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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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Pavestone palette helps drive award-winning intersection

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) redesigned the signal-free U.S. Highway 285/South Elk Creek Road intersection—better known as Shaffers Crossing—into an interchange incorporating an embankment supported by Pavestone Co. segmental retaining walls (SRWs) to enhance traffic flow and improve safety. The project won the SRW–Transportation Award in the 5th Annual HNA Hardscape Project Awards program (see page 39).

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First Lady keen on Bush Presidential Center masonry specs

The documentation of President Bush’s administration drove the development of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The Quikrete Companies was selected by Garland, Texas-based masonry contractor Dee Brown, Inc. to provide products for the building, including specially formulated pre-blended mortar mix to meet the specific Cordova Cream color specifications of First Lady Laura Bush.

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BASF headquarters secures double Platinum status

BASF’s North American headquarters building has officially become the fifth construction project in the United States and the first in New Jersey to achieve LEED double Platinum certification. The 325,000-sq.-ft. building, developed in partnership with the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation at The Green at Florham Park, achieved LEED certification for Commercial Interiors (CI) and Core & Shell (CS) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility, which officially opened in May 2012, features many BASF-enabled construction solutions and is one of New Jersey’s largest sustainable projects.

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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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