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Silver Line Phase 2 Still Facing Rail Tie Issues

Washington Metro expects another possible delay of the Silver Line extension project to the Dulles International Airport and Ashburn, according to WTOP.


Floor, Roofing Company Names Specialist

An international roofing and flooring solutions company has appointed a well-known construction expert to joint its team.


ACI Launches Concrete Industry Guides

The American Concrete Institute has unveiled two new resources for concrete professionals, including decorative concrete finishers, during the World of Concrete, held Feb. 1-5 in Las Vegas.


New Bridge Plan Replaces L.A. River Icon

Architect Michael Maltzan’s new “Ribbon of Light” bridge has big shoes to fill to become a new Los Angeles landmark.


Electric Concrete Could De-Ice Roads

Researchers in Nebraska are hoping their electrified concrete will help drivers avoid the skids during winter months.


Behr Offers Decorative Concrete Coating

Behr Pro has released a premium floor coating formulated to offer a “unique multi-speckled finish for horizontal interior and exterior concrete and masonry surfaces.”


Meter Made to Detect Concrete Moisture

TQC has introduced a concrete moisture reader that the company says is designed to test large concrete floors and construction that require coating.


Cracking Found in New Rail Bridge Spans

Two of 24 pre-cast concrete spans that will carry an elevated train for Australia’s largest public transportation project have cracked less than a year after they were installed.


Aim of Design to Dignify War Casualties

Described by its designer as a “place of remembrance,” the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages is nearing the end of its construction phases.


Science Crafts Concrete for Life on Mars

As NASA sets its sites on developing the resources to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, some scientists are looking ahead to the next phase—the technologies astronauts will need to one day l...


Floor Coatings Market Set to Soar

The North American concrete floor coatings market is expected to reach $546.8 million by 2023, a new forecast suggests.


Turning Waste into Eco-friendly Concrete

Seeking to develop a cheaper, more environmentally friendly form of concrete, a team of


The Sweet Sound of … Concrete?

Many music lovers prize old-school records as providing the ultimate listening experience. But would


A Martian Mixture for Concrete

First we have to get to Mars, but once there…how will we be build?


Sweet Swap for Portland Cement?

A team of Spanish and Brazilian researchers says it has developed a more environmentally friendly version of concrete.


Redesigned Adhesion Tester Launched

DeFelsko has introduced an upgraded version of its PosiTest AT-A Automatic Adhesion Tester, according to a company statement. The manufacturer says the instrument measures the adherence of c...


Implosion Opens Path for New Bridge

Pittsburgh, known by many as the City of Bridges for the sheer number it contains, said farewell to one 94-year-old structure


Redesigned Product Tests for Adhesion

DeFelsko has introduced a new version of its PosiTest AT-A Automatic Adhesion Tester that the company says measures the adherence of coatings to metal, wood, concrete and other rigid substra...


One Vancouver Seawall Stands Out

When it comes to infrastructure meant to prevent both flooding and property damage along shorelines, large concrete structures are usually what comes to mind. But one Canadian landscape arch...


How Water Infrastructure Shaped LA

California and its landscape were shaped by water in more ways than one. Water infrastructure projects in the early 20th century were an important part of helping Los Angeles grow and expand...


‘Ark’ Theme Park to Teach Creationism

Families looking for a Biblical-based vacation experience might consider a new theme park that teaches lessons on creationism—and is prepared for a major flood.


Concrete ‘Crystal’ Key to Degradation

Organic materials could provide an answer to degenerative aging concrete structures now that scientists have found a physical structure that appears to be causing much of the damage.


Study: Concrete 'Crystal' Key to Aging

Researchers believe they may be closer to finding a solution for a common concrete bridge and dam aging problem.


Waterproofing System Made for Longevity

Soprema Inc. has developed a waterproofing system for new construction and renovation projects.


Concrete Wind Turbines Pass New Tests

Iowa State University researchers wanted to see how tough their new concrete wind turbines would be under the twisting strain of hydraulic machines.


Bridges Receive Concrete Design Awards

Two bridges recently received honors during the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) first Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards.


SSPC Course Available Down Under

The Society for Protective Coating’s popular Concrete Coating Inspector (CCI) course will now be available in Australia and New Zealand, the association announced Thursday (Nov. 12).


ACI Honors 10 Concrete Projects

A French National museum and a sports hall of fame in Natchitoches, LA, are among 10 projects recently recognized for their excellence in concrete construction.


Kitten Saved From Concrete, Paint

After spending at least two days in a construction dumpster, a kitten in North Dakota is lucky to have some of her nine lives left.


Cracks Worry Nuclear Plant’s Opponents

Environmental groups have said an Ohio nuclear power plant’s license should not be renewed because cracks in the plant’s concrete reactor shield pose an ongoing danger.


Consumers Get Payday in Supplier Scam

An Arizona building materials supplier will pay thousands of dollars in restitution after 15 consumers complained that the company failed to deliver materials as promised.


Seepage May Sink Canal Timeline

Progress toward the finish line of the Panama Canal Expansion Project lost some steam after hitting a speedbump: water leakage in the new locks.


Guide Covers Reinforced Concrete Design

The American Concrete Institute has released a new publication for concrete industry professionals.


Panels Show Tappan Zee Road Design

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is beginning to look more like a bridge and less like a construction project.


Probe Ongoing in TX Garage Cave-In

What caused a seven-story parking garage to partially collapse last Friday in Dallas, burying hundreds of vehicles, remained under investigation Thursday (Oct. 29).


Tubes Open Gateway to Rail Relief

It’s a multi-billion-dollar underground infrastructure project that has not officially started yet in part of the country where ailing transportation routes are consuming significant resourc...


Now Testing: Self-Healing Concrete

With several researchers experimenting over the past few years with self-healing concrete methods, a company in the United Kingdom is being recognized for leading the way in testing how well...


Firm Apologizes for Tilting Condos

A Japanese construction supply company has apologized for supplying faulty pilings for a major condominium complex that is tilting just 10 years after it was built.


Falling Concrete Spurs Blame Game

Debris falling from the Ambassador Bridge led to the closure last week of three streets that run beneath it on the Canada side of the aging structure.


Self-Healing Concrete Effort Recognized

A company in the United Kingdom is up for a sustainability award for its work in testing self-healing concrete methods.


Goethals Girder Falls, Halts Work

Work on the new Goethals Bridge site was stopped late last week when one of its enormous support girders fell during installation.


ACI Issues Guide to Concrete Code

A new guide aims to help design professionals, contractors, building owners and concrete product manufacturers in the repair of concrete buildings.


