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December 28, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • San Francisco 49ers' new stadium tops out
    With steel work more than 90% finished, Turner/Devcon, general contractor for the San Francisco 49ers new stadium, held a topping-out ceremony and worker appreciation lunch earlier this month. Crews "have clocked an estimated 475,000 hours" working on the nearly $1 billion project in Santa Clara, Calif. The Santa Clara Weekly (Calif.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • 3 insulation materials could be used for commercial retrofits
    Three innovative insulation materials could soon be used for commercial building retrofits in the U.S. as costs of these products fall and local building codes allow their use, says Aditya Ranade, senior analyst with Lux Research and head of the firm's Sustainable Building Services. Vacuum insulation panels offer thermal efficiency while maximizing floor space; aerogels offer flexibility for interior and exterior use; and phase-change materials benefit buildings in areas with warm days and cold nights. Commercial Property Executive (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • 2012's top "mindblowing" buildings
    Sustainable buildings and designs created significant buzz this year, and 14 buildings are among the "most mindblowing structures" of 2012, writes Morgan Clendaniel. Among them are the CO2ngress Gateway Towers project in Chicago "that scrubs the air clean;" prefabricated housing in California; and the first-ever net-zero stadium project in Brazil. Each highlights the growing adoption of sustainable construction to save on energy and resources. FastCoExist (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Treat your workers like a pack of huskies
    As individuals, husky dogs are notoriously headstrong, but put them in a sled team and they'll work together, Jack Zenger writes. Many employees are the same: Their productivity and value only emerge when you put them in the right context. "Sometimes ... you will never recognize an employee's full potential until they are placed in the right area with the right people," Zenger writes. Forbes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  ACI News  
  • 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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