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Cost index: Gulf Coast harbors strongest cement, concrete pricing supports

The latest Engineering and Construction Cost Index (ECCI) from El Segundo, Calif.-based IHS Inc. finds cement and concrete markets well supplied nationally, but with pockets of tightness developing—none more so than along the Gulf Coast, where delivery issues and labor constraints are driving price increases.

 

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MIT researchers model stronger cement on theory behind Corning Gorilla Glass

NS-Gorilla-150Borrowing from a “rigidity theory” that led Corning Inc. engineers to the high-performance Gorilla Glass, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub is studying potential portland cement reformulation aimed at higher fracture resistance than current ASTM C 150 product.

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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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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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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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