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Triangle Awarded Caribbean Distribution by Aurora 

Feb 28, 2017

 

AJ Cross, Director of Operations and New Development with Triangle Exports announced today that Triangle now has authorized  distribution of the state of the art lighting fro Aurora.  Aurora is the leader and holds all patents on Trimless, self contained recessed lighting modules.  Visit our product page for more info and pricing.

by JOHN GREGERSON | January 20, 2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) could provide a lesson or two to newly inaugurated President Trump (R), who has vowed to invest heavily in US infrastructure upon assuming office today.  Cuomo has made good on a promise to perform massive upgrades on state infrastructure, with many key projects, including recently announced plans to revamp John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), in the planning stages or under way in or around New York City.

 

Furthermore, his administration is endorsing procurement methods ranging fromdesign-build to private-public partnerships (P3) to finance and expedite the sorely needed rebuilds and renovations. In all, Cuomo plans to invest $100 billion in infrastructure throughout New York, his goal being to “cement our state's position as a national leader in 21st-century infrastructure and cutting-edge innovation,” he said recently.

 

The $10 billion JFK renovation, announced earlier this month, involves plans to integrate and upgrade three existing terminals, expand parking, and improve access to the facility, located in the borough of Queens. “The goal is to have a unified, interconnected, and modern airport,” Dan Tishman, vice chairman of construction giant AECOM and head of Cuomo's airport task-planning force, recently told attendees of a lunch hosted by the Association for a Better New York. Funding has yet to finalized, though word is the project may be partly bankrolled by a P3. At the luncheon, Tishman indicated the project could include up to $7 billion in private equity.

 

Assuming P3 serves as a major funding mechanism, JFK will follow in the footsteps of the current $4 billion, 1.3 million-square-foot rebuild of LaGuardia Airport's Central Terminal B, an eight-year project undertaken by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2016. Chances are that JFK, like LaGuardia, will incorporate design-build, a key component of Cuomo's 2014 “Build New York” initiative, owing to its potential to “reduce procurement time and cost as well as bring private-sector innovation and efficiency to public-sector projects,” according to a statement by New York State.

by GEOFF GEORGE | January 18, 2017

Falling is a danger as old as construction itself, yet somehow it remains the number one safety concern in an industry full of danger, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

Overall, the federal agency says, statistics indicate that four out of every ten deaths in construction are fall-related. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most-recent data shows that there was an increase in fatal falls every year between 2010 and 2014, the annual number of deaths climbing from 255 to 345, and more are likely to come, considering that OSHA recorded 6,929 more fall-protection violations in 2016, the highest figure for any violation category.

For construction firms, keeping employees safe from such harm has become not only a moral imperative but a fiscal one as OSHA continues to to levy heavy fines against companies that land on its Severe Violators Enforcement Program. Most recently, on January 4, the agency proposed penalties of $214,782 against an Illinois roofer that already had a history of violations, and not long before that it fined a New Jersey roofer $112,487.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Raleigh, NC-based Baker Roofing Company, which, despite operating as the second-largest business in one of the construction fields most prone to falls, earned the 22nd spot on Springbuk, Inc.’s list of the 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America. Curious as to how the 101-year-old firm accomplished this, BuiltWorlds spoke to vice president of risk management Ron Adams, who explained how Baker Roofing keeps safety on the minds of its workforce at all times.

1. MAKE CARE AND COMPLIANCE A PART OF THE CULTURE

2. UNDERSTAND OSHA BACKWARD AND FORWARD

3. SET YOUR OWN GUIDELINES

4. SELF-AUDIT RIGOROUSLY

5. ENCOURAGE COMPETITION THROUGH TRANSPARENCY

North America Procurement Council | January 20, 2017

ENGIE, a French electric utility, has linked with AES Andres, a subsidiary of Virginia-based power company, AES Corporation, to foster growth in LNG and natural gas sales in the Caribbean.

Under the 12-year marketing agreement, ENGIE and AES Andres, a gas-fired electricity generation and LNG storage facility located in the Dominican Republic, will jointly market 0.7 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG.

Philip Olivier, Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE GLOBAL LNG said, “We are delighted to initiate this new partnership with AES, which has an attractive existing platform for LNG import.

“This agreement underlines the value that ENGIE, as a major LNG player, can bring to utilities and end users such as AES through its LNG portfolio, its access to the global LNG markets, and ultimately its know-how in packaging natural gas as a flexible product that responds to its customer needs.”

The objective is to provide a cleaner and more cost-effective alternative to oil-fueled power generation, while satisfying a growing need for natural gas in the region.

The agreement will pave the way to supply industrial customers and develop small scale demand.

“We are proud of our leadership in bringing LNG to the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, and are happy to partner with ENGIE to provide a competitive and reliable source of LNG by leveraging ENGIE’s LNG position and our existing infrastructure,” said Manuel Perez Dubuc, President of AES Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

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