Planning for 2018: 4 Things Construction Professionals Need to Know

The time has come to evaluate 2017’s budget and plan for next year.   While the future is never certain, we’ve compiled a few predictions you should consider as you create next year’s goals. 1. Interest in decorative concrete is on the rise As the economy grows and more millennials buy homes, low-maintenance features are … Continue reading Planning for 2018: 4 Things Construction Professionals Need to Know

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3 Ways to Reduce Concrete Plant Energy Usage

At a glance, concrete isn’t great for the environment. Creating product in older concrete plants uses a lot of energy. And staple ingredients like Portland cement produce substantial CO2 emissions through the manufacturing process. In the long run, however, concrete can be better for the environment than alternatives. For one, it’s tough. Concrete withstands fire, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Reduce Concrete Plant Energy Usage

Can Coconut Be Used as an Aggregate?

  Coconut water and coconut oil are taking the world by storm. Health nuts claim coconut oil offers a variety of benefits over other oils. And coconut water is a good way to add potassium to any diet. Or maybe you’ve heard of coco-biodiesel? No, it’s not a chocolatey cereal. Coco-biodiesel creators assert the fuel … Continue reading Can Coconut Be Used as an Aggregate?

It Came From Outer Space: Lunar Concrete

There’s a lot of buzz around our region as our neighbors at Southeast Missouri State University gear up for the solar eclipse happening next week. Cape Girardeau will be in complete darkness at an unusual time: 20 minutes after 1 in the afternoon. Or when the moon will completely block out the sun. Even if … Continue reading It Came From Outer Space: Lunar Concrete

Testing Seashell Viability in Mixtures

More than a few researchers have tried to find ways to incorporate seashells into the construction industry even more. Seashells are attractive because of their high calcium carbonate content, which yields improved strength properties compared to other resources.

Reasons Pavers Rock

Completely modular and highly customizable, concrete pavers achieve the look of natural stone without the cost. Further, if installed correctly, pavers can redirect, absorb and clean water, helping to sustain the environment. Colors Today’s landscapers seem to go for natural colors such as tan, brown and burnt reds; however, one of the features of concrete … Continue reading Reasons Pavers Rock

Is Geopolymer Concrete the Future?

Portland cement concrete is the most commonly used material in the construction industry. The demand for PCC is predicted to rise sharply until 2050. In that time, there is room for technology to improve and new ingredients for batch recipes to be developed.