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Mass timber proponents tout connections’ fire test results

Sources: Softwood Lumber Board, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new report tied to the reThink Wood campaign details glulam beam-to-column connections’ fire resistance in Type IV construction, or buildings up to 85-ft. tall. Findings from three assemblies subjected to ASTM E119-16a, Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials, campaign proponents note, “support mass timber as a safe solution that meets stringent fire safety standards for U.S. building design and construction.”

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EPA to revisit engine, emissions standards affecting glider trucks

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; J.D. Power Valuation Services, McLean, Va.

Responding to concerns from truck glider kit and trailer stakeholders, EPA is taking a second look at provisions of the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines rule.

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Industry, lawmakers mark California concrete pavement milestone

Sources: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.; CP staff

Highway construction stakeholders, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials, and state legislators assembled in mid-August to recognize the performance, longevity and value inherent in a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 10 concrete pavement, linking Ontario and Colton and placed in 1947 with a projected 20-year service life.

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Seattle Teamsters bask in contract settling disruptive CalPortland strike

Sources: Teamsters Local 174, Tukwila, Wash.; CP staff

Teamsters Local 174 rank & file have approved a four-year contract with the Seattle market’s principal ready mixed operators: CalPortland, Cadman and Lehigh Cement, Stoneway Concrete, and Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel. Ratification of a deal covering nearly 300 drivers had major implications for concrete deliveries in downtown Seattle and areas immediately north, where technology companies and their employees are fueling a wave of mid- and high-rise building projects.

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ACI, ASCC team on Tolerances

Sources: American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis

ACI 117 – Tolerances has become a joint American Concrete Institute and American Society of Concrete Contractors committee, tasked with collecting, developing, coordinating, and specifying construction and materials tolerances through liaison with other ACI committees and related industry organizations.

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