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Las Vegas Air Traffic Control Tower Delayed Amid Costly Defects
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas faces at least a one-year delay before a new 352-ft.-tall federal air traffic control commences operation due to needed repairs from improperly applied protective antimicrobial coatings that are now ineffective, say project officials.

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2014 Forecast Shows Gains, But No New Boom
As the Southwest continues its recovery, landmark projects and steady gains will not be enough to match pre-recession highs

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12/04/14 Arizona Sees A Boost In Construction Employment: New Mexico, Nevada Numbers Decline

Employment statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that Arizona has added jobs while Nevada and New Mexico has seen a decline.
10/23/14 AGC Chief Economist Simonson Discuss Arizona

The Arizona Builders Alliance and the Arizona chapter of the Association of General Contractors held a Joint Economic Forecast Seminar Oct. 15 in Phoenix that featured AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson who discussed Arizona’s construction industry and his forecast for the state’s 2015.
10/23/14 Arizona Dragging Down Southwest Construction Employment

Driven mostly by losses in Arizona, Southwest construction employment dipped in September, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier this week, but the losses in the Grand Canyon state are buoyed by gains in Nevada and steady performance in New Mexico.
08/08/14 Tesla Inches Closer To Selecting Site For Gigafactory

Tesla inched closer to selecting a site outside of Reno, Nev., for its $4 to $5 billion factory to produce lithium batteries for electric vehicles on Thursday, confirming a 600-acre site has undergone some pre-construction work, but fell short of committing to the site over unidentified candidates in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.
08/08/14 ASU Hires Designer And Construction Team For Sun Devil Stadium Project

A little more than 55 years after it was originally constructed — and more than five years since the renovations were deemed necessary — Arizona State University announced on Thursday that Hunt Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc. will be the construction manager at-risk for the project.
07/31/14 Tohono O’odham Selects Construction Team For Phoenix Casino, Senators FIle BIll To Stop Project

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise announced Tuesday that it has selected a construction team for the long-embattled, $400 million, 1.2 million-sq-ft West Valley Resort and Casino.
07/31/14 New Concrete Bridge Bent System May Minimize Seismic Damage

State DOTs eying possible adoption of new design.
07/22/14 Chinese Firm to Build $1.85 Billion Methanol Plant in Louisiana

China-based Yuhuang Chemical Inc., announced a $1.85 billion capital investment in a world-scale methanol manufacturing plant in Vacherie, La. It will be one of the largest construction projects in Louisiana in the next five years.
05/20/14 Construction Jobs: Nevada Sees Gains While Arizona Dips And New Mexico Staggers

Subcontractors, Developers, And Builders Across The Southwest Are Optimistic About The Construction Job Market Despite Slow Recovery
05/14/14 On The Scene — Southwest: Arizona State University Athletic facilities

Arizona State University Athletic Director Ray Anderson revealed some new details about renovations to Sun Devil Stadium at the Tempe Historical Museum in mid-April
05/14/14 On The Scene — Southwest: Linq Opening

The world’s tallest observation wheel took its inaugural spin on March 31 on the Las Vegas Strip.
04/24/14 Only Time Will Tell If OSHA Will Assume Control Of Arizona's Safety

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1307 Tuesday night in an attempt to counter a 2012 bill and prevent the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from asserting its federal oversight role over all industries in Arizona — including residential and commercial construction — but only time will tell whether it will be enough.
04/17/14 Lake Mead Intake Project Wins Insurance Award, Recoups Costs

The Southern Nevada Water Authority gets a $35 million insurance award after an arbitration case, consisting of two years of depositions, documentation and deliberations on intake work at Lake Mead.
04/10/14 U.S. Southwest: Construction Jobs Increase Slightly In February 2014

The construction job count edged upward in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada during the month of February.
03/21/14 Construction Jobs: Gains In N.M., Very Slight Declines In Arizona, Nevada

From December to January, construction jobs were slightly down in Nevada and Arizona, and slightly up in New Mexico, according to statistics made public this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
03/13/14 Crane Operators From Florida, Illinois Take Top Three Spots In ‘Crane Rodeo’

