(May 2, 2018) —Procore.org is working to empower the construction industry and the communities it serves, and one way they aim to achieve this is through supporting non-profit organizations that are helping to build and rebuild within local communities. As Construction Safety Week approaches (May 7-11), Procore is excited to announce their partnership with National Hispanic Entrepreneurs’ Organization (NHEO) Institute, a United States non-profit focused on the construction and engineering industry. NHEO Institute is committed to identifying ways to improve the safety and health conditions of construction business owners, construction workers and their families—especially those hard to reach or those who need extra help due to cultural and language barriers. Through the organization’s Building a Safer Future campaign, they are raising awareness to reduce and eliminate construction-related hazards. “We are delighted to partner with Procore to improve safety and health conditions for all construction workers across the country. Their commitment to the construction industry and the communities it serves is aligned with our vision. This partnership will provide great resources to support our national campaign and better serve our community, and we look forward to a long term collaboration,” said Max Cruz-Gallardo, NHEO Institute board member who works for Bechtel Corporation. As part of the partnership, NHEO Institute members have received early access to the Procore Safety Qualified program, the online learning initiative designed to give construction professionals the specific technical tools and knowledge they need to create a culture of safety awareness on every jobsite. Procore Safety Qualified consists of free online classes that focus on the five most common Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations, and they will be open to everyone starting May 7th. Visit the Procore Safety Qualified site for more information and to register for a free Procore Safety Qualified series. “Procore's partnership with NHEO Institute signifies our commitment to increasing awareness about safety while focusing our efforts to support under-represented groups within the industry," said Danielle Edberg, senior manage of Industry Advancement. For more information, visit procore.com and nheo.org.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation has named Teri Newell as an additional deputy director.
Newell will help guide the department as it moves to address issues relating to Utah’s growing population, advances in technology and the evolution of the transportation industry. The newly created position comes after the 2018 Legislature passed SB136, which addressed the governance of transportation in Utah.
Utah Department of Transportation, Teri Newell
By Howard Fine
The Los Angeles World Airports Board of Commissioners on April 5 voted to award a $4.9 billion, 30-year contract to a contractor consortium to design, construct and operate the planned people mover at Los Angeles International Airport.
The board awarded the contract to a consortium of seven contractors known as LAX Integrated Express Solutions, or LINXS. The vote came six weeks after an initial decision to begin negotiations with the contractor consortium. The price of the contract increased $400 million to allow for flexibility in interest rates for financing over its 30-year duration, LAWA spokesman Mark Waier said.
Rendering of East Plaza for the proposed people mover at LAX
WATSONVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Granite Construction Incorporated (NYSE:GVA) announced today that it has acquired LiquiForce, a privately-owned company which serves public and private sector water and wastewater customers in both Canada and the U.S. Today, LiquiForce provides a variety of underground contracting services including lateral liner rehabilitation, mainline Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP), project management, manhole rehabilitation, and mainline point repairs. In addition, they are recognized as a leader for their patented LiquiForce Junction Lateral Liner. Through this acquisition, we welcome more than 100 employees to the Granite team. Going forward, LiquiForce will continue to operate from offices in Kingsville, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, and Romulus, Michigan. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Granite’s 2018 earnings per share.
“This acquisition represents the next chapter in Granite’s strategic plan, as we continue to diversify and grow our business,” said James H. Roberts, President and Chief Executive Officer of Granite. “This move positions Granite to build on our capabilities as a national leader in CIPP lining technology and trenchless pipe rehabilitation.
A Texas A&M construction science professor is working to lower the cost of highway construction bids by optimizing data-driven construction scheduling methods in advance of the U.S. government implementing the $1.5 trillion highway infrastructure rebuilding plan proposed last February by the Trump administration.
Kunhee Choi, associate professor of construction science is joining colleagues from Iowa State University and Northeastern University on this 20-month, $500,000 project, “Systematic Approach for Estimating Construction Contract Time,” funded by the Transportation Research Board of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
Kunhee Choi, associate professor of construction science, and a group of collegues are developing a guidebook to estimate contract time for highway projects.
By Kelly Pickerel - News Items by McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy Team, based in Phoenix, was selected as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor on the Midway III solar project, a new 26-MW project located in Calipatria, California. The project is owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company.
Midway III broke ground in January 2018 and is scheduled for completion in October 2018. Once operational, Midway III will sell all the power generated to a large California utility through a 20-year fixed-price power purchase agreement.
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