A ‘micro-village’ of knowledge

The monumental Winter Park Library and Events Center, located outside of Orlando, Fla., boasts compound, convex exterior precast walls that form three arched pavilions, mirroring the community’s extensive tree canopies. PCI-certified producer GATE Precast Co. (Kissimmee, Fla.) worked alongside New York-based architecture firm Adjaye Associates on the 56,000-sq.-ft. campus that is composed of a two-story library, events center with rooftop…

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SANDY CONDITIONS

McCarthy Building Companies recently raised the final beam on Building G for The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Due to tight site conditions and the coastal environment, the team created a reverse forming system to develop the foundation system for the new research facility, as it needed to establish a way to hold up the sand before pouring the foundation.…

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Decorative Design

15th Annual Decorative Concrete International Awards program. Open to both ASCC members and non-members, the competition honors outstanding decorative concrete projects in 19 categories ranging from Cementitious Overlays to Architectural Cast-in-Place. Submitted entries were judged equally on aesthetics, craftsmanship, functionality, creativity and safety by a panel of industry professionals. The 2023 awards were presented during ASCC’s annual convention in Grand…

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New Year, New Home Trends

Zillow has unveiled its data-driven predictions for the features and design elements poised to dominate homes in the new year. From the raw appeal of brutalism to cold plunge pools, these emerging trends highlight new post-pandemic pastimes and a nostalgia for past styles. To discern these trends, Zillow looked at nearly 300 home features and design styles mentioned in for-sale…

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Energy storage colossus

Grid-scale solutions developer Energy Vault Holdings Inc. is nearing completion of an inordinate lattice- and cage-like structure destined to rank among top long duration energy storage systems deployed to date. Rising on a site adjacent to a wind farm in Rudong, China, the reinforced concrete behemoth bears the world’s first EVx Gravity Energy Storage System. The structure and its hoisting…

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Powerful Protection

The T Security Wall from Highland, Mich.-based Advance Concrete Products Co. affords robust perimeter protection for the United States’ first fully digital, plug-and-play, transmission-voltage substation. One Energy Enterprises Inc. built the facility at its Findlay, Ohio headquarters as a proof of concept for a new digital station architecture. Along with physical security attributable to precast concrete elements, the substation is…

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Concrete masonry commons

The National Concrete Masonry Association Education & Research Foundation and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture have named 2023 Concrete Masonry Student Competition winners. The program challenged students to use concrete masonry products as the primary material in the design of a Community Commons for indoor or outdoor gathering, play and shelter. Jurors representing the University of Illinois, Universidad de…

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A new dimension in home building

Fly ash market leader Eco Material Technologies and builder Hive 3D have unveiled the first 3D-printed homes at The Casitas @ The Halles, a Round Top, Texas development featuring 400- to 900-sq.-ft. studio, single-bedroom or two-bedroom models. The mortar-like ink for the single-level homes utilizes Eco Material’s PozzoCEM Vite, a full portland cement replacement binder. Hive 3D previously printed a…

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A critical conduit for ocean wave energy

Dallas-based engineering giant Jacobs has completed work for infrastructure underpinning Oregon State University’s ocean wave energy testing facility in Seal Rock, Ore. The first commercial-scale U.S. installation of its kind, PacWave South allows up to 20 wave energy converters of various designs to be tested in real-world conditions seven miles off the coast. The project includes four steel conduits up…

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Rock the Block

Residential siding products from Georgia-based Nichiha USA, a premier manufacturer of fiber cement cladding, were an integral part of the winning house on the recently completed fourth season of “Rock the Block,” which airs on HGTV. Nichiha worked directly with Michel Smith Boyd, the victorious designer, donating products that would help him realize his vision for the project. Boyd and…

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