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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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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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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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Base Barrier

As part of ongoing security upgrades, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base officials issued a request for proposals on a new concrete barrier style for building perimeters. They needed a product that met Department of Defense D4 specs, which include reinforcing content and potential crash-loading thresholds, but sought a more aesthetic design than transportation-styled barriers typical of past contracts.

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