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January 3, 2013
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  • Pros and cons of using lightweight concrete for projects
    "Despite the moisture-related challenges that lightweight concrete poses, properly designed and constructed lightweight concrete floor slabs offer a number of efficiencies over normal-weight concrete slabs that project teams should consider," write four engineers. In this piece, they look at some of the problems with using the material, but also explain why it can be better than normal-weight slabs.
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  • Crumbling D.C. bridge highlights aging U.S. infrastructure
    The country needs to spend about $926 billion to upgrade its transportation infrastructure, and a 60-year-old bridge over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., serves to highlight the need for infrastructure repairs. The country needs a reliable infrastructure, said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. "It’s the lifeblood of our economy, the key to connecting our markets, moving products and people, generating and sustaining millions of jobs for American workers, to not wasting hundreds of thousands of hours and millions of gallons of gas on clogged highways," he added. The Washington Post (12/31), Forbes (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • Strategic planning can help contractors deal with challenges
    A strategic planning system could help construction firms address various industry risks and business dilemmas, said Marc McKerley, a partner at Crowe Horwath. In this interview, McKerley offers management tips and advice about how to create a plan to help achieve "successful implementation of strategic goals." Smart Business online (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Buffett firm to spend $2B-$2.5B for 2 Calif. solar projects
    MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., a company owned by Warren Buffett, is paying between $2 billion and $2.5 billion for two planned solar projects in California. SunPower Corp., the seller, will build, operate and maintain the facility, which is expected to generate about 650 construction jobs. Bloomberg (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  Policy Watch  
  • House speaker takes a 2-step approach on Sandy aid bill
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he plans a two-step approach on Hurricane Sandy relief -- a vote on a $9 billion appropriation to the National Flood Insurance Program, scheduled for Friday, and another vote on $51 billion in relief on Jan. 15. The decision followed criticism from Northeastern lawmakers after Boehner canceled a vote on a $60 billion relief bill. "Now we see a total change in attitude of the speaker, not just pulling the bill but making an effort to get it moved rather quickly, and that is a very positive development," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. The Hill/Blog Briefing Room (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Join the Concrete Legacy Society
    The Concrete Legacy Society, established in 2008, is a special group of individuals passionate about the concrete industry who have chosen to make a planned gift to ACI or the ACI Foundation. These donors are helping to ensure that future generations will have access to continued advancements in concrete knowledge -- advancements that ACI has been providing since its inception in 1904. Learn more. 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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