OSHA Sets Target for Final Silica Rule

A final rule limiting workplace exposure to silica could be published as soon as January 2017, according to reports.


Waterproofing System, Coating Debuts

Gaco Western has added new elastomeric coating and system to its line of concrete deck products.


Concrete ‘Drinks’ Water on Its Surface

Parking lot and driveway puddles could be a thing of the past if a type of “thirsty” permeable concrete takes off.


‘Thirsty’ Concrete Seems to Drink Water

A type of concrete that “drinks” water on its surface is being marketed to areas where flash flooding and puddles are a problem.


Microwave Could Detect Concrete Flaws

A new study could help engineers use microwave technology to test for concrete cracking and rebar defects.


App Teaches Kids About Construction

A concrete company has launched a game app that it hopes will steer kids toward careers in construction.


Design Hurts Deadline, Sparks Debate

The completion date for the bridge in the St. Croix Crossing project, which will connect Oak Park Heights, MN, and St. Joseph, WI, has been pushed back, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departmen...


Watch Detroit Transform Live

A mega-construction project that aims to once again transform Detroit into a thriving metropolis is underway.


Labor Shortage Challenges Contractors

At a time when the construction industry is seeing an influx in demand, many companies—including those in the building, infrastructure, highway, federal/heavy and utility fields—appear to be...


Skilled Workers in Short Supply

Nearly 90 percent of U.S. construction companies report difficulty in filling key craft and salaried jobs as construction demand rises across the country, according to an industry survey.


EPA Funds Green Tech Development

Coatings and concrete are among the applications benefiting from a $2 million investment supporting the development of green technologies.


Shore Study Reveals Opportunity for Growth

Contractors and manufacturers should see an opportunity to grow and be innovative following a recent study on shoreline hardening, its author says.


Awards Focus on Green Coatings, Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $2 million in a range of green technologies, including the development of greener polyurethane coatings, sustainable concrete and envir...


Shore Hardening Study: An Opportunity?

Researchers who have been studying shoreline degradation in the U.S. said they hope engineers, contractors and ecologists can work together to create more natural seashore solutions as coast...


Seabrook Faces Second Concrete Issue

A recent inspection at the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant uncovered more concrete degradation, but the federal regulators who oversee nuclear power plants have said the findings are no...


Viaduct Replacement Tunnel Inches On

Work on the new tunnel passing under Seattle’s waterfront, part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, has halted as the “Bertha” tunneling boring machine is returned to its pit, bu...


Marketing Mission: ‘Born to Build’

An 85-year-old Chicago-based concrete company has rolled out a marketing campaign designed to “celebrate and honor” the American construction workforce.


QC Device Made for Concrete

The Paul N. Gardner Company Inc. is offering an ultrasonic pulse echo device designed for use where where access is restricted to just one side.


Ultrasonic Pulse Echo Checks Subsurface

A maker of quality control instruments has introduced an ultrasonic pulse echo device that the company says is useful on objects where access is restricted to just one side.


Satin Finish Made for Masonry

Benjamin Moore & Co. has added a masonry coating formulated for commercial and residential applications to its line of Ultra Spec paints.


Concrete Arch Enters Record Books

The third longest concrete arch bridge in the world has sprung into existence, as the span of the Almonte Viaduct reaches closure.


It’s Not Graffiti if it’s Just Dam Dirt

Sometimes cleaning off decades of industrial dirt and grime can stir the imagination.


Sealer Made to Deter Stains, Damage

Nashville company Clemons Concrete Coatings announced the release of its new penetrating solvent-based sealer designed to repel water off of all types of concrete, especially concrete pavers...


Sealer Made to Repel Water, Stains, Oils

A Tennessee concrete coatings company has released a new penetrating solvent-based sealer designed to repel water off the surface of stamped concrete and concrete pavers.


Tall, Thin Testing Tower Goes Up

Nestled among historic towers and steeples in Rottweil, Germany, stands a 761-foot-tall concrete observation tower—the tallest in the country—built specifically to test elevators of the futu...


Prosoco Adds Surfactant Blend to Line

A Kansas manufacturer of concrete floor products has introduced a new cleaning solution that it says helps reduce scratches and increases the efficiency of diamonds during wet-grinding.


Barracks Collapse in Russia; 23 Perish

OMSK, SIBERIA--Officials are searching for what caused a four-story military barracks to collapse Sunday (July 12) evening, killing 23 people and injuring at least 19 others in south-central...


Roof Collapse Smashes Luxury Cars

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND--Authorities are trying to determine what caused the roof of a new Audi dealership to collapse, damaging 34 luxury vehicles.


Bad Pour Halts Forth Bridge Work

FIRTH OF FORTH, SCOTLAND--A marine traffic jam that slowed barge delivery of concrete is being blamed for a botched pour that burst pipes and halted work on the £1.4 billion Forth Road Bridg...


City Contract Chief Headed for Prison

INDIANAPOLIS--A municipal contracting official whose kickback-larded ways cost his city almost a half-million dollars will serve nearly five years in prison for the scheme.


City Official Gets Jail for Kickbacks

INDIANAPOLIS--A former Indiana city official will spend more than four years behind bars for siphoning off more than $400,000 in kickbacks from the operators of a concrete company on public-...


New Shotkrete Boosts Blast Protection

BOCHUM, GERMANY—A new form of shotcrete packed with more steel fibers than ever is showing promise as a way to protect tunnels, bridges and other critical infrastructure from fires and terro...


Contractors to Pay in Collapse Settlement

DORAL, FL—A college in Florida has reached a $33.5 million settlement with the contractors and subcontractors involved in the construction of a parking garage that collapsed more than two ye...


Court Confirms Rescue Violation

CHICAGO—Federal judges have upheld health and safety violations levied against an Illinois concrete company that failed to immediately summon rescue and emergency services for a trapped work...


ACI Updates Concrete Manual for 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—The newly revised bible of best practices for concrete is now available from the American Concrete Institute.


Court Upholds Delayed Rescue Violation

CHICAGO—A concrete company that left a worker trapped in a sand silo for over an hour before calling 911 can't argue its way out of violations imposed by health and safety authorities, a fed...


ACI Releases Updated Concrete Manual

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—A “must-have” encyclopedia of concrete technology for engineers, architects, contractors and concrete product producers is now available from the American Concrete Insti...


2 Firms Cited in Tunnel Wall Collapse

TUMWATER, WA—Two contractors are each facing $2,050 in fines after a rebar wall collapse that injured five ironworkers, one critically, in February.


