Are Your Construction Products Harming Health?

Construction to start on Bradenton Riverwalk luxury apartments

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can also be triggered by dust and fumes which cause an obstruction to the flow of air into the lungs. On the other hand, silicosis is a disease wherein the lungs become inflamed and damaged due to respirable crystalline silica. Hazardous substances that may cause these health problems Below are some of the most common causes of skin and respiratory problems that are experienced by construction workers. Some of these products when inhaled or exposed to the skin may cause allergic reactions or even present life threats. They include: Paints How to ensure the safety of your construction products Perhaps the easiest and most effective measure you can take to ensure the safety of your workers is to carefully select the materials that will be used for your building projects. Contact your suppliers and seek professional advice visit their website regarding the safe kinds of products to use or some alternatives to harmful chemicals.

Deloitte Acquires TMA Construction Consultants

Another Atlanta builder, Robert Hatfield, formed Riverwalk Bradenton LLC to oversee the project, and is partnering with NDC on Riversong. “We’re anxious to get it started,” Hatfield said. “We’ve got a lot of good partners. I think it will be great for the city. It will be the No. 1 luxury apartment complex in that community.” The area will be closed to parking starting Oct. 25, and NDC “wanted to give the Players enough heads up to work with their patrons” to find other places to park, Allen said.

“Clients will now be able to access a one-stop-shop that will meet both their project and company needs. We will be able to expand our services by relying on the wide range of capabilities, resources and infrastructure that Deloitte offers. Clients will continue to experience the same level of professionalism and dedication that are hallmarks of TMA.” Deloitte’s Corporate Development Office (CDO) supported the acquisition. Deloitte’s CDO actively pursues and responds to organizations through merger, acquisition and alliance opportunities that align with the firm’s commitment to client service excellence. “This acquisition is a strategic building block in our long-term growth strategy,” said Alexandre Baril, Partner and Corporate Development Officer, Deloitte “We proactively sought the deep industry knowledge and specialized advisory capabilities of TMA.” About Deloitte Deloitte, one of Canada’s leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.


Construction Under Way For Downtown Pappasito’s

Dont EVEN get me started on suburban living vs higher density city life. I got to see clear, beautiful stars in the sky this morning when I went out to the barn. My roosters were crowing, and I heard whipporwills calling. And I dont smell the Champions paper plant when the winds blow out of the SE. September 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm 105 would be a nice connector between Highway 6 and I-45 if theyd get rid of all the damned traffic lights. Problem is, where do you build?

Western State Hospital is celebrating the completion of a new $140.5 million facility in Staunton. A public tour of the new state psychiatric hospital will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hospital and local officials held a ceremony Wednesday to mark the facilitys completion. Wednesday’s Photos of the day Western State Hospital social work director Pat Higgins tells The News Leader ( ) that patients will move into the new hospital on Oct.

Construction firms: It’s hard finding qualified workers

In collaboration with Kuka, a manufacturer of industrial robot arms, and the timber construction and engineering company MullerBlaustein, the partners investigate the potentials of robotic prefabrication in timber construction. Their goal is to develop innovative, performative and sustainable construction systems made from wood, which also expand the repertoire of architectural expression in timber construction. Although these techniques are elaborated and efficient, they are also inflexible. This is the reason for an increasing amount of interest in computational design and fabrication processes, as well as the use of industrial robots. Robotic fabrication substantially expands the range of manufacturing possibilities and offers more freedom for developing innovative, material-oriented and adaptive construction systems. The University of Stuttgart is active in the research of lightweight structures.

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Carla Caldwell, Morning Edition Editor Almost 75 percent of 700 construction firms that participated in a national survey released in September by Associated General Contractors of America said they are having trouble finding qualified labor. A full 85 percent of Georgia firms that responded said they do not believe the pool of available skilled construction craft workers is sufficient to meet significant increases in construction demand in the next 12 months. The hardest jobs to fill across the board, according to the a2013 Worker Shortage Survey,” are carpenters, electricians, project supervisors, estimators and engineers. Sixty percent of Georgia survey participants said they are being required to increase benefits or wages to attract and retain construction craft workers. And 73 percent of Georgia firms said they are having trouble filling project manager and supervisor positions.

