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December 19, 2012
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  • Portion of Coney Island Boardwalk can be replaced with concrete
    Coney Island  
    Source: NY1
    A portion of Coney Island's wooden boardwalk in New York City can be replaced with concrete and does not need an environmental review to proceed, said the state Supreme Court. City officials will use a "concrete base and lane plus plastic lumber decking" that could be more durable than wood. NY1 (New York City) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • First phase of $800M maglev-rail plan in Fla. gets approval
    The first phase of an $800 million plan to build a magnetic-levitation train in Florida has been approved by the MetroPlan Orlando Board. The phase involves construction of 14.9 miles of track and would cost about $315 million. The line will run from Orlando International Airport to the Orange County Convention Center and include four stops. Business Insider (12/17), RT&S online (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Are biomimicry, geomimicry keys to developing eco-cement?
    In the race to cut carbon emissions, the development of eco-cements is an important step toward creating a more sustainable building material. This article describes how the use of biomimicry and geomimicry can help make eco-friendly cement and concrete in the future. "The production of carbon-negative cement and building materials is one of the most attractive and forceful of these industrial ecological initiatives, because it addresses the problem directly and can be scaled to the required dimensions," writes John Mathews, professor of strategic management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia. (Australia) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Boston's Castle Square completes Deep Energy Retrofit
    Castle Square Apartments in Boston is a mixed-use complex with townhouses and affordable housing units. It was awarded LEED Platinum certification after 192 residential units underwent a "Deep Energy Retrofit" that is expected to reduce energy use by 72%. The retrofit, which cost more than $8 million, included a "five-inch super insulated shell," an insulated reflective roof, high-efficiency windows and extensive air sealing. Commercial Property Executive (12/16), Inhabitat (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • The best bosses show no fear
    World-class leaders have five key traits, says Adam Bryant, who writes The New York Times' Corner Office column. Bosses need passion, confidence, a clear vision, a sense of how to manage groups of people and an utter fearlessness that allows them to take calculated risks without blinking. "The CEOs that I've interviewed had reverence in their voices when they talk about this quality of fearlessness," Bryant said. Knowledge@Wharton (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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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