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HTMLA Bridge Over Deregulated Waters: The New Navigation Protection Act
Jordanna Cytrynbaum, Miriam Isman; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 17, 2014
On April 1, 2014, the Federal Navigation Protection Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. N-22 (the “New Act”) came into force, replacing the Navigable Waters Protection Act (the “Old Act”) and making notable changes to Canada’s regulation of waterways. The legislative objective is to...


HTMLConditional Building Permits: A Very Useful Tool
Michael Foderick; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
There are many situations in which a developer may need to begin construction before a certain date, but cannot get their building permit in time. In Ontario that is usually because they cannot yet meet some very minor “applicable law” requirement that, according the Building Code Act,...


HTMLCalifornia Appellate Court Rules That California’s Prevailing Wage Laws Do Not Apply to Off-Site Fabrication
Robert R. Roginson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 26, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014
On August 27, 2014, the California Court of Appeal issued its decision in the long-anticipated Russ-Will case, Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association, Local 104 v. Duncan; Russ Will Mechanical, Inc., Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division Three,...


HTMLNew Building Bylaw: No More Door Knobs
Conrad Rego; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
In September, 2013, Vancouver City Council approved a new 2014 City of Vancouver Building Bylaw. According to the City, the 2014 Building Bylaw 10908, which covers detached houses and low-rise residential buildings, brings about changes to the current Building Bylaw 9419 to support housing for...


HTMLFederal OSHA Proposes to Take Over Enforcement of Construction Standards in Arizona
Christopher M. Pastore; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
On August 21, 2014, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed to revoke its approval of Arizona’s state occupational health and safety plan with respect to construction. If OSHA follows through on this proposal, Arizona employers that are engaged in...


HTMLMontgomery County Considers Adoption of Amended Version of 2012 International Green Construction Code
Stuart R. Barr; Lerch Early Brewer Chartered;
Legal Alert/Article
September 5, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014
Montgomery County now is proposing to do what the state of Maryland did in March 2011 ¿ adopt the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The IgCC is a model code created by the International Code Council that provides minimum requirements to safeguard the environment, public health,...


HTMLPresident Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination by Federal Contractors
Randall D. Avram, James H. Coil, Susan W. Pangborn, Chuck Rice; Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014
On July 21, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 11478 prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors and construction employers working on federally assisted construction projects from discriminating in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This marks the...


HTMLOhio’s Vacant (Dinosaur) Buildings are not Extinct-Incentives Available to Create Jurassic Building Parks
Kohrman Jackson Krantz PLL;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on June 9, 2014
When I think of old, vacant industrial buildings, I see opportunities vs. eyesores. Brick and block is a far better insulator than thin-skinned metal siding, and certainly adds character to the exterior appearance as well. Often, floors are 6’’ level concrete, spans (between columns)...


HTMLCongress Passes Water Resources Bill Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships for Water Supply and Treatment Construction Projects
Kent W. Collier, Lee C. Davis, Nkoyo-Ene Effiong; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 6, 2014, previously published on May 23, 2014
Water infrastructure projects across the nation may soon have access to innovative financing programs and increased public-private partnership (P3) opportunities. House Bill 3080 (2013) or the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), passed the U.S. Senate on May 22 by a vote of 91 to 7....


HTMLSabine Pass LNG Files Monthly Construction Status Report
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 25, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014
Sabine Pass LNG filed a report with FERC covering construction activities through March 2014 at its LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, La. Stage 1 (liquefaction trains 1 and 2) engineering is 96.0% complete, procurement is 94.6%, and subcontract and direct hire construction work are 37.7% and...


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