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Construction Employment Declines Year-Over-Year Amid Highway, Transit Funding Uncertainty

Construction employment declined in 127 metro areas, was stagnant in 51 and increased in 180 between June 2014 and June 2015, according to a new analysis of federal employment data recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the declines come as the House and Senate struggle to enact legislation to extend federal transportation investments beyond the July 31 expiration of the current program.

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New Study Measures High Impact from BIM on the Success of Complex Projects

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Complex construction projects such as hospitals, laboratories, airports and high-tech manufacturing have the greatest risk for costly problems, but a new study by Dodge Data & Analytics, conducted with the partnership and support of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, demonstrates that the use of BIM has a high impact on reducing the risks and increasing the success of these projects.

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Hensel Phelps Awarded Phase I of National Mall Rehab Project

Hensel Phelps' Mid-Atlantic district office was recently awarded Phase 1 of the Constitution Gardens rehabilitation project on behalf of the Trust for the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Trust for the National Mall operates as a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service and will wholly fund and manage the project.

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June Construction Starts Retreat 15 Percent

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- New construction starts in June dropped 15 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $620.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The decline followed an especially strong May, which benefitted from a $9-billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in Texas being entered as a May start. By major sector, non-building construction in June fell sharply as the result of a steep pullback by its electric utility and gas plant category, while nonresidential building witnessed a less severe loss of momentum. Residential building in June was able to post a slight gain, helped by the continued strength for multifamily housing. During the first six months of 2015, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were reported at $336.0 billion, up 23 percent from the same period a year ago. If the volatile electric utility and gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts during the first half of 2015 would be up a more moderate 11 percent from the same period a year ago.

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Skanska USA Announces 99M Office Development in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Skanska USA Commercial Development has plans to start speculative development of 99M, an 11-story, 234,000-square-foot Class A office building with ground-floor retail/restaurant space in Washington’s Capitol Riverfront submarket.

Skanska is self-financing 100 percent of the development costs. Skanska will also serve as the construction manager of 99M with construction scheduled to begin later this summer and will deliver in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Construction Management Consultant Named for $1B Candlestick Point Development

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Hill International has received a contract from affiliates of Lennar Urban and Macerich Development to provide construction management consultant services in connection with the development at Candlestick Point in San Francisco, California.

The $1-billion project will be developed on a 24-acre parcel that is the location of the now-demolished Candlestick Park, former home of the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants. The new development, which will be a model of integrated planning and sustainable design, will include an urban open-air retail complex comprised of approximately 500,000 square feet of gross leasable area featuring a premium retail outlet center.

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Paul Haining, Clark Peterson Promoted in Skanska Environmental, Health and Safety Roles

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Paul Haining was recently named Skanska's chief environmental, health and safety officer, filling the role held by Hendrik van Brenk, who is retiring after more than eight years with the company and 30 years in the industry. Additionally, Clark Peterson is being promoted into Haining’s former role as Skanska USA Civil vice president for EHS.

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