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GISI to Acquire Hill International in $173M Deal
According to an Aug. 16 press release announcing the purchase, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, transitioning Hill into a privately-held company under GISI's design and CM business unit. Unanimously approved by Hill's board of directors, GISI will pay about $2.85 per share for the company, representing a premium of 62.8%. In its Q2 financial disclosures released on Aug. 9, Philadelphia-based Hill reported a net income improvement of $1.4 million and a 70.9% increase to... more
GISI to Acquire Hill International in $173M Deal
GISI to Acquire Hill International in $173M Deal
Hill International will pay about $2.85 per share for the company, representing a premium of 62.8%. In its Q2 financial disclosures released on August 9, Philadelphia-based Hill reported a net income improvement of $1.4 million and a 70.9% increase to its adjusted EBITDA. Hill CEO Raof Ghali is expected to stay in his role. GISI's deal to buy LiRO was the foundational transaction.
GISI to Acquire Hill International in $173M Deal
Investor Firm GISI to Acquire Hill International in $173M Deal
Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. (GISI) has secured a $173-million cash deal to acquire publicly traded construction management giant Hill International. The purchase is expected to close in the fourth quarter, transitioning Hill into a privately held company under GISI's design and CM business unit. Hill ranks No. 10 on the latest ENR Top 100 Professional Services Firms list, reporting $386 million in domestic revenue. In 2020, GISi's deal to buy LiRO was the foundational transaction. The deal to buying... more
Investor Firm GISI to Acquire Hill International in $173M Deal
Feds Press Western States to Reduce Dependence on Colorado River
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Feds Press Western States to Reduce Dependence on Colorado River
Feds Press Western States to Cut Colorado River Dependence
August 17, 2022 Pam McFarland KEYWORDS Bureau of Reclamation / Colorado River Basin / drought Order Reprints No Comments Arizona and Nevada, as well as Mexico, will receive smaller water allotments from the Colorado River basin in 2023 as a result of increasingly dire drought conditions over the past two decades, US Dept. Seven Western states and Mexico depend on the basin for drinking water, as well as for industrial and agricultural uses. Officials from various water agencies among the affected states and... more
Feds Press Western States to Cut Colorado River Dependence
TxDOT Says Flatiron/Dragados Team Faces Default Over Bridge Design
The Texas Dept. of Transportation issued a notice of developer default on Aug. 16 to Flatiron/Dragados LLC, the joint venture behind the design-build project to build a replacement Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi. The move is the latest escalation in a dispute over the design, as TxDOT officials say there are deficiencies that the project team has so far failed to address. The company has 15 days to comply with the order. TxdOT has not previously raised concerns. The contractor has not Previously raised concerns... more
TxDOT Says Flatiron/Dragados Team Faces Default Over Bridge Design
TxDOT: Flatiron/Dragados Faces Default Over Bridge Design Issues
August 17, 2022 James Leggate KEYWORDS Construction / Dragados / Flatiron / TxDOT Order Reprints No Comments Texas officials are threatening to replace the contractor building a $930-million bridge crossing the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, alleging the firm has failed to address previously identified safety concerns with the design. The move is the latest escalation in a dispute over the design, as TxDOT officials say there are deficiencies that the project team has so far failed to address. In a letter responding... more
TxDOT: Flatiron/Dragados Faces Default Over Bridge Design Issues
ENR New York Announces 2022 Best Projects Winners
ENR New York is pleased to reveal the 2022 Regional Best Projects winners. This year’s judges selected 21 projects in New York and New Jersey in the main categories. Judges’ selection for this year's overall Project of the Year will be announced in the November issue of ENRNew York and at the Best Projects awards event on Nov. 18. For more information, please visit www.enr.m.com.com/enr-in-a-to-and-the-new-york.
ENR New York Announces 2022 Best Projects Winners
Climate Law Tax Breaks Give Green Hydrogen Projects Big Boost
August 16, 2022 Mary B. Powers KEYWORDS climate change law / green hydrogen / Inflation Reducton Act / renwable energy Order Reprints No Comments Experts say the green hydrogen industry could soar worldwide thanks to federal tax incentives in the game-changing Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Joe Biden on Aug. 16, with the country's largest hydrogen fuel-cell producer saying it will invest $1 billion in constructing new plants next year. Plug Power expects a boom for its U.S. businesses in green hydrogen... more
