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Shotcrete contractors test creative limits

The American Shotcrete Association recognized six winning projects and three honorable mentions through its annual Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards program. The recipients confirm and demonstrate the advantages of utilizing shotcrete as an alternative or companion to conventional cast-in-place or precast concrete.

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Uber Mission Bay project principals: Joseph J. Albanese, Inc., shotcrete contractor; Central Concrete – U.S. Concrete, materials supplier; REED Shotcrete Equipment, equipment manufacturer; DPR, General Contractor; Huntsman Architectural Group, SWA Architects, architect/engineer; and, Uber Technologies Inc., owner.
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Swamp Thing project principals: Revolution Gunite, shotcrete contractor; Natural Reinforce Fibers & Co., materials supplier; Gunite Supply & Equipment, equipment manufacturer; Studio Gems, General Contractor; Palladin Productions LLC and Clearwater Construction Group, architect/engineer; and, Palladin Productions LLC, owner.

The Uber Mission Bay Tower Terraces in San Francisco took the Architecture | New Construction category. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. demonstrated the value of shotcrete by using it to construct curved and sloping structural terrace walls with planter seats on the seventh floor of the two office buildings (Mission Bay 3+4) that are part of the new Chase Center complex.

The Making of Swamp Thing in Wilmington, N.C. received honorable mention. In just nine days, more than 18,000 square feet of colored and hand-carved surfaces were was placed with shotcrete by Revolution Gunite to create an indoor swamp for a movie set. The ASA award competition also encompasses Infrastructure, International, Pool & Recreational, Repair & Rehabilitation, and Underground categories.

Winning and honorable mention projects were announced at the ASA Awards Banquet held in conjunction with World of Concrete in Las Vegas last month. “They exemplify how shotcrete placement creates high quality, durable concrete construction in a wide variety of applications. The projects demonstrate the inherent benefits of shotcrete, including enhanced sustainability, creativity, efficiency, strength and flexibility,” says Charles Hanskat, ASA executive director.

ASA will start accepting 2020 Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards program entries in April. — American Shotcrete Association, Farmington Hills, Mich., 248/848-3780; www.shotcrete.org