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Glass and GFRC cladding do courthouse justice

A global player in glass fiber reinforced concrete facade systems, Austria’s Rieder Group, has helped Vienna architect Franz&Sue put a new face on a 19th century courthouse. GFRC cladding equipped the architect to create “an open space of encounter” and relieve the Salzburg courthouse of “authoritarian character,” an aesthetic owing to the original designer’s charge to communicate state power. Sustainability and a sensitivity to the needs of groups associated with the courthouse transformation were overriding project themes.

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Hold the paint, bring on the pigment

A new barrel storage facility in Finland for the world’s northernmost gin and whisky distillery appears at first glance to be clad in old, charred wooden planks. In reality, the Kyrö Distillery Co. building facade is textured concrete with a jet-black Bayferrox pigment.

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Keystone Crossing

A new 366-ft. pedestrian crossing at Villanova University, near Philadelphia, took top Transportation: Best Non-Highway Bridge honors in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute 2020 Design Awards program.

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Artificial reef meets artificial intelligence

A precast artificial reef concept, Sulu-Reef Prosthesis (SRP), elevates the practice of using new or recycled concrete in restoration or expansion of coral reefs, which are credited with providing habitats and shelter for about 25 percent of global marine life.

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Shotcrete contractors test creative limits

The American Shotcrete Association recognized six winning projects and three honorable mentions through its annual Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards program. The recipients confirm and demonstrate the advantages of utilizing shotcrete as an alternative or companion to conventional cast-in-place or precast concrete.

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