Condominium association, engineers dig deep to reverse tower tilt

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The Millennium Tower Homeowners Association has outlined a plan for the building at 301 Mission Street, San Francisco, to halt settlement and reverse its tilt by installing new foundation piles tying the structure to bedrock. Mission Street Development LLC, the original developer, has agreed to perform and warrant work for the retrofit, which is anticipated to be paid for by a settlement pursuant to an ongoing, confidential mediation.

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NRMCA debuts Improving Concrete Quality course

Geared to concrete producers, material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, a new one-day course explores ways to quantify tangible and intangible benefits attributable to improving quality. Modeled on National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s new publication Improving Concrete Quality, it premiers Wednesday, October 15 in Silver Spring, Md. 

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Cemex anchors TCA convention demonstration

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s annual convention, presented by Meadow Burke September 29–October 1 in San Jose, Calif., will feature educational opportunities for contractors, engineers, architects, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, educators and developers from across the globe, plus an outdoor demonstration from Bradley Concrete, Cemex and Hub Construction Specialties.

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Building Sciences chief addresses ACI Sustainability Forum, fall convention

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

Under the theme “Spanning the Globe,” nearly 2,000 engineers, architects, contractors, educators, manufacturers, and material representatives from around the world will convene October 26-30 at the Washington (D.C.) Hilton Hotel to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications and standards—amid other ACI fall convention activities.

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ACI rebuilds concrete.org with an eye to functionality, graphics, mobile devices

The new www.concrete.org was developed by website information architecture experts at The Understanding Group of Ann Arbor, Mich. Web page design and brand identity were upgraded in conjunction with Q Ltd., also of Ann Arbor.

American Concrete Institute has completely overhauled and redesigned its website, www.concrete.org. Based on feedback from members and customers, the site features more intuitive navigation than its predecessor, new tools and “Topics in Concrete” sections, plus capability to translate content through a built-in translator. The site will maintain existing committee functionality with an easier-to use interface, and automatically reformat to display on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.

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Supreme Court sides with hardscape dealer Haluch Gravel in Operating Engineers pension case

Sources: U.S. Supreme Court; Oyez Archive/Kent College of Law, Chicago; CP staff

The Supreme Court has reversed a U.S. Court of Appeals decision for plaintiffs (Funds), led by the Central Pension Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers, which had pursued additional contributions and reimbursement of litigation expenses from Ray Haluch Gravel Co.

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ACI reorganizes 318 code around building system members, curtails cross references

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

ACI is finalizing ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, announcing at World of Concrete 2014 the streamlined document’s new orientation to engineers; more intuitive flow of requirements compared to earlier versions; and, centralized construction requirements in a single chapter.

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