Volume 3 Issue 1

Infrastructure Spending Means Positive Economic Impact

According to a study conducted by the College of William & Mary’s Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy (TJPPP), the U.S. needs to implement innovative ways to finance investment in its infrastructure to avoid adding to the deficit.

Whether through public-private partnerships, individual and corporate contributions, or fee lanes, investing in infrastructure is in the best interest of the U.S. economy.

A Concrete Record for Tallest Building in Western USA

Story Published February 16, 2014 / William M. Welsh, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES – Workers building what is to become the largest skyscraper in the western USA completed pouring the massive concrete foundation Sunday and established a world record in the process.

More than 2,100 truckloads of concrete were poured continuously over more than 18 hours for the Wilshire Grand Center project, setting a Guinness world record for largest continuous pour, a Guinness judge said Sunday.

“Everything went about as picture perfectly as they expected,” said Michael Empric, Guinness’ adjudicator on the scene.

“It was kind of like a ballet of trucks, moving in and out all night, to get this record done,” he said.

The overnight pour began with a Saturday afternoon celebration at the downtown construction site, where the University of Southern California marching band led the parade of concrete trucks.

The 21,200 cubic yards of concrete was completely poured shortly before noon Sunday, besting a previous record of 21,000 cubic yards set by The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas in 1999, Empric said.

Because concrete heats up as it cures, the architect and contractors designed and installed a system of chiller pipes inside the foundation that will cool the concrete as it solidifies. Pouring continuously rather than in sections allowed for establishing a single solid base to support the building’s weight without linking separate sections of foundation, architect Chris Martin said.

The $1 billion private hotel and office project is being built by a Korean group that owns Korean Air Lines.

Once finished, the 73-story skyscraper will reach 1,100 feet, counting its spire, making it the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. It will be about 100 feet taller than the current tallest building in Los Angeles and the West, the U.S. Bank Tower. The hotel is expected to open in 2017.

“In L.A. I think people are enthused about downtown. They’re excited about this building. … It means jobs, jobs, jobs,” Mayor Eric Garcetti told KABC-TV at the ceremony.

Source: http://www.usatoday.com

Lead Agency Fees for Administration of SMARA Programs

EnviroMINE conducted a survey of lead agencies to determine the amount each charge to implement their Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) program. SMARA requires lead agencies review proposed mining applications for land use permits and/or reclamation plans (or amendments thereto), submit reclamation plans and financial assurances to the State for technical review and comment prior to approval, annually review financial assurances, annually inspect mining operations for compliance, and take enforcement actions where necessary. Section §2207(e) of SMARA indicates the lead agency may impose a fee upon each mining operation to cover the reasonable costs incurred by implementing the program.

EnviroMINE Now Offers Real Estate Brokerage Services

SAN DIEGO, CA – EnviroMINE, Inc. – a consulting service specializing in mining and reclamation planning, mine permitting, regulatory compliance and aggregate economics, adds real estate brokerage services for mining properties.

The EnviroMINE real estate brokerage services staff specialize in transactions for quarries, sand and gravel mining operations, mineral mines, raw land, permitted and unpermitted aggregate reserves as well as industrial properties for HMA, Recycle or RMC plants.