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A year-and-a-half into the pandemic, contractors are contending once again with a shortage of labor that's compounding s...
09/07/2021
AGC: Contractors face labor shortage, rising costs, supply chain delays in COVID recovery | The Daily Reporter - WI Construction News & Bids

A year-and-a-half into the pandemic, contractors are contending once again with a shortage of labor that's compounding supply chain delays and project disruptions.

AGC: Contractors face labor shortage, rising costs, supply chain delays in COVID recovery  By: Nate Beck, [email protected] September 2, 2021 2:46 pm A year-and-a-half into the pandemic, contractors are contending once again with a shortage of labor that's compounding supply chain delays and proje...

Milwaukee officials approved a lease agreement to pave the way for work to start on a $31 million export center in Port ...
09/02/2021
Common Council approves lease for $31M export facility in Port Milwaukee | The Daily Reporter - WI Construction News & Bids

Milwaukee officials approved a lease agreement to pave the way for work to start on a $31 million export center in Port Milwaukee, marking the largest single investment in the history of the port.

Common Council approves lease for $31M export facility in Port Milwaukee  By: Nate Beck, [email protected] September 1, 2021 3:07 pm Milwaukee officials approved a lease agreement to pave the way for work to start on a $31 million export center in Port Milwaukee, marking the largest single investm...

As developers use more land in rural Wisconsin for large solar farms, lawmakers have introduced a bill meant to recogniz...
09/01/2021
Bill encourages solar developers to plant crops, pollinator habitat below panels | The Daily Reporter - WI Construction News & Bids

As developers use more land in rural Wisconsin for large solar farms, lawmakers have introduced a bill meant to recognize projects that set aside land beneath solar panels for growing food or benefiting pollinators.

Bill encourages solar developers to plant crops, pollinator habitat below panels  By: Nate Beck, [email protected] August 31, 2021 3:31 pm As developers use more land in rural Wisconsin for large solar farms, lawmakers have introduced a bill meant to recognize projects that set aside land beneath ...

When Carissa and Nathan Lyle were expecting their first child in 2017, they bought an old farmhouse on about three acres...
08/30/2021
Plans for massive solar farm plan anger southern Wisconsin residents | The Daily Reporter - WI Construction News & Bids

When Carissa and Nathan Lyle were expecting their first child in 2017, they bought an old farmhouse on about three acres just west of Rockdale.

Plans for massive solar farm plan anger southern Wisconsin residents By: Associated Press August 30, 2021 6:00 am A billboard along State Hwy 18 in Cambridge displays a message in opposition to the proposed Koshkonong Solar Center, which plans call for building nearby. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Jou...

2021 Women in ConstructionThe 46 women we celebrate this year are true champions. They are moms, wives, co-workers, comp...
08/27/2021

2021 Women in Construction

The 46 women we celebrate this year are true champions. They are moms, wives, co-workers, company owners, pioneers and change agents. And many did it all while while being CEOs and CFOs of their families; the head of IT for their Zoom-bound children who were suddenly trying to learn from home; and a trusted psychologist for loved-ones who never experienced days like we’ve had in the past 22 months.

https://dailyreporter.com/2021/08/26/women-in-construction-more-important-than-ever/

Video released by a team of federal investigators shows more evidence of extensive corrosion and overcrowded concrete re...
08/26/2021
Report: Evidence of extensive corrosion in collapsed condo | The Daily Reporter - WI Construction News & Bids

Video released by a team of federal investigators shows more evidence of extensive corrosion and overcrowded concrete reinforcement in a Miami-area condominium that collapsed in June, killing 98 people.

Report: Evidence of extensive corrosion in collapsed condo By: Associated Press August 26, 2021 7:29 am Rescue workers work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Florida, on June 25, 2021. Video released by a team of federal investigators shows more evidence of extensive cor...

The two new residence halls planned for Lakeland University will be the largest project in the university’s 158-year his...
08/25/2021
BUILDING BLOCKS: Lakeland University residence halls | The Daily Reporter - WI Construction News & Bids

The two new residence halls planned for Lakeland University will be the largest project in the university’s 158-year history and will replace four existing halls.

BUILDING BLOCKS: Lakeland University residence halls  By: Bridgetower Media Newswires August 25, 2021 7:58 am ADDRESS: W3718 South Dr., Plymouth COST: $26 million SIZE: Two identical residence halls, each with nearly 400 beds START OF WORK: April EXPECTED COMPLETION: July 2022 GENERAL CONTRACTOR: T...

