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Danbury leaders get first glimpse of new high school addition 05/24/2018

Zach MurdockDANBURY — Top public school officials got their first look Wednesday at the massive new addition to Danbury High School.The 100,000-square-foot wing of the school adds science labs and more than two dozen classrooms to the high school and will be home base for the next freshman class in September.The three-story complex between the school and athletic fields includes additional locker rooms, space for athletic trainers and a smaller, second gymnasium that can double as an overflow cafeteria. “When the taxpayers see all this, I think they’ll be really proud of what we’ve been able to do here,” school board member Rich Jannelli said.The project, nearly complete, is still within its expected budget at $53.3 million, officials said. The only outstanding work left to be done is in the new theater space, which will not be finished until the end of July, owing largely to the spate of nor’easters that slammed the state earlier this year.Even then, however, work simply s

MDC Digging Tunnel Under HartfordNBC 30 VIDEO 05/23/2018

The Haven developers submit site plan application to West Haven PZC; Simon Property Group also involvedWEST HAVEN — The developers of The Haven luxury outlet mall are moving forward with the 235,000-square-foot development, submitting an application for site plan approval to the city this week — with Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group joining The Haven Group as a partner in the project.Simon, owner of the Clinton Crossing outlets in Clinton and the Crystal Mall in Waterford, is one of the largest shopping center developers in the world, with projects all over the United States, Europe and Asia that generate billions of dollars in sales, including the Copley Square Mall in Boston and Roosevelt Field on Long Island, N.Y. The project currently is slated for completion in summer 2020 “and will transform West Haven into a retail and entertainment hub,” the develop

OSHA removes crane capacity restrictions from operator certifications; will require more rigorous employer evaluations 05/22/2018

After hearing extensive feedback from the construction industry that rated operating capacity (ROC) is not a suitable indicator of a crane operator’s skill and experience, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today in a proposed rule change that it intends to remove an existing provision from its standard for cranes and derricks in construction that required different levels of operator certification based on a crane’s ROC.Crane operators will still have to be certified, but, according to the new rule, they won’t be limited to what cranes they can operate by what cranes they have been certified on. From now on, that will all be in the hands of their employers.With the removal of ROC-based restrictions from its required operator certifications, OSHA says it will instead require employers to thoroughly and continuously ensure the competency of their crane operators through training and evaluation. To that end, the agency will clarify its expectations of emplo