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Voided slab technique ‘REACHes’ Kennedy Center

The first-ever expansion for Washington, D.C.’s iconic John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened in early September to much fanfare with a 16-day festival. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the REACH is anchored by three signature pavilions—Welcome, Skylight and River—that stretch across more than 130,000 square feet of landscape overlooking the Potomac River. The highly sustainable addition is on track to attain LEED Gold certification and serves as a living theater, immersive learning center and public arts incubator.

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Precast hits homerun

Philadelphia Phillies Urban Youth Academy participants now have a feel for what it is like to be a professional ballplayer, thanks to new precast dugouts and press box at the historic FDR Park. Easi-Set Buildings were selected for the three structures because of their affordability, durability, and aesthetics. Oldcastle Infrastructure Inc., an Easi-Set licensed producer, manufactured the prefabricated buildings at its Easton, Pa. plant.

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Solitary bees find solace in concrete habitat

LafargeHolcim’s Ductal division collaborated with Brooklyn-based design firm Harrison Atelier and The Frank Institute at CR10 on a technologically innovative project to help learn more about solitary bees and their nesting behavior. The Pollinators Pavilion will double as an education center and a habitat for the native, stingerless bees at Stone House Farm, a 2,500-acre regenerative organic farm in Livingston, N.Y.

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Iconic ‘leaf’ bridge wins prestigious architecture award

Among the winners of the 2019 American Architecture Awards is a 170-ft.-long pedestrian bridge in Lone Tree, Colo. that features a segmental retaining wall abutment and cast-in-place landing and stairs. Denver-based Slaton Bros. Inc. installed the split-face mechanically stabilized earth wall with integral color on the south side approach of the bridge to blend in with its natural surroundings.

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Parabolic passage

A new bridge in downtown Spokane, Wash., links the University District and east Sprague neighborhood. The dual-span University District Gateway Bridge crosses the BNSF railway and East Martin Luther King Jr. Way, generating new connections within the local community and fostering development in an underserved neighborhood.

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