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December 27, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • Wash. DOT: Pontoons will last 75 years despite design flaws
    An analysis of several concrete pontoons built for Seattle's new State Route 520 bridge shows that they still meet structural requirements, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. "[W]e have been very thorough in our investigation and study of this question about the omitted hook bars in three of the first six pontoons built in the Aberdeen casting basin," said SR 520 Program Director Julie Meredith. "We now have confirmation that the structural integrity of the pontoons is sound." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Calif. "net-zero" building to be America's biggest, developer says
    The 13-floor La Jolla Commons II office tower in San Diego will be the biggest "net-zero" energy building in the U.S. when it's completed in 2014, according to real estate firm Hines, which is developing the project along with J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Bloom Energy cells will be used and will convert methane from wastewater plants and landfills into electricity. "Our next step is to adapt what we have learned and apply it" in a less temperate environment, said Gary Holtzer, Hines' global sustainability officer. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Leadership versus logorrhea
    As CEO of industrial-equipment manufacturer Barry-Wehmiller, Bob Chapman emphasizes the American "crisis of leadership" and gives speeches touting his own, more caring and people-focused approach to leadership. That's ultimately just "saccharine prattle," writes Michael Hiltzik, as evidenced by Chapman's willingness to abruptly lay off workers and shutter a plant in Southern California to take advantage of tax breaks in Ohio. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • EPA chief Jackson to resign
    Lisa Jackson, administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, this morning told her staff she would be resigning. Jackson said of the agency: "the ship is sailing in the right direction." Robert Perciasepe, the agency's deputy administrator, is expected to be acting chief until a successor is named. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 2 new adhesive anchor learning resources from ACI
The American Concrete Institute has launched two new learning resources on adhesive anchors for concrete and their installation. A one-day, in-person seminar, "Adhesive Anchors: Their Behavior and Code Design Requirements," and an online CEU program, "Adhesive Anchor Installation." Register today.
 

  ACI News  
  • Guide for Precast Concrete Wall Panels (533R-11)
    This guide presents recommendations for precast concrete wall panels. It should be used with ACI 318, "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete." This guide discusses the basic principles of design, tolerances, and materials, as well as fabrication, installation, quality requirements, and testing. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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