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January 10, 2013
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  Industry News  

  • Work continues on $14B Ga. plant expansion despite layoffs
    The Shaw Group, contractor for the $14 billion expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia, started laying off workers "to adjust the project staff to better align with our current scope of operation," said Gentry Brann, the company's vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. However, work continues on the turbine, cooling towers and other aspects of the project. A 50-hour, continuous pour of "nuclear concrete" for the basemat foundation is expected sometime this quarter. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dallas museum blends science, whimsy in striated concrete facade
    The new $185 million Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, designed by architect Thom Mayne, offers several exhibit floors and a study in architecture. The "striated concrete structure, its roughness and angles [are] a sharp contrast to the nearby straight-up skyscrapers," writes Helen Anders. The museum combines "serious science with whimsy," including water molecule structures -- or bubbles -- on the ceiling of the lobby that bounce as people walk beneath them. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • More small businesses cut costs with shift to the cloud
    Some startups and small businesses are citing significant annual savings from cloud-based storage solutions that eliminate the need to maintain and manage servers. Bill Hipsher of US Storage Search says a decision to move call centers and Web hosting offsite cut monthly IT costs by $7,000 and reduce reliance on third-party IT services, which will allow the company to hire up to 40 employees this year. However, some entrepreneurs say security concerns continue to make the cloud a hard sell. "They're all afraid someone's going to steal their information because they don't understand the cloud," financial planner Louis Barajas says. The Wall Street Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • N.Y. governor unveils plan for $1B "green" bank
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his State of the State address on Wednesday, unveiled a plan to create a $1 billion "green" bank to harness private investments for clean-technology development in the state. The bank will be funded partly by money from the state energy efficiency and renewable portfolio programs, Cuomo said. Greentech Media (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Why smart bosses start book clubs
    One way to foster engagement is to ask your entire team to read a particular business or management tome, writes Baron Christopher Hanson. Turning your company into a reading group gives you a chance to understand employees better and allows them to share their passions and ideas more freely. "Everyone in the company is guaranteed to have something in common to talk about going forward," Hanson writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Lawmaker seeks to cut size of Sandy-relief proposal
    Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., says he will introduce amendments that would reduce the $50.7 billion relief bill for states hit by Hurricane Sandy and that he thinks other lawmakers also will propose such amendments. "These disaster bills are becoming pork spending. There's lots of spending in these bills that has nothing to do with the disaster," McClintock said. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • 352.1R-11: Guide for Design of Slab-Column Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures
    This guide provides recommendations for determining proportions and details of monolithic reinforced and post-tensioned concrete slab-column connections. Included are recommendations regarding appropriate uses of slab-column connections in structures resisting gravity and lateral forces; procedures for determination of connection load-carrying capacity; and reinforcement details to achieve adequate strength, ductility, and structural integrity. Recommendations are based on a review of the literature for ultimate and serviceability limit states. A commentary is provided to clarify the recommendations and identify reference material. Design recommendations are set in standard type. Commentary is set in italics. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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