I.M Pei leaves behind a legacy of iconic modern architecture | Contractor widens 37-mile stretch of Germany's Autobahn | Concrete wall construction to begin at Tenn. dam
May 20, 2019
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I.M Pei leaves behind a legacy of iconic modern architecture
I.M. Pei, a famed architect perhaps best known for his additions to the Louvre Museum in Paris and National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., passed away last week at the age of 102. Pei also designed the cantilevered, sculptural concrete building at The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y., and a cast-in-place architectural concrete building for the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, N.Y.
CityLab (5/17) 
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Contractor widens 37-mile stretch of Germany's Autobahn
BT Beton-Technik was able to quickly build a 47.6-foot-wide addition to a 37-mile stretch of Germany's Autobahn using advanced paving technology. The contractor used a pair of slipform pavers and a self-propelled curing unit to achieve paving rates of 1,312 to 1,640 feet per 12-hour shift operation.
ForConstructionPros (5/20) 
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Concrete wall construction to begin at Tenn. dam
Construction crews are preparing to build an underground concrete wall along the embankment of the Boone Dam in Tennessee. An onsite batch plant was installed to allow crews conveniently produce concrete for the project.
Johnson City Press (Tenn.) (5/18) 
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Technology & Trends
An overview of self-consolidating concrete
Self-consolidating concrete's ability to fill forms without segregation makes it particularly helpful for difficult placing conditions. In this article, Michael Stanzel evaluates the chemistry, design, production, performance and sustainability of self-consolidating concrete.
Construction Canada online (5/17) 
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Lean methods require buy-in, participation from all parties
Lean construction methods call for contractors to engage with partners early and often to ensure the level of collaboration needed to succeed, according to Centron Group Vice President of Construction Brian Bec. Participants must also make client expectations known right away and track project metrics to improve processes as work continues, Bec said.
Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (5/17) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
Scottish scientists work to develop pellets from waste ash
Scientists at the Advanced Forming Research Centre at Scotland's University of Strathclyde are mixing waste ash with cement and water to make pellets suitable for use in construction. Recycling company Enva commissioned the project, which could divert 100,000 metric tons of ash from landfills annually.
Insider (UK) (5/20) 
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Leadership & HR
What benefits do candidates want?
Companies can attract talent by offering benefits at the top of job seekers' wish lists. Health care, parental leave, continuing education and remote work are among eight benefits sought by candidates, according to a Jobvite survey.
The Motley Fool (5/7) 
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Policy Watch
Construction industry welcomes canceled tariffs
The construction industry reacted positively to news that the US has lifted tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico -- a move the Trump administration hopes will push Congress to approve the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. "[A] widening of export opportunities for US producers that have been burdened by the tariffs should lead to an uptick in orders for construction of export-oriented manufacturing, distribution and transportation facilities," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America.
Engineering News-Record (5/17) 
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