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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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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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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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Design awards mark Veneerstone's golden age

The Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association honored 11 projects with gold MVMA Design Awards in June during the association’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. The competition, in its second year, recognizes innovative and trend-setting applications of manufactured stone veneer in members’ projects. Walking away with five gold awards, Veneerstone led this year’s contest.

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