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Best Practices in Construction Webinar

Posted in Compliance, Contract, Federal, New Construction, Small Business
On December 3, Jennifer Horn and Maria Panichelli presented the second webinar in their core construction curriculum series for Women Impacting Public Policy and Give Me 5%. The presentation, entitled “Best Practices in Construction,” covered suggested best practices for before, during, and after conclusion of a construction project, in the context of both state and… Continue Reading

Construction Lunch & Learn Seminar

Posted in Jennifer Horn, New Construction
Jennifer Horn, Partner in the Construction group of Cohen Seglias is speaking on Comparative Analysis of Critical Construction and Design Provisions Between Mid-Atlantic States at Providence Engineering in Lancaster, PA, on Tuesday, January 14th. For an increasing number of construction related entities – including design professionals – survival in the current economy has meant expansion… Continue Reading

Rebuilding in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy? Make Sure you Comply with the New Rules Regarding Construction in a Flood Zone

Posted in Jennifer Budd, Jonathan Cass, New Construction, New Jersey
In January, Governor Chris Christie signed an Executive Order and proposed emergency regulations to guide the rebuilding process after Superstorm Sandy in flood prone areas of New Jersey.   Before the storm, the building code and flood-proofing regulations in the state were based on flood maps adopted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“the… Continue Reading

Getting One's Priorities Straight: Bank vs. Contractor - PA Case Could Have A Significant Impact

Posted in Daniel Fierstein, Jennifer Horn, Liens, New Construction, Pennsylvania
By: Daniel E. Fierstein and Jennifer M. Horn Banks do not typically loan money if they can not be assured “priority” status over any other encumbrances that may arise. “Priority” in this context refers to the order in which various encumbrances, such as mortgages or mechanic’s liens, are paid off from the sale proceeds. As… Continue Reading

President Obama Selects 14 Infrastructure Projects for Fast-Track

Posted in Infrastructure, New Construction
By: Jason Tomasulo A number of outlets including Infrastructure Investor and the Washington Post are reporting the announcement by the Obama Administration of 14 projects that will be expedited through the permitting and environmental review processes. Several of the projects are located on the East Coast including: A new Tappan Zee Bridge in New York… Continue Reading

New $44M Cancer Center to Break Ground in Lancaster, PA

Posted in Jobs, New Construction, Pennsylvania
By: Jennifer M. Horn On September 14th, Lancaster General Health (LGH) is set to break ground on the new Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center. According to the press release from the LGH, the 70,000 square foot, $44 million center will, “bring medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other cancer specialists together in one location…The Suzanne… Continue Reading

Mid-Atlantic Construction Update

Posted in Jobs, Maryland, New Construction, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania: PNC Financial Services Group (PNC) is moving its headquarters to Pittsburgh. PNC, which is the largest bank in Pennsylvania, plans to build a $400 million “green” office structure in downtown Pittsburgh, which will create 2,500 construction jobs. The new skyscraper, which is to be about 40 stories high and 800,000 square-feet, will be PNC’s… Continue Reading

Mid-Atlantic Construction Update: Looking Up?

Posted in Delaware, Jobs, Maryland, New Construction, Pennsylvania
Is construction picking up throughout the Mid-Atlantic region? Here are just a few summaries of headlines for Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania Maryland: As of March 2011, construction projects in several Maryland counties continue to increase, and construction contracts “were up 55% when compared to the same month in 2010.” For the first quarter, future construction… Continue Reading

West Virginia Construction Industry Update

Posted in New Construction, West Virginia
It is hard to dispute that the past three years have been difficult for West Virginia’s construction industry, and so far 2011 hasn’t seen much improvement. Employment in the construction industry is down approximately 10% this year over last year, according to The Contractors Association of West Virginia Executive Director Mike Clowser, “We don’t see… Continue Reading

New Jersey to Spend $800M on Turnpike Upgrades

Posted in New Construction, New Jersey
New Jersey Turnpike officials recently announced that they expect to advertise approximately $800 million in Turnpike related construction projects to be completed by February 2012. The projects will include road widening, bridge deck, resurfacing, sign structures, and other types of road upgrades. Next year, New Jersey Turnpike officials anticipate advertising approximately $1 billion in similar… Continue Reading

