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07/29/2015Ohio Library Project Misses Contracting Goals

July 29--The Dayton Metro Library's $187 million system overhaul has not met its contracting goals for minority and local businesses, drawing criticism from city leadership about hiring assurances made related to the project. About 3.9 percent of contracting and subcontracting awards have gone to minority-owned firms, falling well short of the library's 17 percent goal, according to library ...
07/26/2015Ohio Ripe For Fracking

July 26--JEFFERSON -- As the shale industry continues to industrialize once quiet, rural swaths of the northeast and midwest United States, demand for hydraulic fracturing wastewater dump sites -- or injection wells -- grows. Many local government officials said they feel the industry is exploding faster than it can be contained by federal regulation -- and local control was "stripped" long ...
07/22/2015Chicago's Aon Center Skyscraper Sold For $712 million

July 22--The Aon Center in Chicago, the city's third-largest skyscraper, has been sold for $712 million to a private real estate investment company, its owner announced Tuesday. Atlanta-based Piedmont Office Realty Trust late Tuesday afternoon said it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its largest asset, Aon Center, at 200 E. Randolph St., to The 601W Companies, a New York private ...
07/23/2015New Power Lines to Serve Wis. Nuke Plant Approved

July 23--State energy regulators on Thursday endorsed a $41 million project in Manitowoc County proposed by American Transmission Co. to upgrade the power grid for the only nuclear plant still running in Wisconsin. The upgrade includes a new substation and a 1.6-mile transmission line, designed to help improve the ability of the Point Beach nuclear plant to keep generating electricity at the ...
07/26/2015Quality an Issue in Mich. Road-funding Debate

July 26--LANSING -- Something went wrong when the Michigan Department of Transportation hired a contractor to resurface 3.5 miles of Groesbeck Highway between Hayes Road and 14 Mile Road in Macomb County. The $13.5-million job in 2013 had been completed only about six months when the pavement began cracking around Groesbeck and Common Road in Roseville, said state Rep. Marilyn Lane, D-Fraser. ...
07/17/2015OPINION: Time to Protect Great Lakes From Oil Spill Is Now

July 17--An oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac should be shut down. On this point, most parties now agree -- except, we presume, Enbridge Energy Partners, the Canadian company that owns and operates the pipeline. In this conflict, the cause has found a champion in state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who deserves praise for his efforts to shed light on this looming ...
07/18/2015Wis. Meets Renewables Mandate, But Lags in Some 'Green' Measures

July 18--Three new reports are charting Wisconsin's hits and misses when it comes to renewable energy and a transition to an economy that fosters growth in sustainable energy technologies. The reports -- from consulting firm Clean Edge, the state Public Service Commission and the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council -- indicate that, while Wisconsin utilities are meeting the state's own ...
07/17/2015NTE Energy To Begin Construction of $500M Power Plant in Ohio

July 17--MIDDLETOWN -- Construction on a more than $500 million natural gas-fired power plant in the city could be only weeks away, according to the project's developer NTE Energy. NTE Energy of St. Augustine, Fla., plans to build the power plant near the intersection of Cincinnati-Dayton and Oxford State roads. Once Middletown Energy Center opens in 2018, it could produce more than 500 ...
07/15/2015Wis. Utility to Spend $620M to Close, Clean Up Coal Plants

July 15--Alliant Energy Corp.'s transition toward burning less coal was cemented Wednesday when it settled litigation by the Environmental Protection Agency and committed to shutter or clean up its coal-fired power plants in Iowa at a cost of more than $620 million. The Madison-based utility company agreed to pay a $1 million fine as it announced a settlement between its subsidiary, Interstate ...
07/14/2015Wis. Business, Labor Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Approve Bucks Arena Deal

July 14--Business and labor leaders urged Wisconsin legislators Tuesday to pass the financing deal for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena, touting the economic benefits and job creation potential of the project. Representatives from MillerCoors LLC, We Energies, Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council, Building Advantage, were among those who gathered at the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee say ...
07/10/2015FCA to invest $166M at Sterling Heights, Mich., Plant

July 10--Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it plans to invest $166 million to build three new press lines at its Sterling Heights Stamping Plant. The automaker said the new press lines are already under construction. They are expected to be in operation before the end of this year and will reach full volume in the first half of 2016. The automaker said it is expanding the capacity of the stamping ...
07/13/2015ODOT Official Steered Work to Son, Others, Report Says

July 13--The latest Ohio Inspector General's office report wiped from public record by court order included details on how Ohio Department of Transportation official Dennis Kratochvil improperly steered millions of dollars in state contracts to his son and dozens of other vendors. In other words, imagine you call the OIG and ask: "Remember that time you found a box of records you called an ...
07/13/2015Construction Worker, Interrupting Retirement, Falls to Death at Minn. Jobsite

