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07/30/2014Delayed Miami Port Tunnel to Open Aug. 4

July 30--Without speeches or brass bands, just -- hopefully -- a smooth and steady flow of thousands of vehicles, PortMiami's new tunnel will open to public traffic at 6 a.m. Monday after 11 weeks of exasperating and costly delays. "No pomp and circumstance, just getting down to business," said Chris Hodgkins, vice president of MAT Concessionaire, the consortium of companies that built the ...
07/30/2014Developers to Build Aloft Hotel in Columbia, S.C.

July 30--COLUMBIA SC -- Columbia's Vista is about to get its first boutique hotel. Developers plan to build a five-story, 108-room Aloft hotel at the corner of Lady and Lincoln streets connected to the Washington Street parking garage. The Aloft hotel will feature hip, high-end contemporary furnishings and interior design, ground-floor retail space and a bar called WXYZ. "It's contemporary and ...
07/29/2014Human-Skull Discovery Halts Hospital Expansion Project in DeLand, Fla.

July 29--An expansion project at Florida Hospital DeLand has been put on hold after construction workers found a human skull, possibly remains from a roughly 100-year-old "indigent" gravesite. "We have the remains for safekeeping pending a response from a state anthropologist for direction," DeLand Sgt. Chris C. Estes said Tuesday in an email. Crews uncovered the skull Monday while working a ...
07/29/2014DOE Secretary: MOX Project Needs Long-Term Funding Stream

July 29--U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that federal officials need to identify a long-term funding stream for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site if the project survives the current budget cycle. The Obama administration threatened to shutter the multibillion-dollar plutonium disposal project but softened its stance after bipartisan Congressional ...
07/28/2014S.C. Officials Say Savannah River Site Has Money for Fuel Project

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. (AP) — Federal legislators have secured enough money to make sure a nuclear fuel project at the Savannah River Site goes forward, according to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and members of the state's congressional delegation. But the governmental leaders also told news reporters during a meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz they want to ensure that the ...
07/26/2014Promises of Easier Nuclear Construction in U.S. Fall Short

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it's not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete with other electricity sources. ...
07/26/2014Congress Passes Law Promoting Transparency in Haiti's Reconstruction

July 26--Nearly five years after a devastating earthquake nearly flatten Haiti's capital, the U.S. Congress on Friday passed legislation aimed at shedding light on how U.S. funds are used in the country's reconstruction efforts. The Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014 requires the U.S. Secretary of State to submit to Congress a report on the status of post-earthquake recovery and ...
07/26/2014All Aboard Florida Plans to Pay Off High-Risk Bonds With Federal Loan

July 26--Eager to begin construction on its express train service from Miami to Orlando, All Aboard Florida sold $405 million in high-risk bonds last month to a market hungry for the notable 12 percent interest payout. But those privately offered notes stand to be paid off by a nearly $1.6 billion publicly subsidized federal loan requested by the company for its planned resurrection of ...
07/25/2014DOE Official: MOX is 'Preferred Solution'

July 25--A high-ranking official in the Energy Department said the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication, or MOX, facility under construction at the Savannah River Site is the "preferred solution" to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium if sustained funding is available over time, despite the federal government's efforts to place the project in a cold stand-by. According to an article in the Nuclear ...
07/25/2014$207M Citrus Bowl Reconstruction More Than Halfway to Goal

July 25--A lot has happened at Orlando's Citrus Bowl in the 120 days since the old scoreboard was torn down, marking the beginning of the stadium's partial demolition and reconstruction. More than 400 workers a day are on site, rushing to complete a $207 million renovation that needs to wrap up by mid-November, in time for the Florida Classic college football game. The stadium will be "game ...
07/25/2014Southern Company Likely to Build More Nuclear Power Reactors in U.S.

The company has become the first one to pursue new nuclear reactors after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Nuclear power reactors produce almost no carbon emissions. Already, the company is developing two new 1,117MW reactors at its Vogtle nuclear site in Georgia. Meanwhile, ...
07/25/2014No Funding Agreement Yet for $706M Savannah Harbor Deepening

July 25--Work on the Project Partnership Agreement between the state of Georgia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Savannah harbor deepening is still ongoing with no estimated completion date, a Corps spokesman said Thursday. The two entities must craft an agreement outlining how the costs of the $706 million project will be shared, including approving the accelerated use of Georgia's ...
07/24/2014Developers Buy Property Along Miami River for Mixed-Use Development

July 24--New York real estate investors Chetrit Group and Miami developer Ari Pearl have bought 6.2 acres on three blocks along the Miami River, including the Finnegan's River property, with plans to build a major mixed-use development called Miami Riverwalk, with condo towers, a hotel and marina, retail space and offices. Miami-Dade property records show that CG Miami River, led by Chetrit ...
07/23/2014Clemson Architecture Students Design Bridges and Drainage to Rebuild South Carolina Botanical Gardens

CLEMSON, S.C. - After a nearly unprecedented flood destroyed the site, the South Carolina Botanical Garden is almost as good as new — because of the work of more than a dozen Clemson University architecture students. While garden staff worked to restore the thousands of plant species wiped out by the July 2013 flood, the students spent the past year designing and building trails, bridges and ...
07/23/2014Construction Worker Killed in Work-Zone Hit-and-Run Accident in Eustis, Fla.

