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Construction Litigation

State Proposes $6.2 Million Settlement With Former Front Street Developer

The Hartford Courant

"The state is close to spending an additional $6.2 million on Hartford's Front Street....The funds are part of a proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed by a former developer whose contract to oversee Front Street was abruptly terminated in 2004, touching off nearly a decade of litigation....Of the total settlement, $5.2 million reimburses Cohen for 'out-of-pocket' expenses for 'funds for engineering and architectural drawings and services, as well as legal expenses necessary in negotiating ground leases, tax agreements, and other contracts required before starting construction....'..."

Jasper County School District files lawsuit against construction companies

WTOC

"The Jasper County School District has filed a lawsuit because of the design and construction of specific elements of the Ridgeland and Hardeeville school sites under construction. Several sinkholes have formed at both sites, and after investigations, defects in the construction of the underground storm water system have been identified. The defects promote the formation of sinkholes, but also cause the storm water system to do a poor job of storm water drainage from the buildings, paved areas and fields."

Hawaii contractor Metcalf Construction wins appeal in federal contracting lawsuit

Pacific Business News

"Hawaii-based Metcalf Construction Co. has won a key reversal from a federal appeals court in a case involving failures by the federal government to properly administer a contract for work....[T]he Kailua-Kona-based defense contractor...allegedly was forced to spend more than $76 million over four years to finish the project. Metcalf Construction sued to recover those costs ....[O]n appeal, Metcalf Construction...won its case when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., reversed the previous decision in a Feb. 11 ruling."

Construction Delays

New Burleigh shop is five months behind schedule, says engineer

The Bismarck Tribune

"Construction of a new $10.8 million Burleigh County shop is five months behind schedule....[A] significant part of the delay was due to wet weather in the 2013 construction season and a cold winter. It also appears that general contractor Capital City Construction understaffed the project site....The completion deadline was scheduled for June 1, but it likely will be November before staff and equipment can move to the new building...."

Eagles delay Longmont-area bridge construction

The Associated Press

"Nesting bald eagles have prompted the delay of a bridge rebuilding project near Longmont while local officials try to comply with federal regulations protecting endangered species....Boulder County said it is complying with the U.S. Endangered Species Act requirements for such projects in order to ensure that the Federal Highway Administration will reimburse Boulder County for most or all of the estimated $4 million it's expected to cost to design and build a new bridge over the St. Vrain River."

Strategic Rohtang tunnel may miss 2015 deadline

Indo-Asian News Service

"The construction of the Rohtang tunnel, India's strategically important infrastructure project that will ensure all-weather connectivity to forward areas in Ladakh bordering China and Pakistan, may miss its February 2015 deadline. Official sources say it will also face a cost overrun of Rs.500-600 crore. The Rs.1,495-crore ($290 million) Rohtang tunnel's foundation stone was laid by United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi June 28, 2010....'The project is delayed owing to tough climatic conditions and geological surprises coming one after another....'..."

Construction delays in Petawawa forced DND to scramble for Chinook shelter

The Canadian Press

"National Defence was left scrambling last summer to find shelter for its long-awaited CH-147F Chinook helicopters after construction of a new hangar and flight line at the garrison in Petawawa, Ont., slipped far behind schedule....The multi-purpose hangar, runway and refuelling facility were built on land that was once used as a firing range, and as a result was littered with unexploded munitions that had be cleared...."

Construction Costs

Report: New York City's infrastructure needs $47 billion in repairs

amNewYork

"New York is a growing and aging city whose infrastructure needs $47 billion to replace and repair its old parts, according to a new report from the Center for an Urban Future. The report, Caution Ahead, warns that the city's battered streets, bridges in need of repair, obsolete subway signal systems and cramped stations could harm New York's economy and quality of life. There is already a $34.2 billion gap in funding over the next five years at the various agencies that manage the city's infrastructure...."

