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New ASTM standard links building performance, community resilience

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

The forthcoming ASTM E3130, Developing Cost-Effective Community Resilience Strategies will inform authorities on ways to respond, withstand, and recover from a range of potential catastrophes, such as natural hazards, utility outages, and human-caused disruptions. The standard provides an economic framework to evaluate investment strategies, along with a seven-step approach to help communities formulate resilience plans.

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ACI, ASCC formalize Decorative Concrete Committee, certifications

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The American Concrete Institute and American Society of Concrete Contractors have designated ACI Committee 310, Decorative Concrete, a joint ACI-ASCC committee, tasked with compiling and releasing information on the application of artistic finishes of cast-in-place concrete; avoiding duplication of efforts; and, speeding document development.

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Thomas Concrete builds Southeast footprint in Vulcan RM plant deal

Sources: Thomas Concrete Group AB, Gothenburg, Sweden; CP staff

Thomas Concrete recently acquired 21 Georgia ready mixed concrete production sites—eight active, the remaining idle or in standby mode—from Vulcan Materials Co. They strengthen Thomas Concrete’s metro Atlanta presence and bring the U.S. footprint of its Swedish parent company to 70 plants across Georgia and the Carolinas. 

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Water supply, sewer investment stakeholders lobby lawmakers

Sources: Water Environment Federation, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

Hundreds of drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater leaders and professionals representing the largest organizations or authorities in the country are taking to Capitol Hill during Water Week 2018 (April 15 -21). In meetings with lawmakers, they will advocate for national policies that advance clean, safe, affordable and sustainable water for all Americans, calling on Congress to:

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Contractors credit headcount, training increases to tax reform

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December, more than half of contractor members ABC recently polled plan to hire additional staff and invest in workforce development, while 90 percent indicate that employees have seen an increase in their paychecks.

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