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Architect contours tilt-up for Hurricane Sandy memorial pavilion

Sources: Tilt-Up Concrete Association, Mt. Vernon, Iowa; CP staff

TCA 150New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) has joined a design and construction team providing pro bono services for a Highlands, N.J., cast-in-place concrete structure overlooking Sandy Hook, an area hit hard in October 2012 by Hurricane Sandy. Tilt-Up Concrete Association member Alston Construction Co. is leading the project toward an early-October dedication.

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Athena Institute collaborative updates Impact Estimator for Buildings

Sources: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, Ottawa; CP staff

To continue it support of whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA), the Athena Institute has released Impact Estimator for Buildings Version 5.1. The free software assists design teams across North America in gauging the environmental footprint of different material choices and core-and-shell system options.

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Heidelberg, Italcementi deal will test Lehigh Hanson, Essroc synergy

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Heidelberg, Germany; Italcementi S.p.A., Bergamo, Italy; CP staff

Less than three weeks after the Lafarge Group and Holcim Ltd. merger triggered realignment of cement, concrete and aggregate production in key U.S. and Canadian markets, two European peers outlined an agreement perpetuating the cycle—bringing under one umbrella integrated operators entrenched in multiple states and provinces.

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