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December 24, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • Phase I of $300M project in N.J. could begin in February
    Construction of the first phase of a $300 million arts and transit project by Princeton University in New Jersey could start in February after the planning board approved the undertaking. The work calls for construction of theaters and other cultural facilities, as well as relocation of the Dinky commuter rail station. Citizen group "Save the Dinky" plans to appeal the board's decision. The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Supplier delivers pink concrete slabs for a cause
    Pink-colored concrete is becoming the symbol of the breast cancer awareness initiative of Concrete Cares, a group that helps raise consciousness about the disease using pink concrete slabs for specific projects. "Everyone has been touched by breast cancer," says Mike Murray, owner of Kansas-based Murray Decorative Concrete Supply and founder of Concrete Cares. "I think we are put on this earth to make a difference, and that's what I'm trying to do." Concrete Construction (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Precast concrete forms Stockholm's Flat Iron building
    The Flat Iron Building in Stockholm is a version of its historic New York City counterpart, the only difference being the structure is made from precast concrete and is LEED-Gold certified. The use of precast for the building was chosen because it would shorten construction time and still be an effective sound barrier for the noisy train yard behind it and the residential buildings at its front. Inhabitat (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • End-of-year feedback? You're doing it wrong
    Bosses who hold year-end reviews for their workers are approaching feedback in the wrong way, writes Denis Wilson. Feedback should be a continuous process of praise and gradual course-correction, not a once-a-year blowout event. "Dropping bombs on employees once or twice a year only serves to build up pressure and make feedback sessions feel like indictments," Wilson writes. Fast Company online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • EPA releases final rules on industrial boiler emissions
    The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized rules for greenhouse-gas emission limits at large industrial boilers. The rules require about 2,300 large sites in the U.S. to comply with the set limits within three years, with a one-year extension available to enable the installation of control equipment. EPA said the rule will reduce the industry's annual compliance expenses. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Advances in FRC Durability and Field Applications CD-ROM (SP-280)
    This CD-ROM contains 10 papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committee 544 at the Spring 2011 ACI Convention in Tampa, Fla. The topics of the papers cover durability aspects of fiber-reinforced concrete, ranging from permeability, shrinkage cracking, long-term behavior in chloride environment and resistance to chloride penetration, as well as applications of fiber-reinforced concrete for coupling beams for highrise core-wall structures, beams for bridges, panels and suspended foundation slabs. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strategic Development Council seeks concrete technologies to "showcase"
    The Strategic Development Council is currently seeking new concrete technologies to "showcase" at upcoming sessions. Technology Showcases allow companies and/or individuals the opportunity to showcase their new, interesting, or innovative technologies that have the potential to improve and advance the concrete industry. Each new technology that is introduced at SDC gains exposure and possible assistance to address barriers and obstacles that are preventing or slowing acceptance of the technology within the concrete industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note  
  • Concrete SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, Concrete SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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