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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., 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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Caterpillar brings on-highway CT series truck production in-house

Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

Transitioning from a contract with Navistar International Corp., Caterpillar will begin designing and manufacturing its Class 8 on/off-highway truck line at a three-year-old Victoria, Texas, plant presently used for hydraulic excavator assembly. The line spans two mixer and dump-suited models, the set-back axle CT660 introduced in 2011, and set-forward axle CT681, which entered production in late 2014. The heavy haul-grade CT680, available as a tractor or straight truck, debuted earlier this year.

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Meticulous sand & gravel stockpiles spell high performance concrete for California

Sources: Polaris Materials Corp., Vancouver, B.C.

Polaris Minerals has inaugurated its Port of Long Beach terminal, south of Los Angeles, unloading 77,000 tons of aggregate using a computerized conveying and stacking system designed to maintain fine and coarse grades’ integrity when stockpiled in large quantities. The materials were dispatched from the Orca Quarry, a Vancouver Island deposit Polaris is developing with an eye to construction prospects in the Los Angeles Basin, San Francisco Bay area and other port-served Pacific Coast markets.

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