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Department of Agriculture chief announces $3M in Tall Wood Building grants

In partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named  U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition winning teams: 130-134 Holdings LLC, for the proposed 475 West 18th residential condominium building in New York City, incorporating extensive use of wood structural elements throughout 10 levels; and, The Framework Project LLC, proposing a 12-story namesake building in Portland, Ore., constructed primarily of cross-laminated timber, and comprising of five levels of affordable housing, ground floor retail, five levels of office space, and roof top amenity space.

 

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Road Builders quantify transportation construction scale, net economic activity

In “The 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile,” American Road and Transportation Builders Association Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black estimates the value of public and private transportation construction and maintenance work at upwards of $275 billion, an investment generating nearly $510 billion in annual economic activity or 1.6 percent of the GDP.

 

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OSHA Training Guide

Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s new “Training Requirements in OSHA Standards” compiles information related to mandatory safety and health training for workers.

 

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AEM Adopts Compliance Data Exchange

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee, has selected the HP Compliance Data Exchange (CDX) service as a preferred platform to support a materials regulatory compliance program, which assists 850-plus member companies and their suppliers meet growing global regulatory requirements—among them EU REACH, RoHS rules and Conflict Minerals reporting.

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NRMCA, Builders, Contractors groups challenge proposed overtime requirements

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, along with Associated Builders & Contractors, Associated General Contractors of America, and the National Association of Home Builders, are representing concrete and construction interests in Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO). The Washington, D.C., coalition, opposes the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rulemaking to alter Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime pay requirements with sharp salary threshold spikes.

 

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