Bio-Concrete Designed to Self-Repair

DELFT, NETHERLANDS—Materials scientists are putting the finishing touches on a decade-long project to make a self-healing concrete infused with bacteria.


Self-Leveling Topping Smooths Concrete

HAMPSHIRE, IL—A new topping for concrete smooths uneven, rough or slightly deteriorated floors, says manufacturer W.R. Meadows.


New Topping Levels Concrete Floors

HAMPSHIRE, IL—W.R. Meadows has introduced a topping designed to smooth rough or deteriorated concrete floors.


Waging a 'Blind, Underwater Battle'

BALTIMORE—Scores of highly trained divers wielding specialized marine equipment are preparing to embark on a near-blind mission to save the rotting infrastructure below the massive Port of B...


Concrete Group Elects Officers, Board

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—A leading expert in seismic response of buildings and corrosion in concrete structures will lead the American Concrete Institute (ACI) for the 2015-16 term.


Falling Concrete Kills Young Family

BONNEY LAKE, WA—A concrete barrier that fell from an overpass under construction has claimed the lives of a couple and their infant son.


Tackling Concrete Solutions for Bridges

Saddled with the most structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., engineers in Pennsylvania are crafting both new materials and new maintenance plans to save those and other aging concrete s...


Olympic Rolls Out Exterior Primer/Paint

Olympic Paint has launched a low-VOC, latex paint-and-primer combination for use on exterior wood, brick, concrete and other surfaces.


Employers Challenge Silica Rule Cost

The U.S. government's plan to reduce worker exposure to deadly silica will cost about 10 times more than advertised, the proposal's critics contend.


OR Fixing Bad Bridge Pours

"There was a problem" on a $307 million bridge project in Oregon, but chunks of concrete are not falling off the span's brand-new column, officials say.


Silica Rule's Foes Report New Costs

Slashing silica exposures in the workplace will cost billions of dollars more than the government estimates, opponents of the plan say.


The Bot Will See Your Parking Deck Now

Inspecting acres of concrete for subtle signs of corrosion could soon get a whole lot easier, thanks to new technology being developed in Germany.


Robot Inspector Gets the Big Jobs Done

Bridge inspectors tasked with scrutinizing vast expanses of concrete for critical signs of corrosion could soon have the help of a high-tech assistant.


New Book Details Concrete Legal Issues

Like other high-stakes industries, concrete construction invites a fair share of litigation—liabilities and outcomes explored in a new book available through the American Concrete Institute.


Copper to Clad London's New Garden

A massive public garden that will span the River Thames will sport a specially developed finish designed to keep the structure maintenance free for more than a century.


'Super-Strength' Skin Planned for Bridge

London's upcoming garden-turned-bridge will sport a specially developed copper-nickel alloy coating that will reportedly keep the structure maintenance-free for 120 years.


Plant Worker Perishes in Sand Silo

A Texas industrial maintenance worker was fatally engulfed in a silo full of sand and gravel when he slipped and fell at a concrete plant outside Atlanta, GA.


Inspections Ordered After Concrete Falls

Maryland officials are rushing to inspect the state's 27 structurally deficient bridges after a chunk of concrete fell off one, smashing the front of a car passing underneath.


Quikrete Mix Touts Speed, Strength

A new concrete mix for floors, steps and sidewalks promises a fast set, high strength, and crack resistance all in one.


Concrete for Fast Set, High Strength

Quikrete has introduced what it calls the first concrete mix with one-hour working time, three-hour walk-on time, and 6,500 PSI compressive strength with crack, freeze-thaw and corrosion res...


ACI Launches Certifications, ‘University’

Two new masonry-related certification programs and an online university are now available from the American Concrete Institute.


JPCL Names Papers of the Year

LAS VEGAS—Outstanding technical papers on polyurea technology, pipeline rehabilitation and other coating topics drew top awards Tuesday (Feb. 3) at SSPC 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.


SSPC Revises Three Standards

Two abrasive-blasting standards and one related to coating film thickness have been updated by SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings.


Gravity Unfurls a 300-Year Bridge

A UK town is awaiting installation of the world's longest "flat pack" bridge—a unique structure that is transported flat and transforms under gravity into an arch.


Towers Top Out at Record Rates

It's a tall world after all—taller than ever, in fact, with record numbers of vertiginous structures topping out in 2014 and many more ahead.


L.A. to Weigh Mandatory Quakeproofing

Apparently dissatisfied with voluntary efforts, Los Angeles officials are drafting an ordinance that would mandate seismic retrofits for thousands of vulnerable buildings, according to repor...


Span Collapse Halts CA Project

A "full investigation" is underway into the massive collapse of a 150-foot-long viaduct under construction as part of an embattled freeway project in California.


2014 Crowned 'Tallest' Year

The world's cities are getting taller—much, much taller—with record numbers of neck-stretching skyscrapers recently completed across the globe, and many more on the way.


Updated Liners Ease Concrete Testing

Tramex says its newly improved hole-liners make performing in-situ relative humidity testing of concrete even easier.


Particles Play with Concrete Strength

Fine-tuning chemicals at a nanoscale level in concrete and other "structurally complex" materials could be key to improving crack resistance, researchers from Rice University say.


Atomic-level Forces at Play in Concrete

By examining concrete at the atomic level, researchers at Rice University have suggested new ways to improve the most widespread building material's crack resistance.


In PA, Search Effort Ends Sadly

They promised to "bring Tony out." And after 100 hours of digging through thousands of tons of cement powder in freezing temperatures, they did so.


EPA Sued to Act on Stormwater

Seeking again to force Uncle Sam's hand, environmental groups are demanding a court-ordered deadline for federal rules to control runoff from construction projects and developments.


Finding the Key to an Immortal Mortar

For 2,000 years, builders have sought the secret to the structural strength of The Colosseum, The Pantheon and other ancient treasures.


Secret to Roman Concrete Revealed

When today's buildings seem so vulnerable to collapse, how is it that Imperial Roman structures like The Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets, and The Colosseum have endured for nearly 2,000 years?


Floating Silos Fall, Halt Concrete Work

Concrete work has been suspended on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge after the collapse of three silos on a floating concrete batch plant.


Epoxy Made for Decorative Concrete

Clemons Concrete Coatings has introduced a new product for indoor decorative concrete.


Concrete Colors Take Nature’s Cues

L.M. Scofield Company has introduced a set of colored admixtures for concrete projects where a darker, more recessive soil or vegetation color scheme is desired.


