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November 6, 2012
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  • 25K cubic yards of concrete used for Neb.'s Pinnacle Arena
    Construction work on the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., is 50% finished. The project has used 25,000 cubic yards of concrete, 2,500 tons of steel structure and crews are currently installing the four main roof trusses. The arena has created jobs for 250 workers and is on track to be completed for its fall 2013 opening. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Billions needed for Ariz. transportation system
    Arizona's population has increased over the years, but its transportation system has not kept up. To bring it up to date, the state needs to spend a minimum of $26.2 billion over the next 25 years. To do all that is needed would cost $88.9 billion, and if the goal is to promote economic development, the cost would soar to $250 billion over the next 25 years, according to a study by the Valley Forward Association. American City Business Journals/Phoenix/Phoenix Business Blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. wants to reintroduce $2.2B Red Line light-rail project
    The Maryland Transit Authority hopes to reintroduce Baltimore's $2.2 billion Red Line light-rail project with a $55.6 million request to help fund preliminary engineering costs. Construction of the 14-mile, east-west rail system could begin in 2015, but the state needs to come up with $1.1 billion in order to get matching federal funds, and state legislators voted down a gas-tax hike that could have helped raise the funds. The Baltimore Sun (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • 1 World Trade Center: All you ever wanted to know
    Engineers Ahmad Rahimian and Yoram Eilon take a detailed look of the design, components and specifications of One World Trade Center in New York City. Construction is in full swing, with high-performance concrete playing a major role. The building's primary roof -- and thus the majority of the building -- will be finished in the first half of next year. STRUCTURE magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. construction spending up 8% from 2011 figures
    Construction spending in September was up 8% from last year -- the highest rise since October 2009 -- based on an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Private residential projects saw a 21% rise in spending, while private construction overall increased 8.8%. However, spending on public construction fell 4.2%. "It is heartening to see the growth in total spending, but the progress remains fragile and fragmentary," said Ken Simonson, AGC’s chief economist. American City Business Journals/Kansas City, Mo. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Maine wind farm would bring hundreds of jobs, firm says
    First Wind's proposed Bowers Mountain wind project in Maine has "the potential to put nearly 100 Maine companies and hundreds of Mainers to work during the construction phase, with several permanent positions for the life of the project," said Matt Kearns, the company's vice president of business development in the northeastern U.S. First Wind recently submitted a scaled-down version of the project proposal after its initial plan was voted down by state regulators this past spring. Mass High Tech (Boston) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Why bosses need workers who'll answer back
    Nobody likes back talk, but bosses should actively encourage employees to talk back to them, says John Baldoni. It's more important to hear uncomfortable truths than to have workers try to protect your feelings, Baldoni explains. "The man or woman at the top of the pyramid must work hard to enable people to speak truth to power," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

 2 new adhesive anchor learning resources from ACI
The American Concrete Institute has launched two new learning resources on adhesive anchors for concrete and their installation. A one-day, in-person seminar, "Adhesive Anchors: Their Behavior and Code Design Requirements," and an online CEU program, "Adhesive Anchor Installation." Register today.

  ACI News  
  • Attention students: Free E-membership from ACI
    In an effort to provide students worldwide with the connections, resources, and opportunities to be successful in their studies and -- ultimately -- in their careers, the American Concrete Institute has made membership free and easily accessible... electronically. Please take a few moments to learn more and apply for free membership today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Guide for Precast Concrete Wall Panels (533R-11)
    This guide presents recommendations for precast concrete wall panels. It should be used with ACI 318, "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete." This guide discusses the basic principles of design, tolerances, and materials, as well as fabrication, installation, quality requirements, and testing. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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