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Tornado-prone community enlists Midwest Precast, Molin for FEMA-grade shelter

Giovannetti Community Shelter in Urbandale, Iowa, is constructed with precast wall panels and hollow core roof plank,Giovannetti Community Shelter in Urbandale, Iowa, is constructed with precast wall panels and hollow core roof plank, and has a Federal Emergency Management Agency-rated, 4,500-sq.-ft. safe room designed to withstand 250-mph wind forces and structural impacts. The project, however, had some difficulty coming to fruition. In fact, it first began as an ordinary park shelter among the 75-acre Walker Johnston Park—on a proposed budget that was half of what its community center program required.

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Illinois, Maryland, Virginia tops in LEED-certified space

The U.S. Green Building Council released its Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, highlighting the regions around the country that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation.

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NPCA PROJECTS 6 PERCENT SHIPMENT GROWTH AS PUBLIC WORKS MARKET INCHES BACK

Based on data from its recently released Precast Industry Benchmarking Report and leading forecasters, National Precast Concrete Association sees U.S. producers’ business increasing this year to $16.8 billion from $15.9 billion in 2013, the 6 percent gain modest against higher overall construction growth in 2014.

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Delaware Valley deploys Pennsylvania’s first CNG-fueled mixer

Delaware Valley deploys Pennsylvania’s first CNG-fueled mixerDelaware Valley Concrete Co. (DVC) kicked off 2014 dispatching its premier compressed natural gas-powered mixer, an Oshkosh S-Series front discharge model converted from diesel as part of the manufacturer’s new glider program.

Based in Hatboro, Pa., northwest of Philadelphia, DVC is the first concrete company running a CNG mixer in Pennsylvania and Delaware. “As a fuel, CNG has plenty to offer. Not only is it cheaper to produce than diesel, it also burns much cleaner,” says DVC President Mario Diliberto. “We are reducing our carbon footprint in the industry and fueling costs as well.

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