Quikrete assimilates Forterra Precast as sister Rinker Pipe brand

Atlanta-based Quikrete Holdings LLC acquired all outstanding Forterra Inc. shares late last month and established the Irving, Texas concrete pipe, drainage structure, structural precast and ductile iron pipe giant as a wholly owned subsidiary. The incoming assets significantly extend the drainage and short-span bridge market footprints of sister Quikrete businesses, Rinker Pipe and Contech Engineered Solutions; add precast, prestressed plants…

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ORGANIZATIONS – March 2022

Timothy Cullen has joined the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute as director of Technical Activities, tasked with developing and disseminating the PCI Body of Knowledge necessary for designing, fabricating, and constructing precast concrete structures. Before joining PCI, he was vice president of Blue Ridge Design, a structural engineering consulting firm in Winchester, Va., and was previously a design engineer with High Concrete…

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Knight’s Cos. broadens Carolinas reach with Tekna, Sovereign Steel deal

Summerville, S.C.-based Knight’s Companies has strengthened its coastal Carolinas presence with the acquisition of Tekna Corp., a Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute-certified beam, slab and pile producer, and sister company Sovereign Steel, a concrete reinforcement fabricator, both of Charleston, S.C. The businesses bring diversification to the 13 ready mixed and three precast plants Knight’s Cos. operates from South Carolina Midlands and Lowcountry…

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School’s In

Students at two schools recognized in the 2021 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Design Awards program will enjoy new recreation spaces thanks to advanced building practice. Smithfield Middle School (North Richland Hills, Texas) and Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) are home to the winning projects: a gymnasium addition that plays double duty as a storm shelter and a new recreation center, respectively.

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Big Beam Competition honors Missouri, N. Arizona, Lehigh teams

University of Missouri Kansas City, Team 2 took the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute 2021 Engineering Student Design Competition, also known as the Big Beam Competition. Jose Luis Ramirez and Juan Carlos Plasencia Chinchay prevailed with guidance from Civil Engineering Professor Thiagarajan Ganesh and Terry Fleck of Coreslab Structures (Kansas). Now in its 21st year, Big Beam teaches college students important structural…

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PCI Architectural producers begin new certification chapter

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Architectural Certification program has transitioned from a one-year implementation window to mandatory adoption. Effective October 2021, contracts calling for panels or other elements sourced from PCI-certified plants must reference the new Architectural Certification program, spanning five categories: AA. Cladding or non-load bearing products with multiple concrete mixes and textures,…

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Producer, exhibitor enthusiasm frames Precast Show success

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center marked the return of major tradeshows after more than a year of Covid-19 related encumbrances, hosting The Precast Show 2021 in late May. With more than 2,500 attendees from National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute producer and associate member ranks, the event marked one of the largest tradeshows the conventions…

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Northeast Prestressed Products chief oversees a welcome PCI reunion

Taking stock of late-May events that drew 500-plus members to New Orleans and ushered a return of business activity at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 2021 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chairman Dennis Fink (Northeast Prestressed) observes, “It felt good to reunite with my PCI family and attend the PCI Convention and The Precast Show. We quickly put the last year…

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