The finals of the MCM & CIC Crane Operator Skills Championship at CONEXPO-CON/AGG brought together winners of Regional qualifiers
02/24/14 Tres Amigas Reaches Deal With First Customer

Tres Amigas and Broadview Energy recently announced agreements have been reached in a move designed to guarantee the viability of the project that backers hope will lead to the development and construction of up to 500 megawatts of wind energy generation in northeast New Mexico.
02/13/14 Downtown Phoenix Art-Deco High-Rise Will Get $40 Million Makeover

The 13-story Art Deco-style and plainly-named Professional Building at Central Avenue and Monroe Street in the heart of downtown Phoenix has been sold to CSM Corporation and will be converted into a premium select-service hotel.
01/23/14 Two Painters Die In Boom-Lift Fall

Two painters died late Wednesday morning when their boom lift tipped over at the Lower Buckeye Jail in Phoenix.
01/15/14 Construction Unemployment Dips Slightly In Southwest

Even though national construction unemployment rose sharply from November to December, losses were not as pronounced in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada
01/15/14 Hunt Awarded Demolition, ASU Reveals Renovation Plan For Sun Devil Stadium

Arizona State University awards demolition of north end zone bleachers at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe to Hunt Construction; renovation to begin later this year
12/19/13 Arizona Construction Jobs Rise In 2013 But Remain At 1995 Levels

When it comes to the topic of construction jobs in Arizona, there is good news and perhaps OK news.
10/24/13 Construction Employment Up Nationally, Southwest Picture Unclear

The latest employment statistics from the Dept. of Labor were released nearly three weeks after originally scheduled, and states in the Southwest declare further delays in regional reporting.
10/02/13 Final Cost of New Mexico Flood Repairs Still Unclear

Heavy rains in late September has left at least $6.8 million in damage, but some New Mexico roads and bridges are still in need of inspection.
09/11/13 Court Says Long-Disputed Las Vegas Hotel Can Be Torn Down

Harmon Hotel slowly moves towards demolition while future of site remains unclear.
08/29/13 Clark County Judge Approves Razing Of LV’s Harmon Hotel

Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez approved CityCenter's motion to raze the 26-story, $275 million Harmon Hotel tower.
08/29/13 Saturation Divers Working To Repair Horse Mesa Dam Along Arizona's Salt River

The repair will reestablish 97 megawatts of peak-load generating capacity that was lost 14 months ago, when failure of a guide vane sent about 50 tons of concrete shooting down the penstock serving the turbines.
07/31/13 Arizona Paces Southwest Growth In Construction Employment

According to data recently released by the Associated General Contractors, Phoenix leads Southwest metropolitan areas in construction hiring, followed by Albuquerque and Las Vegas.
05/24/13 Largest Office Development in Ariz. Moves Forward at Tempe Town Lake

The 2 million-sq-ft, five-building campus would be leased by insurance giant State Farm.
04/25/13 MGM Plans Major Facelift for Monte Carlo, New York-New York Casinos

The two aging properties will be linked by a new promenade as part of more than $500 million of new construction for MGM Resorts in Las Vegas
04/11/13 'Cloudy' Forecast Is Good News for Las Vegas Data Center Builders

Attracted by a reliable electrical grid and the proximity to California, data centers are popping up in Southern Nevada to meed data storage demand.
03/05/13 ADOT Receives $2M in Federal Aid to Investigate US 89 Landslide

Fractured roadway in northern Arizona expected to cost $35 million to repair and stabilize.
02/22/13 Cancer Center Breaks Ground in Downtown Phoenix

The $100-million University of Arizona cancer center officially broke ground this week.
02/18/13 Legal Dispute Intensifies Over Failed Henderson Stadium Deal

A stadium deal gone bad in Nevada has unraveled into a legal battle over a land sale in Henderson.
01/31/13 SkyVue Developer Settles Liens on Vegas Wheel, But Delays Still Possible

