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Design-build delivery method crosses 50 percent threshold on major projects

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Research indicates that more than half of construction projects above $10 million are being completed through design-build, the highest level yet for the delivery method offering an alternative to traditional competitive bid-build. A new DBIA report, “Design-Build Project Delivery Market Share and Market Size,” also finds that use of design-build had remained steady since a growth spike at the end of the last decade, and remains especially high in military projects.

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Bowco acquisition broadens Meadow Burke footprint in underground precast

Source: Meadow Burke, Tampa, Fla.

Meadow Burke has closed on Bowco Industries, crediting the Canby, Ore., company for customer service, high-quality design, and setting “the standard for precision-engineered products for the utility and underground precast industry,” and bringing “Meadow Burke another facet of revolutionary advantage of any other company in the industry.”

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Microsoft founder ties concrete to a halving of world’s extreme poverty rate

Sources: CP staff; Bill Gates’ gatesnotes blog

In “Have You Hugged a Concrete Pillar Today?,”  Microsoft founder Bill Gates takes stock of Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, the latest work from his favorite author: “[Vaclav Smil] argues that the most important man-made material is concrete, both in terms of the amount we produce each year and the total mass we’ve laid down.”

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Unistress lands $70M precast bridge deck panel contract from Tappan Zee JV

Sources: Unistress Corp., Pittsfield, Mass.; Tappan Zee Constructors LLC, Tarrytown, N.Y.; CP staff

Unistress will invest $6 million in capacity upgrades and add 100-plus production staff to support the largest contract in its 46-year history: 6,000 precast panels, typically 40- x 12-ft., for the New NY Bridge. Upon scheduled 2018 opening, the 3.1-mile, $3.9-billion Hudson River crossing will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge, linking Westchester and Rockland, N.Y., counties and nearing its 60th year in service.

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