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New San Francisco bridge built in China to be shipped to US
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First, China made cut-price clothes and knick-knacks. Then it learned how to make mobile phones and iPads. Now it is making a 2,050-foot bridge spanning the San Francisco Bay. In July, four enormous steel skeletons, the last of the 12 segments of the bridge, will be shipped 6,500 miles from Shanghai, China, to San Francisco before being assembled on site. The bridge, which will connect San Francisco to Oakland, Calif., on the other side of the bay, is a sign of how China has moved on from building roads and ports in Africa and the developing world and is now aggressively bidding for, and winning, major construction and engineering projects in the U.S. and Europe. More

Top 10 critical changes needed to reduce transportation accidents, save lives
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The National Transportation Safety Board recently released its new list of the most critical transportation issues that need to be addressed to improve safety and save lives. The new Most Wanted List highlights 10 safety issues that impact transportation nationwide. The list can be found on the NTSB's website. More

European PVC industry's voluntary commitment raises recycling targets for 2020
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The European Polyvinyl chloride industry has launched VinylPlus, a voluntary commitment which it hopes will enhance the sustainable production and use of PVC by 2020. The initiative follows the success of the Vinyl 2010 program, which claims to have revolutionized the PVC value chain in Europe between 2000-2010 through advances in waste management, stakeholder engagement and responsible use of additives. Among the most significant achievements of Vinyl 2010 is the establishment of an infrastructure for the collection and recycling of PVC in Europe. More

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Spectators enjoy watching demolition process of Minnesota bank
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Mary Guion can't help but stare in wonder as crews demolish the vacant Bremer Bank in downtown St. Paul, Minn. Demolition of the former bank, which recently began, has intrigued spectators wondering: How exactly do you bring down a four-story building in the middle of downtown, so close to other structures, cars and people? One of the challenges for workers has been the fact that the Bremer building is connected to the St. Paul Athletic Club. More

Building with sustainable green materials
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As the construction industry recovers from the Great Recession, and more builders resume operations, many will discover a changed world. That's because while time may have slowed for builders in recent years, governmental, regulatory and professional entities have been busily honing and adopting a new range of green building codes and standards that are changing their industry. More

Why small business now has the 401(k) benefits edge on big business
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Whether you have one employee or a hundred, it's becoming much easier for small businesses to provide a better 401(k) benefit than large company plans. This is a stark contrast to the way things have been for years and can be a huge advantage to small businesses in attracting and retaining top talent. Many workers already prefer the closeness and greater impact they can achieve at a smaller firm versus the proverbial cog in the wheel syndrome that can take hold within a massive organization where individual contributions can go unnoticed. Historically, benefits have often been lacking in small businesses and that's given top employees reason to take pause. More

Partnering for a safer working environment
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There has been quite a bit of talk in the construction industry lately about changing OSHA requirements. Now may be a good time to evaluate your safety strategy and determine how technology can help your company become more proactive with safety, as opposed to being reactive after an event occurs. In particular, OSHA announced late last year a new directive that will no longer allow residential builders to bypass fall protection requirements. That directive gave construction and roofing companies up to six months to comply with the new directive. More

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US small business borrowing surges
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Borrowing by small U.S. businesses rose at a record pace in May, according to recent data, a sign that economic growth is poised to pick up in coming months. Borrowing by small businesses is seen as a harbinger for the broader economy because they account for as much as 80 percent of new hiring. The loans tracked were typically used to buy or update plants and equipment. More

Implosion of abandoned buildings will make way for redevelopment in Indianapolis
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After looming over area businesses, homes and commuters for decades, the dilapidated Keystone Towers in Indianapolis will finally be reduced to a pile of rubble. Once the demolition is finished, Indianapolis officials will turn their attention to redevelopment proposals. The city is using federal grant money that requires the project to include mixed-income housing, said spokesman Marc Lotter. It also could include some mix of retail, restaurants or offices. More

New Abu Dhabi hotel will be a tower with a twist — literally
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A hotel under construction in Abu Dhabi will put a twist on the concept of a room with a view. With its distinctive 45-degree architectural curl and iconic pearl-shaped top, the landmark tower of the Regent Emirates Pearl Hotel has been designed to ensure each of the 377 rooms and 60 serviced apartments gets a unique outlook. The five-star beachside resort was inspired by the sand, sun and sea , and will reflect the environment from which it will rise, says Dennis Lems Architects Associates, the Austrian architecture firm behind the design. More
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