September 2007 Table of Contents

Pride in Production Editorial Comment Pride in Production

On a recent trip to view the progress of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, I was simply blown away by the sheer magnitude of the project. But, there was something else I noticed at the jobsite when speaking with a number of people: pride Read more

Dubai Features Dubai

Dubai City is considered to be the world's fastest-growing city with more than $90 billion in projects under construction at the moment. Read more

The Burj Dubai Features The Burj Dubai

In Arabic, the name “Burj Dubai” means “The Tower of Dubai.” Presently the building is over 1800 feet off the ground, making it officially the tallest building in the world, surpassing the Taipei 101 building in Taipei, Taiwan, at 1667 feet. Read more

City Center Features City Center

With an estimated cost of $7.5 billion, City Center, owned by MGM Mirage, is the largest privately funded project in the country. Read more

Dallas Cowboys Stadium Features Dallas Cowboys Stadium

Totaling nearly $650 million, the new Dallas Cowboys' Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is a 2.3 million-square-foot venue scheduled to open for kickoff of the 2009 NFL season. Read more

Mon/Fayette Expressway & Southern Beltway Project Features Mon/Fayette Expressway & Southern Beltway Project

Critical to the vitality and economic health of the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's Mon/Fayette Expressway & Southern Beltway Projects include seven different concrete pavement construction jobs, each of which are in varying stages of completion. Read more

Palmdale Regional Medical Center Features Palmdale Regional Medical Center

Palmdale, Calif., is situated in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County, and soon will be home to a more than 200-bed hospital. Read more

The Bravern Features The Bravern

Being billed as “a dynamic high-rise community ... for those seeking the ultimate in refined luxury,” The Bravern mixed-use complex in downtown Bellevue, Wash., is slated to open in stages throughout 2008 and 2009. Read more

Controlling Air Volume Features Controlling Air Volume

Because nearly all exposed concrete in moderate and cold climates is specified to have entrained air, making sure the air volume is within spec and stable can be tricky. Read more

Upscale Pavement Features Upscale Pavement

Swederski Concrete has been steadily expanding the market for concrete parking lots and local concrete streets in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since it purchased its first Somero Laser Screed in 1999. Read more

Building a Better Wastewater Plant Features Building a Better Wastewater Plant

Sewer overflows had become so common in Nashua, N.H., that city officials had to turn to an engineering firm, Metcalf & Eddy, to solve the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) problems that have plagued the city in recent years. After monitoring the city's sewer Read more

Minnesota Bridge Collapses News & Events Minnesota Bridge Collapses

Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed this past August during rush hour traffic. The 40-year-old deck steel truss structure had indicated structure deficiencies in 2001 showing poor fatigue details on the main truss and floor truss sy Read more

News & Events Industry Leader Passes

Alphonse E. Engelman, owner and CEO of Engelman Construction Inc. and Bethlehem Precast Inc., passed away July 27, 2007 in Philadelphia. Read more

News & Events Bluegrass State Hosts Construction Show

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition will take place Oct. 16–18, 2007 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. The biennial show will feature equipment exhibits and demonstrations, plus education for industry professionals. Read more

News & Events New Executives Appointed To Board

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) named Richard F. Pedtke, Ingersoll Rand Co., West Fargo, N.D., and Craig E. Paylor, JLG Industries Inc., McConnellsburg, Pa., to the AEM Board of Directors. Read more

News & Events Installer Certification Level Available

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) introduced a new certification level for its Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Program. Read more

News & Events Get A Pump's Worth of Knowledge

The American Concrete Pumping Association is presenting its first Education Conference, Pumping Knowledge Into Your Business, in Westminster, Colo., Oct. 12–13, 2007. Read more

Racetrack Gets A Face-Lift News & Events Racetrack Gets A Face-Lift

Former NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Rusty Wallace got down on his hands and knees to inspect Bristol Motor Speedway's (BMS) new concrete surface. Read more

News & Events Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Experience from recent earthquakes has shown that correctly designed concrete structures can survive such natural disasters without significant loss of strength. Read more

Park A Skater's Haven News & Events Park A Skater's Haven

Clark County is taking a different approach to the often dangerous extreme sports phenomenon by adding a new Extreme Sports Park to the Pacific Community Park in Vancouver, Wash. Read more

Tolerances Committee at Work and Looking for Input

Constructing the various elements of a project within the specified tolerances is only one part of a contractor's challenge. The larger, and often more costly, problem is resolving tolerance incompatibilities. Read more

Concrete Floor Moisture Tests Slabs on Grade Concrete Floor Moisture Tests

A major change is taking place in the way that the floor covering industry measures moisture in concrete floors. This change affects concrete floor contractors, general contractors, construction managers, owners, architects, and floor covering installers. Read more

See the Value of High Visibility Safety Matters See the Value of High Visibility

Low-visibility in jobsites (such as road construction work zones) is an industry-recognized occupational hazard. Read more

Vero-Rialto Solution

Solution, a Venetian plaster product, can be used for interior and exterior applications to provide a spatula effect. Read more

L&M Construction Chemicals Vivid Concrete Dye Products L&M Construction Chemicals Vivid Concrete Dye

Vivid Concrete Dye adds architectural drama to any interior concrete surface. Read more

Pacific Concrete Images Custom Stamps Products Pacific Concrete Images Custom Stamps

Custom stamps, such as this Aztec calendar, provide a touch of the extraordinary to almost any decorative product. Read more

Elite Crete Systems Inc. Quick-Pattern Products Elite Crete Systems Inc. Quick-Pattern

Quick-Pattern design stencils are constructed of brown virgin paper/cardboard instead of recycled white paper for durability. Read more

Architectural Enhancements Inc. Tru-Stamp Products Architectural Enhancements Inc. Tru-Stamp

Tru-Stamp is a stampable, carvable overlay that can be used early while still holding its moisture content. Read more

Perma-pave Industries LLC Permeable Pavers Products Perma-pave Industries LLC Permeable Pavers

Permapave Permeable Pavers are natural stone pavers that eliminate 100% of gross pollutants from waterways. Read more

When is the Right Time to Apply Chemical Stains? Decorative Concrete When is the Right Time to Apply Chemical Stains?

Most manufacturers recommend that concrete cures for 28 days before staining is attempted. For the contractor, there are several issues to sort out when deciding when it is the right time to stain. Read more

Screeds Jobsite Products Screeds

The word “screed” comes from the Middle English word shred, as in a long strip or piece of wood. In England, a screed is used to measure the thickness of plaster or finishing layer of mortar over concrete. Read more

Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Withstands Heavy Loads Products Solving Problems Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Withstands Heavy Loads

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Caterpillar warehouse demands a lot of its 110,000-square-foot concrete slab. Read more

Concrete Pump Attachment Exceeds Expectations Products Solving Problems Concrete Pump Attachment Exceeds Expectations

When contractor and owner Gus Antoniou, G&D Excavating, Lyons, Ill., needed a creative way to place concrete in a confined space, he turned to a concrete pump attachment for his skidsteer loader. Read more

Problem Clinic More On Adjusting for Aggregate Moisture

We had a long dry spell this spring followed by several days with short but intense rainfall. That seems to cause inconsistency in the concrete we're getting from our producer. Why does a little rain make things so difficult? Read more

A Little Help Women in Concrete A Little Help

We all need the advice of those who have more experience. There is nothing wrong with being new or inexperienced. Joining associations is a great way to find mentors or people to mentor. Read more

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