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KBRA Releases Report Assigning Rating to the Narragansett Bay Commission Bucklin Point Resiliency Improvements Project WIFIA Loan

On September 30, 2020, Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigned a long-term rating of AA with a Stable Outlook to the Narragansett Bay Commission Bucklin Point Resiliency Improvements Project WIFIA Loan. At the same time, KBRA affirmed the long-term rating of AA with a Stable Outlook on the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Phase III Facilities WIFIA Loan.

Click here to view the report. To access ratings and relevant documents, click here.

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Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.

A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies)

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6 Times You Should Not DIY a Home Improvement Project

HGTV makes everyone feel as if they’re only a couple of power tools away from being home renovation masters. But don’t be fooled. There’s a reason building and construction trades are considered skilled jobs.



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Tackling a home renovation project requires more than an eye for design and the ability to match colors. You also need to understand how the various parts of a structure fit together, and you may even have to (gasp) do some math.

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What’s more, a home improvement project done wrong can be expensive to fix, or even dangerous. Before you end up with a DIY disaster, here are six times when you should probably call in a pro.

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1. You don’t understand what you’re doing

Yes, this seems so obvious, doesn’t it? And

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Sioux City Council to vote on contract for Riverside Pool House renovation project | Government and Politics



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People swim at Riverside Pool in Sioux City in this 2017 file photo. The Sioux City Council will be asked Monday to award a $214,000 contract to W.A. Klinger for a pool house renovation project.




SIOUX CITY — The Sioux City Council will be asked Monday to award a $214,000 contract to a Sioux City contractor for the Riverside Family Aquatics Center Pool House renovation project.

The project includes the renovation of the 2,180-square-foot existing pool house facility and the construction of a 300-square-foot storage building and staff break area.

The renovation of the pool house will create two accessible shower spaces, changing areas and bathroom stalls, according to city documents.

W.A. Klinger, LLC submitted a base bid of $198,000 and a bid of $16,000 for alternate 1, an electrical upgrade, which is 6 percent above the architect’s estimate of $211,000.



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Oregon State AD Scott Barnes says Reser Stadium renovation project remains on schedule

Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes joined me on the radio show this week to talk about the upcoming football season and the Reser Stadium remodel project.

Listen to the full interview here.

Barnes said the pandemic has not affected the $140 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2023 and improve the west side of the stadium.

“The donors who want to participate in this project are still there,” Barnes said. “None of this has changed.”

On out-of-control athletic department spending nationally:

“We have to get our head around this. It’s not sustainable. We have to find a way to manage it and to course-correct in some form or fashion… it’s something that is not sustainable.”

On potentially trying to make-up the canceled football game with Oklahoma State:

“That final decision hasn’t been made. We’ll look at all the options and make a decision based on what’s

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Seneca One invites the public to see results of massive renovation project through series of new events

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo’s tallest building is coming back to life. 

There are people living in Seneca One for the first time, and it’s also a growing hub for technology and innovation in downtown Buffalo. Now, members of the public who are interested in seeing the results of Douglas Jemal’s more than $100 million dollar development project at the tower will have the opportunity to check it out, too. 

Seneca One has been hosting small group tours two days a week, which will continue into the fall on Wednesdays and Fridays. They’ve also announced two outdoor ticketed events in October, a dog adoption event on October 10, and a Bills watch party on for the primetime game against Kansas City on Thursday, October 15.

There’s a new food hall on the building’s third-floor lobby, which is open to the public Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, featuring

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Federal Courts impose final judgements on release of asbestos during renovation project



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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) – Federal courts have imposed final judgments on two defendants in connection with the unlawful release of asbestos during a commercial renovation project in Cheyenne in 2015. The project involved the building at 2100 Pioneer Avenue, which Dr. Richard S. Cutler had purchased for use as a dental office. Despite a prior inspection that confirmed the presence of asbestos in the building, Dr. Cutler’s contractor, Jacob Lee Davis, began renovation work at the building without conducting proper abatement or taking various other measures required by federal law and regulations. A subsequent investigation by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed several workers had been exposed or potentially exposed to asbestos during the renovation project.

“The results in these cases demonstrate the Department of Justice’s commitment to protecting public health and safety,” said U.S. Attorney Mark A. Klaassen. “The defendants

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Softening lumber prices offer hope for homebuyers, renovation project builders

Analysts say recent softening of record high prices for lumber could translate into a little relief for homebuyers and do-it-yourselfers while continuing to spur high profits for producing companies.

RBC analyst Paul Quinn says a US$14 drop to US$941per thousand board feet in the North American framing lumber composite price on Friday represents the first weekly decline noted by industry watcher Random Lengths since April 10. In the same week last year, the price was US$367.

He says declines could be expected to continue in coming weeks, but pointed out the November lumber futures contract increased US$28 over the same week to US$607 per thousand board feet.

Kevin Mason, managing director of ERA Forest Products Research, says prices are levelling off after hitting record levels this summer because price-conscious buyers are delaying projects and the peak summer construction season is drawing to a close.

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Mike Zimmer, The Fixer, now faces his biggest home improvement project yet

He billed himself as a “Fixer” when he was hired. Mike Zimmer came with that reputation, a football coach skilled at fixing problem areas, especially on defense.

The Fixer has tackled big projects at different times in his seven seasons in Minnesota, some of his own doing, some not. Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury, a revolving door at quarterback, offensive coordinators coming and going. He’s managed to keep the Vikings relevant as a playoff contender through turbulence.

This project feels different. He has a whopper of a mess on his hands — and once again some of it is his own doing, some of it not. His to-do list is extensive:

Repair the offensive line after years of neglect by the front office.

Shore up the depleted defensive line.

Help Kirk Cousins regroup and find his way after a poor start.

Develop a cast of inexperienced cornerbacks.

Establish more options at

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Lower than expected bid on new elementary school leads to additional school improvements project | St. Francisville

ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish School Board approved a contract with the low bidder for building the new Bains Elementary School on Sept. 15 and agreed to sell another $22.6 million in bonds for the construction and other ongoing work.

Last month, Milton J. Womack Inc. submitted the low bid of $23,907,201 to build the new school on 15 acres of land adjacent to West Feliciana Middle School at Bains.

Ten firms submitted bids for the work, which is being financed with proceeds from a $52.6 million bond issue that voters approved in May 2019.

Because the base bid for the building construction, $23.34 million, was below the budgeted figure, the board also was able to accept the Womack firm’s $103,401 bid to install additional canopies on bus and carpool drop-off lanes and $463,800 for enhanced playground equipment.

The entrance the school will be on Marydale Road.

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LDCPH moves clinic services for renovation project

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) – Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health is moving its clinic services temporarily to the building’s second-floor for a renovation project.



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Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health says its clinic services will be temporarily moved to the second floor of the Community Health Facility at 200 Maine St. starting on Oct. 5 in order to accommodate a building renovation project.

According to LDCPH, clinic services are currently provided on the first floor and include family planning, STD testing and counseling and immunizations. It said the clinic will be closed on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 for the move and will remain on the second floor until renovations on the first floor are finished.

LDCPH said the almost $720,000 renovation project will include new floors, cabinets and paint in the 10,000 square foot building. It said the pharmacy and labs will get reconfigured cabinetry to

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