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March 20, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • "Problems are myriad and complex" at Md. transit hub
    The $112 million Silver Spring Transit Center -- a bus-and-train hub project in Montgomery County, Md., at the Washington, D.C., city line -- has significant design and construction defects, including inadequate reinforcing steel and concrete of insufficient strength that left the hub "unsafe and unusable without major repairs," said county officials. "Regardless of other deficiencies on the project, this defect results in an unusable facility -- a significant safety hazard," a consultant’s report said. The center's opening has been delayed indefinitely. The Washington Post (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC's 1WTC soars closer to completion
    Columnist Mike Kelly takes a tour of 1 World Trade Center in New York City, where the spire is being assembled high above the ground. He describes how it feels to be looking down upon the city and the memorial pools. "[T]his project is far greater than the sum of its parts," said Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "It is perhaps the most important construction project we’ve ever done. It is a moral imperative that we get it right." The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. mixed-use project to use 20,000 y3 of concrete
    Demolition and cleanup are under way, marking the start of construction of a $600 million mixed-use project in Alpharetta, Ga. The foundation and building will use 20,000 cubic yards of concrete, and "30,000 linear feet of concrete curb and gutter," according to Mark Winters, director of pre-construction services of Hoar Construction, the project's general contractor. Concrete from the demolition will be recycled for the project's parking areas. Construction Equipment Guide (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • What could skyscrapers of the future look like?
    This article highlights nine concepts for skyscrapers of the future, including the top three designs of eVolo's 2013 skyscraper design contest: the Polar Umbrella arctic skyscraper; the Phobia Skyscraper and the Light Park Floating Skyscraper. These structures can "challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments," eVolo notes. FastCoExist (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobility could make a difference in a project's success
    Technological advancements -- such as mobile solutions and software in the cloud -- could change how all those invested in a project interact and "tie everyone together into the success of the project," writes Brad Barth of Hard Dollar Corp. In this article, Barth explains how those advances will benefit those who use them. CE News (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • EPA: D.C. among cities with most Energy Star-certified buildings
    Washington, D.C., has emerged as a role model for sustainable building, as it has the second-highest number of Energy Star-certified structures among U.S. cities despite being smaller than the leader, Los Angeles, in terms of land area. The U.S. capital aims to become "the greenest, healthiest and most livable city in the U.S." by 2032, according to its Sustainable D.C. project. (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Bedrock principles for success
    Management trends come and go, but certain business principles will be true forever, Jeff Haden writes. Own up to every one of your mistakes, stay focused on your next project and continually strive to connect with knowledgeable people. "Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Explore. Indulge a curiosity," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Business Roundtable plans push to overhaul tax code
    The Business Roundtable plans to embark on an extensive campaign to educate the public on what it says is the need to modernize the U.S. tax code. It will promote the idea that the corporate tax rate should be reduced to 25% and offshore income taxes should be limited. Some fear that this push by the largest corporations could widen a gulf opened with small business advocates, who felt betrayed by big businesses' acquiescence to allowing the top income tax rate to rise in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Many small businesses are taxed at individual rates. The Hill/On the Money blog (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boxer, Vitter introduce new water infrastructure bill
    A bill introduced by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and David Vitter, R-La., calls for flood prevention projects and aquatic and harbor ecosystem restoration projects by the Army Corps of Engineers. The infrastructure authorization bill -- called the Water Resources Development Act -- includes $250 million per year for "flood restoration and hurricane and storm damage reduction projects." A vote could happen as soon as next month, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The Hill/E2-Wire blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • SP-288: Tenth International Conference on Superplasticizers and Other Chemical Admixtures
    This CD contains 33 papers presented at the Tenth International Conference of Superplasticizers and Other Chemical Admixtures in Concrete held in Prague, Czech Republic, in October 2012. Topics include Synthesis, Characterization, and Dispersing Performance of a Novel Cycloaliphatic Superplasticizer; Compatibility between Polycarboxylate and Viscosity-Modifying Admixtures in Cement Pastes; Aspects of Gypsum-Free Portland Cement; A Novel Type of PCE Possessing Silyl Functionalities; and much more. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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