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March 4, 2013
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  • Concrete to the rescue in sinkhole issue
    Source: WTVT-TV
    Between 2006 and 2010, Florida had 24,671 claims for sinkhole damage. With the most recent sinkhole tragedy headlining recent news, a homeowner in New Port Richey, Fla., gets concrete pumped under the house's foundation after having found the tell-tale signs of a problem: cracks in the foundation and a separation on the pool deck. WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (3/1), WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (3/4), CNN (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Building boom hits Va.; $14B worth of transportation projects
    Virginia is experiencing a construction boom and has about $14 billion worth of transportation projects under construction or in the procurement process. Several large mixed-use projects have been prompted by the Metrorail expansion outside Washington, D.C. The state is also embracing more green construction and had 170 projects LEED-certified in 2012. Virginia Business (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. unveils $6.5B North Coast Corridor Program
    The California Department of Transportation and the San Diego Association of Governments have unveiled a $6.5 billion North Coast Corridor Program, a proposal to build new express lanes on Interstate 5 and add a second rail track along 27 miles of North County coast. The project, which encompasses Camp Pendleton to La Jolla, also calls for improvement of lagoons and enhancement of coastal access by adding bicycle and pedestrian paths. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/1), KSWB-TV (San Diego) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New $1.5B proposal to redevelop Brooklyn sugar site
    Two Trees, the current owner of 11 acres in New York that includes the former Domino Sugar site in Brooklyn, has proposed a $1.5 billion project for the site. It would include redevelopment of the Domino building, plus construction of four other buildings and several acres of public parks. There would be residential, office and commercial space. Capital New York (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Construction spending declined 2.1% in January
    A 2.1% drop in construction spending was recorded in January, reaching an annual rate of $883.3 billion, according to the Commerce Department. The decrease, in public and private construction, was the largest since July 2011 and indicates weak economic growth this quarter. Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • NYC plan looks to energy upgrades to meet 2050 emissions goal
    The "90 by 50" plan of the Urban Green Council in New York City seeks to reduce the city's carbon emissions by 90% by 2050 through energy retrofits on existing buildings, according to this article. These upgrades would include the use of better insulation, triple-paned windows, heat pumps and other techniques that minimize heat loss and save on energy use for residential and commercial buildings. The plan also calls for increased waste reduction and improved wastewater treatment. (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • The underrated leadership quality of resilience
    Resilience -- physical, emotional and spiritual -- often means the difference between having a great idea and bringing that idea to fruition, writes John McKinley, manager of the Global Fellows Program at Acumen Fund. "We need to remain focused on building leaders who have the resilience to face stubborn problems head on for lasting social impact," McKinley writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 408.2R-12: Report on Bond of Steel Reinforcing Bars Under Cyclic Loads
    This report summarizes research on bond strength and behavior of steel reinforcing bars under cyclic loads. The report provides a background to bond problems, discusses the main variables affecting bond performance, and describes bond behavior under cyclic loads. Two general types of cyclic loads are addressed: high-cycle (fatigue) and low-cycle (earthquake and similar). The anchorage behaviors of straight bars, hooked bars, and lap splices are included. Analytical bond models are described, design recommendations are provided for both high- and low-cycle fatigue, and suggestions for further research are given. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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