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November 19, 2012
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  • Work can continue on Calif.'s $68B high-speed rail project
    Site surveys, geological testing and design work can continue for California's $68 billion high-speed rail project after a judge denied a request by a group of farmers for an injunction to halt work. The California High-Speed Rail Authority "acted reasonably and in good faith" in observing the state's environmental rules, said Timothy Frawley, Sacramento County superior court judge. The case will be heard in the spring, and construction is expected to start in July. Google/The Associated Press (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. DOT advances $675M express lanes project
    Construction is set to start early in 2014 on the Florida Department of Transportation's $675 million upgrade to Interstate 75 and the Palmetto expressway. The project involves the addition of express lanes along a 27-mile stretch of the expressway and the erection of sound barriers. The design-build project will be financed from state funds. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Concrete product among top 10 building materials for 2013
    Using CarbonCure's carbon-sequestration technology in Atlas' concrete masonry unit-block has caused the product to be listed on's Top 10 building products for 2013. The product's use of the technology "improves their strength, reduces the amount of portland cement required, and speeds curing," according to this piece. blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete crushing tech: Turning debris into reusable building material
    Transforming demolition debris from the Dallas Fort Worth Connector project into usable building material not only saves the state money but has a positive environmental impact. NorthGate Constructors' concrete-crushing plant chews up 200 tons of debris per hour and has saved more than $2 million on the Connector, said Kristen Schropp, spokeswoman for NorthGate, and was reused as road bed for other projects. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • LEED v4 aims to "push the envelope"
    The proposed LEED v4 rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council has been criticized for its credits that encourage chemical ingredient labeling of building materials. However, Scot Horst, senior vice president of the USGBC LEED program, said at last week's Greenbuild that the standards would promote transparency in the green-building process, and Rick Federizzi of USGBC says "we are right." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • CEOs should follow customers in the pursuit of change
    Much has been debated about how fast or slow a CEO must move to bring about change, writes Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business. However, that is not the correct question. Rather, one has to ask, how quickly are the customers willing to change, he writes. Harvard Business Review online (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Budget deal looks promising, leadership says
    Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama are promising to act quickly to avert a "fiscal cliff" and reach a budget compromise. An agreement for a two-phase plan is likely to trim some entitlement programs and increase some taxes. "This isn't something we're going to wait until the last day of December to get it done," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. National Journal (11/16), The Wall Street Journal (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
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    The Concrete Legacy Society, established in 2008, is a special group of individuals passionate about the concrete industry who have chosen to make a planned gift to ACI or the ACI Foundation. These donors are helping to ensure that future generations will have access to continued advancements in concrete knowledge -- advancements that ACI has been providing since its inception in 1904. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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