Joanna Masterson's Articles

Extreme Makeover: Landscape Edition

This summer, Ruppert Landscape infused the energizing, positive impact of plants and flowers into The Children’s Homein Catonsville, Md., in partnership with the ABC2 News-WMAR Baltimore “Built Upon a Dream” community service project. 

Report Explores Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate

The NAIOP Research Foundation forecasts accelerated construction spending, with gains in fixed investment in office, retail, health care and distribution facilities being partially offset by cutbacks in energy-related construction expenditures. 

D.C. Law Expands Access to Solar Power

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser signed into law the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016, which seeks to help mitigate the effects of climate change in the district, as well as keep D.C. on track to meet its sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent and ensure renewables make up at least 50 percent of its energy supply by 2032.

USACE Embarks on First P3

Construction of the 36-mile flood diversion project, which has been in the works for eight years, will be performed under a public-private partnership—the first ever in conjunction with the USACE. 

Illinois Governor Vetoes Bill Tying Prevailing Wage to Union Contracts

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) vetoed Senate Bill 2964, which would have significantly changed the prevailing wage calculation process by tying wage rates to union collective bargaining agreements, on the grounds it discounted the wage rates of those who chose not to join a union (the majority of the construction workforce). 

‘Blacklisting’ Final Rule Takes Effect

Under the new “blacklisting” rule, effective Oct. 25, federal contractors and subcontractors are required to disclose any violations of 14 federal labor laws and OSHA-approved state plans to an Agency Labor Compliance Advisor (ALCA). ALCA will perform an assessment of the violations and make a recommendation to the contracting officer about whether a federal contractor is responsible enough to be awarded a contract covered by this rule. 

Construction Economists Forecast Continued Growth

Nonresidential construction spending growth will continue into the next year with an estimated increase in the range of 3 percent to 4 percent.

New P3 Resources Available

Public agencies developing infrastructure projects now have access to a guide that emphasizes factors local policymakers should consider before entering into a public-private partnership (P3). Additionally, a new study is available that focuses on comprehensive development agreements, which often are associated with toll road P3s.

Industrial Redevelopment Is Prime in NYC and Charlotte

New York is the top city for redevelopment potential of environmentally distressed industrial sites, according to Arcadis’ Urban Land Restoration Index. Rounding out the top 10 are Charlotte, N.C.; Denver; Nashville, Tenn.; San Francisco; Pittsburgh; Chicago; Miami; Portland, Ore.; and Los Angeles. 

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Provisions in Electronic Reporting Rule

OSHA has delayed enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its electronic injury reporting final rule from Aug. 10 to Nov. 1. Just days before the announcement, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), TEXO and a coalition of stakeholders filed a lawsuit challenging the rule’s anti-retaliation provisions, which will limit some forms of post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs by deeming them to be unlawfully retaliatory.

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