Fla. coastal homeowners opt for concrete ahead of hurricane season | Ohio school to add reinforced concrete tornado shelter | Study: Ohio city could need up to $5B for highway, bridge maintenance
May 22, 2019
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Fla. coastal homeowners opt for concrete ahead of hurricane season
As hurricane season approaches, some people, such as attorney Russell King, are turning to concrete to reinforce their homes. However, less than 8% of the 800,000 homes built in the US in 2017 had concrete frames, according to the Census Department.
ForConstructionPros (5/22),  CNBC (5/21) 
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Ohio school to add reinforced concrete tornado shelter
Ohio's Fairborn Primary School is building a tornado shelter that will be able to hold 1,200 students inside, reportedly making it the first school in the state to do so. The shelter will have steel-reinforced concrete walls that are three times thicker than conventional cinder blocks.
WSYX-TV (Columbus, Ohio) (5/21) 
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Study: Ohio city could need up to $5B for highway, bridge maintenance
Over the next 25 years, the cost of maintaining roads and bridges in the Akron, Ohio, area will approach $5 billion after inflation, according to the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study. AMATS' Highway Preservation Needs Report identifies 41 bridges in "poor" condition but does not specifically identify road projects.
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (5/21) 
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Technology & Trends
Singapore researchers 3D-print prefabricated concrete bathroom units
A multidisciplinary team from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore incorporated fly ash waste into a special concrete mixture used to 3D-print prefabricated bathroom units in 12 hours. The researchers believe their process can help significantly lower production times, costs and unit weight.
Today (Singapore) (5/22),  PhysOrg/News release (5/22) 
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Drones provide value to construction industry, but challenges remain
Construction industry drones have evolved from being a marketing gimmick to providing tangible value to contractors. Drones provide accurate surveying data at a lower cost, but they come with many challenges, including how to effectively manage data.
Inside Unmanned Systems online (5/2019) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
ASMI adds features to Impact Estimator for Buildings
The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute has updated its Impact Estimator for Buildings software tool to include features such as new concrete masonry unit wall take-offs for different locations. The whole-building life cycle assessment software now also allows Canadian Ready Mixed Concrete Association environmental product declaration mixes to be imported in bulk.
Concrete Products (5/21) 
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Leadership & HR
Tips for training on workplace mental health
Training on mental health issues should help nurture a safe workplace and open dialog, write Bernie Wong and Jen Anderson of Mind Share Partners. Wong and Anderson offer five components for productive training, including helping employees identify signs of mental distress and teaching managers about Americans with Disabilities compliance.
Training magazine (5/15) 
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Policy Watch
Trump wants trade deal passed before infrastructure bill
President Donald Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requesting that a new trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico be approved before Congress takes up infrastructure legislation. Trump is "committed to passing an infrastructure bill," but says Democrats' specific priorities are "unclear."
The Associated Press (5/21) 
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