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2011 News Archive


Mortenson Construction Cost Index Q4 2013

February 26, 2014

Mortenson's Cost Index is now available for download in an easy-to-read one page format. On a national basis, findings indicate that while overall costs continue to grow, there has been some restraint within individual pricing components in local markets. Our research indicates that cost growth could accelerate with the expected rise in construction activity in 2014 and beyond. Find cost details specific to...

By: Steve Pekala

Impressive Results at Radisson Blu

February 12, 2014

In the first six months of operation, the new facility achieved 90% occupancy—exceeding expectations. Even more impressive is that the unique space was developed during the deep economic recession, demonstrating that a smart development, design and building partnership can yield unprecedented results. The Radisson Blu Hotel is located at the south end of the Mall of America, the largest shopping center...


Why Wind Energy Makes Sense

February 11, 2014

Considering that wind energy is still relatively new on the Canadian landscape, a strong and consistent focus is needed to effectively educate landowners and other stakeholders on the many benefits that wind farms provide. Anyone involved as a stakeholder in the wind energy business – whether as a developer, landowner, engineer, contractor, craft worker, etc. – understands the importance of this...


Design Considerations for Wind Turbine Generator Padmount Transformers

December 17, 2013

Traditionally, one of the primary driving characteristics of wind turbine generator (wtg) padmount transformer selection has been low initial capital investment. This has led to the popularity of choosing an often less expensive utility style distribution-type transformer over one with special characteristics. Over the last few years, the wind industry has grown to realize that this standard "off-the-shelf" wtg...


How Early Contractor Engagement Can Ensure the Success of Your Next Project

December 17, 2013

Renewable energy project development continues to expand across North America. This expansion has led to the construction of projects in more remote areas with challenging site conditions and logistical issues, along with the evolution of new technologies with larger turbines at higher hub heights and ever- increasing environmental restrictions. Decisions made early in the development and planning stages of these...


Investing in Small Solar: DG vs Utility-Scale

December 17, 2013

It is a commonly held belief within the solar industry that the United States is going to see an increase in the number of smaller and more diverse solar plants - defined as distributed generation-sized projects. Commercial customers will build some of these and certainly many projects will be built by residential customers. In this case, residential solar is not part of the conversation. According to the Solar Energy...