Aiming to eclipse a record $810,000 grossed earlier this year, organizers of the 10th annual auction benefitting Concrete Industry Management undergraduate and graduate degree programs are soliciting equipment, material, travel and sports entertainment package donations for silent, online and live bidding. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will conduct the event at the Las Vegas Convention Center on February 4—World of Concrete 2015 day two.Read More
The Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association is accepting through month’s end entries for its 33rd Annual Concrete Design Awards, showcasing the best examples of cast-in-place concrete in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). WRMCA, County Materials Corp. and the Wisconsin Chapter of ACI International are cosponsoring the awards program, with entries judged by a panel of educators and construction professionals.
Piscataway, N.J. start-up Solidia Technologies has signed a partnership agreement with The Linde Group to industrialize technology that can reduce the environmental footprint of precast concrete, lower production costs, and improve product performance. The deal spans development, demonstration and commercialization of Solidia’s carbon dioxide-based concrete curing method.Read More
A new U.S. Green Building Council and American Chemistry Council initiative aims to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating program.Read More
Posting embodied resource and energy performance data for public reference, Lafarge Canada’s new Innovation Hub in Edmonton is one of the first North American projects bearing an Environmental Building Declaration (EBD). The Innovation Hub opened in March with 10 full-time employees. It can accommodate up to 25 for training and meeting purposes.
Targeting subatomic particle containment, engineers have turned to a modular concrete design for an accelerator research facility at Uppsala University, Sweden: precast blocks bearing MagnaDense, a high magnetite content aggregate derived from a deposit near the Arctic Circle.Read More
BeCo Concrete Products has wrapped up production and delivery of a nearly 300-piece Class III reinforced concrete pipe package: 1,080 feet of 144-in. diameter combined sewer sections, including 16 bends, and 1,192 feet of 66-in. diameter storm sewer sections, with 12 bends and six tees. The installation will anchor drainage infrastructure at IKEA St. Louis, a 380,000-sq.-ft., three-level store with 1,300 parking spaces.
Reflecting input from more than 60 producers operating 200-plus plants, the National Precast Concrete Association’s recent Precast Industry Benchmarking Survey indicates 2013 shipments increased 5.2 percent over the prior year, to $16.2 billion—encompassing an estimated 33 million yd. of concrete output and 11 million tons of cement consumption.Read More