Community catalyst

Lafarge Canada has teamed with BGC Ottawa (formerly the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa) to build the new Taggart Parkes Family Clubhouse, donating upward of 500 cubic meters of ECOPact low-carbon ready mixed concrete for the 15,000-square-foot facility. The recent grand opening ceremony marked a special milestone for the thousands of children and youth in underserved neighborhoods in the…

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MANUFACTURERS – August 2022

Topwerk America has announced the year-end retirement of Topwerk Services President Gudrun Hess. She will assist in a transition to successor Scott Russell, elevated from his post as North American sales director for Prinzing Pfeiffer, Topwerk Group member. Gudrun Hess formed Hess Machinery Canada in 1981, focusing on North American market development for Germany’s Hess Maschinenfabrik. Since 2013, she has…

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ORGANIZATIONS – August 2022

The National Steering Committee (NSC) behind the five Concrete Industry Management four-year degree programs has named 2022 officers: Executive Director Rex Cottle (retired, Trinity Industries); Chairman Karl H. Watson Jr. (7W Capital); Vice Chairman Steven Cox (Command Alkon); Secretary/Treasurer Nicole Maher (National Ready Mixed Concrete Association); and, Immediate Past Chairman Mike Schneider (Baker Concrete). Officers also serve on the NSC…

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PRODUCERS – August 202

Vulcan Materials Co. has elected Lydia Kennard to its 12-member Board of Directors, where she will serve on the Audit and Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs committees. She is chief executive officer of KDG Construction Consulting, a provider of construction management services for public infrastructure projects, and Quality Engineering Solutions, a full-service pavement engineering and construction inspection firm. Kennard also…

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Liebherr LCA study: Technology neutrality best emissions reduction course

In order to achieve the international objectives surrounding projected global warming trends through 2100, climate change observers contend, economies worldwide must reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions significantly in all sectors. Recognizing how emissions discipline applies to the construction industry, Germany’s Liebherr Group is working on new, efficient drive concepts for its concrete delivery and earthmoving equipment. The manufacturer enlisted…

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Revised ACI Proportioning Guide factors SCM, binary and ternary mixtures

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich. American Concrete Institute Committee 211–Proportioning Concrete Mixtures has updated its signature publication to include the latest information on supplementary cementitious materials, chemical admixtures, and particle packing. ACI PRC-211.1-22: Selecting Proportions for Normal-Density and High-Density Concrete—Guide offers various examples incorporating binary or ternary mixes, plus key mixture proportioning parameters such as paste-to-void volume and…

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Research findings make emissions case for diesel vs. electric truck power

A new study that evaluates several approaches to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and other emissions from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles over the next decade finds considerable advantages with advanced diesel technology—particularly when using renewable biofuels—as compared to an electrification strategy. Trucks operating in 10 Northeastern states (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont)…

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Contractor Hardon elevates site manager workspaces, crew productivity

SkyPodz LLC, a sister business of Buford, Ga. concrete contractor Hardon Inc., has developed a mobile office for high-rise construction. A lightweight, temporary structure hoisted by crane and mounted to any floor slab, the SkyPod allows site managers and superintendents to remain closer to their work. It provides an enclosed office, storage, and power source for any trade, and saves…

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ASTM Committees CO1, C09, C15 honor PCA, ACI, Cemex USA, NCMA veterans

ASTM International has presented ICPI-NCMA Vice President of Engineering, Masonry Nick Lang with the Award of Merit and accompanying title of Fellow for his contributions to Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. Award of Merit is the highest Society recognition for an individual’s distinguished service and committee participation. Lang joined the National Concrete Masonry Association in 2006 and most recently…

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