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ACI, ASCC update quality construction benchmark

The American Concrete Institute and American Society of Concrete Contractors will release the fourth edition of their Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction this month. First published in 1992, more than 85,000 copies of the title have been sold, providing up-to-date knowledge of quality concrete methods.

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Developer relies on ICF panels for townhomes in LEED-ND site

Gainesville-based Viking Companies broke ground in early November on 86 luxury urban townhomes in Celebration Pointe, a 160-acre premier mixed-use development in Gainesville, Fla. Celebration Pointe will be the first green transit-oriented development in the state and will seek LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development) certification in keeping with national guidelines for community sustainability.

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Oldcastle Infrastructure biofilter bests water pollution control metrics

Atlanta-based Oldcastle Infrastructure has secured Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approval for the BioPod Biofilter System with StormMix Media, recognized for 50 percent total phosphorus removal efficiency—the highest available rating. The agency nod turned on Oldcastle Infrastructure field data plus General Use Level Designation from the state of Washington.

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Condominium association, engineers dig deep to reverse tower tilt

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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Economists see equipment, technology outlays outpacing GDP growth

Investment in equipment and software is projected to expand 4.1 percent in the new year, during which gross domestic product is projected to increase 2.3 percent over 2018, according to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. The Washington, D.C. group’s 2019 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook notes that such investment increased at a robust rate in the first half of last year, driven by more preferable tax treatment and a general upswing in the U.S. economy. However, growth slowed in the third quarter and recent federal government figures suggest a continuation of the trend, spelling a weak 2019 springboard.

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