Industry Spotlight

Interface Consulting News:

  • Interface Consulting sponsors and attends The 27th Annual Construction Law Conference of the State Bar of Texas in San Antonio, Texas February 26-28.
  • Frank Adams, PE testifies regarding defects on a New York city bridge.
  • Interface Consulting continues sponsorship of ECC in 2014 and will attend the Future Leaders Mid-Year Meeting March 5-6, in Houston, Texas.

Construction Litigation

Construction firm files suit against LAX for nonpayment related to new international terminal

Daily Breeze

"In the suit filed last month, construction joint venture Walsh/Austin claims that the airport failed to properly pay more than $2.4 million to an electrical subcontractor. The subcontractor - Fullerton-based electrical firm SASCO - says it was given inaccurate design documents that made it impossible for the company to carry out the work at the agreed-upon rate...."

Illinois Supreme Court: Lawsuit over damaged Benld school came too late

The Associated Press

"...[T]he court ruled that the Gillespie Community School District's claim of 'fraudulent misrepresentation' against Wight and Company was barred by a five-year statute of limitations....Engineers noted there was the possibility of mine subsidence, or the collapse of an underground mine, on the campus site, but school officials said in their suit that proper risks never were detailed and proceeded with construction."

Judge puts hold on razing flawed Harmon tower

Associated Press

"...[O]wners have been waiting to demolish the half-built hotel tower on a prime piece of Strip real estate since 2008, when inspectors found structural flaws that doomed the building....But the general contractor that built the Harmon has argued that the building needs to stay up to serve as evidence in an eventual lawsuit."

San Ysidro schools face $12M judgment

U-T San Diego

"A San Diego County Superior Court jury...awarded a solar-power company $12 million in damages against the San Ysidro School District, already facing significant financial troubles....The company, EcoBusiness Alliance, filed suit two years ago claiming breach of a district agreement for installation of solar-power systems at San Ysidro campuses."

Construction Delays

Factory Delays Push Back Construction At SC Nuclear Plant


"...[T]he completion dates for the new units have been pushed back nine months and seven months, respectively, to late 2017 and late 2018, at a potential cost of $200 million, according to SCG&E, the South Carolina utility that owns a majority of the project. It is unclear who will be on the hook for it...."

I-29 construction project in Sioux City could face delay

Sioux City Journal

"The IDOT recently rejected the lone bid it received for a portion of the work scheduled for this summer, and department officials are unsure...if construction will take place this year....The IDOT is halfway through the 10-year, $400 million project to widen I-29....[P]lanners are modifying the project in an attempt to ease contractors' concerns so that it will attract more bids the next time requests for bids go out."

VA Medical Center construction bogged in delays

Florida Today

"Long awaited but beset by delays, the VA Medical Center at Lake Nona likely will not see its first patients before 2015....[T]he VA said that it is in constant negotiations with the contractor, Brasfield and Gorrie, and the schedule could be adjusted again....The VA faults Brasfield and Gorrie for the delays, and the company blames 'VA incompetent administration' and 'numerous design changes' for the slowdown."

Delays lead to cost overruns on Bellingham bridge construction

The Bellingham Herald

"A series of delays have caused the Washington Department of Transportation to miss its expected completion date of Thanksgiving 2013. The bridge is a preliminary step to a city 'daylighting' project, scheduled for 2015, that will move the creek from a 2,200-foot tunnel to a natural channel....The bridge, originally anticipated to cost $2.68 million, is $120,000 over budget...."

Construction Costs

Coffman pushes bill to speed up VA Hospital project


"Congressman Mike Coffman...has brought forth a proposal that would speed the construction and rein in the cost of the new Veterans Affairs hospital project in Aurora, which is running $400 million over budget....The total cost of the project, initially budgeted around $600 million, could exceed $1 billion, according to the builder Kiewit-Turner...."

