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November 16, 2012
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  • NYC's $15B Hudson Yards project to begin in December
    The $15 billion, 26-acre Hudson Yards project in New York City is set to break ground this year after numerous delays, according to a source at The Related Companies, which is co-developing the project. Excavation work will begin in the first week of December for the site's first office building, a $1 billion, 46-story glass tower that will have the luxury brand Coach as its anchor tenant. The project is expected to take at least a decade to complete. ArchitecturalRecord.com (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Proposal to build $4B coal-to-liquids facility in W.Va. advances
    The plan to build America's first coal-to-liquid transportation fuels conversion facility is on "still moving forward," said Randall Harris, TransGas Development Systems' project developer for the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority in West Virginia. The $4 billion project's construction schedule will be "anywhere from 39 to 46 months." Another firm, DKRW Advanced Fuels, has a plan to build its proposed $2 billion Medicine Bow Fuel & Power plant in Wyoming. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kansas to invest $1.1B for road projects over 2 years
    Kansas will spend a total of $1.1 billion to improve 1,600 miles of its highways and replace or fix 209 bridges. The work is slated for the 2013-2014 fiscal years. The state's list of 435 construction projects includes expansion of the Kellogg freeway in Wichita. "This is a wise use of precious dollars, and in this weak but recovering economy, we’ve made the decision to put Kansas on the road to growth," said Transportation Secretary Mike King. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (11/14), The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Pervious concrete key to award-winning Ikea project in Canada
    The award-winning construction of the Richmond Ikea Relocation Project in Canada used one of the largest amounts of pervious concrete in the area. "The benefit of this kind of concrete is that it allows water to permeate back into the native soil," said Kyle Gilmour, product development and quality control manager at Ocean Concrete, which won a regional construction award for its work on the project. "It therefore lessens the impact on a municipality's treatment plant." Journal of Commerce (Canada) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More cities build slender skyscrapers
    When it comes to skyscrapers, thin is in, and cities around the world are adding the skinny structures to their skylines. Advances in structural design and construction materials have made possible these slim new buildings, many of which fetch high prices. "If you can build more slender and higher, you can get more units with good views -- and height is valued," said Jon Stovell, a developer in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Wall Street Journal (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Opinion: Why green building isn't just about efficiency
    The push to make buildings more efficient has produced structures that feel "oddly inhuman," Hao Ko writes. This is starting to change, however, as developers aim to design buildings that engage the people that live and work in them. "This new generation of tall buildings proves that skyscrapers are not inherently cold and austere. In fact, they can offer an experience of the natural environment within cities that we just couldn’t access without them," Ko writes. FastCoExist (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & HR  
  • The myths of modern leadership
    People used to think the right and ability to lead was conferred by the gods -- and a number of similar myths still plague the modern workforce, writes Brian Evje. Ideas such as that leaders are born rather than made and that leaders should be fearless and infallible are among the damaging misconceptions about the nature of 21st-century leadership, Evje writes. Inc. online (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Leadership change expected for House transportation panel
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to name a new chairman soon, and Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is seen as a likely successor to Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., Tanya Snyder writes. These articles analyze Shuster's leadership style and views on key issues such as road, rail, bike and pedestrian programs. StreetsBlog.org (11/14), StreetsBlog.org (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 2012 Manual of Concrete Practice now available
    The 2012 Manual of Concrete Practice (MCP) contains 220 ACI committee standards and reports. The MCP is the most comprehensive concrete reference set available. It contains all of the widely used ACI concrete and masonry code requirements, specifications, guides and reports. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New! Adhesive Anchor Installation Online CEU Program
    ACI is offering a flexible and convenient way to learn about adhesive anchors through its newest online CEU program titled, "Adhesive Anchor Installation." The resources introduced in this program are intended to provide an introduction to adhesive anchor installation, what constitutes an adhesive anchor, installation requirements for adhesive anchors, adhesive curing, and applications for use. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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