The SkyVue project in Las Vegas has shed its liens but still faces delays.
01/17/13 High-Stakes Las Vegas Stadium Gamble May Go Bust While Another Moves Forward

A key land sale has been postponed due to fraud concerns for a $1.5-billion stadium proposed near Las Vegas.
01/02/13 Top Stories of 2012 Reflect Ups and Downs of Southwest Market

Many new private projects broke ground in the Southwest, but the overall economy still sputtered in 2012.
12/20/12 Court Drama Over Harmon Hotel Defects to Continue into 2014

Litigation over demolition of the $275-million Harmon Hotel at CityCenter in Las Vegas will stretch into 2014, after a recent court ruling.
11/29/12 Caesars to Renovate Las Vegas Strip Property into $185M Boutique Hotel/Casino

Caesars will spend $185 million to renovate Bill's Gamblin' Hall along the Las Vegas Strip
10/11/12 Slideshow: Newest Biomedical Campus Building Opens in Downtown Phoenix

The copper-clad, $135-million Health Sciences Education Building opened in downtown Phoenix.
09/27/12 Contractor Dies During Construction to Restart Pinto Valley Mine in Arizona

A contractor working for BHP Billiton died while working on a $195-million project to restart the copper mine near Globe, Ariz.
09/27/12 Acquisition of Summit Builders Brings Southwest Presence to Pittsburgh-based Firm

Dck Worldwide CEO Stephen D'Angelo discusses his firm's recent purchase of Summit Builders, and his outlook for the southwest region.
09/13/12 Nevada Developers, Contractors Propel $1.5B Health-Care 'Village' to Aid Area

A group of Las Vegas developers and contractors aim to create a massive health care, residential and entertainment hot spot.
09/04/12 Inaction on PTC Knocks Wind From Sails of Renewables Market

Pattern Energy's recently completed wind farm starts up as the nation's wind experts start to question the industry's future.
08/21/12 Mayo Clinic Adds $130M Facility, Consolidates Cancer Center in Phoenix

Mayo Clinic plans to add a new $130-million expansion to the already underway proton beam therapy building.
08/15/12 Intel Begins Construction on $300M R&D Facility at Chandler Campus

Intel is constructing a new $300-million research and development facility at its Chandler, Ariz. campus.
07/02/12 Safety Experts Caution Contractors About Hot Weather Danger in Wake of Tucson Death

Worker death at Costco jobsite is a stark reminder to watch for signs of heat-related illness.
06/25/12 Labor Issues Still Unresolved After Supreme Court Immigration Ruling

Construction firms and other states are watching to see how Arizona will implement the part of its immigration statute left standing.
06/07/12 Volunteer Group Breaks Ground on 2nd LEED-Platinum School in Phoenix

The second in a series of sustainable, volunteer-built schools broke ground in Phoenix.
05/16/12 Tutor Perini Wins $82M Contract for New Casino/Hotel in Phoenix Area

A new casino and three-story hotel will begin construction this summer near Phoenix.
05/15/12 Phoenix Airport Sky Train Project Performs First Test Run

PHX Sky Train begins months of test runs to ensure the people mover is operational by early 2013.
05/14/12 Design Firms Rebuild Their Confidence After Dismal 2011

Southwest’s leading design firms cautiously optimistic for an improvement in market conditions
04/11/12 Pipeline to Quench Las Vegas Thirst Gets Key Approval

A proposed 306-mile pipeline in Nevada could bring water to drought-stricken Las Vegas.
04/10/12 Outlet Center Begins Construction Near Phoenix, Adds Anchor Tenant

A recently begun outlet mall project near Phoenix added a new anchor tenant to its 90-store roster.
03/28/12 New 10-Story Office Tower to Rise at Tempe Town Lake

A new 10-story office tower is being planned for downtown Tempe's Hayden Ferry Lakeside development.
03/09/12 New $52M Apartment Complex in Phoenix Adds to Student Housing Boom

A Phoenix apartment complex for students and young professionals joins a half-dozen similar projects already underway in the Southwest
02/29/12 Los Alamos Reduces Workforce in Wake of Plutonium Project Hold

