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Carl Whitaker Recognized for Excellence in Crane & Rigging Training

SANFORD, Fla. -- Carl Whitaker, a training specialist for Crane Institute of America since 2007, was recently named 2015 Professional Honorable Mention by Crane & Rigging Hot Line and Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals.

USGBC Publishes New LEED Resilience Pilot Credits; Incorporates NRMCA Proposals

SILVERSPRING, Md. -- After years of advocating by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and other key stakeholder groups, the U.S. Green Building Council has adopted LEED pilot credits that provide incentives for design teams to plan, design and build for resilience. NRMCA had proposed a pilot credit in September 2013 and was connected with another group headed by Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute, a longtime resiliency advocate who had submitted a pilot credit with similar goals. Through collaboration, Wilson’s group adopted some of the key parts in the NRMCA proposal, specifically dealing with hazard identification and design criteria in the FORTIFIED for Safer Business program.

Landmark, 25-Story High-Rise Project a Strategic Fit for General Contractors’ Growing Fort Worth Presence

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Anthracite Realty Partners and Bennett Benner Partners have selected Balfour Beatty Construction to provide preconstruction and construction services for a landmark high-rise in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Balfour Beatty is engaged in shaping the project’s final scope and contract, which includes the core, shell and interior finish-out of the new 25-story, 323,415-square-foot Class AA commercial office tower at 640 Taylor St., which will be known as 640 Taylor.

Honeywell Releases Hearing Conservation Toolbox Mobile App

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Noise-induced hearing loss is a major concern of safety managers, affecting approximately 22 million U.S. workers and costing $242 million annually in workers’ compensation, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Developed in close cooperation with audiologists and safety professionals, Honeywell’s new Howard Leight Hearing Conservation Toolbox mobile application for iPad is an easily accessible point-of-use resource of interactive tools and educational materials for safety managers to use in support of workplace hearing safety programs.

Construction Employment Rebounds in October with Year-Over-Year Growth

Construction job growth rebounded in October as 43 states and the District of Columbia recorded employment increases from a year earlier, while 35 states added construction jobs in the past month, according to analysis of Labor Department data recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that sustaining such widespread job gains will require support at all levels of
government for construction training programs.

Architecture Billings Index on Solid Footing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There has been increasing levels of demand for design services for nearly all construction project types for the majority of the year as revealed in the Architecture Billings Index. 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 October ABI score was 53.1, down slightly from the mark of 53.7 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.5, down from a reading of 61.0 the previous month.

Swinerton Builders Completes New Downtown Courtyard by Marriott

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In late October, downtown San Diego, California’s hotel options expanded with the opening of the new Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp/Convention Center. Built by general contractor Swinerton Builders, the hotel is owned by J Street Hospitality. The 14-story, 90-room hotel contains all the luxuries of a Courtyard by Marriott—with a European boutique feel.

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