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ADSC announces Michael W. O’Neill Lecture Award

Cleveland — The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC) announced the “ADSC Michael W. O’Neill Lecture Award.” This Lecture Award honors Dr. O’Neill, one of the world’s leading experts in deep foundations, who passed away in 2003 leaving a legacy of exceptional contributions to the deep foundation industry both in academia and in practice.

CRSI announces HONORS Recipients

Schaumburg, Ill. — TheConcrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) announced the recipients of the inaugural 2013 CRSI HONORS recognition program. For over 40years, the CRSI Design Awards program has recognized design and construction achievement by owners, architects, engineers and construction managers across North America.

Older, smaller buildings key to neighborhood vitality

Washington, D.C. — A new research report, Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation demonstrates how neighborhoods that protect and find new uses for older, smaller buildings are more economically sustainable, culturally vibrant, and opportunity-rich than those with only larger, newer buildings.

U.S. cement consumption growth continues in 2014

Skokie, Ill. — Although recent economic indicators point to a tempering of the U.S. economy, PCA is maintaining its forecast for steady growth in construction and cement consumption during the next five years. A recent PCA forecast indicates a 7.9 percent increase in cement consumption for 2014, almost double from the 4.5 increase in 2013. The industry expects to see double-digit growth in 2015 and 2016 with 10 percent growth both years.

Historic Checkered House Bridge rehab wins ACEC award

Tallahassee, Fla. — Finley Engineering Group, CHA, and Harrison and Burrowes Bridge Constructors received the 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) award for its complex bridge design and construction engineering work on the Checkered House Bridge Design-Build project located in Richmond, Vt.

APA releases 2014 Market Outlook

Tacoma, Wash. — Despite adverse weather conditions across much of the country that hampered the forward momentum of the U.S. economy in early 2014, APA – The Engineered Wood Association predicts that gradual, stable growth lies ahead in wood product sectors. Although attitudes among businesses and consumers remain cautious, recent data suggest growth will get back on track in the second quarter of 2014. APA reviewed factors impacting the market and provided an updated forecast in the recently released 2014 Market Outlook.

AISI and CFSEI cosponsor 2014 International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design

Washington, D.C. — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) are joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of North Texas as cosponsors in the fourth International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design. The competition is open to all full-time students at either the undergraduate or graduate levels who are interested in cold-formed steel design, creative in problem solving, and eager to learn new technologies.

Flux raises $8 million in Series A financing to meet demand for sustainable buildings

SAN FRANCISCO – Flux, a provider of collaborative design software for the building construction industry, announced that it has raised $8 million in Series A financing. DFJ led this investment round with participation from Borealis Ventures. Flux's mission is to spread design knowledge and improve the accessibility of design tools in order to help meet the world's demand for durable, sustainable buildings.

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