Los Alamos National Lab will lay off about 10% of its permanent staff to reduce costs
02/23/12 ABC Endorses Romney Following Rousing Speech in Phoenix

Romney pledges to end government 'favoritism towards unions' during industry address
02/15/12 HealthSouth to Build New Rehab Hospital in Phoenix

HealthSouth plans to break ground on a new 48,000-sq-ft hospital in Phoenix by the end of 2012
02/14/12 Federal Judge Rejects Albuquerque's Stringent Energy Codes

A federal judge in New Mexico has against Albuquerque's more stringent energy codes
02/14/12 Funding Pact Brings Nevada Arena Step Closer to Kick-Off

A $650-million, 17,500-seat sports arena could break ground this summer in Southern Nevada
01/26/12 World of Concrete Show Draws 50,000 Attendees to Vegas

The annual World of Concrete show opened its doors in Las Vegas this week.
01/26/12 New 1-MW Solar Plant Planned for ASU Poly Campus

ASU's Polytechnic campus will the the home of a new 1-MW power generating plant.
01/17/12 How Ahern Rentals Landed in Bankruptcy

The 58-year-old family-owned equipment rental giant filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 22.
12/14/11 Mayo Clinic Begins Construction on Phoenix Proton Beam Facility

Mayo Clinic broke ground for a $182-million cancer therapy facility in Phoenix to house cutting edge proton beam equipment.
12/14/11 Green Schoolhouses to Be Built Solely With Donated Materials and Volunteers

The all-volunteer Green Schoolhouses Series wants to provide $200 million in new, LEED-Platinum buildings for disadvantaged public schools.
10/17/11 Master-Planned Development Tests Cutting Edge Smart Grid Tech

Mesa del Sol's Aperture Center in Albuquerque is the site of a $6-million retrofit to study commercial smart-grid technology.
09/28/11 Powerline Plans Advance in Southwest, Lag in Northwest

The Western Area Power Administration announced it will hire construction firms to upgrade and build parts of a $91-million transmission- line project in southern Arizona.
09/28/11 Fire-Damaged Bridge in Arizona Rebuilt in Just Six Months

A freeway bridge damaged during a fire was demolished and rebuilt in just six months in Southern Arizona.
09/21/11 Kiewit-Sundt Team Speeds Freeway Expansion to Finish in Arizona

The team of Kiewit Corp. and Sundt Construction is building the approximately $90-million contract to add 30 miles of HOV lanes to Loop 101 between state Route 51 and Interstate 10 in just eight months.
09/19/11 Kiewit-Sundt Team Speeds Freeway Expansion to Finish in Arizona

Battling monsoons, heat, live traffic and subpar soils, a joint-venture team expects to complete 30 miles of a Phoenix-area freeway expansion in just eight months.
09/12/11 Safeguards Failed in Massive Power Outage in Western U.S., Mexico

Routine work on a substation led to a power outage that left 5 million people without power for 12 hours Thursday and Friday in Southern California, Arizona and Mexico.
08/24/11 Green Building Code 'Rollback' in N.M. Sparks Debate

The New Mexico building industry is heatedly debating the replacement of green building codes originally instituted under the state’s previous governor with the less-stringent 2009 version of the IECC model code.
08/24/11 MGM Aims To Bulldoze Unfinished Harmon Tower in Vegas

MGM Resorts International intends to implode the unfinished Harmon Hotel at CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip due to “serious structural defects” and “public safety concerns."
08/11/11 Contractor Selected to Build Solar Tower Twice the Height of Empire State Building

A prototype solar tower planned to be just 100 ft shy of the world’s tallest building took a major step forward with the selection of Phoenix-based contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
08/11/11 Contractor Selected to Build Solar Tower Twice the Height of Empire State Building

A new solar tower project planned to be just 100 ft shy of the world’s tallest building took a major step forward with the selection of Phoenix-based contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
08/08/11 Meet Big Stan: Giant Drill Is the Rock Star of the Southwest