Cost soars for planned Pleasant Hills Authority treatment facility


"Baldwin Borough Council members... said they initially were told the price of a proposed South Park Township sewage treatment facility in the Pleasant Hills Authority sewage system would be between $11.6 and $14 million - cost estimates coming from two engineering firms, one conducting an independent peer-review of the project....Now, the projected cost has risen to $23.3 million."

Construction Law

Law firms adapt to get megaprojects

The Advocate

"'Interestingly enough, lawyers are some of the first boots on the ground for the companies looking to develop these projects in Louisiana,'....Lawyers' tasks might begin with negotiating tax, job-creation and other incentives..., involve due diligence and financial considerations, move into real estate acquisition and securing permits..., and then into engineering and construction contracts."

Construction Economics

AGC 2014 construction forecast predicts improved hiring and pay with increased demand and equipment purchases

Equipment World

"The Associated General Contractors of America released their 2014 construction industry forecast..., reporting the results of an in-depth survey that included 800 AGC members across the United States. The group's analysis, Optimism Returns: The 2014 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook, found contractors are more optimistic about 2014 than they were about previous years."

Abu Dhabi to make a 'quantum leap' with $100 billion boom in mega projects

The National

"'All these mega projects will contribute in making a quantum leap in the infrastructure of Abu Dhabi,' Fahad Al Raqbani, director general of Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, said in a new report....'These projects will emphasis the economic competitiveness of the emirate...and sustain the local economy's growth in a manner that will lead to accomplishing the objectives of the economic vision 2030.'"

Industry Spotlight

International Skyscraper Construction Aims to Change City Landscapes

The 2009 financial crisis is officially over according to a recent report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; more and more countries are turning their eye, and their money, on the sky. All around the world, new skyscraper construction is changing city landscapes, and this trend is not expected to slow down any time soon. China, England, New Zealand, and Canada, among others, are all investing millions of dollars on future projects while many cities have hundreds of projects under construction. Read on to discover where landscapes are rising up around the world.

2013 Was A Remarkable Year For Skyscrapers

Business Insider

"'Perhaps 2012...was the last year to register the full effect of the 2008/2009 global financial crisis, and a small sigh of relief can be let out in the tall-building industry as we begin 2014.'....73 buildings more than 200 meters (656 feet) tall were completed in 2013....Twelve of those 73 buildings even made a showing on the list of the 100 Tallest Buildings in the World."

1,318 skyscrapers to make China top of the world by 2022

Want China Times

"As of 2012, the United States had 533 skyscrapers - buildings taller than 152 meters - ranking top in the world, followed by 470 in China, but by 2022 China is predicted to have 1,318 skyscrapers, far exceeding the 536 projected for the US....The Shanghai Tower at 632 meters is China's tallest and the world's second-tallest skyscraper....The Shanghai Tower will be completed in 2014, but it is already seeing rivals for the title of China's tallest building...."

Campaigners warn against record number of London skyscraper plans

The Financial Times

"A record number of London skyscrapers are in the pipeline, prompting campaigners to warn that the capital's skyline could be ruined by a 'wall of glass' as property developers seek to capitalise on foreign investor demand for homes in the capital....More than 200 towers of at least 20 storeys are either under construction or being planned, of which three-quarters are residential....The 'pretty phenomenal' figures are unprecedented in the city's history and will 'make the skyline look very different'...."

Green light for NZ's tallest building

"Auckland planners say the construction of a $350 million tower block...will only add to the city centre's growing revitalisation....The 209 metre-tall Auckland Centre is expected to be New Zealand's second tallest commercial building....It is due for completion in 2020 and will include a 302-room hotel and entertainment complex, apartments, a shopping centre, restaurants, a cinema and observation decks, and is on the route of the City Rail Link."

130 highrise building projects in Toronto lead North America

CBC News

"Toronto still has more highrise buildings under construction than any other city in North America....New York is second, with 91 projects, and Montreal is third with 25....Toronto has maintained top spot in the rankings for several years now, but New York, the traditional home of iconic skyscrapers, is narrowing the gap of late....'On the basis of current developments, we assume that New York will catch up with Toronto as early as 2015,'...."

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