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Slipformed tower attracts magnetic levitation-run elevators

56 FFii 150Essen, Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Elevator broke ground in October 2014 on a unique 246-m (807-ft.) tall tower in Rottweil that will house 12 shafts within a 21-m (69-ft.) diameter concrete shell, allowing engineers to test elevator speeds up to 18 m/second (59 feet). The shell was completed in July, topping out at 232 meters (761 feet)—the level of a future platform offering a panoramic view of Rottweil, the Black Forest and Alps peaks.

 

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Big Apple ‘Dryline’ flood protection concept garners Holcim Award

48 Holcimi 150A large-scale, integrated protection system addressing New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding won Bronze in the 2015 Global Holcim Awards. The “Dryline” project is the vision of a consortium headed by Bjarke Ingels Group or BIG (Copenhagen/New York) and One Architecture (Amsterdam) in collaboration with the city.

 

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Six-story subgrade structure lands Ballinger AE project top honor

100 FFia 150The Concrete Foundations Association will honor Projects of the Year principals this month during 2015 convention activities in Williamsburg, Va. Among the projects receiving recognition this year are three residential foundations, an above-grade concrete home, and a college educational facility.

 

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Dome builder FLEXes concrete muscle

64 Domei 150A U.S.-based alliance that engineers, designs and builds disaster-resistant, reinforced concrete domes has completed the first of three Severe Accident Management “FLEX” equipment storage buildings for Atlanta-based Southern Co. The 138-ft. diameter, 38-ft. tall structure affords 15,400 sq. ft. of ground and 2,500 sq. ft. of mezzanine storage at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant in Columbia, Ala.

 

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