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Shea Concrete chief Stratis elected 2016-17 NPCA chairman

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

Greg Stratis, president of Wilmington, Mass.-based Shea Concrete Products, began a one-year term as chairman on October 1, as NPCA concluded its 51st annual convention in Austin, Texas. Joining him as 2016-17 officers are Chairman-Elect Ashley Smith of Smith-Midland Corp. in Midland, Va., and Secretary/Treasurer Michael Hoffman of Lindsay Precast in Canal Fulton, Ohio.

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Leading construction economist assesses slowing private, nonresidential work

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Nonresidential construction fell for a second consecutive month. An ABC analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows seasonally adjusted, annualized spending of $687 billion in August, 1.1 percent and 1.3 percent lower than prior month and August 2015 levels, respectively. Four of the five largest nonresidential subsectors—power, highway and street, commercial and manufacturing—combined to fall 2.2 percent on a monthly basis in August 2016.

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ASTM C09 standard covers calcium carbonate, mineral fillers

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates’ latest standard, C1797, Specification for Ground Calcium Carbonate and Aggregate Mineral Fillers for Use in Hydraulic Cement Concrete, addresses limestone and similar materials exhibiting potential to improve mix characteristics and hardened structure performance.

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Altus precasters map “Innovate, Insulate, Integrate” education tour

Sources: AltusGroup, Bethlehem, Pa.; CP staff

The AltusGroup partnership of 21 North American precasters will present a free, full-day program to educate architects and other building team members about designing enclosures that save energy, last longer and meet aesthetic goals. “Innovate. Insulate. Integrate” will offer up to six AIA LU credits.

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2017 forecast anchors Dodge Data & Analytics Annual Outlook Conference

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York

The 78th annual Dodge Construction Outlook Executive Conference is set for October 19-20 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., culminating in Dodge Data & Analytics Chief Economist Robert Murray’s presentation of the 2017 forecast, a leading benchmark.

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