Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff
The Swiss parent of Sika Corp. has closed on a forerunner in value-added flatwork, billing Los Angeles-based L.M. Scofield Co. as “a 100-year-old, family-owned company long established as the number one brand of concrete color additives and decorative products in North America.”
Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Washington, D.C.; CP staff
A lawsuit ABC and other national or state groups have filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas challenges the U.S. Department of Labor’s final “persuader rule,” issued late last month. Officially titled Interpretation of the “Advice” Exemption, it revises the definition of what activities constitute “advice” and expands circumstances under which public reporting is required under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959.
Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff
A collaborative effort of NCMA producer members and hardscape industry leaders has yielded Segmental Retaining Walls Best Practices Guide for the Specification, Design, Construction, and Inspection of SRW Systems.
Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff
The American Society of Civil Engineers has presented the Charles Pankow Award for Innovation to PCI, whose “Seismic Design Methodology for Precast Concrete Diaphragms” project addresses engineering obstacles—rooted in structural member-to-member or member-to-shear wall connections—to precast concrete solutions in high seismic zone markets.