Building sector fuels precast market’s projected 6.4 percent annual growth

Led by architectural and structural building product demand, U.S. precast concrete shipments are on track to rise from $8.9 billion in 2013 to $12.15 billion in 2018. Time-saving and quality control advantages will enable precast to capture more market share from cast-in-place and steel alternatives over the next four years, according to a new study from Cleveland market researcher Freedonia Group.

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Building sector fuels precast market’s projected 6.4 percent annual growth

Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

Led by architectural and structural building product demand, U.S. precast concrete shipments are on track to rise from $8.9 billion in 2013 to $12.15 billion in 2018. Time-saving and quality control advantages will enable precast to capture more market share from cast-in-place and steel alternatives over the next four years, according to the authors of a new Freedonia study.

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Heldenfels goes west, breaking ground on El Paso plant

Source: Heldenfels Enterprises Inc., San Marcos, Texas Heldenfels Enterprises’ third precast/prestressed concrete operation in Texas is scheduled for start up by April 2015. Initial production at the El Paso plant will include bridge girders for the Abrams-Kiewit Joint Venture’s Border Highway West Extension. The greenfield facility joins Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute-certified San Marcos flagship and Corpus Christi plants through which Heldenfels…

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Solidia, Linde team to advance low-carbon concrete production methods

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Piscataway, N.J. start-up Solidia Technologies has signed a partnership agreement with The Linde Group to industrialize technology that can reduce the environmental footprint of precast concrete, lower production costs, and improve product performance. The deal spans development, demonstration and commercialization of Solidia’s carbon dioxide-based concrete curing method.

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Heldenfels, robust-home specialist peg ‘Win-Wind’ solution for hurricane extremes

Sources: Heldenfels Enterprises Inc. (HEI), San Marcos, Texas; and CP staff

In alliance with HEI Building Systems Division, Coastal Fortified Homes (CFH) has designed a carbon fiber-reinforced precast concrete wall system to withstand Category 5 hurricane exposure (winds > 157 mph) and attendant flooding or storm surge. The system premiers at a development of eight 1,600-sq.-ft. properties in Port Aransas, Texas, located between San Jose and Padre Islands.

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Formwork extends traditional block profile

Beton Block USA

Company has broadened the concept behind armor-type block units cast with 1-yd. of fresh concrete or returned mixes. Betonblock USA molds are made of high-strength, low-alloy steel and finished with a powder coating for long-term durability. They allow ready mixed and precast concrete producers to cast large, stackable block for stockpile divider and property walls, plus structural retaining walls.

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Truss arch structures

ClearSpan, Gable style, Hercules truss arch buildings

Gable style, Hercules truss arch buildings suit raw or finished materials storage and transfer, plus precast concrete curing enclosures. Shown here are recently completed twin structures at the Brookhaven Rail Terminal in Yaphank, N.Y. At 100- x 300-ft., they are connected by three breezeways and mounted on slabs on grade. The buildings are stamped engineered and built to Suffolk County code to meet 20 lb./sq. ft. snow load and 120 mph wind loads. The cover is a UV-resistant, 12.5-oz. rip-stop polyethylene material.

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PCA Bridge Award entry deadline nears

Source: Portland Cement Association Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

PCA is accepting through June 30 entries for the 14th biennial Bridge Awards competition, recognizing excellence in design and construction of cast-in-pllace or precast concrete crossings. Eligible structures are highway, rail, transit, pedestrian or wildlife crossings essentially completed between October 2011 and September 2013, and located in the U.S. or Canada.

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