Caledonia native travels to Israel to share 'design build' methods
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"It was a very intriguing trip. I initially told them I couldn't go. I had too many issues going on and didn't feel the timing was right. But they were very persistent and talked me into it. I am very glad that I agreed to go." That was Jon Chiglo's initial response when asked about a recent trip he took to Israel. Chiglo was invited by the Israeli National Roads Commission to speak with the top transportation technicians about the "design build" method that was utilized during the I-35 bridge reconstruction project two years ago. More
EPA issues water infrastructure sustainability policy
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its long-awaited Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy. EPA said U.S. communities face challenges in making upgrades and repairs to their aging sewer systems and treatment facilities. It said that making the infrastructure last longer while increasing its cost-effectiveness is essential to protecting human health and the environment - and maintaining safe drinking water. More
Project manager discusses widening southbound I-81 in Virginia
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The state has hired CH2M Hill to design and build a widening project along five miles of southbound Interstate 81 on Christiansburg Mountain in Virginia. The project will affect motorists who commute between the Roanoke and New River valleys, truck drivers hauling freight, leisure travelers and others who must cross the mountain. But it will result in a much wider, safer road when the work is done in a couple of years. More
Federal agency OKs $1 billion Knik Arm Crossing in Alaska, but other hurdles remain
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The Federal Highway Commission gave approval Dec. 15 for the final environmental impact statement to the long-planned Knik Arm bridge in Alaska that would connect Anchorage with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. There are still hurdles for the $1 billion-plus project, however. "The project has reached a major milestone with the signing of a record of decision on the EIS. We are now able to move forward with a project that is a reality," said Andrew Niemiec, executive director of the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, the independent state authority formed under state legislation passed in 2003 to develop the crossing project. More
Renovation to concentrate, expand cancer services at OhioHealth's Riverside Methodist Hospital
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In addition to a new tower for neurological services and patient beds at Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Corp. is renovating an outpatient building to concentrate all the hospital's cancer services from diagnosis to rehabilitation. OhioHealth recently started seeking a design-build team for the larger project, a 200-bed tower with clinical services that could cost upwards of $200 million. More
The essentials of design/build
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There's an old and familiar saying that the essential elements of buying real estate are location, location, and location. When one thinks about the essential elements of Design/Build contracting, one could come up with a similar list: people, people, and people. Successful Design/Build starts with the team. That's what makes it the "omega" to plan-and-spec's "alpha." Design/Build brings all the resources necessary to the project: the idea, the budget, the design, the presentation, the energy analysis, the production schedule, the equipment procurement, the installation, the commissioning, and the performance guarantee. More
Energy-saving repairs about to begin at Powell buildings in Ohio
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Powell, Ohio, will begin its $820,000 energy-saving project by requesting bids this month and next from companies qualified to perform the work. In March, 15 counties and eight cities, including Powell, were given an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant for projects that reduce fossil fuel emissions, improve energy efficiency in the public sector and create or preserve jobs. The grants were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More
Korte kicks off $4 million Fort Campbell project in Kentucky
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The Korte Co. said it started work on a $4 million addition at Fort Campbell, Ky. The St. Louis construction company was awarded the design-build project through the U.S. Corps of Engineers. When completed in the summer of 2011, the project will add 11,000 square feet to an existing facility medical center. More
2011 Transportation & Water/Wastewater Conference overlap speaker confirmed
On Wednesday, March 30, "Money Man" Chris Butler will address a joint audience of transportation and water/wastewater conference attendees. A Kansas City local, Mr. Butler will take a detailed look at what drives national and global business and make projections for the coming two years. This joint presentation will begin at 11:45 a.m. Learn More.
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