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Canadian groups quantify concrete pavement value for municipalities, taxpayers

Sources: Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO), Mississauga; Cement Association of Canada (CAC)

Timed with agencies’ increasing focus on short- and long-term construction and maintenance costs, “Methodology for the Development of Equivalent Pavement Design Matrix for Municipal Roadways” is the first reference of its kind for concrete and asphalt pavement cost comparison.

“Municipalities are seeking ways to more efficiently manage their budgets and improve the performance of their roadways,” says RMCAO President John Hull. “We felt it was imperative to undertake this study so they could have a reference document that compares equivalent concrete and pavement designs for various traffic levels and soil conditions, and determines their life-cycle cost.”

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NCMA site details industry-wide, promotion-funding checkoff program

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

The launch of http://cmucheckoff.com/ continues concrete masonry interests’ gauging of a promotion-geared check-off program enlisting producers across the industry. The website provides an overview of the industry and its role in building sustainable communities, while also providing information on check-off programs NCMA is considering to propose to members and nonmembers.

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Fabcon shows metal building quality starts at the base

Source: Fabcon LLC, Savage, Minn.

Wains-Crete, a new precast modular base panel for use with metal buildings, suits high-traffic areas where lifts, skid-loaders and other work vehicles can damage ordinary metal walls. Fabcon is casting Wains-Crete in 8- x 10-ft. panels and partials in 2-ft. increments.

“This is the perfect solution for the building owner or contractor who wants to enhance a metal building installation by adding the perimeter protection and upgraded appearance of precast concrete,” says Fabcon V.P. of Sales & Marketing Jim Houtman. “[The] panels beat traditional masonry or block construction when you consider construction speed, thermal performance and cost to maintain.”

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Holcim consolidates stake in Texas’ Lattimore Materials

Sources: Holcim Participations (US), Waltham, Mass.; CP staff

After receiving Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice clearance, Holcim Participations has entered a nonbinding letter of intent to acquire a remaining 51 percent stake in McKinney, Texas-based Lattimore Materials Co. A key Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex player, the family-operated business spans 35 concrete plants on 26 sites, a 400-plus mixer and dump truck fleet, seven aggregate operations, and four rail terminals.

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SCM, aggregate processor Calera eyes concrete pilots for CO2-sequestering carbonate

Sources: CP staff; Calera Corp., Los Gatos, Calif.

Two years after outlining research aimed at commercial processes for carbon dioxide-capturing aggregate or cementitious materials, Calera has announced a series of prospective concrete applications testing a mix agent from its Mineralization via Aqueous Precipitation technology. An initial carbonate product, Partial Cement Substitute (PCS), is derived from the flue gas of the Moss power plant in northern California, coupled with naturally occurring, water-based calcium or magnesium sources.

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