Concrete, composites, steel and wood stakeholders pen Utility Pole PCR

Sources: American Composites Manufacturers Association, Arlington, Va.; CP staff Cambridge, Mass.-based Product Category Rule program operator Sustainable Minds LLC has published the Utility Pole PCR, providing a life cycle assessment applicable to Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for concrete, composite, steel or wood power distribution structures. The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) initiated development of the document through a committee with…

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Underwriting giant Allianz analyzes mass timber construction risks

Sources: Allianz Commercial, Zurich; CP staff The latest installment of the Allianz Commercial Emerging Risk Trend Talk series examines financial and life safety factors surrounding mass timber construction. Authors find a) mass timber assemblies and building methods are relatively new, while testing continues to establish a methodology for determining the performance of structural elements during a fire; b) regulatory frameworks…

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General Shale builds thin brick portfolio with Summitville Tiles

Sources: General Shale, Johnson City, Tenn.; CP staff General Shale, a major player in clay and concrete masonry, has acquired Ohio-based Summitville Tiles. The deal represents a strategic expansion of the suitor’s thin brick portfolio, especially in commercial precast concrete panel and industrial projects. Summitville offers embedded veneer units in 25 colors and wire cut, Landmark or Olde Towne series…

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Survey confirms wood vs. concrete multifamily building insurance differences

Sources: Concrete Advancement Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff In a follow up to an initial 2017 study, the Concrete Advancement Foundation and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association quantify the expected underwriting cost differences between combustible versus noncombustible construction in their 2024 Survey of Insurance Costs for Multifamily Buildings Constructed with Wood-frame and Concrete. The…

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CMHA, GCP join Embodied Carbon Calculator developer Building Transparency

Sources: Building Transparency, Seattle; CP staff The latest Lead or Pilot Partners supporting the nonprofit organization building the Embodied Carbon Calculator (EC3) represent a diverse set of manufacturers, suppliers, organizations or individual architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) entities fostering low-carbon public or private contract procurement. In addition to the Concrete Masonry and Hardscapes Association, GCP Applied Technologies and other new…

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Rebar placement robot books 15-ton day on Florida bridge deck 

Sources: Advanced Construction Robotics Inc., Allison Park, Pa.; CP staff Armed with Advanced Construction Robotics’ IronBOT and TyBOT devices, crews from Shelby Erectors recently wrapped up placement of 164 tons of rebar, coupled with the securing of 83,200 top and bottom ties, for the 53,400 sq. ft. deck of a Kirkman Road crossing in Orlando. Daily output on the 310-ft.…

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EnCon Colorado’s Fabinski chairs Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has named EnCon Colorado Vice President and General Manager Jim Fabinski as 2024 chair. Joining him on the officer and director slate elected during the PCI annual convention were Tindall Corp. President Cheryl Lang, secretary/treasurer and board members Corey Greika of Coreslab (INDIANAPOLIS); Chris Rogers of Metromont Corp.; Alan…

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PCI honors 10 new Titans of the Industry 

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute has named 10 PCI Titans of the Industry for their exceptional and unique contributions to advancing the organization and members’ role in building and infrastructure construction: PCI named 50 charter Titans of the Industry in 2004 as part of observances of the organization’s 50th anniversary, and added eight Titans…

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Nucor budgets $860M for 650K-tpy rebar mill in Pacific Northwest

Sources: Nucor Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; CP staff The Nucor Board of Directors has approved an $860 million outlay to construct a 650,000-tons-per-year rebar micro mill in the Pacific Northwest. Equipped for a full range of concrete rebar sizes and spooling capabilities, the facility will be the producer’s fourth and largest such operation, with approximately 50 percent more capacity than a…

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ORCO Block & Hardscape VP Echternach named successor to CEO Muth

Sources: ORCO Block & Hardscapes, Stanton, Calif.; CP staff ORCO Block & Hardscape CEO Rick Muth has assumed a new role as chairman and appointed Dave Echternach as his successor. Echternach has a nearly 20-year track record of leadership success at the southern California concrete masonry operator, serving as sales manager and vice president. He joined ORCO after tours of…

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