Major Concrete Standard Gets Overhaul

Capping nearly a decade in development, the American Concrete Institute has updated its seminal structural concrete standard, now organized from an engineer's perspective.


Concrete Design Standard Reissued

The American Concrete Institute has released an updated structural concrete standard, reworked for the modern design and construction professional.


End of Road for Paving Contractor

A notorious paving con artist who took hundreds of thousands of dollars from his victims has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars after violating his probation in California, according to ...


Cement Shortage Hits Midwest

Factors beyond their control have created a cement shortage that is now pushing back numerous projects across the Midwest, contractors say.


Surfkoat Debuts 3 Concrete Sealers

Surfkoat's newest masonry sealers for architectural and industrial settings are designed for improved resistance to de-icing salt and moisture intrusion from all kinds of wet weather.


Cement Pinch Felt Throughout Midwest

Frozen lakes, increased oil demand and plant breakdowns are three of the reasons contractors throughout the Midwest say they are experiencing a cement shortage.


Concrete Sealers Tout Water Resistance

Three new concrete sealers boast a proprietary chemical reactive formula that gives them improved resistance to de-icing road salts, rain, sleet and snow, according to manufacturer Surfkoat....


New Mammoth Slab Awaits Record Nuke

Work to house what will be the world's largest nuclear fusion machine has begun.


Bridge Cracks Spur Beam Concerns

Cracking concrete beams on a brand-new Vermont bridge have state transportation officials discussing whether to ban the beam type from future projects.


2 New Options for Harsh Environments

Dow has unveiled two polyurethane products for protecting infrastructure in the harshest environments.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


New Base Mix for Decorative Concrete

Walttools has rolled out a new concrete bond coating mix for use on decorative concrete projects.


Free Webinar: Proper Concrete Prep

What does it take to make coatings stick to concrete? Proper application, sure, but one of the most important factors in successful coating work sits on the surface.


Home Design Spurs a Film Noir Divorce

A Brazilian architecture firm may have a career in film if design does not pan out.


System Rethinks Walls, Water Tanks

An Arizona master auto mechanic says he has developed a concrete wall system that holds water.


Equipment Made for Concrete Projects

From vibration and leveling to finishing and cutting, Chicago Pneumatic has introduced a portfolio of concrete equipment products designed for small and large projects.


Storm-Damaged Tunnels Need $689M

Amtrak tunnels in New York City will require $689 million to repair corrosion and cracking caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to a new engineering report.


Coating Gage Extends Thickness Range

A new thickness gage for non-destructively measuring polyurea and other coatings on concrete builds on previous versions with added features, according to manufacturer DeFelsko Corp.


Team Finds Cement’s ‘Magical’ Mix

Tweaking just one of the materials in cement could go a long way toward reducing the environmental wallop packed by concrete, scientists at MIT have discovered.


Colored Concrete Does a Fast Fade

Beauty is backfiring in Minnesota, where the popular colored concrete look is running aground on reports of early cracking and fading.


Curing Compound Boasts Early Start

BASF has introduced an evaporation retardant and finishing aid for concrete that can help prevent shrinkage cracks as industrial flooring concrete dries.


MN Sees Red over Colored Concrete

Blighted by early cracking, the beauty of a colored concrete craze in Minnesota is fading fast, and officials are determined to figure out why.


A Wall, Long Gone, Ripe for Painting

Now, you can have your history and paint it, too. In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own piec...


Developer Toys with a Smarter Brick

What looks and connects like a LEGO, but is reportedly strong enough to use for real-life bridge construction?


History Unveils Paint-Your-Own Keepsake

In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own pieces of the Berlin Wall.


Smart Brick Has a Leg Up on LEGO

Lighter, tighter, stronger buildings could be on the way if a LEGO look-alike brick receives funding for full-scale production.


DuPont Accused in Bridge-Tipping Storage

Delaware officials are closing in on an answer to a $45 million question: Who is responsible for storing a massive amount of soil next to a busy interstate bridge, causing its piers to tilt?


Bridge Shaken, Not Stirred, in Mega Sim

A gigantic bridge model has survived a tremendous amount of seismic shaking—the equivalent of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake—without collapsing.


Water Additive Eyed in Corroded Sewers

A surprising connection between water treatment and wastewater management could be causing the sewers in Australia to quickly corrode.


Builders: Material Shortages Easing

Lots and labor may remain in short supply, but building materials have become easier to obtain in 2014, U.S. homebuilders report in a new survey.


How-To Steers through Thick and Thin

Making sure concrete coatings are applied just right—not too thick and not too thin—is the focus of the next installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Takeover Creates Materials Leader

The $2.7 billion merger of two producers of cement, concrete and aggregates has launched a new top dog in U.S. production of heavy building materials, the companies have announced.


Bids Sought for FL Dam Walkway Work

Bids are being accepted for repairs to steel girders and concrete surfaces at the Hillsborough River Dam Walkway—a project estimated at $90,000, the City of Tampa announced.


Bridge Design Boasts Seismic Stability

Researchers say they have a new design for a bridge framework that will improve earthquake resistance and reduce damage.


Construction Materials Giants Merge

Martin Marietta Materials has become the largest U.S. producer of aggregates and heavy building materials, with the completion of its $2.7 billion takeover of Texas Industries, the companies...


‘Skin’ Senses Structural Defects

A new “sensing skin” developed for nuclear plants could flag damage on a multitude of concrete structures, allowing more response time before a potential failure, researchers say.


Coating Tips: Cleaning Your Concrete

How to roughen and clean concrete for proper coating application is the focus of the latest installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


ROV Unit Inspects Sub-Sea Pipelines

A new, remote-controlled deepwater inspection tool for non-piggable pipelines boasts the ability to take non-destructive measurements on thin- and thick-walled pipelines at almost 10,000-foo...


Concrete ‘Skin’ Senses Damage

A new “sensing skin” made from electrically conductive paint could warn of concrete damage on a multitude of structures, allowing time for authorities to respond to potential danger, researc...


A Call to Grow Better, Not Just Bigger

All of the advanced materials and energy efficiencies on Earth will help little if they are fed to a development model simply that consumes more and more, some experts are warning.


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

China has used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century.


Runway Rockbed Stops Runaway Planes

A massive bed of new-technology concrete blocks will be installed at the end of a new Florida runway to slow stray airplanes to a safe stop.


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


Experts to Deliver Concrete Advice

The world’s most widely used building material is the focus of a new column in Durability + Design magazine.


