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Newsletter Oct09

  1. 1. INFRASTRUCTURE MONTHLY ISSUE 1 OCTOBER 2009 I nfrastructure M o n t h l y Published by: The Right Hire Matt Plotkin, President 310-844-7481 PAGE 1 $139 MILLION TARGETED TO projected to be awarded by TRANSPORTATION FUNDS UPGRADE TRANSPORTATION November. INCREASED AND ENHANCE ECONOMIC State and Federal Governments GROWTH Among the 44 projects that received allocate an additional $139 million funding allocations today were: for projects throughout California Caltrans Press Release 9/10/09 Riverside County - $11.2 million to PAGE 2 repair and resurface NEWSLETTER Allocations include $2 million from nine miles of heavily used State INTRODUCTION federal stimulus funds Route 91 between McKinley Street in The Right Hire is proud to introduce Sacramento - Corona and the Orange/Riverside Infrastructure Monthly, dedicated to County line. This project will improve the Construction and Civil Today, the California Transportation ride quality and safety for more than Engineering industries. Commission (CTC) allocated 200,000 motorists who commute $139 million to improve the state's daily on this section of highway. PAGE 2 transportation system and provide PIPELINES BURSTING further support for the state's Throughout California there have Bay Area - $10 million to the Novato economy. The allocations include $2 Narrows Project, which is widening been an uptick in the numbers of million in funding from the American pipes breaking causing floods. eight miles of Highway 101 to six Recovery and Reinvestment Act of lanes between Novato in Marin 2009 (Recovery Act). The remaining County and Petaluma in Sonoma PAGE 3 $137 million in allocations came from CONCRETES CARBON County. assorted transportation accounts FOOTPRINT Is concrete adding to or helping solve funded by state and federal dollars. Los Angeles - $4.4 million to global warming? construct and install devices to "From one end of the state to the remove metal pollutants and trash other, transportation projects are from storm water runoff on eight PAGE 3 ROADWAY COST providing good paying jobs and miles of State Route 60 from ESTIMATOR improving mobility for people and Monterey Park to the City of Industry. Calculator that gives estimated costs businesses in California," said In addition, $61 million was allocated for concrete and asphalt. Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki. to Caltrans to cover operating costs "Our focus has been and continues to for its three intercity passenger rail PAGE 4 be ensuring that California gets the lines. The Pacific Surfliner, the TAX CREDITS FOR ENERGY maximum benefit from the stimulus Capitol Corridor and the San Joaquin EFFICIENT HOMES funding." Ways your home can provide tax are the second, fourth, and sixth credits busiest intercity passenger rail More than 140 stimulus services in the nation. Collectively, transportation projects worth $1.1 more than five million persons rode billion have been awarded contracts these trains in fiscal year 2008-09. to begin work, and many more projects are in the pipeline - $724 million in federal stimulus funds are
  2. 2. INFRASTRUCTURE MONTHLY ISSUE 1 OCTOBER 2009 THE RIGHT HIRE PRESENTS: INFRASTRUCTURE MONTHLY By: Matt Plotkin Welcome to the first issue of Infrastructure Monthly, provided and created by The Right Hire. Each month, you can expect a mix of Civil Engineering and Construction articles, along with business tips and ideas, industry trends, and the latest alternative energy news. In every issue, this newsletter will aim to inform and educate its readers on the latest infrastructure news. The Right Hire is a recruiting firm focused in the infrastructure fields of Construction and Civil Engineering. We have worked with companies of all sizes to find the top talent on the market today. Contact us today to find out how we can help streamline your recruiting process. Breaking Pipelines couple of years. The very same homes and businesses without Create Problems pipeline burst in September water for almost an entire day. Throughout California 1993, almost 16 years to the day of the current flooding. As The bottom line here is that our the cleanup crew worked hard pipelines in California are By: Matt Plotkin and long to fix the pipeline and getting old and need to be drain all the water, a bigger replaced. This should be one of issue should be confronted. the priorities of the government, It's 10:30 on a Saturday night in at times taking precedent over September and the street of Whenever there is talk of fixing our roads. While a series Coldwater Canyon in Studio infrastructure projects, we hear of potholes may cause a City is covered in several feet of about the roads and bridges commuter to change their route, water. The cause was not from that are crumbling. We hear talk a bursting pipeline creates a El Nino, a severe rain storm or a of high speed rails and fixing problem for the entire hurricane, but rather a 64 foot our freeway system to alleviate community, whether it's through pipeline that had burst open, traffic. What hasn't been flooding, causing local causing massive flooding in the mentioned is the need to fix and streets. Local homes, cars and residents to go without replace our old pipelines that water, or damaging our businesses were damaged. run under our streets, which are Large pieces of concrete were roads at the same time. 100 years old in some cases, in After all, pipes are a major ripped from the ground and the badly need of repair and have water damaged roads. And part of our infrastructure recently been reeking havoc many people were forced to throughout California. and should no longer be relocate, either to a shelter or a overlooked. hotel, until local officials were In the month of September in able to clean up the water and Los Angeles alone, there have restore order to the been more than 35 pipelines neighborhood in Studio City. that have burst. In 2006, there were 13. A major 100 foot The question then turns to how pipeline in Folsom broke last this happened and how it could February, causing a 16 hour have been prevented. The outage, and San Diego had a evidence points to the 100 year pipeline burst recently, that left old pipeline that was scheduled an entire neighborhood of to be replaced in the next
