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Superior Walls by Weaver lives up to members-only retreat specs

To meet the housing demand at the Hermitage Club in Wilmington, Vt., 16 multi-million dollar townhomes are being constructed before year’s end. The luxury ski resort properties are being built on the slopeside of Haystack Mountain with energy-efficient Superior Walls Xi Plus precast concrete wall systems.

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Oldcastle Precast accelerates bridge delivery with early P-T placement

Oldcastle Precast Idaho Falls teamed with Bonneville Power Administration, HK Contractors and Bryant Greene Concrete to replace a bridge at the entrance to Pine Basin Camp in Swan Valley, Idaho. Condemned in fall 2016, the existing structure was the only access to the youth camp and a critical link to canyon-routed electrical systems serving Swan Valley plus the neighboring towns of Victor and Driggs.

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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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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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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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