July 23--A 44-year-old construction worker from Eustis was killed in a hit-and-run work-zone accident early today in Lakeland, police said. The victim, Shelby K. Shull, was wearing reflective clothing standing in front of a work truck in the 2600 block of South Florida Avenue when he was struck just after 2 a.m. A fellow worker "heard several thumping sounds and responded to the rear of the ...
07/23/2014$100M Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Downtown Columbia, S.C.

July 23--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A 280-unit apartment complex and mixed-use development are planned at a gateway to the Vista on one of Columbia's most prominent pieces of land. Office and retail space, a 680-space parking garage and a free-standing, yet-unnamed hotel are part of the plans for development of the former Kline Iron and Steel Co. site at the corner of Gervais and Huger streets, pending ...
07/22/2014N.C. Paving Contractor Exec Pleads Guilty to MBE Fraud

July 22--A second Boggs Paving executive pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in connection with charges that the company received more than $87 million in road projects by misrepresenting the role a minority-owned contractor played in the work. Prosecutors say a third top company official will plead guilty on Wednesday. Kevin Hicks, the chief financial officer for the Monroe-based company, pleaded ...
07/22/2014Young Developer Renovating Downtown Orlando Hotel

July 22--Inside one of Orlando's most iconic, but aging, hotels, crews in orange hard hats are gutting the building. They're ripping up carpet, tearing down wall coverings and yanking out bathroom fixtures. The lobby is dark, meeting rooms are bare and the floors tacky from the remnants of glue. It's all part of the renovation of the old downtown Orlando Marriott -- a project meant to turn the ...
07/22/2014One Dead, Two Hurt in Ft. Lauderdale Construction Site Accident

July 22--FORT LAUDERDALE -- In the latest in a recent spate of job site tragedies, one worker was killed and two others were injured Monday when a beam collapsed at a Fort Lauderdale construction site, officials said. The death, which apparently occured when the three men were knocked off a ladder, marks at least the sixth workplace fatality in Broward County in the past seven weeks. ...
07/21/2014Former Beazer Homes Officer Convicted on Securities Fraud Charges in Charlotte

July 21--A federal jury in Charlotte has convicted a Georgia man on charges related to a fraud conspiracy committed while he was chief accounting officer at a home building company. According to an FBI news release, Michael T. Rand was found guilty of conspiracy to commit securities fraud; make false and misleading statements to auditors and accountants; circumvent internal accounting ...
07/21/2014All Aboard Florida Unveils West Palm Beach Station Plans

July 21--City and county leaders gathered this morning for the unveiling of plans for All Aboard Florida's West Palm Beach station. The $29 million train station in downtown West Palm Beach will be under construction by late December as the express passenger service pushes forward on its unprecedented project to connect Miami with Orlando by rail. Plans unveiled today are for a sleek narrow ...
07/20/2014Orlando-area Builders Launch Habitat for Humanity Subdivision

July 20--Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando started work on its first single-family subdivision, which will be constructed by both home builders in addition to homebuyers. The nonprofit purchased 38 acres, 11 of which are buildable, in Washington Shores from U.S. Development of Orlando Inc. late last year for $127,000. The Butler Preserve community will include 51 single-family homes and ...
07/20/2014Odebrecht Founder Norberto Odebrecht Dies at 93

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Norberto Odebrecht, founder of the Brazilian construction company behind large-scale projects such as dams and highways in the Amazon jungle and some of the World Cup stadiums, died Saturday of heart problems. He was 93. Odebrecht started the company in 1944 in the city of Salvador to carry on his father's legacy in the construction industry. The conglomerate that carries ...
07/20/2014Broward County, Fla., Highway, Transit Projects at Risk If Federal Money Runs Out

July 20--Fort Lauderdale's Wave streetcar, express toll lane projects on Interstate 75 and new sidewalks are at risk as federal tax money that helps pay for transportation projects is in danger of running out. Congress is moving swiftly to shore up a budget shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund before an August deadline. The House on Tuesday passed a measure for a short-term fix of $10.5 billion ...
07/19/2014Backlash Against All Aboard Florida Jeopardizes Money for TriRail

July 19--Tens of millions of dollars needed to connect a future commuter line through South Florida's historic downtowns with a grand Miami hub is in jeopardy because of the project's ties with All Aboard Florida. At issue is $44 million to build a station for the proposed Tri Rail Coastal Link at All Aboard Florida's Miami facility -- a $150 million transportation, retail and office hub that ...

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