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New Study Finds OSHA Officials Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule for Construction Industry by $4.5B a Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's proposed silica standards for the U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4.5 billion per year more than OSHA's estimates. The coalition cautioned the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach.

Brasfield & Gorrie to Build New Huntsville Water Treatment Plant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Brasfield & Gorrie has been selected to build a new greenfield water treatment plant for Huntsville Utilities in Huntsville, Alabama. Awarded the $83-million project through a competitive bidding process, the firm will begin work on the new Southeast Water Treatment Plant in March 2015. 

Miron Construction Wins National Contractor Award

NEENAH, Wis. -- Miron Construction Co., Inc.’s Lambeau Field North & South End Zone Stadium Improvement project has been selected as the winner of a 2015 Associated General Contractors Alliant Build America Award in the Construction Management Renovation category. This is the first AGC national win for the company.

Construction Materials Prices Rise for First Time in Six Months

The largest monthly gain in petroleum prices in over three years caused construction materials prices to expand 0.4 percent in February, ending a six-month streak when prices failed to rise, according to the recent price index release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, construction input prices fell 3.9 percent. Nonresidential construction input prices also rose 0.4 percent on a monthly basis and were down 4.9 percent on a yearly basis.

"While conventional wisdom suggests that oil and natural gas prices will eventually rise, the adjustment period could be a lengthy one and although crude petroleum prices were up 12.3 percent on a monthly basis, this is likely a function of an abnormally cold February," said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “This rise is the first monthly gain since April 2014 and the eighth consecutive month in which petroleum prices were down on a year-over-year basis.

AGC of America Introduces New Officers to Lead Construction Industry

The Associated General Contractors of America announced the new officers who have been selected to lead the nation's largest construction trade association. :Chuck Greco, chairman of Houston, Texas-based Linbeck Group, will serve as president; Mark Knight, president of Webster, South Dakota-based Foothills Contracting Inc., will serve as senior vice president; Art Daniel, president and COO of Cedar Hill, Texas-based A.R. Daniel Construction, Inc. will serve as vice president and Joe Stella, president of Wakefield, Massachusetts-based P.J. Stella Construction Corp., will serve as treasurer.

Integrated Builders Completes 110,000 SF Capital Improvement Project

Integrated 3242015ROCKLAND, Mass. -- Integrated Builders recently completed the renovation of a 110,000-square-foot flex/warehouse space at 210 Grove St. in Franklin, Massachusetts, on behalf of Boston International. The project comprised over $800,000 in renovations, securing the asset as a top tenant destination in a premier market.

Construction Employment Increases During Past Year, Reports AGC

Construction firms added jobs in 43 states and the District of Columbia between January 2014 and January 2015 while construction employment increased in 31 between December and January, according to a recent analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that further construction gains could be undermined if Congress and the administration fail to address infrastructure funding challenges growing regulatory burdens.

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