March 2008 Table of Contents

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Announces Theme of Annual Convention

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) has announced the theme and date for its fourth annual convention, to be held Oct. 1-4 in Phoenix, Ariz. Read more

Letter to the Editor

Richard Szecsy, vice president, new product development/risk management, Lattimore Materials Co., McKinney, Texas responds to Allen Villere's "Science of Pricing Concrete" article from our December 2007 issue. Read more

Sustainability Hits a Note Sustainability Hits a Note

At the Women in Concrete Luncheon and Forum at the World of Concrete in January, panelists and audience members discussed how building green is the future of concrete and the construction industry. Read more

The Year of the Pickup Trucks Fleet Factors The Year of the Pickup Trucks

To this writer's eyes, the biggest news to come out of this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit was that two major light-duty truck manufacturers introduced new models. Read more

Dirty Work

Cleaning concrete from your equipment and vehicles is unpleasant work. Fortunately, there are a number of products, tools, and services designed to make that job easier, or take it off your to-do list completely. Following are some truck and drum cleaning products and services. Read more

The Ultimate Investment The Ultimate Investment

When it comes to what's happening on the topic of concrete pipe production, Ken Morrison is literally and figuratively right in the middle of things. Read more

Conexpo-Con/Agg Returns

Shortly after attending World of Concrete, many concrete producers and contractors from around the world are heading back to Las Vegas—this time, for the 2008 CONEXPO-CON/AGG international construction exposition. The show will be held March 11–15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Read more

Give Your Plant a Boost Give Your Plant a Boost

Plants can be old or new, transit mix or central mix, large or small. But they all have one thing in common: How well they are managed has a significant effect on their overall efficiency. Read more

Other Projects of a Lifetime

More ground breaking projects around the country along with Read more

Towering Achievement

The 52-story Wachovia Corporate Center is the focal point of the new mixed-use Wachovia Cultural Campus, which will include a 42-story condominium tower, art museums, and 1200-seat performing arts theater. The two towers, along with a nine-story building annex, sit atop an eight-story parking structure that extends 95 feet below street level. Wachovia Bank is moving its headquarters to the 1.3 million-square-foot building. Duke Energy and the Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management also will occupy parts of the building. Read more

Start Your Engines

About 30 miles east of Nashville, Tenn., on a section of Interstate 840, lays one of the most interesting concrete marvels in the world: the Nashville Super Speedway. Read more

Concrete Returns The Looming Tax Dilemma

Beyond the current slowdown, what I see on the government's fiscal horizon worries me mor Read more

Decorative Slab Core Samples Problem Clinic Decorative Slab Core Samples

We are involved in a dispute on the quality of a decorative slab for which we supplied concrete last fall. The project appears to be fine, but one set of test cylinders failed to meet compressive strength requirements. Read more

Leaving a Clean Footprint Leaving a Clean Footprint

Truck wheel washing systems help producers clean up their act in more ways than one. As trucks come and go from plants and jobsites, these systems virtually eliminate the fine dust and aggregates that can quickly build up on roads. Read more

Truck-Water Management Truck-Water Management

While fuel costs are high, there's another commonly used liquid whose cost also is steep: water. Read more

Topping out on Top Topping out on Top

As we prepared this issue of the magazine, I was surprised to discover how many large commercial construction projects were underway Read more

Freedom Tower, New York City

Fourteen thousand psi concrete is being used to build the core of the Freedom Tower, the first office building to be built on the former site of the World Trade Center. Read more

Olivenhain Dam, San Diego

The San Diego County Water Authority's Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir are the region's first new major dam and reservoir to be built in 50 years. If needed, the reservoir can provide enough water for 50,000 families for an entire year. Read more