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December 21, 2012
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  • No shovels at Atlantic Yards groundbreaking in NYC
    No shovels were in sight at the groundbreaking ceremony for Atlantic Yards' first prefabricated tower in New York City. Instead, officials posed inside one of the 930 prefabricated pieces that will be used to create "the world's tallest modular tower." Use of the prefab pieces is expected to cut construction waste by an estimated 70% to 90%. FCRC and Skanska USA have created a new company, FC + Skanska Modular LLC, a partnership that aims to make prefab construction and housing more affordable. GlobeSt.com (12/18), New York Post (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • English Channel is proposed site for $63.4B airport hub
    A proposal by Beckett Rankine details a $63.4 billion, four-runway airport for the middle of the English Channel. The airport hub would sit on a man-made island; a rail link would be added to transport people to London in 40 minutes. "The arguments for the construction of a new hub airport in the U.K. are overwhelming, and this proposal offers one option of how to build it," said London Mayor Boris Johnson. The Daily Mail (London) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Tech deal could take buildings' energy efficiency to next level
    The acquisition of Melon Power, a software company, by building analytics firm WegoWise will provide building managers and owners a "simple, user-friendly platform for analyzing the energy use of their property." Because buildings use about 40% of the energy consumed in the U.S., this move could also become important on a national scale. TriplePundit.com (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Biological concrete absorbs atmosphere's CO2
    The research team from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Spain has developed a new form of biological concrete that soaks up atmospheric carbon dioxide and speeds up the growth of mosses, microalgae and lichens. "The biological concrete acts not only as an insulating material and a thermal regulator, but also as an ornamental alternative," says the team. "The idea is to create a patina in the form of a biological covering or a living painting." TG Daily (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Former industrial city in France turned into an eco-metropolis
    The efforts of Nantes, France, to reshape itself with an eye toward climate change, transportation, water, and biodiversity have turned it from an industrial and port city into an eco-metropolis with a commitment to address challenges such as urban sprawl and carbon dioxide emissions, according to this article. The city has been designated by the European Union as its "Green Capital" for 2013. The Atlantic Cities (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Good leaders are great communicators
    Would-be leaders should prioritize developing their communication skills, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. That means mastering public speaking, corporate communications and interpersonal communication skills. "You may be hired for what you know, but you'll be promoted for your ability to influence people," Rosswurm writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • The $60B emergency funding question: Who gets what?
    Lawmakers are debating how to allot the $60.4 billion in emergency funding sought by states that suffered damage from superstorm Sandy. The GOP has proposed only $24 billion in emergency aid, which excludes the $13 billion the Democrats want to approve for protection against future storm surges. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has called attempts to reduce aid "miserly, to say the least." Bloomberg Businessweek (12/19), The Huffington Post (12/19), USA Today (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Behavior of Concrete Structures Subjected to Blasts and Impacts CD-ROM (SP-281)
    This CD-ROM contains 15 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committees 447 and 370 at the ACI Fall 2010 Convention in Pittsburgh. In this publication, engineers report on how they are approaching the challenging task of predicting the response of structures subjected to blast and impact loading. Both experimental and analytical efforts are represented, often in tandem. The analytical approaches taken include single-degree-of-freedom modeling, highly nonlinear transient dynamic finite element simulations, and coupled Lagrangian-Eulerian simulations. Papers in the publication cover the design and evaluation of new and existing structures, as well as techniques for strengthening existing structures. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACI/CRSI Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Program
    ACI and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute have announced the launch of the new Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification program. Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification is a new requirement in ACI 318-11, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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