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Bank vault-grade wall, roof equip data center for 360 mph winds

Sources: Ascent LLC, St. Louis; CP staff

AscentA builder and operator of highly secure data centers is promoting its latest facility on the strength of mass, reinforced concrete: 15-in. walls and a 13.5-in. roof enclosing 42,600 sq. ft. of space. Dubbed DAL1 for its Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex proximity, the new Plano, Texas, facility is built to withstand exposure to 360 mph winds, well above the National Weather Service’s 200-mph threshold for (Enhanced Fujita Scale) EF5 tornadoes.

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PennDOT the latest agency to give prestressed U-girders the green light

Sources: Modjeski and Masters, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; CP staff

Bridge designer and engineer Modjeski and Masters cites Pennsylvania Department of Transportation approval of standards immediately affording spliced, post-tensioned concrete U-girder options to state practitioners and structure owners. The new standards can be used for Design-Build projects, or as an Alternate Bridge Type at PennDOT District Executive discretion.

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PCA: Residential, commercial work drive 2015 cement shipment gains

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

The latest report from the PCA Market Intelligence Apparent Use series confirms the role residential and commercial building activity played in last year’s 3.7 percent portland cement shipment gain over 2014, and offsetting volume lost from lower street & highway sector material demand.

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