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November 30, 2012
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  • Excellence in concrete construction honored in Canada
    Several projects won 2012 Ontario Concrete Awards that recognize the use of concrete in an innovative manner. The one that won for architectural merit was an expansion project at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. "Concrete was utilized throughout the building’s structure from the foundations to the roof ... and as part of the finish material palette in select locations throughout the building," said Gerry Harding, vice president of Eastern Construction. Daily Commercial News (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Modified contract allows NYC's Hudson Yards to break ground earlier
    New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a modified contract with Related Cos., developer of the Hudson Yards project. The revisions state that the developer can begin work on the foundation of the tower that has Coach as its anchor tenant but in return, Related had to commit to June 1, 2013, as the closing date for the whole project. The article provides other details regarding the contract revisions. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Construction stats turn more pessimistic
    Things aren't looking great. The Associated General Contractors of America noted that 28 states and the District of Columbia lost construction jobs between October 2011 and 2012. The number of stalled construction projects in New York City is up 17% since February, according to the New York Building Congress. Investment in nonresidential construction was down 4.4% in the third quarter, according to the first Marcum Commercial Construction Index put out by Marcum, an accounting and advisory firm. "Despite 13 consecutive quarters of economic growth, nonresidential construction has not been among the sectors experiencing meaningful recovery," noted analyst Anirban Basu. (11/30), Real Estate Weekly (New York) (11/29), Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (subscription required) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 construction apps that address problems in blueprint, design
    Three iPad applications aim to address difficulties in altering blueprints or in sharing design ideas in the construction industry, according to this article. PlanGrid 2.2 stores the master plan in the cloud and lets users view, share and annotate blueprints that can be synced automatically. FormIt allows sharing of ideas in the early design process and supports a BIM workflow, while Océ Publisher from lets you print wide format documents through a Wi-Fi connection. Constructech (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sustainability & Green Building  
  Leadership & HR  
  • How the best leaders communicate
    Effective communicators tend to share certain traits, writes Susan Tardanico, CEO of The Authentic Leadership Alliance. These traits include distilling complex thoughts into simple terms, using language that is distinctly their own and communicating face-to-face instead of hiding behind electronic channels. Also, effective communicators remember that communication is a two-way street, Tardanico writes. "It's easy to be so focused on getting your message out -- or persuading others -- that you don't tune in to what you see and hear." Forbes (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  ACI News  
  • 548.4-11: Specification for Latex-Modified Concrete Overlays
    This Reference Specification covers styrene-butadiene latex-modified concrete (LMC) as an overlay on concrete bridge decks and other structures. It applies to both new construction and rehabilitation of existing structures. It includes certification requirements of the latex products, storage, handling, surface preparation, mixing, application and limitations. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 303R-12: Guide to Cast-in-Place Architectural Concrete Practice
    This guide presents recommendations for producing cast-in-place architectural concrete. The importance of specified materials, forming, concrete placement, curing, additional treatment, inspection, and their effect on the appearance of the finished product are discussed. Architectural concrete requires special construction techniques, materials, and requirements that are unique to each project. The specific recommendations and information presented in this guide should be used accordingly. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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