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Multiemployer pension backstop plan advances on Capitol Hill

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Just ahead of its August recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (H.R. 397), with 29 Republicans joining the majority in a 264-169 vote. Advocates argue the measure is needed to protect the pensions of 1.3 million workers in certain multiemployer pension plans (MEPP)—up to half of which cover construction trades participants—and prevent a Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) collapse. 

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Concrete Research Council issues RFP to fund candidate work

Source: ACI Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich. 

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council, which funds projects that further concrete materials or construction knowledge and sustainability, is reviewing proposals for 2020 awards through December 2. Proposal and funding parameters include:

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ACI 318-19 Building Code debuts with new aggregate, SCM provisions

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI 318-19 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete has been released in print and digital formats. The new edition has full-color illustrations to improve clarity, and includes major technical changes in higher reinforcing steel yield strengths; added shotcrete and deep foundation provisions; seismic requirements for deep foundations and other applications; vertical seismic motions; nonlinear analysis for seismic design; modification to development length equations; and, updated shear design provisions and equations. 

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Scoping the future, PCI Foundation steps up student outreach

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Foundation, Chicago; CP staff

“Our mission is to impact the future of the built environment while promoting the use of precast concrete. We are partnering with bright young minds to push the boundaries of precast design and construction to do what has never been done before,” says PCI Foundation Executive Director Marty McIntyre, outlining 2019-2020 initiatives. 

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Oldcastle APG builds B.C. footprint with Abbotsford Concrete Products

Sources: Oldcastle APG, Atlanta; CP staff

The acquisition of British Columbia-based Abbotsford Concrete Products will expand Oldcastle APG’s hardscape unit offerings and manufacturing capabilities in its western Canada region.

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