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University of South Florida polytechnic building scores top DCC award

72 USFPoly 150The Decorative Concrete Council has announced the winners of its eighth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. Awards were presented to 27 projects in cast-in-place stamped, stained or special finish, polished, overlay, vertical application, architectural concrete and artistry categories. A specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, DCC announced the winners last month at World of Concrete 2016 in Las Vegas.

 

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Resoundingly reptilian

48 FFii 150Of 21 residential, commercial and municipal designs honored in the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s 2015 HNA Hardscape Project Awards, the MEGA Snake and Ladder is among the most imaginative. The winning entry in the Concrete Paver – Commercial – More than 15,000 sq. ft. category serves as the centerpiece of a play area for upward of 4,000 students at a primary school in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. The award went to Ducon Industries FZCO, supplier and installer.

 

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ACI honors French museum, other global projects for concrete innovation

52 FFiii 150A museum with an ornate, lightweight concrete screening system on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea took top honors in the American Concrete Institute’s inaugural Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards competition. Submitted by the ACI Paris Chapter, the MuCEM: Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille, France, is a classic monolithic design built around a perfect square.

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Artistry maintains honor to World War II veterans

104 1 150The Springfield, Ill., branch of St. Louis-based Western Specialty Contractors, formerly named Western Waterproofing Co., recently completed a project to restore the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Globe in Springfield’s historic Oak Ridge Cemetery, which is also home to President Abraham Lincoln’s tomb and vault.

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Argos Innovation Center to tackle industry challenges

64 CementosArgos 150Located on the campus of EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia, the recently opened Argos Innovation Center is a sign of the company’s commitment toward the productive, competitive and sustainable growth of the industry, the region and the country. Through its Innovation Center, Argos hopes to create a meeting place for the challenges of the cement and concrete industry and academic solutions, stimulating the discovery of new uses of the materials. The center is currently hosting R&D, new business development and innovation processes that are tackling industry challenges throughout different regions, including the U.S. and Caribbean where Argos has operations.

 

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