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Top structural engineer backs Pankow Foundation research

Sources: Charles Pankow Foundation, Vancouver, Wash.; CP staff

The MKA Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) chartered by Seattle-based engineering firm Magnusson Klemencic Associates, has joined the Charles Pankow Foundation (CPF) as a major funding partner on key research initiatives. 

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EPA Water Infrastructure loan inquiries swell

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA received 62 letters of interest from a wide range of prospective borrowers in response to the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program’s 2018 Notice of Funding Availability. The agency is evaluating proposed projects’ credit worthiness, engineering feasibility, and alignment with WIFIA statutory or regulatory criteria.

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Summit Materials enters lightweight aggregate through Buildex

Sources: Summit Materials Inc., Denver; CP staff

Summit Materials recently closed on Buildex Inc., Ottawa, Kan.-based proprietor of the Haydite brand of expanded shale lightweight aggregate. One of four businesses added during second quarter transactions totaling $75 million, Buildex spans two plants and 750,000 cubic yards’ capacity, and is strategic to sister cement, ready mixed, aggregate and asphalt operations in Great Plains and Intermountain states. Companion June-July deals brought Summit quarry and asphalt production assets in Olathe, Kan., plus Virginia and Texas aggregates producers Buckingham Slate and XIT. 

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Oldcastle Precast rebranding frames bigger public works picture

Sources: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta; CP staff

The Oldcastle Inc. business unit that helped propel Dublin-based CRH Plc into a North American concrete, aggregates and cement powerhouse over the past four decades has a new name. 

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Precision-Hayes deploys IoT to expedite post-tensioning data relay

Sources: Precision-Hayes International, Seagoville, Texas; CP staff

Precision-Hayes plans to commercialize technology that will provide architects, engineers or other project stakeholders with real-time tendon elongation and force readings from post-tensioning (P-T) operations. Initial market development will focus on unbonded, monostrand tendons typical in elevated, cast-in-place concrete slabs and parking structures.

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