Climate Law Tax Breaks Give Green Hydrogen Projects Big Boost
Biden Signs $700B Climate and Tax Bill
August 16, 2022 Tom Ichniowski and Pam McFarland KEYWORDS climate change bill / Inflation Reduction Act Order Reprints No Comments Federal efforts to counter climate change have received a major boost through a just-enacted $700-billion measure whose centerpiece is a variety of tax incentives and federal funds aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In remarks before he signed the measure Biden said it includes $369 billion "To take the most aggressive action ever, ever, ever, ever in confronting the climate... more
Biden Signs $700B Climate and Tax Bill
President Biden Signs $700B Climate and Tax Bill
President Joe Biden signed the bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, on Aug. 16 in a White House ceremony. Design organizations, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Architects,cheered the legislation. The legislation includes extensions of federal tax credits for solar, wind and other renewable energy projects. Other tax provisions will benefit nuclear power plants and green hydrogen projects. The U.S. General Services Administration will receive $3.375 billion. The legislation... more
President Biden Signs $700B Climate and Tax Bill
State Wants $1B More Per Year From Feds for Hanford Cleanup
Two governors and a host of state and local officials in the Pacific Northwest are asking the federal government for an additional $1 billion in annual funding for the cleanup of the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Hanford Nuclear Waste Site in southeast Washington. The plan is to send the waste through the yet-to-open Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant which will use a vitrification process. About 90% of the waste is classified as low-activity. The remaining high-activity waste still needs a viable treatment option.... more
State Wants $1B More Per Year From Feds for Hanford Cleanup
States Want $3.7B More Per Year From Feds for Hanford Waste Cleanup
Of Energy's Hanford nuclear waste site in southeast Washington. Of Ecology, Plumbers and Steamfitters union Local 598 and a group of local agencies and interest groups signed a letter sent to President Joe Biden requesting at least $3.76 billion for fiscal year 2024 to expedite cleanup of the 56 million gallons of hazardous and radioactive waste stored at the site in 177 underground storage tanks following decades of plutonium extraction. The plan is to send the waste through the yet-to-open Waste Treatment... more
States Want $3.7B More Per Year From Feds for Hanford Waste Cleanup
Northwest States Want $3.76B Per Year From Feds for Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup
Of Energy's Hanford nuclear waste site in southeast Washington. Of Ecology, Plumbers and Steamfitters union Local 598 and collection of local agencies and interest groups signed a letter sent to President Joe Biden requesting at least $3.76 billion for fiscal year 2024 to expedite cleanup of the 56 million gallons of hazardous and radioactive waste stored at the site in 177 underground storage tanks following decades of plutonium extraction. The plan is to send the waste through the yet-to-open Waste Treatment... more
Northwest States Want $3.76B Per Year From Feds for Hanford Nuclear Waste Cleanup
Northwest States Want $3.76B Per Year From Feds for Nuclear Waste Cleanup
Of Energy's Hanford nuclear waste site in southeast Washington. Of Ecology, Plumbers and Steamfitters union Local 598 and collection of local agencies and interest groups signed a letter sent to President Joe Biden requesting at least $3.76 billion for fiscal year 2024 to expedite cleanup of the 56 million gallons of hazardous and radioactive waste stored at the site in 177 underground storage tanks following decades of plutonium extraction. The plan is to send the waste through the yet-to-open Waste Treatment... more
Northwest States Want $3.76B Per Year From Feds for Nuclear Waste Cleanup
New England Tackles Complex Sewer and Stormwater Challenges
A year since the boring of a massive tunnel in Pawtucket Rhode Island began, crews are currently sinking shafts, producing tunnel liner segments and assembling the tunnel boring machine (TBM) on site as part of the Narragansett Bay Commission CSO ‘Big Dig’ project. At $1.5 billion, the largest single public works project in Rhode Island history is scheduled for completion. Crews have mobilized six mobile cranes. The tunnel mining is scheduled to start in September. The TBM is set for completion in September... more
New England Tackles Complex Sewer and Stormwater Challenges
ENR Southeast Honors 2022 Top Young Professionals

