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March 25, 2013
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  Industry News  
  • ASI Constructors uses 80,000 y3 of concrete for Texas project
    ASI Constructors used 80,000 cubic yards of concrete to finish a $19.2 million flood-control dam in New Braunfels, Texas. "There were a lot of hurdles along the way, but we just kept going and finally got the thing built," said Tom Hornseth, Comal County Engineer. The area flooded in 1998, killing many and causing more than $1 billion in damage. San Antonio Express-News (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dual-use option could shave 25% from cost of San Diego project
    The San Diego Chargers NFL team wants a new stadium, and the city's convention center wants to expand. If the projects were combined to create a dual-use facility, the city could save 25% on the $1.6 billion cost of building two separate structures. "And what if, to be very simple ... you put a roof and a floor on a stadium, neither of which we have now?" asked San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. "You could have concert venues with a roof and other things. With a floor, you can play hockey and soccer, basketball." San Diego Union-Tribune (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stand-alone emergency departments a growing trend
    Last October, there were more than $6 billion in medical facility renovation and construction projects in the works in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. A major player is Healthcare giant HCA, which has expansion projects "well in excess of $300 million" in the North Texas area, according to James Scoggin Jr., president of HCA’s North Texas Division. First Choice plans to add six to eight stand-alone emergency departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • 10 skyscrapers designed, built to be energy efficient, sustainable
    This article lists the top 10 "ecologically sound greenscrapers" that show how designers "have risen to the challenge of designing and constructing buildings that combine quality and style with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability." It includes 340 on the Park, the second-biggest all-residential tower in Chicago; New York City's Hearst Tower, the first building in the city to achieve LEED Gold status; and the city's Bank of America Tower, which features an urban garden and green roof spaces. Property-Abroad (U.K.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • How can leaders also be good followers?
    Good leaders know how to incorporate followership into their leadership, writes Mary Jo Asmus. That means accepting coaching from anyone who can do something better than you, making everyone around you comfortable in your presence and welcoming good ideas from any source. "Great leader-followers are wonderful role models, moving seamlessly between leadership and followership as the [occasion] demands," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Senate OKs amendment to approve Keystone XL pipeline
    An amendment by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to the Senate budget that endorses TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline cleared the Senate in a 62 to 37 vote. "It puts the Senate on record in support of the Keystone pipeline project. And that's just appropriate," Hoeven said. "The Department of State has done four environmental impact statements over the last five years -- four -- and said there are no significant environmental impacts. And it's time that we in the Senate stepped up with the American people." The Hill/E2 Wire blog (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Free ACI Web Sessions this week: "The Economics, Performance, and Sustainability of Internally Cured Concrete, Part 2 (b)"
    ACI Web Sessions are recorded presentations from ACI Conventions and other concrete industry events, made available for viewing, free of charge, online and on-demand. Each week, a new one-hour block of presentations will be posted. This week, view the Web Session on "The Economics, Performance, and Sustainability of Internally Cured Concrete, Part 2 (b)." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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