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Gate Precast, PRETECSA win new PCI award

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute announced two PCI-certified precast producers as winners of the first annual Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award—Gate Precast Company and PRETECSA. The award recognizes PCI-certified plants for excellence in manufacturing and craftsmanship of architectural precast and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) structures and individual components.

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RCC system fortifies coastal homes

The homes in the 50-acre Turtle Creek subdivision in Gulfport, Miss., are being promoted as built with “poured 5,000-psi concrete and polystyrene to produce buildings capable of withstanding Category 5 hurricane winds.” Originally, Royal Concrete Concepts (RCC) reached an agreement to sell 248 of its concrete modular homes through its Biloxi, Miss.-based distributor, Concrete Building Concepts, for the new development. However, after completing four modular homes the subdivision evolved to using precast concrete wall panels from RCC, West Palm Beach, Fla.

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Muud Concrete Design takes waterscapes to new heights with Rapid Set

Despite the hardships of building concrete vertically without conventional formwork, Adrian Gascon and Neil Hughes of Muud Concrete Design, Los Angeles, Calif., are able to produce pieces with the use of fast-setting cement mix Rapid Set by CTS Cement.

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Coronado Stone project brings home top award

The Van Winkle project, which involved a major addition and renovation of an existing home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., won the Best in Show Platinum Award from the Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (see MVMA Design Awards, p. 34). The project also won the platinum award for the New Construction – Residential – Exterior category of the MVMA Design Awards program.

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Natural-stone look comes to precast sports stadiums

The co-winners of the 2011 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) Design Awards for the Stadiums/Arenas/Sports Facilities category showcase how skilled, creative precasting crews can mimic natural stone. Both projects, Target Field (home of the Minnesota Twins) and the Indiana University Stadium's north end zone addition, demonstrate stone-like effects by use of form liners or by actually casting in odd-size limestone blocks.

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