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Construction giant Skanska rebukes LEED critics

Major heavy civil and general contractor Skanska USA resigned its U.S. Chamber of Commerce membership to protest the group’s support of the American High-Performance Building Coalition (AHPBC), which is lobbying federal lawmakers to limit government projects to green building rating systems developed with consensus-based standards.

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Atlas Block moves first on concrete masonry Environmental Product Declaration

Responding to architectural/ engineering/construction interests’ increasing scrutiny of project specs and their environmental impacts, Atlas Block Co. Ltd., Midland, Ontario, has issued an Environmental Product Declaration—the first for a concrete masonry unit molded in North America.

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Oldcastle parent CRH sets chief executive transition

Albert Manifold, chief operating officer and board member for Dublin-based CRH Plc since January 2009, will become chief executive in January 2014, succeeding Myles Lee, who is retiring after 32 years with the company—the last five at the helm.

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Belgard molds Mega-Tandem Wall block

The Mega-Tandem Mass Retaining Wall (MRW) block offers a versatile system with the natural look of stone, plus size and mechanical features enabling construction of walls up to 15-ft. high and gravity walls up to 10 ft. without reinforcing.

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Site challenges Cemex drivers with 3,000-ft. reverse commute

A traffic-alleviating project in one of Cemex USA's key markets has required mixer truck drivers to execute inordinate back-up distances to unload mixes. The project to which the company is supplying 65,000 yd. of specialty ready mixed concrete is the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, connecting Oakland to Orinda, Calif. However, in order to transport the material inside the tunnel, mixer trucks had to be driven 3,000 ft. in reverse on a narrow one-lane road.

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