The state of Minnesota has gone to federal court to block a lawsuit over Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project f...
08/24/2021
Minnesota asks federal court to block Line 3 tribal lawsuit | The Daily Reporter - WI Construction News & Bids

The state of Minnesota has gone to federal court to block a lawsuit over Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project from proceeding in tribal court.

Minnesota asks federal court to block Line 3 tribal lawsuit By: Associated Press August 23, 2021 8:25 am MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Minnesota has gone to federal court to block a lawsuit over Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline project from proceeding in tribal court. The new case names M...

Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park in the Wisconsin Dells is building a rotating water slide that would be the first of ...
08/23/2021
Mount Olympus embarks on $23M project with first rotating water slide in U.S. | The Daily Reporter - WI Construction News & Bids

Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park in the Wisconsin Dells is building a rotating water slide that would be the first of its kind in the U.S. as part of a $23 million project.

Mount Olympus embarks on $23M project with first rotating water slide in U.S.  By: Nate Beck, [email protected] August 20, 2021 12:58 pm Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park in the Wisconsin Dells is building a rotating water slide that would be the first of its kind in the U.S. as part of a $23 mil...

See the biggest winning bids from around the state this past week, from our JobTrac online bidding service.
08/18/2021
TOP BIDDERS: The biggest winning bids from around the state this past week

See the biggest winning bids from around the state this past week, from our JobTrac online bidding service.

1. AMOUNT: $3,818,000 AWARDED TO: C.D. Smith Construction Inc., Fond du Lac PROJECT: Madison/Building Renovations GPC 2. AMOUNT: $2,786,595.25 AWARDED TO: Five Star Energy Services, East Troy PROJECT: Milwaukee/Water Main Relays & LSL Replacements 3. AMOUNT: $748,692 AWARDED TO: Forward Electric Inc...

The family of a worker who died after falling from an upper level of an Amazon warehouse under construction in 2019 is s...
08/17/2021
Family of worker killed on Amazon Oak Creek jobsite sues for wrongful death

The family of a worker who died after falling from an upper level of an Amazon warehouse under construction in 2019 is suing a contractor and the distribution giant for wrongful death.

Oak Creek police and ambulance personnel sit outside the Amazon construction project on Wednesday where a worker fell 30 to 40 feet to his death. (Staff photo by Joe Yovino) The family of a worker who died after falling from an upper level of an Amazon warehouse under construction in 2019 is suing a...

Each morning at a transit facility in Canton, Ohio, more than a dozen buses pull up to a fueling station before fanning ...
08/16/2021
Hydrogen-powered vehicles: A realistic path to clean energy?

Each morning at a transit facility in Canton, Ohio, more than a dozen buses pull up to a fueling station before fanning out to their routes in this city south of Cleveland.

Kevin Baker, a maintenance technician, drives a hydrogen fuel cell bus out of the terminal on March 16 in Canton, Ohio. Hydrogen is increasingly viewed as a vital answer to troubling questions about how to slow the catastrophic effects of climate change attributed to the planet's 1.2 billion cars an...

Overcoming skeptics, the Senate is poised to approve the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan Tuesday, with a grow...
08/11/2021
Big win for $1T infrastructure bill: Senate shows it can act (UPDATE)

Overcoming skeptics, the Senate is poised to approve the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan Tuesday, with a growing coalition of Democrats and Republicans prepared to lift the first phase of President Joe Biden's rebuilding agenda to passage.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York arrives at Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. A bipartisan group of senators voted the same to approve President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, sending it to the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) LISA MASCARO AP Congr...

An essential tool in the rebuilding of our American economy is at serious risk as part of the $1.8 trillion American Fam...
08/10/2021
Capping 1031 exchanges would cripple Wisconsin’s commercial real estate economy and farmers

An essential tool in the rebuilding of our American economy is at serious risk as part of the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan being considered in Washington – and the damage will be felt in every state, city and town still reeling from the ravages of COVID-19.

Lisa Kleiner Wood, an attorney and a shareholder in Davis|Kuelthau's Milwaukee office, is a co-chair of the firm’s real estate practice group, former chair of its food and beverage industry team and a member of its corporate team. An essential tool in the rebuilding of our American economy is at s...

The Wisconsin State Building Commission is set to consider a $48 million addition and renovation of the University of Wi...
08/09/2021
Building Commission to take up $48M Kohl Center addition at UW-Madison

The Wisconsin State Building Commission is set to consider a $48 million addition and renovation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Kohl Center during a meeting on Wednesday.

