September 2008 Table of Contents

Editorial Comment Tomorrow's Bridge Today

When Minnesotans see the I-35W bridge, many reflect on the lives lost when the bridge collapsed Aug. 1, 2007. Remarkably, just over a year later, Minnesotans also envision progress when they look at—and now drive upon—the new bridge. Read more

Features Bridge to the Future

Building the St. Anthony Falls bridge fast, high quality, and safe. Read more

Insulated Sandwich Panels

Tips for producing high-performance panels Read more

Going Up Features Going Up

Constructing a high-rise building is quite a challenge no matter how you look at it. But two projects currently under way in Los Angeles and Chicago are providing their respective concrete contractors an opportunity to demonstrate both their ingenuity and their skills. Read more

Weathering the Storm Residential Concrete - Features Weathering the Storm

On May 4, 2007, a funnel cloud creating wind speeds exceeding 200 mph ripped through the town of Greensburg, Kan. Read more

Concrete Homes Feature Built-In Safety Residential Concrete - Technology Brief Concrete Homes Feature Built-In Safety

Debris driven by high winds present the greatest hazard to homeowners and their homes during tornadoes and hurricanes. Read more

Cracking in Foundation Walls Residential Concrete - Below The Grade Cracking in Foundation Walls

The most frequent call to the Concrete Foundations Association (CFA) is some version of “My foundation wall has cracks, should I be concerned?” I usually begin by quoting an old phrase—Concrete is guaranteed to do two things: get hard and crack. Read more

Residential Concrete - At Home With Concrete 2008 Concrete Technologies Tour Rocks

The 2008 Concrete Technologies Tour, coordinated by the Concrete Home Building Council (CHBC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), highlighted the various uses of concrete for residential applications. Read more

News and Events News & Events News and Events

The Post-Tensioning Institute announces the 2008 award winners; a construction equipment dealer and rental company launches campaign for breast cancer awareness month; the National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act and more. Read more

The Greening Spin Hime & Erlin On Concrete The Greening Spin

The click word is “greening.” The word's significance perhaps is summarized best as anything that helps our world become physically better and healthier. Read more

A Month in the Field Tolerances A Month in the Field

You wouldn't know it just by driving by any of the jobsites, but these days Southern Florida is a hotbed of laser scanning for high-rise construction. Read more

Bim and Tilt-Up: Working Together Tilt-Up Bim and Tilt-Up: Working Together

BIM techniques provide constant and immediate information on the project design, schedule, and cost that is reliable, integrated, and fully coordinated with the entire project team. Read more

Teaching Children About Concrete Decorative Concrete Teaching Children About Concrete

When Linda Figg, president/CEO of FIGG Engineering Group, Tallahassee, Fla., visited the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., she was captivated by a decorative concrete exhibit using exposed recycled glass aggregate. Read more

Growing the Next Generation of Decorative Concrete Craftsmen Decorative Concrete Growing the Next Generation of Decorative Concrete Craftsmen

In this column, you will read about public school children involved in the I-35W bridge project, making decorative concrete tiles to be placed on concrete abutment walls alongside walkways under the bridge at 2nd St. Read more

New Holland Construction B95B Backhoe Loader Jobsite Products New Holland Construction B95B Backhoe Loader

B95B backhoe loader has a curved boom for increased efficiency and improved performance. Read more

Landscape Loader Jobsite Products Landscape Loader

The redesigned 210LJ landscape loader features a turbocharged John Deere PowerTech E 4045HT engine with increased horsepower, new three-point hitch controls, and a PTO option. Read more

Are You Comfortable? Jobsite Products Are You Comfortable?

One of the fastest growing trends in equipment design for the construction industry is operator comfort. Managers know that with increased comfort comes increased productivity. It can be argued that too much comfort can cause a distraction; however, not e Read more

Fluted Round Columns Highlight Elegance Products Solving Problems Fluted Round Columns Highlight Elegance

At the heart of Los Angeles' Century City/Beverly Hills region, the 42-story, 147-unit luxury condominium tower known as “The Century” is designed to be an epicenter of upscale living on the Avenue of the Stars. Read more

Problem Clinic Uncertain How to Proceed

I have recently taken charge of a multistory construction building in Pakistan, which three floors are already built, including one basement. On the first floor, it has been observed that the proper mixing of the material has not been maintained and the c Read more

Inflatable Form Search Problem Clinic Inflatable Form Search

I am searching for a supplier of inflatable formwork for constructing culverts onsite. I believe the balloon-like apparatus comes in different sizes, but I can't find a source. Read more

Z Con Inc. Contractor to Watch Z Con Inc.

Z Con Inc. is a midsized concrete construction company located in Woodbine, Md., with a staff of 16 employees. Read more

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