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July 16, 2013
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RCD: 20 upcoming biggest entertainment, stadium projects
The proposed $3 billion Shinnecock Nation Casino at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., and the $1.182 billion Baltimore Arena project in Maryland are among the 20 largest projects in the entertainment facilities and sports stadiums/arena sectors in this list of largest projects, according to Reed Construction Data. The list provides details about the projects' stages of development, location and cost. Reed Construction Data (7/15)
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U.S. should fix aging infrastructure before building new
Roads and bridges in the U.S. are in critical disrepair and need to be fixed before money is spent on building new ones, writes economics reporter John Schoen. In this article, he looks at the state of the country's roads and bridges and explores the reasons behind delayed maintenance in favor of building new. He also agrees with Transportation for America's assessment that it is "a significantly better investment to spend money on a bridge that's in good condition now than to have to repair it when it becomes structurally deficient." CNBC (7/15)
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Technology & Trends
Could robotic tech serve as the norm in building projects?
This article looks at the possibility of robotic technology as a construction tool for building projects. For instance, "Contour Crafting" is a building innovation that relies on 3D printing and it could help reduce project costs, worker injuries and carbon footprint, according to Behrokh Khoshnevis, inventor of Contour Crafting and an engineering professor at the University of Southern California. Liquefied concrete is used for Contour Crafting, but the possibility of using volcaninc sand "has gotten the state of Hawaii -- where volcanic sand abounds -- interested in the process for producing cement." Builder Online (7/15)
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Major homebuilders snap up smaller firms in buying spree
Flush with profit and selling homes at rapidly rising prices, the largest publicly traded homebuilders are buying smaller, privately held competitors that traditionally turn to local and regional banks for funding. Many of those banks stopped making development and construction loans during the financial crisis. Big builders, meanwhile, have access to a robust bond market. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/15)
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Sustainability & Green Building
Dubai store called the most sustainable in the world
The Change Initiative store that specializes in selling sustainable products in Dubai is being called the "world's most sustainable building," according to this article. Among the structure's features are a water-purification system that adopts a "vacuum membrane filtration" process; an estimated 120 solar panels; and recycled wall panels. The building won 107 points out of 110 based on the LEED Commercial Interiors building category. Gizmag (7/15)
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Leadership & HR
5 leadership lessons from the sweet science
Boxing is a lot like business, and leaders can learn a great deal from what goes on in the ring, writes Steve Cody, a co-founder of Peppercomm. Boxers practice the same moves over and over to be ready to react instinctively when the moment demands it, and they learn that raw power matters less than the ability to direct and channel one's energy and aggression accurately and productively. Both lessons transfer directly into leadership situations, Cody argues. Inc. online (free registration) (7/10)
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Policy Watch
Analysis: Lawmakers urging tax reform have little to celebrate
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, are traveling the nation, often together, to build support for long-overdue reform of the tax code, but their effort is foundering, according to The Economist. "Each loophole that is closed will hurt a clearly-defined group of voters or companies, many of them well-organized," the magazine says. The Economist (tiered subscription model) (7/13)
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ACI News
ACI Fall 2013 Convention Contractors' Day Lunch
Local contractors and other ACI attendees are invited to attend the Contractors' Day Lunch. Enjoy a special presentation from Ken Atha, a veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Allied Force. Atha currently serves as Region 9 Administrator for Federal OSHA and will discuss OSHA’s current initiatives and activities, providing a look into the future of OSHA enforcement. Learn more about the Contractors' Day Lunch.
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Read Anne Ellis’ President’s Memos
New President’s Memos are published in Concrete International magazine every month. As President of the Institute, Anne Ellis provides insight on ACI’s activities as well as the industry as a whole. Read the most recent President’s Memo.
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Whatever you do, do it with intelligence, and keep the end in view."
-- Thomas à Kempis,
Dutch religious scholar
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