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Boeing commits $212K to research on heavy-duty permeable pavements

Sources: Boeing Co., Seattle; CP staff

Aerospace and aircraft giant Boeing is teaming with Washington State University (WSU), and the Washington Stormwater Center to develop stronger permeable concrete or asphalt pavement through the use of carbon fiber composite material recycled from a Seattle assembly line. A $212,000 grant and material donation will spur investigations at the WSU Research and Extension Center, Puyallup, and WSU Pullman campus.

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Stormwater Institute prioritizes asset tracking, governance, watershed issues

Sources: Water Environment Federation, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

A new Water Environment Federation report details challenges, opportunities and pathways to improving the nation’s drainage infrastructure and yielding a more resilient and effective stormwater sector. “Rainfall to results: The future of stormwater” was released during the recent WEFTEC conference in Chicago, dovetailing the launch of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a new center of excellence and innovation.

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Building Trades chief unloads on White House policy’s effect on rank-and-file

Sources: North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

In one of the harshest assessments an organized labor official has offered on White House decisions affecting construction employment, NABTU President Sean McGarvey characterized the political nature of President Obama’s Keystone XL pipeline action as “insidiously craven.”

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Construction spending levels enter fourth quarter at seven-year high

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Construction spending in September reached a level last seen in March 2008 and climbed at the fastest rate since early 2006, according to an AGC analysis, which also found that nonresidential project outlays declined by 0.1 percent between August and September as growing workforce shortages likely impacted the volume of work contractors were able to perform for the month.

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ABC, AIA & NAHB economists underscore residential, nonresidential market health

Source: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

“The nonresidential construction sector gained momentum over the last year and should continue to expand into 2016,” affirms ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The construction industry has benefited from increased stability stemming from low materials prices and greater certainty regarding federal budgeting and monetary policy, although a lack of appropriately skilled labor will remain a challenge for contractors. ABC predicts the nonresidential construction segment will experience 7 percent nominal growth in 2016.”

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