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February 13, 2013
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  • $6.9B XpressWest HSR project awaits loan approval
    The $6.9 billion XpressWest high-speed rail project between Victorville, Calif., and Las Vegas is awaiting approval of a $5.5 billion federal loan request before construction begins, according to XpressWest COO Andrew Mack. The group applied for a loan in December 2010 and there's an average 19-month completion time for Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing loan applications, added Mack. If approved, construction could start within a year. The project would take five years to finish. (Las Vegas) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Slideshow: How to build the world’s longest floating bridge
    The longest floating bridge in the world, Seattle’s Route 520 bridge that spans Lake Washington, is being rebuilt. This slideshow aims to demonstrate how "advanced construction methods and new technologies, including electrified rebar and hundreds of moisture sensors, will play prominent roles in building the 116-foot-wide, 20-foot-high, six-lane structure." (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Net-zero Phipps Conservatory in Pa. aims for record 3 certifications
    The net-zero Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh aims not only to become the greenest building in the world but also to attain certification from three of the world's green rating systems -- the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum and the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The building incorporates a reclaimed wood barn, a "green" wall that improves air quality inside an atrium, geothermal wells for heating and cooling, waterless urinals and a "bird-friendly wind turbine." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Gardening with Doug blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your staff
    You don't need to have time and money to build a talented staff that will meet your strategic goals, although many executives will plead otherwise, writes Kirk Kramer, a partner with The Bridgespan Group. You do need a fundamental understanding of the company's strategy, how it can be met by existing staff and where hires need to be made. Kramer suggests using a Performance-Potential Matrix to determine any gaps in your existing staff. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to be a more virtuous leader
    Good leaders need to be virtuous -- and that means embracing prudence, temperance and courage, writes Deborah Mills-Scofield. In decision-making, strive to be disciplined, balanced and reflective rather than simply jumping at every opportunity that comes along, Mills-Scofield writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News  
  • Understanding Adhesive Anchors: Behavior, Materials, Installation, Design CD-ROM (SP-283)
    This CD-ROM contains 18 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored jointly by Committee 355 & 503 at the ACI 2010 Spring Convention in Chicago. The objective of the papers is to provide a reference document and give a better understanding of the performance, capability, and reliability of adhesive anchors installed in concrete. The papers present the design, installation, qualification, and inspection requirements. Other papers discuss the characteristics of sustained load behavior and other specific anchor installation and qualification considerations. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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