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ACI Fall Convention bridges ‘Theory and Practice’ in Cincinnati

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

For its 2011 Fall Convention, October 16–20, ACI will be “Bridging Theory and Practice” with 30-plus technical sessions, committee meetings, a new Career Fair for Students and Young Professionals, and a trade exhibition. Consistent with its theme, the convention will bring together industry leaders—ranging from contractors to educators—to collaborate on concrete codes, specifications and standards.

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Cemen Tech proves model small business for Bachmann campaign bus tour

Sources: Bachmann for President Campaign, Woodbury, Minn.; CP staff

Flanked by stationary and truck-mounted Mobile Concrete Dispensers in the Cemen Tech Inc. volumetric and continuous mixer assembly area, 2012 Republican presidential primary candidate Michele Bachmann told management and staff, “It’s not government that creates lasting jobs, it’s small businesses, like [yours], that are the job creation engine of America. We have to do everything we can to strengthen small business.”

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Oldcastle/Belgard Hardscapes reveals "Beautiful" outdoor kitchen in the heart of the Big Apple

Sources: Oldcastle Architectural, Belgard Hardscapes, Atlanta

The much-anticipated House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year with its first-ever outdoor component was unveiled July 18 in New York’s Rockefeller Center. The structure of the custom kitchen was created using a combination of modular components from the Belgard Elements Collection. This includes outdoor living room and kitchen units that are manufactured by Harmony Outdoor Living in a controlled factory setting using Belgard pavers and wall products and shipped in sections to enable site assembly with skid steer. Mike Miles of Belgard Hardscapes and Harmony Outdoor Living notes that “[the] line of factory-built modular units provides a way to easily create luxury hardscape kitchens for a fraction of the time and cost of a site-built kitchen.”

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CMA-California, BYU researchers confirm high SCM masonry grout performance

Sources: Brigham Young University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Provo, Utah; Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN); CP staff

To boost market prospects for masonry walls of high recycled materials content, CMACN is supporting an investigation to a) confirm that California Building Code-required strength is maintained in grouts where portland cement is substituted with Class F fly ash at 45–65 percent and Class F fly ash + GGBF slag at 65–85 percent; and, b) observe how prism units containing such grouts behave with Type M, S and N mortars. Under the direction of Professor Dr. Fernando Fonseca, BYU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering staff is preparing to test 180-day grout strengths, following measurement at seven, 28 and 56 days.

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Top gun GC completes 200th LEED project

Source: Turner Construction Co., New York

The Yale University Health Center in New Haven, Conn., brings another milestone to Turner Construction, the largest general contractor in buildings and one of the oldest players in reinforced concrete work. The 140,000-sq.-ft. facility in New Haven, Conn., is the contractor’s 200th project to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Green Buildings Certification Institute.

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