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Condominium association, engineers dig deep to reverse tower tilt

The Millennium Tower Homeowners Association has outlined a plan for the building at 301 Mission Street, San Francisco, to halt settlement and reverse its tilt by installing new foundation piles tying the structure to bedrock. Mission Street Development LLC, the original developer, has agreed to perform and warrant work for the retrofit, which is anticipated to be paid for by a settlement pursuant to an ongoing, confidential mediation.

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Oldcastle Infrastructure biofilter bests water pollution control metrics

Atlanta-based Oldcastle Infrastructure has secured Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approval for the BioPod Biofilter System with StormMix Media, recognized for 50 percent total phosphorus removal efficiency—the highest available rating. The agency nod turned on Oldcastle Infrastructure field data plus General Use Level Designation from the state of Washington.

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AIA, Microsoft, Steel Institute support embodied carbon calculator

California-based Charles Pankow Foundation has announced a grant to the University of Washington for development of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) to advance transparency in the construction industry. By enabling a performance-based approach to embodied carbon reductions in design, procurement, and construction, the EC3 team aims to provide climate conscious building owners tools to make more informed decisions about the materials going into their projects.

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Economists see equipment, technology outlays outpacing GDP growth

Investment in equipment and software is projected to expand 4.1 percent in the new year, during which gross domestic product is projected to increase 2.3 percent over 2018, according to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. The Washington, D.C. group’s 2019 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook notes that such investment increased at a robust rate in the first half of last year, driven by more preferable tax treatment and a general upswing in the U.S. economy. However, growth slowed in the third quarter and recent federal government figures suggest a continuation of the trend, spelling a weak 2019 springboard.

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Volvo programs autonomous dump truck as ‘limestone transport solution’

Volvo Trucks North America parent, Volvo Truck Corp. of Sweden, recently entered an agreement to equip Norway limestone producer Brønnøy Kalk AS with six dump body-bearing FH cabover models programmed for driverless operation. Following individual vehicle demonstrations last year, the fleet will be deployed in 2019 to haul rock from underground mine to crusher—navigating a three-mile tunnel and outdoor road route at a wheel loader operator’s direction.

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