PCA Bridge Award entry deadline nears

Source: Portland Cement Association Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

PCA is accepting through June 30 entries for the 14th biennial Bridge Awards competition, recognizing excellence in design and construction of cast-in-pllace or precast concrete crossings. Eligible structures are highway, rail, transit, pedestrian or wildlife crossings essentially completed between October 2011 and September 2013, and located in the U.S. or Canada.

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Oldcastle Architectural times insulated wall system launch with AIA Convention

Source: Oldcastle Architectural, Atlanta; CP staff

InsulTech, a completely insulated concrete masonry unit (ICMU) wall assembly offering energy efficiency and moisture management performance benefits, coupled with standard installation assurances, leads new offerings Oldcastle Architectural will bring to the American Institute of Architects 2014 Convention and Expo, June 26-28 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

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NPCA seeks precast plants for Sustainability Program pilot

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

The NPCA Sustainability Committee plans to enlist 10 precast producers across North America to test software calculating three environmental impact factors tied to mix designs and plant operations: global warming potential, primary energy consumption and water use. The Excel-based program enables users to benchmark and track progress against baseline impact numbers.

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NRMCA states the business case for investing in quality control

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Set for early-July release, NRMCA’s Improving Concrete Quality shows ready mixed company executives and managers how to boost operational performance; reduce labor and material costs; and, lower the environmental footprint of concrete while raising the overall quality of cast-in-place construction.

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Quebec officials sustain predecessors’ financial backing of McInnis Cement

Sources: Quebec Office of Minister of Economy, Innovation and Export Trade; McInnis Cement, Montreal; CP staff

Leaders in the newly elected Quebec government have confirmed the major financial commitment—$100 million equity stake plus $250 million in senior debt—prior province officials announced earlier this year for the $1.1 billion McInnis Cement plant and marine terminal in Port-Daniel-Gascons.

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Laborers dispatch bridge debris-mangled bus prop for highway funding campaign

Source: Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Under a “Getting Schooled in Infrastructure” banner, organized labor’s most proactive voice for federal transportation investment has kicked off a six-week tour of 22 cities and Congressional districts, a bridge debris-bearing school bus leading the charge.

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