July 13--Interrupting his retirement to pitch in, a 69-year-old building construction worker fell to his death at a job site in Jordan, authorities said Monday. John A. Dickerman, of Mankato, Minn., fell Friday while helping build an expansion on an industrial equipment coating business, said Police Chief Brett Empey. "He came back to help that [contractor] temporarily" with a job at Accu-rite ...
07/14/2015Owens Corning to Construct $90M Mo. Facility

July 14--JOPLIN, Mo. -- Toledo's Owens Corning will spend $90 million to build a manufacturing facility in Joplin, Mo., that is expected to create more than 100 jobs. The new plant, which was announced Friday by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and company executives, will make OC's Thermafiber mineral wool insulation for commercial, residential, and industrial applications. The material is used for ...
07/12/2015About $55M in Construction Underway on Ill. Campus

July 12--When Indiana State University students return to campus in August, they'll notice a few changes. For one, The Statesman Towers on the east side of campus are gone -- demolished. They formerly housed the colleges of Business and Education, after originally having been built as residence halls. A freshman residence hall, Mills Hall, has a whole new look after a major, 15-month ...
07/11/201513-story Historic Hotel in Detroit Imploded as Part of Hockey Arena Construction Project

DETROIT — A 13-story historic former hotel that stood for 90 years in Detroit was reduced to rubble in less than a minute on Saturday. It took about 15 seconds for the one-time Park Avenue Hotel to come crashing down after the first of the charges could be heard going off. Officials said 200 pounds of dynamite were used to bring down the structure, which was built in the 1920s. The implosion ...
07/09/2015Mo. Utility Settles Lawsuits Blocking Coal Ash Landfill

July 09--For more than half a decade, a committed group of Franklin County residents fought Ameren Missouri's proposed coal ash landfill in front of zoning boards, state regulators and judges. That fight ended Thursday. Ameren Missouri, Franklin County and the Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) announced Thursday they have settled several lawsuits challenging the landfill, the last ...
07/07/2015Budget Move by Wis. Lawmakers May Help Enbridge Finish Pipeline

July 07--Last-minute language added to the state budget bill by Republican lawmakers would help a Canadian company finish work on a controversial Wisconsin pipeline that has been stymied for months by Dane County officials. Other wording added to the budget bill last week could help Enbridge Energy Co. by removing a potential barrier if the company proceeds with plans to add more pipeline ...
07/02/2015Utility Seeks to Build Massive Solar Array Along Mo.'s I-70

July 02--St. Louisans driving to Columbia or Kansas City can look forward to some new scenery starting this fall. By October, Ameren Missouri hopes to break ground on a large new solar array along the north side of Interstate 70 in Montgomery County. The 70-acre project between New Florence and High Hill will be visible from the highway for more than half a mile. "Going between here and ...
07/02/2015Mo. Rejects 'Grain Belt Express' Plan For Wind Power

July 02--The Missouri Public Service Commission voted Wednesday to deny a Texas company's plan for a controversial $2.2 billion, 780-mile transmission line to carry wind power from the Kansas high plains across Missouri to eastern power grids. Backers, including environmentalists, had pushed the first-of-its kind project as a major step in the fight for renewable energy against coal-fired ...
07/05/2015Madison, Wis., Slated For More Than 5,500 New Apartments Through 2017

July 05--Just how many apartments have gone up in Madison recently, and how many more are on the way? It's a somewhat complicated question, but the latest available figures from the city of Madison's planning division showed nearly 1,800 apartments were built in the city from 2012 to 2014 -- with more than 800 of those units in and around the Downtown, according to Matt Wachter, the city's ...
06/30/2015Wis. High Court Upholds Rule Allowing Wind Farm Construction Without Extra Studies

June 30--The state Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the state Public Service Commission in a case involving rules the agency wrote to govern construction of wind farms in the state. In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld lower court rulings that determined a housing impact report did not need to be prepared before the PSC submitted its wind tower siting rules to the Legislature. State law ...
06/29/2015Price Tag on K.C. Convention Hotel Rises to About $311 million

June 29--The projected cost of Kansas City's proposed downtown convention hotel has increased to nearly $311 million, up about $9 million from an earlier estimate, according to documents filed with the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission. That increase is largely due to rising interest rates and a requirement for increased bond reserves, development attorney Mike Burke said Monday. ...
06/29/2015Mo. Hospital To Break Ground on $135M Expansion

June 29--Mercy Hospital Jefferson will break ground Monday on a $135 million project that mainly focuses on adding a new three-story patient tower. The project will make way for all private rooms at the 251-bed facility in Crystal City. Construction will include reconstruction of the front of the hospital to improve patient and visitor access and other extensive remodeling, according to ...
06/29/2015Display Provides Glimpse into Detroit Arena District

June 29--With Detroit's new hockey and events arena under construction, the Ilitch family that will operate the venue has opened a preview center to promote its vision for the entire arena district. Located in the northeast corner of Comerica Park, the 10,000-square-foot center features scale models of the new arena and surrounding district to provide "a fully immersive experience of the ...

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