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Silicon Valley builder patents optimized reinforced concrete structural scheme

Sources: Swenson Group, San Jose, Calif.; CP staff

Northern California contractor and developer Swenson Group has secured a patent for a reinforced concrete design suited to mid- to high-rise buildings, with strategically located outer columns and perimeter shear walls; optimal interior column placement; deflection-resisting, cantilevered floor slabs of 6- to 8-in. thickness; and, up to four-hour fire-rated assemblies. Equal to California Seismic Safety Codes for Hospitals and Emergency buildings, the Landmaker has been used in six Swenson projects around Silicon Valley, most recently San Jose’s Century Center Towers and Centerra Apartments.

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U.S. Concrete’s Johnson chairs CIM National Steering Committee

Sources: Concrete Industry Management /National Steering Committee, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The CIM National Steering Committee (NSC) has elected officers to terms beginning July 1: Chairman Wally Johnson, vice president of Marketing & Sales for U.S. Concrete Inc.; Vice Chairman Alan Nedza, director of Sales, BASF Admixture Systems North America; Secretary/Treasurer Nicole Maher, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association chief operating officer; and, Immediate Past Chairman Michael Schneider, vice president of Operations, Baker Concrete Construction.

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Sweeping agency actions show White House all in on codes & standards-driven resiliency

Sources: White House Briefing Room; CP staff

“Building codes set the baseline for the safe design and construction of our homes, schools, and workplaces, providing the minimum requirements to adequately safeguard the health, safety and welfare of occupants,” the Obama administration noted in a statement on the Conference on Resilient Building Codes. The White House-hosted, May 10 event saw announcement of actions across federal agencies overseeing or influencing building and nonbuilding construction:

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Resilient Building Codes host recognizes NCMA, AGC, AIA deliverables

Sources: White House Briefing Room; CP staff

Along with the federal agency actions stemming from the Conference on Resilient Building Codes, the White House cited related measures unfolding at the National Concrete Masonry Association and Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, plus architectural, engineering and construction peer groups.

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RMC Foundation releases LEED v4 Material Ingredient Reporting Guidance

RMCGuide 150Sources: Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

In collaboration with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and architectural/engineering giant Arup North America Ltd., RMC Foundation has funded development of NRMCA Ingredient Reporting Guidance, detailing how concrete producers can contribute toward the LEED v4 Materials and Resources: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients credit.

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