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November 14, 2012
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  • Contractors prepare to bid for work on $1.7B Iowa plant expansion
    Standard Ready Mix Concrete and other contractors in the Sioux City, Iowa, area are preparing to bid on the $1.7 billion expansion of CF Industries' Port Neal fertilizer complex, which is expected to create 1,600 construction jobs. Landing a contract "would make our year," said Standard's Ryan Haggin. Although few details about the project are known, it will likely give a big boost to the local construction industry, including the possibility that new homes will be built, according to Nancy Narciso, executive officer of the Sioux City Construction League. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. governor to seek $30B in federal disaster aid
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will seek at least $30 billion in federal disaster relief funding, of which an estimated $3.5 billion will go toward repairing the state's bridges, commuter rail lines, tunnels and subway lines damaged by superstorm Sandy in late October, officials say. About $12 billion in disaster aid is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which means Congress will likely need to authorize more spending in order for Cuomo's request to be met. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction update: Memorial Bridge in Kittery, Maine
    Work is progressing on the Memorial Bridge in Kittery, Maine. All but one of the bridge's concrete piers have had micropiles installed, and concrete for sidewalks is to be placed before Thanksgiving. The concrete deck on the Portsmouth, N.H., side of the bridge has been placed while the concrete deck on the Kittery side will be placed in December. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Designers, engineers weigh in on 2012's 25 "coolest" buildings
    Various architects and engineers shared their opinions on what made 25 buildings from all over the world top the list of "coolest" new buildings for 2012. From Moscow's Mercury Tower to New York City's Freedom Tower, authors Jennifer Polland and Melissa Stanger selected the buildings based on their "innovation, creativity, structure, sustainability and buzz." Business Insider (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Health care industry funds green-building projects
    The construction of sustainable medical facilities has been a key source of work for the architecture, engineering and construction industry, this article says. Notable projects include a $538 million expansion of Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona, which features a central energy plant for its 34-acre campus, and the Swedish Cancer Institute's radiotherapy treatment "vault" in Seattle, said to be the first LEED-Silver certified radiation center. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey reveals drop in interest in getting LEED certification
    A survey by Turner Construction Co. found that fewer companies are interested in pursuing LEED certification, Rob Cassidy writes. Only 48% of respondents indicated they were "very likely" to seek LEED certification for new construction projects or renovations, compared to the 61% who responded that way in Turner's 2008 survey. The reasons some respondents gave about why their firms would not seek LEED certifications were the cost of obtaining the certification, the amount of staff time taken up, the "time required for the process" and the "difficulty of the process." Building Design + Construction/360 Blog (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • The ways that managers lie to themselves
    Among the myths that managers need to abandon is that low turnover means they're doing a good job, Alison Green writes. "Little or no turnover is often a bad sign since no one is perfect in hiring, and low turnover can indicate a manager who doesn't correct her hiring mistakes or hold employees to a high bar," Green writes. The Fast Track (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Rep. Mica: House T&I chair issue "should be over by Thursday"
    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., discussed with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, the possibility of remaining as committee chairman, but he doesn't expect an answer until after elected Republican leaders have been formally set up on today. "I've talked to him. You have to have the election first," Mica said. The committee chairmanship issue "should be over by Thursday." The Hill/Transportation blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Support the ACI Foundation
    Visit for details on all of our programs, donation opportunities and a chance to learn about our funding recipients and donors. Your donation will help important programs like the Concrete Research Council and the Scholarship Council. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Custom seminars available from ACI
    You can now bring ACI's training and education expertise right to your company by scheduling a custom seminar for your employees, customers, or members. Choose from a variety of topics such as: structural design, repair, troubleshooting, slabs-on-ground and many more. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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