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WCOE WCOE Members Appointed to 2017 Caltrans Statewide Small

Business Council

Lee CunninghamThe Department of Transportation Office of Business and Economic Opportunity has announced the representatives to the 2017 Caltrans Statewide Small Business Council. Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA National will be represented by WCOE member Rebecca Llewellyn and WCOE California Chapter will be represented by WCOE Member Lee Cunningham.

Rebecca LlewellynThe Caltrans Small Business Council strives to assist Caltrans with providing consistency in the execution of the Small Business program including DBEs and DVBEs, removing systemic barriers where feasible through policy level initiatives and directives and maximizing opportunities for increasing the participation of small businesses in Caltrans projects.

Tollway OKs $1.7 Billion Budget, Including Funds for Western Access to O'Hare

Illinois TollwayThe Illinois Tollway board recently passed a $1.7 billion 2017 budget, which includes money for a building project to create western access to O'Hare International Airport , despite ongoing opposition from a Canadian railroad.

The Tollway plans to spend $374.5 million next year to continue construction of the Illinois Route 390 Tollway and to plan for the north-south I-490 Tollway. The toll roads would connect and provide western access to the airport.

Completing the projects requires the Tollway to build over Canadian Pacific Railway tracks on the airport's western edge, which the railroad has refused to allow. Last month, the Tollway filed a suit against Canadian Pacific with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board , so that the board can decide "on an expedited basis" to allow it to build five ramps over the tracks, the suit said.

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Navy Federal Credit Union's Expansion Reaches

"Topping Out" Stage

GilbaneGilbane Building Co. celebrated a major milestone recently at the site of the Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) headquarters project in Vienna with a "topping out" ceremony. With the final beam (or its equivalent) placed atop the 244,000-square-foot structure, the Arlington-based construction company will now gear up for the next stage of an $88 million expansion that's expected to add 600 jobs to the 3,500 jobs already provided by the credit union's current facility.

That includes a pedestrian walkway connecting the new facility and a six-level, above ground parking garage with the existing campus. The project, designed by J3 Design Collective, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.

The parking structure will provide an additional 1,184 parking spaces to the NFCU campus. The new office building will initially house about 600 employees, with full capacity at 1,100 people.

When the office building is complete, it will have an open office floor plan and raised access floor system with the capability to re-arrange the floor and furniture layouts. This approach, according to Gilbane, provides flexibility based on the credit union's evolving needs.

Survey Finds Women Owned Businesses Struggle

Getting Financing

Women who own businesses struggle more with getting financing than small company owners in general, according to a survey by researchers at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Corp.

Thirty-seven percent of the 364 women-owned businesses surveyed in October said they had sought financing during the previous three months, compared to 29 percent of all the nearly 1,600 small businesses surveyed. Just over a quarter of the women-owned businesses got bank loans, compared to 37 percent of all small companies.

The survey indicates 39 percent of women owners turned to savings and other personal assets to finance their companies, for many, a move likely linked to the difficulty they had in borrowing. Fewer small businesses in general, 33 percent, turned to personal assets for financing.

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Texas High-Speed Rail Plan Suffers Eminent Domain

Setback in Court

Supporters of a proposed high-speed rail line from Houston to Dallas will have to prove in court they have the power under Texas law to enter private property and conduct land surveys for their project, ultimately to use eminent domain to buy property needed for the route.

A Houston-area district judge has denied a request for summary judgment by Texas Central Partners , which aims to open bullet train passenger service from Houston to Dallas by 2022. The company, which wishes to deploy Japanese technology for the high-speed rail system, wanted the court to declare outright that it meets the definition of a railroad under Texas law and therefore has the right to enter private property and conduct surveys, even if the land owner doesn't wish to cooperate.

But Harris County District Judge Joseph "Ted" Halbach on Dec. 16 denied the request. The case involves Calvin House, who was sued by Texas Central earlier this year after declining to allow land surveyors onto his land.

Opponents of the high-speed rail proposal celebrated the judge's ruling, calling it a "devastating blow" to the project.

St. Louis and Federal Government Soon to Sign Agreement on Land for $1.75 Billion NGA Facility

The city of St. Louis officially owns all the land of the proposed new $1.75 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility. The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority closed on the last of the 551 parcels this month. Soon the LCRA, the NGA and the Army Corps of Engineers will sign an options agreement for the land. Once they do, the city will have exactly one year to prepare the site.

The development corporation has begun issuing requests for bids and proposals for fencing, security and environmental abatement. The city also plans to close on bonds early next month. Williams said they expect to sell $93 million in the first issue of bonds and another $15-16 million in the second. That money will help pay for the site preparation.

The debt service will be paid over 30 years using roughly $1.5 million in NGA employees' city earnings taxes and $5.75 million in their state withholding taxes.

Giant Cranes Approved at $2.6 Billion California Football Stadium

Work is underway at the $2.6 billion stadium for the Los Angeles Rams and the Federal Aviation Administration has given its approval for giant cranes to be used at the site. Additional applications to use cranes at the site are still pending; the project is expected to be finished in 2019.

