High Concrete AFB project commands PCI Design Award
- Published: Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:06
- Written by CP Staff
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.
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.
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.
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.