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The American Society of Concrete Contractors’ Decorative Concrete Council honored winners in its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition during a 2017 World of Concrete ceremony.

Specialty outdoor co-op REI announced a major milestone in its continued work to lead on sustainable operations. Its newest distribution center has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification—the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system—making it the first distribution center in the U.S. to achieve both LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy.

Portland Cement Association wraps up centennial anniversary observances this month. One of the final projects in the year-long celebration is the release of “History of the Cement and Concrete Campus,” profiling the evolution of the Skokie, Ill., campus housing association headquarters and CTLGroup facilities.

Miami-based American Business Continuity Group reports breakthrough construction methodologies and proprietary conductive shotcrete shielding to protect buildings from High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse, Intentional Electromagnetic Interference, Emanations Eavesdropping, natural disasters, and ballistic or blast loads.

by sean O’keefe

Construction that stands the test of time is a combination of the right products, preparation, and installation; finding the exact sequence of each is often driven by the building site’s particular challenges. Such was the case for the Town of Jean Lafitte, La., in September 2008 when Hurricane Ike destroyed the town auditorium while flooding thousands of homes and businesses in Jefferson Parrish. The auditorium’s central location adjacent to Lafitte Library, plus elementary and middle schools, was critical to its success as a community landmark. The town was determined to rebuild in place, and resolving site flood plain issues was an obvious concern.