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Real estate data miner: Concrete furnishings top outdoor décor trends

Sources: Zillow Inc., Seattle; CP staff

Concrete coffee tables, cast from portland cement or resin-bound mixes, along with teak furniture and bright, aquamarine colors factor prominently in summer 2016 outdoor living, according to the latest Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, combining design expert survey data plus an analysis of popular photos on the eponymous website.

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FHWA Bridge Practices report traces reinforcing steel specification milestones

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff

As part of its Long Term Bridge Performance Program, geared to studying and collecting field data on structures completed since 1960, FHWA has delivered its first timeline tracking materials progress, “National Changes in Bridge Practices for Reinforcing Bars.”

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Merger-bound parent companies prepare Essroc, Lehigh asset sale: one mill, nine terminals

Sources: U.S. Federal Trade Commission; HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff

The Federal Trade Commission has outlined terms of the final regulatory clearance hovering the proposed merger of Lehigh Hanson Inc. and Essroc Cement Corp. parents HeidelbergCement AG and Italcementi S.p.A. A June 17 consent agreement calls for the sale of a) Essroc’s 2-million ton/year Martinsburg, W.V., mill plus seven Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia terminals; and, b) Lehigh’s Solvay, N.Y., terminal. A suitor will also have a purchase option for two Essroc terminals in Ohio.

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Design-build interests document best practices for project success

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Through research, case studies and extensive industry input, DBIA has identified design-build best practices and implementing techniques that directly impact project performance. Its new “10 Design-Build Done Right Best Practices” report serves “as a single source that clearly defines design-build fundamentals to significantly enhance superior project outcomes," says DBIA Executive Director Lisa Washington, CAE. "With design-build currently at 40 percent of all non-residential design and construction, the impetus for owners to engage ‘Design-Build Done Right’ is at an all-time high. By applying DBIA Best Practices, owners and practitioners will unlock the inherent value of design-build project delivery."

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