Houston, private company sign agreement on proposed bullet train | Renderings: Construction kicks off at $1.6B train hall in NYC | Boeing expanding Mont. fabrication plant
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August 18, 2017
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Houston, private company sign agreement on proposed bullet train
Houston, private company sign agreement on proposed bullet train
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Houston and Texas Central Partners have reached an agreement on the construction of a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, a project that is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs. The agreement is not legally binding but shows that both sides are committed to the privately funded $15 billion project.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (8/17) 
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Renderings: Construction kicks off at $1.6B train hall in NYC
A ceremony was held to signal the start of construction on a $1.6 billion public-private partnership to convert the Farley Post Office next to Penn Station in New York City into a train hall for Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road. Work includes building retail, office and restaurant space.
The Architect's Newspaper (8/17),  Daily News (New York) (8/17),  WCBS-TV (New York City) (8/17) 
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Boeing expanding Mont. fabrication plant
Boeing has been overhauling its fabrication facility in Helena, Mont., to manufacture titanium parts for the 777X. The company recently laid almost 5,000 cubic yards of concrete as part of an expansion that required 30,000 labor hours completed by local workers.
Independent Record (Helena, Mont.) (8/17) 
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Crumbing concrete has officials worried about tower's structural integrity
The Chicago area's Moser Tower, which houses the Millennium Carillon, has ground-floor drainage issues and other problems, and officials are concerned about the structural integrity of the 160-foot building. A recent report found that the concrete is crumbling and steel is corroding, and building experts recently toured the facility to offer repair suggestions.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Naperville Sun (Ill.) (8/17) 
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Technology & Trends
Unique concrete structure required innovation by builder
A concrete building shaped like a guitar pick created construction challenges for Consigli Construction. The company had to use several innovative techniques for the project in Portland, Maine, including self-consolidating concrete, post-tensioning steel reinforcements and a system to displace 77,000 pounds of weight from the concrete roof.
Mainebiz (8/17) 
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Renderings: Multiunit building being constructed from concrete modules
The Summary architecture firm, which designed the Gomos System for prefabricated residential housing, has used it to build a multiunit facility in Portugal. Its concrete modular segments can be put together into various sizes and configurations.
Inhabitat (8/17) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
Report: Miss. could be adversely affected by La. flood control projects
Louisiana plans $50 billion in flood control projects, but a report by Rand Corp. says that effort could increase the flooding risk in Mississippi. "The water's got to go somewhere," said Brian Adam, Hancock County, Miss., emergency management director.
WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.) (8/15) 
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Leadership & HR
You can get better at empathy
Surveys suggest that while millennials value empathy, they are struggling to be empathetic themselves, writes LaRae Quy. Practice by reminding yourself to respect other people's perspectives, and make sure you're actually listening, not focused on a smartphone or other distraction.
SmartBrief/Leadership (8/16) 
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Policy Watch
Trump drops idea of infrastructure advisory council
Trump drops idea of infrastructure advisory council
Trump (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump disbanded two business advisory councils this week after members began resigning over his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. As a result, the president has abandoned plans to form the Advisory Council on Infrastructure to advise him on his planned $1 trillion infrastructure investment.
CNN (8/17),  Bloomberg (8/17),  The Hill (8/17) 
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ACI News
Multiuser/multisite solutions for ACI documents
From a single title to a custom selection to ACI's full collection, the American Concrete Institute partners with leading distributors to provide access to the Institute's published content for multiple locations and/or multiple users. Read more.
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"FRP Reinforcement of Concrete and Masonry Walls"
This convention session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures. Learn more.
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