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March 21, 2013
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  • I-76 project in Colo. to use 100,000 y3 of concrete
    The six-mile-long Interstate 76 construction project between Fort Morgan and Brush, Colo., will use 100,000 cubic yards of concrete, said Ralph Bell, CEO of Castle Rock Construction, the project's primary contractor. Work will include replacing 13 bridges, building a diamond interchange and constructing retaining walls. Construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2014. Brush News Tribune (Colo.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla.'s Orlando International Airport downsizes development plan
    Officials at Orlando International Airport in Florida have shelved plans to build a new south terminal but still want to push through with a monorail and parking-garage project costing $470 million. The monorail would connect to a train station being built by All Aboard Florida. The monorail project "is too important to the region's economy to be scuttled," according to Frank Kruppenbacher, the airport's chairman. Some major airlines oppose the move. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $3B Willets Point project in NYC clears key hurdle
    The New York City Planning Commission has granted permission for the final public review process to begin for the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project in Queens. This "marks a critical step towards beginning the long-needed cleanup of toxic land," said a spokesman for the city's Economic Development Corp. Key to the start of the cleanup is special approval to build an uncovered parking lot. The project will consist of 2,500 apartments, hotels, a mall, office buildings, a school and open space, and is expected to create an estimated 12,000 construction jobs for union members. Crain's New York Business (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Technology & Trends  
  • Concrete among components for first prefab apartment in NYC
    A 28-unit apartment building, designed by GLUCK+, is being built in New York City. The seven-story building, when finished, will be "the first prefabricated steel and concrete residential block" in the city. It will take only four weeks to assemble the 56 separate modules that make up the apartment units. World Architecture News (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Recycled concrete to be in demand
    The market for green building materials is expected to rise to $86.6 billion by 2017, according to a report from The Freedonia Group. "Green building products such as recycled concrete, ENERGY STAR-compliant HVAC systems, and permeable pavement are forecast to see substantial gains through 2017," the report states. "Recycled concrete will see rising use, as concrete made with fly ash and other additives features superior performance properties and is less costly than concrete made solely from cement and aggregates." Procurement Leaders online (U.K.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  
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  
  • 3 ways to be more assertive
    Bosses can't get away with failing to assert themselves, writes Joel Garfinkle. It's important to acknowledge, address and overcome social anxieties and to have confidence in your ideas. "We all have times when we'd prefer to be low key. But if this is a pattern [that] is getting in the way of upward mobility, you need to take corrective action," Garfinkle writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Short-term funding measure passes Congress
    The federal government won't shut down next week now that Congress has passed a six-month funding measure. But the battle is far from over. The House and the Senate still need to figure out how to reconcile budget proposals by each that have many conflicting elements. The Washington Post (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Strategic Development Council seeks concrete technologies to "showcase"
    The Strategic Development Council is currently seeking new concrete technologies to "showcase" at upcoming sessions. Technology Showcases allow companies and/or individuals the opportunity to showcase their new, interesting, or innovative technologies that have the potential to improve and advance the concrete industry. Each new technology that is introduced at SDC gains exposure and possible assistance to address barriers and obstacles that are preventing or slowing acceptance of the technology within the concrete industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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