Robotic Fabrication in Timber Construction

(Photo: Thomas Shea) Look for a February opening for Pappasitos Cantina in the Hilton Americas Houston . The Pappas Restaurants Tex-Mex brand is under construction in the space formerly occupied by Spencers for Steaks and Chops. While the menu will include all the familiar Pappasitos favorites, the new restaurant also will feature several items, including special crudos and ceviches, unique to that location, Christina Pappas, director of marketing for Pappas Restaurants, said. The decor, too, will reflect its location within the AAA Four Diamond hotel: This restaurant will definitely be a more modern version of Pappasitos, with cleaner lines, Pappas said. It will have its own unique look. Pappas said that customers will like the indoor/outdoor bar and the generous patio seating that can accommodate as many as 70. Were really excited about it, she said of the restaurant that is practically perched on Discovery Green.


Construction Worker Injured In Jersey City, Police Say mining construction worker

Asked whether or not the figures could be confidently relied upon in light of low levels of activity seen in recent times in areas of the industry outside of mining, Dale says the data is not altogether surprising in light of the strength in resource activity and adds that outside of Western Australia, employment in states such as Victoria and New South Wales remain below their post-GFC stimulus peak. He notes, however, that employment is a lagging indicator (strong civil sector work now reflects projects for which investment decisions were made over the past couple of years) and that the latest update does not take away from the discrepancy between the strength of resource work and weakness in the building sector. There is still quite a large discrepancy between the tail end of the resources related investment and the non-resources related investment which continued to go backwards, he said. Indeed, the latest report comes as soft labour market conditions persist across much of the industry. In the residential sector, for instance, the most recent HIA Trades Report indicates that 10 out of 13 trades are currently in oversupply. Meanwhile,participants in the most recent National Survey of Building and Construction conducted by Master Builders Australia indicated that across almost all categories, skilled personnel for on-site work is becoming easier to find. The data comes amid longer term concerns about a looming shortage of skilled workers and upward pressure on labour costs toward the middle of the decade as low numbers of apprenticeships on offer during the downturn are expected to lead to a tightening of supply as the building recovery gathers further momentum.

Construction starts on the Témiscouata community wind farms

Google Maps A construction worker has been taken to the Jersey City Medical Center after an incident on 1stStreet in Jersey City, officials confirmed. The incident occurred around 11:45 this morning at a construction site at 110 1st Street in Jersey City, police spokesman Bob McHugh said. The man was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center, but information on his injuries and specific condition was not immediately available, McHugh said. Police scanner reports said that the worker was hit in the head with a board, but McHugh could not confirm that information.

Israel to Allow Construction Materials Into Gaza

About Boralex Boralex is a power producer whose core business is dedicated to the development and the operation of renewable energy power stations. Currently, the Corporation operates an asset base with an installed capacity of almost 500 MW in Canada, the Northeastern United States and France. Boralex is also committed under power development projects, both independently and with Canadian and European partners, to add approximately 550 MW of power that will be commissioned by the end of 2015. With more than 200 employees, Boralex is known for its diversified expertise and in-depth experience in four power generation types — wind, hydroelectric, thermal and solar. Boralex’s shares and convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols BLX and BLX.DB, respectively. More information is available at or About the Temiscouata RCM The Temiscouata regional county municipality is an organization that oversees land development, town planning, environmental protection, and regional, cultural, social and community development.

STW Resources Launches New Pipeline Maintenance & Construction Division

Israel barred the entry of construction materials into Gaza when Hamas overran the territory in 2007, fearing militants could use them to build weapons and fortifications. It has allowed them in for projects funded by international organizations like the United Nations since 2010. Private contractors have had to rely on goods smuggled through tunnels from Egypt. But shortages were reported after Egypt cracked down on those tunnels. Gaza border official Raed Fattouh said 60 trucks hauling building materials will cross into Gaza on Sunday. Still, contractors say the amount being allowed in is a fraction of Gaza’s needs.

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STW’s process ensures that the most effective and efficient technologies are implemented. Current potential project locations include the Eagle Ford Shale (TX), the west Texas Delaware and Permian Basins (TX), and eastern New Mexico. STW is also involved in the oilfield construction business providing road, pit, location, and water pond construction. It also offers evaporation covers for the elimination of evaporation on frac ponds used throughout the oilfield. Evaporation causes the operators millions of dollars in losses annually. Covering the ponds is a conservational and economic method of preserving one of our natural resources and can be floated on to existing ponds or installed during construction. It also eliminates algae growth, doubles as a bird net, and reduces erosion of pond infrastructure. High quality liners with fusion-welded seams, quality control testing including air tests of seams and destruction testing are also standard. STW Energy, a subsidiary of STW Resources Holding Corp., offers a turnkey rig washing service along with the technology to process drilling waste fluids, tank bottoms, and oil based cuttings that will completely eliminate any potential future liabilities (Cradle-to-Grave) to the operators after they dispose of them. STW services include roustabout services for several major oil and gas producers too.


