Rebuilding in Post-Disaster Japan

On March 11, 2011, northeastern Japan was hit by a slew of devastating disasters: a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which led to a tsunami with waves over 33 feet tall, which resulted in a nuclear scare on par with Chernobyl. The April issue of Construction Headline News highlights how the Japanese people have banded together to start rebuilding their towns, delivering supplies and hope to the needy, and reclaiming their once-thriving economic status. But many questions remain unanswered, even as they are rocked by aftershocks months later. Read this month’s issue to find out what plans are in motion for rebuilding in post-disaster Japan, and how other countries can learn from this disaster.

Also in this month’s issue, a subsidiary of one of the nation’s largest construction companies has agreed to pay out over $19 million to settle a federal indictment for fraud allegations, allowing it to keep its eligibility to win public contracts. In the “Construction Management” section, the ill-fated Hampton Roads Transit light rail line is experiencing more problems, as an audit shows the $106 million in cost overruns were due to mismanagement, poor money controls, and a violation of state contracting laws. The heated Seattle tunnel debate drudges on in “Construction Costs,” as the price to kill the project soars to over $1 billion, while moving it forward would cost over $3 billion. And don’t miss the announcement regarding the new Saudi Arabian tower project that when completed will be one mile high, and will earn the honor of the new world’s tallest building.

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