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January 4, 2013
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  • 3 WTC Tower moves a bit closer to construction
    Tower 3 at the World Trade Center in New York City is a bit closer to construction now that "advanced" talks with a possible tenant are going on, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Developer Larry Silverstein hopes to build the 80-story tower by 2015. However, plans for Tower 2 are still "way down the road," the mayor said. New York Post (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 could be year of the cranes in Miami
    It appears that Miami's hurting construction sector is on the rebound. Some projects, such as the $1.05 billion Brickell CityCentre, are already under way, and others, including a $412 million mixed-use development, are set to break ground this year. "We’re going to see a lot of cranes popping up in the first and second quarter, and a year from now, we’re going to see cranes all over the skyline," said Tom Murphy Jr., chairman and CEO of Coastal Construction. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Durable materials, creative designs make longer bridges
    The use of more durable concrete, stainless-steel rebar, post-tensioned steel strand and smart designs could allow construction of "cheaper, cable-stayed bridges to cover longer spans," according to this piece. Advanced carbon-composite technology could allow cable-stayed bridges to continue to be built at increasingly longer lengths. "As man has more experience, accumulates more research data and better analytical tools, the spans keep going higher and higher," said Patrick Cassity, vice president of Parsons, designer of Washington state's New Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the John James Audubon Bridge in Louisiana. "It feeds into man’s natural ego to build the longest spans ever." (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BIM facilitates complex proton therapy vault construction
    The complexity of building a proton therapy vault, such as the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital project in New Jersey, is detailed in this article. The contractor used a special concrete mix made with fly ash that would "reduce the heat of hydration with the need for accelerated set time to prevent form blow-out." Building information modeling software was essential to the completion of the three-story, below-grade structure due to various modifications made just before the concrete was placed, allowing for efficient coordination among design team members. STRUCTURE magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Experts: Expect green-building expansion globally in 2013
    Green building in the U.S. is expected to rebound this year, after Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects represented 20% of all new put-in-place construction in 2012, experts say. The greatest expansion of green building will be in retrofits, they predict. Other expected trends in green building for 2013 include automation of building management through the cloud, greater use of solar power, growing awareness of freshwater supply problems, the increasing presence of zero-net-energy buildings, and an acceleration of green building in places such as China, Singapore, the EU and Brazil. Sustainable Industries (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • House T&I panel to focus on "strengthening" transportation
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will "focus on strengthening America’s national transportation network to make us more efficient, more competitive and more prosperous," said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., the panel's new chairman. The committee's agenda will focus on passing new bills to fund waterways and rail programs. Shuster also said that getting ready for reauthorization of surface transportation programs "will be a priority of the committee." The Hill/Transportation blog (1/3), Roll Call (free content) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Support the ACI Foundation
    Visit for details on all of our programs, donation opportunities, and a chance to learn about our funding recipients and donors. Your donation will help important programs like the Concrete Research Council and the Scholarship Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • International Conference on Concrete Sustainability
    The International Conference on Concrete Sustainability will take place in Tokyo, Japan, May 27-29. 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
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