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Italcementi convenes concrete cognoscenti

A research and development facility for the parent company of Essroc Cement Corp. serves as a product showcase for cast-in-place or precast concrete bearing TX Active, a photocatalytic cement that imparts self-cleaning properties in finished slabs and structures. Beyond technical and promotion functions, Italcementi Group has positioned its i.lab Research and Innovation Centre in Bergamo, Italy, as a new meeting venue for Europe’s architectural/engineering/ construction elite.

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Architectural cast-in-place finds ‘home’ in NYC

TEN23, a luxury rental on the High Line, a popular public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, won first place in the Vertical Application, Over 5,000 Sq. Ft. category of the Decorative Concrete Council’s fifth annual Project Awards program. Located at 500 West 23rd Street, TEN23 features a façade of translucent glass set within an ornamental cast-in-place concrete frame. Based on the number ten, the playful relief pattern is formed by layering decagons adjacent to each other.

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Exemplary walls give rise to new Rockies

Redi-Rock International, the developer of a large block retaining wall system with 120 licensed producers across North America and Europe, has named winning Rocky Award projects.

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Base Barrier

As part of ongoing security upgrades, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base officials issued a request for proposals on a new concrete barrier style for building perimeters. They needed a product that met Department of Defense D4 specs, which include reinforcing content and potential crash-loading thresholds, but sought a more aesthetic design than transportation-styled barriers typical of past contracts.

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Winding up a foundation contract

Lafarge North America played a key role in last year’s construction of the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Ohio, owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables. One of the largest wind power plants in the world, with 152 Gamesa G90 turbines, the facility has a generating capacity of 304 MW—enough clean energy to power 76,000 homes.

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