Tag Archives: American Concrete Institute

Ryerson University building wins ACI award

The Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (Toronto) has won a 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards from, the American Concrete Institute (ACI). It won in the Decorative Concrete category. The new, eight-storey centre features an elevated plaza and glass façade with bridges to the existing library. The building is certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver program, and 50 per cent of the roof is dedicated for vegetation.

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The nuts and anchor rods of lighting poles

It is common to see lighting poles in shopping mall parking lots, walkways, roadsides, and residential areas. Generally, they are galvanized or painted steel tubing, with the bottom end welded to a steel base plate that has holes matching the pattern of anchor bolts embedded in a concrete footing. The lighting pole is then secured atop the footing with anchor bolts and nuts.

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What’s in a Name? How ACI is changing the discussion on waterproofing

For as long as anyone can remember, the construction industry has used the word ‘waterproof’ to describe construction materials. People commonly refer to something as being waterproof if it holds water in or out and does not leak. However, the word waterproof is technically not defined this way. Most dictionaries define it as being impervious to water, that water cannot penetrate it at all. This raises a serious question: Can anything really be completely impervious to water?

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