Federal judge affirms truck drivers’ absence from Davis-Bacon lanes

White House and Department of Labor (DOL) staff attempts to lower contractor margins and raise public-construction costs hit a roadblock late last month in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division. Associated General Contractors of America-led plaintiffs prevailed in a challenge to three provisions in the DOL’s “Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations” final rule,…

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Integration Success

A visit with 2024 Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association Chair Sam Hoehner   Two years out from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association unification, the successor organization’s board chair sees a groundswell of indicators favoring members, allied interests and architectural, engineering and construction parties, concluding, “I can’t think of a better time to be a part…

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Concrete producers lead the way in federal agency’s Buy Clean agenda

The White House and General Services Administration have marked the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)-funded low embodied carbon (LEC) construction materials procurement program pilot, noting “a dramatic increase of thousands more environmental product declarations used to identify sustainably-manufactured construction materials over the past year. EPDs are a key tool for gaining visibility into a product’s environmental impacts…

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Work ethic takes center stage

We reflect this month on 2024 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association convention notables: Committee awards and Chairman Nathan McKean’s enthusiastic industry view. Here, we extend the Florida gathering’s salutes to NRMCA Executive Vice President, Operations and Compliance Gary Mullings, who has retired from day-to-day duty after 50-plus years with the organization. Luckily, he continues as a consultant, primarily assisting the…

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Steel, cement and foreign ownership

Under the pretense of concerns tied to the economy, infrastructure and national security, powerful interests oppose a takeover of United States Steel Corp. (USS) by Japan’s Nippon Steel Corp. The deal is set to close in the third quarter pending USS shareholder approval, voting for which is scheduled this month. In a statement following USS board acceptance of a Nippon…

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SANDY CONDITIONS

McCarthy Building Companies recently raised the final beam on Building G for The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Due to tight site conditions and the coastal environment, the team created a reverse forming system to develop the foundation system for the new research facility, as it needed to establish a way to hold up the sand before pouring the foundation.…

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Streamlined Slab

Authorized installer Wayne Brothers proves MEGASLAB tendencies to low carbon metrics, high load-bearing potential, plus concrete schedule and jointing optimization The MEGASLAB specification equates to a 70 percent reduction in the amount of jointing that a conventional 9-in. thick alternative would require. The darker, glass-like section shown here has received a final trowel pass and is ready for MEGASpray. Following…

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Performance specs drive dematerialization strategy

Building Transparency, the Seattle-based organization behind the environmental product declaration-fueled Embodied Carbon Calculator (EC3), raises a “less is more” premise for carbon emissions-minded architectural, engineering and construction professionals. Authors of its latest report, Manufacturers Guide to Embodied Carbon, frame “dematerialization” as a strategy where the lowest cost, lowest carbon footprint specification results from a design requiring less raw material per…

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For the Team

Workforce safety, input and growth potential carry the  day at new Knife River Prestress Division flagship BY DON MARSH A new high-bay structure a stone’s throw from the Washington-Idaho border is poised to emerge this decade as the most productive precast, prestressed concrete facility on the West Coast. With nearly 200,000 square feet under roof on a 45-acre site, the…

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Decorative Design

15th Annual Decorative Concrete International Awards program. Open to both ASCC members and non-members, the competition honors outstanding decorative concrete projects in 19 categories ranging from Cementitious Overlays to Architectural Cast-in-Place. Submitted entries were judged equally on aesthetics, craftsmanship, functionality, creativity and safety by a panel of industry professionals. The 2023 awards were presented during ASCC’s annual convention in Grand…

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