Seal-Krete Adds Pre-Mixed Tints to Line

Seal-Krete, a manufacturer of concrete and masonry coatings products, has introduced two new pre-mixed color options for its Floor-Tex concrete coatings line.


Getting the Goods on Sneaky Moisture

Undetected moisture in concrete can wreak havoc with a coating project, making accurate moisture measurement a must before the project begins.


DE Discovers Bridge Storage Issues

Cars, dirt and even military vehicles are being stored under major bridges in Delaware—conditions similar to those recently found near damaged supports of an interstate span that had to be c...


Tilting Piers Close Interstate Bridge

A Delaware bridge that carries part of a major East Coast transportation artery has been closed indefinitely after several columns shifted nearly two feet out alignment.


Making the Grade against Disaster

School districts across the country are showing a new silhouette on their facilities, opting for more dome-shaped designs rather than those of traditional buildings, experts say.


Cracks Plague ’05 Holocaust Memorial

Severe cracks have been discovered in thousands of concrete slabs that make up the nine-year-old Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.


Getting the Most from Concrete Coatings

Coatings can solve many of concrete’s problems—from durability concerns to deterioration issues—while enhancing the beauty of the building material.


New Home Designed for Soggy Cities

Rainwater harvesting systems come in many configurations, now including one you could live in.


Posh ‘Monument of Defects’ to be Razed

Six years after revelations of serious construction defects stopped work, a Las Vegas luxury high-rise will be painstakingly dismantled without ever opening.


Manhole Accident Claims PA Installer

A construction worker was killed after being pinned beneath a concrete manhole form Monday (May 5) in Pennsylvania.


Officials Probe SC Bridge Failure

Investigators in South Carolina were still puzzling Thursday (May 1) over the collapse of a 20-foot section of bridge that derailed railroad cars passing below it.


Concrete Maker Cited for Repeat Dangers

Federal authorities are accusing a Pennsylvania concrete manufacturer of multiple repeat and serious violations of safety standards at its plant—the company’s fourth case in five years.


Building Owner to Face Murder Charges

The owner of the Bangladeshi factory building that collapsed one year ago, killing 1,135 workers and injuring 2,500, will face murder charges as the victims try to move on from the tragedy, ...


A Smarter Slab for the Next Century

A new concrete composite that can bend, repel water, self-monitor—and, oh yes, last more than 100 years—is taking shape at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).


Concrete Protection Made to Penetrate

W.R. Meadows has introduced a water-based compound designed to seal and protect pavement, driveways and other exterior concrete surfaces.


Concrete Sealer Protects Exteriors

A new water-based, penetrating sealing compound is designed to limit the intrusion of moisture and chlorides into exterior concrete surfaces.


‘Smart Concrete’ May Outlive Us All

What are you doing in April 2134? If Scott Muzenski has his way, his great-great-great grandchildren will be doing the very first repairs on the driveway he just patched.


Collapse Proves a Demolition Don’t

Smart people learn from their mistakes. Really smart people learn from other peoples' mistakes. Take, for example, the unidentified farmer who recently decided to have a buddy capture his ne...


Man v. Silo in DIY Don’t

“Don’t try this at home” proved more of a challenge than a warning to an unidentified farmer who decided to go mano a mano in taking down a large concrete silo.


Vikings’ Project Makes Recycling Blitz

The Minnesota Vikings’ old home may carry the dubious distinction of being the worst stadium in the U.S., but the old girl will achieve a noble goal as she goes down for the last time.


2 Workers Electrocuted at FL Jobsite

Federal safety authorities say they are investigating a scaffolding accident that severely injured two workers Tuesday (March 25) in Panama City, FL.


Old Stadium Debris to Get New Start

The Minnesota Vikings’ old home is nearly gone, but more than 80,000 tons of its concrete, steel and other materials will play on in new venues after being salvaged for recycling, state offi...


Hardhats Mobilize for Highway Funding

More than two dozen U.S. associations and labor unions are preparing to lean on Congress in a big way to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund before it goes broke.


Deterioration Blamed in Fatal Collapse

Significant deterioration, weathering and corrosion caused a walkway collapse that killed a firefighter last month at the University of Missouri, engineers have found.


Crossrail Worker Killed by Concrete

Europe’s largest construction project has been marred by its first worker fatality, after a contractor died Friday (March 7) when he was struck by a piece of concrete.


Cool Concrete ‘Behaves Differently’

Cool-Crete Technology Group’s new signature product is designed to eliminate the harmful effects of hydration, extending service life and averting the need for unattractive expansion cuts.


Decrepit Bridge Refuses to Go Down

A 98-year-old bridge in Maine, said to be in imminent danger of falling, held its own against a round of explosives Thursday (Feb. 27).


65-Foot Crack Found in WA Dam

Federal, county and independent engineers have mounted an emergency response to safeguard the Wanapum Dam after divers discovered a two-inch-wide, 65-foot-long crack in a spillway pier.


Old Bay Bridge May Find New Purpose

While the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has had its share of problems, getting rid of the old structure should be a bit easier, if a novel repurposing idea pans out.


House Plan Made of Old Bay Bridge

Pieces of the 77-year-old, 1.97-mile-long eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge may be recycled to build a house.


Slim Building Set to Soar in NYC

How do you build the Western hemisphere’s tallest residential tower and keep it pencil slim? With “purity of engineering” and one heck of a backbone, the project’s structural engineer explai...


Patch Compound Flexes its Strength

A new cementitious compound offers maximum strength with flexibility for repairs to concrete, steel, asphalt or wood, the manufacturer says.


Compound Touts Patches without Cracks

A new cementitious patch and overlay for highways and infrastructure boasts flexibility without failure, offering high-tensile strain capacity and bond strength.


Sinkhole Swallows Corvettes at Museum

Engineers are working to secure the building and recover eight pricey Corvettes from the depths of a massive sinkhole that has opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, K...


Concrete Pour Achieves World Record

Construction crews at the site of a new hotel and office tower in downtown Los Angeles poured more than 80 million pounds of concrete for nearly 20 hours straight—setting a world record for ...


Stone Made of Urine, Sand and Bacteria

Someday, our buildings may be constructed from stones made of urine, sand and bacteria.


‘Cool’ Concrete Touts Fast, Dense Cure

A new concrete claims to eliminate the harmful effects of hydration and the need for expansion cuts, according to Cool-Crete Technology Group.


Coal Waste Ok’d in Concrete, Wallboard

In good news for the building industry, two of the largest reuses of encapsulated Coal Combustion Residuals—in concrete and wallboard—have been deemed "beneficial" by the U.S. Environmental ...


