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Cemex cement forms elephant centerpiece

World-renowned Argertine artist Adrián Villar Rojas sculpted a life-size elephant using 1.5 metric tons of Cemex portland cement for the centerpiece of the inaugural exhibition at the newly opened Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London. Virtually filling the entrance to the gallery, the sculpture is over 370-cm high, 225-cm wide, extends 520 cm from trunk to tail, and carries a beam measuring 1,450 cm in length.

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Quikrete builds home for Toledo Zoo’s ‘saltie’

An existing solarium in the Toledo Zoo’s Reptile House recently underwent a renovation to turn it into an ideal habitat for the zoo’s newest resident, Baru—a 17-ft. saltwater crocodile believed to be the largest in North America.

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Italcementi convenes concrete cognoscenti

A research and development facility for the parent company of Essroc Cement Corp. serves as a product showcase for cast-in-place or precast concrete bearing TX Active, a photocatalytic cement that imparts self-cleaning properties in finished slabs and structures. Beyond technical and promotion functions, Italcementi Group has positioned its i.lab Research and Innovation Centre in Bergamo, Italy, as a new meeting venue for Europe’s architectural/engineering/ construction elite.

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Lafarge Canada ‘anchors’ Glacier Skywalk project

Last month, PCL Construction Management called on Lafarge Canada to provide concrete at a unique site located on the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta—the new Glacier Skywalk, an interpretive boardwalk and glass-floored observation platform with 180-degrees of unobstructed views of the Sunwapta Canyon.

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Architectural cast-in-place finds ‘home’ in NYC

TEN23, a luxury rental on the High Line, a popular public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure, won first place in the Vertical Application, Over 5,000 Sq. Ft. category of the Decorative Concrete Council’s fifth annual Project Awards program. Located at 500 West 23rd Street, TEN23 features a façade of translucent glass set within an ornamental cast-in-place concrete frame. Based on the number ten, the playful relief pattern is formed by layering decagons adjacent to each other.

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