A celebration of concrete architecture
Some may not find concrete buildings aesthetically pleasing, but that should be blamed on the design, not the material, writes John Bentley Mays. In this piece, he looks at the myriad uses and types of concrete and explains historical facts and technological advances in concrete architecture that are set out in a few publications dedicated to the ubiquitous material. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model)
Multifamily construction projects see progress in Florida, Philadelphia
Two large-scale construction plans for luxury multifamily buildings in Florida and Philadelphia are moving ahead. Alliance Residential Company recently acquired 24 acres in Coconut Creek, Fla., on which it plans to build a 396-unit luxury apartment complex, while Pearl Properties secured a three-year, $66.25 million loan for the 227-room Granary apartment project in Philadelphia. "The market fundamentals are very strong, and there is a pent-up demand for new product," said Michael Ging, Alliance Residential managing director of development for Florida. GlobeSt.com
(4/23), American City Business Journals/Philadelphia
(4/24), The Philadelphia Inquirer
Precast concrete gives Toronto condos a dynamic, distinct appeal
Precast concrete was used for the elevated portion of a 450-suite Context King West condominium in Toronto. Designed by Hairiri Pontarini Architects, the use of precast gives "the building a dynamic and distinct character with balconies and full-height windows that punch in and out of the exterior," according to this article. Some say the structure, which looks as if it is comprised of several buildings, could be a new way to create housing density when high towers can't be built. The Toronto Star
Now accepting entries for the 50th Annual PCI Design Awards
The PCI Design Awards program recognizes design excellence and construction quality using precast concrete. Be a part of the search for excellence and submit your project today! All winning projects will be showcased at the PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference and be included in a summary article that appears in the PCI Journal, Aspire and Ascent magazines. Together, these publications reach over 65,000 industry stakeholders. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your project! The deadline for entries is May 21. Get more details.
Earn CE credit with free webinar on the International Green Construction Code
Join PCI for our next FREE webinar, "The International Green Construction Code: The Next Chapter in Design," taking place on May 22 at noon in the Central and Pacific time zones, and May 24 at noon in the Eastern and Mountain time zones. This webinar will cover the basic organization and operation of the IgCC and review how this revolutionary new code will shift the sustainability discussion from manufacturing and construction to life-cycle performance and durability. For registration information and our complete webinar schedule, visit www.pci.org/webinars.
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