The American Concrete Institute Student Chapter at Auburn University was founded in 2014 and has grown to approximately 50 active members who focus on the manufacturing, promotion and use of concrete as a building material. The chapter will be competing in ACI's next fiber-reinforced concrete bowling ball competition.
The One Thousand Museum residential tower in Miami keeps the legacy of late architect Zaha Hadid alive through an undulating exoskeleton featuring white, structural, fiberglass-reinforced concrete. The building is Hadid's first in the Western Hemisphere.
Jacob Christensen, CEO of Danish construction equipment supplier PASCHAL, helped tech company Sensohive develop Maturix, a tool that uses the internet of things to deliver real-time concrete maturity data that is accessible anywhere. Canadian admixture company Kryton International purchased a 30% share of Sensohive in September and plans to roll out the technology in North America this spring.
A team at the University of California, Los Angeles is replacing portland cement with a compound called portlandite to produce more sustainable concrete. The team is one of 10 vying for the $7.5 million payout in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize international competition.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have reached an initial deal on the filling and operation of the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River. Officials agreed the hydroelectric dam, which is 70% finished, should only be filled incrementally during the rainy season.
Omaha, Neb., is among smaller cities that generate little attention for major projects, but the city had $3.4 billion in construction starts in 2019. Construction jobs increased 20% in the 12 months through October in the metro area, according to AGC's analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Five companies have applied and qualified to submit predevelopment agreement proposals to design, build and operate a public transit line between the San Fernando Valley and west Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport. The project could cost $13.8 billion, according to one estimate, but the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive $9.5 billion from a sales tax ballot measure.
Nov. 1 is the opening date for the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The trapezoidal concrete building represents the final portion of an eight-year, $450 million project led by McCarthy Building.
The US might see as much as $20 billion in aviation construction during the next 10 to 15 years as airports aim to match standards often seen overseas, say Mike Benford and Marc Alvarez of McCarthy Building Products. Airlines are taking more control over design, a task usually executed by airports and port authorities, Benford says.
Building a culture open to technology is the most important thing a construction company can do to play catch-up in tech, says Amr Raafat, vice president of virtual design and construction and technology at Windover Construction. He says tech solutions also need to measure up, meeting challenges they're designed to address on-site.