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Published Nationally ® Southeast Edition $3.00 “The Nation’s Best Read Construction Newspaper… Founded 1957.” November 28, 2012 • Vol. XXV • No. 24 • 470 Maryland Drive • Ft. Washington, PA 19034 • 215-885-2900 • Toll Free 800-523-2200 • Fax 215-885-2910 Inside Major equipment used on the project includes a Manitowoc 888 crawler crane, a Manitowoc 999 crawler crane, a Link-Belt 90-ton (81-t) crane, a Link-Belt 65-ton (58-t) crane, a 200-ton (181-t) Kobelco hydraulic crawler crane CK2000-II. Science Center Builds Unique ‘SciQuarium’ By Lori Lovely Pinnacle Cranes Hosts Appreciation Luncheon…8 Thompson Machinery, Weiler Sign Agreement…39 CEG CORRESPONDENT Brand New AFTAC in Fla. Seeks LEED Certification By Brenda Ruggiero CEG CORRESPONDENT Rit chie Br os. Hol ds Sal e in Or lando …74 Table of Contents ................4 A brand-new Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is taking shape at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The design/build construction project was awarded to Hensel Phelps Construction Company in June 2011. The project will be built to achieve LEED Silver certification, and is fully appropriated through the National Defense Authorization Act. The 17-acre site (plus two-acre wetland development) will include a campus-style building complex, including a headquarters building, process/support area, radiochemistry see AFTAC page 18 Trailers Section ............29-37 Paving Section ............39-51 Parts Section ....................52 Auction Section ..........68-79 Business Calendar ............72 Advertisers Index ..............78 AGC Warns of Higher Prices Construction contractors face a continuing cost squeeze, even though a key price index for construction materials dipped in October and showed only a moderate increase over the past year, according to an analysis of federal figures released Nov. 14 by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that recent and announced price increases may threaten the survival of some contractors. “Although several materials retreated in price last month, prices in the past year have still outpaced the tiny increases in contractors’ bids,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist of the construction trade association. “In addition, some of the price drops have already reversed, or will soon, leaving contractors who have already submitted bids vulnerable to losses.” see AGC page 24 Eight years ago, Glenn Dobrogosz, executive director of Greensboro, N.C.’s Natural Science Center, believed the museum needed a new direction — a master plan that everyone would embrace. Searching for something unique to the area, he and his staff came up with the idea of “Science City USA — a single campus with an accredited park, aquarium and school. There will be three entities in one location, three destinations in one place.” Its crowning glory would be the 22,000-sq.-ft. (2,044 sq m), LEED-designed SciQuarium, the state’s only center-of-state aquarium. In addition to the new aquari- Structural steel um, the existing erection for the Scimuseum will be Quarium. gutted and renovated and the size of the zoo will be doubled in order to house endangered species, such as the orangutan. The addition is the biggest since the science center’s inception, but already the director says he wishes it was bigger. The Natural Science Center of Greensboro (originally the Greensboro Junior Museum) is a science museum and 24-acre zoological park — of which only half is currently being used — established in 1957. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 2008, it is a member of the American Association of Museums. To “seed” the concept of the additions, see SCIQUARIUM page 62

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