Amazon Web Services (AWS) has approved ECOPact brand mixes for northern Virginia data centers—facilities whose electrical and mechanical infrastructure typically spells inordinate concrete mass. Holcim US ready mixed operations design ECOPact orders with cementitious material blends, optimizing portland cement dosages and lowering concrete slabs and structures’ embodied carbon levels. A new AWS standard for U.S. data centers calls for mix…Read More
Sources: Holcim US, Chicago; CP staff Amazon Web Services has approved Holcim ECOPact concrete mixes for a series of northern Virginia data centers in which Baker Concrete Construction or HITT Contracting will perform slab and structural work. The specification abides a new AWS standard for such facilities built in the U.S., whereby mix designs’ embodied carbon metrics are at least…Read More
The Portland Cement Association has named 2020 John P. Gleason Jr., Leadership Awards recipients, each recognized for efforts in advancing industry programs and initiatives in three categories:Read More
The American Concrete Pipe Association has named Michael Kremer, MBA, as vice president of Marketing, a newly created position to advance the association’s efforts to meet the critical need for resilient and sustainable infrastructure. He will lead the development and implementation of marketing strategy, messaging and materials that support ACPA’s mission and industry objectives.Read More
The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association’s Emerging Leaders Academy has assembled and delivered new bicycles for near 100 Fort Worth children. Launched in 2016, the Emerging Leaders Academy is a rigorous three-year program designed as a platform for personal and professional development for members of the aggregate, concrete and cement industries. It provides engaging coursework dedicated to developing leadership skills and offers accredited industry leader certification.Read More
A case rooted in one of the National Labor Relations Board’s most contentious decisions during the Obama administration could disrupt efficient work flows that help define one of the best known names in concrete structures and slabs, and alter longstanding recognition of craft units unique to construction.Read More
Alleging discrimination against employees protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against Wichita, Texas-based ready mixed producer OK Concrete and settled a case with Baker Concrete Construction, Houston. The agency contends OK Concrete broke federal law by terminating a mixer truck driver candidate who, after completing training in March 2012, informed the producer of time off needs once his health insurance coverage became effective—owing to planned treatment for prostate cancer detected two months prior. EEOC charges that a decision to fire the driver was based on disability discrimination, violating the ADA. Following a pre-litigation settlement attempt, the agency has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, plus injunctive relief.
The American Concrete Institute elected officers and directors last month during its spring convention in Kansas City. Sharon Wood, FACI, has begun a one-year term as president. Dean of the University of Texas, Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering and ACI member since 1983, she serves on Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code. She is the past ETC Product Development Committee chair and previously served as ACI Foundation trustee, Financial Advisory and International Advisory Committee member.
Sources: CP staff; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C.
Alleging discrimination against employees protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the EEOC has filed suit against Wichita, Texas-based ready mixed producer OK Concrete and settled a case with Baker Concrete Construction, Houston.Read More
William “Jay” Hall has returned to Portland Cement Association as manager of Codes and Standards, working out of Keysville, Va. He will represent the cement-based products industry in the codes and standards development process for organizations like the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association.Read More