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Everything’s bigger in Texas: World’s largest tilt-up building en route

Sources: Tilt-Up Concrete Association, Mount Vernon, Iowa; CP Staff

Osaka, Japan-based Daikin Industries, Ltd., the leading global manufacturer in heating, cooling and refrigerant products, is expanding its Goodman Manufacturing Co. operations in the United States by constructing a state-of-the-art business campus near Houston. The Texas-sized development, designed by Powers Brown Architecture and LJB Inc., is projected to be operational in mid-2016 and will feature the world’s largest tilt-up concrete building, encompassing 4 million square feet. The structure will incorporate more than 2 miles of panel length, with approximately 370 wall panels. They will account for a large portion of a concrete schedule upwards of 360,000 cubic yards.

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Dome builder flexes concrete muscle for post-Fukushima nuclear plant structures

Sources: American Business Continuity Domes, Inc., Miami; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

An alliance that engineers, designs and builds disaster-resistant, reinforced concrete domes has completed the first of three Severe Accident Management “FLEX” equipment storage buildings for Atlanta-based Southern Co. The 138-ft. diameter, 38-ft. tall structure affords 15,400 sq. ft. of ground and 2,500 sq. ft. of mezzanine storage at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant in Columbia, Ala.

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Sound-construction proponents salute Safe Building, FEMA Reform Acts

Source: BuildStrong Coalition, Washington, D.C.

The National Concrete Masonry Association - and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-backed BuildStrong Coalition has endorsed the Safe Building Code Incentive Act (H.R. 1748), providing additional disaster relief assistance to states that adopt and enforce strong code measures. Uniform, statewide adoption and enforcement of model building codes helps to eliminate long-term risks affecting people, property, the environment and ultimately the economy, the Coalition contends.

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