The world’s largest truck-mounted drill, Big Stan, is regularly at work busting up rocky soil in Las Vegas.
06/28/11 Phoenix Airport Passenger Train Schedule Advanced; CMAR Selected for Portion of New Phase

The City of Phoenix has moved up the completion date for a portion of the second phase of the $1.5-billion PHX Sky Train at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix by nearly six years, and selected a construction manager-at-risk for a portion of this phase.
06/13/11 Heavy-Duty Playground Opens in Las Vegas

“Dig This” is a construction theme park in Las Vegas developed by New Zealand-born Ed Mumm, who stumbled upon the idea while using a rented excavator to build his home in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
04/28/11 Nevada Construction Leader, Trade Group Founder Schaefer Dies
Jack Schaefer, Nevada construction industry leader, passed away on April 15 while in hospice care in Las Vegas at the age of 64.
02/28/11 Trends To Watch at Conexpo
The triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibition is thought to be the largest construction event of the year and the largest trade show in the Western Hemisphere. This year’s show, scheduled for March 22-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, already is booking up its 2.2 million square feet.
05/09/11 SunWize Completes First Phase, Begins Second of Solar Carport in Phoenix
04/02/11 Controversial Vegas High-Speed Route Clears Major Hurdle
03/30/11 Long-Stalled Tempe Condo Towers Reborn as Apartments
03/24/11 Stalled Santa Fe Courthouse Work Resumes After Cleanup
03/24/11 New Units Expanding Nevada Geothermal Powerplant Base
03/24/11 Sahara Hotel Stalls Plans for Rehab, Will Close
03/03/11 Air Base Tries Radon Solution
03/01/11 Unique Aircraft School Helps Careers Take Flight
02/28/11 Trends To Watch at Conexpo
02/24/11 Third Lake Mead Intake Tunnel Tough Job for Water Authority
02/17/11 Fluor and Boeing Make a Move on Managing Sandia National Laboratories
02/10/11 D-Backs to Catch Some Rays with New Stadium Solar Shade
02/10/11 Arizona Governor Trumps Tribe in Casino Bid
02/09/11 Maricopa County, Fisher Reach Settlement
02/06/11 New Mexico Voters Pass $70M CNM Bond to Fund Renovation Projects
02/04/11 Billionaire Ed Roski Unveils UNLV Stadium Plans
01/25/11 Union Pacific Building Hub for $400M in New Mexico
01/11/11 Feds Fund Tucson Streetcar System
01/11/11 Tutor Perini Acquires Fisk Electric
12/20/10 Another Vegas Monolith Opens Amid Diminished Expectations
11/18/10 Will New Vegas Hotel Vanish Or Remain a Ghostly Symbol?
11/16/10 MGM Could Implode Unopened CityCenter Hotel in Las Vegas
11/03/10 Election Results Mixed for Bond and Construction Funding Across the Southwest
10/19/10 Vegas Hotel Is Like a Giant Sun Reflector, Says Visitor to Pool
10/26/10 Southwest 2010 Election Roundup
10/26/10 Crews Squeeze Mass Transit Guideway Over Active Taxiway
10/19/10 Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Dedicated
10/13/10 Southwest Contractor's Best of 2010 Award Winners Announced
10/04/10 Pedestrian Bridge a First for Visionary Designer Soleri
10/01/10 Ryan Cos. Begins FBI HQ
10/01/10 Dove Mountain Apts. Underway
10/01/10 GLHN to Design UA ENR2 Project
10/01/10 NMDOT Begins Last Phase of U.S. 62/180
09/27/10 Big Drop in Lake Mead Level Curbs Hoover Water, Power
09/07/10 Hoover Dam Bridge Collapsed Cableway Settlement Finalized
08/01/10 Ak-Chin Breaks Ground on Hotel, Commerce Center
08/01/10 Salt River Fields Tops Out
08/01/10 Solar Project Heats Up Intel Site
