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February 15, 2013
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  • Ohio bridge project will use over 24,000 y3 of concrete
    Work on Ohio's $81.2 million Ironton-Russell Bridge is progressing. The project will use roughly 24,395 cubic yards of concrete and over 8.2 million pounds of steel. "We are doing work that right now is preparing for the widening to the approach," said Kathleen Fuller, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9. "They should be ready to see the concrete down in the next couple of weeks, weather depending." The Ironton Tribune (Ohio) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete design contributes to Calif. concert hall's acoustic appeal
    The Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in California includes a "cavernous main concert hall," a studio/rehearsal hall, storage and practice rooms, artists’ suites and a music library. Richard Olcott/Ennead Partners, the designers, wanted to achieve an acoustic ambiance inside the building and turned to concrete. "Nestled within a 12-inch-thick concrete enclosure, the Hall is acoustically isolated from exterior sounds," said Ennead Partners. World Architecture News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $2B expansion of South Boston complex kicks off with 2 new hotels
    Commonwealth Ventures will develop two new hotels in South Boston for about $137 million, after having been chosen by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. The work is part of a $2 billion plan to expand the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center complex by adding more parking, parks and exhibition space. The two hotels combined will add 510 rooms to the area which lacks enough rooms to attract large trade shows. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Technology & Trends  
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Adaptable, self-maintaining skyscrapers envisioned for 2050
    Smart, modular buildings plugging into smart urban infrastructure may be the future of architecture as envisioned by engineering firm ARUP. Built-in robots would maintain the structures, which would connect directly with urban transportation in the year 2050, when constant change in the city environment is the expected norm. Gizmag (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Leadership & HR  
  • 4 tips to build a stronger team
    A quick verbal or e-mail salutation every morning with team members is a simple but powerful way to foster engagement, writes CEO Deborah Sweeney. She also recommends sending out online articles with tips that team members might appreciate, remembering to send thank-you notes and checking in often with newer partners to gauge satisfaction. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report on Grouting Between Foundations and Bases for Support of Equipment and Machinery (351.1R-12)
    This report provides an overview of current practices of grouting for support of equipment and machinery. Materials and installation methods are described for epoxy and cementitious-based grouts used as the load-transfer material between equipment bases and their foundations. Characteristics of placed material, test methods for forecasting long-term performance, qualification of grout materials, foundation design and detailing considerations, and installation procedures are described. Order your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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