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  • MOVING PRECAST TO THE TOP

    Dean Gwin Is 2014 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman Since taking the helm from Tom Kelley, P.E. as the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman, Dean Gwin, president & COO of Gate Construction Materials Group, has been eager to assist and challenge members to “move the needle” of the percentage of times precast is chosen for construction projects in a rebounding market.  Read More
  • Catalina Pacific deploys eight plants, 200+ trucks for record 21K-yd. pour

    Occupying the site of a hotel that hosted guests from Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan to John F. Kennedy and U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Wilshire Grand Center is rising on sound footing thanks to a Guinness Book of World Records-grade concrete placement. Read More
  • Industry exhibits positive pulse across Las Vegas acreage

    ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 took center stage last month in Las Vegas with what organizers dub “tremendous energy and serious buyers.” Registration was just shy of 130,000, second only to the events’ 2005 staging, while new scale records were set with 2,400 exhibitors occupying 2.5 million sq. ft of indoor and outdoor space. 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