EPA Green-Lights 2 CCR Uses

Abruptly breaking years of silence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has newly affirmed as “beneficial” the two largest reuses of encapsulated coal ash: in concrete and in wallboard.


Gaffe Plugs New Sewers with Concrete

London's water utility is on the lookout for which of its contractors accidentally poured concrete into more than 200 feet of new underground pipe.


Builder Fined in Subcontractor’s Death

An Ontario court has fined a general contractor $100,000 in a concrete wall collapse that killed one subcontractor’s employee and seriously injured another nearly three years ago.


Precast Maker Cited in Worker’s Death

An Illinois concrete company sanctioned in 2012 for not seeking immediate help for a trapped supervisor is now accused of egregious safety violations after a worker was crushed to death in 2...


Bids Invited to Paint WV River Bridge

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Lower Pleasant Street Bridge in Morgantown, WV.


Whiting-Turner Cited in Fatal Collapse

A Maryland general contractor whose employee was killed and another seriously injured in the collapse of nearly 50,000 pounds of concrete is facing $11,125 in fines for serious safety violat...


Navy Seeks Housing That’s Fit to Print

Maybe Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tomorrow’s far-flung Navy bases just might be.


UC: 1,500 L.A. Buildings at Quake Risk

More than a thousand Los Angeles schools, homes, commercial properties and their occupants may be at risk if a major temblor rocks the area, according to a newly released list by the Univers...


3 New Concrete Systems Launched

Concrete and masonry coating systems recommended for refineries, refrigerated storage areas, and bridges are part of a new lineup from Seal-Krete.


Prison, Massive Fines in Historic Fraud

Two former executives of a Pennsylvania bridge concrete manufacturer are headed to prison in what authorities call the largest Disadvantaged Business Enterprise scam in U.S. history.


Broken Bridge to Cost $170M Extra

Design mistakes on a floating bridge megaproject in Washington State are sucking every last cent out of the project’s risk reserve fund, and the state says it will need an additional $170 mi...


Philly Gets $2M for Shorted Concrete

A construction company will pay over $2 million to settle allegations that it skimped on the amount of concrete and asphalt used in paving projects around Philadelphia, then overbilled for t...


Seal-Krete to Bow 3 New Coatings

Seal-Krete reports it is adding three new products to its portfolio of concrete and masonry coatings.


Green Building Technologies Set to Grow

Insulation, siding and smart windows—all key components of higher-performing buildings—are on course to flourish, with strong gains this year and beyond, according to new market forecasts.


Study: Silica Rule May Cut Cancer Rate

The U.S. government’s controversial plan to reduce silica exposure on the job has gained fresh support from a new cancer study that says the changes could save lives.


Cancer Study Backs Silica Plan

Millions of American workers, including abrasive blasters and construction laborers, could benefit from a federal proposal to limit silica exposure on the job, concludes a new study publishe...


Webinar Tackles Polyaspartic Protection

Polyaspartic coatings, a relatively new class of coatings, and their successful use in protective and marine applications will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL...


Concrete Training Goes Fatally Awry

One construction worker has died and two others are injured, one critically, after a retaining wall they were using to practice concrete work collapsed in upstate New York, authorities said....


Concrete Product Tackles Efflorescence

NewLook International is touting a permanent solution for concrete and masonry efflorescence with its new admixture, called EffLock.


Concrete Maker Blamed in Ash Engulfment

Federal safety authorities are holding a major Midwestern ready mix producer responsible for the death of a plant operator who was buried in a storage silo full of fly ash.


NewLook Admixture Stops Efflorescence

An end to efflorescence in concrete and masonry is the claim of NewLook International's new admixture, called EffLock.


Paint/Graffiti Remover Touts Safety

Cortec Corp. has unveiled two heavy-duty, anti-corrosion paint strippers and graffiti removers that the company calls “the safest on the market.”


Cement to Stage Comeback

Rebounding construction in North America and Europe will jumpstart a comeback for the cement market in those regions, reversing a five-year decline, a new study suggests.


Best Practices: Tips for Specifying
And Applying Elastomeric Coatings

Water-based elastomeric coatings are often the go-to choice for exterior concrete/masonry wall applications. But they can be tricky to apply correctly and should be avoided for some applicat...


Spray-on Coating Lights Up the Road

A UK company has rolled out a spray-applied aggregate surfacing that reportedly absorbs and stores UV energy during the day to illuminate roads and pathways at night.


Hotel Project Death Spurs Fines

The July death of a worker on a hotel project has resulted in $21,560 in proposed federal fines for a Boston-area contractor with a history of safety, health and wage violations.


Concrete Maker Hit with 18 Citations

Silica exposure, confined-space infractions, respiratory hazards, and other health and safety dangers have drawn $153,900 in fines and a lengthy list of federal violations for a New Jersey c...


L.A. Sues over Crumbling $240M Runway

The City of Los Angeles has filed suit against four construction firms that built a $240 million airport runway that is deteriorating and “unfit” after just six years.


Report Warns of L.A. Building Collapses

From factories to residential high-rises, more than 1,000 older concrete buildings across the Los Angeles skyline are in danger of collapse should a major earthquake hit the area, according ...


Nuclear Plant Finds Blister, Corrosion

A Pennsylvania nuclear plant is again reporting a coating defect and corrosion in one of its units, near the site of decayed wood left in the structure.


PCBs: The Next Building Liability Wave?

First, lead paint; then, asbestos. Next: PCBs? The legacy of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), once common in a wide variety of building materials, may be the next public health hazard confr...


Corrosion Blamed for Drooping Bridge

Corrosion caused a concrete pier on a Green Bay bridge to sink two feet, leaving a 400-foot section of the structure sagging across all lanes, Wisconsin officials have determined.


Sudden Sagging Closes WI Bridge

Wisconsin officials have closed a four-lane state bridge indefinitely after a 400-foot section of the structure abruptly dropped about two feet overnight.


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

A stronger, more durable new cement from Denmark holds a sweet secret.


Scientists See Sweet Deal for Cement

Waste ash from sugar production may prove to be an environmentally sweet ingredient in one of the world’s most common building materials, new research suggests.


Standards Urged for Nuclear Concrete

Outdated standards, coatings issues, and no concrete repair code for nuclear power plants top a list of red flags cited by experts in a new report on the needs of the aging nuclear industry.


Modern Service Bridges Ancient Fears

Friday the 13th sparks all kinds of fears—and, not surprisingly, people ready to profit from them.


