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December 26, 2012
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  • Slideshow: San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center
    This piece provides a sneak preview of the work being done on San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center. The foundation of the center, which is like a "giant bathtub," is about 65 feet deep and 140 feet wide. Excavation work is being managed by Turner Construction. The center's above-ground portion will serve bus passengers when completed in 2020 and will have circulation areas, retail shops and a rooftop park. San Francisco Chronicle (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $632.5M Southern Beltway extension planned for Pa.
    A $632.5 million project that includes construction of the second portion of the Southern Beltway in Pennsylvania has been proposed by the state's Turnpike Commission. The 13-mile stretch of toll road would link Route 22 and Interstate 79. Work is slated to begin in 2014 and is expected to last six years. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Report on NYC buildings' energy efficiency reveals surprises
    A report that tracks the energy use of New York City's largest buildings has been released. This article provides details about which buildings are achieving higher-than-expected energy efficiency, such as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, as well as those that fail to make the grade, such as the LEED Gold-certified 7 World Trade Center and the MetLife Building. "Some scores will not be flattering, but identifying buildings with the most opportunity to improve is a big part of driving energy savings," said Andrew Burr, a performance expert at the Institute for Market Transformation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Good leaders are great communicators
    Would-be leaders should prioritize developing their communication skills, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. That means mastering public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. "You may be hired for what you know, but you'll be promoted for your ability to influence people," Rosswurm writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Lawmakers are optimistic about passage of Sandy aid bill
    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democratic senators who support legislation seeking $60.4 billion in aid for those affected by Superstorm Sandy said they think they have the votes to clear the bill by the end of this week. The Senate voted to override any move toward a filibuster and will consider 20 additional amendments before a final vote. New York Post (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • The Leading Edge of Pervious Concrete CD-ROM (SP-282)
    This CD-ROM contains seven papers that were presented at sessions sponsored by ACI Committee 522 at the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La. The aim of this SP is to present some of the latest research findings on pervious concrete and to provide state-of-the-art examples on the use of pervious concrete. The papers in this SP present the latest research results from both experimental and numerical studies on various aspects of pervious concrete. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Attention students: Free E-membership from ACI
    In an effort to provide students worldwide with the connections, resources, and opportunities to be successful in their studies and -- ultimately -- in their careers, the American Concrete Institute has made membership free and easily accessible... electronically. Please take a few moments to learn more and apply for free membership today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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