Home Construction Nudges Up In August

Starts on single-family homes, which make up the bulk of the US housing market, rose 7.0 percent. August housing starts were up 19.0 percent from a year ago as the housing market recovers from the price bubble collapse in 2006. Building permits — an indicator of potential residential construction growth — declined more than expected, to a rate of 918,000 after an upwardly revised July rate 954,000. They were up 11.0 percent from the August 2012 level. “The trend in single-family starts this year has been broadly flat, in sharp contrast to the big gains of 2012, and permits have leveled off, too,” said Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics. “Some of this presumably reflects a slowing in demand in the wake of the spike in rates but we also think homebuilders are trying to hold down inventory to keep prices rising.” According to a homebuilder survey released Tuesday, confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes held steady in September at the highest level in nearly eight years. The National Association of Home Builders composite index was unchanged at 58 in September, after four months of solid gains.

US Builders Boost Single-Family Home Construction

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Department of Commerce said that overall construction on new homes, which includes single-family residences and buildings with multiple units, rose 0.9% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 891,000. Click to Play Bernanke: No timetable for tapering Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says there is no fixed calendar for when tapering may begin, depending on progress in the economy. Builders are being cautious, wrote Jim OSullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, in a research note. The overall result disappointed economists polled by MarketWatch, who had expected an August starts rate of 921,000, compared with an originally estimated July starts rate of 896,000. On Wednesday, the government revised Julys starts rate to 883,000.

Ship construction activity continues to show signs of turnaround

Dry Bulk Vessels Under Construction 2013-09-16

But mortgage rates have risen more than a full percentage point since early May. Some economists say higher rates may be starting to slow the recovery’s momentum. In July, new-home sales plummeted to the lowest level in nine months. Mortgage rates could rise even further if the Federal Reserve decides later Wednesday to slow its $85 billion a month bond purchase program. Most economists expect the Fed will announce that it will reduce its purchases by $10 billion.

We also saw a jump in construction activity for Supramax vessels in April, which explains why Supramax orders fell around the same time. So even though the number of ships on order alone would have shown that all is not well for Supramax vessels, Aprils jump may point to optimism among companies focused more on minor bulks, or intense competition due to smaller capital requirements. Construction activity for Capesize vessels remains most optimistic, as the number of existing orders is low and rates have been outperforming those of Panamax and Supramax lately. Plus, its important to note that construction of Capesize vessels takes longer because of their size. Investors should view stabilization as positive Stabilizing construction activity means managers are expecting rates to recover to adequate levels that can generate good returns for existing constructions soon. While higher construction activity could drive supply growth higher, it isnt so worrisome, as shipping companies just went through a huge bubble burst.Psychologically, managers arent going to rapid-fire new vessel orders like they did from 2006 to 2008. With good shipyards fully booked, according to shipping company CEOs, investors should view higher construction activity as a positive for firms such as DryShips Inc.


Analyst Expects Construction Will Be ‘the Place To Be’ In 12 To 18 Months

Construction on Town Green to wrap in late November

Construction equipment and a bulldozer litter the path to the pedestrian bridge on The Forum side of the Oostanaula River. The construction on the Town Green is expected to reach completion in late November. (Alan Riquelmy / Rome News-Tribune)

Since acquiring Clark-Hurth Components in 1997, Dana has supplied complete high-quality, durable drivetrain solutions to local off-highway equipment manufacturers. Commonly known in the region as “Dana Spicer Clark-Hurth,” Spicer products are the exact same drivetrain products customers are accustomed to purchasing or receiving on imported machinery under the Clark-Hurth brand. “As the economies of Africa continue to grow and thrive, Dana recognizes the need to drive progress here with quality drivetrain products backed by unparalleled aftermarket service,” said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Driveline Technologies. “We are fully leveraging the expertise we have gained in the global construction and mining industries to better support OEMs and equipment owners in this region.” At Bauma Africa, Dana will co-exhibit with BAE Systems Land Systems Gear Ratio (Gear Ratio), the company’s distribution partner in Southern Africa for the past 25 years. Gear Ratio provides OEMs in this region with premier Spicer drivetrain systems and components to fit into existing applications for mining, construction, agriculture, material-handling, and forestry equipment. Gear Ratio is also the only Authorized Spicer Off-Highway Service Center in Southern Africa, providing warranty repairs, product support, and spare parts distribution for both OEMs and the aftermarket.

