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June 30, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 12


CONTENTS
AIA Reports Decrease for May ABI

AGC Asks Congress to Invest in Flood Control

NAED Joins ConsensusDOCS

Construction Begins on North America's Largest Solar PV Energy Park

UCC Upgrade Wanted in California

Electrical Distribution Systems Replacement Needed in Texas

Business Brief

Contractor Fined $50,000 for Electrical Accident

Code Change Conferences


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    Around the Circuit
    AIA Reports Decrease for May ABI
    In May, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell two points to 43.4, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Down from the 45.5 mark in April -- any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings -- the decrease extends the downturn in design activity at architecture firms. The inquiries for new projects score was 46.5.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    AGC Asks Congress to Invest in
    Flood Control

    The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va., recently called on Congress to provide an appropriation of at least $6.8 billion for the Corps of Engineers Civil Works program in fiscal year 2009. According to AGC, the Administration's proposal of $4.4 billion for the program -- an $800 million cut over the amount granted by Congress for fiscal year 2008 -- falls short. AGC and its members have long advocated for investment in flood protection efforts to secure homes, businesses, and other critical infrastructure from devastating floodwaters.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.


    NAED Joins ConsensusDOCS
    The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), St. Louis, recently joined forces with other construction organizations — led by Arlington, Va.-based Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Atlanta-based Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) -- in support of ConsensusDOCS, which includes more than 70 contracts and forms and addresses all project delivery methods. As a result of NAED's membership, its members can purchase contracts and forms at a special, discounted price available on the ConsensusDOCS Web site.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Construction Begins on North America's Largest Solar PV Energy Park
    Toronto-based SkyPower Corp., and SunEdison, Mississauga, Ontario, recently broke ground on First Light, North America’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) energy park, located on approximately 300 acres of land in Lennox & Addington County, Ontario. Construction of the 19MW solar park will occur in two phases and is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    Project Watch
    UCC Upgrade Wanted in California
    The Engineering Division of the Utilities Department of the City of Palo Alto is seeking proposals for an upgrade to its Utility Control Center (UCC) for video, room sound system, paper map boards, consoles, tables, lighting, and incorporation of existing UCC security systems. The deadline for proposals is July 8. For more information, contact Carolynn Bisset by phone at (650) 329-2460 or by e-mail at carolynn.bisset@cityofpaloalto.org.


    Electrical Distribution Systems Replacement Needed in Texas
    The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Austin, Texas, is requesting bids from contractors to replace electrical distribution systems and emergency generators in multiple buildings at the Terrell State Hospital, Terrell, Texas. A pre-bid conference is scheduled for July 2 at 10 a.m. Bids are due by July 22 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit the commission's Web site.


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    Business Brief
    The Shaw Group, Baton Rouge, La., recently entered into a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of its transmission and distribution engineering business to Pike Electric, Mount Airy, N.C., for approximately $24 million in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, Pike Electric will acquire substantially all of the assets and assume a majority of the liabilities of Shaw Energy Delivery Services (EDS), a division of Shaw's Power Group. The transaction is expected to be completed in Shaw's fourth quarter fiscal year 2008.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    Contractor Fined $50,000 for Electrical Accident
    Ontario Courts recently fined Arcamm Electrical Services, Mississauga, Ontario, $50,000 in connection with an injury to a worker last summer. The electrical contractor pleaded guilty in connection to an incident where an employee working in the electrical room of the company was injured while removing a 60A circuit breaker. During the hearing on June 10, it was found that the power to the electrical panel was not disconnected and locked out. As a result, an explosion caused injuries to the worker's face and head. A Ministry of Labour investigation concluded that Arcamm Electric had not established or implemented any written procedures for its employees who were working with electrical installation.


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    --September 4-5 in Portland, Ore.
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