Foreign Nations Aid Haitian Rebuild; Local Contractors Seek More Involvement

Many nations have collectively pledged billions in funds to begin rebuilding Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in the year since one of the most destructive natural disasters in recent history. Along with these countries, many charities, foreign aid groups, and corporations are volunteering their time to rebuild crucial infrastructure projects. In the January 2011 issue of Construction Headline News, these projects are highlighted as well as how local Haitian contractors are having difficulty gaining construction contracts and are seeking more involvement.

Also in this month’s issue, infrastructure disputes are in the headlines with senators from Louisiana taking heat as the effectiveness of multi-million-dollar sand berms to contain the BP oil spill are questioned, and litigation surrounds a contractor who is being sued by a California city for millions in alleged stolen funds from a housing project. Featured in the “Construction Delays” section, two massive projects are years behind schedule – one a French super-hospital in Canada and the other a unique island resort in Dubai shaped like the seven continents. Construction opportunities are also in the works as many public schools affected by Hurricane Katrina are being restored or rebuilt, and the Obama administration makes a key decision on a proposed trans-continental pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

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