX Services requested that the NRC extend the construction authorization expiration date from March 30, 2015, to March 30, 2025. The request was made to keep construction of the facility ...
11/14/2014All Aboard Florida Ramping Up for Two Years of Construction

Nov. 14--The demolition under way for a new All Aboard Florida station in West Palm Beach is just the beginning. Over the next two years, the private rail company will aggressively build the $800 million first phase of its Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail service, with stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, a second track and work at some 200 crossings. Some of the work, such as ...
11/14/2014Second Pedestrian Bridge Goes Down at Wake Tech Construction Project

Nov. 14--RALEIGH -- A second pedestrian bridge being built at Wake Tech Community College's Northern Campus collapsed late Thursday or early Friday, hours after a daytime collapse of a bridge killed one person and injured four, officials confirmed. No one was at the construction area when the second bridge went down, Laurie Clowers, Wake tech vice president for communications said. The ...
11/13/2014Delayed Redo of Charleston Federal Building into Upscale Hotel Moves Forward

Nov. 13--A downtown Charleston hotel more than six years in the making could be booking rooms for the holidays next year. Construction began a few weeks ago on the long-delayed lodging project planned for the former L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building at 334 Meeting St., across from Marion Square. Dewberry Capital, a development firm based in Atlanta, bought the seven-story structure for $15 ...
11/13/2014Big Hospital-Driven Projects Coming to Charleston

Nov. 13--Charleston's top transportation official says the city will minimize the impact several planned hospital projects may have on peninsular traffic next year. Construction for two parking garages and a new $350 million women's and children's hospital could launch sometime in 2015. It's unclear yet how the building schedules for the projects, which will be built by three different ...
11/13/2014One Killed, Four Injured After Pedestrian Bridge Collapses at Raleigh Job Site

Nov. 13--RALEIGH -- One worker was killed and four others injured when a pedestrian bridge being built at the Wake Technical Community College Northern Campus off Louisburg Road collapsed Thursday morning, officials said. The injuries were considered serious enough to transport the workers to the trauma center at WakeMed Raleigh, said Jeff Hammerstein, spokesman for Wake County EMS, but the ...
11/13/2014Plan for Miami-Dade Courthouse Fix Advances

Nov. 13--A plan to redirect Miami-Dade County's judicial construction budget to repair the downtown civil courthouse advanced Wednesday, with Chief Judge Bertila Soto endorsing the measure. The proposal by County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata calls for tapping up to $75 million set aside for other courthouse projects and spending as much of it as needed on emergency repairs at the 1928 civil ...
11/13/2014Miami Megaproject Would Include 60-Story Tower by Elkus Manfredi

Nov. 13--The long-awaited, and at times controversial, Miami Worldcenter megaproject unveiled plans Wednesday for its first tower, a 470-unit, 60-story lux condo that would be embedded into the planned three-level shopping mall stretching across three and a half blocks in the old Park West district. Its developer, Daniel Kodsi, says his Paramount Miami Worldcenter condo is further proof that ...
11/12/2014New Workforce Housing Coming to Miami Gardens

Nov. 12--New workforce housing is coming to Miami Gardens early next year, developers and elected officials announced at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon. The development on vacant plots of land in the southern part of the city, between Northwest 152nd and 154th streets and Northwest 24th Avenue, will add 12 new single-family homes to a section of the community that officials and ...
11/12/2014All Aboard Florida Begins Demolition for West Palm Beach Station

Nov. 12--WEST PALM BEACH -- It's demolition day Wednesday for All Aboard Florida as crews clear the way for construction of its West Palm Beach station. Both the Sewell Hardware building and the Sasser Glass building will be razed for the station between Evernia and Datura streets, next to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. The work follows the knockdown of a strip center on the site of ...
11/12/2014Charlotte Developers Plan 27-Acre Mixed-Use Project

Nov. 12--Real estate firms planning a new mixed-use development near SouthPark Mall say it will cover 27 acres and rival the scale of Piedmont Town Center and Phillips Place. Charlotte-based Synco Properties and Schlosser Development Corp. of Austin, Texas, are preparing a rezoning request that would allow them to tear down the Colony Apartments, a 353-unit complex at Sharon and Colony roads. ...
11/11/2014Five-Story Apartment Building Planned Near Charleston's Medical District

Nov. 11--If you go The city's Board of Architectural Review will consider conceptual approval for the Crosstown Plaza project at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at 75 Calhoun St. A long-vacant corner on a busy Charleston thoroughfare soon will see a five-story structure rise. Crosstown Development Partners LLC, a group led by Ecovest Development's Jeffrey Roberts, plans to construct four stories of ...

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