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Last year, asphalt production facilities, terminals, and paving companies in 49 states and 5 Canadian provinces earned Diamond Commendations, demonstrating their commitment to excellence and best practices.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development secretary Dennis Davin shared news that $5.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding was approved for projects in various Pennsylvania counties.

Forty-three states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between February 2015 and February 2016 while construction employment increased in 27 states between January and February, according to analysis of Labor Department data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America issued the following statement.

Dominion Transmission Inc.’s new office building has attained Gold status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the first privately owned building in West Virginia to achieve such status.

The highlights of the new building’s features include:

•90 percent of building occupants have access to outside views from workspace.
•82 percent of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfill.
•70 percent of 2 year building electricity usage purchased with green power renewable energy credits.
•36 percent designed reduction in water use by installing efficient water toilets, urinals, lavatory faucets, showers and kitchen sinks.
•31 percent designed energy cost savings.
•30 percent of cost used for recycled materials.
•Reflective roof to reduce heat absorption.

Published in the May 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

Sundt Construction, Inc. of Tempe, Arizona was named the nation’s safest construction company in 2015 by the Associated General Contractors of America.