Dana to Showcase Proven Spicer® Drivetrain Solutions for African Construction, Mining Markets at Inaugural Bauma Africa 2013

But the United States is still the best house in a lousy neighborhood. Construction Equipment Lustgarten said that the market for construction equipment has been unusual because spending on construction equipment has outpaced construction spending itself. While construction expenditures have seen only modest recovery, spending on new construction machinery accelerated in 2010 to 2012 and was far stronger than originally anticipated, he said. He said two reasons for that are hefty tax incentives that encouraged buying (100% tax bonus in 2011 resulting in a 38% gain, 50% tax credit in 2012 and 2013) and the IRS Section 179 write off of up to $500,000 in investment in new or used equipment (set to expire this year). He said anticipated equipment price increases — from a combination of more costly raw materials and interim and final Tier 4 regulations — also had an impact on purchasers. He said the price of steel, copper and aluminum, for example, will increase equipment pricing costs 3% to 5% and that Tier 4 regulations will increase costs up to 12%. And while the price increases will likely be phased in over several years the expectation of higher prices has encouraged buying now.

Sterling Construction Company Appoints Thomas R. Wright Executive Vice President & Chief Financial O

Another problem: Dirt and mud from the site gets into the water, making its daily morning treatment that much more difficult. We control the water and the water quality, said Richard Garland, direc- tor of the Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority. We treat it just like a pool. The fountain is only open from 6 to 10 p.m. It will close for the season Sept. 29 and will resume its regular hours next spring. Construction work isnt limited to the Town Green. The city also is renovating Broad Street sidewalks, which has required the removal of bicycle racks embedded in the concrete, Milam said.

Mr. Wright holds a BS in Corporate Finance from Ball State University and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University. He also holds the Certified Professional Controller (CPC) designation. Peter MacKenna, Sterling’s President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Tom’s strong experience in a broad range of critical planning, analysis and capital allocation functions makes a perfect fit to take over leadership of our financial organization. We look forward to working with him as we progress in driving the transformation that is underway across our operations.


Construction On Fairfield Playground Honoring Newtown Victim Begins

Twenty six playgrounds are being built to honor the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook  Elementary. A playground in Fairfield honors Jessica Rekos.

Very Positive The prospects for the pound are very positive over the next 12 months, said Michael Sneyd, a foreign-exchange strategist at BNP Paribas SA in London, speaking to Anna Edwards on Bloomberg Televisions On the Move program. U.K. growth is finally recovering. It seems like the U.K. is finally reaching the escape velocity that weve been waiting for for several years. The yield on the benchmark 10-year gilt fell three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 2.92 percent. The 2.25 percent bond maturing in September 2023 rose 0.22, or 2.20 pounds per 1,000-pound face amount, to 94.27.

The playground will reflect the little girl’s favorite colors, pink and teal, and her love of horses and Orca whales. Jessica’s mother, Krista, was a graduate of Fairfield University and has close ties to the community. Fairfield firefighters and local volunteers are partnering with The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play’ Project, the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association’s effort to build 26 playgrounds in coastal communities damaged by Superstorm Sandy. All the sites will also honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Craig Lehmann, Jessica’s uncle, traveled from Tampa, Fla., to be on hand as his niece is honored. “There’ll be horses, actually a drawing Jessica made of a horse, orca whales — so her personality will be throughout this project,” he said. Jessica, the oldest of the three Rekos children, was big sister to Travis and Shane. Both brothers are at the playground site today. “(H)e’s going to dig the first hole and he’s going to boss us around, hopefully, and keep us working,” Bill Lavin, of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, said of Travis.

Construction in the Czech Republic to 2017: Market Forecast – New Market Study Published

It contains detailed historic and forecast market value data for the construction industry, including a breakdown of the data by construction activity (new construction, repair and maintenance, refurbishment and demolition). ‘Construction in the Czech Republic to 2017: Market Forecast’ provides a top-level overview and detailed insight into the operating environment of the construction industry in the Czech Republic. It is an essential tool for companies active across the Czech Republic construction value chain and for new players considering to enter the market. Scope – Overview of the construction industry in the Czech Republic. – Historic and forecast market value for the construction industry by construction output and value-add methods for the period 2008 through to 2017. – Historic and forecast market value by construction activity (new construction, repair and maintenance, refurbishment and demolition) across the construction industry for the period 2008 through to 2017. Reasons to Get This Report – This report provides you with valuable data for the construction industry in the Czech Republic.

