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05/28/2015N.C. DOT Reports Start of Monroe Bypass Construction

May 28--The N.C. Department of Transportation said Thursday it has started construction on the Monroe Bypass/Connector, a new toll road that's designed to let motorists avoid stop-and-go traffic on U.S. 74 in Union County. But there is still pending litigation over the highway, and it's possible the $840 million project could be stopped for the second time. The Southern Environmental Law ...
05/28/2015Report: Bulk of All Aboard Florida Customers Will Come From South Florida

May 28--Talk of a new high-speed passenger rail service has mostly centered around its long-distance linkage of South Florida and Orlando, but a new study released Thursday shows roughly half All Aboard Florida's business will come from customers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The study, prepared by the New Jersey-based Louis Berger Group, an international business consulting ...
05/28/2015All Aboard Florida Expects 5.3 Million Riders by 2020

May 28--A high speed train between South Florida and Orlando would eventually attract 7 million riders a year and generate $400 million in revenue, according to report released today by All Aboard Florida. The planned passenger rail service, set to begin running in 2017, would initially see about 1 million riders a year, ramping up to 5.3 million a year by 2020 and 7 million by 2030, according ...
05/28/2015Duke Energy to Build 'Disney-inspired' Solar Plant in Florida

May 28--Charlotte-based Duke Energy said Wednesday it will soon build and operate a solar facility near Disney World. Duke Energy Florida Solar Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of Duke Energy Florida, said it will sell solar energy from the 5-megawatt facility to the Reedy Creek Improvement District near Orlando. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Construction on the 20-acre facility ...
05/27/2015Miami Wins Appeal in Lawsuits Over Grove Bay, SkyRise Projects

May 27--The Third District Court of Appeal gave the city of Miami two key victories Wednesday in siding with circuit court judges who tossed lawsuits challenging the SkyRise Miami tower and a major redevelopment project on the Coconut Grove waterfront. Judges Frank Shepherd, Richard Suarez and Thomas Logue said the plaintiffs in the two cases, former Monty's Raw Bar owner Stephen Kneapler, and ...
05/27/2015New Building Codes Reduce Hurricane Damage Risk in Florida Coastal Construction

MIAMI (AP) — Since eight hurricanes whipped through Florida during back-to-back seasons a decade ago, causing $33 billion in insurance claims, the state's coastal communities have added an additional 1.5 million people and almost a half-million new houses, an Associated Press analysis shows. But experts say the risk of catastrophic destruction hasn't grown along with the new development ...
05/26/2015U.S. Senate Committee Seeks Analysis on MOX Alternative

May 26--A U.S. Senate committee is seeking a closer look at the cheapest projected alternative to the Savannah River Site's MOX program, but wants its own independent agency to oversee the cost analysis. The committee is also asking the Department of Energy to conduct an analysis of how the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, a key building in the MOX program, can still be used if the ...
05/26/2015All Aboard Florida May Go Too Slow to Receive Tax-Exempt Bonds

May 26--A former congressman and ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee says All Aboard Florida's express passenger rail project is ineligible for $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds because its trains will move too slow. But two current U.S. House members disagree. In an affidavit filed in federal court late Friday, former U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, of West ...
05/26/2015Central Florida's SunRail Sparks More Than 1,000 Nearby Apartment Units

May 26--In its maiden year, SunRail hasn't sparked the kind of sprawling development that emerges at highway interchanges, but it has spurred more than 1,000 apartment units with other development on the way. In addition to the four SunRail-related apartments underway or completed in downtown Orlando, Longwood and Lake Mary, new projects have been approved recently for Maitland and Altamonte ...
05/22/2015Beckham's Group Discusses Building Stadium for MLS Team, Hurricanes Football

May 22--Soccer star David Beckham, his investment group and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber met with outgoing University of Miami president Donna Shalala for three hours on Friday at a Coral Gables office building to explore the possibility of a joint stadium for a Miami MLS team and Hurricanes football. They then met with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for nearly an hour. The ...
05/21/2015EDITORIAL - Mayor: Miami Beach Convention Center Project was Transparent

May 21--A recent Other Views article by Stuart Blumberg about our convention center modernization project included a number of inaccuracies that I want to clarify. The first deals with the transparency of our Convention Center project. Since I became Miami Beach mayor, the city has been transparent with all its deliberations. Each and every item outlined by Blumberg was presented, discussed ...
05/21/2015Vacant West Palm Beach Site Will Become Luxury Apartments

May 21--West Palm Beach has hit the big time, attracting the attention of the nation's largest apartment developer, which plans to build a luxury, 322-unit rental complex in the heart of downtown. Alliance Residential Company of Phoenix, Ariz., is seeking the city's OK for the project, tentatively known as Broadstone at Clematis. The property takes up a city block, a rare building opportunity. ...
05/21/2015Senator Cites 'Apex of Problems' With MOX in Pushing Alternative

