The latest news and announcements from the world of North American construction – contracts, projects, products and more!

World’s first
News 17 8 aCurb Roller Manufacturing, the world leader in shaped concrete roller screeds, is now offering the Batt Screed 6000, the industry’s first battery-powered roller screed.

The Batt Screed eliminates the hassle of working around a cord and the added weight of an engine mounted on the screed. The unit gets its power from a removable and rechargeable 60-volt lithium ion DeWalt FLEXVOLT battery. One fully charged battery is estimated to screed off 1800-2500 square feet, depending on the slump and pipe length. By eliminating an auxiliary power source, the Batt Screed 6000 can be operated almost anywhere. Unlike gas, electric and hydraulic roller screeds, the Batt Screed eliminates exhaust fumes, power cords and the need for hydraulic power sources, making it ideal for indoor operation or use in tight spaces.

The Batt Screed easily accommodates jobs from 3 to 22 feet with expandable tube inserts, making it highly versatile. Its lightweight design and folding handle make it easy to operate and transport, and it also offers a host of other benefits

New port for Illinois
On August 4th Governor of Illinois JB Pritzker announced that the State of Illinois will provide $40 million through the Rebuild Illinois capital plan to anchor a public private partnership that will construct a new inland port in Cairo, Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. The state will immediately grant $4 million to the Alexander Cairo Port District to fund final engineering, permitting and site preparation at the new port.

The Alexander Cairo Port has been in development for years and represents one of the largest investments in Southern Illinois in decades. Its construction would create 500 jobs and more than $100 million in economic activity, according to a Northern Illinois University economic impact study. The port will position Cairo, Illinois as a national hub for the US shipping and logistics industry.

Eighty percent of the nation’s inland barge traffic travels past Cairo, and the site is served by three major interstate highways and class 1 rail lines. Cairo also has the advantage of being protected from flooding by recently reinforced levees and remaining a deep, ice-free site year-round. Major logistics and commodities businesses have already committed to using the new port to move crops, container shipments and bulk products once it is completed.

The port district is in discussion with several private investors who are interested in providing funding to complement the state investment. The release of state funding will enable the Alexander Cairo Port District to accelerate its efforts to finalize construction funding and recruit new business partners.

Assisted living in style
News 17 8 bWatercrest Senior Living Group and equity partner, Waypoint Residential have announced the opening of Watercrest Fort Mill – Indian Land Assisted Living and Memory Care in South Carolina. Construction of the 107-unit, resort-style senior living community has been completed by Shiel Sexton and the community is currently welcoming its founding residents.

The design of the community includes a promenade, pool, fireplace, signature water wall, multiple dining venues, and children’s play space. Watercrest’s uniquely designed Market Street Residence showcases an ‘outdoor’ streetscape with salon and spa, bakery, post office, and numerous LifeBUILT programming touches; a highlight and crucial element of their multi-sensory memory care programming.

Residents will enjoy pampering in Spa W, savor private label Watercrest wines at the wine bistro, and relish the flavors of locally grown, seasonal ingredients and organic fare whether dining outdoors, bistro-style, or in the chef’s private dining room.

Material of the future
News 17 8 cKaterra has solidified its position as North America’s only end-to-end supplier of mass timber, demonstrated by the ramping of its unmatched cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing operation, successful delivery of leading-edge mass timber client projects, and continued advancement of quality, sustainable product offerings.

Katerra’s integrated approach to mass timber is demonstrated in the Catalyst Building, a 159,000-square-foot commercial building project in Spokane, Washington. Catalyst is the first CLT building in the state and the first vertically-integrated CLT project that Katerra has managed from inception to completion.

“Cross-laminated timber is more than a structural building material. It is an opportunity to evolve the very nature of building design and construction, and we believe that it will be the backbone for future generations of high-performance, low-carbon buildings,” commented Katerra Director of Mass Timber Integration, Nick Milestone.

Easier lifting
News 17 8 dTexas Landscape Creations has utilized Caldwell’s 6,000-lb. capacity adjustable lifting grab to lift 3,000-lb. concrete blocks during a recent landscaping project. The lifting grab was used over a three-week period with a SkyTrak telehandler (from Sunbelt Rentals) as the full-service landscaper installed a layer of 5 ft. by 2 ft. by 2 ft. blocks in the grounds of what will be a place of worship. In this instance, the end user honored a landscape and irrigation contract that covered installation of plants, trees, grass, retaining walls and the quarry blocks.

Jeff David, owner/manager at Texas Landscape Creations, said: “We will definitely use it on future work. It is a very efficient product and its adjustable nature was of benefit to this installation, as it will be on other sites. We even changed the orientation of one handle to suit our requirements, which enhanced user friendliness even further. It also proved to be a real time-saver; I would guess that we saved 30 per cent of the total time estimated for that project by using the new clamp.”

The Caldwell Group Inc., of Rockford, Illinois, design and manufacture the product to ASME B30.20 and BTH-1, design category B, service class 3 standards. It is suitable for high duty cycle environments and a color-coded decal indicates to the user the amount of travel remaining during each adjustment. Extended handles keep the operator away from the load, while the lifting eye allows for easy hook attachment, self-centers rigging, and will accommodate a fork, as was utilized on the church project.

Image: The lifting grab was used over a three-week period with a SkyTrak telehandler

$430 million project
Flatiron has reached an agreement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to widen and rehabilitate 53.6 lane miles of U.S. Highway 50 between Watt Avenue and Interstate 5 in Sacramento, California.

Construction crews will add seven miles of new carpool lanes in each direction to complete the U.S. 50 carpool system from the eastern foothill communities into downtown Sacramento. In addition to widening 12 bridges and adding three miles of retaining walls, crews will replace all lanes with new concrete pavement and long-life asphalt. The project also includes adding a sound wall on the south side of the highway in the Elmhurst neighborhood.

To improve clearance for truck traffic, the highway will be lowered at seven overpasses. The project also includes rehabilitation of three pumping plants that move groundwater away from the highway as well as upgrading all signs, ramp metering and intelligent transportation systems.

Concrete masters
Holcombe Mixers has teamed up with Fisher Sand and Gravel and Cat® Construction to fast-track the major border wall construction project along Arizona’s southern border. Holcombe Mixers was chosen as a partner by Fisher due to its combination of operational experience, advanced technology and its volumetric concrete mixers’ extensive payload capacity.

Pouring high volumes of concrete in climates like Arizona’s creates challenges to mitigate the concrete from setting up too quickly when mixed in a traditional drum mixer. Volumetric mixers from Holcombe are able to mix fresh concrete on site at the point of the pour. The low- and high ad-mixture systems add an additional layer of flexibility to ensure that the concrete being produced can be placed and finished in any extreme condition

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