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March 12, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Pontoons to be retrofitted for $4.13B Seattle bridge project
    Due to the design flaw that caused cracks in the first concrete pontoons built for Seattle's new State Route 520 floating bridge, all pontoons under construction, and those already built, will need to undergo new "transverse post-tensioning for end walls and bolt beams," according to this article. The revisions could delay completion of the $4.13 billion project and eat into the $250 million contingency fund. The cost of the repairs is unclear. Engineering News-Record (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthcare sector plans to spend on new, renovated buildings
    New construction and renovation of medical facilities are among the healthcare industry's priorities for their capital expenditure plans this year, according to a recent poll by HealthLeaders. Among 125 respondents, 47% are planning renovation projects and 26% expect to build new facilities. Investment plans aim to improve business operations and increase safety by making buildings more capable of withstanding natural disasters. HealthLeaders Media (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Concrete Canvas Shelter has "far-reaching" implications
    Source: YouTube/National Geographic
    Take some concrete canvas -- that contains all the elements of concrete -- shape it into the structure you want, wet it, inflate it and watch it harden into a concrete structure within a day. The Concrete Canvas Shelter, created by British firm PSFK, has far-reaching implications. "[I]t's going to allow people to build permanent structures in a fraction of the time that it would have taken using traditional building techniques," its developers say. (3/11), YouTube/National Geographic (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Slide show: Tour of U.K.'s $22B Crossrail project
    Five massive tunnel-boring machines are at work underneath the streets of London to build the $22 billion Crossrail line, the largest construction project in Europe. The job calls for a 73-mile rail line and eight underground stations. This article includes a slide show giving a glimpse of the project's progress from various vantage points. The Huffington Post/U.K. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Report: Green buildings offer a wide range of benefits
    Green buildings can offer benefits to a wide array of stakeholders throughout their life cycle, according to a report released by the World Green Building Council. "From risk mitigation across a building portfolio and city-wide economic benefits, to the improved health and well-being of individual building occupants, the business case for green building will continue to evolve as markets mature," said Jane Henley, CEO of WorldGBC. Daily Commercial News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seattle 3D model provides example to build sustainable projects
    The continued use and expansion of the three-dimensional model of the city of Seattle has evolved into a model for sustainable development, this article notes. The model of the city leverages many modeling and design tools, including Autodesk's AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil3D, in addition to GIS, laser data and images of exterior structures. "As traditional BIM has done for individual buildings, comprehensive 3D city modeling can now do for the larger urban landscape," Tom Schueneman writes. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • The power of treating people with respect
    Leaders who focus more on "why people can't be trusted" than communicating openly risk turning off team members who can be trusted and care about doing a good job, Karin Hurt writes. "In fact, the more you treat others with deep respect, the more likely the team will work to reject any member acting inappropriately," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How CEOs build winning teams
    CEOs need great teams if they want great companies, which means holding new hires to a high standard from the start, writes venture capitalist Ben Horowitz. It's vital to make it clear to executives that performance evaluations will be based on new criteria as the organization grows, he adds. Ben Horowitz blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Will N.J. governor OK PLAs for post-Sandy rebuilding?
    Union officials are pressuring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a professed opponent of project labor agreements, to approve legislation that pushes for the use of PLAs as part of the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Sandy. "As we begin the process of recovering from the unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, we have to make sure that it is New Jersey workers who are doing the rebuilding," said Sen. Donald Norcross. The measure seeks to expand the types of projects covered by an existing PLA law "to include highways, bridges, pumping stations and water/sewer treatment plants." National Legal and Policy Center (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • ACI Spring 2013 Convention technical tour: Molin Concrete Plant
    Take a first-hand look into the production of wet-cast hollow core, dry-cast extruded hollow core plank, precast/prestressed beams, columns, wall panels and more at the Molin Concrete Production Facility. This FREE tour of the state-of-the-art, PCI Certified production facility is available to the first 60 attendees who register. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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