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Iowa Event Showcases the Benefits of Building with Concrete

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A new, all concrete Hyatt Place hotel under construction in Altoona, IA, (shown here) was the site of an event hosted last week by the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA), reports NRMCA Senior Director, Building Innovations, Donn Thompson. Presentations by representatives from the design/build/developer of the project, Fox Blocks, and Build With Strength showcased various construction and operation benefits of building with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). More than 40 local builders, engineers, architects and NRMCA members attended the event (also shown here is IRMCA Executive Director Greg Mulder who began the event with a discussion of the upcoming agenda). Extreme rainfall delayed the job at the start, but because of the efficiency of the ICFs these delays have been overcome with expected completion well within an originally anticipated 12-month timeframe. Net zero energy strategies with concrete were a special focus of the event to support IRMCA’s commitment to growth of high performance school construction throughout the state, Thompson said.

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