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The Weitz Company Launches Denver Special Projects Group

DENVER, Colo. -- The Weitz Company recently launced a Special Projects Group within its Denver, Colorado office. This expansion of Weitz commercial construction offerings will be led by Jeff Lehman.

The Weitz-Colorado Special Projects Group will be set up to handle a variety of projects, including tenant improvement work, building construction under $5 million and structural modifications.

Kraus-Anderson Adds to Management Staff

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Kraus-Anderson Construction Company has added to its growing management staff with the naming of three superintendents.

Ryan Selected for Kum & Go Corporate Headquarters

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Ryan Companies U.S., Inc. has been selected as general contractor for Kum & Go’s new 120,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, associated parking structure and mixed-use project in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The $54-million project is situated on approximately two city blocks adjacent to Western Gateway Park and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Ryan expects to break ground by fall of 2015 with a completion date of summer of 2017.

New Scholarship Available for Craft Training Students

ALACHUA, Fla. -- NCCER and its Build Your Future initiative have recently partnered with The Associated General Contractors of America and its AGC Education and Research Foundation to create a national BYF scholarship program for deserving individuals pursuing a career in construction through craft and technical programs.

Scholarships are valued at $1,000 per year for each recipient and can be renewed for up to two years. Applications are due by June 15 for the 2015-2016 academic year. To apply online, visit AGC Education and Research Foundation’s website at AGCFoundation.org and click on the 2015 Craft and Technical School Scholarship Application button on the right-hand side of the page. Finalists will be notified in July and winners announced in September. Awards will be dispersed at the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Architecture Billings Remain Stuck in Winter Slowdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Riding a stretch of increasing levels of demand for thirteen out of the last fifteen months, the Architecture Billings Index dropped in April for the second month this year. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9-12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects reported the April ABI score was 48.8, down sharply from a mark of 51.7 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 58.2 the previous month.

Phelps Construction Group Completes New Ellis Island Museum Expansion

PhelpsBOONTON, N.J., Phelps Construction Group has completed a project for the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. to build expanded galleries for the newly renamed Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island in New York harbor.

American Society of Concrete Contractors to Hold 14th Annual Conference in Dallas this Fall

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The American Society of Concrete Contractors will hold its fourteenth Annual Conference Sept. 24-27 at the Hyatt Regency – Dallas, Texas. Concrete contractors, manufacturers, designers and other industry professionals will gather for three days of educational events and networking.

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