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Infrastructure Solutions: Schools Offer Resiliency

February 24, 2020

From Civil EngineeringSeptember 2019 Public K-12 school infrastructure in the United States received a D+ on ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. This poor performance is a significant issue for communities on a daily basis, but it particularly affects periods of special need, such as when natural disasters strike. School buildings are often used as emergency…
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NCMA supports the Shelter Act

January 31, 2020

From NCMA eNewsJanuary 30, 2020 The National Concrete Masonry Association has joined other members of the North American Concrete Alliance and BuildStrong Coalition in support of the Shelter Act. Senate Bill S1958 and House Bill HR3462 were introduced earlier this summer by Senator Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and U.S. Representatives Gus…
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Ohio school to add reinforced concrete masonry tornado shelter

June 1, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsVolume 11, Number 10May 31, 2019 Ohio's Fairborn Primary School is building a tornado shelter that will be able to hold 1,200 students inside, reportedly making it the first school in the state to do so. The shelter will have steel-reinforced concrete masonry walls that provide a safe space for students and…
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Commentary: Stronger buildings needed as disasters get worse

May 17, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsMay 15, 2019 Any infrastructure bill that emerges in Congress should include requirements for new and renovated structures to comply with modern building codes, write International Code Council board President William Bryant and former Federal Emergency Management Agency Directors R. David Paulison and James Lee Witt. Adherence to modern codes helped mitigate…
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How Oklahoma is using block to keep kids safe

April 1, 2019

From NCMA's eNewsMarch 28, 2019 Kindergarten students at Little Axe Elementary hopped around a rug in the middle of their classroom, landing on the letter that corresponded to the one displayed on the room's SMART Board. Light from the midday sun beamed through the room's two windows, but if the skies grew dark and the…
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