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Sterling Construction Company, Inc. is awarded a $26.3 million project in Houston

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. announced that it was awarded $26.3 million project by the Harris County Toll Road Authority in Houston. The project consists of work on the Hardy Toll Road, where Texas Sterling will replace conventional toll collection facilities with automated toll tag facilities. Approximately 35 percent of the project will be performed by prequalified subcontractors covered by surety bonds, which helps to guarantee performance and completion as specified in the contract terms, and reduces construction-related risk to the project owner and to Sterling. In addition, the project scope includes enhancements to exit and entrance ramps and is expected to commence in August 2015 and be completed by October 2016 with incentives for early completion.

June construction starts retreat 15 percent

New construction starts in June dropped 15 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $620.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The decline followed an especially strong May, which benefited from a $9.0 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal in Texas being entered as a May start. By major sector, nonbuilding construction in June fell sharply as the result of a steep pullback by its electric utility and gas plant category, while nonresidential building witnessed a less severe loss of momentum. Residential building in June was able to post a slight gain, helped by the continued strength for multifamily housing. During the first six months of 2015, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were reported at $336 billion, up 23 percent from the same period a year ago. If the volatile electric utility and gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts during the first half of 2015 would be up a more moderate 11 percent from the same period a year ago.

EPS Group assists town after severe thunderstorm

EPS Group, Inc., a locally owned Arizona civil engineering firm, was asked by the Town of Wickenburg to help after a severe storm dumped about four inches of rain over the area within less than an hour Saturday, July 18. The Town called EPS to assess the damage to Constellation Road and assist with a plan for an interim fix to allow the road to be fully reopened.

Balfour Beatty Construction selected by The JBG Companies to build mixed-use development in Washington D.C.’s U Street Corridor

The JBG Companies has selected Balfour Beatty Construction to build its latest project in Washington D.C.’s vibrant U Street corridor. Named 13|U, the new mixed-use project will feature 129 residential units, 15,750 square-feet of retail and 48 below-grade parking spaces near the U Street/Cardozo Metro station. Balfour Beatty is providing construction manager at risk services for the new development and began demolition of the existing building in June.

USGBC ranks Top 10 Countries for LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED. The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

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