Developers detail proposal for Catskills casino

The Associated Press

"Developers who hope to build a $750 million casino resort on the site of a grand old Catskills hotel said they could start building within a month if granted a license, creating thousands of jobs....The $750 million project cost includes $600 million in construction and the value of the land, developers said. Developers said the proposed resort would employ 2,200 full- and part-time workers. It would be called Adelaar, which is the Dutch word for eagle."

Hydro hikes cost of northern dams

Winnipeg Free Press

"Manitoba Hydro has upgraded the cost of the proposed Keeyask generating station to $6.5 billion and added $500 million to the estimated $10.2-billion cost of the Conawapa generating station....The $300-million increase to Keeyask's capital costs -- the old estimate was $6.2 billion -- came on the same day Hydro announced a $1.4-billion general civil contract for the dam on the lower Nelson River."

Construction Economics

Plans moving forward for new Detroit-Canada bridge

The Associated Press

"Land acquisition for the New International Trade Crossing could start this summer on the U.S. side of the Detroit River, with bridge construction scheduled to begin in 2016....'This infrastructure project is of utmost economic significance to both Michigan and the entire U.S. and our largest trading partner, Canada,' said Sara Wurfel, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, who supports the project....Canada will cover $2.3 billion of the $3.5 billion New International Trade Crossing project, including $550 million in infrastructure costs on the Michigan side.

Construction Crunch Slows Japan Tsunami Rebuilding

The Associated Press

"Reconstruction plans are taking shape after three years of debate and red tape, but shortages of skilled workers and materials are delaying the work....Overall, the figure is less than 8 percent completed, and less than a quarter of projects started. As Japan's over-stretched construction industry begins gearing up to build venues and revamp aging infrastructure for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, shortages of skilled carpenters and heavy equipment operators as well as cement and other materials, are frustrating residents and local officials."

Industry Spotlight

New Port Facilities and Improvements Fuel Global Trade Competition

As global economies rebound, the shipping industry and port authorities fight to keep up with the latest logistical trends. To improve efficiency and maintain competitive trade positions, countries like Argentina, India, Kenya, and the United States are investing millions of dollars in port construction projects. Read on to learn more about domestic and international plans to expand port infrastructures through methods such as berth development, increasing container capacity, dredging, and dockside innovations.

BA port private terminals sign pre-accord to invest US$737 million

Buenos Aires Herald

"The state company running the port of Buenos Aires City has signed a preliminary accord for the three international terminals operating in it to invest a total of over US$700 million to adapt the harbour to the new, larger 360-metre-long vessels in line with the capacity of the expanded Panama Canal."

Construction underway at Port of Halifax for cruise vessel shore power system

Daily Business Buzz

"The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is reporting that construction for a shore power system for cruise vessels is now underway....For tourism, shore power will help support the cruise industry which is worth an estimated $50-million in direct spin-off expenditures to the local economy each year. This year, the Port of Halifax will welcome a record 137 cruise vessel calls carrying approximately 230-thousand passengers as well as crew."

DP World fast tracks $200m port project in India

Arabian Business

"Dubai-based port operator DP World has announced that it is fast tracking a project to build new facilities in India in a bid to start operations as early in 2015 as possible....Once constructed, the new terminal will add 800,000 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent container units) of container capacity to the port, and help ease congestion, as the port is currently operating beyond capacity."

Plans for a cold storage facility at port still growing

StarNewsOnline.com

"The cold storage facility slated for construction at the Port of Wilmington is growing in size as officials eye expanding the amount of agriculture products moving through the port....The project is expected to cost $14.5 million....The location of a cold storage facility should increase the amount of home-grown agriculture products moving through the port...."

Construction of Lamu Port berths set for June KPA

The Start

"Last year, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich announced a Sh3.7 billion budget allocation for construction of the berths and associated infrastructure for the Lapsset project. The port headquarters is however already taking shape where construction of the four storey building is almost complete. Other projects underway include construction of the port police station and staff houses and fencing of the port site."

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