Wood Council report: Mass timber, design methodology suit buildings up to 30 stories

Source: Canadian Wood Council (CWC), Vancouver, B.C.

The Case for Tall Wood Buildings validates the use of mass timber products as a viable structural building material option, thanks to a new open design methodology. The CWC-commissioned report highlights wood products’ ability to offer flexible tower construction, meet building codes and be price competitive with concrete and steel structural options.

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Asphalt cost escalator provisions tax state transportation budgets

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Beyond fuel and transportation, rising oil prices directly impact street and highway building and maintenance costs, compounding the hundreds of millions of dollars states lose due to outdated bidding policies that favor petroleum-based asphalt over other paving materials.

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2012 Precast Show attendance rebounds; 2013 dates move three weeks ahead

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Crediting cautious construction market optimism among producers and their suppliers, NPCA reports a significant spike in floor traffic over prior year figures for the Precast Show, co-located with the 2012 Icon Expo in Orlando. The March 1–3 event marked official attendance of 3,692 and 1,000-plus units of training delivered—the highest for the show’s education component since 2008.

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TCA calls for entries for Tilt-Up Concrete Achievement award entries

Source: Tilt-Up Concrete Association, Mount Vernon, Iowa

TCA is accepting entries in its 22nd Tilt-Up Concrete Achievement Awards program through June 29. Industry professionals are encouraged to consider submitting projects for the annual competition throughout the year. To qualify for consideration, a member of the team that maintains a current TCA membership must submit projects.

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