Eastern Concrete, Stony Creek leave mark on Statue of Liberty Museum

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Last month, the much-anticipated Statue of Liberty Museum opened on Liberty Island, just steps away from the national landmark. New Jersey-based Phelps Construction Group constructed the 26,000-sq.-ft. building on an aggressive schedule and within the $70 million budget set by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

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Complementary contours

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The 2018 Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards program shows the potential for spraying and layering fine aggregate, fast hardening, cement-rich mixes as an alternative or companion to conventional cast-in-place or precast concrete. The American Shotcrete Association (ASA) honors projects in Infrastructure, International, Pool & Recreational, Repair & Rehabilitation, Underground, and Architecture | New Construction categories.

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Rockin’ views

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Sound Hotel Belltown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is woven into the fabric of a vibrant, centrally located Seattle neighborhood. It occupies the first 10 floors of the new 42-story, Arrivé tower, one of the market’s first mixed-use properties. The structure has requisite reinforced concrete construction, including exposed columns whose smooth finishes suggest self-consolidating mixes.

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Regrouping in style

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One of the Mid-Atlantic’s best known brands in ready mixed concrete and aggregates recently completed a three-phase, 16-month project to expand and modernize its Fairless Hills, Pa., headquarters. Silvi Group’s new 20,000-sq.-ft. home office is nearly three times the size of its original two-story facility, whose exterior was extended with matching stone, bronze colored trim, and glass all around. The upgrade netted three stories of offices, conference and training rooms, plus more spacious lobby and other common areas.

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Northwestern University wall rides wave of creativity to PCI Building Award

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The winning project of the Precast/Prestressed Institute’s 2019 Building Awards – Custom Solution entailed a unique setting on the western edge of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Ill. Chicago architect Perkins + Will was faced with the challenge of keeping the foundation of the new Ryan Fieldhouse & Walter Athletics Center at Northwestern University from being damaged by waves and ice rubble. The solution: a design-build precast concrete coastal wall made up of 109 5-ft. wide segments of varying heights and tapers arranged in two planes to replicate the appearance of a wave.

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Valuables-geared storage structure cast to museum-grade integrity

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Art, fashion and collections storage company UOVO has announced the opening of their fourth facility, UOVO: Brooklyn. Located in the thriving arts community of Bushwick, the 150,000-sq.-ft. concrete building will offer specialized climate-controlled storage designed to meet or exceed the standards of the world’s leading museums. Scheduled to open in fall 2019, it will be the largest and highest quality art storage facility in Brooklyn.

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Shotcrete solution in store

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Cabela’s and the Rampart Range Metro District looked for an economical, yet visually pleasing retaining wall to wrap around the back of the outdoor sports retailer’s new Lone Tree, Colo., store. After reviewing renderings and onsite mock-ups, officials opted for a soil nail wall shoring system with a Columnar Basalt finish from Santa Ana, Calif.-based Boulderscape Inc.

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UHPC mixes inform water-wise sculptor’s vision for a high-end fixture

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Indianapolis-based Brizo Kitchen & Bath Co. bills the single-handle Vettis Concrete faucet as a first of its kind fixture and “a feat of engineering and craftsmanship, innovative in both design and material … [blending] the finest quality of raw materials and an exquisite geometric form to create architectonic harmony.”

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