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  • Total Construction Starts Increase in October
    Total construction starts rose 8% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.12 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. In October, nonresidential building starts gained 9%, and nonbuilding […]
  • Employee Led Safety Program
    Arcosa Specialty Materials is 100% committed to creating real change in our safety culture. Arcosa Specialty Materials met recently to continue its safety journey. Employees from across the company came […]
  • UPDATE: Fire and Sound Manual Released
    New Fire and Sound Manual released to increase ease of access by architects. The Fire and Sound ManualWhen designing UL assemblies, it’s important to maintain a balance between acoustic isolation […]
  • More Apartments Needed in US
    New apartment units needed to mitigate issues related to apartment demand and the shrinking supply of affordably priced housing. The U.S. needs 4.3 million new apartment units between now and […]
  • PROJECT PROFILE – Twin Hills Country Club, Oklahoma City, OK
    This renovation of an iconic country club put AccuLevel® G-40 to the test. PROJECT OVERVIEWTwin Hills Country Club had a real problem. Fortunately, AccuLevel® G-40 was the perfect solution. The […]
  • Plenty of reason for optimism, industry stakeholders say
    Aggregate demand has not been a problem of late for the industry, and expectations are high for healthy demand in 2022. Optimistic. That’s the word aggregate industry stakeholders use to […]
  • How Climate Affects Concrete – Hot Weather, Cold Weather, and Wind
    Know what your concrete will likely do when the weather starts to get too hot, too cold, and/or too windy. While working with concrete may come as second nature to […]
  • Surging Multifamily Housing Starts Beat Forecasts
    Demand for apartments near major employment centers has strengthened, reducing vacancy rates and driving rents higher. Multifamily starts leaped 20.6% to a 539,000-unit annual rate. Demand for apartments has been […]
  • Concrete and cement industries brace for demand boom
    $1 trillion infrastructure plan looks to create increased demand. Concrete is the foundation of just about everything. It’s used to construct buildings, highways, bridges, roads and more. During the Covid-19 […]
  • Multifamily construction remains strong
    2021 multifamily housing outlook: Dallas, Miami, D.C., will lead apartment completions In its latest outlook report for the multifamily rental market, Yardi Matrix outlined several reasons for hope for a […]
  • Gypsum an Important Source of Sulfur
    Sulfur important in plant growth. Long taken for granted as supplied by the soil and atmosphere, sulfur is slowly rising as a yield-limiting nutrient in crops across the US. Ken […]
  • Concrete Technology 2021
    Greener Every Year and 35% Stronger In our era of “carbon neutral” construction materials and green energy trends, the term “green concrete” has evolved to describe an environmentally friendly construction […]
  • Holiday Giving
    Thanks to the generosity of the Arcosa Specialty Materials employees in the Norman, OK office, a local charity was the beneficiary of some well-timed assistance. Norman employees decided to support […]
  • Construction Starts Post Solid Gain in August
    Total construction starts rose 19% in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $793.3 billion. Gains were seen in all three major building sectors: nonresidential building starts rose 16% […]
  • Issues Impacting Commercial Construction
    The construction industry has always been important because of its fundamental role in building society as we know it. However, the industry is facing some critical issues that will be […]
  • Building Energy Efficiency
    How a decades-old design concept is transforming the energy efficiency of buildings The buildings we live and work in have to meet a wide range of needs, whether it’s an […]
  • Cave of Crystals “Giant Crystal Cave” at Naica, Mexico is all a form of Gypsum
    Discovered by chance, the secret Mexican crystal caves big enough to drive a car through. The Naica Mine of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, is a working mine that is […]
  • Sustainable materials to reinforce concrete structures
    A more sustainable material to reinforce concrete structures of all types from building foundations to high rise towers. The next generation of ultra high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) has just been […]
  • Women in Construction
    Women construction leaders discuss building their careers, demolishing glass ceilings. At the beginning of her career, civil engineer Rebecca Clark tried to stay under the radar and assimilate with her […]
  • Wood vs Concrete, a Material Perspective
    Wood vs Concrete, a Material Perspective: Cement Association of Canada This is an excerpt from an article found in Building Magazine about the difference between Concrete or Wood with construction. […]