October 2012

The Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council
In This Issue
Interior to fast-track solar projects on public lands
Feds to propose third Arizona 'solar zone' for renewable-power projects
CSP Technology to Improve Solar Power Generation
Banner breaks ground on 4 health-care clinics in East Valley
Arizona City Approves Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Plan
Cognizant of Cloud Potential, a $25M Investment in Data Centers
Future mining projects promise jobs
Mine backers blast Barber on call for new impact study
Arizona shedding construction jobs while most states gain

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Ironworkers 75  

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Vice President: Dean Wine

IBEW 640


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Secretary Treasurer: Dion Abril

Sheet Metal 359


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Trustee: Tom Hardie

Cement Masons 394


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Trustee: Dale Medley

Asbestos Workers 73 


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Sgt. at Arms: Randy Storr

Elevator Constructors 140


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International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 627

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 518

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 570

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 640

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 104

International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 140

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 428

International Union of Painters, Local 86

Laborers International Union of North America, Local 383

Road Sprinkler Fitters, Local 669

Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 359

United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local 135

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Interior to fast-track solar projects on public landsDOE Logo
October 12, 2012
The Hill

The Obama administration finalized a program Friday to fast-track solar energy projects on public lands in six Western states.

The Interior Department set aside about 285,000 acres for commercial-scale solar in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The federal government will offer incentives for development, help facilitate access to existing or planned electric infrastructure and ease the permitting process in the 17 zones.

Feds to propose third Arizona 'solar zone' for renewable-power projects  BLM Logo
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Land Management is set to identify a third parcel of land in Arizona on Friday as a potential site for development of utility-scale solar-power projects.

If approved, the 2,550-acre Agua Caliente site in Yuma County, north of Interstate 8 near Dateland, would join two other Arizona zones, in Brenda and Gillespie.

They were among 17 sites in six states named "solar energy zones" by the Interior Department, which hopes the designation will speed development of renewable-energy projects.

CSP Technology to Improve Solar Power GenerationConcentrated solar cells
October 1, 2012

Presented with funds from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Arizona College of Engineering researchers will lead a 5-year research project worth $5.5 M, for developing efficient and cost-effective concentrated solar power systems.

The tanks that hold the molten salts at Abengoa's Solana Plant are enormous. The salts can keep the solar-heated fluids very hot for several hours, so they can be transferred to turbines to produce electricity even when the sun isn't shining.

Banner breaks ground on 4 health-care clinics in East Valley
October 25, 2012
East Valley Tribune

Banner Health Group officially broke ground on four 21,000-square-feet East Valley health centers in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek Thursday.

"We want to offer care for the whole family in one center," said Becky Kuhn, president for Banner Arizona East Region.

The centers will have primary care doctors, as well as onsite imaging and laboratory services. Extended morning and evening hours, as well as Saturday mornings, will give families extra options, Kuhn said.

Arizona City Approves Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Plan 
October 24, 2012

Arizona city officials in Prescott approved a wastewater plant expansion plan that will cost at least $35.3 million, with construction to begin this month and continue for two years.

The sewage plant improvements near Prescott's airport will boost the plant's capacity from its current 1.2 million gallons a day to 3.75 million gallons daily when completed in 2014,. City officials said costs for the upgrades and repairs when done may be higher if including engineering design work, land acquisition and easements.

Cognizant of Cloud Potential, a $25M Investment in Data Centers
October 26, 2012
Data Center Knowledge

Cognizant is investing an initial $25 million to open additional data centers in North America and  Europe in support of its cloud offerings. The company is planning to build data centers in Arizona and Virginia in North America, as well as Slough, UK, and Amsterdam over in Europe.

The new facilities will house and power ithe company's cloud platform and services, giving it a bigger and more geographically diverse footprint in which to serve its clientele. Cognizant is a provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services.

Future mining projects promise jobs
By Chase Kamp
Copper Area News 

Arizonans are well-aware of the state's deeply entrenched "five C's" of industry, and since the 1800s, the big one for eastern Pinal County has been copper. Mining booms forged the foundations for many cities in the region, which has come to be known as the Copper Corridor.

Certainly, the area has also faced its share of mining busts throughout its weathered history. However, mining remains the area's cornerstone industry and numerous mining projects are on the horizon, promising to be economic engines and providers of much-needed jobs in the wake of economic uncertainty.

Mine backers blast Barber on call for new impact study
October 26, 2012
Arizona Daily Star  

Rosemont Copper


U.S. Rep. Ron Barber's recent call for a new environmental impact statement on the proposed Rosemont Copper mine has angered the mine's backers.


The Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce held a news conference Thursday afternoon to slam Barber for unnecessarily trying to delay the ongoing review of permits for the mine. The mine is proposed for an area southeast of Tucson in the Santa Rita Mountains outside Sonoita.   


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Arizona shedding construction jobs while most states gain
October 22, 2012
Phoenix Business Journal 

Although Arizona's recession-battered construction industry has come a long way in the past year, the local workforce is still struggling to retain skilled workers, according to a recent report by the Associated General Contractors of America.

Arizona saw the fifth largest month-over-month drop in construction employment in September with the loss of 2,000 jobs, or a decline of 1.7 percent, the report said. Almost two-thirds of the nation, on the other hand, experienced job gains during the same time frame, the report said. That report is based off of the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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