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RCC system fortifies coastal homes

The homes in the 50-acre Turtle Creek subdivision in Gulfport, Miss., are being promoted as built with “poured 5,000-psi concrete and polystyrene to produce buildings capable of withstanding Category 5 hurricane winds.” Originally, Royal Concrete Concepts (RCC) reached an agreement to sell 248 of its concrete modular homes through its Biloxi, Miss.-based distributor, Concrete Building Concepts, for the new development. However, after completing four modular homes the subdivision evolved to using precast concrete wall panels from RCC, West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Coronado Stone project brings home top award

The Van Winkle project, which involved a major addition and renovation of an existing home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., won the Best in Show Platinum Award from the Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (see MVMA Design Awards, p. 34). The project also won the platinum award for the New Construction – Residential – Exterior category of the MVMA Design Awards program.

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Natural-stone look comes to precast sports stadiums

The co-winners of the 2011 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) Design Awards for the Stadiums/Arenas/Sports Facilities category showcase how skilled, creative precasting crews can mimic natural stone. Both projects, Target Field (home of the Minnesota Twins) and the Indiana University Stadium's north end zone addition, demonstrate stone-like effects by use of form liners or by actually casting in odd-size limestone blocks.

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Muud Concrete Design takes waterscapes to new heights with Rapid Set

Despite the hardships of building concrete vertically without conventional formwork, Adrian Gascon and Neil Hughes of Muud Concrete Design, Los Angeles, Calif., are able to produce pieces with the use of fast-setting cement mix Rapid Set by CTS Cement.

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Sculptor uses Sakrete to bring life to new design

At World of Concrete 2012 in Las Vegas, renowned American sculptor David Seils created a relief sculpture using Sakrete bagged mortar mix and a mason’s hawk and trowel. The landscape design featured the arresting bristlecone pine tree—the world’s oldest tree, reaching 5,000 years of age—which is a threatened species native to desert mountains in the southwestern United States.

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