Hail storm damages several roofs in 3 southern states | Roof renovation at London arena is expected to cost about $227M | Report: Post-Sandy work means more construction jobs in N.Y.
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March 21, 2013
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New technology could allow roof at NYC tennis center
New composite-material technology known as a Sandwich Plate System could make it possible to add a roof over the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The weight of the stadium's upper bowl has made a roof impossible, but the two metal plates and an elastomer core of the SPS would be lighter and could support the roof. Engineers from the United States Tennis Association are studying the option. Tennis (3/20)
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Hail storm damages several roofs in 3 southern states
A powerful hailstorm swept through parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia and damaged several roofs as baseball-sized chunks of ice fell from the sky. Danny Renfroe, who owns a roofing firm in Columbus, Ga., said the hailstones damaged architectural shingles at one home, while at others, shingles lost granules. Roof repairs on hail-damaged homes in Lee County, Ga., could take six months or more, Renfroe said. Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.) (3/20)
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Roof renovation at London arena is expected to cost about $227M
The bidding process has started for the roof-rebuilding project planned for the Olympic Stadium in London. The first specialist contract is estimated to cost about $227 million. Rebuilding is expected to start before year's end. ConstructionEnquirer.com (U.K.) (3/20)
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Report: Post-Sandy work means more construction jobs in N.Y.
New York's construction employment rose 4.2% between December 2012 and January 2013, coming in second to Wyoming's 4.6% gain. The jump in New York's number can be attributed to the state's rebuilding efforts post-Sandy, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. WRGB-TV (Albany, N.Y.)/The Associated Press (3/19)
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Energy & the Environment
Sound-absorbing tower designed to produce clean energy
Soundscraper is a concept structure that absorbs sound vibrations and turns them into clean energy. The tower, designed to be built near major highways and railroad junctions, features a double-skin facade. The outer layer of "sound-sucking material" contains thousands of electro-active cilia equipped with Parametric Frequency Increased Generators, energy harvesters that convert noise vibrations to kinetic energy. Transducer cells convert that energy into electricity. Inhabitat (3/19)
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In the Office
Key characteristics of an effective strategy
One prerequisite for creating a successful strategy for your business is to set specific goals, Geoffrey James writes. "You can't manage what you can't measure. If your goals are vague, you have no idea whether your tactics are achieving them," he writes. In addition, your goals must be attainable and you must develop a plan for achieving them, he writes. Inc. online (free registration)/Sales Source blog (3/19)
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Did you accidentally hire a "corporate misfit"?
Even the most promising recruit can underdeliver, Ritika Trikha writes. That's typically because you've inadvertently hired a "cultural misfit" who doesn't match up to the work environment. "In most cases, you simply can't fit a square into a circle," Trikha writes. "So it's up to you to decide just how flexible you are willing to be with your smart, cultural misfit." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/19)
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Government & Regulatory
Short-term funding measure passes Congress
The federal government won't shut down next week now that Congress has passed a six-month funding measure. But the battle is far from over. The House and the Senate still need to figure out how to reconcile budget proposals by each that have many conflicting elements. The Washington Post (3/21)
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Senate deal reportedly would double visas for skilled foreign workers
Republican and Democratic senators back a plan that would double the number of employment visas issued to foreign workers, people familiar with the discussions said. The plan would also grant permanent resident status to an unlimited number of foreign students who obtain engineering, math, technology and science graduate degrees from U.S. universities, they said. The Washington Post (3/20)
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NRCA News
Learn about professional residential proposals through NRCA University webinar
NRCA University will offer Business Management Residential Series Webinar: Professional Residential Proposals March 27 at 2 p.m. CST. Learn the key to making a positive, lasting impression on your clients; what homeowners consider when selecting contractors; and common errors with proposal production and delivery, among other topics. The member price for the webinar is $55, and the retail price is $75. Learn more, and register.
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NRCA’s Pay It Forward program encourages philanthropy
NRCA’s Pay It Forward program encourages roofing professionals to give back to their communities. The program helps match those in need with those who can help. If you are willing to help someone in your community when the need arises, you can provide NRCA with your contact information so you can be included on the Pay It Forward list. Once your company is on the list, you will not be obligated to provide labor or materials but will receive project information when NRCA learns of someone in need in your area. Learn more.
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A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."
-- Henrik Ibsen,
Norwegian playwright
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