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Dome builder FLEXes concrete muscle

64 Domei 150A U.S.-based alliance that engineers, designs and builds disaster-resistant, reinforced concrete domes has completed the first of three Severe Accident Management “FLEX” equipment storage buildings for Atlanta-based Southern Co. The 138-ft. diameter, 38-ft. tall structure affords 15,400 sq. ft. of ground and 2,500 sq. ft. of mezzanine storage at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant in Columbia, Ala.


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Universal Precast hits homerun with playground feature

48 Gloveii 150UPC Parks, the playground division of California-based Universal Precast Concrete, Inc., designed and fabricated a larger-than-life baseball glove as a centerpiece for Maidu Regional Park in Roseville, Calif. The 8,500-lb. piece is an inspirational focal point at the entrance of the park, and doubles as a playground climber for children.


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‘Feral’ gateway structure nabs decorative concrete award

56 FFii 150The Doral Park Pavilion by Douglas Wood Associates, Coral Gables, Fla., won the WOW! Award for best overall entry in this year’s Decorative Concrete Council competition, recognizing vertical and horizontal applications. Located on the outskirts of Miami, the structure was designed by internationally-renowned artist Michelle Oka Doner, who envisioned a “feral” gateway to the adjacent Everglades.

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Armed forces honor

FINALFORM-1-150One of 34 projects named in the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s 2014 Achievement Award winners, the Sugar Land, Texas, Veterans Memorial took top honors in the Special Projects category. The memorial consists of an obelisk with five concrete panels, symbolizing the five branches of the military; a flag panel entryway; and, a bridge. Each element was cast on site using casting beds and wood formwork, and were erected in less than three days.

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