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CRETE House showcases efficiency, market appeal of concrete

For the last two years, more than 100 students from Washington University in St. Louis’ Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) have worked with industry partners including Wieser Concrete, LafargeHolcim and Gate Precast, to design, fabricate and construct CRETE House for the 2017 Solar Decathlon.

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Pervious properties promote preservation

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete Inc. recently partnered with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) and Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) to replace a District site’s conventional foundation and walkway slabs with Filtercrete pervious concrete. The sustainable pavement solution allows water to filter through to the subbase and ground, removes pollutants, and helps prevent local flooding.

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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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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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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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