• Innovative Product Reshapes Concrete Use Forever

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    By SARAH WRIGHT | The Municipal In areas with harsh winter conditions, concrete takes a beating. Common deicers can result in calcium oxychloride growth that rots concrete joints, and freeze-and-thaw cycles cause surface delamination or scaling. Such deterioration proves frustrating when it occurs well before the concrete’s life expectancy is up. However, an innovative product […]

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  • A New Year Brings Forth New Leaders

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    Introducing the New Board Members for the Concrete Foundations Association It is hard for many to believe how quickly the time flies, yet here we are in February with half the fiscal year already behind the Association and a race to the finish already in mind.  This race has more than one meaning and significant […]

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  • Comparing Innovative Concrete Material Options for a Residential Home

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    It’s no secret that the unparalleled COVID-19 pandemic has had some unpredictable impacts on industries worldwide. For the first time since 2010, the cost of construction has fallen. However, material costs are rising.  In June alone, raw material costs rose by 2.2%. The price of lumber jumped 16.5% in July and is up 19% overall. […]

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  • Bartley Corp – 50 Years in Business

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    A founding member of the Concrete Foundations Association, two generations of Board presidents and now Legacy Committee members, a Certified Residential Foundation Company and a host of awards, Bartley Corp is a celebrated CFA member.  It is their engagement and active involvement in this Association and all of the organizations they are committed to, sharing […]

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  • Celebrating Membership Anniversaries

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    Every year during Concrete Foundations Convention, members are recognized for the membership milestones they have achieved.  This year, with the event held in a virtual campus, the ceremonial Awards banquet was set-aside and the Projects of the Year competition held live during the week for viewing and voting.  Milestone anniversaries are celebrated for just about […]

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Magazine Issues

Jun
6

Schwing Announces Breakthrough with New Vector Control System

Schwing’s continuous commitment to advancing concrete pumping technology has produced the new Vector Control System. This breakthrough in data retrieval is the only system that allows two-way communication between the radio remote box and the concrete pump. Even higher productivity is now available on all Schwing boom pumps because the operator can retrieve important information […]

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Jun
6

Concrete Construction: Using Today’s Technology to MakeYesterday’s Dreams Come True

Think of today’s technology and maybe your mind jumps to iPods or Blackberries. (Then again, perhaps you’re still trying to figure out how to attach a document to an e-mail and send it to a colleague.) Suffice it to say, we all have different levels of understanding when it comes to the technologies that have […]

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Jun
6

Putzmeister Introduces New BSF 61-Meter Concrete Boom Pump

STURTEVANT, Wis. – Putzmeister America introduces the latest truck-mounted concrete boom pump model to their product range – the BSF 61-Meter. To accommodate customer reach and weight requirements, the unit is strategically positioned in size between the BSF 58-Meter and BSF 63Z-Meter Putzmeister models. The BSF 61-Meter features a four-section roll-and-fold boom to provide a […]

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Jun
6

New Jersey Pedestrian Bridge Challenges Brick-Inlay System

Collingswood, NY – When the New Jersey DOT proposed a pedestrian bridge as part of a reconstruction plan for Routes 30 and 130 near Camden, city officials were anxious for the improvements to begin. They were also happy to see that brick was the specified finish material. However, hand-set brick was not in the DOT […]

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Jun
6

BIODEGRADABILITY DEFINED

“Biodegradability” is a word that has been inappropriately used in the past. While nearly “everything” is biodegradable over some period of time, clarification was needed on what actually constitutes “biodegradability” to the EPA. The correct definition of “biodegradability” can be found in the ‘EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), 1998, Fate, Transport and Transportation Test Guidelines, Office of […]

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Jun
6

You Don’t Have To Be A Big Company To Do Big Work

————————– Accurate Concrete Forming David Newman, Owner 601 B Louis Ave North, Watertown, MN 55388 952-955-3911 fax 952-955-3912 davnewman3@aol.com Started in 2002, specializing in poured walls construction ————————– When Ebert Construction needed an experienced poured wall outfit to pour their salt storage building for the City of St. Paul, they went to their local poured […]

