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Making a splash

The redeveloped Tandy Family YMCA in Tulsa, Okla., applies Universal Design strategies to effectively engage toddlers, seniors and everyone in between. At the onset of work upgrading a 1968 facility, principals envisioned the entry feature to function as year-round work of art, highly activated in the summer and durable enough to withstand constant use and weather. As a wet play surface, hardscape materials needed to account for a coefficient of friction safe for energetic play.

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Redi-Rock salutes retaining wall projects

Redi-Rock International announced the winners of the 2017 Rocky Awards, honoring the best Redi-Rock walls built in several categories, including commercial, water application, and innovation. Awards were presented during the company’s Manufacturer Summit, held in Traverse City, Mich., earlier this summer. More than 130 Redi-Rock manufacturers across the world participated in the competition.

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Emoji embellishments immortalize contemporary society on building façade

Ornamentation, a long tradition in architecture, is moving into the digital age thanks in part to Dutch architect Changiz Tehrani. He has incorporated 22 concrete emojis into the façade of a mixed-use building in the Vathorst district of Amersfoort, Holland.

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Two miles of tilt-up

Officials of Daikin Industries and subsidiary Goodman Global Group, leaders in indoor heating and cooling systems and refrigerants, recently dedicated the $400 million-plus Daikin Texas Technology Park (DTTP). Located on a 500-acre site northwest of Houston, the facility is the largest to date built by the tilt-up concrete wall method—its 370 panels measuring more than 2 miles in length.

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‘Shadow’ wall tile places in international Red Dot competition

Guangzhou, China-based Bentu Design’s recycled ceramic wall tiles placed in the Red Dot Award: Project Design competition as the lone concrete item. The product was designed in response to an increase of ceramic waste being illegally dumped in remote Asian villages, and ultimately polluting the local environment.

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