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  • Canyon Contour

    Oldcastle Precast channels safety, water conservation through nearly two miles of pipe, custom box culvert Special precast box culverts were used for one of the most significant segments of the $25.8 million Cache Water Restoration Project (CWRP), an emergency upgrade of approximately six miles of mostly open, unlined channels and canals. Read More
  • Skako Rotoconix mixer gains traction from Middle East to Michigan

    Skako Concrete unveiled the Rotconix mixer in Munich at bauma 2013, billing the new equipment series as one based on tried and tested components but setting a new benchmark in the method the individual techniques are combined, interacting as one. Read More
  • Aluminum sideboards shrink block loading, tie down time

    When it comes to transporting product, Cemex’s South Jacksonville Block facility in Florida plays it safe with custom aluminum sideboards from Unique Technology, a Sarasota, Fla.-based company that has provided masonry delivery solutions for 17 years. 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