Ship construction activity stabilizing, good for shipping stocks

We also saw a jump in construction activity for Supramax vessels in April, which explains why Supramax orders fell around the same time. So even though the number of ships on order alone would have shown that all is bad for Supramax vessels, Aprils jump may point to optimism among companies focused more on minor bulks. Investors should view stabilization as positive Stabilizing construction activity means managers are expecting rates to recover to adequate levels that can generate good returns for existing constructions soon. Noticeably, several dry bulk companies have been rallying on the back of higher rates recentlyCapesize rates in particular. While higher construction activity could drive supply growth higher, it isnt so worrisome, as shipping companies just went through a huge bubble burst. Psychologically, managers arent going to rapid-fire new vessels orders like they did from 2006 to 2008. With good shipyards fully booked, according to shipping company CEOs, investors should view higher construction activity as a positive for firms such as DryShips Inc.


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TransCanada: Energy East pipeline construction to create 10,000 jobs

But we expect prices to slow further, for three reasons: rising mortgage rates (rates have risen more than a full point since early May), expanding inventory (as reported by NAR, inventory has increased for six months straight on a seasonally adjusted basis) and declining investor demand. August 2013 Trulia Price Monitor Summary percent change in asking prices # of 100 largest metros with asking-price increases percent change in asking prices, excluding foreclosures Month-over-month, seasonally adjusted 98 11.3 percent * Month-over-month change is August versus July. Quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year changes are three-month averages. Data from previous months are revised each month, so data being reported now for previous months might differ from previously reported data. Buyers and Builders Bet on Different Local Markets Four metros have seen asking prices jump more than 25 percent year-over-year: Las Vegas, Sacramento, Oakland and Riverside-San Bernardino. Nine more — including five more in California — have had price gains of 20 percent or more. Price rebounds are helping normalize the housing market: rising prices lift borrowers back above water, and price appreciation will encourage more homeowners to sell — which has already started to bring more inventory onto the market.

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Here’s Why Housing Markets With Booming Prices Haven’t Fully Recovered: Construction

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Moving time-lapse vid of One World Trade Center construction As New York’s beautiful One World Trade Center nears completion, a powerful time-lapse movie shows the skyscraper’s construction from start to near finish. One World Trade Center stands high above its peers in this webcam shot from September 2013. (Credit: Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET) A new time-lapse video, made by EarthCam in commemoration of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, shows the nine-year construction of the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center in New York. EarthCam’s network of high-definition cameras captured the incredible footage over the course of October 2004 to September 2013. According to an EarthCam statement , the company hand-edited hundreds of thousands of images together that reveals the striking assembly of the 104-story skyscraper, formerly known as the Freedom Tower. Related stories Names on WTC memorial arranged by algorithm The special video shows the construction of the One World Trade Center building from the ground-up, including the installation of the massive 408-foot, 758-ton silver spire that tops the tower and serves as a broadcast antenna. In the beginning of the time-lapse clip, the area to the left of the One World Trade Center briefly seen under construction is The National September 11 Memorial and Museum , which now contains rows of swamp white oak trees and acre-sized reflecting pools in the former spaces of the original World Trade Center North and South Towers.

Moving time-lapse vid of One World Trade Center construction

“What we are trying to do is be as transparent as possible in terms of the job numbers.” In terms of the 13,000 jobs TransCanada said the Keystone XL pipeline would create, “we can break (them) down job by job.” The 4,400-kilometer (2,700-mile) Energy East line would take oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to a deep-water port at Saint John, New Brunswick, where it could be shipped to refiners in the United States, Europe and Asia. The project will also let eastern Canadian refineries replace 700,000 bpd of imported crude with less expensive Western Canadian oil. While environmental groups oppose the project, the Canadian government supports the concept of a pipeline to the Atlantic coast. Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of natural resources, said the line would contribute to the “energy security” of North America. “Replacing higher-cost foreign crude with lower-cost Canadian crude for refineries in Quebec and Atlantic Canada would protect and increase job opportunities in the refinery sector and ensure a competitive fuel supply for consumers,” Oliver said in a release.

Ship construction activity stabilizing, good for shipping stocks

Finance Wed, Sep 11, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT – U.S. Markets closed Ship construction activity stabilizing, good for shipping stocks By Xun Yao Chen | Market Realist 8 hours ago ( Continued from Part 4 ) Ship construction activity Ship orders reflect managersa expectations for future supply and demand differentials. But new ship orders donat always translate into new constructions right away. Sometimes, shipping firms specify a particular date of delivery for the new orders. If the delivery date is farther out, ship construction firms will delay work. So construction activity, on top of ship orders, gives investors further insight into managersa expectation of future supply and demand differences as well as when and by how much supply will grow in the future.