PORTLAND, Ore. — When it comes to accidents on job sites, Jim Wiethorn is a building industry version of Sherlock Holmes. Instead of a pipe and deerstalker cap, he’s tended to arm himself with a solid foundation of geometry and ...Read More »
The Dolan Company (OTC: DOLN), the Minneapolis-based owner of The Mecklenburg Times, will seek bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 next week in a process that Dolan officials say should result in a speedy exit from bankruptcy and smooth continued operation ...Read More »
Businesses got a temporary reprieve in July when the Obama administration announced a yearlong delay in the enforcement of the federal requirement that employers provide health care coverage to workers or pay a fine. But even though the Affordable Care Act’s “shared responsibility” employer mandate — also known as the “pay or play” provision — won’t go into effect until January 2015, compliance will require businesses managers to make a host of complex decisions that will take a considerable amount of time. And the clock is already ticking.
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A still-stabilizing nonresidential construction sector should see demand strengthen in the private sector and weaken in the public sector this year, the Associated General Contractors of America anticipates.Read More »
The American Bar Association this month will be asked to endorse a proposed uniform law aiming at new standards for state government websites that host legal materials. The Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act is proposed by the Uniform Laws Commission to address a trend, still in its infancy, of shuttering public printers and posting laws only online. But shifting an entire system of laws to online-only postings puts our legal system at risk.Read More »
President Obama delivered his State of the Union address last week, largely focusing on the economy and the growing wealth gap in the U.S. He said we should restore the economy to one where “everyone gets a fair shot." But the Associated Builders and Contractors said the speech was just more of the same from the president.Read More »
Interior design in law offices traditionally has featured pricey, imposing furniture, expensive paneling, carpeting and artwork and other opulent touches. But the Minneapolis law firm of Nilan Johnson Lewis emphatically broke with that tradition when it developed its ecology-conscious space on two floors of the One Financial Plaza building.Read More »
Since the early 1990s the state of North Carolina has been studying, evaluating and planning construction of the Northern Beltway in Winston-Salem but has yet to break ground. Why, then, has DOT continued to freeze all property development and sales along the beltway corridor, leaving thousands of property owners stuck? Because it can.Read More »
This year, significantly fewer Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects specified the use of wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. A recent report issued by GreenBiz Group found FSC wood was used in only 26 percent of new LEED construction in 2011, down from 41 percent last year.
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LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — When the U.S. Department of Energy provided incentives for businesses installing solar panels in September, local solar contractors were sure it was going to lead to a substantial number of installation projects. But with the federal ...Read More »