Repairs suggested for concrete domes | Construction work appears nonexistent at American Dream Meadowlands | $225M added to contract for Seattle light-rail project
March 24, 2017
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Repairs suggested for concrete domes
The National Trust has conferred National Treasure status on Wisconsin's Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory domes. Needed repairs likely will focus on mitigating water leakage, because "[c]oncrete can last forever, or for a very long time" if not exposed to moisture, says Bruce Kaskel of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates.
Milwaukee Magazine online (3/23) 
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Construction work appears nonexistent at American Dream Meadowlands
Construction appears to have stalled at the massive American Dream Meadowlands project in New Jersey, and the developer, Triple Five, has given no indication when or if it will resume work. The developer has delayed a bond sale to fund the project, and the contractor for the project, PCL Construction, has no comment. (Morristown, N.J.) (3/23) 
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$225M added to contract for Seattle light-rail project
Sound Transit board members approved a $225 million increase in the contact for Kiewit-Hoffman to build 7 miles of the track between Seattle and Bellevue, Wash., along Interstate 90. One reason for the increase: the technical challenges engineers face in building the track over a floating bridge.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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Technology & Trends
ICFs for residential construction catching on
Building homes with insulating concrete forms is catching on in the US, in part because of what they contribute to weather resistance and energy-efficiency. Katie Sullivan looks at the benefits of such construction and explores some particular structures.
Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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Prevent delamination before it occurs
Delamination can be challenging to detect, and repairs can be cumbersome or not an option at all. Kim Basham explains how it happens so you can so recognize risks and avoid the problem. (3/14) 
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Leadership & HR
Most managers don't know what motivates employees
There is a disconnect between what managers believe motivates employees and what actually motivates them, writes Susan Fowler. Managers will often ascribe their motivations and beliefs to others, she notes, and oftentimes organizational constructs prevent managers from directly affecting pay, title or bonuses.
SmartBrief/Leadership (3/22) 
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Policy Watch
Trump: Keystone XL pipeline is a go
Trump could issue Keystone XL permit today
(Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty Images)
Two years ago, the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline wasn't in the nation's best interests, but it has reversed that decision, and the Trump administration issued a permit for it today. However, the $8 billion project still faces litigation.
The Associated Press (3/24) 
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ACI News
"Mini Session: Digital Developments in Concrete"
This convention session will discuss digital developments in concrete changing at internet speed, not concrete speed. Learn more.
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"The Role of Time and Temperature in Hot Weather Concreting"
This convention session will provide understanding on the impact of time, temperature, and drum revolutions on the performance of ready-mixed concrete during production and placement of concrete during hot weather. Learn more.
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