Loan Secured for 43-story Tower in Miami

The developers for a 27-acre mixed-use project in Miami have gotten an $89 million construction loan for a 43-story residential tower. Plans call for the $1.7 billion Miami Worldcenter project to contain retail, residential and convention space.

Positive Construction Signs for Some Mountain States

Construction activity in parts of the Mountain States region could be strong in 2017, driven by employment growth and migration, data suggest. "Construction is booming all across Idaho, especially in the Treasure Valley, which has led the nation in construction job growth for more than a year," said Wayne Hammon, CEO of Idaho AGC.

Construction Starts at 500-room Hotel at JFK

A developer plans to remodel the historic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport and turn it into a 500-room hotel. A groundbreaking was held to mark the start of construction, and work is expected to be completed in 2018.

Syracuse Planning Redevelopment Effort in Low-Income Area

The Syracuse Housing Authority manages a large section of Syracuse and wants to implement a redevelopment plan that mixes low- and mid-income housing and commercial development. The plan calls for grocery stores, a library, and possibly a trolley, but the authority has not yet secured funds to implement the plan.

Ohio Turnpike to Reduce Road Construction Efforts in 2017

A number of motorists complained this year about the large amount of construction undertaken on the Ohio Turnpike, so the agency will scale back construction in 2017. The agency has reduced capital expenditures from $145.5 million to $121.4 million, which will reduce by 25% the number of lane miles under construction.

$1 Billion Project with Three Towers Planned in LA

A Chinese developer plans to build a three-tower project in Los Angeles that could cost up to $1 billion. The towers would be 43, 53 and 65 stories and will have residential units as well as retail space and restaurants on the lower levels.

Venture Global to Invest $8.5 Billion to Build LNG Export

Terminal in Louisiana

Venture Global plans to spend $8.5 billion on the development of its proposed Plaquemines liquefied natural gas project in Plaquemines Parish, LA, which would have a peak capacity of 24 million metric tons per year. The terminal, scheduled to become operational in 2022, is expected to create 250 new direct jobs, 728 indirect jobs and 2,200 construction jobs.

$986 Million Green Energy-Storage Project Licensed in Montana

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted a license to a $986 million green energy-storage project in Montana and construction should start in 2018. The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project would use excess wind energy to pump water to a reservoir where it would be used to create electricity during times of little wind-energy production.

American Dream Gets a Makeover

Work has resumed at the long-stalled American Dream mall and entertainment facility in New Jersey, and developer Triple Five has released updated renderings of the project. Structural steel is expected to arrive soon, and full construction activity is expected to resume next year.

Infrastructure Work Started at $3 Billion Tampa Project

Kimmins Contracting Corp. has started road, water and sewer work to make room for a $3 billion redevelopment of downtown Tampa, FL. The mixed-use project by Strategic Property Partners will include an office tower, hotel, and retail and dining space.

WCOE Coming Events

Associated Builders & Contractors

1/11/2017 2:00PM ET Going Mobile: Why Construction Needs to be on the Cutting Edge
1/19/2017 11:00AM ET Busted! The Top Six Myths of Lean Construction
1/26/2017 2:00PM ET Building an Employee Engagement Strategy for 2020
2/2/2017 11:00AM ET Six Critical Factors to Lean Construction Success

American Subcontractors Association

1/10/2017   Webinar: Most Popular Benefits Employees Are Purchasing Without Employer Contributions
1/12–14/2017   ASA Mini-Committee Week: Executive and Finance Committee and Rap Council Meetings
1/24/2017   Webinar (Complimentary): OSHA Transgender Bathroom Requirements
2/14/2017   Webinar: Cost Coding Made Simple
3/1/2017   OSHA Silica Rule: Applications for Subcontractors
3/15/2017   SUBExcel 2017
4/11/2017   Webinar: Incentive Compensation Plan Best Practices
5/9/2017   Webinar: Prompt Payment and How/When to Suspend Work
5/23/2017   Webinar: Technology and Transparency
6/13/2017   Webinar: Killer Contract Clauses

California High Speed Rail

No events scheduled.


1/11/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
2/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
3/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
4/19/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
5/10/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
6/14/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
7/12/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
8/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
9/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
10/11/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
11/15/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
12/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform

WCOE Chicago Caucus Announces February Meeting WCOE Chicago Caucus has announced the speaker for the February lunch meeting that will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Guest speaker will be Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd, joined ComEd in 1998 as a lead lawyer and head of Regulatory Policy. In 2009 she was appointed as ComEd's COO and three years later, was promoted to her current position. She is the first female to hold the post of president and CEO at the electric utility. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Monica Anderson, manderson@ctmwbe.com.

IDOT District One Hosts "Meet the Primes" January 5, 2017 11:00 am to 2:00 pm D1 South Suburban DBE Resource Center, 114 N. Orchard Dr. Bldg. #60, Park Forest, IL 60466 Register by 12/30/16 – 312-939-1100, Dot.d1.resourcectr@illinois.gov

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