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Accelerated delivery of Carolina Stalite expanded slate aggregate enabled Concrete Technology Corporation to meet stringent precast/prestressed girder weight and performance specifications Washington State Department of Transportation required for this year’s highest profile Interstate Highway System bridge repair.

Read more: North Carolina aggregate lightens Washington State bridge span replacement

In its Q3-2013 Construction Outlook, released last month, Raleigh, N.C.-based management consultant FMI noted a slight downward revision for 2013 Construction-Put-Place predictions—$909.6 billion versus prior projection of $913 billion—and 2014 market prospects totaling $977 billion in delivered residential, nonresidential and nonbuilding projects. Among major market predictions for next year:

Read more: Construction observer pegs 2014 industry growth at 7 percent

Alion Energy, a California-based service provider deploying automated technologies to optimize utility scale solar plants, recently unveiled ROVER and SPOT—patented installation and cleaning robots for ground-mounted panel arrays at large scale solar plants. Operation of both robots hinges on a concrete base and rail, placed with curb & gutter equipment using a proprietary mold.

Read more: Solar energy innovator curbs steel frame costs with concrete

Shea Concrete Products has powered up a 389-kW array that will provide electricity for its production and offices in Amesbury, Mass. The installed solar system went live August 30 and will produce an estimated 421,000 kilowatt-hours per year. This generates enough electricity to fully run the Amesbury location, which produces a variety of residential and commercial precast products, without requiring any additional sources of electricity.

Read more: Solar array positions Shea Concrete plant for net zero operation