3-Ton Concrete Topples onto Worker

A Colorado construction worker is lucky to be alive after massive decorative concrete panels fell onto a hydraulic lift vehicle he was driving on a rail and highway project.


Concrete Key to Bigger Wind Towers

Engineers are giving wind power a boost—literally—by testing ways to increase energy production by making the towers 20 percent taller.


Broken Bridges Are an India Hotspot

Man-made infrastructure marvels often attract tourist attention in countries all over the world, but in India, busted concrete piers are drawing crowds to areas usually only populated by fis...


CA Mulls $20M Bridge Contractor Bonus

A temporary fix has the on-again, off-again opening of California’s Bay Bridge back on, but bridge officials question whether the contractor implicated in the delays should now receive a $20...


NACE Offers Free Bridge Corrosion Paper

A white paper on how and why highway bridges corrode, along with solutions for low-cost control methods, is now available for free download from NACE International.


NRC OKs Cracking Measures at Seabrook

A new inspection report on concrete degradation at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant shows that appropriate measures have adequately addressed the cracks' root causes and potential impact, fe...


Robot is 1-Stop Building Demo Shop

An award-winning, multitasking robot named ERO may be the next hero of the building demolition and materials recycling industries.


New Robot ‘Erases the Building’

New robot technology that may hold the future to building demolition and recycling has captured an international award for its student designer.


SSPC Sets Wastewater Coating Standard

Performance requirements for certain concrete coatings used at wastewater facilities are the focus of a new standard by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Death at Oft-Cited Contractor Probed

A Boston-area construction contractor with a lengthy history of health, safety and payroll violations has now lost a young employee in a job-site accident.


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


New eBook Covers Specialty Coatings

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying specialty function coatings, such as anti-graffiti, fire-resistant and heat-resistant coatings, is the focus of two new eBooks published by ...


Sealer Made to Penetrate, Protect

Cortec Corp. has introduced a new sealer designed to penetrate the smallest pores of the densest concrete structures without altering their appearance.


Smog-Battling Concrete Gains Support

Titanium dioxide-laced concrete could help cut down air pollution when incorporated into roads, lab and field tests in the Netherlands have concluded.


Cortec Unveils MCI Concrete Sealer

Cortec Corp. has introduced a single-component penetrating concrete sealer with the company's migrating corrosion inhibitor (MCI) technology for bridges, highways, parking decks and other st...


Ancient Romans Offer Concrete Lessons

The folks who brought you the 2,000-year-old Appian Way knew their concrete. Now, modern researchers are trying to learn their secrets, in an effort to replicate the durability and sustainab...


High-Build Made for 1-Coat Protection

Sherwin-Williams has introduced a high-build, one-coat polyaspartic urethane designed to accelerate return to service on bridges and other infrastructure projects.


Bringing Flower Power to Concrete

The sunflower fields that blanket much of Turkey may literally hold the seeds to a stronger, lighter-weight concrete, materials researchers say.


Seeding a Stronger Concrete

So what do you with 661,386,840 pounds of sunflower seed husks each year?


When in Concrete, Doing as Romans Did

The structure of ancient Rome’s concrete marvels is revealing clues to make its modern successors more durable and sustainable, researchers have found.


Coating eBooks Cover Railcar, Pipelines

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for railcars and transmission pipeline is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings


Thinking Outside the Concrete Box

Imagine constructing a concrete building in less than an hour, using only air and water.


New eBooks Guide Plant Coatings

Free technical guidance on coatings for power and wastewater plants is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL.


Lining Touts Severe Chemical Resistance

Sherwin-Williams' Protective & Marine Coatings division has introduced Magnalux 404 FF, billed as the first styrene-free vinyl ester for use with steel and concrete substrates in the oil and...


3 Firms Fined $465K for Shock Hazards

Three New York State contractors are facing major federal citations and six-figure fines for allegedly ignoring warnings from the local power company and allowing employees to work construct...


Inflatable Concrete Simplifies Shelter

Need sturdy shelter fast? Then a concrete building in a bag might be for you. Just add air and water!


NJ Contractor: 5 Years, 11 OSHA Cases

A New Jersey masonry contractor with a history of fall protection, scaffolding and other violations is now facing nine new federal citations and nearly $91,000 in fines for the same hazards.


New Rhino Coating Touts Gloss, Color

Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a high-performance polyurea aliphatic coating for consumer and industrial applications that require exceptional gloss and color retention.


New Coating Resists Humidity, Chemicals

For industrial applications where color and gloss retention are crucial, Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a new polyurea aliphatic coating.


No Answers in Parking Deck Cave-in

Investigators continue to comb the rubble of a suburban Maryland parking garage to determine why a 50,000-pound concrete slab fell, fatally crushing a construction worker and critically inju...


MD Parking Deck Collapse Kills Worker

Authorities are searching for the cause of a collapse of a 50,000-pound concrete section of a parking garage under construction in Maryland that killed one worker and injured another.


Worms Make $3M Meal of Bridge

Worms are the likely culprits behind $3 million worth of damage that will likely delay a coastal bridge project in southern California by a year.


The Robotic Future of Bridge Inspection

Robotic inspectors could soon be sweeping across the nation's bridges, collecting data and sending important structural information to their human counterparts.


Woman Saved, But Building Deaths Climb

A trapped woman has been found miraculously alive and safe amid the ruins of a Bangladesh garment factory building, but the number of victims topped 1,000 and kept rising.


Standoff Grips $120M Problem Project

Not so fast. That's the word from Montgomery County, MD, which has advised Washington, D.C.'s transit agency that it cannot simply bail out of a troubled $120 million project that it ...


Clear Coat Fights Graffiti, Corrosion

Protecting commercial exteriors from graffiti and corrosion just got a new tool with a coating that protects within 24 hours and dries to the touch within two hours, Cortec Corp. has announc...


And Now, Amber Waves of ... Concrete?

Here's food for thought: Those good-for-you grains that now stoke your morning cereal may soon also fortify your local dam, highway and bridge.


Arrests Made in Fatal Building Collapse

Building and factory owners have been arrested and rescue efforts have ceased five days after an eight-story, illegally constructed building in Bangladesh crashed down, killing, injuring and...


Agency Wants Out of Botched $120M Hub

Already $80 million over budget and more than two years behind schedule, a $120 million Maryland transit center will not be used as planned because its structural flaws are too expensive to ...


Cortec Coating Eases Graffiti Removal

A new coating helps protect bridges, streets and other industrial and commercial exteriors from graffiti while incorporating corrosion inhibitor technology, Cortec announced.