Subcontractors Wanted for Construction of Maryland Live! Casino

Posted in Maryland, New Construction
Maryland Live! Casino, which broke ground in January of this year, is hosting an event on Monday, April 18, 2011, “for subcontractors, vendors and suppliers to participate in the construction of the $200 million project.” Casino management is encouraging minority and women-owned businesses to attend the event. This is the second open event the casino… Continue Reading

Graterford Prison Contract to Be Rebid

Posted in Bidding, New Construction, Pennsylvania
The on-again off-again Graterford Prison project has just met another hurdle. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s administration just announced that the Department of General Services will re-bid the project to include a new death row wing, and a women’s unit. The new bidding process will likely further delay the project, which is considered one of the… Continue Reading

Maryland-Based Minority Owned Business Needed for $115M Broadband Project

Posted in Maryland, New Construction
The Baltimore Business Journal reported on March 14, 2011, that, “Howard County (Maryland) is recruiting small and minority-owned businesses to help build the state’s $115 million “One Maryland Broadband network.” The proposed One Maryland fiber optic network will interconnect community anchor institutions across 10 jurisdictions in Central Maryland, uniting rural, urban, and suburban communities in… Continue Reading

Baltimore Construction: Things Are Looking Up

Posted in Maryland, New Construction
According to a recent study released by McGraw Hill Construction, “Contracts for future commercial construction in the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan statistical area for January 2011 were up 72 percent when compared to the same month in 2010.” In an article that appeared on Citybizlist Maryland this week, it stated that, “January 2011 saw future construction contracts… Continue Reading

New Jersey Announces $584M Plan to Renovate and Rebuild 10 Schools

Posted in Jobs, New Construction, New Jersey
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that 10 schools in the state will receive a total of $584 million through the Schools Development Authority (SDA) to rebuild and renovate existing space. In addition to the allocated money, $100 million has been designated for emergency school improvements. School districts that will receive funding include: Bridgeton, Elizabeth,… Continue Reading

Maryland Awards $11.1 Million for Sustainable Building Projects

Posted in Green Building, Maryland, New Construction
Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced that through the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program, ten different projects throughout Maryland received grants totaling $11.1 million towards sustainable construction. O’Malley said the ten projects, “will help create 740 construction jobs in projects that will revitalize communities and promote green building practices around the state.” He continued to explain,… Continue Reading

Delaware Department of Transportation Files Lawsuit Over Indian River Bridge

Posted in Delaware, New Construction
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDot) recently filed a lawsuit for $19.6 million in damages against Florida based engineering contractor Figg Bridge Engineers (Figg) and its engineering subcontractor MACTEC Engineering (MACTEC). The suit alleges that the two contractors provided inaccurate and incomplete information regarding the geotechnical evaluation of the embankment surrounding the Indian River Inlet… Continue Reading

Residential Sprinkler Mandate: It's in the House's Hands

Posted in New Construction, Pennsylvania, Real Estate
Steven M. Williams contributed this post. In December 2009, Pennsylvania became the first state in the country to require that fire sprinklers be installed in all new residential construction. The law took effect on January 1, 2010 for townhouses and is scheduled to become effective for one- and two-family homes on January 1, 2011. Controversy… Continue Reading

Delaware Department of Transportation Unveils Five Year Plan

Posted in Delaware, Jobs, New Construction
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently unveiled its plans to update the Cape Region over the next five years. Funded Projects On the agenda of funded projects are intersection and sidewalk improvements, such as realignment of the Plantation-Cedar Grove-Postal Lane intersection, as well as plans to develop the Destination Station Center near Rehoboth Beach.… Continue Reading

City Hall Restoration Project Begins in West Virginia

Posted in New Construction, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Renovations are underway to restore the historic Wheeling, West Virginia Independence Hall. The Independence Hall building was constructed in the 1800’s and served as the capital building even before West Virginia was formally recognized as a state. As with any older structure, the passage of time has led to the deterioration of the exterior of… Continue Reading