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NRMCA updates guide for performance alternatives to prescriptive concrete specs

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The NRMCA Research Engineering and Standards (RES) Committee has revised Guide to Improving Specifications for Ready Mixed Concrete (2PE004) to reflect the recently released ACI 318-14, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. First published in 2009, the document is a tool for ready mixed producers to minimize prescriptive provisions in actual project specifications and encourage performance-based solutions.

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Indianapolis hosts 2015 Concrete Decor Show

Sources: ProTrade Publications, Eugene, Ore.; CP staff

Registration has opened for the 2015 Concrete Decor Show, September 28–October 2 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, and can be obtained at www.concretedecorshow.com. The show covers the full range of decorative concrete construction, including design, specification, preparation, placement, finishing, repair, resurfacing, and maintenance—highlighting product applications and processes like precast, cast-in-place, coatings, finishes, flooring, countertops, landscape, pools, and vertical conditions. Joining contractors among attendees are design professionals, manufacturers, distributors/suppliers, resellers and retailers. Lead sponsors for the 2015 Concrete Decor Show are SureCrete Design Products and Kingdom Products.

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Lakelands Concrete shores up Lake Ontario breakwater in record Corps contract

Sources: Lakelands Concrete Products, Lima, N.Y.; CP staff

Lakelands 150Western New York architectural and utility precast operator Lakelands Concrete has begun shipping 950 16-ton structures for the Corps of Engineers’ Oswego Harbor Detached Breakwater project along Lake Ontario’s southern shore. The individual structures are known as dolos, derived from South African and Latin terms meaning knuckle bone; through weight and geometry, dolosse (plural) quell shoreline erosion from waves and undercurrent.

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Gage Brothers marks 100 years in concrete with novel project timeline, industry feast

Sources: Gage Brothers Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.; CP staff

Gage Brothers kicked off a summer-long centennial anniversary celebration on June 17 with a “Top 100 Jobs” countdown, presenting via social media channels significant projects over its 100 years in concrete, primarily architectural and structural precast. The top 10 projects will be revealed September 15-24, the latter date dovetailing the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Foundation National BBQ competition and fundraiser.

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$110M lignin line stands to stabilize supply of key water reducer ingredient

Sources: Rayonier Advanced Materials, Jacksonville, Fla.; Borregaard ASA, Sarpsborg, Norway; CP staff

Rayonier and Borregaard have effected a letter of intent to develop a 150,000 metric ton capacity production line for lignin, a cellulose-derived raw material where global supply and demand imbalance invites price spikes of products including concrete admixtures. The 45/55 joint venture will be based at the Fernandina Beach, Fla., cellulose fiber processing plant of minority partner Rayonier.

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