New Textured Finishes for Walls Systems

A new line of modified acrylic finishes for wall cladding and exterior surfaces has been introduced by the Wall Systems business of BASF Corp.’s Construction Chemicals Division.


Plant Changes to Cost CEMEX $3M+

The largest U.S. producer of cement and ready-mix concrete will pay more than $3 million to settle long-running federal allegations that it illegally modified a cement plant near Rocky Mount...


Police Pig is Back in the Pink

One Oregon police department’s prized hog has received a fresh coat of paint. No, we’re not talking about a motorcycle.


New Concrete Fillers Go with the Grain

Engineers in America’s heartland are cooking up a new recipe for the world's most common building material, using post-harvest leftovers from rice, corn and wheat.


EPA Settlement to Cost CEMEX $3M+

Global building materials supplier CEMEX Inc. has agreed to pay a $1 million civil penalty and install more than $2 million in pollution control technology to resolve alleged violations of t...


Bay Bridge Bolts Lacked Extra Testing

Missing paperwork, ignored testing, and hydrogen—all problems flagged years ago—potentially contributed to the newly cracked bolts on California’s Bay Bridge, state transportation officials ...


Frogs Give Researchers Grip on Adhesion

When it comes to clinging to a wet, slippery, vertical surface, no one hangs in there like a tree frog.


Rust Inhibitors Carry Golden Prospects

Busting rust is a booming enterprise, with the U.S. demand for all types of corrosion inhibitors set to grow by a steady 4.1 percent annually through 2017, a new market forecast projects.


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


New Concrete Pavers Light the Way

For pool decks and pavement that catch attention and provide more safety, a German company has introduced a new technology: concrete that glows in the dark.


New Concrete Gives Glow a Go

Concrete pavers, roads, safety strips and stairs can all stand out in the dark with a new series of products produced by a German partnership.


Shortcuts Revealed in Fatal FL Collapse

Five contractors are being blamed for a variety of shortcuts—from skipped inspections and welds to ignoring construction plans—in a Florida building collapse that killed four workers last fa...


Water Woes to Cost Concrete Maker $1M+

Pollution of wetlands and waterways from unpermitted runoff and process water discharges will cost a New Hampshire concrete producer more than $1.3 million to remedy, under state and federal...


Mall Principals Tied to ‘95 Collapse

Both the engineer and owner of the doomed Elliot Lake mall had similar connections to a Michigan mall that partially collapsed in 1995, the Elliot Lake Commission Inquiry learned last week.


Concrete Maker to Pay $835K Water Fine

A New Hampshire concrete producer has agreed to pay a total of $835,000 in fines and complete a $500,000 environmental project to resolve numerous clean water violations at its sand, gravel ...


Hearing: Mall Owners Wanted Out

The original owners of the Elliot Lake Mall wanted to sell the troubled property 20 years ago, because they were unable to repair the chronically leaking roof, a representative of the compan...


Bad Bolts Snag Bay Bridge Work

Construction on the east span of California’s new Bay Bridge has hit a snag after workers discovered over 30 broken bolts on the new eastern span, state transportation officials announced.


Audit Rips Caltrans on Bridge Testing

California Department of Transportation employees falsified concrete testing data, were paid for work they did not perform, and stole steel beams and other materials from state project sites...


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


New Airport Sign Kills Boy, Crushes Mom

A 10-year-old Kansas boy was killed and his mother critically injured when a massive concrete and glass display board in a newly renovated airport terminal fell on four members of the family...


Trapped 75 Feet Down, Worker Saved

A New York City subway construction worker is lucky to be alive and safe after a dramatic rescue freed him from a quicksand-like concrete slurry 75 feet below the street.


NYC Invites Bridge Inspection Bids

New York City’s Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is requesting expressions of interest for construction administration and inspection services for repairs on the Verrazano-Narrows Brid...


New eBook Offers Marine Coating Advice

Free technical guidance on selecting coatings for marine applications is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


New eBook Aids Bridge Coating Selection

Free expert technical guidance on selecting and specifying bridge coatings is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


Concrete Reuse Gets Bolt from the Blue

A flash of inspiration has led researchers to a remarkable new lightning-laced advance in recycling concrete.


Recycling Concrete with Lightning Jolt

Scientists in Germany are summoning one of nature's most powerful forces to recycle man’s most widely used building material.


TX Firm Accused of Serious Fall Hazards

A commercial and residential concrete contractor in central Texas is facing $46,000 in federal penalties for allegedly allowing employees to work at heights without fall protection.


Surge Seen for Green Building Materials

Demand for recycled concrete, permeable pavement and other green building materials is expected to jump by 11 percent annually through 2017, hitting a record $86.6 billion, a new study proje...


Color, Technology Lights Stone Facade

A building in Germany now features an innovative concrete panel facade that its owner can light up in color or use to display text and graphics.


Containment Issues Stall Plant Restart

Offline for almost two years, a Nebraska nuclear plant was told this week that it must address additional issues before being allowed to restart, according to federal regulators.


Building Revival to Spur Cement Gains

LAS VEGAS—With the fiscal cliff behind and 950,000 housing starts ahead for 2013, cement consumption is set to boom, with 8.1 percent growth projected through this year, according to a new e...


Recycled Concrete: Rocky Road to Growth

LAS VEGAS—Recycling the world's most common building material is certainly "green," but using recycled concrete in buildings still faces obstacles, both real and perceived.


New Concrete May Extend Bridge Life

A new concrete material that uses lightweight aggregates to absorb internal moisture that inevitably seeps in over time is fast finding a home in the decks of Indiana's newest bridges.


Architect Plans to 3D Print a Home

A Dutch architect has unveiled plans to construct a modern house with no beginning or end.


Deal Signed for Low-Carbon Concrete

Two Canadian companies have partnered in an effort to transform the concrete industry, one low-carbon concrete block at a time.


Concrete Blooms a Mossy Façade

Concrete generally doesn’t remind us of lush, green gardens. But a group of Spanish researchers has set out to change that mindset.


New Waterproofer Goes Indoor, Outdoor

W.R. Meadows' newest waterproofing compound is a one-component product designed for interior, exterior, horizontal and vertical applications.


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


Groups Stamp Concrete Pink for a Cure

A coalition of decorative concrete professionals hopes to pour, stain and stamp pink concrete across all 50 states to raise cancer awareness by October 2013.


W.R. Meadows Adds to Waterproofing Line

Global building products supplier W.R. Meadows Inc. has introduced Hydralastic 836, a one-component, cold-applied, solvent-free, 100 percent solids waterproofing compound.


 
 
   

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