Construction

Nearly $14 Billion Ready to Invest in Post-COVID Economic Recovery — Report

A new report from the Consumer Energy Alliance details nearly $14 billion worth of economic activity is being threatened by delays, obstructions and cancellations of pipeline infrastructure projects.

Puget Sound Energy Creates LNG Bunkering, Supply Facility

Construction of the first liquified natural gas (LNG) marine bunkering facility on the West Coast is progressing steadily and on track to open in the first quarter of 2021.

How to Build a Customized Excavation Protective System

Some excavation projects are clear-cut and just require selecting the right excavation protective system for the job. Other projects, such as deep or complex trenches, need a custom-engineered solution.

Michels Corporation Selected by TC Energy to Build Facilities on Keystone XL

Michels has been selected by TC Energy to build several pump stations along the Keystone XL pipeline.

Tunneling Milestone Reached on World’s Longest Underground Rail Link Project

A Herrenknecht tunnel boring machine has broken through marking the first significant milestone in the world's largest rail link project.

Utility & Communications Construction Update

As the country emerges from its coronavirus-induced hibernation, guidance from the publicly traded companies of the Utility & Communications Construction Index (UCCI) is limited due to limited guidance and general uncertainty of what the coming months will bring.

New Industry Survey Shows Construction Activity Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels

A new survey released by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) of America shows that construction activity across the country is returning to levels from before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the economy.

Brown and Caldwell, Carollo Engineers Joint Venture Selected for South County Ag Program

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) has selected a joint venture of Brown and Caldwell and Carollo Engineers as project managers for $375 million recycled water infrastructure program.

Volvo Awarded Grant to Test Electric Heavy Equipment in California

Volvo CE has been awarded a $2 million grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, funded by the EPA, for a pilot program for two of its electric-powered vehicles.

AGC Survey Shows 28% of Contractor Projects Impacted by Coronavirus

A recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows that over 25% of contractor projects have been delayed or halted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Construction Industry Calls on Local Leaders to Keep Work Sites Open

Construction industry organizations are asking local leaders to view construction work as essential and keep job sites open around the country.

EPA Announces $40 Million Water Infrastructure Loan to Toho Water Authority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a $40 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the Toho Water Authority in Kissimmee, Florida.

DCA President Mike Hickey Sees Bright Future for Contractors Who Embrace Change

Underground Construction talked with Hickey before the DCA annual convention, Feb. 24–29 in Boca Raton, Fla., about the opportunities and challenges facing distribution contractors and the approaches they can take to capitalize on these positive trends.

Ohio Power Siting Board Approves Natural Gas Pipeline Route

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has approved a route for Duke Energy’s Central Corridor natural gas pipeline following a review of the company’s application and hearings on the 14-mile project.

White House Unveils Plan to Speed Big Projects Permits

The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a plan to speed permitting for major infrastructure projects like oil pipelines, road expansions and bridges, one of the biggest deregulatory actions of the president's tenure.

Construction Begins to Repair Damage From 120 Million Gallon Sewer Leaks in Florida

Construction has begun to repair damaged sewer lines in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida after nearly 130 million gallons of sewer water leaked over several days last December.

FERC Approves Chesapeake Utilities Pipeline Expansion

Chesapeake Utilities has announced that FERC has issued an order approving the Company's proposed Del-Mar Energy pipeline project.

New Mexico Communities get Funding for Water Projects

Nearly $34 million in federal funding is being funneled to New Mexico to help make improvements to water and wastewater systems.

Survey Recognizes Company Leaders for Underground Infrastructure

A recent in-depth survey by Underground Construction magazine revealed the most recognizable companies among personnel within the underground utility and pipeline infrastructure market place.

Kentucky Infrastructure Project Awarded Engineering Design Feat of the Year

A Kentucky-based sewer collection system improvement project has been awarded Best-in-Class by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) during its 2019 National Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition.

Contractor Guilty of Manslaughter in Boston Trench Collapse

A contractor who prosecutors said pushed his crews to work faster on a behind-schedule project has been convicted of manslaughter for the deaths of two workers in a 2016 trench collapse.

Toro Sells MTI Equipment Business Acquired in CMW Acquisition

Making good on a promise to streamline its product and services portfolio after acquiring Charles Machine Works, The Toro Company has shed CMW's pre-owned construction equipment business by selling MTI Equipment back to its founders.

Utility & Communications Construction Update

The summer construction season of 2019 saw further decline for the Utility & Communications Construction Index (UCCI) companies relative to the S&P 500. From June through September, the S&P 500 is up over 3 percent, while the UCCI had declines of approximately 1.4 percent.

Queens, New York Breaks Ground on $139 Million Upgrade Project

A New York neighborhood has broken ground on a $139 million renovation across 25 blocks which will include, among other things, several miles of sewer and water infrastructure upgrades.

Enbridge Installing Supports for Great Lakes Oil Pipeline

Enbridge says it has begun installing steel supports on an oil pipeline in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac, where erosion has created a gap between the line and the lake bottom.

August Construction Starts Decrease 6 Percent

New construction starts dropped 6% over the month in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $807.1 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Quanta Acquires Hallen Construction, 2 Specialty Contractors

Quanta Services said it has completed the acquisition of Plainview, N.Y.-based Hallen Construction, a large gas utility contractor serving key markets in the U.S. Northeast, along with two Southeast specialty contractors for $330 million in cash and stock.

Though Challenging, HDD Intersect Project is Effective Solution

Directionally drilled intersects – two drill units drilling pilot holes from opposite ends of a planned bore path that intersect – are not unusual today, but hardly could be described as routine. The complexities of an intersect and consequences of failure deter most horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractors from entering this highly specialized market.

Australian Fiber-Optics to Bring High-Speed Internet to East Timor

Australia on Friday announced a new maritime security agreement with East Timor in which the fledgling democracy will gain naval infrastructure and an undersea internet link with the world as China increases its influence in the region.

U.S. Construction Spending Rose a Slight 0.1% in July

U.S. construction spending ticked up just 0.1% in July, aided by government spending on schools, sewers and the water supply.