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Mar
16

Scott Smith Named Contractor of the Year

Scott Smith of Modern Poured Walls, LaGrange, Ohio was named contractor of the year at the CFA Annual Winter meeting held in conjunction with the World of Concrete, Las Vegas, Nevada. The contractor of the year award recognizes an individual or company that exemplifies the ideals, goals, and standards of the association. Scott Smith, with […]

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Mar
16

CFA and PCA Cast-In-Place Concrete Homes Brochure

In an effort of cooperation to grow the traditionally formed cast-in-place concrete homes market, the Concrete Foundations Association and the Portland Cement Association have produced a new brochure promoting the benefits of above grade concrete homes using traditional forming methods. The brochure was introduced at the National Association of Home Builders annual show recently in […]

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Mar
16

Pyramid Poured Walls, Inc., Forked River, NJ

The beautiful new home for Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Crofoot in Toms River, New Jersey, was one of 2000’s most challenging projects for Pyramid Poured Walls Inc. of Forked River, NJ. John Winton General Contracting was the builder. The home took four days overall to do the layout for footings and walls. The majority of […]

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Mar
16

Solid Foundations, Inc., Bellevue, Ohio

We have jus completed our tenth year in business, and this one put us to the test,” said Daniel and Valerie Gore of Solid Foundations, Inc. located in Bellevue, Ohio. They were referring to a job on a home in Sandusky, Ohio, which but required 500 yards of concrete and 25 tons of steel. “This […]

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Mar
16

Modern Poured Walls, Lagrange, Ohio

Modern Poured Walls Construction Services of Lagrange, Ohio, had an interesting project last summer for Bennett-Dover Home Remodelers of Lorain, Ohio. The Zeller residence in Lorain, which is designed with numerous angles, required wall heights, two widths, 425 feet of brick ledge, and 57 corners. The job took three estimates, five major print revisions, and […]

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Mar
16

Custom Concrete Company, Westfield, Indiana

Custom Concrete Company of Westfield, Indiana, submitted to our basement competition a residential project from their are that included on very unusual detail–this home has a basketball court under the garage! Built on a gentle slope down to a lake, the walls for the basketball court are 16 inches thick and 22 feet tall. There […]

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Mar
16

Bontrager Concrete Specialists, Nappanee, Indiana

Bontrager Concrete Specialities Inc. of Nappanee, Indiana, considered their most challenging project for 2000 to be the residence of the Sheperd family in Bristol, IN. This home is set on a wooded but fairly level lot, but it contains many angles and some special features, such as a theatre in the basement level. Kevin Bontrager […]

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Mar
16

Loucks Concrete Specialists, La Porte, Indiana

While not the largest job of the year, a residential job at the exclusive Aberdeen Subdivision in Valparaiso, Indiana, was definitely one of the most challenging of the year for Loucks Concrete Specialists of La Porte, IN. This 4,500 square foot home is carved into the side of a hill, the walls varying from three […]

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Mar
16

Formco Foundations, West Jordan, Utah

On a mountainous lot in The Colony residential development in Park City, Utah, lies the foundation that Formco Foundations considers its “basement from hell” for 2000. Kirby Justesen, president of Formco, which is located in West Jordan, UT, gave us the statistics on this job: 698 yards for the foundation walls, 408 yards for the […]

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Mar
16

Balmer Brothers, Akron, PA

Folks must be making money in Philly, because one notable basement project last year was for a 29,000 square foot house in Philadelphia. Not as beg as Bill Gates’ house, but still plenty romy. Balmer Brothers Concrete Work of Akron, PA, noted that some of the difficulties in this job were the circular stairways, angled […]

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Mar
16

CFA to Fund Energy Study

The CFA Board of Directors voted at their board meeting in Las Vegas to donate $3000 from the CFA Education and Research foundation to partially fund a study of the energy benefits of building with removable-form wall systems. The study, with a total cost of $15,000, is part of a PCA funded project that will […]

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Mar
16

Balmer Brothers Wins Basement of the Year Award

Balmer Brothers Concrete Works, Inc. of Akron, Pennsylvania was voted the winner of the 2000 Basement of the Year (Basement from Hell) Award. Over 160 votes were cast between Tuesday and Thursday in the CFA booth at the World of Concrete and their 29,000 square foot basement was the odds-on (this is Las Vegas) favorite. […]

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