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November 15, 2012
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  • $2.8B Miss. power plant is 50% complete and on schedule
    Mississippi Power's $2.8 billion power plant in Kemper County, Miss., is 50% complete and is expected to be finished by 2014, the power company said. The project reached a major construction milestone with the installation of the plant's gasifier, according to Robby Eubanks, project coordinator at Performance Contractors, the project's contractor. Construction Equipment Guide (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Approval of $290M bond measure advances rebuild of Seattle's seawall
    Seattle this week released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for its plan to rebuild the city's seawall after 77% of voters said yes to a $290 million, 30-year bond measure on Nov. 6. The project is planned to take seven years to complete, with construction to halt each year from Memorial Day through Labor Day in order to avoid disrupting tourist season. Some business owners along the Seattle waterfront are asking that the construction shutdowns last longer than three months. The Seattle Times (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • $185M Mayo Clinic center used nearly 20,000 cubic yards of concrete
    The final steel beam is in place at the Mayo Clinic's $185 million proton therapy treatment center in Rochester, Minn. The center is one of two such facilities being built in the U.S. -- the other one is in Arizona -- and eight others are already operational. The project created 500 construction jobs and was built using 19,419 cubic yards of concrete, 2.34 million pounds of rebar and 2.9 million pounds of steel. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • IEA: Renewables are "indispensable part" of world's energy mix
    Renewable energy will grow to challenge coal as the biggest generator of power worldwide by 2035, thanks to declining technology costs, rising fossil fuel prices and increased government support, according to the International Energy Agency. Wind, solar and hydro power are projected to become the second-largest generator of electricity in 2015, and would account for nearly one-third of all generation in 2035, the IEA said. "A steady increase in hydropower and the rapid expansion of wind and solar power has cemented the position of renewables as an indispensable part of the global energy mix," the IEA said. Bloomberg (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • The best leaders know how to say "thank you"
    Good bosses say "thank you" to their workers often and with real sincerity, writes Art Petty. Expressing gratitude for a job well done is a quick way to motivate your team and show them that you're aware of their hard work, Petty explains. "Saying 'thank you' is one of the simplest forms of showing respect and one of the most powerful forms of letting your team members know that you are watching and that you genuinely care," he writes. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.
  Policy Watch  
  • NTSB: Public safety should not be compromised in deficit talks
    Investment in infrastructure to improve public safety should not be faced with budget cuts as the federal government deals with deficit-reduction concerns, said Deborah Hersman, National Transportation Safety Board chair. "As they're taking on these tough issues, they also need to recognize that there is a safety investment in doing some of these things," Hersman said. "And it can result in lives saved, injuries prevented and driving accident levels down." The Washington Post (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • International Conference on Concrete Sustainability
    The International Conference on Concrete Sustainability will take place in Tokyo, Japan, May 27-29, 2013. Join industry leaders as they join together to discuss environmental impact reduction technologies, sustainability aspects in durability, environmental design, evaluation, and systems, social and economic aspects, and case studies of sustainable concrete materials and structures. Abstracts for the event are being accepted now. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seminars offered by ACI this fall
    ACI is offering four in-person seminars throughout October, November, and December, around the U.S. Topics include: NEW -- Adhesive Anchors: Their Behavior and Code Design Requirements, Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings of Moderate Size and Height, Troubleshooting Concrete Construction, and Troubleshooting Concrete Forming and Shoring. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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