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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

Designer, erector, trades rise to the occasion at LCC

Date Posted: November 25 2005

LANSING - Hardhats who toiled on the Lansing Community College (LCC) Health and Human Service facility, which wrapped up last spring, worked on an award-winning building. Building designer Ruby &...

IBEW hurricane victims blown off U.S. Navy job: their pay was too high

Date Posted: November 25 2005

Following is a glimpse into one contractor's experience in an effort to gain work in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, This Louisiana-based IBEW...

Post-Katrina, market seems to be trumping prevailing wage, at least for now

Date Posted: November 25 2005

It's impossible to draw long-term conclusions about trends affecting construction workers in the Gulf region, who are rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina hit the area just three months ago. Early on...

The building materials price market: not for the faint of heart

Date Posted: November 25 2005

Early in this decade, the prices of construction "inputs" like sheet rock, cement, lumber, steel, diesel fuel and gasoline were fairly stable. Now, many of those costs are have all...

Trades go to work on psychiatry, depression center

Date Posted: November 25 2005

ANN ARBOR - In recent years, the building trades have been involved in the new construction or renovation of numerous medical-related buildings on the University of Michigan campus. The latest...

324's Hamilton tapped for conference VP

Date Posted: November 11 2005

John M. Hamilton, Business Manager of Operating Engineers Local 324, was elected vice president of the 2005 North/Central States Conference, which was held in St. Louis Oct. 2-5. The North/Central...

Consumers Karn-Weadock plant honored by Chamber for development

Date Posted: November 11 2005

Consumers Energy began planning in 2000 how to reduce emissions from its Karn/Weadock Generating Complex in Hampton Township to meet new EPA requirements. Construction began in 2001, and by the...

News Briefs

Date Posted: November 11 2005

Construction slips, but is up in '05 New construction starts retreated 2% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $657.8 billion, McGraw-Hill Construction reported Oct. 27. While the...

No strain for this crane - 508,000-lb. lift caps major Marathon project

Date Posted: November 11 2005

The world's second largest crawler crane last month was used to pick up and place a 508,000-lb. vacuum tower at the Marathon Petroleum Co. refinery in southwest Detroit, capping a...

Political heat causes Bush to flip over prevailing wage in Gulf region

Date Posted: November 11 2005

WASHINGTON - By popular demand, prevailing wage rules are making a return engagement to the Gulf Coast region. A few days following Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi,...

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