The Wisconsin State Building Commission is set to consider a $48 million addition and renovation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Kohl Center during a meeting on Wednesday. The Building Commission will meet at the Wisconsin State Fair after approving more than $85 million in work at its last...

Hiring surged in July as American employers added 943,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.4% another sign that ...
08/06/2021
US added 943,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate at 5.4%

Hiring surged in July as American employers added 943,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.4% another sign that the U.S. economy continues to bounce back with surprising vigor from last year’s coronavirus shutdown.

A shopper passes a hiring sign while entering a retail store in Morton Grove, Illinois, on July 21. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring surged in July as American employers added 943,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.4% another sign that th...

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had vowed to be "100% focused" on stopping President Joe Biden's agenda. But wh...
08/05/2021
Will McConnell lift roadblock of Biden for infrastructure?

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had vowed to be "100% focused" on stopping President Joe Biden's agenda. But when it comes to the bipartisan infrastructure plan, McConnell is sounding like a go.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, arrives at the Capitol in Washington as lawmakers work to advance a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Wednesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) By KEVIN FREKING and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican lea...

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean ...
08/04/2021
Bipartisan bill leaves out climate, clean-energy steps

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote "climate resilience" by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events such as storms and wildfires.

Wind turbines are silhouetted against the sky at dawn near Spearville, Kansas, on Jan. 13. The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package released by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to promote clean energy and “climate resilience” by making schools, ports and other structures bette...

Crews have started work on a 141-unit apartment complex making up the second phase of the ongoing redevelopment of the f...
08/03/2021
Jeffers starts work on $35.6M apartment project in former Journal Sentinel complex

Crews have started work on a 141-unit apartment complex making up the second phase of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Journal Sentinel building in downtown Milwaukee.

A rendering showing J. Jeffers Co.'s plans for renovating the Journal Sentinel complex near downtown Milwaukee. (Rendering courtesy of J. Jeffers Co.) Crews have started work on a 141-unit apartment complex making up the second phase of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Journal Sentinel buildi...

Wages and salaries rose at a healthy pace in the three months ended in June as employers competed to find enough workers...
08/02/2021
Worker pay rises strongly as businesses fight to fill jobs

Wages and salaries rose at a healthy pace in the three months ended in June as employers competed to find enough workers to fill millions of available jobs.

A hiring sign stands in Downers Grove, Illinois, on Thursday. The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits slid last week, another sign that the job market continues to recover rapidly from the coronavirus recession.Jobless claims dropped by 24,000 to 400,000 last week, the Labor Departm...

The Senate has voted to take up a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan after President Joe Biden and a bipart...
07/29/2021
Details of the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure plan

The Senate has voted to take up a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan after President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators reached agreement on major provisions of the package.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, center, joined by, from left, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announces to reporters that he and the other GOP negotiators have reached agreement on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill w...

A Madison committee on Monday hit pause on a developer’s plans to build an 18-story apartment building at a site occupie...
07/28/2021
Madison panel pauses 18-story apartment tower that would displace Prohibition-era bar

A Madison committee on Monday hit pause on a developer’s plans to build an 18-story apartment building at a site occupied by a tavern with ties to the city’s Prohibition-era history.

Madison's Plan Commission has voted to preserve a building at 222 E. Olin Ave. instead of building a housing tower. (Rendering courtesy of courtesy of JLA Architects) A Madison committee on Monday hit pause on a developer's plans to build an 18-story apartment building at a site occupied by a tavern...

Two companies seeking to build thousands of miles of pipeline across the Midwest are promising the effort will aid rathe...
07/27/2021
Carbon-capture pipelines offer climate aid; activists wary

Two companies seeking to build thousands of miles of pipeline across the Midwest are promising the effort will aid rather than hinder the fight against climate change, though some environmental groups remain skeptical.

Project developers plan to build carbon capture pipelines connecting dozens of Midwestern ethanol refineries. Poet, the country's largest producer of biofuels, operates this refinery in Chancellor, South Dakota. The company has not indicated whether it will connect its ethanol refineries to the carb...

A group of construction and development interests filed suit against the city of Madison on Thursday over an ordinance l...
07/23/2021
Lawsuit challenges Madison building ordinance meant to protect birds

A group of construction and development interests filed suit against the city of Madison on Thursday over an ordinance local officials adopted last summer to require that new high-rise buildings be designed in a way intended to prevent bird collisions.

A group of construction and development interests filed suit against the city of Madison on Thursday over an ordinance local officials adopted last summer to require that new high-rise buildings be designed in a way intended to prevent bird collisions. The suit, from four trade groups, argues the ci...

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