Shotcrete contractors test creative limits

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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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ICPI honors innovative hardscape designs

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The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s 2019 Hardscape North America awards program recognized 18 winning and 19 honorable mention projects late last year during the Hardscape North America trade show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The program honors top residential and commercial hardscaping designs for walkways, patios, pool decks, outdoor living kitchens and living spaces, and driveways as well as commercial plazas and streets.

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Lazy river follows hard working finishers

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Canobie Lake Park, a hand-built amusement venue in Salem, N.H., opened to the public in 1902 as a trolley park. The original visitor experience featured botanical gardens, a penny arcade, and a few early amusement rides. A wooden roller coaster named the Yankee Cannonball, built in 1936, still draws crowds 83-plus years later. In 1958, Canobie Lake Park was purchased by three close friends from New Jersey who decided to take on the challenge of renovating and revitalizing it themselves.

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Precast hits homerun

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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

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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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Solitary bees find solace in concrete habitat

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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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Eastern Concrete, Stony Creek leave mark on Statue of Liberty Museum

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Last month, the much-anticipated Statue of Liberty Museum opened on Liberty Island, just steps away from the national landmark. New Jersey-based Phelps Construction Group constructed the 26,000-sq.-ft. building on an aggressive schedule and within the $70 million budget set by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

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Complementary contours

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The 2018 Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards program shows the potential for spraying and layering fine aggregate, fast hardening, cement-rich mixes as an alternative or companion to conventional cast-in-place or precast concrete. The American Shotcrete Association (ASA) honors projects in Infrastructure, International, Pool & Recreational, Repair & Rehabilitation, Underground, and Architecture | New Construction categories.

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