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10/22/2014Construction industry having a hard time filling positions

Oct. 22--Construction companies statewide are bumping wages and providing incentives and bonuses to retain workers as the nation continues to grapple with a shortage of skilled workers as the economy recovers and construction activity picks up, according to an industry study released Wednesday. "Many construction firms across the country are having a hard time filling available positions," ...
10/22/2014Austin airport to add seven airline gates on eastern wing

Oct. 22-- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, still a teenager, is nearing its capacity of about 11 million passengers a year. With that in mind, the city of Austin's aviation staff in August hired an architecture firm to design a seven-gate expansion of the 15-year-old terminal's east wing. On Thursday, the Austin City Council will decide whether to hire Hensel Phelps Construction Co., ...
10/22/2014Children's museum shows off new facility before construction begins

Oct. 22--More than 100 supporters of the Children's Discovery Museum toured the new building and saw the architects' master plans at a Hard Hat Happy Hour on Tuesday night. "There's a lot to be done yet, but we're just getting started," said Sammie Sue Hendrix, secretary of the board. "They said to go big or go home, and we decided to go big." She told eventgoers to notice that the facility, ...
10/22/2014Condo developer proposes downtown project

Oct. 22--Randall Davis is making a downtown comeback. The Houston developer who made a name for himself in the 1990s with several residential redevelopment projects in the city center -- including the redevelopment of the Rice Hotel -- is planning another one downtown. The new building, to be developed with Davis collaborator Roberto Contreras, will be called Marlowe. The units will be for ...
10/21/2014Hearing on high-speed rail Wednesday

Oct. 21--The public is invited to attend a public scoping meeting Wednesday as state and federal agencies are gathering input for an environmental study on an proposed high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston. The Federal Railroad Administration along with the Texas Department of Transportation are holding the meeting at Corsicana's IOOF Event Center on Wednesday, with an open house ...
10/21/2014SAISD forms group to review construction bids

Oct. 21--SAN ANGELO, Texas -- Staring down a laundry list of revitalization projects on deck for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the San Angelo ISD named a committee on Monday to review, rank and recommend construction bids to the board of trustees. The committee -- composed of Jeff Bright, assistant superintendent of business services; Jim Elson, director of maintenance; Richard Rigdon, director of ...
10/21/2014A&M lab helps homeowners chart route to green design

Oct. 21--The Thomsons bought a plot in the quiet Braes Heights neighborhood seven years ago with the vague yet ambitious idea to build an elegant house that would be both hurricane-resistant and eco-friendly. It seemed like a simple enough task with green homebuilding gaining in popularity. But owner Ker Thomson faced a steep learning curve and soon found himself swimming in complex concepts, ...
10/21/2014Balfour Beatty Construction Secures Memorial Hermann Master Plan Implementation Project

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (MHHS) has selected Balfour Beatty Construction to provide preconstruction and construction services for a renovation and expansion of the Texas Medical Center campus. According to a media release, the master plan project includes construction of the Hermann Pavilion 2, a 17-story hospital that will provide the Texas Medical Center with more than one million ...
10/21/2014Texas roads need more than Prop 1, supporters say

Oct. 21--The campaign to steer state reserve funds to road projects is not being waged with yard signs and televised debates, but, rather, with chamber of commerce lunches and a smattering of direct mailings. Though largely a quiet campaign, supporters of Prop. 1 said they are optimistic the proposal will pass muster with voters, and, they hope, set up subsequent efforts to shore up Texas' ...
10/20/2014Austin, Texas To Seek Fed. Funding for Light Rail Project

Oct. 20-- Austinites who vote for the city's rail-and-roads proposition will be making a $50 million bet. A safe bet, rail officials insist. But one in which the payout could be less -- or take longer -- than officials hope. City officials estimate it will cost at least $50 million, and perhaps as much as $70 million, to do the environmental study, detailed engineering and design, and other ...
10/17/2014Construction Crane Topples Along Katy Freeway in Houston

Oct. 17--A construction crane tipped over at a building site Friday along westbound Interstate 10 in west Houston. The incident occurred about 1:10 p.m. at 11800 Katy Freeway near Kirkwood in the Energy Corridor, according to the Houston Police Department. Police said it was uncertain if anyone was on the crane at the time it tipped over. Officials with the Houston Fire Department said no ...
10/16/2014Construction on $1B Beaumont methanol plant to start Nov. 1

Oct. 16--Having cleared a significant hurdle, Natgasoline is set to begin "full-blown" construction of its $1 billion-plus methanol plant on Nov. 1, a company executive said. The company has received its greenhouse gas permit from the Environmental Protection Agency, the final stamp ahead of a massive Beaumont project expected to require thousands of construction workers and carry a more than ...
10/15/2014Apache alleges 'blatant fraud' by Permian contractor

