It’s been another big week for the construction industry.

On, we published an article from Tony Illia, “Las Vegas Air Traffic Control Tower Delayed Amid Costly Defects,” about how the new air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas faces at least a one-year delay for repairs after an antimicrobial coating flaked from ductwork and became airborne, say project officials.

Also, we worked with the judges who are busy reviewing the ENR Southwest Best Projects entries. We even have a new special this year at the awards event, the Legacy Award. More details will follow on that early next week.

And, we are gathering entries for our Top 20 Under 40 Awards.

In addition, this week saw us prepping the next print edition — Sept. 12 — that will feature the results from our Specialty Contractor survey as well as a profile on the Top Specialty Contractor of the Year, Helix Electric of Las Vegas, Nev. Read more about the Helix Electric award here.

With all of that work in progress, we have also collected some other news bits and have assembled them here in the Roundup:

Some of the best minds in construction and engineering reside right here in the Southwest, and many of them will be coming together in Las Vegas on Sept. 4 for The National Clean Energy Summit. The theme of the 2014 summit is Partnership & Progress and will focus on the importance of public private partnerships and cross sector collaborations as it pertains to the deployment of more clean sources of energy, grow investment revenue spent on innovation, and bring the grid up to date. The NCES is recognized as the foremost clean energy conversation in the country, and will be hosted by Sen. Harry Reid, Clean Energy Project, Center for American Progress, MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


A two-day, “Fall Protection For The Competent Person” class will happen Aug. 25 and Aug. 27. The course will go over Principles of fall protection Components of fall arrest systems, limitations of fall arrest equipment, and OSHA/ADOSH policies regarding fall protection. The class will run from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the AZ Safety Education Center, 201 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, Ariz., suite 204. The instructor is Russ Barringer, and the cost of the class is $200 for members and $300 for non-members.


On Aug. 21 from 9 to 10 a.m., the Arizona Builders Association is hosting a seminar, “Affordable Healthcare Act Update: Protecting Your Company!” Speakers are Jeffrey S. Ronstadt of Ronstadt Insurance, Nicole Simpson of Regier & Monroe LLP, CPA’s, and Cassandra Meynard, of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild. They will discuss how to protect a company from government scrutiny, how to comply with the ACA, the criteria for becoming a safe harbor employer, how to manage a company through a Department of Labor audit, and other details on the new insurance laws. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non members.