Rebuilding and Rethinking the US East Coast after Hurricane Sandy

Early on October 29, Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The storm affected over 20 states, from Florida to Maine and west to Wisconsin and Michigan. In the weeks following the Superstorm, the US East Coast has scrambled to replenish basic short-term needs such as food, shelter, electricity, and fuel for transportation and heating. But what about the long-term goals of rebuilding? The November issue of Construction Headline News focuses on how coastal areas in New York and New Jersey are thinking strategically about how to rebuild the future, and how to safeguard essential infrastructure from the threat of natural disasters. From subways to power grids to housing, everyone has an opinion on how best to rebuild. Read on in this month’s issue to view the discussion.

Construction lawsuits continue to dominate the headlines, especially in the heated Port of Anchorage matter. The Anchorage mayor is seeking up to $2 million to fight lawsuits over port expansion, which has now escalated to over $1 billion. Also, Plant Vogtle filed a lawsuit against Georgia Power and other utility groups for over $900 million in an effort to fight back over escalating costs. Be sure to check out this month’s “Construction Delays” section to see what projects are falling behind schedule around the world, including the 900-million-euro hindered Borkum wind farmin Germany and Petronas’s lagging regasification terminal in Malaysia.  Opportunities in the US are expanding as NuStar Energy is angling to build two pipelines from Colorado to Texas by 2014.

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