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    Recession, slow recovery no barrier to Virginia independent’s growth beyond small market base By Don Marsh Read More

    Prairie Material, paving crew demonstrate power-troweled, broomed RCC A new finishing method for roller compacted concrete pavement nets surface durability and uniformity to give contractors or owners pause on incurring the expense of asphalt wear courses commonly specified over RCC bases. The first commercial application took place at a suburban Chicago jobsite with Bridgeview, Ill., ready mixed producer VCNA Prairie Material leading the charge. Read More
  • Reclaiming Revisited

    Continuous improvement of processes and people is long-standing in the ready mixed concrete, aggregate, recycling and road-building businesses of Watsonville, Calif.-based Graniterock. The practice also applies to property, as demonstrated at the Redwood City Building Materials site, where the producer is revisiting a) returned concrete and truck washout handling methods sidelined since the late 1990s and, b) space utilization on a limited footprint.  Read More
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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