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NRMCA sets Improving Concrete Quality course debut

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Geared to concrete producers, material suppliers, engineers, testing labs and contractors, a new one-day course explores ways to quantify tangible and intangible benefits attributable to improving quality. Modeled on NRMCA’s new publication Improving Concrete Quality, it premiers Wednesday, October 15 in Silver Spring, Md.

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Construction economists bullish on commercial, industrial market

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.

“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 ABC 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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Hardscape North America Awards call for entries

Source: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Va.

Entries are being accepted through September 17 for the 7th annual HNA Hardscape Project Awards, which recognize outstanding hardscape projects such as residential and commercial walkways, patios, driveways, and commercial plazas and parking lots. Award winners will be announced during a breakfast banquet on October 24 in conjunction with the 2014 Hardscape North America tradeshow, October 23-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

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