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Award-winning project ‘earthcasts’ veterans’ legacy

The Architectural Precast Association has announced winners of its 2013 Design & Manufacturing Excellence competition, recognizing examples of outstanding member works. The competition was expanded in 2009 to include nine unique entry categories ensuring each entry, whether large or small, is judged solely on the design and manufacturing merits of the respective category. Under the new program, 15 projects shared top honors this year, including the Garner Veterans Memorial (Garner, N.C.), a Lucas Concrete Products project that won in the Trim/Landscape category.

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ARTIST ‘bags’ beehive bunker

The Quikrete Companies found an unexpected place in New Museum of Contemporary Art’s presentation of “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” the renown artist’s first New York survey and his first major U.S. exhibition in more than 25 years. The exhibition, which is on view until mid-January, presents a selection of Burden’s work across various medium, including Beehive Bunker and A Tale of Two Cities featuring Quikrete products.

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Quikrete builds home for Toledo Zoo’s ‘saltie’

An existing solarium in the Toledo Zoo’s Reptile House recently underwent a renovation to turn it into an ideal habitat for the zoo’s newest resident, Baru—a 17-ft. saltwater crocodile believed to be the largest in North America.

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Cemex cement forms elephant centerpiece

World-renowned Argertine artist Adrián Villar Rojas sculpted a life-size elephant using 1.5 metric tons of Cemex portland cement for the centerpiece of the inaugural exhibition at the newly opened Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London. Virtually filling the entrance to the gallery, the sculpture is over 370-cm high, 225-cm wide, extends 520 cm from trunk to tail, and carries a beam measuring 1,450 cm in length.

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Lafarge Canada ‘anchors’ Glacier Skywalk project

Last month, PCL Construction Management called on Lafarge Canada to provide concrete at a unique site located on the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta—the new Glacier Skywalk, an interpretive boardwalk and glass-floored observation platform with 180-degrees of unobstructed views of the Sunwapta Canyon.

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