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1. Photos: Condo project contrasts white precast with black brick

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

The B Streets Condominiums in Toronto is a nine-story building designed by David Pontarini of Hariri Pontarini. The lower half of the structure is black brick and glass, while the upper half uses white precast concrete and glass to create contrast. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (03/12)

2. White precast panels adorn Gehry's Louis Vuitton masterpiece in Paris

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

The armature of the $135 million Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris is made up of a variety of simple materials, such as white precast concrete panels, but Frank Gehry's design has made the structure a masterpiece, according to this article. The materials are arranged in "a feat of engineering so elaborate it’s practically wizardly," writes Justin Davidson. Vulture (03/25)

3. Use of precast concrete is key to restoration of Toronto landmark

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

The work to restore the exterior of the Casa Loma castle and stables in Toronto is nearing its completion, although "there is a lot of work left to do," says Mark Wronski, project architect from Taylor Hazell Architects, a heritage consultant. The flat-roofed tower with Roman stone accents and its observation deck need complete rework. Precast concrete will replace 90% of the belt course, and photos have been taken to help replace the Roman stones. Daily Commercial News (03/27)

4. Precast facade creates "unique" appearance for new Ill. hospital

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

The use of architectural precast concrete for the exterior of Centegra Health System's new facility in Huntley, Ill., gives the structure a "unique look," according to this article. The entire facade is done in architectural precast and is "designed to duplicate the look of a natural limestone rock wall." Construction Today magazine (04/08)

5. Mo. interstate could become high-tech highway with precast slabs

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Interlocking, precast concrete slabs outfitted with smart connections could transform Interstate 70 in Missouri into a high-tech highway. The smart connections would be used to let drivers know of road issues or weather problems. KMBC-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (03/25)

6. Slideshow: Skinny South Korean building features precast interior

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 02, 2015

A super-slim, vertical, multipurpose building sits on a 16-foot-wide by 39-foot-deep site in Busan, South Korea. Designed by JMY Architects, the three-story structure features community and retail space along with an apartment, all featuring interior walls of precast concrete. Dezeen magazine (03/28)

7. Precast columns support gold, silver structure in Australia

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 09, 2015

The new health faculty building at the Burwood campus of Australia's Deakin University is made of two structures. An eight-story building sits cantilevered upon precast concrete columns and is covered with gold-colored sun-shading louvers made of aluminum. A smaller, five-level building covered with silver-colored louvers is attached to it. "The depth and angle of these blades have been extensively analyzed to maximize their effectiveness which when combined with the slender floor plates has the added benefit of providing high daylight penetration, glare control and external views from 80% of the usable floor area," say the architects at Woods Bagot. (Australia) (04/08)

8. Precast roof system hides wiring of renovated Fla. building

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

The makeover of the Scott Building designed by architects Joe Farrell and the late Bill Rupp in Florida's Sarasota County is complete. Its roof system is made with precast concrete I-beams, which double as a cover for the building's electrical wiring. The building, renamed the McCulloch Pavilion, will be the new home of the Center for Architecture Sarasota, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the University of Florida's CityLab. Herald-Tribune (Batesville, Ind.), The (03/20)

9. Photos: Precast concrete segments are readied for bridge deck

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

A plant in Minnesota has been working all winter to produce 650 concrete segments that will be used to construct the 5,790-foot-long bridge across the state's St. Croix River. "Because there are so many segments, it's much more cost-effective to build it this way," said Manjula Louis, the casting yard engineer for the state's Department of Transportation. "If we had to pour each section and wait for it to cure, we'd never finish it in three years. It would take probably six years." Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (03/17) Minnesota Public Radio (03/17)

10. Hilario Candela discusses his Miami Marine Stadium project

PCI Building Industry SmartBrief | Apr 09, 2015

The Miami Marine Stadium in Florida was designed in 1968 by architect Hilario Candela. The imposing concrete structure was shut down in 1993 after suffering damage from Hurricane Andrew. Richard Morgan interviews Candela about the stadium's past and its new possibilities. Metropolis magazine online (04/06)

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