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Senate Approves Water Resources Development Act

The Senate has approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority. On Sept. 15, 2016, the U.S. Senate approved the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) by a 95-3 majority. This bill, if approved by t
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Energy Department Allocates Funding for Advanced Technology Research

Funding will accelerate R&D for solar and other clean energy technologies. The Energy Department has allocated funds to accelerate research and development of clean, state-of-the-art technologies. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency &
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Proving Licensing Now Less Onerous in California

California has eliminated one of the requirements contractors must prove when invoking the “substantial compliance doctrine.” In most states, builders are required to maintain contractors’ licenses. The penalties for not doing so are very harsh
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Protecting Construction Claims

A reminder of common-sense methods to “preserve construction claims.” All experienced and successful contractors realize the importance of maintaining records of their business activities. Conflict resolution is an integral part of construction.
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Opinion—Standing Rock Tests Our National Priorities

The Dakota Access Pipeline controversy illuminates the conflict between economic development and environmental/sociological priorities. The 1,172-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline being constructed at a cost of $3.8 billion by Energy Transfer Partners
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CSC Brings Leading Experts, Educational Sessions

ATLANTA – With more than 35 educational sessions and panels featuring 88 new speakers, Construction SuperConference (CSC) offers information and ideas for every level of professional. Kevin Gaffney, group show director, CSC: “The Construction
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Opinion—The New Reality: “Legislation” by Executive Decree

The executive branch not the legislative branch now creates most new federal laws. Two lengthy New York Times articles reprinted in the August 14, 2016, edition of the Santa Fe New Mexican discuss President Obama’s use of executive authority to ena
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Boston and Millennium Partners Are Negotiating A $1B Multi-use Downtown Project

This project would be a catalyst for urban redevelopment and rejuvenation. The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), after reviewing a number of proposals, has entered into negotiations with real estate developer, Millennium Partners, to build a $1 b
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Federal Court Upholds Contractual Language To Arbitrate In 30 Days

Courts almost never overturn arbitration agreements. Courts, for many years, have confirmed the sanctity of arbitration agreements. This was confirmed, once again, in a recent North Carolina case, Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise v. W.G. Yates & S