A final regulation implementing a February 2009 executive order encouraging project labor agreements on big federal construction jobs drew criticism and praise. The Associated Builders and Contractors says the rule exceeds statutory authority, but the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Dept. supports the regulation. The rule, published on April 13, doesn’t mandate PLAs but encourages agencies to consider them on projects of $25 million or more.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan