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Features - January 2005

State forecast

Economic rebound continues despite industrial downturn
The state's construction industry has weathered some serious economic storms in the last three years, while at the same time benefiting from some fortuitous high-dollar projects. Full Story >>

Market Outlook: Highways

Work moves forward despite stalled highway bill
Now that the presidential election and political season are over, transportation prognosticators and highway contractors are hoping the long-stalled federal highway bill will be resolved in short order. Full Story >>

Market Outlook: Building

Natural gas drags industrial construction, but public/private building marches on
Building construction is a bright spot in Louisiana's economic outlook for 2005, but the chemical industry could cause some drag on industrial building, said economist Loren C. Scott, president of Loren C. Scott & Associates of Baton Rouge. Full Story >>

Beat the clock

More spacious Shreveport jail opens ahead of schedule
When Walton Construction handed over the keys to the new Shreveport City Jail in October, it did so within budget and two months ahead of schedule. The feat was accomplished despite the loss of five weeks of work due to more than 13 in. of rain and unforeseen underground obstructions. Full Story >>

Crime pays

Precast Pollock prison benefits contractors, community
Crime does pay. Or so it seems for Flintco Inc., the Memphis-based firm that won a $93 million Bureau of Prisons contract to build a new medium-security Federal Correctional Institution in Pollock. Full Story >>

Building around lifestyles

Baton Rouge's Towne Center beats steel, concrete bottleneck
The people who built Towne Center at Cedar Lodge have one regret: The $65 million "lifestyle center" retail facility in Baton Rouge wasn't finished in time for the 2004 holiday shopping season. Full Story >>

Pursuing a dream

West Monroe office building becomes reality while cutting costs
A 30-year dream became reality in December when Fred Bayles opened the doors of his five-story office complex in West Monroe. Full Story >>

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