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Five-year outlook sees pipe market nearing double-digit gains

Source: Freedonia Group, Cleveland

U.S. water and wastewater pipe demand will grow 7.7 percent per year to $18.1 billion in 2018, fueled by the building and construction market plus a continued need to upgrade and repair the country’s aging sewer and water pipe network, according to Water & Wastewater Pipe, a new Freedonia study.

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Green Parking Council launches project certification

Source: Green Parking Council (GPC), Dallas

Targeting high standards in sustainable facility design, technology, operations and management, the International Parking Institute-affiliated Green Parking Council has launched Green Garage Certification, paralleling it with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program.

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Building agency stresses STEM-wise workforce, code compliance in report to Congress

Source: National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), Washington, D.C.

The NIBS 2013 report, Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultive Council, spans five key areas: The Building Workforce; Guidance on the Use of Non-Potable Water; Understanding the Energy/Water Nexus; Supporting the Existing State and Local Building Regulatory Infrastructure; and, Developing the Business Case for Private Sector Investment in Hazard Mitigation. Among recommendations in the eight-page document:

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Martin Marietta, TXI to take merger proposal to shareholders at month’s end

Sources: Martin Marietta Materials, Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

Martin Marietta and Texas Industries have scheduled special shareholders meetings the morning of June 30 to consummate a merger agreement their boards unanimously approved in January. In Dallas, TXI shareholders will vote on a merger proposal netting .70 share of newly issued Martin Marietta stock for each TXI share. An hour later in North Carolina, Martin Marietta will seek approval to issue the additional shares.

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