  3. 3. INFRASTRUCTURE MONTHLY ISSUE 1 OCTOBER 2009 Roadway cost estimator The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) introduced an online calculator that helps agencies, planning organizations, road builders, and contractors calculate estimated fuel and cost savings associated with building with concrete pavement versus asphalt. The ACPA Green Streets Calculator ( illustrates that concrete roads deflect less under loading, allowing trucks to get better fuel mileage; and concrete uses less fuel to construct than asphalt roads. The online calculator accounts for highway/roadway design including road length, total road width, concrete thickness, comparable asphalt thickness, traffic, and fuel costs. Then the utility determines the minimum, average, and maximum impact of using concrete versus asphalt in relation to fuel usage and environmental impact. Visit greenstreets to try out the online calculator. How Solid Is Concrete's Carbon Footprint? longer if the concrete is recycled into new construction--and because concrete is somewhat Many scientists currently think at least 5 percent of permeable, the effect extends beyond exposed humanity's carbon footprint comes from the surfaces. concrete industry, both from energy use and the While such changes can be a structural concern for carbon dioxide (CO2) byproduct from the concrete containing rebar, where the change in production of cement, one of concrete's principal acidity can damage the metal over many decades, components. the CaCO3 is actually denser than some of the materials it replaces and can add strength. Haselbach's careful analysis of concrete samples Yet several studies have shown that small appears to show that other compounds, in addition quantities of CO2 later reabsorb into concrete, even to calcite, may be forming. Although the decades after it is emplaced, when elements of the compounds remain unidentified, she is optimistic material combine with CO2 to form calcite. about their potential. A study appearing in the June 2009 Journal of "Understanding the complex chemistry of carbon Environmental Engineering suggests that the re- dioxide absorption in concrete may help us develop absorption may extend to products beyond calcite, processes to accelerate the process in such increasing the total CO2 removed from the materials as recycled concrete or pavement. atmosphere and lowering concrete's overall carbon Perhaps this could help us achieve a nearly net- footprint. zero carbon footprint, for the chemical reactions at least, over the lifecycle of such products." While preliminary, the research by civil and That is the thrust of Haselbach's current NSF- environmental engineering professor Liv funded work, where she is now looking at Haselbach of Washington State University re- evaluating the lifecycle carbon footprint of many emphasizes findings first observed nearly half a century ago--that carbon-based chemical traditional and novel concrete applications, and compounds may form in concrete in addition to the looking for ways to improve them. mineral calcite-now in the light of current efforts to "This work is part of the portfolio of studies stem global warming. that NSF is funding in this vital area," added "Even though these chemical species may equate Bruce Hamilton, director of NSF's to only five percent of the CO2 byproduct from environmental sustainability program and a cement production, when summed globally they become significant," said Haselbach. "Concrete is supporter of Haselbach's work. "Research the most-used building material in the world." relating to climate change is a priority." Researchers have known for decades that concrete absorbs CO2 to form calcite (calcium carbonate, CaCO3) during its lifetime, and even
  4. 4. INFRASTRUCTURE MONTHLY ISSUE 1 OCTOBER 2009 Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Home Improvements In February, President Obama signed a stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that made some significant changes to the energy efficiency tax credits. * The tax credits that were previously effective for 2009, have been extended to 2010 as well. * The tax credit has been raised from 10% to 30%. * The tax credits that were for a specific dollar amount (ex $300 for a CAC), have been converted to 30% of the cost. * The maximum credit has been raised from $500 to $1500 for the two years (2009–2010). However, some improvements such as geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, and solar panels are not subject to the $1,500 maximum. * The $200 cap on windows has been removed Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, up to $1,500, in 2009 & 2010 (for existing homes only) for: * Windows and Doors * Insulation * Roofs (Metal and Asphalt) * HVAC * Water Heaters (non-solar) * Biomass Stoves