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Precast hits homerun

Philadelphia Phillies Urban Youth Academy participants now have a feel for what it is like to be a professional ballplayer, thanks to new precast dugouts and press box at the historic FDR Park. Easi-Set Buildings were selected for the three structures because of their affordability, durability, and aesthetics. Oldcastle Infrastructure Inc., an Easi-Set licensed producer, manufactured the prefabricated buildings at its Easton, Pa. plant.

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Iconic ‘leaf’ bridge wins prestigious architecture award

Among the winners of the 2019 American Architecture Awards is a 170-ft.-long pedestrian bridge in Lone Tree, Colo. that features a segmental retaining wall abutment and cast-in-place landing and stairs. Denver-based Slaton Bros. Inc. installed the split-face mechanically stabilized earth wall with integral color on the south side approach of the bridge to blend in with its natural surroundings.

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Parabolic passage

A new bridge in downtown Spokane, Wash., links the University District and east Sprague neighborhood. The dual-span University District Gateway Bridge crosses the BNSF railway and East Martin Luther King Jr. Way, generating new connections within the local community and fostering development in an underserved neighborhood.

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Solitary bees find solace in concrete habitat

LafargeHolcim’s Ductal division collaborated with Brooklyn-based design firm Harrison Atelier and The Frank Institute at CR10 on a technologically innovative project to help learn more about solitary bees and their nesting behavior. The Pollinators Pavilion will double as an education center and a habitat for the native, stingerless bees at Stone House Farm, a 2,500-acre regenerative organic farm in Livingston, N.Y.

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Unique concrete mold shapes the future of breakwaters

Spanish engineers Antonio Corredor Molguero and Carlos Fermín Menéndez Díaz were named finalists in the 2019 European Inventor Award program for their reusable mold. The invention enables patented concrete units called Cubipods to be produced industrially and used as breakwaters to protect harbors and coastlines.

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