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February 14, 2013
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  • Water, sewer, schools on the "Fix-It-First" agenda
    Water and sewer systems could be closer to necessary upgrades, and schools closer to modernization, if President Barack Obama's priorities are given attention by Congress. In his State of the Union address, Obama talked about "an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair." Analysts point out that because 85% of U.S. residents get their water from systems owned or managed by government entities and a great many of those systems are obsolete, water should be at the top of the investment list. Obama wants to move ahead with public-private partnerships that would help create "modern ports to move our goods, modern pipelines to withstand a storm, modern schools worthy of our children." Bloomberg Businessweek (2/14), Education Week (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Concrete failure closes 100-year-old tunnel in Calif.
    The Dornan Drive Tunnel in Richmond, Calif., is 100 years old. Crews were at work on improvements to the tunnel when they discovered a "large attic-like void measuring about 12 by 10 feet between the tunnel's interior concrete lining and the ceiling," and also found that some of the lining was now only four inches thick. The city's engineering department has closed the tunnel. KTVU-TV (Oakland, Calif.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla.'s Central Polk Parkway project may cost nearly $1B
    The Florida Department of Transportation plans to build Central Polk Parkway, a 5.6-mile roadway that will help reduce traffic congestion on U.S. Route 27. The eastern leg would be a toll road that would run through five central Florida cities and connect to Interstate 4. The project could cost almost $1 billion "between now and 2020" according to preliminary estimates. The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Technology & Trends  
  • Norway's $24.5B infrastructure plan includes 2 unique structures
    Construction of a floating bridge and floating tunnel along the E39 coastal highway in Norway is part of the country's $24.5 billion infrastructure program. The nearly 2.5-mile-long bridge is expected to achieve the world record for the longest floating span, while the tunnel, also about 2.5 miles long, would be the first of its kind in the world. The bridge project should set a new benchmark in construction design, according to government engineers. Engineering News-Record (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • 3 green-building standards assessed for GSA facilities
    The General Services Administration is evaluating three green-building rating systems to see which one it will follow for construction and upgrades to federal facilities. The agency is looking for public input on the LEED 2009 rating system, the Green Globes system and the Living Building Challenge. The move has raised concerns that this could weaken the influence of LEED on the GSA and prompt it to shift to the Green Globes rating system, which some say is too favorable to certain industries. TriplePundit.com (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • What executives can learn from Pope Benedict XVI quitting
    Pope Benedict XVI's resignation is a reminder of just how tough leadership really is, says Nancy F. Koehn, a professor and historian. Neither CEOs nor spiritual leaders are supermen, and it's important that they admit that to themselves. "I don't think this is primarily about age. I think it's really about energy and enthusiasm and a kind of physical, moral, intellectual, and emotional verve -- an appetite," she says. "It's something that every leader is responsible for maintaining and feeding." Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network/Our Editors (2/11), Forbes (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • U.S. highway network improvement is a priority, says Rep. Shuster
    Upgrading the interstate highway system is essential if businesses are to become more globally competitive, said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa. Funding remains a concern, but Shuster rules nothing out, saying, "Everything has to be on the table." The country needs roughly $2.75 trillion to maintain and develop its infrastructure network by 2020, but funding is expected to reach only $1.66 trillion in the same period, according to a study by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Reuters (2/13), Bloomberg (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
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    ACI offers 17 certification programs designed to form a minimum qualification for personnel employed in the concrete construction industry. Certification examinations and optional training courses are conducted through an international network of over 100 Local Sponsoring Groups. Since 1980, ACI has administered exams to over 350,000 individuals, with over 90,000 certifications currently maintained by ACI. Learn more and get certified. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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