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Fabrication standard dovetails rise of stainless steel rebar

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute’s recently released Standard Practice for Stainless Steel Reinforcing Bar Fabrication Facilities (ANSI/CRSI-IPG4.1) defines development and use of a fabrication quality manual, proper personnel training, inspection criteria, handling and storage, fabrication, and shipping.

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Concrete paver, slab sales climb steadily, return to 2006 peak in sight

Sales of concrete pavers and slabs rose to a projected 721 million square feet in the U.S. and Canada during 2016, a 4.3 percent increase from the prior year’s 690 million sq. ft. According to the 2017 Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute Industry Sales Profile, based on a survey of producers representing more than 50 percent of U.S. and Canadian paver and slab capacity, last year’s estimated total was a) the highest since 2006, when estimated shipments hit 800 million sq. ft.; and, b) 35.5 percent above 2010, when the industry hit a recession-low sales point of 472 million sq. ft.

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Beton Brunet barriers pace Montreal ePrix routing, safety measures

The Lanxess Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit supplied nearly 37 metric tons of charcoal-colored Bayferrox 340 pigments to Beton Brunet, based in Salaberryde-Valleyfield, Québec, for production of 5.5 kilometers of precast concrete barriers that lined both sides of the inaugural 2.75-km Hydro-Quebec Montreal ePrix race course. The July 29–30 event capped the FIA Formula E circuit 2017’s third season, which kicked off in Hong Kong and toured eight other cities, including Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Paris, Berlin and New York. In motor sport, Formula E is a dubbed “sports platform for sustainability,” as the series features full electric-powered cars and uses city street courses.

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Connections’ fire test results encourage mass timber building proponents

A new report tied to the reThink Wood campaign details glulam beam-to-column connections’ fire resistance in Type IV construction, or buildings up to 85-ft. tall. Findings from three assemblies subjected to ASTM E119-16a, Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials, campaign proponents note, “support mass timber as a safe solution that meets stringent fire safety standards for U.S. building design and construction.”

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California stakeholders recognize concrete pavement’s seven-decade record

Construction industry leaders, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials, and state legislators assembled in late-August to recognize the performance, longevity and value inherent in a 10-mile stretch of concrete pavement along Interstate 10, linking Ontario and Colton and placed in 1947 with a projected 20-year service life.

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