One of 34 projects named in the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s 2014 Achievement Award winners, the Sugar Land, Texas, Veterans Memorial took top honors in the Special Projects category. The memorial consists of an obelisk with five concrete panels, symbolizing the five branches of the military; a flag panel entryway; and, a bridge. Each element was cast on site using casting beds and wood formwork, and were erected in less than three days.
A nearly 150,000-sq.-ft. permeable paver installation at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. satellite operation in Mills River, N.C., took Concrete Paver–Permeable–Commercial honors in the 2014 Hardscape North America Project Awards, sponsored by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association and Brick Industry Association.
This summer a four-mile stretch of the Dulles Connector Road became the first phase of a larger project in northern Virginia to include ground-mounted sound walls containing SoftSound, a sound absorptive technology. Approximately 277,000 square feet of precast concrete sound wall will be placed on the west side of the roadway between Chain Bridge Road/Route 123 and Interstate 66. The sound walls will mitigate noise from Dulles Connector Road traffic and the new Dulles Metrorail Silver Line extension, which has been constructed at-grade in the median and on elevated rail flyovers along the roadway.
Once completed in December, a 26- x 45-ft. freestanding research facility will provide students and faculty at Hampden-Sydney College’s departments of Physics & Astronomy and Mathematics & Computer Science a unique opportunity to research energy monitoring, energy conservation, and sustainable buildings in a grant-based project on its Virginia campus.
Sessions at the ACI Fall 2014 Convention, October 26-30, in Washington D.C., will highlight the legacy and distinctive work of John J. Earley, who was the Institute’s first contractor president and served on the Architectural Concrete of the Exposed Aggregate Type Committee during his 28 years of membership.