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Architecture student’s thesis project looks to beetle for concrete inspiration

Inspired by the evolving use of concrete in structural forms, particularly architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s use of concrete for housing units in La Jolla, San Diego, as well as how it was incorporated into La Jolla’s Salk Institute building, Zachary Alan Smith proposed a concept in his thesis, “High-Performance Concrete in Architecture,” to use the material to build contemporary structures with multiple functions.

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High Concrete AFB project commands PCI Design Award

Denver, Pa.-based High Concrete Group won the top prize in the military structures category of the 50th Annual PCI Design Awards competition. The company produced the architectural precast concrete walls for the 711th Human Performance Wing Complex at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fariborn, Ohio.

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RCC system fortifies coastal homes

The homes in the 50-acre Turtle Creek subdivision in Gulfport, Miss., are being promoted as built with “poured 5,000-psi concrete and polystyrene to produce buildings capable of withstanding Category 5 hurricane winds.” Originally, Royal Concrete Concepts (RCC) reached an agreement to sell 248 of its concrete modular homes through its Biloxi, Miss.-based distributor, Concrete Building Concepts, for the new development. However, after completing four modular homes the subdivision evolved to using precast concrete wall panels from RCC, West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Gate Precast, PRETECSA win new PCI award

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute announced two PCI-certified precast producers as winners of the first annual Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award—Gate Precast Company and PRETECSA. The award recognizes PCI-certified plants for excellence in manufacturing and craftsmanship of architectural precast and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) structures and individual components.

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Coronado Stone project brings home top award

The Van Winkle project, which involved a major addition and renovation of an existing home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., won the Best in Show Platinum Award from the Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (see MVMA Design Awards, p. 34). The project also won the platinum award for the New Construction – Residential – Exterior category of the MVMA Design Awards program.

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