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Located in Uvalde, Texas, the Willie De Leon Civic CenterLocated in Uvalde, Texas, the Willie De Leon Civic Center recently experienced a major renovation, whose final result is a strong statement for fiber cement panels beyond the residential siding market. The civic center was originally built in 1968, as a tribute to the area’s most decorated soldier, who earned a Purple Heart during World War II. 

Sochi Winter Olympics Aerial viewHundreds of thousands of visitors to Sochi will test an impressive interlocking concrete paving stone installation serving the two main venues of the Russia-hosted 2014 Winter Olympic games.

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.

Judges in the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s 23rd Annual Tilt-Up Achievement Awards recognized a total of 31 award recipients, and selected 11 overall Excellence in Achievement winners—including the four projects noted here. TCA established the Achievement Awards to honor projects that represent an increasing diversity of building types constructed with site-cast tilt-up concrete as well as those that advance industry technology, apply innovative form and provide unique solutions to building programs.

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.