Concrete Technology, WSDOT push the envelope with record 223-ft. girder

Sources: Washington State Department of Transportation; CP staff Washington State DOT and Guy F. Atkinson Construction have mapped a two- to three-week January schedule to place the final precast, prestressed concrete girders for the three-span, southbound Interstate 5 Puyallup River Bridge in Tacoma. To eliminate piers along BNSF and Union Pacific rail lines paralleling the water, engineers enlisted Federal Way,…

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Wells Concrete consolidates Midwest leadership in Spancrete deal

Sources: Wells Concrete, Albany, Minn.; CP staff Wells Concrete, the fifth largest precast, prestressed producer in the U.S., has acquired Waukesha, Wis.-based peer Spancrete. With more than 125 years of combined industry experience, principals note, the partnership aligns two companies dedicated to innovation.

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Top Passive House bears on 16-in. insulated precast panels

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Sources: Second + Delaware, Kansas City, Mo.; CP Staff The 276-unit Second + Delaware apartment complex set to open this month in Kansas City, Mo., is touted as the world’s largest Passive House structure. One of the key design elements to help the project garner the designation are custom 16-in. thick sandwich panel-style precast walls.

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Chryso, Solidia aim to drive concrete carbon factor down

Sources: Chryso Group, Paris; Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J.; CP staff

A new partnership will see admixture specialist Chryso and low carbon cement and concrete developer Solidia Technologies leverage their chemical expertise to improve the sustainability performance and material properties of the latter company’s namesake precast products. 

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NPCA, PCI clarify product certification requirements

Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

The National Precast Concrete Association and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have issued a joint document to alleviate confusion in the marketplace regarding certification programs for precast and prestressed concrete products. Posted here, the document allows specifiers to easily determine whether products require NPCA or PCI certification, or if either is allowable. The clarification ensures the accurate specification of certification programs, and that all appropriately certified plants can bid on a project.

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NPCA to resume audits for precast plant certification

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

After a nearly four-month, pandemic-spurred hiatus, National Precast Concrete Association Plant Certification resumes July 6, the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Committee modifying the program to allow for virtual and in-plant audits through the remainder of 2020. All annual renewal audits, regardless of method, will be unannounced and scored against the current NPCA Quality Control Manual for Plant Certification grading schedule.

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Bates Precast plans $5M Georgia plant, office investment

Sources: Valdosta Lowndes County Development Authority, Georgia; CP staff

Valdosta Lowndes County Development Authority directors have approved an agreement under which Bates Precast Concrete, Inc. will invest up to $5 million in a new Lake Park Industrial Park office and production facility, increasing drainage and utility structure offerings from a present 6.4-acre Lake Park, Ga. site. 

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Tindall schedules production of C-I-P, hollow core slab alternative

Source: Tindall Corp., Spartanburg, S.C.; CP staff

The Tindall Superior Lightweight All-Purpose Beam (T-SLAB) is presented as the first and only system of its kind—a precast solution affording superior performance and constructability over both cast-in-place and prestressed hollow-core plank. Fabricated in up to 12-ft. widths, T-SLAB capitalizes on arch design principles by using super lightweight concrete to serve as blocks over which structural concrete is poured, leveraging the arch effect translationally for load distribution, while capitalizing on longitudinal prestressing for total span capability. Several slab thicknesses will be available to achieve optimal spans in the 30- to 45-ft. range, supporting typical commercial and residential floor loads.

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C-I-P, precast, masonry surface finish

Meadow-Patch Smooth-Grade is a one-component, polymer-modified formulation imparting an ultra-smooth finish on precast, cast-in-place, tilt-up and other plain concrete surfaces or concrete masonry. The cement-based, sand-free material, product developers note, offers superior adhesion and durability; contains no added gypsum; allows vapor to readily pass through the surface; makes troweled applications easy with its smooth consistency; and, offers an extended pot life that allows for an increased working time over traditional concrete surface finishers.

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Spancrete elevates three company veterans to executive leadership team

Source: Spancrete, Waukesha, Wis. 

Precast/prestressed concrete building solutions and hollow core machinery specialist Spancrete has promoted Scott Bertschinger to executive vice president, Kimberly Wacker to senior vice president and Todd Backus to senior vice president and chief financial officer. All will be based at Waukesha headquarters, near Milwaukee; report to principal and CEO John Nagy; and, have responsibilities encompassing Valders, Wis., Crystal Lake, Ill., and Sebring, Fla. concrete operations, plus Waukesha machinery production. 

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