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Monument Builders

Monument Builders

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    The Confluence Tower was one of the most difficult projects in the 15-year career of Lyle Bowman, project coordinator for High Concrete.

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    The 200-foot Confluence Tower not only commemorates an important historical event. Local officials hope it will give the local economy a much-needed lift. Left: The tower commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

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    The exterior walls of the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center are a combination of sections of poured concrete flanked by masonry walls.

Interpretive Poured Concrete

When Overland Partners Architects of San Antonio designed the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center in Mississippi, the team was tasked with creating a structure that not only commemorated the battle site, but to help explain its relationship to other area monuments.

They opted for an overall look of the structure's exterior that recalled the earthwork defenses that dotted the Civil War battlefield near the site. The main building is partially buried, as to fit in with the plot's natural ridge. Its exterior walls are a combination of sections of massive poured concrete flanked by masonry walls made with bricks burned from locally quarried clay.

The architects used the concrete surface as a teaching tool. They used a special concrete finish to create a setting of conflict—the clash of the two armies.

For more, visit www.corinth.net.