NYC racetrack redevelopment plans would create thousands of construction jobs | Maine state office building added to capitol complex | Concrete placed for support of Bakersfield corridor project
December 11, 2017
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NYC racetrack redevelopment plans would create thousands of construction jobs
NYC racetrack redevelopment plans would create thousands of construction jobs
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A 26,000-seat soccer stadium and an 18,000-seat hockey arena, each with accompanying retail and entertainment space, have been proposed for Belmont Park in New York City and could create 4,500 and 5,500 construction jobs, respectively. The Empire State Development Corp. will select one of the two proposals in the next few months.
New York Post (12/10) 
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Maine state office building added to capitol complex
A new office building primarily for the state Department of Health and Human Services is the first major addition to the Maine State House complex in Augusta since the 1970s. The building, which is expected to be completed by 2019, will be leased by the state, so the city will collect property taxes.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (12/9) 
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Concrete placed for support of Bakersfield corridor project
Pillars of concrete and rebar are being built to support the Kern River bridges for the Centennial Corridor that will connect Bakersfield, Calif.'s east and west sides. The project may be completed in 2021.
The Bakersfield Californian (12/10) 
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Technology & Trends
"Stacked books" concrete featured in Sydney home
Concrete slabs that give the appearance of stacked books are featured in a private residence in Sydney designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects. The concrete slabs include soft edges that complement a partial facade of monolithic sandstone.
DesignBoom (12/11) 
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Opinion: Let's rethink modeling for massive projects
Project management theory developed when construction projects followed the lines of an industrial model are a poor fit for today's largest projects, consultant Robert Prieto writes. What's needed is a new framework that, among other things, consistently communicates changes in desired outcomes and includes risk models that fully account for what are perceived as low-probability risks.
Engineering News-Record (12/7) 
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Video: Civil engineers inspect nation's bridges
Bridges longer than 20 feet must be inspected every two years, and for Missouri's 10,000 bridges, that job falls on only a handful of civil engineers at the state's Department of Transportation. Engineer Matt Geiger said the bridges are deteriorating faster than they can be repaired or replaced, and the state is quick to close a bridge if it's deemed unsafe.
KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (12/8) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
Concrete could have contained Indianapolis building fire
A fire that started on the roof of a downtown Indianapolis building could have been contained by the 12 inches of concrete that exists between floors. Firefighters extinguished the fire in less than 30 minutes with only the fourth and fifth floors experiencing water damage.
WXIN-TV (Indianapolis) (12/8) 
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Concrete remains from wildfires being recycled
Concrete remains from the 5,100 houses destroyed in Sonoma County's wildfires in October are being recycled at the Stony Point Rock Quarry in Cotati, Calif. The quarry recently was receiving about 300 truckloads of concrete per day from home sites being cleared by contractors.
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (12/10) 
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Leadership & HR
Help stressed team members motivate themselves
Remind employees that they have the skills and experience to get through challenging times, writes Cy Wakeman. "Great leaders help their teams remove some self-imposed stress and suffering by helping them focus on what we know today and how they can contribute to the next right action," Wakeman writes.
Quartz (12/7) 
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Policy Watch
Trump administration to begin infrastructure push in Jan.
Trump administration to begin infrastructure push in Jan.
Trump (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Trump administration officials are finalizing a plan that would allocate $200 billion or more to spur investment in a $1 trillion infrastructure package, and they could push toward adoption of a plan in January. There appears to be support for infrastructure spending among many groups, but many in Congress are not in favor of increased spending on infrastructure.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/10) 
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Calif. looks at vehicle mileage tax
The California Department of Transportation is studying a road mileage tax and will start to look for a technology partner next year. The state wants to implement point-of-purchase technology, where a vehicle's odometer is read at gas stations or electric-vehicle charging stations.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (12/8) 
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ACI News
ACI has a new mission ... a bold one
ACI President Khaled Awad discusses ACI's new mission to develop, disseminate, and advance the adoption of its consensus-based knowledge on concrete and its uses globally. Read more.
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Webinar: "Hot-Dip Galvanized Rebar: It Works"
This Jan. 9 webinar will educate architects, engineers, DOT personnel, and other specifiers about the benefits of utilizing hot-dip galvanized reinforcing steel in concrete projects throughout North America. Read more.
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