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ACI opens student fellowship and scholarship programme

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has opened the application process for its student fellowship and scholarship programme for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. With funds from the ACI, its members, as well as corporate donors, one scholarship will be available to an undergraduate student, eight scholarships for graduate students, and ten fellowships are on offer to graduate and undergraduate students. The ACI Foundation scholarships are open to students studying concrete-related subjects and range from US$3000 to US$5000. The fellowships are between US$7000 and US$10 000 and are designed for high potential students studying engineering, construction management and other concrete-related topics. For the fellowship programme, students must be nominated by a faculty member who is also a member of the ACI. The application process will run until 15 October 2014. More information can be found here.

1Q14 construction materials output

USGS has published its Mineral Industry Survey for crushed stone, sand and gravel in 1Q14. Highlights of the survey include:

  • Approximately 222 million t of crushed stone was produced and shipped for the domestic US market, up 5% y/y.
  • Output of construction sand and gravel is estimated to have increased by 10% y/y to reach around 149 million t.
  • The volume of construction aggregates that were produced and shipped in the US for 1Q14 consumption grew by 7% y/y to 370 million t.
  • Portland cement consumption is estimated to have risen by 3% in 1Q14 compared to 1Q13.

Construction in New York

According to the New York Building Congress, some 10 million ft2 of new office space is due to be added in Manhattan over the 2016 – 2018 period. The Building Congress expects new office construction to total some 24.4 million ft2 between 2010 and 2019. As a point of comparison, 19.4 million ft2 was completed in 2000 – 2009, 10.7 million ft2 was constructed in the 1990s and 49 million ft2 in the 1980s.

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