The Center for Green Schools at U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), along with 21st Century School Fund and National Council on School Facilities, released a report projecting a shortfall of $46 billion deficit in school funding, despite effort from local communities.
In 2006, the Strategic Development Council of the ACI Foundation (established by the American Concrete Institute) recognized the need to set minimum requirements for strength, serviceability, and durability for existing structures.
Precast double-tee construction has become a dominant method for building parking garages in North America. The double-tee beam deck system of this construction type provides a finished wearing surface, supports vehicle loading, and forms an integral part of the lateral force-resisting system. However, maintenance and repair of deck connections is a common problem with this type of construction. The most common cause is perhaps the least considered.
Built in 1982, Capital One Plaza is a 22-story structure in Houston, Texas. The building exterior wall consists of ribbon windows and 30-mm (1 1?8-in.) thick travertine panels connected to precast concrete spandrel panels.The cladding was fabricated by placing travertine panels face-down in formwork, installing stainless steel wire loop anchors into predrilled holes in their back surface, and casting concrete against this to encapsulate the stainless steel anchors.