May 21--A member of a U.S. Senate subcommittee said the Savannah River Site's MOX project is suffering from an "apex of problems" en route to suggesting the nation move forward with an alternative method for plutonium disposition. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, is a high-ranking member of the Senate's Energy and Water Subcommittee. During a hearing Tuesday, Feinstein expressed concerns that ...
05/20/2015Miami Beach Names Clark Construction CM for $500M Convention Center Project

May 20--The Miami Beach City Commission has awarded Clark Construction Group, the sole firm to bid for the $500 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, an $18 million contract to manage the final planning phase for the massive project. The commission voted to name Clark as the city's construction manager for the renovation project. That means Clark will get $18 million to work ...
05/20/2015DOE: Taller Turbines Would Bring Wind Energy to Florida

May 20--Long dismissed as a wasteland by wind-energy producers, it turns out Florida does have enough breeze to generate lots of electricity -- but it will take some reaching to get it, according to new federal findings. The U.S. Department of Energy released a report Tuesday that argues wind energy can spread from 39 states to the rest of the nation by installing taller generators. Those ...
05/19/2015Defective Chinese Drywall Found in Luxury Miami Condo

May 19--A luxury condo tower in Brickell has found defective Chinese drywall in 29 of its units -- and will have to pay $3.3 million to have it removed and replaced. Defective drywall is strongly associated with the release of foul-smelling sulfurous gases that damage building materials, appliances, pipes and other equipment, according to the federal government. In a letter to condo owners, ...
05/19/2015Nine Contractors Cited for Safety Violations at South Fla. Residential Project

May 19--Workers building million-dollar homes at a residential development in Doral were at risk of falling from heights of up to 35 feet and allowed to work without wearing head gear or eye protection, federal inspectors found last November. Now the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totaling $152,200 for nine contractors found to have violated worker-safety ...
05/19/2015Developers Set to Build $750M, 1,800-Room Marriott Marquis, Expo Center in Miami

May 19--The countdown is on to the opening of South Florida's most massive hotel. Doors at the 1,800-room Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center aren't scheduled to open for more than three years, but developers say there's plenty of work to fill the time between now and fall of 2018. "This project is so big, it's got so many moving parts, there's so many players," said Joe ...
05/19/2015Duke Energy Plans $750M Nat. Gas Power Plant to Replace Asheville, N.C., Coal Plant

May 19--Duke Energy said Tuesday it will shut down its Asheville coal-fired power plant by 2020, replacing it with a larger, $750 million plant fueled by natural gas. Duke will also spend $320 million to build a transmission substation near Campobello, S.C., just across the state line, and connect it to the Asheville plant with a new, 40-mile transmission line. The route of the new line has ...
05/19/2015Developers Reveal Details About $750M Conference Center Project in Miami

May 19--More than two years after first announcing plans to build a giant hotel and conference center in downtown Miami, developers on Tuesday will reveal new details. The $750 million project -- officially called the Marriott Marquis Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center -- is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 with 1,800 rooms and more than 600,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition and event ...
05/18/2015Developers Set to Break Ground on $1.7B Worldcenter Project in Miami

May 18--The developers of the massive 27-block Miami Worldcenter say they're set to break ground on the first phase of the $1.7 billion project this summer after clearing another major hurdle. Miami Worldcenter Associates and partners announced Monday that they secured an administrative approval from the city's planning and zoning department, giving them the ability to seek building permits. ...
05/17/2015Tampa Bay-Area Universities Spur Construction Boom

May 17--TAMPA -- Mortarboards and graduation gowns have given way to hard hats and work boots as serious construction gets under way at the area's colleges and universities. At the two private schools in particular -- Eckerd College in St. Petersburg and the University of Tampa -- orange cones and fences are everywhere as facilities directors take advantage of the summer break. Things aren't ...
05/17/2015Outside the MOX: A Closer Look at Disposal Alternatives

May 17--A Carlsbad, New Mexico, plant where employees suffered radiation exposure made headlines again last week as a possible landing spot for down-blended plutonium from the Savannah River Site -- one of several alternatives to the current MOX program. But the plant, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, is still shut down from the February 2014 incident, leaving some officials ...
05/16/2015Wake Tech Bridges Collapsed Due to Design Flaw, State Finds

May 16--A design flaw may have led to the fatal collapse of a pedestrian bridge during construction at Wake Tech's Northern Campus in November, the state Department of Labor found. The collapse on Nov. 13 killed one worker and hurt four others. A second, similar bridge collapsed without injuries. The collapses were caused by "design flaws" associated with notches in the bridge's supporting ...
05/16/2015House Bill Includes Savannah River Site MOX Construction Funding

May 16--On Friday, the House passed a defense bill that would provide $345 million for construction of the Savannah River Site's MOX facility, despite threats from President Barack Obama to veto the bill. The passage of the $612 billion defense bill, formerly known as the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, came in a 269-151 vote. The bill garnered support from all but eight ...

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