Oct. 15--Apache Corporation is suing a Garden City contractor and a former employee in what an attorney for the drilling company described in a court filing as "a case about unadulterated greed, blatant fraud, and illegal kickbacks in the Permian Basin." The suit stemmed from a routine audit in July of company vendors. Auditors were reviewing Rogers Construction, a company they hired for ...
10/14/2014Construction set to begin on Waterside in southwest Fort Worth

Oct. 14--Construction will begin next week on the Waterside development in southwest Fort Worth, to include a Whole Foods Market and a 375-unit multifamily community, now that the developer has bought the land. Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Co., in partnership with Sarofim Realty Advisors in Dallas, has closed on the purchase of 63 acres along the Trinity River at Bryant Irvin Road and ...
10/14/2014Construction Set to Start on Condo Project Downtown Austin, Texas

Oct. 14--Downtown Austin is about to see its fifth-tallest building break ground. The 39-story tower is planned for the northeast corner of Fifth and West streets, where the building that housed the Texas Press Association sits. Demolition on that building will start later this month to make way for the new tower, which will bring 154 new luxury condos to market when it opens in the fall of ...
10/11/2014Updates planned for historic downtown Rice building

Oct. 11--The new owner of the former Rice Hotel is launching a major renovation project at the building, intending to give it a more modern look as developers start or prepare to break ground on gleaming residential towers around it. Renderings for what has been recently rebranded as "The Rice" show a redesigned lobby with sleek furniture in earthy tones beneath a contemporary chandelier ...
10/09/2014Offices planned for East Austin ReStore site

Oct. 09-- Austin-based Cielo Property Group has snapped up another piece of property in its hometown. Just days after buying the Austin Music Hall, Cielo executives said they've acquired an industrial building at 310 Comal St. in East Austin, with plans to convert it into office space. A purchase price wasn't disclosed. The Travis Central Appraisal District values the 1-acre property at $1.3 ...
10/08/2014Houston Seeks Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Older Buildings

Oct. 08--As the 40-story downtown office tower neared completion in 1974, a Houston Chronicle critic lauded the "luxurious" use of South American granite pavers in the lobbies and gushed that "little is being spared in making 2 Houston Center elegant in looks and extraordinary in details." When engineer Kenny Woods arrived 37 years later as lead building engineer, he was indeed struck by the ...
10/08/2014Travis County spends money on home, road repairs instead of apartments

Oct. 08-- After a developer scrapped plans to build an affordable apartment complex on Lowden Lane because of neighborhood opposition, Travis County also had to scrap its plans for directing $343,010 in federal grant money to the project. Residents who live along Lowden Lane, which is just outside Austin's southern city limits, told county commissioners earlier this year it made no sense to ...
10/07/2014EDITORIAL: Don't push the panic button on Fort Worth school construction

Oct. 07--Don't blame parents of students at Fort Worth's Washington Heights Elementary, on the city's north side near Meacham Airport, for pushing for all they can get in a planned new school. You might blame school district officials for leading them to believe they'd get more than the district can afford under the $490 million bond program approved by voters last year. Better still, don't ...
10/06/2014Redesign Allows Texas Highway Project Halted by Endangered Spider to Move Forward

Oct. 06--SAN ANTONIO -- The discovery of an endangered, eyeless spider at a highway construction site two years ago abruptly halted a plan to build an underpass connecting Loop 1604 and Texas 151 on the Northwest Side. Now there's a solution to the eight-legged dilemma. Federal officials have given the Texas Department of Transportation the green light to construct an overpass instead. But it ...
09/30/2014CityCentre expansion to include offices, retail and apartments

Sept. 30--The developer of west Houston's CityCentre has acquired more than 6 adjacent acres for a major expansion that will bring the northern boundary of the high-end mixed-use complex all the way to Interstate 10 for the first time. "This is pretty big in the sense that we'll create a gateway entrance from I-10," said Shon Link, executive vice president of development for Midway, which ...
09/28/2014Keechi Wind Farm

Sept. 28--in the air JACKSBORO -- The landscape along U.S. Highway 281 south of Wichita Falls has changed over the years, some caused by Mother Nature, the rest by man. Some of the most visible changes along the highway can be seen from afar as man looks to harness Mother Nature's wind and turn it into energy by building wind farms. Another such farm is under construction now just west of 281 ...
09/27/2014New home construction remains steady

Sept. 27--WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- The drought has had an affect on new home construction, but those looking to have a home built seems to be increasing. Barney Brock, a homebuilder with Lance Friday Homes and president of the North Texas Home Builders Association, said those wanting to build a home never left the market because of the drought. They've patiently waited, he said, as the city ...
09/25/2014Johnston stepping away from TPCO America

Sept. 25--GREGORY -- TPCO America's $1 billion pipe plant near Gregory is on pace to open by mid-2016, but that it will do so without J.J. Johnston. Johnston on Wednesday announced his resignation as TPCO America's director of administration, a job that allowed him to be the face of a Chinese company that is now three years into construction of the 253-acre facility. In recent months, the ...

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