Photo by Andrea Burdett for ENR; inset by Bryan Caniff Family's lawsuit contends that a freestanding flight-monitor structuresuch as this one, which has added temporary wall support (circled)had design changes and construction omissions. Related Links: Lawsuit of Bresette family against Birmingham, Ala. airport renovation construction team members Details Emerge Slowly on Fatal Airport Sign Collapse The Kansas family of a child who was killed when a 300-lb. freestanding flight display collapsed in March at the Birmingham, Ala., airport has sued for unspecified damages the architect, engineers and contractors involved in the terminal's recent renovation.The lawsuit, filed on June 5 in
Photo by Andrea Burdett for ENR; inset by Bryan Caniff Birmingham, Ala. attorney says free-standing flight monitor structure, on which temporary wall support (circle inset) was added, isn't subject to building code enforcement; structures now have been taken down in the airport. Related Links: Father Grieves Son Killed by Sign Collapse (CNN) Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Modernization Project Airport and city officials in Birmingham, Ala., are providing few details on what caused a 300-lb free-standing flight information display to topple onto a visiting family from Kansas City, leaving a 10-year-old dead and his mother and siblings seriously injured.Participants confirm a probe
Related Links: ENR's Superstorm Sandy Recovery Jersey Central Power & Light PSEG homepage Two of New Jersey's largest power utilities expect to spend at least $6.5 billion to protect systems from more severe weather after suffering massive damage last fall in Superstorm Sandy.Public Service Electric & Gas, Newark, has asked state regulators to approve a $3.9-billion infrastructure plan for electric and natural-gas systems and also plans to spend $1.5 billion on transmission in the next 10 years. Jersey Central Power & Light, part of First Energy, Akron, Ohio, has applied for a $2.6-billion block grant for storm hardening. "We must
Related Links: First $1.8B Leg of U.S. Offshore Wind Transmission Link Is Set Bechtel Tests the Wind for Great Lakes Alternative Energy Website of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Takoma Park, Md. The third time could be the charm for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's push to get state legislators to support a 200-MW offshore wind project. Passage of enabling legislation now appears likely as the primary statehouse opponent of two past efforts has exited a key committee.Two bills introduced in the House of Delegates and state Senate on Jan. 28 are substantially identical to legislation that was blocked in the Senate
Related Links: Feds Clear Path For Offshore Wind Offshore Support for Onshore Wind Website of Atlantic Wind Connection/NJ Energy Link The developer of what is touted as the first U.S. offshore wind energy transmission system, to run from Virginia to New York City, has picked Bechtel Group as EPC contractor for the first 189-mile, $1.8-billion leg off the New Jersey coast.Atlantic Wind Connection, a consortium led by internet giant Google, said construction would begin in early 2016 and be built in three phases over a decade. The first phase is to be in service in 2019. Alstom also was named
At least 300,000 people were without power along the US East Coast at mid-afternoon on Monday, Oct. 29 as rain and hurricane-force winds caused by Hurricane Sandy moved closer to shore causing outage totals to climb quickly.
Related Links: Groundwater Treatment Plant Sets Milestones at Hanford Nuclear Site Discovery of Cracks at Seabrook Nuclear Powerplant Generates Series of Tests The U.S. Dept. of Energy says that the transfer of 2,400 metric tons per year, or MTU, of natural uranium to the joint venture of Fluor Corp. and Babcock & Wilcox as payment for cleanup of a Cold War-era nuclear fuel plant in the Midwest would not adversely affect the domestic uranium industry. DOE's "bartering" approach has come under scrutiny by congressional appropriators; the U.S. Government Accountability Office has called for eliminating the companies as "sales agents" in
Related Links: ENR cover story on BE&K-1993 Theodore C. "Ted" Kennedy, who pushed non-union contracting to new arenas as CEO of BE&K Inc., but worked with organized labor and owners to boost construction safety, productivity, ethics and image, died May 8 in Birmingham, Ala. He was 81.The cause of death was post-surgery complications, says a spokesman for Kennedy.Kennedy was the son of a union ironworker and accompanied him to jobsites as the teenage "water boy," later earning an engineering degree from Duke University.He then espoused the open or "merit shop" labor approach in co-founding BE&K in 1972. After his co-founders