Judges for ENR Southeast’s 2022 Top Young Professionals contest had their work cut out for them, selecting this year’s class of 20 from more than 90 applicants from across the Southeast's vibrant construction industry.

Each of the awardees will be profiled in more detail in the January 2023 edition of ENR Southeast, showcasing the remarkable careers each has built in a short time that earned them the title of Top Young Professional. 

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ENR Southeast Honors 2022 Top Young Professionals
ENR Southeast Selects 2022 Top Young Professionals

Judges for ENR Southeast’s 2022 Top Young Professionals contest had their work cut out for them, selecting this year’s group of 20 from more than 90 applicants across the Southeast's vibrant construction industry.

Each awardee will be profiled in more detail in the January 2023 edition of ENR Southeast, showcasing the remarkable career each has built in a short time that earned the title of Top Young Professional. 

ENR Southeast thanks this year’s panel of

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ENR Southeast Selects 2022 Top Young Professionals
Construction Economics for August 22, 2022
August 16, 2022 KEYWORDS Economics / Materials Prices Order Reprints No Comments

ENR’s 20-city average cost indexes, wages and materials prices. Historical data and details for ENR’s 20 cities can be found at ENR.com/economics

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Construction Economics for August 22, 2022
Energy Transfer Convicted of Criminal Charges on Pa. Gas Pipeline Projects
A grand jury investigation into the 350-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline, which carries natural gas liquids across 17 Pennsylvania counties, revealed that Sunoco reportedly let drilling fluid escape at multiple drill locations affecting streams, lakes and wetlands. The company did not report to the state Dept. of Environment Protection, according to an Aug. 5 AG statement. The estimated $2.8-billion project was completed earlier this year. A separate grand jury inquiry into the 42.5-mile Revolution pipeline relates... more
Energy Transfer Convicted of Criminal Charges on Pa. Gas Pipeline Projects
Track Drill Tips Over on Portland Hospital Job, Injuring One
The operator of the 50-ton Bauer track-mounted rotary drilling rig was pinned in the machine’s cab when it tipped over at about 10:45 AM while working on an expansion of the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. Workers on the site were able to place a jack under the cab prior to the arrival of emergency responders. Total time for the extrication was 14 minutes. Oregon Health and Science University's board of directors approved a $650 million expansion in November. Work began last spring and is slated... more
Track Drill Tips Over on Portland Hospital Job, Injuring One
Track Drill Tips Over on Portland Hospital Job, Injuring One
The operator of the 50-ton Bauer track-mounted rotary drilling rig was pinned in the machine’s cab when it tipped over at about 10:45 a.m., according to officials with Portland Fire & Rescue. Workers were able to place a jack under the cab before emergency responders arrived. They then supported the cab with cribbing, to ensure it wouldn't shift on the soft earth. Total time for the extrication was 14 minutes. Work began last spring and is slated for completion in 2026. The project is adjacent to the recently... more
Track Drill Tips Over on Portland Hospital Job, Injuring One
Track Drill Tips Over on Portland, Ore., Hospital Job, Injuring One
August 15, 2022 C.J. Schexnayder KEYWORDS accident / drilling Order Reprints No Comments Skanska USA Building, general contractor for a $650-million expansion of the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland says it is investigating an Aug. 12 incident involving a track drill that tipped over, seriously injuring the equipment operator. The operator of the 50-ton Bauer track-mounted rotary drilling rig was pinned in the machine's cab when it tipped at about 10:45 a.m., according to officials at... more
Track Drill Tips Over on Portland, Ore., Hospital Job, Injuring One
Posing as Contractors, Nigerians Scammed Project Owners for Nearly $6M, FBI Says
Prosecutors say the scams netted nearly $6 million and involved five different contractors. Officials extradited the men from the United Kingdom, where they had been living, the U.S. Dept. of Justice announced Aug. 10. They are facing federal charges of wire fraud and related crimes in North Carolina, Texas and Virginia over the alleged scheme. The FBI says these scams have become more common in recent years. The FBI offers recommendations to protect against these scams. Authorities offer recommendations to... more
Posing as Contractors, Nigerians Scammed Project Owners for Nearly $6M, FBI Says
OSHA Delays Proposal to Revoke Arizona's State-run Safety Enforcement
The U.S. Dept. of Labor is slowing its move to potentially revoke Arizona’s occupational health and safety plan after state officials say they’ve moved to address federal officials’ concerns. OSHA is also rescheduling a public hearing on the proposal that had been set for Aug. 16. Arizona is one of 21 states with its own safety plan covering private sector and government workers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It is permitted with OSHA approval.
OSHA Delays Proposal to Revoke Arizona's State-run Safety Enforcement
Provincetown Races to Repair Sewer System Following Storm
August 15, 2022 Johanna Knapschaefer KEYWORDS Sewer / stormwater management / Water Construction Order Reprints No Comments Crews in Provincetown, Mass. repaired the town's public vacuum sewer system after the town was hit by a severe storm on Aug. 9 that damaged the sewer system-forcing the closure of many restaurants and public restrooms in peak vacation season. Crews worked around the clock to complete the work before the start of Carnival Week, Provincetown's largest festival that could draw up to 150,000... more
Provincetown Races to Repair Sewer System Following Storm
Mass. Gov. Signs Major Climate Bill
The Massachusetts law expands the state’s off-shore wind mandate to 5.6GW, up from 4GW previously, while scrapping price caps on new bids that had lowered interest in the development of new projects. The law also aims to accelerate the transition of the state's transportation sector, boosting incentives for EV purchases and setting a deadline for the phaseout of sales of new gas-powered vehicles and trucks. The bill was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. The legislation won national attention.
Mass. Gov. Signs Major Climate Bill
House Approves Landmark $700-Billion Climate and Tax Bill
August 12, 2022 Pam McFarland and Tom Ichniowski KEYWORDS climate change bill / energy efficiency / renewable energy Order Reprints No Comments Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed through a sweeping climate, health care and tax package that includes billions of dollars in tax incentives and authorized funding for projects set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the U.S. economy. The bulk of the nearly $700-billion package is $369 billion in funding and tax-credit extensions aimed at reducing... more
House Approves Landmark $700-Billion Climate and Tax Bill
House Approves Landmark $700B Climate and Tax Bill
August 12, 2022 Pam McFarland and Tom Ichniowski KEYWORDS climate change bill / energy efficiency / renewable energy Order Reprints No Comments Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed through a sweeping climate, health care and tax package that includes billions of dollars in tax incentives and authorized funding for projects set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the U.S. economy. The bulk of the nearly $700-billion package is $369 billion in funding and tax-credit extensions aimed at reducing... more
House Approves Landmark $700B Climate and Tax Bill
Massachusetts Enacts Major Climate Bill With Gas Hookup Bans
August 12, 2022 Scott Van Voorhis KEYWORDS climate bill / Climate Change / Green buildings / Massachusetts / Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker / net zero energy Order Reprints No Comments Massachusetts has enacted a clean energy law that gives a green light to a controversial plan to allow some local communities to ban new natural gas-hookups. Signed Aug. 11 by outgoing Gov. Charlie Baker, the Act Advancing Clean Energy and Offshore Wind, also expands the state's offshore wind energy mandate to 5.6 GW, from 4GW... more
Massachusetts Enacts Major Climate Bill With Gas Hookup Bans
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