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UCLA team demonstrates carbon capture in precast block production

Sources: University of California, Los Angeles; CP staff

A University of California, Los Angeles team in the final round of the $20 million NRG Cosia Carbon Xprize competition has scheduled a February 2020 demonstration of a process yielding precast concrete blocks with carbon dioxide gas from coal-fired power generation. Carbon Upcycling UCLA will stage the 30-day undertaking at the Dry Fork Station near Gillette, Wyo.; members see daily production of up to 10 tons of their CO2ncrete-trademarked units for use in wall construction. 

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Economist measures commercial contractors’ market concerns

Sources: Associate Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

Amid the U.S. economy’s longest growth period on record, emerging weakness in business investment has been hinting at softening outlays, giving commercial and industrial construction contractors cause for concern, according to a mid-year economic outlook by ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

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Dominguez heads North to succeed Cemex USA chief Madridejos

Source: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

A routine Cemex executive suite shuffling will see Jaime Muguiro Dominguez, president of South, Central America and the Caribbean, transition September 1 to the post of Cemex USA president, succeeding 23-year company veteran Ignacio Madridejos. Replacing Dominguez will be Cemex Executive Vice President of Sustainability and Operations Development Jesus Gonzalez. His successor, Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Development Juan Romero Torres, will maintain his present duties in a new role, executive vice president of Sustainability, Commercial and Operations Development. Torres’ responsibilities will include Energy, Health & Safety, Procurement, Research & Development, and Technology. 

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Feds’ resilience program funds concrete, masonry building research

Sources: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md.; CP staff

NIST has announced grants for research into how earthquakes, wind and fire affect the built environment, targeting results that inform building designs, codes and standards. One of 12 projects addresses combustible-material performance in the face of hazard exposure; three others focus on concrete or masonry structure behavior following seismic events.

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Florida investor envisions $100M automated precast plant venture

Sources: Fortified Precast Technologies LLC, Ocala, Fla.; CP staff

Fortified Precast Technologies has outlined an ambitious Florida residential real estate development plan, leveraging a partnership with German precast concrete production specialist Vollert Group and Opportunity Zone provisions in the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). The company’s Fortified Precast Opportunity Fund is authorized to raise $100 million in $20 million increments to build five plants incorporating Vollert mix delivery, form pallet and companion robotics or casting components. At 32,720 sq. ft. of daily wall panel output, the operations would be capable of supplying more than 4,200 home projects annually. The capacity would be initially targeted to the Sunshine State market, which seen residential building permits climb from 116,200 in 2016, to 122,700 in 2017 and 142,300 last year. 

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