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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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ICPI honors innovative hardscape designs

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s 2019 Hardscape North America awards program recognized 18 winning and 19 honorable mention projects late last year during the Hardscape North America trade show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The program honors top residential and commercial hardscaping designs for walkways, patios, pool decks, outdoor living kitchens and living spaces, and driveways as well as commercial plazas and streets.

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Voided slab technique ‘REACHes’ Kennedy Center

The first-ever expansion for Washington, D.C.’s iconic John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened in early September to much fanfare with a 16-day festival. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the REACH is anchored by three signature pavilions—Welcome, Skylight and River—that stretch across more than 130,000 square feet of landscape overlooking the Potomac River. The highly sustainable addition is on track to attain LEED Gold certification and serves as a living theater, immersive learning center and public arts incubator.

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Lazy river follows hard working finishers

Canobie Lake Park, a hand-built amusement venue in Salem, N.H., opened to the public in 1902 as a trolley park. The original visitor experience featured botanical gardens, a penny arcade, and a few early amusement rides. A wooden roller coaster named the Yankee Cannonball, built in 1936, still draws crowds 83-plus years later. In 1958, Canobie Lake Park was purchased by three close friends from New Jersey who decided to take on the challenge of renovating and revitalizing it themselves.

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Precast hits homerun

Philadelphia Phillies Urban Youth Academy participants now have a feel for what it is like to be a professional ballplayer, thanks to new precast dugouts and press box at the historic FDR Park. Easi-Set Buildings were selected for the three structures because of their affordability, durability, and aesthetics. Oldcastle Infrastructure Inc., an Easi-Set licensed producer, manufactured the prefabricated buildings at its Easton, Pa. plant.

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