CarbonBuilt: NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize winner

Sources: CarbonBuilt, Los Angeles; CP staff The University of California, Los Angeles Samueli School of Engineering-minted CarbonBuilt team has been named one of two winners in the NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize competition, its $7.5 million award recognizing technology that reduces the carbon footprint of concrete production by more than 50 percent. The team of faculty members, project scientists, graduate students…

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CarbonCure Technologies: NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize winner

Sources: CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, Nova Scotia; CP staff CarbonCure Technologies is one of two finalists to prevail in the $20 million NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize competition, which took place in three rounds over 54 months and challenged participants to convert industrial carbon dioxide emissions into usable products. CarbonCure received $7.5 million for proving the CO2 capture and use potential of it process at…

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AGT Products expands concrete market reach through Rhino Products

Source: AGT Products Inc., Mississauga, Ontario AGT Products USA, a key player in building materials and top prefinished subfloor products distributor, has completed the full purchase of Ohio-based Rhino Carbon Fiber Products, which has a 20-year track record spanning innovative concrete strengthening and repair solutions for residential and commercial spaces. The acquisition sustains AGT’s growth strategy through expansion in the…

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Silicon Valley mid-rise marks second deployment for rebar-free SpeedCore

Sources: Level 10 Construction, Sunnyvale, Calif.; CP staff After a convincing 2019 debut on Seattle’s 58-story Rainier Square Tower, the SpeedCore Concrete-Filled Composite Plate Shear Wall system is being used for the 200 Park project in downtown San Jose, Calif. Silicon Valley general contractor Level 10 proposed the concept to developer Jay Paul Co. as a means of saving up…

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Kopczynski leads American Concrete Institute officer slate

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff Cary Kopczynski, principal of an eponymous engineering firm with Chicago and Seattle offices, has been elected ACI president for 2021-22, succeeding Minneapolis attorney and (pre-AECOM) Ellerbe Associates veteran Jeffrey Coleman. A recognized expert in reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete building design, Kopczynski has served on the ACI Foundation Board of Trustees…

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Civil Engineering program offers 3D printing technology primer

Sources: Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; CP staff The Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology presents concrete methods in “3D Printed Buildings Guide: Required Materials, Tips, and Resources” as part of a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree overview, posted here. The guide provides an overview of 3D-printed buildings; project scheduling and labor-saving advantages; challenges for adoption of the…

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Colas SA subsidiary settles case of sub-spec concrete for Navy airfields

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice; CP staff A Middle East sister operation of New Jersey-based Colas USA has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by selling substandard concrete placed at U.S. Navy airfields in the Republic of Djibouti, nestled between Ethiopia and the strait linking the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Settlements with the…

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Forterra Board approves Quikrete takeover offer

Sources: Forterra Inc., Irving, Texas; Quikrete Holdings Inc., Atlanta; CP staff Principals project a fourth quarter closing on a $2.75 billion deal in which Quikrete Holdings will acquire all outstanding Forterra shares and debt. The cash transaction has the potential to bring under one roof the top two players in manufactured concrete drainage structures— integrating assets that have evolved from…

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Slag cement producers log fifth consecutive year of double-digit shipment gains

Sources: Slag Cement Association, Farmington Hills, Mich., Slag cement shipments in the U.S. climbed 11.7 percent in 2020 versus prior-year volume, sustaining a streak of year-over-year, double-digit percentage growth dating to 2016. The Slag Cement Association attributes the trend in part to the binder’s benefits in plastic and cured concrete, including better workability and finishability; thermal stress reduction; higher compressive…

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ACI ‘frees’ education, practice assets under new membership terms

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. Effective January 2021, American Concrete Institute members enjoy free ACI University live webinars and 260+ on-demand courses, plus unlimited use of the Institute’s practices and symposium online volumes. Expanded knowledge resource access joins membership offerings that include periodical subscriptions and publication or event registration discounts.

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