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  • Precast Concrete: A Shore Thing for Coastal Protection

    By Shari Held Now you see it … now you don’t. It’s one thing if you’re talking about a great magic trick, but quite another if you’re talking about your beachfront home. In recent years, the winds and waves of Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Ike (2008) and Superstorm Sandy (2012) have reclaimed...
  • Revival: Preserving an Iconic Style

    By Sara Geer Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, NPCA held its second-annual Reader’s Choice Cover Contest for Precast Inc. magazine. Highlighted here is this year’s winner, Speed Fab-Crete, and the company’s city complex project. To view all of the 2014 entries, please visit precast.org/cc2014. Few...
  • Where Does the Rain Go?

    By Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” This is especially true for Little Port Walter on Baranof Island in southeast Alaska, where average precipitation amounts to 237 in. per year. Longfellow’s words aren’t so true in Death...
  • Power Play

    By Mason Nichols With the seconds ticking away, a quiet anticipation begins to build. Just 15 minutes ago, the team you’d ardently followed all season held a surefire ticket into the playoffs. But after a roaring comeback by the opposition, a deficit has dampened your spirits. As doubt begins to...
  • Form Factor

    By Mark Crawford and Mason Nichols For most precast concrete producers, manufacturing custom products is commonplace and crucial to success. When a project calls for a unique piece of precast, coordinated collaboration between the form manufacturer and precaster takes center stage. Here, two water...
  • The Bridge that Never Sleeps

    By Peter Smith, P.E. and Evan Gurley The Brooklyn Bridge, designed by John Roebling, has been a symbol of American ingenuity since it opened in 1883 (1). When it opened, the bridge provided passage for horses and buggies, elevated trains, bicycles and pedestrians. Over time, it evolved to also...

     

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