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January 30, 2013
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  • $350M Neb. mall redevelopment project in the works
    A $350 million mixed-use project could replace the Crossroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. The 45-acre project would feature an open-air shopping plaza, a hotel, office space, a public park and possibly a transit hub, library and county offices. OTB Destination, the developer, is hoping for an April 2015 opening. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • PCA forecasts housing starts could reach nearly 1M units in 2013
    The Portland Cement Association estimates that housing starts could reach 954,000 units this year, marking further improvement beyond the 30% growth in the sector last year. "Although the first half of 2013 will be mired in a fiscal cliff hangover, we are decidedly optimistic about second-half economic growth, job creation and consumer sentiment -- all of which translate into a stronger home sales and starts activity," said Ed Sullivan, the PCA's chief economist. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Fla.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech tools help designers create origami-inspired buildings
    The use of 3D modeling and rapid prototyping help designers emulate the complexity of origami in their building designs, writes the Architizer. For instance, Preston Scott Cohen's work on the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel is an example of how "folding architecture" signals a new development in the industry. This piece offers a look at nine other structures from around the world that are inspired by origami designs. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • 5 factors that could push sustainability to the fore this year
    A focus on sustainability could grow this year, writes Dan Probst, chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle. There are more buildings seeking green certification and more legislation that encourages energy efficiency. Probst suggests that interest in resilience and the smart grid, along with energy-use data, smart building technology and renewable energy will make sustainable construction a mainstream approach. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Are you a Navy SEAL or a World War I general?
    Business leaders should strive to be like Navy SEALs, who are trained to respond quickly and creatively to changing situations, Bob Schoulz says. Unfortunately, he adds, many bosses are more like the World War I generals who repeatedly ordered their troops to charge entrenched machine guns. "They failed as leaders to strike a balance between applying lessons from the past that had worked, with a creative insight into how this battle, this enemy, this war is different," Schoulz says. Forbes (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Free Web Sessions now available on YouTube
    Web Sessions are now available on ACI's YouTube Concrete Channel. Subscribe to receive updates on new Web Sessions or browse the Concrete Channel to find other Web Sessions on topics that interest you. Web Sessions are FREE of charge and can be viewed anytime or anywhere on your iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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