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Modular RR crossing system arrives at Hanson

CAPTION: The Premier is equal to Copper E80 loading and cast with 7,000-psi concrete.Hanson Pipe & Precast is producing Premier Railroad Crossing, a precast, reinforced concrete system that allows for smooth roadway crossings over railroad tracks, its installation and life cycle faster and longer than alternative styles.

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Parking facility group embraces green practices

PHOTO: ©2013 ChrisChapmanPhotography.netThe seven winners of the International Parking Institute’s 2014 Awards of Excellence competition demonstrate that today’s parking structures and surface lots can be architecturally innovative. Honorees in the 32nd annual competition range from the cast-in-place, post-tensioned Park Place in Missoula, Mont., to the green 201 Claremont Street surface lot in Toronto.

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Report confirms strength in commercial building activity

The commercial real estate development industry grew at the strongest pace since the economic recovery began in 2011, according to “The Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate,” an annual state of the industry report from the NAOIP Research Foundation, Washington, D.C. Author Dr. Stephen S. Fuller, director of George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, finds the economic impact attributable to nonresidential development, which rose 24 percent over the previous year—the largest gain since the sector began to recover in 2011. 

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Economists bullish on commercial and industrial work

“A combination of low interest rates; wealth effects stemming from a booming stock market and rising home prices; surging energy production; and expanding industrial output has helped position the U.S. economy for more rapid growth during the next several quarters,” says Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “This will lead to more robust recovery in the U.S. nonresidential construction industry, which has also been aided by stable materials prices and improving commercial real estate fundamentals.”

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ASTM eyes standard for sustainable manufacturing

A proposed standard under ASTM International’s Committee E60 on Sustainability, WK35702, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes, will assist users in adopting resource efficiency and environmentally friendly practices into daily operations. 

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