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February 27, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Translucent concrete panels let light in -- and out
    They've been used in China and have been unveiled, but not yet used, in the U.S. and Canada. Concrete panels from Essroc Italcementi are polished and let light pass through from either side, while being as strong and resistant to cracking as traditional concrete panels. "They’re made with a very clear resin cast in concrete in a kind of honeycomb lattice," said Richard McGrath, director for codes and standards with the Cement Association of Canada. Journal of Commerce (Canada) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Products, Innovation & Technology:  Amtrak to spend $120M-$150M for box tunnel in NYC  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Report: Mississippi River flooding caused damage worth $2.8B in 2011  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Volunteering could be good for your leadership skills  (More stories below ...)

News from CSITHURSDAY -- CSI Certification exams final registration deadline 

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Amtrak to spend $120M-$150M for box tunnel in NYC
    Amtrak and Related Cos., have agreed to build an 800-foot long "box tunnel" beneath the site of the Hudson Yards project that will link Manhattan, New York and New Jersey. The tunnel "will serve as a shell for the Manhattan end of the Gateway tunnel Amtrak hopes to build later." Construction will start this summer and will cost an estimated $120 million to $150 million. New York Post (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. plans $850M South Station expansion
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick plans on adding at least seven more tracks to Boston's South Station in an expansion project that will cost $850 million. Expanding the station will also require relocating the adjacent U.S. Postal Service’s General Mail Facility. "This not an infrastructure project for an infrastructure project’s sake," said Kairos Shen, chief planner at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. "There are major benefits for the long-term competitiveness of the city." The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Report: Mississippi River flooding caused damage worth $2.8B in 2011
    Flooding along the Mississippi River in 2011 affected more than 21,000 homes and businesses and 1.2 million acres of farmland in seven states, resulting in $2.8 billion in damage, a report from the Army Corps of Engineers says. "The magnitude of the event tested the system and its individual components like no flood before it" and revealed parts of the system that need upgrades, the report said. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colorado project takes a step toward zero-energy goal
    A project in Fort Collins, Colo., with five employers was able to cut its peak-load energy demand more than 20% over four weeks. The Zero Energy District project is concentrating on the energy-saving portion of an overall plan that in the future will have workplaces generating and storing energy on site rather than relying on coal-fired mega-power plants. Mechanical engineer Judy Dorsey said that "minimizing peak-period pressure on grid loads is the key to environmental friendliness -- and to ZED self-sufficiency. The Atlantic Cities (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • THURSDAY -- CSI Certification exams final registration deadline
    CSI is the construction community's authority on communication and construction documentation. Through CSI's Certification Program, you can develop a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process and concrete skills in:

    • Construction documentation development and administration
    • Specification writing and enforcement
    • Product research and sourcing
    • Communication with the design and contracting teams

    Exams will be offered April 1 to 27. The final registration deadline is Feb. 28. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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