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Daily Drill: Builders Give Thanks, Power Skiing


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Two Birds, One Stone. Norwegian Power Plant Will Double as Ski Slope

Norway is not known for its mountains, nor for being particularly snowy (thanks to the gulf stream). So when the designers of the new zero-carbon Amager Bakke waste-to-power incinerator plant were drawing up their plans, it suddenly occurred to them they could put the huge facility to some other use, too. The high-tech power facility near Copenhagen will be topped by one of the world's longest artificial ski slopes. Call it a vacation innovation.

10 Thankful Construction Giants Give Back

These construction kingpins are not just about building the world; they're also about parlaying their successes into outreach for those in need. As we head into the season of giving, it's good to be reminded that "corporate" and "caring" are not mutually exclusive terms.  Big companies are well-situated to do the right thing, and many of them do.

Construction-Friendliness of States Rated by ABC

Where does your state rank?  The Associated Builders and Contractors' much-anticipated annual report card does not drop hints. Every year ABC's "Merit Shop Scorecard" very frankly rates each state according to its construction climate, Right to Work status, construction job growth in the state, and a number of other real-world measures. No punches are pulled. Alaska, let's get with the program.

Yearly Pulse Healthcare Conference Rethinks Hospital-Building

There is more to a hospital than tongue-depressors and awkward shots in the "hip." This annual gathering of health care construction leaders asks the big questions about a changing population, and how best to serve them going forward. What will tomorrow's hospitals look like?  

Safety Startup Wows with Simple Alert System

Heads Up Display has beta-tested its jobsite safety solution and is ready to roll to market. The innovation is comprised of a simple and unobtrusive LED-lighting rig that easily attaches to your safety glasses. Its tricolored notification system alerts you to both danger and incoming communications. The carrot? Companies are assured use of the gadget can reduce a company's Workmen's Comp premiums by 4% a year.


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