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Sculptor uses Sakrete to bring life to new design

At World of Concrete 2012 in Las Vegas, renowned American sculptor David Seils created a relief sculpture using Sakrete bagged mortar mix and a mason’s hawk and trowel. The landscape design featured the arresting bristlecone pine tree—the world’s oldest tree, reaching 5,000 years of age—which is a threatened species native to desert mountains in the southwestern United States.

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Silicon Valley sprouts a green gateway

As part of the shift from a transit-oriented location into a vibrant entrance to downtown Palo Alto, Calif., 102 University is a mixed-use building with a concrete façade that was made possible using an innovative concrete mix containing Xypex Admix. The building is currently under design review for LEED-NC Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Taylor Concrete finds Hilton project hospitable to slag-rich, high-strength Concrete Masonry Units

A recently opened, four-level Hilton Garden Inn underscores the cost-saving potential and reduced carbon dioxide footprint of FM2000 block, whose engineering properties spell less cement, grout and rebar in a finished wall assembly when measured against conventional concrete masonry units.

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New book remembers original housing bubble, using concrete

The recently published No Nails, No Lumber: The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff profiles the work of a concrete purveyor who developed permanent Airform-constructed buildings. Better known for his elegant Spanish Colonial-revival estates in Southern California, Neff had a passion for his dome-shaped “bubble houses” made of reinforced concrete cast over a rubber-coated fabric balloon.

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RCC, Florida’s Martin County build sustainable traffic center

Last year, when Martin County decided to upgrade its existing traffic monitoring station, which was housed in a warehouse, it had only three construction requirements—cost effective, sustainable and relocatable (as the county may have plans to move the facility in the future). Building relocatable structures is a new trend in government and education construction, which has proven to be cost conscious.

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