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December 18, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • N.Y. names JV led by Fluor to build new Tappan Zee Bridge
    A Fluor Enterprises-led team -- called Tappan Zee Constructors and including Granite Construction Northeast, American Bridge Co., and Traylor Bros. -- will design and build the new Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River at an estimated cost of $3.142 billion. The design features "two pairs of tapering H-shaped pylons supporting the main span." The team's plan "offers New York toll payers the biggest bang for their buck -- with the best price, shortest construction time, minimal dredging, and can accommodate mass transit in the future," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Engineering News-Record (12/17), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/City Room blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cash-strapped Va. plans $1.4B road with "post-Panamax potential"
    Virginia has plans for a new $1.4 billion toll road in the populous Hampton Roads port area in the southeastern part of the state -- but it would carry only about 5,000 to 6,000 cars a day. Officials from other heavily populated areas wonder why the state, which needed to borrow money from its new-construction fund to fix potholes, would even consider such a road for so few vehicles. Supporters say the road would spur economic development when post-Panamax freight comes to the port. The Washington Post (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Technology & Trends  
  • Home in Argentina features varied uses of concrete
    This piece offers photos that show how concrete was used at a home in Argentina designed by BAK Arquitectos, a firm know for its "affinity for concrete." The Costa Esmeralda House features interior and exterior walls "cast in beton brut" and "sculptural concrete stairs and footbridges." (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Green Globes standard provides flexibility in green buildings
    The Green Globes certification from the nonprofit Green Building Initiative in Portland, Ore., can be an alternative to the LEED rating system, according to this piece. The Lake Nona campus of Valencia College in Florida shifted to Green Globes to be able to use a bipolar-ionization system to treat its indoor air -- something LEED didn't allow. The building achieved three Green Globes, which is similar to achieving a high-level LEED status. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • The 3 tiers of being a leader
    YouTube/John Baldoni
    Leaders must be able to develop themselves, their employees and their organizations, John Baldoni says in this video. "Before you can lead others, you must learn to lead yourself. The bedrock principles of self-leadership begin with the desire to make a positive difference," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Policy Watch  
  • EPA imposes tougher standards on soot pollution
    The Environmental Protection Agency has approved tougher soot pollution standards for power plants and diesel engines, which were criticized by some lawmakers and industry groups as being too expensive. The rules "impose significant new economic burdens on many communities, hurting workers and their families," said Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., and other lawmakers. The standards "may be just the beginning of a 'regulatory cliff'" including looming greenhouse-gas and smog emission rules, the American Petroleum Institute said. Reuters (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Free Web Sessions now available on YouTube
    Web Sessions are now available on ACI's YouTube Concrete Channel. Subscribe to receive updates on new Web Sessions or browse the Concrete Channel to find other Web Sessions on topics that interest you. Web Sessions are FREE of charge and can be viewed anytime or anywhere on your iPhone, iPad or other mobile device. Take a look. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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