November 2012

The Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council
In This Issue
Solar Reserve to move forward with massive Crossroads project
Construction of $500 million solar-power plant begins
BLM considering expanding Arizona solar energy zones
Planners OK more time to build state's largest wind farm
Mesa school district starts planning how to use bond funds
Rosemont decision put off yet again
Construction industry faces worker shortage

Arizona Building Trades Elected Officials

President: Martin "Buzz" Murphy

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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Arizona Cement Masons, Local 394

Arizona Pipe Trades, Local 469

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local 3

Iron Workers, Local 75

Insulators & Asbestos Workers, Local 73

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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Solar Reserve to move forward with massive Crossroads project
November 27, 2012
Clean Energy Authority

Solar Reserve received its last required approval for its Crossroads Solar Energy Project in Arizona last week and should soon be able to begin construction.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Solar Reserve's conditional use permit for a combined 150-megawatt concentrated solar power and 65-megawatt solar photovoltaic installation that will be able to provide enough energy day and night to power 100,000 homes.

Construction of $500 million solar-power plant begins
October 25, 2012
The Arizona Republic

Officials celebrated the start of construction Tuesday on a $500 million solar-power plant about 40 miles west of Phoenix.

Some of the 800,000 solar panels for the Mesquite Solar 1 project will be made at the Suntech Power Holdings Co. factory that opened in Goodyear last year. It can produce about 15,000 panels a month.

San Diego-based Sempra Generation will build the Mesquite plant near its existing natural-gas plant, using $359 million in federal loans.

BLM considering expanding Arizona solar energy zonesBLM Logo
November 2, 2012
Clean Energy Authority

It was just a few weeks ago that the BLM finalized the PEIS creating solar energy zones throughout seven southwestern states, and already the BLM is expanding the solar energy zones. Earlier this week BLM proposed creating an additional Solar Energy Zone in Arizona, which would open up more federal lands to solar development.

The solar energy zones were developed as part of the Obama Administration's goal of developing more renewable energy throughout the U.S. and were created under the BLM's programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS). Basically the BLM did most of the preliminary work to determine that the 17 designated areas were ideally suited for solar. It will drastically speed up the process of planning and developing solar on the lands.

Planners OK more time to build state's largest wind farm Wind power
November 8, 2012
The Daily Courier

The Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission granted the Yavapai Ranch several time extensions Wednesday to build the largest wind farm in Arizona.

Two days earlier, the Board of Supervisors approved Yavapai Ranch owner Fred Ruskin's request for a zoning change for 12,500 homes and 96 acres of commercial development along Williamson Valley Road about 35 miles north of Prescott.

Ruskin told the planning commission Wednesday that the wind farm and a possible astronomical observatory are the "highest priority" for him and his family over the housing development.

Mesa school district starts planning how to use bond funds construction helmet and permitting
November 18, 2012

Mesa students will see new computers, Dobson High School will get new classrooms, and the district's transportation centers will be rebuilt after voters approved a $230 million bond program Nov. 6.

By a 3-to-1 margin, voters gave the Mesa Unified School District permission to sell the bonds, which could impact property tax rates.

The district's assistant superintendent for business and support services, Bobette Sylvester, said the first sale - for about $46 million - will likely happen about April.

Rosemont decision put off yet again
November 17, 2012
Arizona Daily Star  


Rosemont Copper


The federal government won't make a decision on the Rosemont Mine as expected next month and it's not clear when it will, the Coronado National Forest's chief said Friday in announcing the latest of many delays for the $1.23 billion project.

Coronado Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch also said he doesn't know when he will decide whether to prepare a new or supplemental draft environmental impact statement on the proposed mine. That move is favored by mine opponents and the Environmental Protection Agency but opposed by Rosemont Copper and its supporters.   


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Construction industry faces worker shortage
November 28, 2012
USA Today

The construction industry shed 2.2 million workers between January 2007 and last year.

So now there's an overabundance of them eager for jobs, right?


Contractors are struggling with shortages of workers as the home-building market comes to life and some commercial sectors strengthen. The crunch is affecting a handful of states, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa and Florida. But it's expected to worsen and spread across the USA over the next few years, building officials say. The shortages are already prompting builders to raid each other's job sites for workers.


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