Design Excellence

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute recognizes creative and innovative uses of precast. The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute honored 25 building and transportation projects during the 2023 PCI Design Awards program—now in its 60th year. A panel of engineers, architects, and precast concrete producers judges all nominees on aesthetic, structural, and use versatility; site, energy and operational efficiency, and risk reduction; and resiliency,…

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Value Declaration

A visit with 2023 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chair Matt Ballain BY JOSEPHINE PATTERSON Matt Ballain, vice president and general manager of Coreslab Structures (INDIANAPOLIS), has become the chair of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute following a series of pivotal predecessor moves over the past decade. Among the deliverables are the formal reporting system for building and transportation product or structure shipments;…

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Calming Confidence

A visit with 2022-23 National Precast Concrete Association Chairman of the Board Joel Sheets Known for his calm demeanor, Joel Sheets, senior vice president of Operations for Tindall Infrastructure, not only has the confidence to be a leader recognized and appreciated throughout the Tindall organization but also to lead the entire precast industry. Sheets has built a team and a…

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Village Green

Unilock, LPS Pavement, PICP underpin stormwater management upgrade The Village of Kenilworth (Ill.) Public Works Department closed a 10-year stormwater management project in late 2022, signing off on nearly 84,000 square feet of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) from one of the Midwest’s best producer-installer tag teams: Unilock Chicago Inc. of Aurora, Ill. and LPS Pavement Co. of Oswego, Ill. …

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Sluggish Outlook

Economic uncertainty and inflation impact construction Sector BY CP STAFF As we begin the new year, there are concerns surrounding the health of the economy and whether a recession is in the near future. Amongst the uncertainty, industry economists have revealed that the impact of high interest rates and inflation is already being felt within the construction sector.  “The Federal…

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ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association honors nine plants in the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards program. The NRMCA Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee recognizes producers for outstanding contributions to protecting natural resources while maintaining sound accident and pollution prevention practices.  Now in its 27th year, the program salutes operators who surpass permit compliance requirements and demonstrate a commitment to environmental…

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Silicate Summons

Terra CO2 localizes supplementary cementitious material production, harnessing the binding potential of secondary, virgin feedstocks As the drum beat for low carbon concrete binders grows louder in public and private construction markets, supplementary cementitious material developer Terra CO2 Technology Holdings Inc. has a unique value proposition hinging on two critical achievements—one at the bank, the other in the field.  Under…

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Superior Spans

Tindall Building Systems engineers hollow core and cast-in-place concrete floor slab alternative BY DON MARSH After shedding a legacy organization structure drawn around precast concrete solutions for building and nonbuilding markets, Tindall entered 2022 with two namesake business groups, both maintaining Spartanburg, S.C. headquarters. The change to Tindall Infrastructure and Tindall Building Systems coincided with major plant capacity and production…

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Sustaining Results

A visit with American Concrete Pipe Association Chairman Kurt Johnson Sharing fellow members’ eagerness to put two years of business and workforce disruptions behind them, Kurt Johnson embraces the challenges and positive market signals accompanying his 2022 American Concrete Pipe Association Chairman’s term.  “For more than a century, this organization has pulled member producers, associates and allies together for the…

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Piedmont Prowess

Gossett Concrete Pipe tests next generation Besser BiDi Much like real estate marketability, “location” repeats when measuring the success Gossett Concrete Pipe Co. (GCPC) has realized in South Carolina’s Upstate over nearly 80 years, especially the past 30.  Most expansion-minded peer operators in markets of comparable growth have found themselves land locked—compelled to look for larger parcels beyond the towns…

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