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As part of ongoing security upgrades, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base officials issued a request for proposals on a new concrete barrier style for building perimeters. They needed a product that met Department of Defense D4 specs, which include reinforcing content and potential crash-loading thresholds, but sought a more aesthetic design than transportation-styled barriers typical of past contracts.

Redi-Rock International, the developer of a large block retaining wall system with 120 licensed producers across North America and Europe, has named winning Rocky Award projects.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) redesigned the signal-free U.S. Highway 285/South Elk Creek Road intersection—better known as Shaffers Crossing—into an interchange incorporating an embankment supported by Pavestone Co. segmental retaining walls (SRWs) to enhance traffic flow and improve safety. The project won the SRW–Transportation Award in the 5th Annual HNA Hardscape Project Awards program (see page 39).

Lafarge North America played a key role in last year’s construction of the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Ohio, owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables. One of the largest wind power plants in the world, with 152 Gamesa G90 turbines, the facility has a generating capacity of 304 MW—enough clean energy to power 76,000 homes.

BASF’s North American headquarters building has officially become the fifth construction project in the United States and the first in New Jersey to achieve LEED double Platinum certification. The 325,000-sq.-ft. building, developed in partnership with the Rockefeller Group Development Corporation at The Green at Florham Park, achieved LEED certification for Commercial Interiors (CI) and Core & Shell (CS) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The facility, which officially opened in May 2012, features many BASF-enabled construction solutions and is one of New Jersey’s largest sustainable projects.