08/01/10 5,000 Solar Panels in West Valley “Just the Beginning”
08/01/10 Pascua Yaqui Starts Justice Center
08/01/10 ASU’s ISTB IV Progressing Rapidly
08/01/10 Granite/Pulice JV Awarded $85-Million Highway Project
08/01/10 McCarthy Tops Out McCarran T3 Parking
08/01/10 Study Says Surveys May Have Shown CityCenter Troubles
08/01/10 Los Alamos Cleans Up WWII-Era Sites
08/01/10 Granite Awarded $29-Million Roadway Project
08/01/10 Theater Planned for Rio Rancho
08/01/10 Reinken Avenue ARRA Project in Belen Breaks Ground
07/30/10 Arizona Will Appeal Judge’s Injunction of Immigration Law
07/30/10 Tempe Had Plan To Replace Inflatable Tubes That Failed
07/15/10 Lake Mead ‘Third Straw’ Breach Could Cause Delays
06/01/10 UniSource Breaks Ground on New Tucson HQ
06/01/10 Rowland to Finish Long-Stalled Chateaux on Central
06/01/10 Girl Scouts Get Redeveloped Camp
06/01/10 Construction Starts on Naturopathic College in Tempe
06/01/10 New Maricopa Library/Nature Center to Debut at White Tank
06/01/10 Sandia Awards $156M in Agreements Over Next Six Years
06/01/10 Zuni Christian Mission School Breaks Ground
06/01/10 BLM Farmington Field Office and Warehouse Starts
06/01/10 Carnuel Water System Improvements Begins
06/01/10 Jaynes Builds New Health Care Facility
06/01/10 McCarthy Upgrades Indian Springs and Mesquite Treatment Plants
06/01/10 United Completes Freeman Facility
06/01/10 New Las Vegas Roadway, Streetscape Projects Begin
06/01/10 Arizona Passes ‘Prompt Pay’ Law
05/01/10 Construction Underway on New State Forensic Hospital
05/01/10 Master Plan Construction Commences at St. Francis Xavier
05/01/10 SRP Buys Entire Output of Dry Lake 2 Wind Power Project
05/01/10 U of A to Break Ground on 5-Story Downtown Phoenix Building
05/01/10 Harmon Hotel & Spa at Heart of CityCenter Disagreement
05/01/10 Korte Awarded Nevada Cancer Institute Project
05/01/10 United Construction Begins Work on WMS Gaming Offices
05/01/10 Miller Bonded Builds Fab Shop, Anticipating Future Demand
05/01/10 Contract Awarded for Carlsbad Medical Center Renovation
05/01/10 GLHN Selected to Design NMSU Utility Building
05/01/10 Concrete Phase of Runway On Track at Spaceport America
04/12/10 Perini-CityCenter Partnership Broken, Headed to Court
03/25/10 Tutor Perini Notifies CityCenter of Intent to File a Huge Lien
03/25/10 UNLV Claims Rec Center Fails To Meet Seismic Code
03/03/10 Strip Superstar: CityCenter makes its Las Vegas debut
03/01/10 ABQ Voters OK $617M School Construction Funding
03/01/10 Developers Begin 60-Acre SkyWay 202 Professional Park
03/01/10 Phoenix Police Precinct Underway
03/01/10 New Learning Center, Medical Building from T.L. Roof
03/01/10 Second Phase of Grand Ave. Starts
03/01/10 Solar Power Plant Reaches Milestone
03/01/10 Grand Canyon West Paving Underway
03/01/10 Multiple Vegas Projects Underway
03/01/10 CSN Fire Station/Classroom Starts
03/01/10 Campos Office Building Complete
02/24/10 United Construction shutters Las Vegas division
02/18/10 Stimulus To Lift Cement in 2010
02/18/10 Moods and Masons Rise At Annual Concrete Show
02/09/10 ABQ Voters OK $617M School Construction Funding
02/08/10 University of New Mexico Fabric Facility Could be at Risk
02/03/10 DOE Signals End to Yucca Mountain By Pulling NRC Application
01/01/10 EPA Recognizes Tempe for Smart Growth Achievements
01/01/10 Nevada Contractors Association Names Award Winners
01/01/10 Burke & Associates Employees Selected for USGBC, NSCB and AGC Leadership Roles
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