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March 6, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • Texas' $1.6B I-35W corridor project advances
    By the end of the year, Texas will begin rebuilding Interstate 35W, an approximately $1.6 billion project that includes two simultaneous projects: a stretch from Interstate 30 to Loop 820 costing $1.4 billion and a segment from Loop 820 to north of U.S. 287 that would cost $244 million. "The reconstruction of 35W has been on the drawing board for far too long. It's time to move dirt in the name of mobility, safety and commerce for our residents and businesses," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exxon plans Texas plant expansion, 10,000 construction jobs
    Exxon Mobil plans a multibillion-dollar upgrade of its plant in Baytown, Texas. The plant "is already the largest integrated refining complex in the country," said ExxonMobil Chemical Co. President Steve Pryor. Once permits are approved, work on the plant could take about three years and the facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2016. The project should create about 10,000 construction jobs. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Building system said to protect concrete buildings from earthquakes
    The Carmelo Group of Puerto Rico says its GCT Insulated Concrete Panel Building System for concrete buildings offers a fast and efficient way to build. In addition, it is "energy efficient, soundproof and resistant to termites and floods." It is also resistant to earthquakes of up to magnitude 8.5 and to winds of up to 250 mph. In a video taken at the World of Concrete, Edgar Figaro explains how the system works. (Canada) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New issues arise at Silver Spring Transit Center in Md.
    Construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center in Maryland is facing additional issues as consultants discovered new concerns that "involve the long-term durability of the building, not its safety," said Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Council member. KCE Structural Engineers revealed that "things were constructed in ways they shouldn't have been constructed," said Berliner. The council will be briefed about the report next week in a closed meeting. The Washington Post (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • India's "clasped hands" tower designed to be green
    The Namaste Tower, under construction in Mumbai, India, has a design inspired by a traditional Indian greeting where the hands are clasped together. The 62-story tower designed by WS Atkins will be clad in fritted glass that doubles as a sunscreen to minimize solar gain within the building. It will also have canopies that include solar thermal collectors to produce 12% of the building's hot water needs. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Has your company culture caught a cold?
    Every company's culture can falter, and it's up to leaders to become healers, writes Mike Figliuolo. Timely first aid can help put your culture back on track and prevent lazy or disgruntled workers from infecting others. "As a leader, it's on you to ensure only the purest essence of what you want your culture to be is passed along to future generations of leaders on your team," Figliuolo writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Turn off the noise, Carlos Santana says
    Business leaders can tap into the power of their imagination, but they need to turn off the noise first, says music legend Carlos Santana. That means turning off electronics -- even your stereo -- and simply stopping to think and dream. "[Y]our imagination is like a muscle. If you take the time to just sit down and just close your eyes and imagine things, it's like a muscle you develop," Santana explains. Forbes (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Obama seeks budget-deal support from Republicans
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    Putting talks with GOP leaders on the back burner for a while, President Barack Obama is reaching out to rank-and-file Senate Republicans to build support for a budget deal with higher taxes to pay down U.S. debt. Obama told senators that he is willing to make changes in health care and retirement programs to get a budget compromise that includes higher taxes. The Washington Post (3/5), Bloomberg (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  ACI News  
  • 362.1R-12: Guide for the Design and Construction of Durable Concrete Parking Structures
    This guide presents design and construction criteria used to improve the durability of concrete parking structures. Emphasis is placed on key design criteria unique to parking structures, including structural systems, materials, structural design, durability and construction. Also covered are cast-in-place nonprestressed concrete; cast-in-place post-tensioned concrete; and precast/prestressed concrete structural systems for use in parking structures. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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