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4/24/2019

The fire that destroyed the Notre Dame's cathedral's roof, the cause of which is still undetermined, is prompting questions regarding preservation versus fire prevention at historic sites. The fire is believed to have started in an area undergoing restoration, highlighting the dangerous nature of construction sites, where small mistakes can lead to major catastrophes.

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4/24/2019

Elon Musk said the third version of the Tesla Solar Roof is ready to begin shipping and that production of the tiles will ramp up this year. Previously, the company reported this latest version would benefit from improved manufacturing capabilities, though few details are available.

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4/24/2019

In a recent poll of construction workers conducted on behalf of Volvo Construction Equipment, 46% highlighted the increased risk to job-site safety compared with 31% who were concerned about job security. Other worries included loss of sociability (26%) and not knowing who to blame if something goes wrong (17%). Read more.

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4/24/2019

A surety company has hired a new contractor to complete a masonry project at a new joint fire and police building in Marshalltown, Iowa, after the original contractor defaulted. It is anticipated the project will finish at the cost it was bid.

4/24/2019

A contractor filed a $278 million mechanics lien on the Las Vegas stadium being built to house the relocating Oakland Raiders. Bonding for the project was in an amount less than the value of the work.

4/24/2019

There needs to be an urgency in the construction industry to address its suicide rate, a risk manager says. The industry's suicide rate for males is the highest of any industry, according to the CDC. NASBP is an active supporter and member of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

4/24/2019

Delaware North awarded Tutor Perini subsidiary Roy Anderson Corp. a $200 million contract to add a casino and a 20-story, 300-room hotel at the Southland Gaming and Racing Park in West Memphis, Ark. Construction is imminent, and a significant chunk of the work is expected to be finished by January 2021.

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Arkansas Business
4/24/2019

Crews have erected the first steel column of Mazda Toyota's $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Alabama. The company expects 2,500 construction workers to be on hand to build the facility by late summer.

4/24/2019

Contractors won't be done demolishing Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct in time to meet the June 1 deadline set by the state and Kiewit Infrastructure West, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Kiewit has taken action to make the project more efficient to accelerate the timeline, such as moving concrete along multiple same-level decks to avoid shifting equipment.

4/24/2019

While US construction spending data has fluctuated since reaching a record seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.32 trillion in May 2018, contractors are mostly optimistic about the likelihood of increasing dollar value of projects available for bids, writes Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America. However, that optimism could be clouded by the state of the labor market, uncertainty surrounding interest rates and fallout from trade policies.

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